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The Oak Cliff Lions Club boasts a strong membership of business women from the Oak Cliff community. Carol Donovan (center) will be inducted as President in June to begin leading the club on July first. She was surrounded by other Oak Cliff Lions at last year's Peacemaker's Luncheon.

Award-Winning Oak Cliff Lions to hold Extravaganza Thursday, May 21!

The Oak Cliff Lions Club, recently awarded the Most Outstanding Lions Club in their district, hosts their Annual Extravaganza Thursday, May 21, at the Methodist Hospital's Hitt auditorium. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and features The Levee Singers followed by the Steve Bayless Orchestra. Valet parking is free. You can order tickets here: http://www.oakclifflions.club/  "Lite Bites" before the entertainment will be available for all. 

New and veteran Oak Cliff Business men and women and their friends are invited to attend and enjoy the evening while networking with some of the most connected leaders in our Dallas community.

The 4:30 p.m. dress rehearsal, also at Hitt Auditorium, is open to everyone and will be especially promoted to the senior citizens in the Dallas community.  Admission to the rehearsal is $10, which offers an opportunity to win a $5,000 gift card.  The public is urged to continue buying the $10 raffle tickets from any Oak Cliff lion. The drawing for a gift card, along with some smaller prizes, will be held at the conclusion of the 7:30 p.m. show. Raffle tickets are also available here: http://www.oakclifflions.club/

The club has a membership that is a who's who of Oak Cliff Business owners and elected city officials including newly elected Dallas County Treasurer Pauline Medrano, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia and Justice of the Peace Juan Jasso. Councilmen, congressmen and senators are also typical of the members the club attracts. 

The Lions are internationally known for their work in bringing hope to the visually impaired through their work with low-income eye clinics. Anyone can donate their old prescription eyeglasses to be cleaned and recycled and given to a person who can use them to see better. Bring your eye glasses to the Extravaganza Thursday night to "Do good while having a good time." 

For more information contact Sara Kitto, Club Administrative Secretary: (214) 943-9725

sara.kitto@oakclifflions.org

1441 N. Beckley, Suite 5019, P.O. Box 4445
Dallas, Texas 75203
Office Hours: Wednesday & Thursday
9:00 - 4:00 pm

2014-2015 Elected & Appointed Officers: contact any one of these Oak Cliff Lions to learn more about the club and Thursday night's Extravaganza. Or call Carol Donovan at  214-213-4575.

Steve Bayless - President
Durhl Caussey
Carol Donovan
Layne Vincent
Don Herring, Jr.
Paula Maroney
John McCall, Jr.
Mike Satarino
Beverly Thomson
Michelle Metzger
Amy Alburtis

Honorary Life Members of Board
P.D.G. Bill Melton
P.D.G. Wayne Meachum
P.D.G. Darla Wisdom


Board Of Directors 2013-2015
Perry Flowers
Juan Jasso
Nia MacKay
Andrea Sanders
Michael Savoie
Frances Stinnett 
2014-2016
Stan Altschuler
Alison Beazley
Corky Harris
Joe Jessing
Judy Porter
Glenn Shank

Other charitable causes supported by the Oak Cliff Lions Club include:
Located in Kerrville, Texas, this camp was built and is operated by all Lions Clubs in Texas.
Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation providing sight conservation services for needy children and adults in North Texas.
Eyeglasses for Children eye exams are provided for area school children. Glasses, if needed, are delivered to that child at school within two weeks.
The Eye Bank, located at Southwestern Medical University, was the first established eye bank in this section of the United States.
Leader Dogs for the Blind, providing funding for the selection, training and placement of leader dogs for blind individuals in our area.
Meals on Wheels
The Oak Cliff Lions Club members regularly deliver Meals on Wheels for the North Texas Visiting Nurses - Meals On Wheels program.
Lions Recycle for Sight
Lions Recycle for Sight collects eyeglasses which are distributed by the Sight and Tissue Foundation to the needy in our area and in foreign countries.
Leukemia Association of North Central Texas, Inc
Lions Student Speakers Contest
Lions International Youth Exchange Program - Julien C. Hyer Youth Camp
Dallas Police Awards
Vogel / Alcove
Texas Theatre / Oak Cliff Foundation
Sports Extravaganza
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Both the Bishop Dunne boys' and girls' track teams came in Third place over all at the TAPPS 5A State Track meet held at Baylor University in Waco last weekend. A number of individual Falcon athletes won first place, including junior Mackenzie Frank who took home three Championship medals and broke two state meet records, including her own record in the 300 meter hurdles.

