Dragon Baseball Are Champions For Second Straight Year

After clinching a trip to the UIL State Tournament by knocking off Flower Mound in the regional final round of the playoff, the Dragons were set to return to a familiar ballpark to get a shot to defend their 2018 state championship.

For the third year in a row, the Dragons would be playing games in early June that could cement their legacy as one of the powerhouse baseball programs in 6A Texas baseball.

In the semifinal matchup, Senior and Baylor commit Cutter Sippel took the bump for the Dragons against a very talented Lake Travis team. The Dragons would be facing Lake Travis’ Brett Baty, who earlier in the week had been selected 12th overall by the New York Mets in the MLB Rookie Draft.

The Dragons would strike in the first frame by scoring a quick run up on the board and load the bases up, but Baty would pitch out of the inning. Lake Travis responded quickly to tie the game up in the first. The pitching duel continues until Lake Travis put up an additional run in the fifth to take the lead and potentially end the Dragons’ 20 playoff game winning streak.

In the bottom of the sixth, junior Justin Grech started the comeback for the Dragons when his speed turned a routine play to the shortstop into an opportunity for his team to respond. Forcing an errant throw allowed Grech to get on base and later score to tie the game up for the Dragons. Grech would continue his big night in the 7th when he stepped up with the bases loaded and knocked in the deciding run of the game. The Dragons would go on to win the semifinal matchup 6-2 and advance on to play Fort Bend Ridge Point in Saturday’s finale.

Senior Joseph Steeber took the mound for the Dragons and would put on a clinic throughout the championship game. After an early 4 run explosion from his offense and working through a slight first-inning jam, Steeber took control of the game through the conclusion of the season finale.

During the almost hour-long home half of the third inning, the Dragons would set a UIL State Tournament record for most runs in an inning when 11 Dragons crossed the plate. That would not be the only record broken during this game though. The Dragons, behind Steeber’s quality start and incredible offensive performances, would go on to win their second state championship by a record score of 17-0.

The offense was led by Cade Manning, Brandon Howell, and Riley Garcia who each had multi-hit days at the plate. In a year that saw Cutter Sippel put up a dominating 12-1 overall record, the last three victories came from others, a pair by Luke Gornell and the championship’s strong performance by Steeber who tossed a complete game (five innings due to run rule).

Grech was named the Most Valuable Player of the weekend for his performance in both games. The 2019 Dragon Baseball squad finished the season with a 33-11 mark and became the first baseball team in school history to win back to back state championships.

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Champions Challenge Kicked-off at the Grand Opening of Champions Club on April 6, 2019

Champions Club kicked-off the inaugural Champions Challenge at the Grand Opening on April 6, 2019. Champions Challenge will be an annual tradition that is held each anniversary of the facility. Members will be able to compete in various athletic challenges to try and beat the previous year’s winner. The new Champions of each event will be featured at the facility and will hold their title until the following year.

During the Grand Opening, celebrity Champions came to show attendees their skills and help orchestrate some of the challenges. We appreciate each of the celebrities for their efforts in making the first Champions Challenge a success. Follow Champions Club on Facebook to learn more about our Champions and the events included in the Challenge. The 2020 Champions Challenge date will be announced later this year.

Congratulations to the below winners of the challenges!

Athletic Challenges
3 Point featuring Karen Young, former Dragon & TCU Player
10 & Under: Danny Kunz
12 & Under: Taevin Kunz
13 & Under: Luke Hallenback
Adult: Danny Wood

Bunting featuring Mike Adams, former Texas Ranger Player
6 & Under: Jackson Hartzler
8 & Under: Braden Bormaster
10 & Under: Zak Pryce
12 & Under: Carter Williams
Teens: Will Bloumt

Free Throw featuring Coach Eric McDade
6 & Under: Owen Armstrong
8 & Under: Ethan Meche
10 & Under: Bennett Bormaster
12 & Under: Jackson Meche
Teens: Nick Ryniak
Adults: Taylor Perkins & Brandon Meche

