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Speed limits will be changing Steiner apartments will before Year’s end on RM 2222 replicate Santa Barbara style By LESLEE BASSMAN LBassman@austin.rr.com Speed limits are going down in Four Points and new roadway signs will be posted before year’s end, possibly by Christmas. On Nov. 10, Austin City Council members passed an ordinance modifying existing speed limits on RM 2222, with significant changes made to the roadway stretching from RR 620 to Loop 360. Four Points’ area motorists will need to yield to the following three different speed zones within the well-travelled roadway: • RM 2222 from RM 620 to Sitio Del Rio

- 50 MPH Speed Limit; • RM 2222 from Sitio Del Rio to McNeil Drive - 55 MPH Speed Limit; • RM 2222 from McNeil Drive to SL 360 - 60 MPH Speed Limit. Previously, the speed limit on all of the above highway sections was 60 MPH. The Austin Transportation Department made the recommendations to Council based on a recent traffic study of the area conducted by the Traffic Division of Texas Department of Transportation. According to TxDOT Engineer Scott Cunningham, the changes resulted from his agency’s study

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Developers of the Steiner Ranch apartment project, which does not yet have an official name, expect to close on the property within weeks and start construction in January. “We’ll live up to our commit-

ment and do a quality job. We want to be good neighbors,” said Walter Eeds, CEO with Greystone Development. He gave an overview of their Steiner Ranch apartment project at the Nov. 9 Community Meeting on Steiner Ranch Commercial Development. Pending approvals, Greystone

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plans to build 26 apartment buildings with 298 units on a portion of the 52 acres at 4800 Steiner Ranch Blvd. They will be Santa Barbara style with some attached, some detached garages and balcones. There will be about 45 units of the 298 that will be 3-bedroom, of the remainder, roughly 60 APARTMENT, 9

Thanksgiving Feast

Over 50 volunteers came together from Rudy’s, Austin Christian Fellowship, and other Four Points businesses to create a better playground for children at Armadillo RV Park. Top photo: Buzz Hempel, Rodrigo Sanchez, Steven Smith and Jay Andruk all assemble the donated tree house from McDonald’s. Bottom photo: Kristin Chaumont, Crystal Blick, Dan Peabody and others work to haul wheelbarrels full of dirt and sand during the two-day project.

Grandview Hills Elementary featured a Thanksgiving feast last week and invited parents and grandparents to share in the festivities. Above: Dani Lugo, GVH student, and Zia Heard enjoyed turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie. Below: Kylie Guerrero and dad See more photos on page 7.

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School......................................3 Opinion...................................4 Community......................... 6-7 Classifieds...............................6 Sports.................................. 8-9 Find us on Facebook We wish you a warm holiday season with family and friends.

Ice skating in Four Points for the first time Oasis Texas Holiday on Ice opened a 1,760-square-foot ice skating rink a few days ago offering Four Points a neighborhood rink for the first time. “This is the first of what’s to become a holiday tradition at Oasis Texas,” said Robert Axelson, President of Isis Investments L.P,

partner in the development. Oasis Texas, 6550 Comanche Trail, will have its Holiday on Ice rink open until Jan. 1. The ice rink, installed and managed by Ice Rink Events of Houston, will be an annual holiday addition providing a festive winter village ambiance.

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Choirs or bands interested in performing during the holidays should contact talent@OASISTX. com. Oasis Texas is expanding into a village of Austin-based retailers: currently five restaurants, four retail shops, including the new Blue Genie Art Store, entertain-