Bishop Dunne Falcons Soar at State Track Meet, Setting Records, Earning Six Individual State Championships,

The Falcon boys’ and girls’ track and field teams had a strong showing at the TAPPS 5A state competition with a small team – less than half the size of most of their competitors. With just five girls and twelve boys competing, both teams won a number of events and ended up placing third overall.

Senior Darrion Daniels started the Falcons’ winning streak at Friday’s field events by winning the shot putt competition with an impressive distance: 54 feet, 7 inches. He followed that up by coming in sixth in the discus.

Junior Mackenzie Frank won the TAPPS 5A State Championship in the girls' high jump with a winning leap of 5 feet, 2 inches high.

Saturday brought more state championship wins to the Falcons.

Senior De'Stini Henderson won first place in 100 meter race, a second in the 200 and another second in the girls’ 4x100 relay

In addition to Frank’s high jump on Friday, Mackenzie won the 100 meter hurdles and then the 300 meter hurdles in high fashion with The Dallas Morning News reporting: "Frank smashed her own record in the 300 hurdles running a 43.68 to far surpass her mark of 45.94 two years ago."

Coach Stephen Guerrero said Mackenzie’s was “One of the best state performances by a track athlete I’ve witnessed: first in three events and state meet records in two events, the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Simply amazing.”

Senior Jared Moser came in second in the 1600 meter race, which he won in the Regional meet the week before. The boys’ team came in third place in the 4x400 meter relay and 6th in the 4x200.

Overall the boys’ and the girls’ teams placed third.

The Falcon boys’ and girls’ track and field teams also had a strong showing at the TAPPS 5A North Regional Meet held at Argyle Liberty Christian School the weekend before the state competition, with the boys coming in second and the girls coming in fourth.

Coach Bell is already thinking about next year. Juniors Joshua Drayden, Xavier Harvey, and Ayaunee Williams greatly contributed to the two teams’ success this year, and sophomores Cassie Garner, Chevin Calloway and Tremayne Bell also made their mark.

These young Falcons are training for the future, running to win, ready to soar.

 

Bishop Dunne has a number of summer sports and academic camps. For more information, see the school's website at www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.com.

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The Oak Cliff Lions Club President Steve Bayless leads not just the club, but also the Steve Bayless Orchestra. His wife, Marna, is also an Oak Cliff Lion. A number of women have joined the formerly all-male service club in the last decade.

 Oak Cliff Lions Club President to Perform for the club's Annual Extravaganza May 21

Oak Cliff Lions Club President Steve Bayless is not just a leader in the Oak Cliff Lions Club – he also leads the Steve Bayless Orchestra, which will be performing as the second act in the club’s annual Extravaganza on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in the Methodist Hospital's Hitt Auditorium. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m.

The opening act is the talented Levee Singers, a bluegrass foursome known nationally for their musicality and sense of humor.

The Dallas Oak Cliff Lions Club was Organized and Chartered in April 1929.  For over 80 years, Oak Cliff Lions have supported a variety of local, state, national and international charities involving youth, vision, and other worthy causes and charities. It is estimated that the Club has contributed over $1.3 million to charitable causes through the dedicated efforts of Club members.    

President Steve Bayless says, “Since the late 40's, the Lions annual variety show - which is now called the Extravaganza - has been the primary source of fundraising to support the club’s charities. We've added to that with successful golf tournaments and a host of projects that a few of our members have taken on as personal endeavors, projects in which our club has become involved by supporting those efforts. And we want all of that to continue and flourish.” Funds raised have made a huge difference in Dallas, from local Projects such as funding the Oak Cliff Eye Clinic facility in the 1950’s in cooperation with the City of Dallas, to a major contribution to the Dallas Zoo for the Bird and Reptile House in the 1960’s. Next came a gift of $20,000 to fund the main hall of the new Oak Cliff YMCA Building on South Hampton Road in the 1970’s, a $10,000 contribution in the 1990's to help launch the tactile exhibit for the visually impaired at the Dallas Zoo - in cooperation with the Metroplex Mitsubishi Dealers - and in 2006, the Club contributed $20,000 to the Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation's Mobile Eyeglass Bus Project. 

In addition to the concert, "A Taste of Bishop Arts," featuring local restaurant's delicacies will be available. The new Dallas Grilled Cheese Company located in the heart of the Bishop Arts District was the first restaurant to sign up to donate their down-home food to the event. 

