October 18, 2014

  • Hillcrest Rolls Past TJ; Lions Extend Win Streak

    Hillcrest's Spencer Torres runs past a Thomas Jefferson defender during a 63-0 win. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Hillcrest’s Spencer Torres runs past a Thomas Jefferson defender during a 63-0 win. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Now it’s on to bigger and better things for Hillcrest.

    The Panthers didn’t have much time to celebrate following a 63-0 drubbing of Preston Hollow rival Thomas Jefferson on Thursday at Franklin Stadium.

    They must turn their attention to a two-game stretch — including matchups against fellow District 9-6A contenders Woodrow Wilson and Carrollton Newman Smith — that could shape their playoff future.

    If the Panthers (6-1, 3-1) win either of those games, the reward would be the first postseason berth for Hillcrest since 2010 after a series of near misses.

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    By Oct. 18, 2014 | 12:15 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 17, 2014

  • Happy Anniversary, Gazeebo Burgers

    Gazeebo Burgers at Preston Royal will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday.

    Gazeebo Burgers at Preston Royal will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday.

    Gazeebo Burgers, Ray Heydari’s flagship eatery at Preston Royal Southwest, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend — fittingly enough, with a party.

    The restaurant will hold a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday featuring music from the April 1st Band, consisting entirely of doctors and led by Dr. Bob Schwab, the head of physicians at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

    Gazeebo doesn’t sell alcohol, so it’s BYOB. In addition to music and food —including free cake, ice cream, and pie — the event will feature a patriotic theme.

    By Oct. 17, 2014 | 11:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Here’s the Dirt on the Nathan Adams Garden

    Green-thumbed students, parents, and neighbors won’t be afraid to get dirty at Nathan Adams Elementary School on Saturday during a clean-up day for the school’s garden.

    The effort, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will help prepare the garden for use by the students during the current school year. Just show up with a pair of gloves, and if you have soil or mulch to donate, so much the better.

    By Oct. 17, 2014 | 10:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Schools Put Heads Together on Concussion Research

    VARSITY VS. ST. MARKS

    ESD senior Drew Winsauer is among the players contributing to concussion research at UTD. (Photo: Ben Weaver / Gameaction Photo)

    Today more than ever, football players and coaches are using their heads when it comes to concussions.

    Reducing the frequency and severity of head injuries is a hot topic in sports medicine, which is part of what prompted players and coaches at a few area private schools to participate in new cutting-edge research they hope will ultimately improve athlete safety.

    Specifically, the athletic programs at ESD, Parish Episcopal, and Trinity Christian have joined other college and high school programs nationwide in a study by UT-Dallas professors into diagnosing and treating concussion symptoms more quickly and effectively.

    “I got extremely excited and told the team the importance of it,” said ESD football coach Richard Williams. “They understood the benefits of it.”

    This fall, the training room at ESD has added a device called NeuroTriage, which involves athletes having their eyes examined and compared both before and after their daily practice or game. All players who have given parental consent — about 30 so far — are participating. Read More…

    By Oct. 17, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 16, 2014

  • Students Discover Stars at SMU

    Hockaday students Eliza Cope, Allison Aldrich, Sarah Zhou, and Mary Zhong conducted physics research this summer at SMU with teacher Leon de Oliveira.  (Courtesy photo)

    Hockaday students Eliza Cope, Allison Aldrich, Sarah Zhou, and Mary Zhong conducted physics research this summer at SMU with teacher Leon de Oliveira. (Courtesy photo)

    Two Lake Highlands High School students discovered five stars as members of a SMU summer physics research program that enabled them to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in the New Mexico desert.

    All five stars discovered by Dominik Fritz and Jason Barton are eclipsing contact binary stars — pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch. As the stars eclipse, they dim and then brighten as one emerges from behind the other. These stars are categorized as variable stars, stars that change brightness, which make up half the stars in the universe. Read More…

    By Oct. 16, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Astronaut Lu Lands at Lamplighter

    Lu shared his experiences in space with Lamplighter students.

    Lu shared his experiences in space with Lamplighter students.

    The Lamplighter School recently hosted a visitor from space — former NASA astronaut Edward Tsang Lu.

    Lu gave a short presentation about his two space shuttle missions, as well as his current role as CEO of the Sentinel Mission. It is dedicated to protect Earth from asteroid strikes, a mission he co-founded under the B612 Foundation.

    Lu answered the students’ questions about space and his missions including, “What color is the sky in space?” and “How long have you been in space?” He informed the kids that the sky is black and he was in space three times for a total of 206 days, some of which were spent on the International Space Station.

    By Oct. 16, 2014 | 1:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hillcrest Hosts TJ; Lions Face Key Matchup

    Arico Evans leads Hillcrest into Thursday’s matchup against Thomas Jefferson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Tonight’s game against Preston Hollow rival Thomas Jefferson probably isn’t the most important game remaining on the schedule for Hillcrest, as it seeks a playoff spot and a chance at the District 11-5A title.

    Matchups against fellow contenders Woodrow Wilson and Carrollton Newman Smith in the next couple of weeks are more critical in that regard.

    But the contest against the Patriots at 7 p.m. at Franklin Stadium is an opportunity to assure a winning season for the Panthers (6-1, 2-1) and work out any kinks prior to the two-game stretch that could define their season.

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    By Oct. 16, 2014 | 10:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Brian Cuban Turns Past Addictions Into Inspiration

    Brian Cuban Shattered ImageWhen he enrolled in a 12-Step Program in 2007, Brian Cuban was okay with admitting that he’d been addicted to drugs and alcohol. What he didn’t want to talk about? The fact that he hated what he saw when he looked in the mirror, and still felt like the young boy he used to be — weighed down by excess body fat and an even heavier load of shame.

    “I knew I wasn’t the only addict out there; I knew I wasn’t the only alcoholic,” said Cuban, a Preston Hollow resident and author of the book Shattered Image. “But I thought I was the only guy with an eating disorder.”

    Specifically, the only guy whose eating disorder had taken the shape of anorexia, bulimia, steroid abuse, and a psychological condition known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Although he saw a psychiatrist off and on throughout his battle with addiction, Cuban always managed to reveal just enough to get a prescription for the anti-depressants he needed. After nearly taking his own life, however, Cuban finally came clean — which enabled him to get clean, too. Read More…

    By Oct. 16, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 15, 2014

  • ESD Sophomore is Comfortable Behind Camera

    ESD sophomore Cal Etcheverry will attend the All-American High School Film Festival in October in New York. (Courtesy photo)

    ESD sophomore Cal Etcheverry will attend the All-American High School Film Festival in October in New York.

    Cal Etcheverry made nine short films, formed his own studio, and won a grand prize at a festival for a French-language project.

    Then he became a sophomore in high school.

    Etcheverry’s passion for filmmaking has led to a diverse and polished resume of student films, three of which were accepted into the All-American High School Film Festival, which starts next Thursday in New York City. Read More…

    By Oct. 15, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 14, 2014

  • Studio 6 Cuts Ribbon on New Location

    Look how happy they are. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Look how happy they are. (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Hollow-dweller Elizabeth Lindberg got to officially open the second location of Studio 6 on Sept. 29. How excited are those faces at the ribbon cutting?

    In honor of the new location, Studio 6 is doing a special rate for new clients that expires at the end of October.

    “Our workouts feature high intensity exercise that is easy on the joints and produces visible results in less than an hour,” Lindberg said in a statement.

    By Oct. 14, 2014 | 2:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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