Ursuline Seeks 25th Straight TAPPS Title

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Ursuline will try to extend its TAPPS title streak to 25 today. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Ursuline will try to extend its TAPPS title streak to 25 today. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The postseason power of the Ursuline soccer team is still alive and kicking.

The Bears will return to a familiar spot today when they play in the TAPPS state championship game in Waco. It’s so familiar in fact, that Ursuline will attempt to return with its 25th consecutive title.

That’s a quarter century of dominance on the pitch that extends back to well before the current group of players was born, and back to when head coach Kelly Wilmoth was in elementary school.


ESD, St. Mark’s Highlight Patriot Cup

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The Patriot Cup is always an exciting tribute to both the sport of lacrosse and the legacy of military service, and this weekend’s lineup looks like one of the best yet.

As usual, the schedule will feature a mix of college and high school games at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The top Dallas-area teams include Highland Park, St. Mark’s, and defending state champion ESD.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounder Warrior Project, and you can find ticket information here. A complete schedule follows the jump.


Emmanuel Acho Heading Back to Prom

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Emmanuel Acho

Emmanuel Acho

With all the negative stories you hear about professional athletes these days, it’s nice to have someone like Emmanuel Acho around.

Acho, the former St. Mark’s standout who is now a linebacker with the Philadelphia Eagles, gave a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a teenage fan by agreeing to be her prom date if her proposal was re-tweeted at least 10,000 times.

More than 17,000 responses later, Acho showed up at the girl’s Virginia high school to make the date official. ESPN has some cool video and photos here.


Napa Marathoners Have Charitable Hearts

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Henda Salmeron

Henda Salmeron

Four Dallas runners are putting their money where their feet are — raising money for pediatric heart patients while running in the Napa Valley Marathon.

Sunday’s marathon in northern California will include Henda Salmeron, Trey Bayne, Steve Novak, and Zachary Porter. Each of them is competing to raise money and awareness for the local chapter of the HeartGift Foundation, a nonprofit that brings children from around the world to the United States to correct life-threatening heart defects.

The four athletes, all in their 40s, became acquainted through a weekly networking meeting known as Dallas Round Table and found they shared passions for running and philanthropy. Each has experience running marathons.


Hill, Jesuit Have Lofty Goals on Diamond

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Jesuit's Darius Hill is one of the top returning hitters in the Dallas area. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit’s Darius Hill is one of the top returning hitters in the Dallas area. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

A newspaper article on the wall of his bedroom still serves as inspiration for Darius Hill. It’s about Josh Bell, the former Jesuit outfielder who now is one of the top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Hill grew up admiring Bell, and when he entered Jesuit as a freshman, he gravitated toward the same spot in center field that Bell patrolled before being a second-round pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

Now a senior, Hill is following capably in Bell’s footsteps. The left-handed hitter has received numerous All-American accolades, has traveled for all-star games throughout the country, and has already signed to play in college next season at West Virginia.


Bad Weather Sends Good Food to Shelter

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Some spontaneous collaboration between two nonprofits gave a hot meal to some needy folks during this week’s wintry weather.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas had to cancel its Women’s Event fundraiser on Monday night. That meant that 600 hot meals already prepared by the venue hosting the event — the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel — were in danger of going to waste.

So the leadership of the Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Center decided to turn the unfortunate circumstances into a unique opportunity by donating those meals to Union Gospel Mission of Dallas.


Ft. Worth’s Antique & Art Show Now 3 Days

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Don’t miss the 52nd annual Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art, with 150 exhibitors featuring antiques, art, music, fashion, and great design of all styles and eras.

The show is now three days: March 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Admission is $8 and good for all three days. Children 15 and under get in free.


Student Show Salutes Black History, Arts, Culture

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As Black History Month winds down this weekend, the students at Nathan Adams Elementary School are celebrating with a visual and performing arts show on Thursday afternoon at the school.

Art, choir, strings, and cheer students will combine their efforts in a tribute to African-American culture and arts.

The event will begin with a reception in the cafeteria at 4:45 p.m., followed by the show at 5:30 in the auditorium. For more information, contact Nadia Khan-Roberts at 214-883-7521 or nadia.khanroberts@gmail.com.


Withers Dual-Language Teacher Honored

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Irma De La Guardia has taught third-grade dual-language classes at Withers since 2007. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Irma De La Guardia has taught third-grade dual-language classes at Withers Elementary School since 2007. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Congratulations to Irma De La Guardia, a teacher in the dual-language program at Withers Elementary School, who recently was named as the 2015 Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Bilingual Education.

De La Guardia was an auditor in Mexico City before moving to the Dallas area with her husband about 15 years ago. She changed careers and became a certified teacher, then helped to launch the dual-language program at Withers in 2007.

She qualified for the national award after being recognized last fall by the Texas Association of Bilingual Education.


Lamplighter Celebrates Lunar New Year

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Lamplighter students pet the "lion" at the Lunar New Year celebration.

Lamplighter students pet the “lion” at the Lunar New Year celebration.

Students at Lamplighter rang in the Lunar New Year on Wednesday by watching a performance of the Lion Dance.

The LPA Cultural Awareness committee shared facts about the 15-day holiday before the “lion” performed to drums. The holiday, traditionally celebrated in Asian cultures, celebrates prosperity and new beginnings.


Berkner Holds Off Jesuit in Playoffs

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Jesuit's Peter Lynch defends against Torey Everett of Richardson Berkner during a bi-district playoff game on Tuesday. The Rams won 65-62. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

RICHARDSON — Almost three months ago, Jesuit knocked off Richardson Berkner in a nondistrict game that didn’t mean much at the time. But Tuesday was a different story, both in terms of significance and outcome.

Berkner started fast and held off a late rally to defeat Jesuit 65-62 in a Class 6A Region II bi-district playoff game.

Behind a full-court trapping press, the Rams (21-11) jumped out to a quick 13-4 first-quarter lead. But midway through the quarter, the Rangers (18-11) worked through the pressure and some early-game jitters.