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On Saturday, February 21, 2015, Latin students from Bishop Lynch High School attended the area competition of the Junior Classical League, an organization which promotes the study of the classical world. Two of these students won impressive honors:

  • Junior Coleman Franchek - 2nd place in Roman History
  • Junior Lexie Alexander - 4th place in Advanced Grammar and Advanced Reading Comprehension

Congratulations, Friars!

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On Friday, February 20, 2015, the Spanish IV Honors class from Bishop Lynch High School toured the Meadows Museum at SMU. The museum houses one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The students went on a Docent-guided tour in Spanish which included cultural, historical and aesthetic aspects of Spanish art dating from the 10th to the 20th century. After the tour, the students enjoyed lunch at Pepe’s y Mito’s restaurant in Deep Ellum.

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Dallas—Continuing a storied career that has spanned four decades, Bishop Lynch Women’s Basketball Coach Andy Zihlman (BL Class of 1972) passed another milestone, winning his 900th game in front of a packed crowd on Friday night.  Zihlman’s Lady Friars defeated the Bishop Dunne Lady Falcons 44-32 to mark the historic occasion and make Zihlman the 8th winningest coach in the history of the state.

Zihlman’s total of 900 now also moves him one level higher on the national record list, up to 17th all-time.  Among his impressive accomplishments is Bishop Lynch’s national record for consecutive state championships, won from 1988-2000.  Overall, Zihlman has won 24 TCIL or TAPPS State Championships over the course of his career as a Friar. 

Other Notable Zihlman Accomplishments:

  • 2014 East Dallas Exchange Educator of the Year
  • 2013 BLHS Alumni of the Year
  • 2011 Inductee, Texas Private Schools Hall of Honor
  • 2009 Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year
  • Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year
  • 2005 Texas Association Basketball Coaches (TABC) Private School Coach of the Year
  • 1991-93, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Coach of the Year
  • 1991, Inductee, BLHS Sports Honor Roll


Additional release to follow …

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The BL Aqua Friars closed out the 2014-2015 season at the TAPPS Division I State Championships last Saturday in San Antonio, TX.

The Lady Friars finished 4th overall, continuing their five-year run of top four finishes.  The Lady Friars were led by a record-setting performance by sophomore Bonnie Nolan, who broke an eight year-old Bishop Lynch school record in finishing 6th in the 500 yard freestyle.  Nolan swam the race in 5 minutes, 27.02 seconds, breaking the previous record by 5.28 seconds.  Nolan also set personal best times in the 100 yard backstroke and as the leadoff swimmer in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

The Lady Friars kicked-off the day in record-setting fashion, with the Medley Relay team of seniors Amy Hess and Courtney Newman joining with junior Jessica Jordan and sophomore Niamh  Tierney to break a ten year-old school record in the event.  The team finished 3rd in a time of 1 minute, 55.12 seconds, beating the old record by 0.12 seconds.

The Lady Friars had other fine performances on the day, with Hess taking 3rd place in the 50 yard freestyle and 5th in the 100 yard butterfly.  Tierney also had an excellent day, setting personal best times in the 50 yard freestyle (26.15 seconds) and the 100 yard freestyle (56.91 seconds).  Other personal bests for the ladies were:

  • Jessica Jordan in the 200 yard Individual Medley; and
  • Sophomore Jessica Hageman in the 100 yard backstroke.

Hess, Newman and Tierney combined with senior captain Grace Butler to finish 3rd in the 200 yard freestyle relay in a season-best time of 1 minute, 43.67 seconds, and Nolan and Butler teamed with juniors Jordan Carl and Shauna Seidel to finish 5th in the 400 yard freestyle relay in a season-best 3 minutes, 53.37 seconds.

The BL men finished 11th overall, and were led by freshman Paul Pierce, who finished 14th in the 100 yard freestyle in a personal best time of 53.37 seconds, and who finished 9th in the 200 yard freestyle.  Other Friars with personal bests were:

  • Sophomore Sean O'Hare, who finished 15th in the 200 yard freestyle in a personal best time of 2 minutes, 5.28 seconds;
  • Sophomore Will Eckles, who had the best finish of the day in the 500 yard freestyle, finishing 7th in a personal best time of 5 minutes, 10.40 seconds, eclipsing his previous best by 14.17 seconds; and
  • Sophomore Eric Bray, who finished 14th in the 500 yard freestyle in a personal best time of 5 minutes, 44.66 seconds.

Pierce, Eckles, and O'Hare were joined by freshman Patrick Kersey to finish 9th in the 200 yard Medley Relay, Pierce, Kersey, O'Hare, and Bray teamed to finish 10th in the 200 yard freestyle relay, and Eckles and Bray combined with Sophomores Will Seidel and AJ Armenta to finish 10th in the 400 yard freestyle relay. 

Congratulations to the Aqua Friars on a very successful season.

