Bishop Lynch Ends Ursuline Title Streak

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Ursuline fell to Bishop Lynch 2-1 on Friday to end its streak of 24 straight TAPPS state titles.

Ursuline fell to Bishop Lynch 2-1 on Friday to end its streak of 24 straight TAPPS state titles.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

WACO — Ursuline tried for its 25th straight TAPPS state title on Friday night, but the head-turning streak ended with a 2-1 loss to rival Bishop Lynch in frigid conditions at Waco ISD Stadium.

The Bears attempted to defeat Bishop Lynch for the third time this season, but the Friars built a 2-0 lead and held on after Ursuline midfielder Katie Lund scored on a penalty shot in the 73rd minute.

The Bears (20-5) played from behind in two 2-1 district wins against Bishop Lynch this season. Friday was no different. Bishop Lynch’s Eva Gonzalez started the scoring in the 30th minute, and Natalie McDonough made it 2-0 in the 59th minute of the physical battle.


No Really, Send Us Your Snow Pics

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Look at these Lamplighter cuties enjoying the snow. (Courtesy photo)

Look at these Lamplighter cuties enjoying the snow. (Courtesy photo)

OK this time, it’s not a drill: Pete Delkus clearly prayed enough to the snow gods that we’re getting real snow this time. Who knows what the schools will do (we’re keeping an eye on it), but I’m willing to bet that your kids will have a lot more playtime over the weekend. Send us your pics of snow angels and snowmen galore, and we will all squee over their cuteness on Monday. Send them to editor@peoplenewspapers.com.


Cambridge School Senior Named Presidential Scholar Candidate

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Becca Mighell

Becca Mighell

Congratulation to Cambridge School senior Becca Mighell for being selected as a candidate for the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program!

Approximately 20 females and 20 males are selected per state based on their academic performance, artistic achievements, leadership qualities, and community involvement. The male and female finalist from each state will be announced in May.

Mighell, Head Prefect at Cambridge, has maintained an incredible scholastic career: straight A’s throughout high school and a perfect 1600 on the SAT.

Outside of the classroom, Mighell enjoys acting, singing, and dancing. She will attend the Helmerich School of Drama at The University of Oklahoma next year.

 


Ursuline Seeks 25th Straight TAPPS Title

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Ursuline will try to extend its TAPPS title streak to 25 today. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Ursuline will try to extend its TAPPS title streak to 25 today. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The postseason power of the Ursuline soccer team is still alive and kicking.

The Bears will return to a familiar spot today when they play in the TAPPS state championship game in Waco. It’s so familiar in fact, that Ursuline will attempt to return with its 25th consecutive title.

That’s a quarter century of dominance on the pitch that extends back to well before the current group of players was born, and back to when head coach Kelly Wilmoth was in elementary school.


ESD, St. Mark’s Highlight Patriot Cup

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The Patriot Cup is always an exciting tribute to both the sport of lacrosse and the legacy of military service, and this weekend’s lineup looks like one of the best yet.

As usual, the schedule will feature a mix of college and high school games at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The top Dallas-area teams include Highland Park, St. Mark’s, and defending state champion ESD.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounder Warrior Project, and you can find ticket information here. A complete schedule follows the jump.


Emmanuel Acho Heading Back to Prom

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Emmanuel Acho

Emmanuel Acho

With all the negative stories you hear about professional athletes these days, it’s nice to have someone like Emmanuel Acho around.

Acho, the former St. Mark’s standout who is now a linebacker with the Philadelphia Eagles, gave a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a teenage fan by agreeing to be her prom date if her proposal was re-tweeted at least 10,000 times.

More than 17,000 responses later, Acho showed up at the girl’s Virginia high school to make the date official. ESPN has some cool video and photos here.


Napa Marathoners Have Charitable Hearts

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Henda Salmeron

Henda Salmeron

Four Dallas runners are putting their money where their feet are — raising money for pediatric heart patients while running in the Napa Valley Marathon.

Sunday’s marathon in northern California will include Henda Salmeron, Trey Bayne, Steve Novak, and Zachary Porter. Each of them is competing to raise money and awareness for the local chapter of the HeartGift Foundation, a nonprofit that brings children from around the world to the United States to correct life-threatening heart defects.

The four athletes, all in their 40s, became acquainted through a weekly networking meeting known as Dallas Round Table and found they shared passions for running and philanthropy. Each has experience running marathons.


Hill, Jesuit Have Lofty Goals on Diamond

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Jesuit's Darius Hill is one of the top returning hitters in the Dallas area. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit’s Darius Hill is one of the top returning hitters in the Dallas area. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

A newspaper article on the wall of his bedroom still serves as inspiration for Darius Hill. It’s about Josh Bell, the former Jesuit outfielder who now is one of the top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Hill grew up admiring Bell, and when he entered Jesuit as a freshman, he gravitated toward the same spot in center field that Bell patrolled before being a second-round pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

Now a senior, Hill is following capably in Bell’s footsteps. The left-handed hitter has received numerous All-American accolades, has traveled for all-star games throughout the country, and has already signed to play in college next season at West Virginia.


Bad Weather Sends Good Food to Shelter

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Some spontaneous collaboration between two nonprofits gave a hot meal to some needy folks during this week’s wintry weather.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas had to cancel its Women’s Event fundraiser on Monday night. That meant that 600 hot meals already prepared by the venue hosting the event — the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel — were in danger of going to waste.

So the leadership of the Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Center decided to turn the unfortunate circumstances into a unique opportunity by donating those meals to Union Gospel Mission of Dallas.


Ft. Worth’s Antique & Art Show Now 3 Days

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Don’t miss the 52nd annual Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art, with 150 exhibitors featuring antiques, art, music, fashion, and great design of all styles and eras.

The show is now three days: March 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Admission is $8 and good for all three days. Children 15 and under get in free.


Student Show Salutes Black History, Arts, Culture

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As Black History Month winds down this weekend, the students at Nathan Adams Elementary School are celebrating with a visual and performing arts show on Thursday afternoon at the school.

Art, choir, strings, and cheer students will combine their efforts in a tribute to African-American culture and arts.

The event will begin with a reception in the cafeteria at 4:45 p.m., followed by the show at 5:30 in the auditorium. For more information, contact Nadia Khan-Roberts at 214-883-7521 or nadia.khanroberts@gmail.com.


Withers Dual-Language Teacher Honored

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Irma De La Guardia has taught third-grade dual-language classes at Withers since 2007. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Irma De La Guardia has taught third-grade dual-language classes at Withers Elementary School since 2007. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Congratulations to Irma De La Guardia, a teacher in the dual-language program at Withers Elementary School, who recently was named as the 2015 Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Bilingual Education.

De La Guardia was an auditor in Mexico City before moving to the Dallas area with her husband about 15 years ago. She changed careers and became a certified teacher, then helped to launch the dual-language program at Withers in 2007.

She qualified for the national award after being recognized last fall by the Texas Association of Bilingual Education.