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Middle School #8 to Open Next Fall About this time last year, the Leander ISD Board of Trustees voted to delay the opening of our newest middle school, as yet unnamed, due to the impending budget crisis that Texas school districts experienced last spring. Naturally, this decision was not ideal, but it was estimated to save the district about $1.6 million during a critical time when every cost-saving measure had to be thoroughly considered. Henry Middle School has taken the weight of this decision, and with more than 1,500 students enrolled, this year it has been cozy on that campus. While we knew that HMS would have to accommodate more students this year since MS #8 would not open in 2011 as planned, we also had the utmost confidence that

its quality of educational and extracurricular services would not be compromised. I am very proud that the staff at HMS rose to the challenge and have provided an optimal learning environment for every single student who has walked through their doors. As one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, our practice has been to review the population studies of experts and use this scientifically gathered data as the basis for our long-range planning. Accordingly, our building schedules and future school sites depend largely on our annual demographer’s report. Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), a demographic firm used by numerous school districts in Texas, presented the

most recent demography report tion would reach roughly 57,000 to the Board on October 20. students by 2019, while our 2011 (You can find their report and report reflects that LISD will pre s e nt at i on have approxion our website mately 46,000 at www.leanstudents that derisd.org.) same year. It is The 2011 hard to fathom report showed the impact the interesting slow economy trends in develis expected to opment, both have down the BRET CHAMPION road — two for single and mu lt i - f am i ly studies, done unit housing, and among other three years apart, show the data points, compared rates of same point in time differentikindergarten and fifth-grade ated by about 11,000 students. student enrollment. But do not misunderstand me, It comes as no surprise that our growth has not stopped. If our growth has slowed due to the population of our school the economic downturn. Our district grows as is expected, we 2009 demographic report indi- will continue to add about 1,000 cated that our student popula- students each year for the fore-

seeable future. Looking ahead to next year, PASA reviewed the expected student populations at our middle schools and, last month, recommended to the Board that LISD move forward with opening MS #8 in the fall of 2012, yet keep Elementary #24 closed for an additional year. Last Thursday, the Board passed this recommendation and also the recommendation to institute the boundary rezoning plan that was presented last year by the community attendance boundary committee. Next year, without a doubt, MS #8 will be a center for academic excellence. Like all LISD schools, through the achievements of its students and staff, it will further enhance the stellar reputation of our district. We

are excited to finally prepare this beautiful building for the hundreds of eager learners who will begin a new chapter in the learning journey within its halls. To view the entire demography report and the school boundaries for 2012, please visit www.leanderisd.org. Have a great day!

State of the District:

The LISD community will have an opportunity to learn more about the achievements and challenges that face LISD, including our continued growth, at the annual “State of the District” report on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cedar Park High School library. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to cathy.arnold@leanderisd.org.

Local robotics teams grab many honors Four Points area robotics teams did very well in the first weekend of Central Texas FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments on Nov. 12. Six of the nine teams that received invitations to move onto the Central Texas Invitational

tournament in January came from Four Points schools. Some teams also received awards. • Four Points Middle School "Spectrum" – Judge's Choice Award & 1st Place Robot Performance Award • Four Points Middle School

"Expired Food Safety Patrol" – 1st Place Research Project Award • Four Points Middle School "Robo Frogs" – 1st Place Core Values Award • River Place Elementary "River Place Robots" – 2nd Place Core

Values Award • Steiner Ranch Elementary "Lego Brick 51" – 2nd Place Research Project Award, 6th Place Robot Performance • River Ridge Elementary "Bacterminators" – Invitation to advance

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Grandview Hills Elementary students participate in Ribbons of Thanks. This Ribbon of Thanks project, modeled after Tanabata, the Japanese custom of adorning bamboo trees with message filled ribbons. "Demonstrating their IB attitudes, our students reflected on their own lives and talked about what they are thankful for as we enter the holiday season. Each student wrote a note of thanks on colorful ribbons that are being shared with our community on display along the fence our campus entrance," said Brenda Cruz, Grandview Principal.

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Thanksgiving - a time to laugh at turkey poetry, and be grateful Four Points elementary schools got into the Thanksgiving spirit early this year. It was fun walking through the halls to see the cute pilgrim hats, Indian headdresses and colorful turkeys on display. Many students recited poems about the holiday including this gem from my oldest daughter:

colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast in present-day Massachusetts. That was one of the first Thanksgivings. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. The holiday reminds me how grateful I am to be in our Four My turkey wears a tutu Points community. but he cannot dance at all. In Sunday school over LYNETTE the weekend we learned more He wears a frilly tutu that’s a size or two too small. HAALAND about the importance of being grateful. In fact in our second My turkey thinks he’s handsome grade classroom we practiced ‘cause so many people stare. turning to our neighbors and saying He’ll even wear his tutu “thank you” and being grateful for a vain tomorrow’s county fair. riety of things. One girl was thankful for her eczema medicine, another for her My turkey loves the county fairs dog, others for family, friends and food. we go to two or three, At one point during the lesson, the and my turkey wears his tutu whole class turned and said “thank ‘cause he dresses just like me! you” to me for being their teacher. I was touched by their smiling faces. It is amazThe kids really set the holiday in mo- ing how two little words can make your tion, and so did the school cafeteria staffs day. who created the traditional Thanksgiving Share the gratefulness all around and feast for thousands of local students and enjoy your family, friends and loved ones families this past week. this Thanksgiving! (Thank you for read Our celebrations stem from a tradi- ing Four Points News too!) tion started in 1621 when the Plymouth

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Canyon Ridge’s “To the Book Fair… and Beyond” was a big success! Students enjoyed browsing and buying books. The most popular items were Rick Riordan’s new book, Son of Neptune and Angry Bird posters. CRMS Library will use the proceeds from the Book Fair to buy more audio books. Thanks to all our great volunteers who helped with the Book Fair.

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Random act of kindness in Four Points Dear Editor, With Thanksgiving week upon us, I wanted to share a story about three people and their random act of kindness who I’m thankful for. My two daughters each needed a full-size mattress for their new bedroom sets. They’d been so patient with me, sleeping in odd places, while I researched to find the best prices on mattresses. I finally bought them at Sam’s Club, and when they presented me with delivery options, it seemed like such a pain (I’d been receiving many deliveries lately, and if I had to endure one more two-hour window…), and I really wanted those mattresses for the girls right away. So I decided to just strap them to the top of my SUV and bring them home that day. Sam’s informed me that they could load them up on my car, but they could not tie them down for liability reasons. I thought that policy stunk, but oh well. I can do this! I’m sure you can see where this story is going... I didn’t get one mile away from Sam’s before both of the mattresses blew off my car and onto HWY. 360, into plenty of traffic. The Good Lord was watching over me and my fellow motorists that day, and luckily those mattresses didn’t hit a car or cause an accident. As I was dragging the mattresses off 360, I realized I was stranded. My husband was in

an important “cell phones off ” meeting, and to make matters more urgent, I needed to get up to Steiner Ranch Elementary to pick up my kids and volunteer for the State Fair and Silent Auction! Then suddenly, a truck pulled up with three men in it. They asked me if I could use some help. I told them I was headed to Steiner Ranch which was pretty far away. They said it was no problem and loaded my mattresses in their truck and strapped them down tightly. I thought, these are either the nicest men or they’re going to steal my mattresses! Needless to say, they followed me all the way home and even unloaded my mattresses for me. It’s random acts of kindness like this that restore my faith in the goodness of people. I am inspired and humbled by them. As it turns out, the driver of the truck, Jorge, owns Hill Country Tacos, the taco stand at 2222 and 620 by Jack Brown Cleaners. If you get a chance, please stop by and enjoy some delicious food at Hill Country Tacos. Then tell Jorge, “Thank you for helping our neighbor with her mattresses!” SincerelyJanice Panoff

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By CHEF CARLOS CRUSCO Roughly 10 years since seeing my family and friends in Argentina, the anticipation to return was at an all-time high. This time though, it was both a vacation as well as a business trip. A new future aspect of my business will be culinary and wine tours of Argentina. Before taking clients from the United States, some research needed to be done. My tour of the country started in Buenos Aires, then to Rosario (where my family lives), followed by a couple of days in Cordoba and finally to Mendoza, the famous wine country at the foothills of the Andes mountains. One can still find the historic parillas where you can get great Malbec wine and the best beef in the world. The bodegons (local cantina style restaurants) are still alive and well serving incredible sandwiches de miga (English tea-like sandwiches), milanesa (breaded beef cutlet), as well as other traditional recipes. However, Buenos Aires is also opening up to more foreign foods

