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Return to Glory
Lakehill Moves to Eleven-Man Football
After a five-year hiatus, the Lakehill Warriors are making a
return to eleven-man football. Spring practices kicked off last week as the team
began making the transition.
Just two years ago, when Varsity Head Coach Chris
Peacock arrived at Lakehill, participation in the football
program was low. He stuck with six-man, with the hopes of returning to eleven-man
within two years. Now, with 22-25 boys expected on next year's team, the
numbers rival those experienced during the team's heyday in the late 70s. With
a possibility of 25 boys on this year's team, it could turn out to be one
of the largest teams in school history.
"With so many kids on the team, six-man would be tough. You
would always have 16 kids on the sidelines," explained Peacock. Instead of opting
for a JV and Varsity squad in six-man, Peacock and Athletic Director Bob
Yttredahl decided the time was right for a return to
eleven-man. The Warriors, which consistently showed strong performances in
the 1990s, made their last playoff appearance as an eleven-man team in 2000.
Coaches agree that the outlook for the return is positive.
The 22 players currently on next year's roster include 13
returning lettermen. Returning All-District players include Stephen Thompson,
Charles Burch, Austin Simpson, Beau Bunger, and Cris McCarty. Two key newcomers
to the team are Tyler Wentz and John Godbey.
"Collectively, we are all very excited about Lakehill's
return to eleven-man football," explains Coach Peacock. The last two years in
six-man have been respectable seasons (5-5 in 2008, 6-4 in 2009),
and I believe we will enter 2010 with confidence in our ability
In a game where size and experience matter, Lakehill will
start the year with an older, more experienced team. Lakehill's team - which
historically has been very young - will go into a season with a
significant number of upperclassmen for the first time since 2006. In previous
years, it was not uncommon for 75% of the team to be underclassmen.
In six-man, Lakehill competed in the toughest district in
all of TAPPS. Lakehill will now play in TAPPS Division IV, District 2, a group
that includes teams familiar to Lakehill, like Canyon Creek and Garland
Christian. The competition will still be tough, with Canyon Creek boasting
back-to-back state championships.
Peacock says he is encouraged by his players' enthusiasm. "I
think they are really looking forward to being the group to bring eleven-man
back to Lakehill," he explained. "Although we may struggle a bit in our first
year, we will be very competitive." Athletic Director Bob
Yttredahl agrees, "Everyone is very excited to be moving back
to eleven-man football. Our participation is at an all-time high, so now is as
good a time as any to make the move. With a dedicated coaching staff and a
group of student-athletes who are up to the challenge, I am confident it will
be a smooth transition."
Highlights of the upcoming season include a Homecoming Game on
October 22 against Waco Christian, a Tailgate Party game on September 3 against
Frost High School,
and Senior Night on November 5 against McKinney Christian.
PFC Announces Annual Gift and New Officer Team
Although Lakehill's Parent Faculty Club (PFC)
met Tuesday for the last time this school year, the group didn't show any
sign of slowing down. The General Meeting, which served as both a wrap-up to
the current year and a kick-start to the new, was chaired by PFC
President Michelle Crow.
Crow announced the group's annual gift to the school, which
totaled in excess of $143,625. The gift included a variety of PFC-sponsored
programs (such as Banquets, Graduation, Field Day, Back-to-School Picnic, and Carnival), technology enhancements, a contribution to the endowment fund, a
multi-purpose outdoor sport court, new lighting in the auditorium, and office
space for a new Upper School Coordinator.
The new PFC Executive Committee was also
announced and confirmed:
President: Michelle Crow
Vice President: Charlotte Hawthorne
Secretary: Colleen McCall
Treasurer: Elizabeth Ferguson and Patty Pippen
Parliamentarian: Lesslie York
Immediate Past President: Tina Simpson
While parents reminisced about the past year
over coffee and breakfast, new officers and committee chairs got a
head-start on plans for the coming year. Many thanks to the PFC and all its
members who do so much for Lakehill.
|Teams Honored at Athletic Banquets
It was a week of celebration for the Athletic Department as teams wrapped up the year with their annual Awards Ceremonies. Middle
School Athletics gathered on May 5 in the auditorium for their Athletic Awards Ceremony, while Upper School held their annual Athletic Banquet on May 7 at the Environmental Science Center.