Local caterers and restaurants are encouraged to contact the Lions to bring their creations to the event to help feed the crowd coming - and get free PR!

Raffle tickets for a $5,000 VISA card are also on sale for $10 each. Contact any Oak Cliff Lion to buy one. All profits from the event go to multiple non-profit charitable organizations supported by the Oak Cliff Lions Club including:

Texas Lions Camp for Diabetic and Disabled Children
Located in Kerrville, Texas, this camp was built and is operated by all Lions Clubs in Texas.

 

Lions Sight & Tissue Foundation
Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation providing sight conservation services for needy children and adults in North Texas.

 

Eyeglasses for Children
Eyeglasses for Children eye exams are provided for area school children. Glasses, if needed, are delivered to that child at school within two weeks.

The Eye Bank
The Eye Bank, located at Southwestern Medical University, was the first established eye bank in this section of the United States.

 

Leader Dogs for the Blind
Leader Dogs for the Blind, providing funding for the selection, training and placement of leader dogs for blind individuals in our area.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

Meals on Wheels

The Oak Cliff Lions Club members regularly deliver Meals on Wheels for the North Texas Visiting Nurses - Meals On Wheels program.

 

Lions Recycle for Sight

Lions Recycle for Sight collects eyeglasses which are distributed by the Sight and Tissue Foundation to the needy in our area and in foreign countries.

 

Leukemia Association of North Central Texas, Inc

Oak Cliff YMCA

 

Lions Student Speakers Contest

Lions International Youth Exchange Program - Julien C. Hyer Youth Camp

Dallas Police Awards

Vogel / Alcove

Texas Theatre / Oak Cliff Foundation

Sports Extravaganza

"The Levee Singers" in Concert as the headliner for The 2015 Oak Cliff Lions Club Extravaganza Featuring the "Steve Bayless Orchestra" - Thursday, May 21 2015

Hitt Auditorium - Tickets: $50.00 - Show / $10.00 Dress Rehearsal: first come, first served.

Show starts at 7:30 P.M. - limited seating only! 400 tickets will be sold; includes food service from 6:30. Both at Methodist Hospital Central 221 W. Colorado at Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75203. See the club's website: www.oakclifflions.com for more information or call First Vice President Lion Carol Donovan for tickets: 214-213-4575.

 

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Bishop Dunne Junior Mackenzie Frank is a state champion in the TAPPS 5A High Jump. She will run in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles races tomorrow, which she won in the regional competition last weekend.

Bishop Dunne Falcons Soaring at State Track Meet, Earn Two Individual State Championships in First Day of Competition

Junior Mackenzie Frank has won the TAPPS 5A State Championship in the girls' High Jump with a winning leap of 5 feet, two inches high.

The two day state meet is being held today, Friday, May 8 and tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Baylor University track in Waco.

Senior Darrion Daniels started the winning streak earlier in the day by winning the Shot Putt competition with an impressive score: 54 feet, 7 inches. He followed that up by coming in 6th in the discus.

The Falcon boys’ and girls’ track and field teams had a strong showing at the TAPPS 5A North Regional Meet held at Argyle Liberty Christian School last Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, 2015.

Both the Bishop Dunne boys’ and girls’ track teams had an excellent day with a large number of student-athletes winning their events and qualifying for the state meet. 

Out of the nine teams participating in the regional meet, the Bishop Dunne boys’ team finished second behind Liberty Christian. The Bishop Dunne girls’ team also had a strong showing and finished third overall.

Two of Bishop Dunne’s female athletes, De’Stini Henderson and Mackenzie Frank, had outstanding results.

Senior De’Stini won a first, second and third place finish in meet, including the 100 Meter (first) 4x100 relay with her teammates (second) and 200 meter race (third.) She runs in all three races tomorrow in Waco.

Junior Mackenzie won three first place finishes in the 100 Meter Hurdles, 300 Meter Hurdles and High Jump. She'll compete in the two hurdles races tomorrow.

Senior Jared Moser won his 1600 meter race, leading his senior teammates to put in their best efforts and also come away with first place wins including Dailen Sutton winning the 110 Meter hurdles, A.D. Miller winning first place in the long jump, and Darrion Daniels winning first in the shot put.

Sophomore Damion Daniels competed in the shot put also, but didn’t place. “It was great to see my brother win it,” he said, noting his distance of 52’7”.  He declared, “I plan to keep practicing and beat that record one day soon.”