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don’t hesitate to delegate food preparation (and cleanup) tasks to family and house guests. Don’t starve yourself. Many of us will starve ourselves prior to going to a holiday outing or prior to the big feast. All this does is slow our metabolism and cause us to eat too much later. Snack on healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables and nuts before sitting down to eat the holiday meal. Don’t worry, you will still enjoy it as much but you won’t consume as many calories. Eat with your non-dominate hand. Studies have shown that folks that eat those appetizers and snacks with their non-dominate hand actually consume fewer calories than those that use their dominant hand. Try it! Eat mindfully. In other words, make sure it is worth it. Do you really find those Christmas tree sugar cookies tasty? Researchers have discovered that folks will eat food that is stale and intentionally made unappetizing while in a social environment. This year actually mindfully taste the food before eating it. If you find it delicious, by all means enjoy. If not, why eat it? Which leads us to our next tip… Don’t be afraid to say no. We all know those family members and/or hosts that will always want to push more food on you. Once you are pleasantly full (not stuffed!) then just say no. No need to be rude. A “I just couldn’t eat another bite. It was all so wonderful.” should do the trick. Stay moving. Often we de-

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Community Events Nov. 28-30 Coats for Kids drop off Four Points H-E-B, Jack Brown Cleaners

Nov. 30 Coats for Kids collection Bluebonnet Montessori School of Lakeway John Simpson Park 3 - 5 p.m.

Dec. 1 Four Points Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Holiday Party Steiner Ranch Steakhouse 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dec. 3 Firefighter’s Breakfast Fundraiser Towne Square Community Center Steiner Ranch 9 - 11am

Dec. 3 & 4 Holiday Home Tour Benefiting Steiner Ranch Elementary Sendero Homes at 12402 Cedar St. Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 5 Concordia University Texas Bastrop Wildfire Benefit Concert Building A Auditorium 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 The Nutcracker VHS Legacies & Dancers Workshop VHS’s Performing Arts Center 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.

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Four Points dancers featured in The Nutcracker on Dec. 10 The Vandegrift High School Legacies and Dancers Workshop will present 2 performances of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Ovation, a youth ballet company in residency at Dancers Workshop will perform the full length ballet at VHS’s Performing Arts Center on Dec.10 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. This performance of The Nutcracker will include a cast of 58 dancers ranging from 2nd grade through high school along with professional guest performers. The ballet includes dancing party guests, menacing rats, soldiers brandishing candy canes, graceful snowflakes, the handsome Nutcracker Prince and, the most famous holiday favorite, the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Legacies will open the show by performing two works including a holiday high kick to Bette Midler’s Cool Yule. Legacies team members performing in the production include Delaney Bull, who will grace the stage as the Snow Queen and will also per-

form in the French Mints divertissement in Act II, and Merritt McCall, who will perform multiple roles including Rat, Snow Flake and French Mints. Barclay Bull, student at Four Points Middle School, will dance the role of Clara, the little girl who receives the nutcracker as a gift and dreams all of the excitement and beauty of the ballet. Other residents of the Four Points area that will be performing in this production are Madison Benkovic, Carly Blaine and Hannah Smith, all from Vandegrift High School; Sarah Carpenter, Four Points Middle School; Rachel Bode, Steiner Ranch Elementary; Abi Lyons, Grandview Hills Elementary; and Avery McCall, Hyde Park. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/children and are available at Dancers Workshop or at the door. Seating is general admission. Premium seating of reserved seats is also available at $20. For more information, call Dancers Workshop at 349-7197.

Firefighter Equipment Benefit Breakfast Dec. 3 A Pancake Breakfast on Dec. 3 at Steiner Ranch Town Square Center will raise funds for firefighter equipment that needs to be replaced after the recent community fires. While breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. is free, donations to the firefighters are encouraged.

A Home for Art and Cups & Cones teamed up for the Austin Empty Bowl project. The Austin Empty Bowl provides more than just food, it provides an opportunity for everyone to make a contribution, said Emily McElmurry, who runs A Home for Art. Over several weeks groups like girl scouts came to design bowls and make an impact in the Austin community. After glazing, the bowls were donated to the 15th annual Empty Bowl Project for its fundraising and awareness event last weekend. It is estimated that one in five adults and one in four children are at risk of hunger, and that 41 percent of The Capital Area Food Bank’s clients are children.