Field Goals
Teens: Kyle Lemmermann and Jackson Fuller

Shuttle Run featuring Willie Pile
6 & Under: Philip Derry
10 & Under: Lindy Meacham
12 & Under: Ben Blount
Teens: Ryan Schmuhl
Adults: Adam Derry

QB Accuracy featuring Coach Riley Dodge
8 & Under: Ronan Muokere
10 & Under: Brody Knowles
12 & Under: Gavin Strange
Teens: Jake Jimenes, Robby Hanson and Eric Garza
Adult: Chris Tribble

Soccer Accuracy
6 & Under: Jackson Copeland
8 & Under: Presley Knowles
10 & Under: Allison Copeland
12& Under: Gavin Strange
Teens: Hamza Khawaja

Fitness Challenges
Track Race featuring Councilmember Chad Patton
8 & Under: Vimey Bai
10 & Under: Andrew Huffman
Adults: Todd Jorgenson

Rower featuring Councilmember John Huffman
Adults: Steve Schlitsky

Adults: Paul Phillips

Bench Press
Adults: Christian Espirit

Aquatics Challenges
Green Water Slide Race featuring Shawn McCaskill
Adults: Shawn McCaskill

Blue Water Slide Race
6 & Under: Vincent Snayor
8 & Under: Thomas Reekers
10 & Under: Harper Yates
12 & Under: Ollie Veil

To learn more about Champions Club’s membership opportunities and amenities, please check out our website or give us a call at (817) 748-8955.

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Champions Club Public Grand Opening is Saturday, April 6, 2019! View the Experience Southlake Magazine for Champions Club Grand Opening Details, Spring 2019 Programs and More!

Champions Club at The Marq Southlake will celebrate its public grand opening on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Check out the special edition of Experience Southlake Magazine to learn more about Champions Club and see all the fun things happening in Southlake Parks and Recreation this spring!

Join us for the official public grand opening of Champions Club on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00am-8:00pm! Members and non-member are invited to tour the facility, learn about available memberships, try out our equipment, take a fitness class and enjoy activities for the whole family. More information will be available soon, so be sure to follow Champions Club on Facebook to stay up-to-date or visit www.ExperienceChampionsClub.com.

The Winter/Spring Experience Southlake Magazine is now live with Champions Club information! You can register online for all of our spring programs and athletic leagues, and you can also book your Champions Club rentals now for use once the facility opens.

Inside this issue of Experience Southlake Magazine, you’ll find more information about the programs and services we’ll be offering at Champions Club, including:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training packages
  • Learn to swim classes and schedules
  • Rentals and party packages

You’ll also find information about our spring 2019 Parks and Recreation programming, including:

  • Youth and family programs
  • Nature programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center
  • Youth and adult athletics
  • Special events

As we put the final touches on Champions Club, in-person registration has been temporarily relocated to Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

To learn more about Champions Club services, rentals and memberships, please call (817) 748-8955. For information about our recreational programs, leagues and events, please call (817) 748-8019.

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Corporate Memberships to Champions Club Available for Employees of Southlake Businesses

Do you work for a business in Southlake? You’re eligible for a discounted corporate membership to Champions Club!

An inclusive corporate membership gives you access to all of Champions Club’s amenities and benefits at 10% off the base membership rate. You’ll also receive members-only pricing for room and meeting space rentals.

Southlake businesses must be verified by the City of Southlake to qualify for corporate membership rates. Employees must show proof of current employment in the form of a pay stub dated within thirty (30) days of enrollment.

Employee Wellness Programs

If you’re a Southlake business owner or corporation looking to increase employee engagement and satisfaction, we can help you transform your workplace.

Employee well-being is directly tied to a company’s efficiency, productivity and overall culture. An inclusive and thoughtfully-designed wellness program can have a positive impact on your employees’ physical, mental and emotional health, ultimately contributing to a healthier, happier workplace. Corporate memberships to Champions Club make it easy and affordable for employees to take advantage of our many health and wellness opportunities, including:

  • Lunch and Learns
  • Health and Wellness Seminars
  • Walking/Running Club on Indoor Track
  • 50+ Group Fitness Classes
  • Personal Training

To learn more or purchase a corporate membership, contact our Membership Services Coordinator at (817) 748-8955 or memberships@themarqsouthlake.com.

