JULY 19, 2013 | 1B

Commission Recommends Lights


Highland Park’s softball field could be ready to host night games next season. The University Park Planning and Zoning Commission is considering allowing the field to have lights.

Issue will likely be part of Sept. 17 hearing
BY SARAH BENNETT People Newspapers

o members of the Highland Park High School softball team, it seemed as if the University Park Planning and Zoning commissioners finally saw the light when they voted to recommend lights for the softball field


and tennis courts at the July 9 meeting. The last time the comm i s s i o n m e t o n Ju n e 11, a number of softball players turned out to speak their minds. They claimed the lack of lights means they play fewer games, have less public support, miss more class, and might be in violation of Title IX because they play fewer games than

the baseball team. T h e i s s u e, w h i c h i s expected to be on the council’s agenda as a public hearing for the Sept. 17 meeting, has come up before. In 2011, commissioners shot down the proposal. This time, they unanimously recommended the appeal to the City Council, without any additional time for public discussion.

“The girls deserve lights,” Commissioner Doug Roach said. “That’s why I’m going to support it.” Dr. Dawson Orr, superintendent of Highland Park ISD, was in attendance, as were representatives from Musco Sports Lighting, the company that would provide the lights.


Katie Bell fires in a pitch during a Highland Park home game.


Staff Writer Gets To Know Football
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns about Margaux Anbouba playing the 6th annual Blondes vs. Brunettes game on Aug. 17. may have graduated from Highland Park High School, but I was about as far away as you could get from being a star athlete. Or even a normal athlete. T h e l a s t o rg a n i z e d sport I played was in fourth grade, on the Hyer Huskies basketball team. I almost didn’t graduate from both high school and college because I failed to fulfill physical education requirements. But when my editor, Dan Koller, asked me to participate in the Blondes vs. Brunettes football game, I jumped at the chance because of the beneficiary: Alzheimer’s disease. I lost my maternal grandmother, Mertie Goss, to the disease almost three years ago. Founded by Highland Pa r k g ra d u a t e E r i n Finegold, Blondes vs. Brunettes is a charity




Jordan Spieth tees off on hole No. 4 at the HP Byron Nelson in May. Spieth won last week’s John Deere Classic.

Spieth Scores Dramatic Victory
Jesuit graduate earns spot in British Open
BY CHUCK COX People Newspapers

Jordan Spieth’s 20th birthday is still more than a week away, but he got one gigantic present a lit-

tle bit early. In incredibly dramatic fashion, Spieth won the John Deere Classic on Sunday in Silvis, Ill. In the process, he became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour event since 1931, became a full-fledged member of the PGA Tour with a two-year exemption, and earned $828,000 in prize money.

The win also qualified Spieth for this w e e k ’s B r i t i s h O p e n , the PGA Championship, and next year’s Masters. Additionally, he is eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs and is 11th in the current standings. “It hasn’t hit me yet,” Spieth said after the victory. “I’m not sure it will until maybe I wake up on

the plane in a little while.” Spieth started his magical run by burying a miraculous 44-foot bunker shot on the final hole of regulation to put him in a three-way tie with defending tournament champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn . The shot bounced, hit the
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football game where — you guessed it— the flaxen haired ladies challenge the dark-tressed ones to a flag football duel. In the past five years, the game has raised more than a million dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas Chapter. We brunettes (also known as the “Bru Crew”) have been finetuning our football skills at practice every week in anticipation of the final showdown on at Bishop Lynch’s Roffino Stadium. I wasn’t nervous about playing football until I showed up to our first practice — this may come as a shock, but I didn’t know a single thing about flag football.

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Jordan Spieth hits out of a bunker at the HP Byron Nelson. Spieth is competing in the British Open this week in Edinburgh, Scotland. fledged member of the PGA Tour.

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pin, and dropped in the hole. It then took surviving a couple of close calls where Hearn and Johnson b o t h c o u l d h av e wo n the tournament by making putts before Spieth finally finished things off on the fifth sudden-death playoff hole with a tap-in putt. Spieth was six shots

off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round. “I’ve never had a putt to win a [pro] tournament before,” Spieth said. “Even the two-footer to tap in, I didn’t know if I’d get my putter to the ball. So I looked at the hole, looked at the front of the cup, decided to let my hands do it, and watched it go in.” Spieth has been massively successful at every level of golf. He won two

U n i t e d S t a t e s Ju n i o r Amateur titles, three Class 5A state championships at Jesuit, and an NCAA championship at Texas. After playing in the Byron Ne l s o n C l a s s i c t w i c e while he was still in high school, Spieth turned pro in December. He finished tied for second place at the Puerto Rico Open in his second tourney as a special provisional member of the

