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The Friars took down the defending TAPPS 5A State Champion Fort Worth Nolan on Friday, 42-14 to raise its record to 5-3. The Vikings came across town to play in this year’s version of what has become a strong rivalry match-up for both schools. The two schools share so many ideals and backgrounds, but on the athletic fields, they have played through some tough battles in almost every sport. However, Friday night’s football version, carried by Channel 21 locally, was a showcase of talent on both sides of the ball for Bishop Lynch.

The Friar defense, having struggled in recent weeks, got better in a hurry with the return of sophomore NG Malex Fuget, who anchored a strong defensive front against the vaunted Nolan rushing attack. Fuget’s 315-lb presence in the middle allowed senior ILB David Rochester to rack up 16 tackles and play almost unblocked all night. Junior OLB Gabe Brace was again the most impactful defensive player on the field, totaling 13 tackles, four TFL, two QB adjusts and three sacks. Junior SS Titus Beacham blew the game open with an interception return for a touchdown to put the Friars up 14-0. Beacham had nine total tackles and two interceptions on the night, including the one he returned for a touchdown.

Senior RB Rawleigh Williams III had his usual impressive night with 17 carries for 209 yards and one TD. He also added two catches for 55 yards and two TDs, one on a critical 4th down conversion attempt in the first half. Offensively, the Friars lead the entire area in rushing.

Bishop Lynch plays Bishop Dunne on Friday night at Earl Hayes Stadium at 7:30 pm – GO FRIARS!

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On Wednesday, October 15th, more than 50 Friar alumni and current parents visited Bishop Lynch High School to participate in the inaugural BLHS MajorEdge Career Day.  As 294 Lynch seniors eagerly navigated through the rows and rows of tables on display, it was evident early on that the school’s first career fair was going to be a huge success.

Students were given the opportunity to visit six professionals for 20 minutes each - free to listen, ask questions and communicate with others interested in the same fields. The presenters represented specialties from business to engineering, advertising to nursing, television to sales!  Almost every major was covered, giving the students first-hand knowledge about various careers and leaving them with the opportunity to explore their interests and various strengths.

The success of the program would not have been possible without the generous participation of the devoted parent and alumni volunteers. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day, and came out of it with a wealth of knowledge and many lasting impressions.

Until next year, Friars!


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Mu Alpha Theta and the Math Department would like to recognize the 91 students who competed in the 1st Round of the Texas Math League Contest on Tuesday, October 14th.

Tying for 1st place were Michael Gao and Ze Lyu, each with a perfect score! Angella Blake took 3rd place and Alex Amoyo, Amanda Clements, Amanda Ehnis, Yonatan Girma, Jonathan Hayes, Audrey Paetzel, and Arielle Rodriguez tied for 4th place.

Congratulations to each of the winners for earning the right to represent BL individually and as a team in competition with students from other high schools across Texas! Fantastic job, Friars!

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Former Alumni of the Year and the 2014 recipients

Since 1990, the Bishop Lynch Alumni Association has recognized those graduates who have best exemplified the Bishop Lynch tradition and Dominican heritage of service to the community.  Each honoree should show commitment to the school and its missions and should serve as a model to all of what Christ has called us to become.

The criteria for the Alumnus of the Year Award include excellence in the following areas: service to Bishop Lynch High School, service to the community and success in his or her chosen field.

Darlene Doxey Ellison, Class of 1984, has been involved at Bishop Lynch for many years since her graduation.  She has served in multiple roles for the Athletic Booster Club, has been instrumental in the Annual Giving Campaign, and has supported or currently supports a wide-range of organizations at Bishop Lynch including the Blackfriars Guild, the Bishop Lynch Baseball team and the Magazine Drive.  She is also the parent of two Bishop Lynch alumni – Austin (Class of 2012) and Alexa (Class of 2014).

Darlene has been an active supporter of many organizations in the community, serving in leadership roles of groups as diverse as the St. Thomas Aquinas School Board, the Lakewood Service League, SoupMobile, the “Future Women in Business” Summer Internship Program, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Darlene works for Veritex Community Bank as a Community Development Executive and has been a guest speaker on various small business topics and overcoming obstacles for many companies and organizations.

In addition, Darlene is an award-winning author and a nationally-known advocate for the protection of children from abuse.