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Champions Club Progress Continues as the Year Ends

Great progress is taking place on site at Champions Club, as the contractor continues to make progress on the exterior landscaping and hardscape areas, the five-star recreation facility is close to completion.

With construction experiencing delays due to heavy rainfall this past September crews are working nonstop in hopes that the building’s substantial completion concludes soon.

To date, interior work continues with painting, carpeting, tiling and trimming throughout the facility. Furniture, fixtures and equipment deliveries are set to arrive in the next coming weeks with the pool filling expected to take place shortly after the New Year.

“Even with the delivery of the furniture, fixtures and equipment, we still have a lot of work to do throughout the facility,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen.  “All of the life safety items like fire suppression system, flow and tamper switches, exit lights, emergency lighting, alarms, strobes, etc. must be in place, operational and pass the fire inspection before any city employees can start working from Champions Club.”

Specialized flooring for the gymnasium, cardio area, sauna, indoor track and field house will be installed within the next several weeks.  Other specialized equipment such as the elevators, will require additional testing before operating permits are issued. “We will then start looking at facility turnover as well as contractor supplied training for the facility operators and maintainers,” said Cohen.

For more recent and real-time information, please follow Champions Club Facebook page.

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Join the Champions Club Team at Our December Job Fairs

We will be hosting job fairs for all part-time positions at Champions Club on Saturday, December 8 and Saturday, December 15.

Interested in joining our team of champions? Come out to Legends Hall and let us get to know you! You can apply online in advance or walk in with your resume. You do not have to attend both job fairs.

Saturday, December 8

Legends Hall at The Marq
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 15

Legends Hall at The Marq
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We will be conducting interviews on the spot for the following part-time positions:

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions, please contact us at (817) 748-8955.

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Champions Club Meets Membership Pre-Sales Goals Using Collaborative Approach

Construction isn’t the only behind the scenes work being done to prepare for the opening of Champions Club at The Marq Southlake. City staff have been examining every aspect of the customer experience to ensure the highest level of customer service is provided to members, starting with the membership purchasing process.

Within four weeks of membership sales starting, the Champions Club team met their sales goal of more than 500 memberships. The team attributes part of the success to great team members and using the Lean Six Sigma method to develop a customer-centric sales process.

Several months ago, a City team made of representatives from several departments started evaluating the membership sales process. The team led by City Librarian Cynthia Pfledderer, included staff from Public Works, the Office of Marketing and Communications, Community Services events team and The Marq.

“We were tasked with taking a very complex system with multiple layers of steps and making it into a simple process that would engage the customer,” Pfledderer noted. “This is the very first interaction Champions Club members will have, we wanted to make sure it was a positive one that left them excited to use the facility once it opens.”

Using the Lean Six Sigma process methodology that is dependent on a collaborative team effort to improve a system by removing the “waste” and “variation,” the team first evaluated the membership buying process as provided by the membership management software.

“Initially the process took anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to complete,” noted Pfledderer. “It was a little confusing, in that before you could purchase the membership you first had to create an account. Every step led you to a new page.”

Working with internal test subjects, the team solicited feedback and made improvements to the system.

“We gave people in our departments fake credit card numbers, the link to the test site and said, go buy a membership and tell us what you think,” said Pfledderer. “It was a good exercise and the feedback was invaluable.”

The team also reached out to the Community Engagement Committee (CEC), a citizen committee appointed by City Council, who often serves as a focus group for feedback on City initiatives and projects.

“All the feedback was fantastic, especially the resident feedback from the CEC. They’re really our target audience in this process,” said Community Services Deputy Director Kate Meacham. “We were able to work with our vendor to customize the system to the best of its abilities and fit our needs. At the end of the day we were able to get to about a five minute process from start to finish.”

Both Pfledderer and Meacham attribute the Lean Six Sigma process as a large contributor to the success of the membership sales campaign and high customer satisfaction.

