Hill, Folk Lift Jesuit Past HP in Series Opener

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Darius Hill's first-inning homer gave Jesuit a 1-0 lead it never relinquished on Thursday against Highland Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Darius Hill’s first-inning homer gave Jesuit a 1-0 lead it never relinquished on Thursday in a playoff series opener against Highland Park. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Darius Hill’s opposite field home run in the top of the first inning gave Jesuit a 1-0 win over neighborhood rival Highland Park in the opening game of a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series on Thursday at Scotland Yard.

With two outs and nobody on base, Hill drove HP ace Layne Looney’s pitch deep over the left-center field wall.

Hill’s solo shot, along with a shutout on the mound by Harrison Folk, was all the Rangers (30-2-2) needed to take a series advantage back to their home field on Friday.


Author: New Homes Can Have Old Souls

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Brent Hull’s office, built in 1921, houses his extensive book collection on preservation.

Brent Hull grew up with a love of English, history, and working with his hands. As an adult, those passions combined into a love of old homes and woodworking.

“Houses tell stories,” he said. “What we build matters. You’re creating the narrative of the home.”

The St. Mark’s alum got his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, and then moved on to the North Bennet Street School in Boston to hone his craftsmanship skills.

Today, he runs Hull Historical, a general contracting company that specializes in residential and historic preservation, from a 1920s building in downtown Fort Worth. The former Nabisco distributing center provides the perfect venue for millwork and consulting with clients.


Stakes Are High As Rangers, Scots Collide

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Austin Sheahan and Jesuit will face Highland Park this weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Austin Sheahan and Jesuit will face Highland Park this weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

UPDATE: There are free T-shirts commemorating this weekend’s “Tollway Series,” courtesy of Big Frog. They’re customized for each team, so check with them for availability. Plus, all of the games will be streamed live at Sportsgram for your viewing and listening pleasure.

As neighboring rivals, Highland Park and Jesuit have met many times for scrimmages on the baseball diamond over the years. But never have the stakes been as high as they will be this weekend.

The Scots and Rangers — whose campuses are separated by less than six miles on the Dallas North Tollway — will have a showdown this week in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7 p.m. tonight at Scotland Yard before shifting to Jesuit’s Wright Field at 7 p.m. Friday for Game 2. A third game, if necessary, would return to HP at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Affordable Listings Still Cause Feeding Frenzy

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Sellers can capitalize on market trend

Sellers still had the upper hand in the single-family housing market during the first quarter of the year, and that trend might not change anytime soon.

Available inventory is down and prices are higher in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, especially among luxury properties, according to statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information System.

“Inventory is still really low, and that’s driving a lot of prices,” said Blair Hudson, an agent with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. “There’s just nothing to buy. That’s why you can hold out for your price. This is still very much a sellers’ market.”


Lamplighter Fourth-Graders Make Grand Exit

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Lamplighter graduates flaunt their senior status during the parade. (Courtesy photo)

The Lamplighter School fourth graders — the big kids on campus — celebrated Senior Days with a parade on Tuesday. The kids, who graduated on Monday, rode down Ring Road in decorated cars as current students, faculty and staff cheered. Other Senior Days celebrations include a cookout and a talent show.


Hockaday Model Isn’t Just a Pretty Face

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(Photo Illustration: Elizabeth Ygartua)

(Photo Illustration: Elizabeth Ygartua)

Evan Miller has always been a naturally driven performer.

She learned piano at age 3, joined her church choir at 6, and taught herself guitar at 12. The Hockaday junior recently added modeling and poetry to her resume.

So Miller wasn’t afraid of the spotlight when she landed her first big modeling gig when she was just 14 at New York Fashion Week.

She got a call that 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target was interested in having her model for their “Stylescape” ad in 2013. She never auditioned; they requested her specifically.


Temple Emanu-El Amps Up Its Mid-Century Modern Campus

Temple Emanu-El’s entrance is covered in construction. (Photo: Laura Buckman) 0
Temple Emanu-El’s entrance is covered in construction. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

Temple Emanu-El has been a landmark in Dallas since its founding in 1875, but its Northwest Highway and Hillcrest Avenue location has been even more in the spotlight since it emerged in 1957.

Even with its mid-century modern design and large spaces for worship, the congregation of more than 2,500 families still needed more room.

