Making Chores a Slam Dunk

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When Marshall McKinney decided to launch the Dunk Collection after his college graduation, he had a product he knew from experience would be successful. Just how quickly that success came, after gaining recognition from Dallas mogul Mark Cuban in March, was a welcome surprise to McKinney.

The Dunk Collection piqued Cuban’s interest when McKinney presented the Dirty Dunk on the court at a Dallas Mavericks game on March 3.

“We did a little ‘Time Out’ show on the court, and everyone saw it,” McKinney said. “I guess Mark [Cuban] liked the product, because later on that night, we got a message from him saying he wanted to talk about it.”

Hornets End Skid Against Rival St. Mark’s

Greenhill quarterback Konnell Woods is grabbed by Clarke Wood of St. Mark's during Friday's game. The Hornets won 42-26. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Greenhill quarterback Konnell Woods is grabbed by Clarke Wood of St. Mark’s during Friday’s game. The Hornets won 42-26. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

As the final seconds ticked away, the reaction on the sideline and in the visitor section of the stands at Hunt Family Stadium signified more than just an early-season victory over an SPC rival.

Konnell Woods threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for two more scores as Greenhill defeated St. Mark’s 42-26 on Friday, earning its first win over the Lions since 2003.

“They’ve had our number for a long time,” said Greenhill head coach Tom Williams. “We haven’t beaten them in 13 years, so it was good for our team to get started this way with a good win.”

Eagles Look to Keep Soaring in SPC

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Nakeie Montgomery is back to lead ESD this season after being the top playmaker for the Eagles during the past two seasons. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

People kept telling him about Nakeie Montgomery, the multipurpose athlete who had led the Eagles to an SPC football title as a sophomore the previous season. But he wanted to see for himself.

Fast-forward to a scrimmage against Greenhill last August, and the new ESD quarterback’s questions were answered with a single pass.

“It wasn’t a great ball. He had to adjust a bit. I don’t even know what happened, but he was gone,” Washington said. “That’s when I knew that he would be my guy. Our chemistry is really high right now.”

Preston Hollow Village Brings in Residential

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Rendering courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors

Cranes and construction crews have been a familiar sight on the corner of Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway since construction on Phase II of Preston Hollow Village started in 2013. The mixed-use development is now preparing for a new element of the five-phase project: residential.

“We’re going to continue the mixed-use spirit with our first residential units,” said Jerry Jackson, vice president of development at Provident Realty Advisors, which owns the 42-acre property.

According to Jackson, the complexes, which were designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects, feature more than 500 apartments designed to appeal to three different demographics. One building will target empty nesters looking to downsize without forgoing the amenities of living in a walkable environment. The second will market to young couples and families. The final complex will be designed for young professionals looking to move out of their first apartment for a better work, live, play environment.

Police Reports: Aug. 15-21



At 9:49 a.m., a rapscallion stole property from a vehicle in the 11700 block of Preston Road.

Between 3:39 and 7:15 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Macy’s at NorthPark Center. Cody Onukwuli, 18, was arrested on a charge of theft.

Between 10 p.m. Aug. 15 and 8 a.m. Aug. 16 a thief stole tires and rims from a vehicle in the 5700 block of Williamstown Road.

Rangers Begin Tough Nondistrict Slate at DeSoto

Jacob Palisch returns to lead Jesuit this season after ?? (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jacob Palisch returns to lead Jesuit this season after accounting for 35 total touchdowns in 2015. The Rangers travel to DeSoto on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Three years ago, Jesuit won two playoff games for the first time since joining the UIL in 2004. Two years ago, the Rangers set a program record for points. Last season, they won their first UIL district title.

Whether or not Jesuit can clear even higher hurdles this season remains to be seen, but the Rangers won’t waste any time testing themselves.

Jesuit will kick off one of the more challenging nondistrict schedules in the state by traveling to face perennial power DeSoto on Friday.

Dallas ISD District 2 Trustee Talks Plans

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Photo by Tanner Garza

Dustin Marshall was elected Dallas ISD Board of Trustee’s representative for District 2 in May, and will finish out the remainder of Mike Morath’s term, which ends in May 2017. Marshall, who started his term earlier this summer, won the runoff election by 42 votes. Preston Hollow People took a few minutes to talk with Marshall about what he hopes to accomplish during his short term.

What are your goals for this upcoming school year?
From an overarching perspective, I’d like to see student outcomes advance in District 2 and throughout the entire district. There are several important programs that are helping that cause. Early childhood education is on the top of the list, expanding access for pre-K and four-year-olds.

Chief Concerns: New COO Lays Out Plans for DISD

Scott Layne is looking for environmentally sound ways to improve students' learning environments, so schools can focus on providing quality education. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Scott Layne is looking for environmentally sound ways to improve students' learning environments, so schools can focus on providing quality education. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

On Aug. 22, the same day that 160,000 Dallas ISD students began the 2016-17 school year, Scott Layne started in his new position as the district’s chief operations officer.

Just days before, he wrapped up a quarter-century-long career with Irving ISD, where for the past decade he had served as its assistant superintendent for school support services.

However, Layne said he had been eyeing the position with DISD for more than a dozen years. “The timing was just perfect,” he said. “I think if I hadn’t [considered] this job, it would have been something I would have regretted the rest of my life.”

As COO, Layne will head DISD’s transportation, food service, and maintenance and facilities departments, as well as its bond-construction program. He oversees about 3,500 district employees.

Holy Trinity Catholic School Introduces New Immaculate Heart Program

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The Immaculate Heart Program was initiated to fully realize Holy Trinity Catholic School’s mission of developing the whole child by meeting the needs of one of the most underserved and underperforming groups in catholic schools, children with dyslexia.

The program is rooted in early assessment, remediation, and classroom teacher training. A Certified Dyslexia Therapist provides direct instruction for students identified with dyslexia, while a Certified Academic Language Therapist works alongside the classroom teacher to support accommodations necessary for academic success.