Category: Sports

Upset Minded New Faces Take Title for Ursuline

FROM LEFT: Coach Amy Ruengmateekhun, Aidan McLachlan, Elena Song, Hannah Ryan, Haley Rickman, and Courtney Kang. (Courtesy photo)

When Amy Ruengmateekhun took over as Ursuline’s golf coach last fall, she inherited a program that hadn’t won a TAPPS state title since 2013.

She also inherited a roster filled with talented young players who had never experienced the level of success necessary to return the program to prominence.

Byron Nelson Provides Comforts of Home for Merrick

PGA Tour golfer John Merrick moved his family to University Park from his native Long Beach, California, about four years ago. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

On the Monday prior to the AT&T Byron Nelson, John Merrick was able to drop his 6-year-old son off at school before heading to the course for a practice round.

Four days later, as Merrick was coming off the course in southern Dallas after finishing his final hole of the tournament, his wife, Jody, and two kids were there to greet him.

Opinions Vary on New Nelson Location

Golf fans braved the heat to see Jordan Spieth, bottom left, at the new Byron Nelson golf course. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson, in its new location at Trinity Forest Golf Course in south Dallas, fell victim to the extreme weather changes synonymous with North Texas.

The tournament moved from Las Colinas’ Four Seasons and Sports Club, where its roots extended back to 1983, to the links-style course off of Highway 175 for its 50th season.

ESD Boat Makes Waves at National Regatta

Congratulations to these ESD freshmen for winning their division at the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia.

A quartet from ESD used a late surge to win the Freshman Boys Quad race at the recent Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia.

The team of Ford Bannister, Sam Lindsey, Sam Curtis, and Christopher Hess claimed the 1,500-meter event in a time of 5 minutes, 34.96 seconds, which was more than a second ahead of the runner-up boat from New York.

The Stotesbury Cup, which is held each spring on the Schuylkill River, is the oldest and largest scholastic regatta in the world. This year, the event included more than 5,000 athletes.

ESD Senior Fourth at National Regatta

The men’s 4X boat representing Dallas United Crew finished fourth at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships.

Bryce Miltenberger, a rising senior at ESD, finished fourth with his Dallas United Crew teammates at the recent U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in California.

The Preston Hollow resident was one of four oarsmen in DUC’s men’s 4X boat alongside Connor Alexander, Andrew Schweitzer, and Will Schweitzer. The quartet has been rowing together since April.

The national meet included more than 1,500 athletes representing 150 crews from around the country. DUC sent 31 rowers to nationals this year, 27 of which will return next season.

Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game Returns

Dirk Nowitzki at last year’s baseball game | Photo: Brandon Colston Photography

A limited amount of tickets remain for Dirk Nowitzki’s 2018 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, presented by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco.

The 17th annual game is on June 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Money raised will benefit the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.

Jake McKenzie, a Man of Many Baseball Talents

Former W.T. White standout Jake McKenzie played all nine positions for the University of Texas during an April 17 game against UT Rio Grande Valley. (Courtesy photo)

Jake McKenzie first heard his coaches mention the outrageous idea in the fall. Could he really play all nine positions — one per inning — in a regulation game for the University of Texas?

He figured they were joking until April 15, after the team returned to Austin following weekend series against rival Oklahoma. He was called into the office of head coach David Pierce, who wanted to reward McKenzie for his versatility by giving him a rare opportunity.

New Course, Same Result for Spieth at Nelson

Jordan Spieth finished outside the top 20 as the AT&T Byron Nelson debuted at Trinity Forest Golf Club over the weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jordan Spieth felt confident about his hometown tournament, speaking beforehand about how his familiarity with the new Trinity Forest Golf Club would be advantageous in trying to reverse his fortunes at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

But on Sunday, the Preston Hollow resident and former Jesuit standout was again left scratching his head.

Despite favorable scoring conditions, he finished outside the top 20, and his 11-under par total of 273 was 12 shots behind winner Aaron Wise.

“It’s always been a struggle for me reading these greens, and the tournament was no different,” Spieth said. “Obviously some guys aren’t struggling so much with it, making a lot of putts. My game is in good shape. I’m very confident going forward.”

Gilliam Bows Out in State Semifinals

Hillcrest senior Anne Gilliam wrapped up her high school career by advancing to the semifinals at the 5A state tournament. (File photo: Tim Hurst)

By Joshua Koch / Special Contributor

COLLEGE STATION — Even if her high school career ended on a losing note, Anne Gilliam made history for girls tennis in Dallas ISD.

The Hillcrest senior fell in straight sets to Femke Tjon-A-Joe of Corpus Christi Flour Bluff on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 5A state tennis tournament.

“I feel like I left a mark here at Hillcrest,” Gilliam said. “That was my goal coming in and I gave it my all.”