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On Saturday, February 7th, the Bishop Lynch Brigade competed in the Showtime International DFW Area Championships at RL Turner High School. After months of preparing, the Brigade brought home numerous awards, including:

  • 2nd Place Medium Ensemble for their Elite Jazz Routine
  • 2nd Place Officer Contemporary; 1st Place Officer Lyrical; 1st Place Officer Novelty
  • 1st Place Team Jazz, 1st Place Team Lyrical, 1st Place Team Kick and 1st Place Team Pom
  • Officers - Sweepstakes and Judges Award

The team also earned a Sweepstakes and Judges Award and was named Grand Champions!

Individually, Brigade entered eight solos, all of which were named Division I routines: Victoria Gonzalez, Katy Hensel, Lauren Hernandez, Nicole Phillips, Alana Humason, Payton Reeves, Ana Rivera and Lauren Stewart.

Additionally, several girls entered the “Kickmaster Contest.” Katie Wiseman was named a finalist for Junior Kickmaster, and Ceara Daly, Nicole Phillips and Payton Reeves were Senior Kickmaster Semi-Finalists.

The team will compete again on February 21st at the Dallas Dance Spectacular at The Colony High School.

Congratulations, Brigade!

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On Saturday, February 7th, the Bishop Lynch High School Mock Trial team captured the Region 10 Mock Trial Championship, advancing to the Texas State Championship March 5th – 7th.

The team from Lynch earned their spot in the Region 10 Mock Trial Competition during the preliminary round the weekend before. During which, they defeated the reigning state champions! Due to their stellar performance, BL secured a spot in the top 8 of 34 teams, moving them to the finals.

After a grueling day competing in the Region 10 Finals in Downtown Dallas, the BL Mock Trial defeated Plano West High School in the third round, qualifying them for the state tournament. In the fourth round, the team took on last year’s state runner-up, Richardson High School. After a solid victory, the Bishop Lynch Mock Trial earned the Region 10 Championship for the first time in the school’s history.

“The dedication of these students is so hard to describe, and their efforts were beyond my expectations,” said Mock Trial Coach, Mrs. Beth Storm.

The team will now spend the next few weeks diligently preparing for the Texas State Championship in Downtown Dallas, where they hope to return home as the new state champions!

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On Saturday, February 7th, Bishop Lynch High School German students participated in Winterfest, a German contest with over 100 cultural and academic events. More than 30 schools participated, and Bishop Lynch will advance to State in six contest areas. This year's Texas State German Contest will be held on February 28th at Texas State University. 

Congratulations to the students in the following categories who currently will advance to state:

  • 1st place Sight Reading 4 - Hannah Duettra
  • 2nd place Club Album - Sydney Goudie, Hannah Duettra and Anna Rose McGoldrick
  • 2nd place Photography - Hannah Duettra
  • 2nd place Spelling Level 4 - Hannah Duettra
  • 3rd place Spelling Level 4 - Amanda Ehnis
  • 4th place Listening Comprehension 3 - Anna Rose McGoldrick
  • 5th place Grammar Level 4 - Amanda Ehnis

Please congratulate these hardworking students and wish them luck at STATE!

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Bishop Lynch High School had an exciting morning on campus yesterday as seven student-athletes took the next step in their academic/athletic careers!

Joined by their families, coaches, teachers, classmates and teammates, the following Friars made commitments to play collegiate ball (pictured from left to right): Jamie Jeffrey committed to play Women’s Soccer with the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, Eva Gonzales committed to play Women’s Soccer with Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, Grant Ludgar committed to play Football at Wagner University in Staten Island, NY, Rawleigh Williams III committed to play Football at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, Natalie McDonough committed to play Women’s Soccer with the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, Ashley Hanks committed to play Women’s Soccer with St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and Kaycie Tillman committed to play Women’s Soccer with Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

We are all extremely proud of these outstanding student-athletes, and look forward to keeping up with their promising careers!

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Bishop Lynch High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its Friar Athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

 “Bishop Lynch High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,” said Andy Zihlman, Athletic Director and Women’s Basketball Head Coach.

Physical activity is very important for our youth, according to NATA president Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES. “There has been an increase in competitive sports, which are, unfortunately, not without risk. Brain injury/concussion, cardiac arrest, heat illness, exertional sickling, cervical spine fractures and other injuries and illnesses are potentially life-threatening.” Proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today, he notes.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as Athletic Director and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Andy Zihlman stated, did, athletic programs must do the following:

  • Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
  • Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
  • Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provide or facilitate injury intervention
  • Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
  • Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

For more information please visit:

About NATA: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 39,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit


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Continuing the tradition of Catholic Schools Week celebrations, Bishop Lynch High School welcomed visitors from across the Dallas Diocese to campus yesterday. At an assembly hosted by Bishop Kevin Farrell and Sister Gloria Cain, our guests got a glimpse into a “Friar Pep Rally,” were entertained with an impromptu performance by the cast of the spring musical, “The Wedding Singer,” and heard a moving speech from senior Arielle Rodriguez about the importance of a Catholic education. Thank you to all who participated in the wonderful event, celebrating the undeniable excellence demonstrated by the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dallas!