“Ultimately this team approach the City took with the Lean process, helped us to ensure the solutions we found actively met the demand of the customer,” said Pfledderer. “There was a lot of thought that went into the process before we even got to the process improvement part. We wanted to make this as seamless of a process as possible.”

Meacham agreed. “Going from a multiple page, several long-minute process, down to a single page, easy-to-find process you can do in five minutes or less, is huge for us,” she noted. “It’s always our goal to provide the best experience possible and this helped us achieve that.”

Next for the team, is to evaluate the entire guest experience at Champions Club. They will be looking at how guests are met at the front desk, when a guest calls or emails and the interaction they receive on social media.

“We’re just as excited as residents are to open and we want to make sure they have the best possible experience as soon as they walk in the doors of Champions Club,” said Meacham. “Southlake is a great community, we want our guests to feel welcome and at home when they spend time with us.”

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Champions Club Grand Opening Delayed Due to September Rainfall

Due to heavy rainfall Southlake experienced in September, Champions Club will not open as planned in December. We are working diligently to make up as much time as we can and currently anticipate opening in February.

We appreciate your understanding and can’t wait to serve you at Champions Club. Be sure to visit our website and follow us on Facebook to receive the latest Champions Club updates.

Important Information

  • If you have already purchased your membership, your account will not be charged again until April 1, 2019 or 30 days after the facility opens to the public, whichever date is greater.
  • Sneak peek tours will still be available to our pre-sale members. We’ll be posting the information as soon as we set our dates. It’s not too late to purchase a pre-sale membership! Visit our membership page for all the details.

We are here to answer any questions you may have! Please give us a call at (817) 748-8955 or email us at memberships@TheMarqSouthlake.com.

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Get Charged Up at The Marq. New Charging Stations Coming to Champions Club

When Champions Club at The Marq Southlake opens, you’ll be able to charge more than your body. New electric vehicle charging stations will let you power up your car.

At the September 4th City Council meeting, Council approved a Specific Use Permit for an electric charging station to be installed at Champions Club. The one public electric vehicle charging station, with two dedicated parking spots, will be placed near the entrance in the west parking lot. The Level 2 dual head EV charging station is a single unit with connectors to charge two vehicles simultaneously. It can fully charge some vehicles in less than four hours, charging at a maximum rate of 25 RPH (miles of Range Per Hour).  All vehicle models, including Tesla, will be able to use the stations.

Like the charging stations already located in Town Square, the charging stations will have a $2 fee for each use of the station.

“We’re happy to partner with our electric provider to install charging stations in key public spaces like Champions Club,” notes Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher. “Along with the charging stations already in the parking garages in Town Square, we are excited to provide more charging options in other parts of Southlake. The City recognizes there are more and more electric vehicles on our roadways. This is a program we’d like to grow, so we are always looking at where it would be appropriate to add more charging stations in public spaces.”

The charging station will be operational and ready to go with the opening of Champions Club sometime late this year.

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Make a Splash at the Champions Club Aquatics Job Fair!

Come out to the CISD Aquatics Center this Saturday, September 8, for an in-person interview to join the Champions Club Aquatics team as a part-time lifeguard or swim instructor.

Champions Club is Southlake’s state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic facility scheduled to open this winter. We are currently looking for part-time lifeguards and swim instructors who are committed to providing our guests with world-class service while they enjoy our various Aquatics programs and amenities.

If you’re at least 16 years old and love being in the water, come out and see us at the job fair this Saturday! We’ll be hiring new team members on the spot.


Saturday, September 9
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
CISD Aquatics Center
1501 W. Southlake Blvd

Job Fair Guidelines:

  • Apply online first and then come to the CISD Aquatics Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to complete your swim test. Be sure to bring your swimsuit!
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old.
  • Not certified yet? No problem! If you’re hired, the City will provide all necessary training and pay for your certifications.

Can’t make it this Saturday? Mark your calendar for our next Aquatics Job Fair:

Saturday, September 29
1 – 3 p.m.
CISD Aquatics Center
1501 W. Southlake Blvd

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Blackstock, Aquatics Supervisor, at (817) 748-8906.

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