Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the March edition of Preston Hollow People.
The transition between high school and college can be daunting for the average student. So consider Steven Spieth’s situation.
The Jesuit graduate chose to go to an academically rigorous Ivy League school almost 1,800 miles away, and he was an athlete on top of that. Yet Spieth has found success during his freshman year at Brown University both on and off the basketball court, starting every game for a school that is having its best season since 2008.
“It was a tough adjustment, but after a couple of weeks, I started getting into the swing of things,” Spieth said. “All of the guys on the team have helped me out. The biggest part has been adjusting to the weather.”
The 6-foot-6 forward is fifth in scoring average for the Bears, and posted a career-best 20 points during a win over Dartmouth on Feb. 8. He has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times.
Brown (14-10, 6-4) will face rival Pennsylvania in a nationally televised game at 6:30 p.m. tonight on NBCSN.
Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in the March edition of Preston Hollow People.
When it came to finding a name for his new company, Jim Thompson went the geographical route with Preston Hollow Capital. His first and perhaps more appropriately descriptive choice, Full Circle, was already taken.
That’s how Thompson and a handful of his colleagues feel about their new venture, an investment firm targeting a broad array of strategies including fixed-income, venture capital and private equity deals, along with alternative investing.
The Preston Hollow resident and finance industry veteran is president and CEO of the new company, which launched on Jan. 1 in a temporary office space in downtown Dallas. The firm’s permanent space should be ready this spring.
For Thompson, the experience is comparable to 1990, when he was a co-founder of Orix USA, the American subsidiary of Japan-based Orix Corp. He was an executive there for the past 23 years, and was the CEO for the past decade.
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.).
If you live in Preston Hollow, then you’ve no doubt already enjoyed Todd Jorgenson’s story on Dallas Stars icon Mike Modano in our March edition. (If you don’t live in Preston Hollow, you can download a PDF of that edition on the right side of this page.) Todd’s story says Modano plays a key role in the Stars’ Little Rookies program, which offers four free hockey lessons to kids ages 4 to 8.
I’ve already signed up my 5-year-old to participate this summer. But if you want to let your kid test the frozen waters first, perhaps you’ll want to register for Try Hockey for Free, a one-day event that the Stars are hosting Saturday at the American Airlines Center.
Ursuline Academy has announced it will begin construction in a few weeks on its new lighted on-campus athletic field, which will be named after Sister Margaret Ann Moser.
The Catholic girls school in Preston Hollow said it has gotten the funding it needs to proceed with the project, with completion expected in October.
The school’s efforts have generated controversy for more than a decade among concerned neighbors, but now UA was recently given the green light by Dallas City Hall to proceed. See the school’s full announcement here.
The boys basketball team from Yavneh Academy fell one win short of a trip to the state tournament in its first season back in TAPPS.
The Bulldogs lost to defending state champion Lubbock Christian 59-54 on Tuesday in a TAPPS 3A state quarterfinal game in Abilene. The defeat snapped a 16-game winning streak for Yavneh, which hadn’t lost since Dec. 7.
Still, it capped an impressive 32-5 campaign for the small Jewish school on Merit Drive, which scored postseason victories over Irving Highlands and Frisco Legacy Christian prior to Tuesday’s loss.
Someone has decided that Thursday is “W.T. White Feeder Night” at the DISD Board of Trustees meeting. Families who live in the W.T. White attendance zone are being encouraged to show up in orange T-shirts “so that the Board of Trustees can see how many great involved people we have in our community,” according to an email I received.
Word to the wise: If you’re planning on going, bring a snack. I’ve covered a few DISD board meetings, and none of them wrapped up in a timely manner.
Richard Sheridan and I got a bit of national publicity last spring, after he left me the most vile message in the history of telephones. His profane outburst happened on the day he garnered only 28 votes in a City Council election. A teenage Preston Hollow resident named Jacob King received 77 votes in the same four-person race, and Sheridan vowed to stop for running for office if King’s total exceeded his.
To no one’s surprise, Sheridan has reneged on that promise, filing paperwork to run for the District 8 seat on the DISD Board of Trustees. But The Dallas Morning News‘ Matthew Haag is reporting that Sheridan may not be eligible to run for that seat.
Louisa Meyer, W.T. White High School’s No. 1 cheerleader, dropped me a note to point out that a recent issue of Spirit, the magazine of the Texas A&M Foundation, featured two W.T. White valedictorians — Chandon Adger (2013) and Kelly Albright (2010) — in a single spread.
Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, a Preston Hollow resident, helped Finland win a bronze medal over the weekend at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Lehtonen, making his first Olympic appearance, started two games during the tournament, including a 6-1 win over Norway in the preliminary round and a 2-1 loss to Sweden in the semifinals.
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask started the majority of the games for Finland, while Lehtonen served as the backup. The Finns topped the United States 5-0 in the bronze-medal game on Saturday.
Lehtonen will return to his day job on Thursday when the Stars host the Carolina Hurricanes.
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