“Our congregation is one of the largest [Reform Jewish communities] in the country — certainly west of the Mississippi,” Temple president Scott McCartney said.

Studying the spatial needs of the community began eight years ago through focus groups with a small number of families. Once a project was drawn up with a target cost, the temple began its simultaneous architectural and fundraising tracks. A groundbreaking was finally held on May 5, 2014 with Mayor Mike Rawlings in attendance. It also honored Rabbi David Stern’s 25th anniversary with the temple.


Rangers, Scots Face Playoff Showdown

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Jesuit will face familiar foe Highland Park this week in the regional quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit will face familiar foe Highland Park this week in the regional quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

It’s the matchup that many fans from both Highland Park and Jesuit have been anticipating since the playoff brackets were finalized.

The Scots and Rangers — whose campuses are separated by less than six miles on the Dallas North Tollway — will have a showdown this week in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at HP before shifting to Jesuit at 7 p.m. Friday for Game 2. A third game, if necessary, would return to HP at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Real Estate Quarterly: Mediterranean Manor

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While maintaining its archtectural history on the exterior facade, the estate at 4412 Lakeside Drive in Highland Park has indoor and outdoor patio space to go with an extensive indoor recreation room with wooden ceiling beams.

After deciding to put their house on the market, owners Jim and Mitzi Lucas replaced a batting cage with an authentic Italian court for bocce, or lawn bowling. The house, which was once the home of renowned realtor Henry S. Miller, includes two stories with abundant windows and interior balconies, and a swimming pool and outdoor bar area next to a completely renovated guest house. (Courtesy Photos)

As it approaches 100 years, the house at 4412 Lakeside Drive in Highland Park has found a balance between architectural integrity and modern convenience.

Preserving some of the exterior elements of the 1918 design by Hal Thomson — best known for a series of Mediterranean mansions that line Swiss Avenue — has been integrated into both a 2002 remodel down to the studs, and upgrades since then by current owners Jim and Mitzi Lucas.

“It has the same feel. The quality just got elevated,” said Jim Lucas, who bought the home in 2008 for $11.6 million. “People want the old look but they want all the modern appliances and gadgets.”


Yellowjackets Sting Longhorns in Game 3

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Rockwall eliminated W.T. White in the area round of the Class 6A Region II playoffs on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Rockwall eliminated W.T. White in the area round of the Class 6A Region II playoffs on Saturday. The Yellowjackets won 16-2 in Game 3. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The third and decisive game might have lasted five innings, but in reality, the outcome of W.T. White’s area round playoff series against Rockwall was determined in one inning.

The Yellowjackets scored 14 runs in the first inning on Saturday as part of a 16-2 win that eliminated the Longhorns from the Class 6A Region II playoffs.

White upset Rockwall 2-0 in the series opener on Thursday, thanks to a three-hit shutout from Michael Rojas, before falling 5-2 on Saturday morning to set up the third game later that day.


Palisch, Ready Lead Jesuit Past Rowlett

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Jesuit blanked Rowlett 5-0 on Saturday to win the area round playoff series. The Rangers will face Highland Park next week. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit blanked Rowlett 5-0 on Saturday to win its area round playoff series. The Rangers will face Highland Park next week. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

PLANO – Jacob Palisch threw a shutout as Jesuit beat Rowlett 5-0 in the decisive third game of a Class 6A Region II area round series on Saturday.

Palisch fanned seven Rowlett batters, and Nic Ready blasted a three-run homer in the first inning as the Rangers secured a spot in the regional quarterfinals against familiar foe Highland Park.

It was quite a difference from Friday night’s game against Rowlett, the second game of the series, when Jesuit’s bats were cold in a 1-0 defeat.


Join DAF, Nasher at Dallas Design Symposium

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Kaufmann House (Photo: David Glomb)

Kaufmann House (Photo: David Glomb)

Want to learn how to style your home to mimic a scene from Mad Men? Join the Dallas Architecture Forum at its “Modernism” Dallas Design Symposium. The event will be at the Nasher Sculpture Center on Oct. 4 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Leo Marmol will be the afternoon’s keynote speaker. He is one of the world’s leading authorities in the restoration of iconic mid-century modern and international style residences, including the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs.

Tickets are available for purchase on the DAF website.