This was A.D. Miller’s first track meet of the season due to three rain-outs and his heavy weight lifting schedule getting ready for the fall football season at OU, where he’ll be attending on a full scholarship. He was pleased to have finished so well. “It was a nice surprise,” he admitted with a big smile.

“A.D. placed sixth in the long jump last year and qualified to compete in the triple, but had a hamstring issue and couldn’t do it,” Coach Isaac Bell said, adding, “It was great to see him out there last weekend, finishing strong.” His winning long jump was 22 feet, eight inches, a personal best.

Coach Bell’s team did well at State last year, with the boys coming in at second place and the girls taking fourth place. He expected his team to do well at Regionals and hopes each athlete comes to Waco ready to win. 

Sophomore Xavier Harvey was the surprise of the meet. According to Coach Bell, Xavier’s been practicing hard, work which paid off when he finished the 400 meters race in fourth place. Coach relates, “He knew placing fourth made him an automatic competitor at State, and he smiled all through those last few meters.” His fourth place finish means he’ll be on the track in Waco, ready to give his best.

Fifth place finishers also get to compete. Considered “wild card” entrants, senior Travis Cook will be competing in the triple jump, senior Dailen Sutton will be competing in the long jump, and sophomore Cassie Garner will be running in the 100 meter race.

Coach Dewey Wakefield and Coach Walter Johnson are also in Waco with the team.  Coach Bell has high hopes for his track teams this weekend. “We’re taking more athletes this year,” he said, “which will give us more chances to win,” - and more chances for these Falcons to soar.  

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The biggest man on the Bishop Dunne campus - and on the Track Team - is senior Darrion Daniels (back row, center.) He's a state champion in football with his Falcon teammates, and now a state champion in the Shot Putt. Daniels will be playing football for OSU next fall.

Bishop Dunne Senior Wins Shot Putt State Championship in TAPPS

Bishop Dunne senior Darrion Daniels, already a state champion with his Falcon football team in TAPPS 5A Division 1, is now an individual state champion in the Shot Putt. Recruited by over 30 colleges to play football, Oklahoma State got the nod and he'll be heading north this fall to play for the university this fall.

Daniels' winning shot putt heave was 54 feet, 7 inches. 

The high jump, triple jump and long jump competitions will also be held today at the Baylor Track in Waco, where Daniels' track teammates will continue to compete. The Falcon boys' track team placed second last week in the regional competition, with the Falcon girls' team placing fourth.

Most of the races will be run Saturday. Daniels' classmate, senior De'Stini Henderson, is prepared to run three races in the hopes of winning three state championships.

Since her first state championship in her sophomore year, when she burst on the track scene by winning the 100, she has added two more state championships and a third place win in her junior year – when she won the 100 meter, the 4x100 relay with her teammates, and placed third in the 200. “I was reluctant to run the 200, so was surprised as anybody that I came in third,” she said.

Her 4x100 relay team was made up of freshman Cassie Garner, sophomore Ayae Williams, and juniors Sarah Massey and De’Stini – a young team that beat the veterans on the track.

Now in her senior year, De’Stini is attempting a trifecta: running for three state championships in three different races: the 100 meter, the 4x100 relay, and the 200 meter race.

A graduate of the Merrywood School, she’s been running since the 7th grade and that’s how she came to Bishop Dunne. “Track Coach Isaac Bell saw me running and said I should apply here,” says De’Stini. In her freshman year, she had an injury that required knee surgery, but she rehabbed quickly and bounced back to her surprise win at her first State Meet. Her best times include a 7.67 second 60 meter time and an 11.91 finish in the 100 meter race.

Those times resulted in scholarship offers from a number of colleges, including the University of South Florida, Alabama, LSU, Baylor, the University of Texas at San Antonio, UNT, Southern Mississippi, Boise State and Southern University in Louisiana. She committed to run for UTSA and signed her scholarship last Wednesday. Her mother Duuana and father Trent were there to celebrate with her. But De’Stini is pretty sure she got really fast by being chased by her four older brothers – two of whom are twins. “I guess I got used to them running around after me,” she says with a laugh.

“She’s the real deal,” Bishop Dunne’s Athletic Director, Kenneth Davis, says. “She’s not a talker. She lets her running speak for her. She’s like a silent assassin on the track – she just quietly zips by everybody.”

The State Track Meet is today and tomorrow, May 8 and 9, 2015, in Waco.  

And in the fall this Falcon will be soaring on the collegiate track, and maybe into the record books.

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Senior Falcon Runner Ready for State Competition

Jarod Richard Moser has a lot to smile about these days.

