Area private schools will be buzzing with activity over the next couple of days, as the Southwest Preparatory Conference holds its spring athletic tournaments here.
On Saturday, the SPC will hold its championships in baseball, softball, tennis, girls lacrosse, and track and field. The finals for boys lacrosse and golf took place in April.
A complete rundown of the locations for each sport follows the jump, and you can find more information, such as brackets and pairings, at the SPC website.
Graduation weekend will keep the Lefferts family scrambling from one place to the next, with three ceremonies in two days. But that’s nothing new.
Marshall Lefferts and his sisters, Rachel and Karen, aren’t inseparable like some triplets. Instead, each has carved out his or her own niche at a different private school. That has allowed each sibling the optimum high school experience, even if it sometimes leads to some logistical nightmares for the clan.
Marshall takes classes at ESD, while Rachel attends Hockaday and Karen is enrolled at Parish Episcopal. That wasn’t planned; it just worked out that way.
The Lefferts triplets aren’t identical, and that doesn’t just apply to their looks. They have different interests and personalities, with Marshall a football player who hopes to play in college. Karen is an aspiring actress, while Rachel hopes to become a journalist.
Their childhood has included some of the same rivalries that all siblings endure. At one point, the three children were each given 30 minutes a day to watch a TV show of their choice. Marshall said the girls would frequently team up and watch a show for an hour before yielding.
Birthdays have always been interesting. The triplets were born on May 10, which happens to be one day after their mother’s birthday and two days prior to their stepmother’s birthday. And it usually falls around Mother’s Day, to boot.
Christopher Ryan Chapman is a member of Troop 72 and a sophomore at the Cambridge School of Dallas. For his Eagle service project, the son of William and Karen Chapman of Preston Hollow built courtyard benches for Grace Bible Church.
Cole Thomas Gerthoffer is a member of Troop 68 and a senior at St. Mark’s School of Texas. For his Eagle service project, the son of Tom and Tracy Gerthoffer of Far North Dallas built two raised flower beds for the residents of Dickinson Place.
William Grogan Lipscomb is a member of Troop 68 and a senior at Episcopal School of Dallas. For his Eagle service project, the son of Suzanne and Jay Lipscomb of Preston Hollow removed dead stumps, prepared and tilled beds, and planted red-tipped photinia along a 60-yard stretch of fence for a Family Place shelter.
Cole Ambrose Jacaman Morgan is a member of Troop 72 and a sophomore at Highland Park High School. For his Eagle service project, the son of Andrea Jacaman and Alberto Lopez of Highland Park and Patrick Morgan and Lyn Herr of Austin built three large plant beds at Mi Escuelita Preschool to beautify the campus and catch rainwater.
Blair Riepen is a member of Troop 70 and a junior at Highland Park High School. For his Eagle service project, the son of Lynn Riepen of Highland Park and the late Brian Riepen prepared food baskets and hygiene bags for families with children in the ICU at Children’s Medical Center. Blair is the sixth member of his family to achieve Eagle rank, a Troop 70 record.
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A sign that lacrosse season is once again upon us, the sixth annual Patriot Cup tournament will take place this weekend at SMU’s Ford Stadium.
The six-game schedule will feature an mix of college and high school teams, opening with Southwestern University against Colorado College at 7 p.m. Friday.
Tournament passes cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year’s tournament raised $10,000 for the good cause.
The high school games include ESD against The Woodlands at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the Highland Park JV against Flower Mound at 3 p.m.
Saturday’s college games will include Dartmouth vs. Sacred Heart (noon), SMU vs. Texas A&M (5 p.m.), and TCU vs. Texas Tech (7 p.m.).
Area private schools were well represented among the winners at the SPC winter sports championship meet on Saturday in Houston.
In girls basketball, Greenhill took the Division I title with a 51-46 win over Holland Hall in the championship game.
ESD won both team titles in soccer. The girls posted a 5-0 victory over John Cooper in the title game, and the boys knocked off Cistercian 2-0.
Meanwhile, St. Mark’s took home the team championship in boys swimming and finished second in wrestling, with five individual winners.
A month ago, an email from Richard Williams would have identified him as a physics teacher, offensive coordinator and interim head football coach at ESD.
Yesterday, his email signature was changed, dropping both the interim and offensive coordinator tags when Williams was announced as the school’s new head coach.
Williams was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles for the past two seasons under Clayton Sanders, who resigned as head coach in November after a 6-4 season.
Both Sanders and Williams came to ESD in 2012 from Houston Kinkaid, which knocked off the Eagles in the SPC semifinals last season. Williams is a Kinkaid graduate and a former running back at Rice University in the early 1990s.
Many area students are enjoying a couple of weeks off from school over the holidays, and the girls on the Episcopal School of Dallas basketball team are no different in that regard.
But what makes their holiday break unique is a trip to San Diego for the Surf-n-Slam tournament, which runs Friday through Monday.
The Lady Eagles (7-1) will play three games in four days at University City High School. They will meet Hilltop (Alberta, Canada) on Friday, Cedar Park (Wash.) Christian on Saturday, and Golden Valley (Calif.) on Monday.
ESD will return home to meet Tyler All Saints on Jan. 3.
Editor’s note: This story also appears in the Nov. 29 edition of Preston Hollow People.
For the second time in two years, the Episcopal School of Dallas is looking for a head football coach.
Clayton Sanders’ resignation was first reported Nov. 13 on the website of Vype, a magazine about high school sports.
“In Coach Sanders’ two-year tenure as head football coach, ESD’s program has seen a significant increase in participation and results,” ESD head of school Meredyth M. Cole is quoted as saying in the Vype story. “I know you join me in thanking Coach Sanders for his service to the school.”
The story says Richard Williams, who arrived at ESD with Sanders, has been named interim head coach while athletic director Jerry Reese conducts a nationwide search for Sanders’ replacement. It does not address any reasons for Sanders’ departure.
ESD officials were not available for interviews this week due to the school’s Thanksgiving holiday.
Do you have any extra blankets around the house? Sleep Experts asks that you consider donating them to families in need during the 10th annual Share the Warmth Blanket Drive.
Sleep Experts is accepting donations of new and gently used blankets, sheets, comforters, towels, and pillows at all 44 locations throughout North Texas, through Thanksgiving Day.
The 2013 Share the Warmth Blanket Drive benefits the Family Place and other North Texas domestic violence shelters. Blankets collected during the drive will be delivered in December to these shelters, to keep their families warm this winter season.
Sleep Experts will receive a helping hand from thousands of Girl Scouts representing the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas council (Dallas) and Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains council (Fort Worth). Girl Scout troops participate by collecting blankets in their own communities and will earn special Share the Warmth community service badges.
“November is our favorite time of the year, when we come together as a community to give the gift of warmth and comfort to families in need,” said Christine Cook, president of Sleep Experts. “As we celebrate 10 years of Sharing the Warmth, we hope to collect more blankets than ever before, with the help of the Girl Scouts.”
“When victims come to The Family Place, our primary concern is to make our clients feel safe,” said Paige Flink, executive director of the Family Place. “These blankets not only provide the warmth that these women and children require, but also give them the much-needed security that they desperately need to have a life free from violence.”
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.
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