Category: Sports

Dallas Historical Society to Host Baseball Panel


Courtesy Dallas Historical Society

The Dallas Historical Society and Arcadia Publishing will host a panel discussion on the history of baseball in Texas June 24 at the Hall of State in Fair Park.

Writers scheduled to appear include Scott Cain, author of Cleburne Baseball: A Railroader History; Mark Presswood, author of Baseball in Ft. Worth; and Clay Coppedge, author of Texas Baseball.

C. Paul Rogers, III a law professor and former dean of SMU’s School of Law will moderate the discussion. Rogers also chairs the DFW Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. with appearances by the Grand Prairie AirHogs, and “Spike,” mascot for the Cleburne Railroaders. The panel discussion will follow at 1:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. For group reservations contact [email protected] or call (214)-421-4500.

Sharp ESD Senior Takes Fencing Skills to Yale

Lauren Kim will attend Yale in the fall and will become the only Texan on the fencing roster for the Bulldogs. (Courtesy photo)

For many Texas teenagers, exposure to fencing comes only through big-screen swashbuckling adventures like The Three Musketeers.

As Lauren Kim tells her ESD classmates, however, fencing is much more than choreographed swordplay. And she’s got the expertise to prove it.

Kim has been around fencing her entire life. Her father Michael competed in college at the University of Iowa and has owned Lone Star Fencing Center in Dallas for many years. He also coached at St. Mark’s and Hockaday.

Bush’s Warrior Open to Join AT&T Byron Nelson in Getting a New Home in 2018

President George W. Bush hits the greens during the Warrior Open. (Photos by Grant Miller for the George W. Bush Presidential Center)

President George W. and Laura Bush joined veterans May 22 on the course at Prestonwood Golf Club in Dallas for a tournament honoring alumni of Team 43 Sports, an initiative that showcases the resilience of wounded warriors and underscores the importance of sports in the rehabilitation of men and women injured on the front lines.

Next year, the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Warrior Open golf tournament will join the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament in moving to the Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.

The two-day Warrior Open will occur on the Monday and Tuesday following the AT&T Byron Nelson and will include a Pro-Am.

“One way to better serve post-9/11 veterans as they transition from military to civilian life is to address the challenges they face when they come home,” said President Bush.

Jesuit’s Rapping Running Back Isn’t Slowing Down

Jackson finds success in sports, school, and music. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

During the past year, Evan Jackson rushed for more than 1,200 yards on the football field, released his first hip-hop mixtape, and started an impromptu clothing line.

And by the way, he is heading to an Ivy League school in the fall with hopes of a career in either finance or law.

The multitalented Jesuit senior admitted that his graduation on May 27 will cap a whirlwind year of unexpected success.

Gilliam, Kohrs Team Up for Silver at State


Hillcrest’s Anne Gilliam teamed up with Zane Kohrs to win a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 5A state tournament. (Photo: Tim Hurst)

By Joshua Koch / Special Contributor

COLLEGE STATION — Dallas ISD schools aren’t known for a consistent presence at the UIL state tennis tournament. But for the past two years, a pair of friends have been proud to carry the torch for Hillcrest.

Anne Gilliam, a junior, and Zane Kohrs, a senior, each competed at the Class 5A state tournament a year ago in singles. Gilliam made history by winning a gold medal.

Yet the duo decided to not compete individually this season and team up instead. Gilliam chose to forego a shot at defending her title to join Kohrs in mixed doubles.

After reaching the finals, Gilliam and Kohrs lost to Highland Park’s Phillip Quinn and Madison McBride in three sets (3-6, 6-0, 6-2) on Friday at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

Rangers Rally Past Rival ESD for State Title


Jesuit staged a comeback for the ages on Sunday against ESD, earning its second straight THSLL state title. (Photo: Bryan Montgomery)

The first state championship for the Jesuit lacrosse team carried plenty of historical significance, but the second time around might be even more memorable.

A year after making history, the Rangers successfully defended their crown by rallying for a 9-8 win over previously unbeaten rival ESD in the Texas High School Lacrosse League title game on Sunday at Rhodes Stadium in Katy.

Daniel Burnum scored the game-winning goal with 5:19 left in the fourth quarter to cap a furious comeback by Jesuit. Burnum scored four goals in the game and added an assist to earn offensive MVP honors.

Hillcrest Sprinter Takes Bronze at State


Congratulations to Hillcrest’s Terrance Mullings, who earned a bronze medal in the 200 meters at the state track meet on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Hillcrest senior Terrance Mullings won a bronze medal in the boys 200 meters at the Class 5A state track and field meet on Friday in Austin.

In his debut at the state meet, Mullings finished in 21.39 seconds, which was more than a half-second behind state champion Kary Vincent of Port Arthur Memorial. However, Mullings was 0.15 seconds ahead of Fort Bend Marshall’s Shamon Ehiemua for the final podium spot.

Mullings won the Region II title last month, but was seeded fifth in the race based on that time. He narrowly missed qualifying for state in the 400 after placing third at regionals.

Hawks Eliminate Jesuit With Sweep


Rockwall-Heath ended Jesuit’s playoff run with a sweep of a Class 6A Region II area round series on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

There won’t be a third consecutive trip to the Class 6A state baseball tournament for Jesuit, nor a chance for the Rangers to defend their title.

Rockwall-Heath ensured that by overpowering Jesuit 13-3 in five innings on Friday to complete a decisive sweep in the Region II area round series. The state-ranked Hawks pulled away late for a 6-1 win in Friday’s series opener on Jesuit’s home field.

In Thursday’s series opener, Heath Vankirk limited the Hawks (31-7) to two runs through six innings before Heath erupted for four runs in the seventh.

In Game 2, the Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning before the Hawks responded with 11 runs in the first three frames to essentially put the series away.

Ursuline Rowers Make College Choices


Ursuline’s Paula Villegas (La Salle) and Derrian Thompson (Loyola Marymount) each signed National Letters of Intent in April.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

The rowing careers of Ursuline seniors Derrian Thompson and Paula Villegas won’t end in high school.

Thompson is headed to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and Villegas is headed to La Salle University in Philadelphia. The duo signed their Nationals Letters of Intent in April.

“It was so fun to wrap up the four years of our rowing together at our Signing Day,” Villegas said. “It’s something we always talked about. We’ve been best friends since we were freshmen.”