Last weekend he came in first in the 1600 meter race, his final regional meet as a high school student. His time was 4:32, just two seconds off his personal best of 4:30 which he achieved at a meet a Jesuit earlier this season.

His goal, to win a State Championship this weekend on the Baylor track in Waco, seems attainable. Running a personal best is also a possibility. Heading north to Seton Hall College in New Jersey this fall - on a partial track scholarship that can become something more if he keeps running the way he is – is a dream come true. “I liked the team and the school when I visited, and my parents grew up around there, so I feel like its home.”

All this seems pretty incredible to what he admits was a “95 pound weakling” back when he arrived on the Bishop Dunne campus seven years ago. “I was attending the Merrywood School, but when I saw the gym here – I remember it like it was yesterday – I was just wowed! I had to come here and be an athlete.” He transferred into Dunne as a 6th grader, and soon found his calling.

“In 7th grade I worked out with Coach Guerrero. By freshman year I was still tiny – but in Coach Wakefield’s Freshman PE Class, we were to run the mile. Most of my friends were exhausted after one lap around the track, but I was loving it! I thought to myself: I can be a runner!” Up until that class assignment, Jarod had been a baseball player. But he found his niche. Running was challenging and fun. “I was probably the shortest boy in my class – but Coach Bell began working out with me and running with me.” Now at a whopping 135 pounds, Jared has such a good tan that he looks like the picture of health.

He says he and Coach Bell have quietly become good friends. Last August, Jarod’s mother passed away after a long illness, but Jared was surrounded by classmates at her funeral and felt like he was “adopted” by a number of his classmates’ mothers. “Both Jared Alex’s mom and C.J. Ramsey’s Mom both told me I was now a part of their families, and it really has felt like that.” Coach Bell did what Track coaches do: he ran alongside Jared through thick and thin, supporting him as he does his own son, Tremayne, also a runner on the team.

Jarod’s workout schedule includes speed work on Mondays and Wednesdays which means running 400 meters as fast as he can, and then repeating the lap six or seven times. Tuesdays and Thursdays he runs “mileage,” about four to seven miles, and Fridays are meets. “I recover on Saturday and usually run around White Rock Lake on Sunday.” He’s so regular there he recognizes many of the other runners he passes as her runs, and the cyclists. Has a runner ever passed him by? “Hasn’t happened yet!” he said with a laugh.

To keep in top shape he juices. “Some people mistake that for steroids, but no – I really drink juice I’ve made from Kale and berries and other fresh foods.” He’s not your typical teen, admitting, “I probably haven’t had a soda in three or four years.”

This summer he’ll be running back and forth while parking cars as a Valet at the swanky Anatole Hotel. “I plan to work for 40 hours a week,” he said, noting that the money earned will help pay for college. “And I feel I’m already prepared – I learned to drive on a standard – my old Fiat.”

When he arrived back in the 6th grade he had a big fan in Jeremy Ratliff, the Head of the Middle School and his 6th grade math teacher. Now Mr. Ratliff looks back with amusement and says of Jarod, “Oh my gosh – he was an Itty bitty little boy – and one of the neatest kids! He was part of my first 6th grade group when I came here to teach. I never had to worry about him. He’s just an amazing kid. Having him graduate this year is like having my own child graduate.”

Mr. Ratliff added, “He’s got good things ahead of him – he’s got such a good head on his shoulders.”

After college Jarod hopes to own a business, possibly in the athletic and health field. “It would be great to be able to use my knowledge of running and training to help others while creating a career.”

Jarod Moser is a Falcon that flies on the track – and will soon soar beyond it.

“… in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Run therefore in such a way as to win.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

 

With four first place finishes – including Jarod’s - and four athletes placing in second through fourth spots, the Bishop Dunne boys’ track team finished the regional meet in second place overall and has qualified for the TAPPS 5A State Championship Meet in Waco, Texas, May 8 - 9, 2015. For more information on Bishop Dunne and its summer athletic camps see the school’s website at www.bdcs.org  or www.Dunnesports.com. For information on the Track team and athletic programs contact Coach Bell at ibell@bdcs.org.

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Bishop Dunne Senior Jared Moser fell in love with long distance running in his freshman PE class and now, as a senior, is poised to win a state championship. His classmates consider him the "nicest guy on campus."

Senior Falcon Runner Ready for State Competition

Jared Richard Moser has a lot to smile about these days.

Last weekend he came in first in the 1600 meter race, his final regional meet as a high school student. His time was 4:32, just two seconds off his personal best of 4:30 which he achieved at a meet at Jesuit earlier this season.

