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.
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).
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episcopal School of Dallas won the Glen Rose regional over the weekend to qualify for the 7-on-7 Division II Football State Tournament July 11-12 in Leander. It’s the second straight year the Eagles have made it to state.
ESD beat Clifton (54-0), Gatesville (48-20), China Spring (48-33), and Hico (41-19) en route to winning the qualifier.
PLANO — The Highland Park lacrosse team’s regular season ended April 18 with an 8-4 loss to St. Mark’s. The Scots’ postseason ended Saturday in exactly the same way.
The Lions roared out to a 5-0 lead in the first half of the Texas High School Lacrosse League Division I State Championship semifinals. St. Mark’s was dominant in the first quarter, keeping the Scots on the defensive.
“In the game of lacrosse, it’s all about ground balls,” Highland Park head coach Derek Thomson said. “Ground balls equals time of possession, and they outworked us on the ground.”
St. Mark’s offensive outburst included goals by junior attackman Tommy Addy in the first and final minutes of the first quarter.
“We had a lot of confidence going into the game,” Addy said. “We just came out swinging, and after that, we just kept rolling.”
Highland Park (14-3) got two goals in the third quarter from sophomore midfielder Kevin Ken. Unfortunately for the Scots, St. Mark’s senior midfielder Danny Koudelka also scored twice in that period.
“The first game, we didn’t really come out firing because we had the No. 1 seed locked in for the playoffs,” Ken said. “And in today’s game, they just played better than we did. There’s nothing we could do. We didn’t play to our potential, but they just outplayed us today.”
Ken moved up to the Scots’ Division I team this season after playing on the Highland Park squad that secured the Division II championship in 2012. Highland Park and St. Mark’s met in the Division I title game in 2012, 2010, and 2009, with the Scots coming out on top each time.
St. Mark’s also lost in the 2007 championship game. The Lions (17-3) will try to secure their first Texas High School Lacrosse League title on Sunday against ESD (15-6). The Eagles beat Jesuit (14-4) on Saturday when Richie Loftus broke a 5-5 tie with 11 seconds left.
“St. Mark’s is playing like we did last year,” Thompson said. “They got hot at the right time of year. I don’t know if they were more talented than us, but I certainly know they played more as a team.”
The championship game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at John Clark Stadium.
One lacrosse player has a great vision of getting all his neighbors to fly the American flag in their yards by the Fourth of July. Help him “make the neighborhood exceptional” by displaying your flag, if you have one. Don’t have a flag? Lucky for you, Ben Kelly is selling a mounting bracket, pole, and flag for $45. Contact him at email@example.com or at 214-696-0991. He’ll install it for you.
Look for more details on Ben’s story in an upcoming issue of Preston Hollow People. And show your pride!
Nice try, Houston and Austin. This year, the cream of the crop in the Texas High School Lacrosse League lives in Dallas. The Division I semifinals are scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Plano. St. Mark’s will take on Highland Park at 5 p.m., followed by ESD vs. Jesuit at 7:30. The championship game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Three Preston Hollow teams — Episcopal School of Dallas, Jesuit, and St. Mark’s — qualified for the Texas High School Lacrosse League super regionals this weekend in The Woodlands and Round Rock.
Jesuit (13-2) has a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed from the North District. The Rangers will take on the winner of the fist-round game between Austin Anderson and an opponent to be determined from the South District at 3 p.m. Sunday in The Woodlands.
ESD (12-6) is the No. 3 seed from the North and will take on Bowie (13-7) at noon on Saturday in The Woodlands. The winner of that game takes on The Woodlands (18-0) at noon on Sunday at The Woodlands.
St. Mark’s (14-3), the No. 4 seed from the North, will face an opponent to be determined from the South District at 1 p.m. Saturday in Round Rock. The winner of that game plays Austin Westlake (14-4) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Round Rock.
Highland Park (13-3) is the other team from the North District. The Scots have a first-round bye and will face the St. John’s-Austin High winner at 11 a.m. Sunday in Round Rock.
The four second-round winners advance to the state tournament May 4-5 in Plano.
The Hillcrest baseball team will honor their “baseball babes” Saturday with a cook out. The game against ESD starts at 1 p.m., and it is one of the last home games of the season. Burgers and hot dogs will be served.
Your last chance to catch the team on their home field in the regular season is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 against Woodrow Wilson.
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