Sponsored by the PFC, the Awards
Ceremonies allowed each athletic team the opportunity to be recognized
and gave coaches, students, and supporters the perfect
opportunity to celebrate the season's successes and build momentum for
coming year. After recapping the season's highlights with a
Middle School Athletics slide
show and an Upper School video presentation, each Lakehill coach took
the stage to recognize their team and celebrate the year.
ranged from the sentimental to the spirited, the message of the evening
clear: the strength of teamwork and the spirit of the game are at the
Honor awards were given to those athletes maintaining strong academic
standards. The final awards of the evening were given to those students
best embodied the true spirit of a Lakehill athlete. The True Warrior
Awards went to
School athletes Anastasia Walton
and Drew Norman
. The Fighting Heart
Awards, presented by Coach Yttredahl and last year's recipient Imani Heard, were
presented to Upper School athletes Kiley Trent
and Mac Kelly
With nearly 70% of all Middle and Upper School students involved in
Lakehill athletics, there is no doubt that the program's benefits are
reaching. Sports teach student-athletes valuable skills such as
teamwork, discipline, dedication, and desire. By promoting school
benefits extend to the entire school community. Congratulations and
all the Lakehill athletes and coaches who dedicate their time and talent to these programs. Go Warriors!
Making Headlines: Lakehill in the News
Learning to Lead
seventh grader Kelly Werther attended the Spring 2010 Junior National Young Leaders
Conference (JrNYLC) in Washington, D.C. Over six days, Kelly
explored the capital region: investigating the leadership throughout our
nation's history, engaging in fast-paced experiential simulations, and
developing her own leadership skills. Read more here.
School freshman and White Rock resident Sterling Gavinski
showcased his talents on acoustic guitar last weekend at the White Rock
Market. Read more here. Check out Sterling's performance of "Sweet Caroline" here.
Sweet Sounds of Success
YMCA Awards Lakehill Freshman
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas recently awarded Alex Mills, a ninth grade student at Lakehill, as the 2009 recipient of the
YMCA Youth Character Award. Read more here.
Get more Lakehill News here.
|State Track Meet |
members of the Varsity Track Team traveled to Waco on May 7 and 8 for the State
Alexis Johnson took fourth in State in the long jump.
The 4x100 relay team of Kara Gamboa, Jenna Burch,
Ayana Heard, and Alexis Johnson was Lakehill's first relay team to qualify for state in 15 years. Considering the fact that no one is graduating, the future looks bright for these talented runners.
This year's track team was the biggest in the past four years and is only graduating one senior, Harrison Boyd.
Coach Jhoana Cayme says she is excited for next year. "I think we've taken a lot of positive steps in the
past few years, qualifying more and more kids to the Regional Meet and making it
to the State Meet this year. Now the kids know what it's going to be like and
they have the experience to look back on and motivate them to bigger and better
goals next year. They've seen the best in the State and now they know they can
run with them."
Summer Off Season training schedule has been posted on the website. Click here to view.
|May 10 - June 4
Big Noodle Summer Reading Book Fair!
Summer Reading Lists are available here. Enjoy easy, one-stop shopping with
Lakehill's online Summer Reading Book Fair. Books can be purchased online here, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Lakehill.
Get the 2010-2011 School Calendar here.
Lakehill Summer Camps
NOW! Registration due May 15!
Lower, Middle, and Upper School Camps
New format, new camps, great value!
the Summer Camps 2010 Guide, click here.
May 13 (9:00am) and May 14 (7:00pm)
Middle School Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
Lower School Field Day
Students head to the practice field at 12:30pm for their class cheers. Games begin at 1:00pm and should end by 2:30pm.
Baccalaureate; 2:00pm at the ESC
Lower School Awards Ceremony, 2:00pm, Auditorium
Middle School Awards Ceremony, 2:00pm, Auditorium
Middle School Performing Arts Awards Ceremony, 7:00pm, Auditorium
Upper School Awards Ceremony, 2:00pm, Auditorium
Barnes and Noble Showcases Lakehill first and second grade art!
Reception at 3:30pm, Barnes and Noble, across from NorthPark
New Parent Luncheon, 11:30am, Upper Library
School Performing Arts Banquet, 6:00pm, ESC
Last day of school for K-5
Lower School Skating Party
May 24 - 26
MS and US Exams
Get the Exam Schedule here.
Commencement, 7:30pm, Auditorium
Reception prior to ceremony at 6:30pm
For the Love of the Lake Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
All Lakehill families invited!
For more information, click here.