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To say that Bishop Lynch High School’s 3rd Annual Friar Frenzy 5K and One-Mile Fun Run held on March 21, 2015, was a great success might be a bit of an understatement! This year, all proceeds from the race were to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Bishop Lynch senior Audrey Vlk.  Audrey, who was diagnosed with leukemia last April, has courageously battled the disease and is now in remission, and plans on attending Texas Tech University in the fall.

Bishop Lynch High School is thrilled to announce that a check was presented today to Sharis Hauder, Campaign Manager of School & Youth Programs for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in the amount of $5000. Pictured with Ms. Hauder is Audrey, her mother Terry Hettler Vlk (Bishop Lynch Class of 1985) and her brother Brandon Vlk, who is a current sophomore at Bishop Lynch. Unable to attend today’s presentation was Audrey’s dad, Pat Vlk (Class of 1986) and her younger sister Rachel Vlk, a 5th grade student at St. Patrick’s School. 

In addition to today’s check presentation, BL was surprised and delighted to learn that Bishop Lynch High School is the second highest fund-raising high school for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the 119-county North Texas Region for the 2014-2015 school year!  What an honor to be a part of the fundraising efforts for this very worthy cause.  

On behalf of Race Director Raquel Vasquez McKinney (Class of 1989) and Assistant Race Director Patty Barton, a sincere “THANK YOU” is extended to the fabulous Friar Frenzy sponsors and all of the dedicated race participants who braved the rain and came out to run in support of this wonderful, life-saving organization. 

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Almost 20 track and field athletes from Bishop Lynch qualified last week during the regional meet in Argyle for a spot in this weekend’s 2015 TAPPS Track and Field Championships in Waco.

The Friars finished sixth in the team standings in Argyle last Friday, while the Lady Friars came in fifth. Each team will send several athletes to the two-day event at the Hart-Patterson Sports Complex, with field events scheduled for Friday, May 8 and running events taking place Saturday, May 9.

The state qualifiers from BL are as follows:

MEN

• Kameron Brooks — 800 meters (2nd)

• Gage Tipton — high jump (regional champion)

• 800-meter relay team — Gabe Brace, Tristan Smith, Alex Lara and Nahum Ferretiz (2nd)

• Paul Hellinghausen — 110 hurdles (5th)

• 400-meter relay team — Rawleigh Williams, Alex Lara, Gabe Brace and Nahum Ferretiz (5th)

• 1600-meter relay team — Alex Lara, Nahum Ferretiz, Nick Martinez and Kameron Brooks (4th)

WOMEN

• Kaitlyn Steele — 800 meters (3rd)

• Amarachie Anozie — triple jump (2nd)

• Mie Somiari — long jump (5th)

• Bri Kipp — high jump (2nd)

• Jessica Taylor — 300 hurdles (5th)

• 400-meter relay team — Claire Williams, Reagan Potts, Hannah Eboagu and Julianna Garza (5th)

• 800-meter relay team — Claire Williams, Kaitlyn Steele, Jessica Taylor and Julianna Garza (2nd)

• 1600-meter relay team — Claire Williams, Kaitlyn Steele, Jessica Taylor and Julianna Garza (2nd)

 

— By Cliff Gibson, SID

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Bishop Lynch finished off EP Cathedral on Saturday, completing a series sweep at McIngvale Field with a 20-5 Game 2 victory, setting up a 2nd round matchup with Beaumont Kelly later this week.

The Friars struck for seven runs on the top of the first inning, then put the contest out of reach with six runs in the fifth and another seven-run burst in the sixth frame. BL totaled 16 hits in the contest, including four that went for extra bases.

Ian Landry hit a solo-homer in the first, then picked up the win on the mound with a strong three innings of work, allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out two. Kyle Dunlop and Ryan Choate combined to toss the last three innings, allowing just three runs and five hits.

Choate was one of several Friars to have a huge day at the plate, legging out a triple, driving in a run and scoring twice. Josh Aguilar totaled four hits, scored four times and drove in three BL runs. Justin Lott added two hits, two RBI and scored three runs.

Key offensive contributions also came from Sam Gutierrez (two hits, two RBI, two runs), Travis Amerine (two hits, two RBI) and Mark Delvaldene (two hits, two runs).

— By Cliff Gibson, SID

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It didn’t take long for the defending state champion Lady Friars to make a resounding statement in this year’s softball playoffs. Bishop Lynch (22-4 overall) put away Beaumont Kelly in just four innings Friday with a 15-0 run-rule win to open its march toward back-to-back titles.

The Lady Friars put up 12 hits in the game, scoring seven runs in the second inning, four in the third and finishing off the contest with four more runs in the fourth. Beaumont Kelly was held hitless, with only one baserunner reaching on a defensive error.