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United Heritage Credit Union is a few days away from opening its 13th location at River Place Boulevard and RR 2222. United Heritage is a member of the Four Points Chamber of Commerce and has already been a supporter of Vandegrift High School, even before opening doors on Dec. 5. The latest United Heritage branch will be a full-service facility with 3,627 square feet of space to include state-of-the-art technology, three drive-thru lanes including one for commercial use, a drive-up ATM, 180 safety deposit boxes in four sizes, a free lobby coin machine, refreshment area with a free cappuccino machine, concierge and plasma lobby displays. The design is traditional Texas Hill Country with extensive use of stone throughout.

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Over 40 kids who live in Armadillo RV Park have new playground equipment this Thanksgiving thanks to local businesses and Austin Christian Fellowship who provided supplies, funds and volunteers. “We wanted to give them something they could really enjoy,” said Dan Peabody, General Manager of Rudy's at RR 620. He hauled many wheelbarrels full of dirt and sand during the two-day project. “It is just incredible to see this come together. This is a special project,” Peabody said. Over 50 volunteers made a difference at the Armadillo RV Park, located off of Hudson Bend Road. The eight businesses and ACF came together to give back to the community earlier this month. K&N Management, owner of local Rudy’s and Mighty Fine Burgers restaurants, donated $1,000 for project supplies and

over 30 of the volunteers. One of the company’s employees lives in the park. ACF also donated $1,000 and volunteers. They moved and repainted a dollhouse, reinforced and painted an existing fort, and tore down the old swing set and built a new one. They also installed a large tree house and refurbished 10 picnic tables. Four Points Home Depot donated cement, trash bags and cement mixer. Mesa Rosa restaurants donated the sand for the playground, McDonald’s in Round Rock the tree house, and PS Landscaping six yards of dirt. John King Construction helped secure the tree house, poured the foundation for it and supplied a bobcat. Keep Austin Beautiful donated working gloves and Four Points H-E-B soft drinks. Volunteers also helped a single mom and her four young children who live at the park with cleaning up their yard.

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The Furry Friends Event on Nov. 13 raised $1,083 for the Spicewood Fire Victims. Several police offices and firefighters came out to get their dogs vaccinated. Plus many other dogs in the neighborhood came out. Dr. Roush with Stay at Home Mobile Vet organized the event.

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The first Firewise Workday was held recently in Steiner Ranch with a great turnout. About 40 residents plus another 15 volunteers including Vandegrift High School football players and National Honor Society students worked together on Nov. 12. Lake Travis Fire Rescue and Travis County officials manned the chipper. “With so many people we were able to pull out more brush than we expected. We filled 2.5 trucks full of mulch before the daylight and chipper gave out on us and still had about 1.5 trucks worth of brush left,” said Nathasha Collmann All in all it was a great collaborative effort between the residents, HOA, Travis County and LTFR. “Residents left feeling great about what we accomplished and eager to plan and execute another workday where we hope to be allowed to do some actual trimming and thinning in the

Preserve to establish a firebreak,” Collmann said. Dec. 1 is the next meeting to follow up on the workday and plan the next steps. Collmann is also working on compiling a list of names and contact info from people all over Steiner who are interested in serving on the Firewise Committee. “We hope to have representa-

Local businesses, schools and groups are collecting Coats for Kids. For the third year running, HE-B grocery located at RM 2222 and RR 620 will be hosting a coat donation drop of from Nov. 28 - Nov. 30. Jack Brown Cleaners also is a drop off location. Last year’s drive collected more than 200 coats in just three days. To encourage donor participation, Starbucks will donate