His goal, to win a state championship this weekend on the Baylor track in Waco, seems attainable. Running a personal best is also a possibility. Further success is possible as he heads north to Seton Hall College in New Jersey on a partial track scholarship this fall--a dream come true--if he keeps running the way he is. He says, “I liked the team and the school when I visited, and my parents grew up around there, so I feel like its home.”

All this seems pretty incredible to what he admits was a “95 pound weakling” back when he arrived on the Bishop Dunne campus seven years ago. Jared explains: “I was attending the Merrywood School, but when I saw the gym here – I remember it like it was yesterday – I was just wowed! I knew I had to come here and be an athlete.” He transferred into Dunne as a 6th grader, and soon found his calling.

He recalls, “In 7th grade I worked out with Coach Guerrero. By freshman year I was still tiny – but in Coach Wakefield’s Freshman PE Class, we were required to run the mile. Most of my friends were exhausted after one lap around the track, but I was loving it! I thought to myself: I can be a runner!” Up until that class assignment, Jared had been a baseball player. But he found his niche. Running was challenging and fun. “I was probably the shortest boy in my class – but Coach Bell began working out with me and running with me,” he says. Now at a whopping 135 pounds, and with such a good tan, Jared looks like the picture of health.

He says he and Coach Bell have quietly become good friends. Last August, Jared’s mother passed away after a long illness, but Jared was surrounded by classmates at her funeral and felt like he was “adopted” by a number of his classmates’ mothers. “Both Jared Alex’s mom and C.J. Ramsey’s mom both told me I was now a part of their families, and it really has felt like that,” he acknowledges. Coach Bell did what track coaches do: he ran alongside Jared through thick and thin, supporting him as he does his own son, Tremayne, also a runner on the team.

Jared’s workout schedule includes speed work on Mondays and Wednesdays which means running 400 meters as fast as he can, and then repeating the lap six or seven times. Tuesdays and Thursdays he runs “mileage,” about four to seven miles, and Fridays are meets. “I recover on Saturday and usually run around White Rock Lake on Sunday,” says Jared with a smile. He’s so regular there he recognizes many of the other runners he passes as he runs, as well as the cyclists. Has a runner ever passed him by? “Hasn’t happened yet!” he said with a laugh.

To keep in top shape he juices. “Some people mistake that for steroids, but no – I really drink juice I’ve made from kale and berries and other fresh foods,” he explains. He’s not your typical teen, admitting, “I probably haven’t had a soda in three or four years.”

This summer he’ll be running back and forth while parking cars as a valet at the swanky Anatole Hotel. “I plan to work for 40 hours a week,” he said, noting that the money earned will help pay for college. He adds, “I feel I’m already prepared – I learned to drive on a standard – my old Fiat.”

When he arrived back in the 6th grade he had a big fan in Jeremy Ratliff, the Head of the Middle School and his 6th grade math teacher. Now Mr. Ratliff looks back with amusement and says of Jared, “Oh my gosh – he was an itty bitty little boy – and one of the neatest kids! He was part of my first 6th grade group when I came here to teach. I never had to worry about him. He’s just an amazing kid. Having him graduate this year is like having my own child graduate.”

Mr. Ratliff added, “He’s got good things ahead of him – he’s got such a good head on his shoulders.”

After college Jared hopes to own a business, possibly in the athletic and health field, noting, “It would be great to be able to use my knowledge of running and training to help others while creating a career at the same time.”

Jared Moser is a Falcon that flies on the track – and will soon soar beyond it.

“… in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Run therefore in such a way as to win.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

 

With four first place finishes – including Jared’s - and four athletes placing in second through fourth spots, the Bishop Dunne boys’ track team finished the regional meet in second place overall and has qualified for the TAPPS 5A State Championship Meet in Waco, Texas, May 8 - 9, 2015. For more information on Bishop Dunne and its summer athletic camps see the school’s website at www.bdcs.org  or www.Dunnesports.com. For information on the Track team and athletic programs contact Coach Bell at ibell@bdcs.org.

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The Levee Singers are the headliner for the May 21st Oak Cliff Lions Club Extravaganza and are (L-R) Ed Bernet, Ralph Lindsey, Ralph Sanford, and Dave Tanner. The band's high energy shows are sold out consistently in the Dallas area.