PGA Tour. He now has six top-10 finishes and is 17th on the money list this year with $2,034,178.50. “I just battled and grinded,” Spieth said. “We were on the back nine still four or five back. But the leaders weren’t going to 21- or 22-under, which we thought they were going to. I just told [caddie] Michael [Greller] , ‘Hey, let’s try to get some birdies, have a good top-

10, and go home and take some time off. I got a couple of close ones for birdie on 13 and 14. I bogeyed 15, but birdied the last three. That shot on 18 was the luckiest shot I ever hit in my life.” All three golfers shot par on the first four playoff holes. Spieth emerged after a fantastic second shot on the fifth playoff hole. He ended up needing

only to two-putt to seal the victory and finish 19-under-par for the tourney. “I don’t know what I did to deserve all those breaks,” Spieth said. “I said my prayers, but it worked. Right now. I’m extremely pleased and a little worried about only having short sleeves going to Scotland.” Email chuck.cox@

Scots Quarterbacks, Receivers Camp Set
Players will get to play on new field turf

Highland Park football head coach Randy Allen will conduct his annual quarterbacks and wide receivers camp from 8 to 11 a.m. next Monday through Thursday at Highlander Stadium, which has new field turf. Cost of the camp is $175. It is open to students entering grades fifth through ninth. Registration for the camp will on site at 8 a.m. Monday. For more information, contact Allen at 214-7803035 or allenr@hpisd. org. The Scots will open football practice on Aug. 12. Highland Park will have a home scrimmage against Plano West on Aug. 23. The Scots open the regular season against Aledo in the Tom Landry Classic on Aug. 31 in Allen. STAFF PHOTO: ANDREW BUCKLEY — From Staff Reports The brand new field turf at Highlander Stadium has been installed. It will get some use at the Scots Quarterbacks and Receivers Camp beginning Monday.



The 2012-13 Highland Park boys cross country team captains are (from left) Jack Beitter (senior), Steven Emerson (senior), Ike McIntosh, Taylor Carrigan, and Austin Roberts.

The 2012-13 Highland Park volleyball team captains are Grace Carter and Lena Pierce.



The Hyer fourth-grade Pink Panthers recently went undefeated and won the YMCA softball championship. The team was up against teams from Christ the King, Bradfield and Armstrong. Team members are (front row, from left) Lexi Perry, Morgan Walsh, Carter Ching, Cambelle Henderson and (back row) Whitney Shore, Katie Palmer, Mary Ann Graves, Caroline Murzin, Charlotte Seale, and coach Chris Murzin. In addition to learning the game, players learned valuable life lessons — including supporting important causes such as the relief efforts in Moore, Okla., West, and Granbury by raising money for the Red Cross during one of their games. Last, but certainly not least, the players learned “a promise is a promise” when Coach Murzin showed up dressed in pink and bearing donuts during Hyer morning drop-off because the team went undefeated.



The third-grade University Park Elementary boys and girls teams both came away first-place winners at the Park Cities YMCA Track Meet held recently at SMU. The boys relay team of (from left) David Meany, Aidan Cox, Charlie Fielder, and Braden Jirovec broke the meet record set in 2003 with a time of 1:00.06.

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After our warm-up, I started taking mental notes of things like positions, rules, and the most effective ways to pull

flags. Basically, I’m watching the girls who are really good and attempting to mimic them. Only time will tell if my attempt is successful. Now I’m three weeks in, have a jammed ring finger, have been assigned

to play defense, and have even pulled a flag or two. Yesterday morning I woke up early and ran because I want to make sure I can keep up on the field. Have I become a footballer? email margaux.anbouba@


Urban Treetop Oasis
The Bradfield third-grade Volley Ranchers recently won the Park Cities YMCA postseason championship. The Bradfield Volley Ranchers are Katherine Watkins, Reagan Buvens, Kylie Bell, Parker Hart, Ashley Graham, Susan Richey, Sophia Irizarry, Amelia Corliss, and Caroline Conser.

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When the commissioners voted, softball teammates and their parents applauded. But not all residents are crazy about the idea. Morton Newman, who ow n s p ro p e r t y a c ro s s f ro m t h e f i e l d , d e l i ve re d a l e t t e r t o c h i e f planning official Harry Persaud’s office on July 5. It reminded commissioners that when the facilities were built in 1999, the council assured residents no lights would be included. Newman’s letter calls the current request “identical” to that of 2011. “What is becoming clearer in the process at this time compared to 2011 is that a lot more work has been done in the technology of the lighting system,” Persaud said.


Panse Nakada tries to lay down a bunt for Highland Park.

“Spillover is regulated based on design. That brings a lot to the table.” Newman feels that the light emitted is not the dominant issue; there’s also “automobile traffic, pedestrian traffic, crowd noise,” and other factors to consider. He under-

stands the Title IX side of the argument, but worries the lights might be used for purposes outside of University Interscholastic League regulation, such as renting the facilities for commercial use. Email sarah.bennett@

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