It’s easy to take it for granted at this point, but just how good is Clayton Kershaw? I’ll leave a complete analysis to the baseball historians and statistical gurus, but this might be the best season yet for the Highland Park High School graduate.
The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander won his 20th game of the season yesterday as the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 14-5 at Wrigley Field. It wasn’t the best outing for Kershaw by far, as he gave up three runs in the first inning, but it clinched a playoff spot for the Dodgers.
Still, the 20-win milestone is becoming more rare in this era of expanded rotations and bullpen specialists. In fact, yesterday Kershaw became the first pitcher to reach 20 wins in his first 26 starts in a season since Pedro Martinez of the Red Sox in 1999. He leads the league with a 20-3 record, a 1.80 earned-run average, and six complete games. He’s 17-1 in his last 20 starts, for crying out loud.
In other words, it’s not a stretch to say that he’s having the best season of his already decorated career — one that already includes two National League Cy Young awards. A third is almost certainly on the way.
September 20, 2014
The Scots might be off this weekend, but that doesn’t mean the Park Cities will lack for action on the gridiron. SMU’s home opener is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Texas A&M, so consider this a reminder to prepare accordingly.
The game against the Aggies will likely draw a full house, so whether or not you’re attending said contest, you probably will be affected by the traffic if you live in the Park Cities. Of course, that means gameday parking restrictions around the campus. You can find more specifics here.
The Mustangs also will host TCU next Saturday at 11 a.m., so the same thing applies.
September 19, 2014
The Class 6A debut for Highland Park is one week away. And with the Scots taking a bye this week along with the rest of its new District 10-6A foes, it provides a good opportunity to examine how all eight teams have fared so far.
It was a curious decision by HP to not include any 6A teams (or any road games) in its nondistrict schedule this year. In fact, the Scots’ district opener next Friday at North Mesquite will be their first game against a team from the state’s top classification since facing Coppell in 2009.
Still, it’s difficult to argue with the results thus far. The Scots (3-0) are the only unbeaten squad in the district, and its two wins against 5A opposition have resulted in shutouts of Frisco Centennial and Prosper. The HP offense is averaging almost 50 points per game.
The best of the rest might be Mesquite Horn (2-1), which hasn’t been explosive on offense but nevertheless opened the year with consecutive wins over McKinney Boyd and Duncanville. The Jaguars stumbled against a resurgent Rockwall team in a 26-14 loss.
It’s hard to separate Richardson Berkner and North Mesquite so far. Both are 2-1 and have beaten the same two teams — winless Garland Naaman Forest and South Garland. As for the losses, the Rams were blown out by Mesquite Poteet 45-14, while the Stallions fell to Arlington Sam Houston in a 12-10 defensive struggle.
Lake Highlands (1-2) has played a fairly tough schedule, opening with a win over Plano East (18-13) before losses to Rowlett (37-35) and Colleyville Heritage (40-16).
Meanwhile, Richardson Pearce (1-2) is another 10-6A team that has feasted on South Garland, but has lost to McKinney by a little and McKinney North by a lot.
The defense for Mesquite (0-3) has been a disaster so far, as the Skeeters have allowed a total of 144 points in three lopsided losses to Plano West (who looked very good against HP in a scrimmage), Garland, and Duncanville.
Then there’s Richardson (0-3), which appears destined to struggle in this league after a winless nondistrict campaign that included defeats against Frisco Heritage, Garland Lakeview Centennial, and a 50-point drubbing at Wylie.
CrossFit Odyssey at Preston Center has been around for a year, and it’s celebrating with a day of free events on Saturday that won’t require too much physical exertion.
The festivities include a “Mind of a Champion” workshop by Dr. Julie Bell, a self-defense seminar, an “adult/child throwdown,” a hydrostatic fat test, and a mobility screening.
You can also congratulate gym owner John Mariotti for his sixth-place finish this summer in the masters division (age 55-59) at the CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif. Mariotti, by the way, is a sixth-degree black belt in taekwondo, so be nice.
At any rate, the whole thing runs from about 1 to 4 p.m., and you can leave the Spandex at home.
When the Edgemere senior living community in Preston Hollow hosts its first Satellite Walk fundraiser in conjunction with the Greater Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the cause will hit close to home for one Park Cities resident.