In his role as the leader of an historic and well-known group of restaurants, David Campisi, Class of 1987, has given back to Bishop Lynch in many ways.  He has supported many organizations by providing excellent meals for countless numbers of events, and he has also provided financial support for those and other organizations and various building or expansion initiatives.

David has proudly served the community in a number of ways, both personally and professionally.  Among the charities that he and Campisi’s Restaurants support are the American Heart Association, the Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos, local police and fire fighters, the Salesmanship Club, and the Ronald McDonald House.  Perhaps most importantly, David offers his support to help feed those less fortunate by working with local soup kitchens and many parishes in the diocese.

Campisi’s Restaurants have been a Dallas landmark since 1946. David became the fourth generation of his family to operate the popular restaurant in 1992 and in the years since has expanded the business to 9 locations in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.  Campisi’s has won many local and national awards for Best Pizza and Best Italian Food, but David operates the company as his great-grandfather and grandfather did, with its roots in community service and “handshakes and hellos.”


After graduating from college, Jim McIntyre, Class of 1987, began his career as an educator here at Bishop Lynch, where he served as a teacher, Academic Advisor and Assistant Academic Dean.  While he was at Lynch, Jim also was instrumental in the effort to reinstitute the swimming and diving program at Bishop Lynch and was the Head Coach of the TAPPS State Swimming and Diving Champions in 1996.

Throughout his career, Jim has been a leader in his community.  Among the many examples of his service is his leadership in providing flood relief, by raising $75,000 to supplement Catholic students affected by the disaster.  He has won numerous awards for his community service, including being named the Nashville Catholic Business Leader of the Year in 2009 and a proclamation from the Nashville City Council for his leadership in providing assistance and aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Since leaving Bishop Lynch in 2000, Jim has served as the Principal of Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia, South Carolina and is currently the President of Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served since 2007.  He serves on many boards and committees in the education industry, with expertise in areas such as school accreditation, athletic administration, and curriculum development.


Congratulations to our three, very worthy 2014 Bishop Lynch Alumni of the Year!

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The Friars taking the field

In a game that almost didn't happen, the Bishop Lynch Friar Football team gave up two late scores to lose to Argyle Liberty 37-24 on Friday, October 3rd. Storms blew through the Dallas area last Thursday night, knocking out power to campus and most of the surrounding neighborhoods. As 3:00 pm approached, the game was in serious jeopardy as power had not yet been restored. But shortly after alternate plans had been finalized, electricity returned to campus and plans swung into action to make sure the game--and Homecoming events--happened as scheduled.

During pre-game, the crowd was introduced to the Homecoming Court and the Athletic Department inducted the 2014 Bishop Lynch Sports Honor Roll: Erin Briskie (Class of 2002), Larry Juricek (Class of 1982) and founding father, Tony Roffino (posthumously).

One of the highlights of Bishop Lynch High School’s Homecoming festivities is the half-time crowning of the Homecoming Queen. Senior Andrea Sigsbee was the most recent recipient of this long-standing honor as she was crowned the 2014 Queen supported by court members Marie Phillips, Haley Puddy, Kathryn Sutherland and Kimberly Walter.

Senior RB Rawleigh Williams III had another stellar night, carrying the ball 32 times for 221 yards and three TDs. The Friar offense continued to roll, racking up 324 yards and spreading the ball around all over the field. Along with a much-improved run defense, the Friars held strong until two late scores ended the night.

The Friars now look forward to their next game against John Paul II in Plano, which kicks off at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 10th.

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The 2014 Bishop Lynch Brigade

Congratulations to the Bishop Lynch Brigade and the Varsity Cheer for a terrific showing in the inaugural TAPPS Dance State Championship and TAPPS Cheer State Championship held in Waco, TX.

The ladies of the 47th line of the Bishop Lynch Brigade returned home with a 2nd Place finish in the Jazz Competition, 5th Place Overall and Katy Hensel and Payton Reeves were honored with 2nd Team All-State accolades.

After two tough days of competition, the Varsity Cheer squad placed 6th overall in Division 1 out of 26 teams, earning a bid to the Spirit Celebration Competition in San Antonio. Earning individual achievements were Sunder Alcantar - 2nd Team All-State and Megan Boston - All-State Honorable Mention.

Great job, ladies!