November 4, 2013

  • St. Mark’s Headed to SPC Championship Game

    Quarterback John Webb (12) throws a short pass over the middle.

    St. Mark’s quarterback John Webb throws a short pass over the middle during Saturday’s SPC big-school semifinal.
    (Staff photo: Chris McGathey)

    The St. Mark’s Lions had no trouble with Houston Bellaire Episcopal, 56-21, in the SPC big-school semifinals on Saturday.

    With the win, St. Mark’s (8-1) advances to the title game against Houston Kinkaid (10-0) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Fort Worth Brewer. Kinkaid beat Episcopal School of Dallas, 48-28, in the other semifinal.

    Lions quarterback John Webb threw for 392 yards and five touchdowns. Four different receivers — Andrew Caldwell, John Caldwell, Andrew Patison, and Justin Jones — caught touchdowns. Patison had two.

    In the small-school semifinals, Cistercian lost to Houston Christian, 61-13.


    By Chuck Cox Nov. 4, 2013 | 2:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 1, 2013

  • SPC Playoff Games Set For Saturday


    St. Mark’s wide reciever Andrew Patison dives for a catch in front of an Episcopal School of Dallas defender. Both the Lions and Eagles are in the SPC playoffs on Saturday.
    (Photo: Andrew Buckley)

    Three area football teams — Cistercian, Episcopal School of Dallas, and St. Mark’s — will compete in the Southwest Preparatory Conference semifinals on Saturday.

    In the large school semifinals, top seed St. Mark’s (7-1) will play host to Houston Bellaire Episcopal (5-2) at 5 p.m., while ESD (6-3) will play at Houston Kincaid (9-0) at 6 p.m. The winners will meet for the SPC title next Saturday in Fort Worth.

    Cistercian (6-3) will play at top seed Houston Christian (7-3) at 5 p.m. in a small school semifinal. In the other semi, Fort Worth All Saints (9-0) will host Houston St. John’s at 4 p.m. The winners will play in Fort Worth next Friday night for the title.


    By Chuck Cox Nov. 1, 2013 | 1:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 9, 2013

  • New York, New York

    Smith web

    Itching to know how Episcopal School of Dallas sophomore Graham Smith spent his summer? Be sure to read the full story in Friday’s Preston Hollow People. (Staff photo:Chris McGathey)

    By Chris Mcgathey Sep. 9, 2013 | 12:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 5, 2013

  • ESD Football Player Pulls Double Duty During Games

    Channel 4 aired a story this week on Episcopal School of Dallas senior Armand Fernandez-Pierre, who is a member of the school’s varsity football team and its cheerleading squad.

    By Dan Koller Sep. 5, 2013 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 31, 2013

  • Attorneys Really Want D’Metria Benson Off Bench

    Y’all remember Judge D’Metria Benson, right? She presided over the Episcopal School of Dallas lawsuit that was covered so relentlessly by Claire St. Amant on this blog back in 2011. She’s also been deemed one of Dallas County’s worst judges. That’s why a group of anonymous attorneys have created a website,, that’s dedicated to getting her voted off the bench.

    The people behind the site genuinely believe several things:

    We genuinely believe that D’Metria Benson is inexcusably rude to both attorneys AND their clients.

    We genuinely believe D’Metria Benson does not prepare for hearings.

    We genuinely believe D’Metria Benson does not have an adequate knowledge of the law.

    We genuinely believe D’Metria Benson does not have a judicial temperment; in fact she has the opposite temperment.  She is unfit to sit on the bench.

    The list goes on and on.

    If you’d like to run against Benson, the filing period to get on the ballots for the 2014 primaries is Nov. 9 through Dec. 9.

    By Dan Koller Aug. 31, 2013 | 10:52 am | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 7, 2013

  • ESD to Erect Three 7-Foot Water Towers

    ESD water towers by Dan Koller

    The agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the City Plan Commission includes an item about the installation of three water towers on the Episcopal School of Dallas campus.

    By Dan Koller Aug. 7, 2013 | 3:56 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pressey to Come Home on St. Paddy’s Day


    Former Episcopal School of Dallas standout Phil Pressey will make his return home as a free agent rookie with the Boston Celtics on St. Patrick’s Day. How cool is that? The Celtics in town to take on the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on March 17 with a local kid.

    The NBA released its 2013-14 schedule yesterday. Pressey, after a three-year career as the starting point guard at Missouri, decided to enter the NBA Draft. Despite not being drafted, Pressey is expected to back up Rajon Rondo, although Rondo’s status for the season opener on Oct. 30 at Toronto is still in question.

    Pressey’s dad, Paul, played in the NBA and is currently an assistant coach in Cleveland.

    By Chuck Cox Aug. 7, 2013 | 12:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Tax-Free Back-to-School Shopping This Weekend

    It’s time to strap on your tennis shoes and face the crowds — this weekend most back-to-school necessities are tax-free. That includes the majority of backpacks, school supplies, clothing, and footwear (under $100) that your kiddos will need to look and stay sharp this year.

    Before you hit the ground running, check out our back-to-school spread in this week’s Preston Hollow People, featuring adorable sisters Lauren and Julia Hicks (ESD).

    For all the nitty-gritty details, click here.

    By Margaux Anbouba Aug. 7, 2013 | 10:36 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 25, 2013

  • Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Makes Its Picks


    The W.T. White Longhorns are picked to finish seventh in District 9-5 this season. (Staff photo: Andrew Buckley)

    Last Friday was one of the best days of the year for Texas football fans. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the bible of high school, college, and pro football in the Lone Star State, hit newsstands.

    The annual publication, which started in 1960, previews every team in Texas.

    In District 9-5A, the magazine has Jesuit finishing third and W.T. White seventh. The Rangers are coming off a 9-3 season, but Jesuit lost a ton of talent to graduation, including one of the top receivers in state history in Jake Oliver. Jesuit will have six starters back, while the Longhorns, who finished 2-8 last season, will return 12 starters.

    In District 12-4A, Dave Campbell‘s has Hillcrest finishing fifth and Thomas Jefferson picked eighth. The Panthers have 12 starters back from last year’s 5-5 squad, while the Patriots have 15 starters returning from last year’s 1-9 squad.

    Moving over to the private schools, the publication has Parish Episcopal picked second in TAPPS Division II District 2. Dallas Christian is picked to win the district, while Shelton is picked seventh. The Panthers have 10 starters back from last year’s 10-2 team. In the Southwest Preparatory Conference North Division, St. Mark’s is picked second, Episcopal School of Dallas fourth, and Greenhill eighth.

    The Lions have 10 starters back from last year’s 7-2 team. The Eagles return 20 starters from last year’s 3-6 team. And the Hornets, who have a new head coach in Ralph Dintino, are coming off an 0-9 season. Their returning starters were not listed in the magazine.

    Lutheran is picked fourth in TAPPS Division III District 3.

    In TAPPS Six-Man Division II, defending state champion Covenant is picked to win the district. Covenant should have a very good chance to repeat as state champs with nine starters back.

    By Chuck Cox Jun. 25, 2013 | 1:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 18, 2013

  • Fourth of July Draws Near; Got Your Flag Yet?

    Staff photo: Chris McGathey

    Staff photo: Chris McGathey

    I heard this week from a reader who vaguely remembered our May 24 story about ESD student Ben Kelly, but she had lost the flier promoting his “Operation Fly Your Flag.” If you’d like to get in touch with him, his email address is

    By Dan Koller Jun. 18, 2013 | 1:41 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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