Ellen Welch, who plans to participate in the event on Friday, had both of her parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“I’m walking for my parents,” Welch said. “Even though we’ve come a long way in fighting this disease, we still have a long way to go. Awareness is the first step.”
Welch’s story, like many adult children caregivers, is one of heartbreak, dedication, love and sacrifice.
“My dad was diagnosed first and my mom was diagnosed a few years after his death,” she said. “They were a great team together. They lived in Louisiana, so it was hard not being there for them as much as I would have liked. We tried to keep their independence for as long as we could by having home health help with my father, but eventually that wasn’t enough. I noticed bills weren’t getting paid and pills weren’t being taken.”
“My mother did everything right. She ate healthy. She exercised daily and volunteered regularly after retiring from teaching,” Welch said. “My father, on the other hand, he didn’t take care of himself like he should have after retiring from a successful career as a dentist. He had high cholesterol and wasn’t very active. It just proves that Alzheimer’s disease can happen to anyone. After my father passed away, I brought my mom to Edgemere in Dallas so she could be close to me.”
September 18, 2014
After the University Park Police Department released a sketch of the suspect for the Sept. 7 assault at Rosedale Avenue and Willard Drive, Navarro College law enforcement noticed the appearance was similar to that of their own suspect.
When UPPD detectives interviewed Harris, he confessed to the Sept. 7 assault in such a way that revealed his intimate knowledge of the crime. UPPD then issued arrest warrants.
“We want to point out that we’re still very early in the investigation,” UP police chief Greg Spradlin said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Harris is being held in the Navarro County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
September 17, 2014
The Dallas Yoga Center, which is located on Lemmon Avenue in Uptown, is celebrating 25 years of service this month with 25 hours of yoga and wellness events.
The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday and yogis can participate in henna painting, disco yoga, and dream space yoga all night long. Then greet the morning with sunrise yoga and meditation, concerts, and yoga in the park until an anniversary party complete with champagne, gluten-free cupcakes, and raffle prizes ending at 6 p.m. the following day.
The company also will be accepting donations to benefit the Hanuman Fund, a scholarship program for aspiring yoga instructors to pursue their training.
The Highland Belles spaghetti supper fundraiser on Sept. 5 had another successful year. The spaghetti supper sales winners are Grace Sloane, Flora Kate Richards, and Maddie Basso.
All 61 members of the award-winning drill team sold tickets, raffle tickets, and accepted donations, which will fund the team’s operations for the year. This year was bigger than ever with the addition of the live auction.
The team partnered with Amore Italian Restaurant for the 19th year, bringing hungry football fans to the cafeteria before the HPHS football game against Pulaski Academy.
Does calling it a fun run really make it fun? Well, if it’s anything like the pep rally to kick off Bradfield’s Boosterthon fundraiser, it may not be so bad.
On Monday, students gathered in the gymnasium and cheered on Blaze the Bronco and Boosterthon representatives as they heard about the plans for the event. Each day of the fundraiser will provide a lesson that encourages kindness, leadership, fitness, and citizenship.
The event will conclude with the Rock’n Town Live Fun Run, where students will recruit pledges for the number of laps they run. The money raised from Boosterthon will go to the school.
Park Cities resident Allison Hubbard was in Washington, D.C., yesterday as part of a group of more than 600 cancer patients, survivors, and volunteers from all 50 states trying to raise awareness and spur legislative action regarding cancer research and funding — an event called American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.
As part of her visit, Hubbard is meeting with Rep. Pete Sessions and U.S. senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, hoping to garner support for an increase in federal funding, as well as endorsement of legislation to help reduce costs and increase quality of life for cancer patients.
“Congress has a critical role to play in the fight to defeat a disease that kills an estimated 500,000 people in America every year. Congress can demonstrate a commitment to the fight against cancer by increasing federal funding for cancer research and prevention, co-sponsoring patient quality of life legislation and eliminating surprise costs for seniors getting colorectal cancer screenings,” said Hubbard, a volunteer for ACS CAN. “Making these lifesaving policies a priority will help to eliminate death and suffering from cancer.”
Specifically, ACS CAN is asking Congress to:
- Increase funding for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and for prevention programs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
- Sponsor legislation to improve the quality of life of cancer patients with better access to palliative care
- Sponsor the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screenings Act
Yesterday’s events culminated with a Lights of Hope ceremony in front of the U.S. Capitol reflecting pool.