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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Carroll ISD Accepting Nominations for Second Annual Core Value Awards

Carroll ISD is currently accepting nominations for the second annual Core Value Awards. The Core Value Awards will honor CISD employees who are shining examples of the six Carroll ISD Core Values: Excellence, Relationships, Character & Integrity, Innovation, Open & Honest Communication and Compassionate Service.

Nominations can be submitted by parents, students, staff, and community members, but only CISD staff can be awarded. The Core Value Awards are sponsored through a generous We Care donation from Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP.

Last year Carroll ISD introduced these six new awards. Eric Guerrero (DMS) was awarded the award for Excellence, Barbara Cline (Special Programs) for Character & Integrity, Christopher Patino (CHS) for Innovation, Traci Fair (RES) for Relationships, Lisa Walker (OUES) for Open & Honest Communication and Kelli Walters (OUES) for Compassionate Service.

The deadline to nominate an individual for a special service award is Monday, April 1, and the awards will be given on Wednesday, May 22, at the End-of-Year Reception at CSHS.

Please see the nomination forms below for descriptions of each award and instructions for nomination.

Core Value: Excellence Nomination Form

Core Value: Relationships Nomination Form

Core Value: Character & Integrity Nomination Form

Core Value: Innovation Nomination Form

Core Value: Open & Honest Communication Nomination Form 

Core Value: Compassionate Service Nomination Form

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Dickies Arena to house second largest continuous video display in the nation

Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC) released plans to install a complete video display network at Dickies Arena.

TDMC will partner with ANC to design and install a new center-hung display, fascia ribbon boards and courtside displays throughout the venue. The display will be the second largest continuous display featuring 360-degree playback as one canvas in the United States.

“Dickies Arena will bring quality entertainment to Fort Worth, and our video displays will help create an immersive environment for a wide variety of events,” said Matt Homan, president and general manager of TDMC.

The new video network includes a rounded display that will enhance the viewing experience with a larger canvas for content, stats, video and animations. The main video display, which is made up of four 6-milimeter displays measuring 25.2 feet high by 37.8 feet wide, seamlessly wraps into four 6-milimeter corner displays.

A 360-degree, 16-milimeter fascia ribbon board will wrap the upper bowl, supplying fans with statistics and scores and maximizing revenue by allowing dynamic advertisements.

Dickies Arena will be a 14,000- seat, multipurpose venue located adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus in Fort Worth. The facility is the result of a pioneering public-private partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the state of Texas and a group of private-sector participants, including foundations, individuals and organizations.

The arena will be owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by the not-for-profit operating entity Trail Drive Management Corp. The state-of-the-art arena, scheduled to open in November 2019, will host concerts, sporting events and family entertainment, and will be the new home to Fort Worth Stock Show rodeo performances.

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TCC team places second in the nation in Student Research League competition

A team of Tarrant County College students ranked among the best in the nation in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ (AMATYC) 2018 Student Research League competition.

The Student Research League tasks students with formulating a solution to an open-ended research problem. The 2018 challenge centered on determining the safest place in the United States to live, based on exposure to natural disasters. Participants selected mathematical tools that best fit the problem, collected data, created a mathematical model to reflect the data and researched and interviewed

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Carroll Teacher Wins Second State Award

The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts has designated their award winners for this school year. Each year they designate numerous awards including Teacher of the Year from Elementary, Middle, and High School. This year, the TCTELA High School Teacher of the year was Carroll’s own Karen Otto.

This is Otto’s second honor this year as she was previously named the TAGT Teacher of the Year as well.

Otto was recognized for this award because of her passion to give students choices when it comes to their reading and writing. She focuses on creating a community of learners in her classroom. She believes that the deep sense of community is the foundation of her learning. Her students believe at her transparency with expectations and her own personal struggles as a student help them grow better as students.

Otto was honored at the TCTELA Conference that was held January 25-26 in San Antonio.

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Cross Country Boys Take Second at State; Girls Finish Fourth

The Carroll Boys Cross Country Team earned a 2nd place finish and the Girls earned a 4th place finish at the Class 6A State Championship in Round Rock, TX. Each year brings challenges at this level of competition and this year was certainly no different. Even with the challenging course at Old Settler’s Park, the boys came away with a podium finish while the girls just missed theirs by 9 points.

Head Cross Country Coach Justin Leonard said, “We are so proud of the way our kids competed at the State meet. We went into the meet with the goal of winning but came up a little short. I would like to thank this group of seniors for all of their dedication over the last four years. Now we will regroup and get a little redemption at Nike Regionals.”

For the boys, it was a repeat of last year’s state meet with the team coming away in 2nd place with 113 points behind The Woodlands who scored 99 points.  Junior Nate Lannen came in 6th overall; following behind him was Tim McElaney with Jack Meyers right behind him in 14th.  Henry Garnder was next to cross the line in 36th and Drew Bliss rounded out the scoring positions in 44th place.  Antonio Florcruz (53rd) and Steven Torres (55th) also competed, completing the varsity team.  The entire varsity team met Elite Performance Standards with times of 16:30 or less.

The Lady Dragons in a tight race placed 4th with 103 points behind Prosper (with 94 points) Lewisville Flower Mound (93 points) and Coppell (79 points) and ahead of Keller (with 130 points.)  The girls’ team was again led by Senior Sofia Santamaria in 7th place overall followed by Grace Williamson in 11th, Lydia Lo in 23rd, Payton Wichman in 25th, and finishing out the scoring positions was Lauren Langenberg in 37th.  Tatum Foreman finished in 66th and Katherine McElaney 82nd to complete the varsity team.  All seven varsity girls met Elite Performance Standards with times of 19:45 or less.