Darrianne Hale tossed four hitless and scoreless innings, striking out six in a dominant performance in the pitcher’s circle. The team advances to the second round this week to face SA Incarnate Word in a one-game playoff. That matchup is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday (May 7) at Georgetown Eastview High School.

BL started slow, going down in order to start the contest, but picked it up in the second with hits by Hale, Paige Wrozek, a double from Franny Farlow and a triple by Elisa Ramirez. In the third, singles from Wrozek, Trystan Naille and Marcella Barrilleaux helped BL tack on four runs, widening the lead to 11-0. 

The fourth inning saw Kristen Linares, Ramirez, Wrozek, Jen Morgan and Maggie O’Conner slug hits, pushing across the deciding four runs. Wrozek finished with three hits and scored three runs to lead the way offensively. Morgan scored three times, Linares came home twice and Naille also scored twice.  

— By Cliff Gibson, SID

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On Monday, April 27, 2015, the Bishop Lynch High School community celebrated Mr. David Post - teacher, mentor and friend - who passed away in July 2014. Championed by the BL Faculty/Staff, the “David Post Classroom Project” raised $25,000 to dedicate a classroom in his memory. What an amazing tribute to a treasured colleague!

The Mock Trial Team, who remained very near to Mr. Post’s heart, did a special presentation and played a tribute video, featuring numerous Mock Trial alumni who explained just how deeply their lives were influenced by their dedicated coach. As guests signed the classroom walls, and told their own stories of Mr. Post, his family, BL alumni, faculty, staff and friends celebrated and honored this special man the only way he would've wanted it ... Coffee House style! Thank you to everyone who was involved in this wonderful celebration!

 

More photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bishoplynchhighschool/sets/72157651815903970/

 

David Post Tribute

by Michele Longoria, Student Communications Adviser

On July 2, 2014, the Bishop Lynch community was deeply saddened by the passing of Social Studies teacher, Mr. David Post after an 18 month battle with cancer.

Mr. Post was a master teacher, colleague, mentor and friend who, for 20 years, served BL and hundreds of our students teaching Government, United States History, Men's Golf and, his real passion, Mock Trial.

Mr. Post began the Mock Trial program 15 years ago. In their first year of competition, the team came out of nowhere to make it to the finals of regional competition, an almost unheard of feat. Since then, the Mock Trial team has advanced to State four times and regional finals nine times. Another notable event, in 2007, the team came in second in the prestigious Empire City Tournament in New York City in a field of 26 of the top teams in the nation.  

That same year, the Mock Trial team competed in Harvard Law School's Seminar and tournament. Only the top programs in the nation were invited.  The team won all three trials in its field, impressing judges from some of the best collegiate mock trial programs in the nation. 

Mr. Post's name and impact in the Mock Trial world will forever live on. On October 24, 2014, Empire Mock Trial, a nonprofit organization which promotes legal education – posthumously awarded Mr. Post the William Hennessy Outstanding Educator Award, an annual recognition given to one exceptional educator. 

Empire Mock Trial also renamed its Spirit of Empire award in Mr. Post’s honor. This annual recognition is bestowed upon the school which best exhibits the values of civility and professionalism during Empire’s New York program, qualities that Mr. Post held in the highest regard. Mr. Post, and the BL Mock Trial team, were charter members of the Empire Mock Trial organization and competitions. The BL Mock Trial teams have competed in this tournament since its inception.

“The David Post Spirit of Empire award will forever honor Mr. Post’s legacy and impact,” said Empire President Justin Matarrese.  “He will always be with us.”

Among his many roles, Post served as chair of the Social Studies Department from 1996-2001. David founded and coordinated the Teacher Mentoring Program. He served as the Men's Golf head coach and he served as the moderator of the Bi-Partisan Club.

The "Postman," one of his loving monikers, was a self-proclaimed "ardent advocate of the value of copious divergent cultural awareness."  Therefore, he organized an annual spring break trip to a foreign land.  He was extremely well traveled, having been to Europe more than 25 times, he traveled to Asia and all over the Northern Hemisphere and Caribbean - from the Cayman Islands to Alaska with his students and family.

Mr. Post had an incredible demand of his classroom. Students were challenged and pushed to the farthest limits of their intelligence, learning that their voice was important and would make a difference as they would venture off to their higher education.    

Mr. Post was a loving family man, truly devoted to his wife Susan and daughters Sarah '04 and Hannah '14. According to his personal biography, he had "a voracious appetite for reading, enjoying anything from Stephen King to Gore Vidal to Plato."  He was a lover of both high and popular culture so you would have found him "at a Vivaldi concerto at the Myerson, a U2 concert at American Airlines Arena or a modernist Avant Garde Strindberg play in Deep Ellum."

If you were to ask, student after student would tell you that their time with Mr. Post changed their lives.  When BL graduates return to visit their alma mater, Mr. Post's room was undoubtedly one of the first and most visited by all alumni he taught. 