POPULAR LEVEE SINGERS to Headline Oak Cliff Lions’ Extravaganza May 21 

 

 

Nine sold out concerts in a row is typical of the reception The Levee Singers have been receiving in the Dallas area. The popular group will be the headliner for the Oak Cliff Lions Club’s Annual Extravaganza to be held Thursday, May 21 at Hitt Auditorium on the Methodist Hospital Complex. Tickets for the event are $50 and include a concert by both the Levee Singers and the Steve Bayless Orchestra, plus food created by local chefs.

 

The "Levee Banjo Band" name was changed to the Levee Singers when the group began appearing on national TV shows and across the country at conventions and concerts and in Las Vegas and Reno.

 

The group quickly became one of Dallas' best-known and most in-demand entertainment groups. The foursome had been known to might start a show at the Levee, play the first set and, at the break, pile into a car, drive 10 minutes to downtown Dallas, run into a hotel showroom, do a 20 minute show for a convention, run back out to the Levee and resume the night.

David Sontag, an entertainment manager from LA, saw them in action one night and signed the group as manager. He was responsible for bringing in a friend of his who was a successful, well-known Broadway music writer/arranger and vocal coach, Colin Romoff, to help the group get ready, with some new songs and arrangements, for a shot at "the big time.” The group appeared on just about every variety show on television.

During the past decade, in addition to its' many private functions, the group has been appearing often at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, a small venue on Mockingbird Lane, with most of their shows sold out well in advance.

Tickets for the Lions Club Extravaganza, which includes both the Levee Singers and the Steve Bayless Orchestra – plus “A Taste of the Bishop Arts,” featuring local restaurant specialties – are $50 per person. The Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

All funds go to help local charities and the Lions Club’s international charities. Raffle tickets for a $5,000 VISA card are also for sale for $10 each.  Tickets are available for sale from any Oak Cliff Lions Club member.

Local Restaurateurs and chefs who wish to contribute to the evening’s “Taste of Bishop Arts,” can do so by contacting Carol Donovan at: 214-823-1400.

Hitt Auditorium is located at the Methodist Hospital Complex, 122 East Colorado Blvd at Bishop, Dallas 75208.

 

For more information call (214) 943-9725 or go to www.oakclifflions.club

 

Some of the many charities supported by The Oak Cliff Lions Club include:

 

Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind

 

The Kessler School

 

TeCo Theater

 

The Well

North Dallas Shared Ministries

Dallas Police Awards

 

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

 

Julian C. Hyer Youth Camp

 

Texas Lions Foundation

 

Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation

 

Texas Lions Camp

 

Camp New Horizons

 

Leader Dogs for the Blind

 

Lions Clubs International

War and Memory Project

World Services for the Blind

 

In addition, the club provides scholarships to local high school seniors to use for their college tuition.

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Bishop Dunne senior De'Stini Henderson won a first place, 2nd place and 3rd place medal in last week's Regional Track meet held at Argyle Liberty Christian. She's running to win three state championships this weekend in Waco.

Bishop Dunne Falcons Fly at Regional Track Meet

 

Congratulations go to the Falcon boys’ and girls’ track and field teams on a strong showing at the TAPPS 5A North Regional Meet held at Argyle Liberty Christian School on Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, 2015.

 

Both the Bishop Dunne boys’ and girls’ track teams had an excellent day with a large number of student-athletes winning their events and qualifying for the state meet. 

 

Out of the nine teams participating in the regional meet, the Bishop Dunne boys’ team finished second behind Liberty Christian. The Bishop Dunne girls’ team also had a strong showing and finished third overall.

 

Two of Bishop Dunne’s female athletes, De’Stini Henderson and Mackenzie Frank, had outstanding results.

 

Senior De’Stini won a first, second and third place finish in meet, including the 100 Meter (first) 4x100 relay with her teammates (second) and 200 meter race (third.)

 

Junior Mackenzie won three first place finishes in the 100 Meter Hurdles, 300 Meter Hurdles and High Jump.

 

Senior Jared Moser won his 1600 meter race, leading his senior teammates to put in their best efforts and also come away with first place wins including Dailen Sutton winning the 110 Meter hurdles, A.D. Miller winning first place in the long jump, and Darrion Daniels winning first in the shot put.

 

Sophomore Damion Daniels competed in the shot put also, but didn’t place. “It was great to see my brother win it,” he said, noting his distance of 52’7”.  He declared, “I plan to keep practicing and beat that record one day soon.”

 

This was A.D. Miller’s first track meet of the season due to three rain-outs and his heavy weight lifting schedule getting ready for the fall football season at OU, where he’ll be attending on a full scholarship. He was pleased to have finished so well. “It was a nice surprise,” he admitted with a big smile.