Boys                                                                            Girls

6th –   Nate Lannen (15:18)                                    7th –   Sofia Santamaria (17:54)

13th – Tim McElaney (15:30)                                11th – Grace Williamson (18:11)

14th – Jack Myers (15:31)                                      23rd – Lydia Lo (18:26)

36th – Henry Gardner (15:53)                              25th – Payton Wichman (18:27)

44th – Drew Bliss (15:56)                                      37th  – Lauren Langenberg (18:41)

53rd – Antonio Florcruz (16:01)                           66th – Tatum Foreman (19:14)

55th – Drew Bliss (16:01)                                       82nd  – Katherine McElaney (19:44)

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TCC Trinity River Campus Makes Military Times’ Top 5 for Second Consecutive Year

Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus continues to be recognized by Military Times as one of the best places for current military and veterans to pursue an education. For the second consecutive year, Military Times named TCC to its “Best for Vets: Colleges” list unveiled this week.
TCC Trinity River was the highest-ranked institution in Texas, landing 3rd on a list of 33 two-year schools in the state. There were a total of 208 institutions listed in this year’s rankings, divided in categories for four-year, two-year, online and nontraditional schools, and career and technical

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Little Red Wasp Creating Buzz with Second Restaurant Location Planned for Kimball Park

Fort Worth’s popular downtown restaurant, Little Red Wasp Kitchen + Bar, is expected to open a second location in Southlake’s Kimball Park in 2019. The casual eatery will be adjacent to the Cambria Hotel and Offices at Kimball Park inside the third building to be completed at the 15.5 acre mixed-use commercial development.

Known for “fork + knife sandwiches,” including customer favorite Crispy Chicken, in addition to daily and nightly features, like Shrimp + Grits and Spaghetti + Meatballs, Little Red Wasp also serves up unique starters, soups, salads, brunch favorites, imported and local craft beers, and a full bar. Little Red Wasp, the casual sister restaurant to Fort Worth’s fine-dining restaurant Grace, is owned by Dain “Adam” Jones, restauranteur and founder of DAJ Restaurant Management.

“Based on demographics, Southlake is a great fit for Little Red Wasp and Kimball Park offers the perfect, convenient location right along Texas State Highway 114,” stated Jones. “I live in Tarrant County. My chef lives in Tarrant County. Most of our staff live here, too. It’s important for us to be a part of the market we serve and we’re excited to expand to Southlake,” adding that capital is currently being raised for the Southlake location, which is expected to open late summer 2019.

Within Kimball Park, Little Red Wasp will occupy 5,500 square feet of a recently completed building that also has 4,000 square feet of available space designated for a health spa.

Kimball Park is also home to the 175-room Cambia Hotel, which opened in December 2016 and the Offices at Kimball Park, which was completed in August 2017. Major tenants of the Offices at Kimball Park include Keller Williams, Liberty Mutual, Independence Title and Executive Medicine.

“Currently, 100,000 square feet of the building’s total 112,423 square feet have been leased. We recently signed GP Construction and Kindred Homes, both of which are scheduled to move into their leased spaces with the next 90 days,” stated Jeffrey Medici of Medici Development Partners, the developer of Kimball Park. “There are two restaurant lots remaining within Kimball Park and we anticipate moving forward with the development of those lots by the end of 2018.”

For more information, visit LittleRedWasp.com and check for updates on Little Red Wasp’s Facebook page.

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Southlake Senior Activity Center to Host Second Annual Senior Art Show on June 14, 2018

The Senior Activity Center is partnering with Southlake Senior Funding, Inc. and the Southlake Arts Council to host the second annual James Richardson Senior Art Show on June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Legends Hall at the Marq.

If you are 55 or older and are either a member of SSFI or live in Southlake, Keller, Colleyville, Grapevine and surrounding areas, you can have your work featured. Categories include Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel and Pencil, Jewelry, Photography, Sculptures and Ceramics, Quilt, Needlework and Woodwork.

Applications will be available from May 1 through May 31 at the Senior Activity Center (285 Shady Oaks Drive). Additional information will be on the application form.

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City Plans Second Open House For Land Use Plan Update

The City of Southlake will host a public open house to present the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan. This is the second of six elements that will be included in the Southlake 2035 Land Use Plan update.

The first element, the SH 114 Corridor Plan, was adopted by City Council in June of 2017.

This open house will be one of several public meetings designed to share information and accept public input on the City’s future development aspirations, which will eventually be adopted as the Southlake 2035 FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan.

Land Use Plan Open House

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    Third Floor Conference Rooms
    Southlake Town Hall – 1400 Main Street
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm Open House
    6:30 – 7:00 pm Plan Presentation with Q&A

The plan covers approximately 850 acres that are adjacent to two of the three major roadway corridors in Southlake. The gray portion of the map below illustrates the planning area for the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor.

FM 1709 1938 Corridor Map

Significant development has already occurred on the FM 1709 – FM 1938 corridors. “There are still a number of future planning issues that need to be discussed”, said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “This includes new development, redevelopment, traffic, urban design and pedestrian mobility. It’s important to involve residents and property stakeholders in the planning process as the City develops the Land Use Plans. The Open House provides an opportunity for our stakeholders to give us some great feedback.”

A draft version of the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan is available on the City’s website. There is also a feedback form that has been created so that residents may submit questions or comments directly to Planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about land use, visit the 2035 Land Use webpage, or call the Planning and Development Services department at (817) 748-8621.

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