American historian Henry Brooks Adams once said, "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

This is extremely true of Mr. Post. It is impossible to measure the lives he affected.  Thank you, Mr. Post. You will live on forever in students, colleagues, friends and family.

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The Bishop Lynch High School Crew Team, with rowers from Dallas United Crew, continued their winning streak for the spring racing season in Austin, Texas on April 18th and 19th.  The rowers competed at the Texas State Rowing Championships in Austin and walked away with two state championship titles, including one of the most prestigious events –women’s varsity eight!  BL rowers have the fastest boats in Texas, earning gold in:  

The Women’s Varsity 8+

  • Congratulations to BL Rowers Lauren Blonien, Catherine Miller and Kenzie Dunagan

The Men’s Junior Novice 8+  

  • Congratulations to Anson Smith

The Women’s Varsity 4+ took home a silver medal - Congratulations to Lauren Blonien and Kenzie Dunagan.

Tulsa Route 66 Sprint Invitational: BL Crew also had strong showings in the Route 66 Tulsa Sprints Invitational Regatta held April 11th and 12th.

  • Gold- Women's Novice 4+ / Brooke Johnson
  • Silver - Men's Novice 8+ / Anson Smith
  • Silver – Women’s JV 8+ / Alice Maguire
  • Silver – Women’s JV 4+/ Alice Maguire

The Bishop Lynch rowers from Dallas United Crew compete in Oklahoma City regional contest on May 1st and 2nd. This regatta will cap off the spring racing season and for those that qualify will lead to Nationals in the summer.

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Bishop Lynch High School is proud to announce the athletic college commitments of four student-athletes. Joined by their families, coaches, teachers, classmates and teammates, this morning the following Lady Friars took the next step in their athletic careers:

  • Darrianne Hale – Softball – University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX
  • Kimberlie Scales – Track – Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA
  • Erin Scott – Women’s Soccer – Creighton University in Omaha, NE
  • Erin Smith – Women’s Basketball – Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX

Bishop Lynch High School is extremely proud of all these outstanding athletes, and we look forward to keeping up with their promising future.

 

Additional photos can be found on the Bishop Lynch photostream.

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What would you do if you were left $10 million? In Bishop Lynch High School’s spring performance of “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick, Mrs. Savage is left a large estate by her late husband. She wishes to use the money to help others; however, her greedy stepchildren want to use the money for personal gain. In attempts to obtain the money, they have Mrs. Savage committed to a sanatorium, declaring her mentally incompetent.

While in the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets a group of social misfits. These individuals have hearts of gold, but cannot adjust themselves to the outside world. This heartfelt comedy reminds the audience that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection can sometimes be found in the least likely of places.

Taking place in the 1940s, the set will take the audience to a bygone era, but resonate with a classic theme.

The production of “The Curious Savage” will run from Wednesday, April 15 to Friday, April 24 with eight performances.  Curtain time is 7:30 pm and except for the 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, April 19. All performances will take place in the Blackbox Theatre. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early.

Tickets are $10 per person (except on Preview Night, April 15) and are available for purchase through the Bishop Lynch website. For more information or to order tickets, please contact Terry May at terry.may@bishoplynch.org.

Cast List: http://www.bishoplynch.org/page.aspx?pid=1784

Performances:

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • Friday, April 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:00 pm - MATINEE
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 7:30 pm
  • Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm

History of the Blackfriars Guild: http://www.bishoplynch.org/page.aspx?pid=1062

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It is with great pleasure that Bishop Lynch High School announces Crystal Ramon Taylor as Dean of Students. Crystal will join BL from Nimitz High School in Irving, where she has been serving as Dean of Students since 2013. Prior to her engagement at Nimitz, Crystal was an instructor at Faith Family Academy in Oak Cliff and Christa McAuliffe Alternative Learning Center in Richardson.

Ms. Taylor is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, TN where she majored in Communications and minored in Youth Ministry. In 2013, she earned her Masters in Education Administration from Concordia University where she is currently completing her Doctorate Degree in Education Administration.

“During the search process, Crystal demonstrated the attributes the Bishop Lynch High School community sought — outstanding leadership, dedication to the concept and practice of positive school culture and Catholic core values; and expertise as an educator with a deep understanding of student standards and opportunity,” said president elect, Chris Rebuck and principal, Evelyn Grubbs.

Please join the school in welcoming Crystal to the Bishop Lynch Community!

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In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, March 24, the three-time State Championship winning, Lady Friar Volleyball team hit the road south bound to Austin, TX. Per the request from the office of State Representative, Kenneth Sheets, Coach Tricia Roos accepted the State’s invitation, rallied her Lady Friar Volleyball team and headed to our Texas State Capitol. Today, the team will witness a new Texas House Resolution honoring the Bishop Lynch Volleyball team as being the first TAPPS volleyball team in Texas to win three state championships in a row. This accomplishment will now forever live in the Texas state history books!