 

“A.D. placed sixth in the long jump last year and qualified to compete in the triple, but had a hamstring issue and couldn’t do it,” Coach Isaac Bell said, adding, “It was great to see him out there last weekend, finishing strong.” His winning long jump was 22 feet, eight inches, a personal best.

 

Coach Bell’s team did well at State last year, with the boys coming in at second place and the girls taking fourth place. He expected his team to do well at Regionals and hopes each athlete comes to Waco ready to win. 

 

Sophomore Xavier Harvey was the surprise of the meet. According to Coach Bell, Xavier’s been practicing hard, work which paid off when he finished the 400 meters race in fourth place. Coach relates, “He knew placing fourth made him an automatic competitor at State, and he smiled all through those last few meters.” His fourth place finish means he’ll be on the track in Waco, ready to give his best.

 

Fifth place finishers also get to compete. Considered “wild card” entrants, senior Travis Cook will be competing in the triple jump, senior Dailen Sutton will be competing in the long jump, and sophomore Cassie Garner will be running in the 100 meter race.

 

Coach Bell has high hopes for his track teams this weekend. “We’re taking more athletes this year,” he said, “which will give us more chances to win.”

 

With four first place finishes and four placing in second through fourth spots, the boys’ team finished the meet in second place overall. The following student-athletes have qualified for the TAPPS 5A State Championship Meet in Waco, Texas, May 8 - 9, 2015. 

 

 

Darrion Daniels - 1st place, shot put

A.D. Miller - 1st place, long jump

Jared Moser - 1st place, 1600 meters

Dailen Sutton - 1st place, 110 meter hurdles

Dailen Sutton - 2nd place, 300 meter hurdles

Darrion Daniels - 3rd place, discus

Micah Simon - 3rd place, 4x100 meter relay

Xavier Harvey - 4th place, 400 meters

 

Dailen Sutton – 2nd place, 4x400 meter relay
Xavier Harvey
Joshua Drayden
Micah Simon

 

Micah Simon - 3rd place, 4x100 meter relay

Joshua Drayden

Tremayne Bell

Chevin Calloway 

 

Solomon Smith - 3rd place, 4x200 meter relay

Chevin Calloway

Tremayne Bell

Caleb Evans 

 

The girls’ team finished the meet in third place overall. 

 

De'Stini Henderson - 1st place, 100 meters

De'Stini Henderson - 3rd place, 200 meters

Mackenzie Frank - 1st place, 100 meter hurdles

Mackenzie Frank - 1st place, 300 meter hurdles

Mackenzie Frank - 1st place, high jump

 

Glory Omorowa - 2nd place, 4x100 meter relay

De'Stini Henderson

Ayaunee Williams

Cassie Garner

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These Bishop Dunne Softball teammates have a lot to celebrate this week as they head to Houston to play in the first round of district play offs.

Bishop Dunne Softball Team in District Play offs

The Bishop Dunne Softball team heads south to Houston to play Houston St. Pius in the first round of district play offs.  The game is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. 

First year Coach Kate Modrovsky said, “I’m pumped!”

Becky Sivinski, Associate Director of Girls’ Athletics, says, “We didn’t even have a softball team last year, so this is great that the girls are playing so well together and winning!”

The Falcons’ season began slowly with five rained-out cancelled games in a row, but the team made those games up at the end of their regularly scheduled season. 

With just five seniors on the team, Coach Modrovsky has most of her team returning next year. She plans to build on the momentum the team has started and looks forward to district play offs.

Congratulations to these 22 athletes and their coaches! 

 

Head Softball Coach  

Kate Modrovsky  

Softball Coach  

Eddie Barnes  

 

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Name

Class

Position

1  

Mallory Curry  

Fr  

OF  

2  

Kathleen Marquez  

Fr  

1B  

4  

Lindamar Maldonado  

Sr  

CF  

5  

Adrianna Barnes  

Jr  

P  

7  

Meredith Curry  

Jr  

3B  

8  

Giselle Martinez  

Sr  

OF  

9  

Sydnie Sanchez  

Fr  

UTIL  

11  

Kathryn Picha  

Fr  

2B  

12  

LaDari Weisner  

Fr  

UTIL  

12  

Monica Allen  

Sr  

OF  

14  

Ailleene Sandoval  

Fr  

P  

15  

Briana Rodriguez  

Sr  

UTIL  

22  

Ashley Ortega  

Sr  

C