Former Episcopal School of Dallas standout Phil Pressey and his Missouri Tigers got a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament. Mizzou (23-10) will take on Colorado State (25-8) on Thursday in Lexington, Kent.
The bad news for the Tigers is they will likely take on No. 1-seed Louisville (29-5) in the second round, provided they are able to get past the Rams.
Pressey, a junior point guard, is averaging 11.6 points, 7.1 assists. and 3.4 rebounds per game.
It’s been a few months since the Rev. Stephen Swann, ESD’s founder and headmaster retired, and Kimberly A. MaGee has been serving as interim head of school since his November departure. Meredyth Moredock Cole will be taking the reins on July 1, and if you’d like to learn more about her and her vision for the school, tonight’s your chance. She’ll be hosting an open session at 5:30 p.m. tonight, so head to ESD if you’d like to get to know her better.
If you’ve been giving up your Saturday mornings to volunteer with Hockaday and Habitat for Humanity, tomorrow you get to finally see the culmination of your hard work. The dedication ceremony is at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Saturday is all about personal improvement and self-help. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Mikki C. Zimmerman will discuss and sign Can I Get a Witness? at the Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble. Also at 2 p.m., David J. Bates will discuss Narrow it Down at the Preston Royal Barnes & Noble.
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Missouri point guard Phil Pressey, a former Episcopal School of Dallas standout who helped the Eagles win a pair of Southwest Preparatory Conference championships, helped the Tigers to a huge 63-60 win over No. 5 Florida on Tuesday night in Columbia.
Pressey helped the Tigers (19-7, 8-5) erase a 13-point deficit and remain undefeated at home this season. The junior had seven points, six rebounds, and 10 assists. Mizzou lost to the Gators by 31 points a month ago in Gainesville.
Speaking of Pressey, make sure you read my feature story on him in this week’s Preston Hollow People.
It all started when a Beginner class read a book on “the most beautiful valentine,” and the children were inspired. They decided to attempt the world’s largest valentine, and donate it to Scottish Rite Hospital. The canvas, covered in pink, red, and purple hearts, is 9×12 feet. The front reads, “Happy Valentine’s Day. Love Your ESD Friends.” It was delivered on Thursday afternoon, and now hangs in a Scottish Rite lobby. About 20 kids and their parents went to present the valentine.
During the painting sessions, children learned songs about love to sing in chapel.
“Valentine’s Day makes me happy because I tell all my friends I love them,” one student said.
Aww. Now, doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Us, too.
I’ve heard of mock NFL Drafts, but yesterday was my first encounter with a mock National Signing Day. As high school seniors across America autographed their letters of intent, ESD football coach Clayton Sanders tweeted pictures of himself with 13 juniors on his team. Each kid was holding up the name of his preferred university, with choices ranging from UCLA on the West Coast to Miami on the East Coast. Sanders billed the whole thing as the “Mock” 2014 National Signing Day. This morning, he tweeted congratulations to the players and added, “You dreamed big. Now you have a year to make it a reality!”
Update: According to Football Scoop, the event was a surprise for the kids.
Texas weather is still in its semi-winter flux, sure, but around here, parents are already eyeballing their kids’ summer schedules — and camp (as our paper’s camps section will underscore later this month) is no small item.
Need some inspiration? From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Episcopal School of Dallas will host a Tips on Trips info fair, where families can learn all about standard sleep-away camps as well as travel, wilderness, language-immersion, and community service programs in the U.S. and abroad. It’s a free event, and one where guests can mingle with program directors, too.
Episcopal School of Dallas boys middle school basketball coach Mike Schneider recorded his 500th victory last Tuesday night, guiding the Eagles’ “Maroon” team to a 33-24 road victory over Parish Episcopal.
“Winning is great, but the players are the most important,” Schneider said.
Schneider, who is also assistant director of wellness and the chair of the physical education department at the school, has been at ESD since 1987. He has coached more than seventy teams during his 26 years with the school, including boys and girls at every level. His primary focus has been softball, volleyball, basketball, and field hockey.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Coach Schneider for the past 15 years and have always been impressed by his character, knowledge of multiple sports, ability to relate to and motivate student-athletes of all ages, and his commitment to great sportsmanship,” said ESD athletic director David Tollison. “It is obvious that Mike has a true passion for coaching and teaching and is in the profession for the right reasons. Although his win total is very impressive, the most important contribution he has made to ESD is the positive impact he has had on the lives of so many student-athletes.”
The Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award is presented each year to an exceptional senior student-athlete in the North Texas area. The five finalists were announced yesterday, and two of them are from Preston Hollow schools:
Elizabeth Crowling, Hillcrest High School
As the top-ranked student in her class at Hillcrest High School, Elizabeth Crowling is known for her “inquisitive nature” and “joie de vivre.” A four-year varsity athlete in cross country, softball and swimming, Elizabeth has thrived both athletically and academically. In addition to serving as team captain of the cross country and swim teams, the AP Scholar with Distinction and All-State Academic Swimmer has been named to the “A” honor roll every year. Elizabeth is a member of the National Honor Society and Academic Success Program, and she volunteers at the local animal shelter. She also played in the marching band and was appointed the alto-saxophone section leader by her band director during her junior year. In June 2011, Elizabeth explored her interest in medicine by interning at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. She continues to take part in their Biomedical Research Program researching pancreatic proteins.
Anna Hansell, Episcopal School of Dallas
Anna Hansell is a “brilliant, gifted and spunky” individual who has cultivated her academic and athletic talents during her time at Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD). The National Merit Semifinalist and AP Scholar with Honor is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society, ESD Student Council, Ambassadors Club and World Affairs Club. She is a tri-sport varsity athlete in field hockey, soccer and lacrosse, and was named All-SPC in field hockey. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the National Latin Examination Award – Magna Cum Laude, and first place in the ESD Art Competition. Anna is extremely involved in the Dallas community and has volunteered at the Genesis Women’s Shelter, Dallas Arboretum, and Museum of Nature and Science. She also tutors and mentors underprivileged middle school students via the STAIRS tutoring program, for which she was hand selected.
The recipient of the $30,000 scholarship will be announced Jan. 22.
Jesuit is hosting the annual Knights of Columbus basketball tournament this week. The Rangers have earned a berth in today’s championship game, and their opponents will be the Eagles from Episcopal School of Dallas. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.
And if that isn’t enough intra-Hollow hoops action for you, you should be able to take in a second such game this evening. Yavneh Academy is scheduled to host St. Mark’s at 8 o’clock.
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