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Twin Creeks Country Club was the site recently for “Birdies for Bikes”, a tournament for young golfers ranging in age from 7 to 17. The tournament on Oct. 29 was the inspiration of a Steiner Ranch fifth grader and junior golfer, Hailey Derrickson. She heard about the JB & Sandy of Mix 94.7 adult golf tournament to benefit Bikes for Kids and decided that she and her friends could do the same to help finance bikes for underprivileged children. Hailey arranged for the golfers to solicit donations and pledges for each birdie and par that the golfer scored. Local businesses donated prizes for the junior golfers that collected the most money for the charity and for closest-to-the-pin competitions. In total, the young golfers collected more than $3,000 which will go toward bikes, helmets and bike locks for underprivileged Austin area children this holiday season. Four of the Birdies for Bikes participants: Jordan Jalufka, Jensen Jalufka, Hailey Derrickson and Kaylee Vesely.

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William Martinez, sophomore at Vandegrift High School, captured a win at Falconhead as he battled the strong winds on Nov. 12 to finish ahead of Westlake’s Stratton Nolen and Matthew Perrine with rounds of 73,75. Vandegrift, which hosted the event, and Cedar Park tied for 4th place. There were close to 90 players in the field.

Viper Football Head Coach Drew Sanders weekly comments Vs. Tivy, Nov. 18: I was extremely pleased how we played this past week. While it was dissappointing to lose, I was not disappointed in our level of play. We have shown time and time again that we are an up and coming program and our

The Vandegrift Tennis Booster Club hosted its inaugural community tennis tournament Nov. 19. Vandegrift tennis coach, James Larremore said, "the tremendous support from the community was very humbling. The team is very fortunate to be a part of the Viper community." There were 128 players comprising 64 doubles teams registered and played fun but competitive matches throughout the day at the VHS courts and River Place Country Club tennis courts. Teams came in a wide variety of partnerships; tennis team players and their parents, broth-

ers and sisters, husbands and wives and seasoned league players with longtime partnerships. No matter what the skill level, everyone had the opportunity to play at least three or four matches in a round robin format. Tournament director Melinda Floyd said: “the skill level of players ranged from 6.0 to 9.5 combos and included a mix of both tennis team members and community participants, a testament to the strong tennis community in our area.” The tournament was a fundraiser for the Vandegrift tennis team that promises to be a force to be reckoned with. This year the team advanced to regionals and enjoys a top ten state ranking.

kids will never give up. While we may have finished 5 yards short of the third round of the state playoffs, I know we made the entire Four Points community proud. Hats off to our first senior class for setting the standard. It was a season I’ll always remember.

Record-setting season for Concordia’s women’s soccer Concordia University Texas women's soccer team set a school record for overall wins for the third straight season under the direction of third-year head coach Corey Holton. The squad recorded 14 victories in 2011 after winning 10 in 2010 and five in 2009 during Holton’s first season. Concordia lost to Texas-Dallas on Nov. 5 at the ASC Tour-

nament, 2-0, but ended their record-setting season with many accolades. Seniors Lauren Browning, Hilary Wagner and Kiera Ruck, who were each four-year starters, will graduate as the program's all-time winningest class with 33 victories. Seniors Lauren Browning and Kendall Williams were named Sunday to the American

Southwest Conference Women's Soccer Championship's All-Tournament team. They were among 11 players from the six participating schools to make the squad as well as the first two players in program history to garner the honor after leading the Tornados to their first-ever postseason victory and semifinal appearance.

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are driving it [RM 2222],” said Cunningham. “There’s a myth out there that slower is safer. It’s true, you can stop sooner at slower speeds but you don’t just pick some number and post it. Artificially lowering speed limits too much may cause a crash.” Cunningham stated that his department is permitted to deviate 12 MPH on either side of the findings, faster or slower, but did not do so in this case. “You have the curve and a lot of business development where it’s [speed] posted at 50,” Cunningham said. “Going downhill, there’s no development on

either side of the road so that measured higher. More development in the area causes more conflict for drivers so the speed limit goes down.” Responding to recent reports of accidents in the area, Cunningham replied that “Accidents don’t mean it’s [roadway] hazardous; it depends on the nature of the accidents”. “We place higher value on serious crashes, fatality or Life Flight,” Cunningham said. Cunningham estimates that new roadway signs will be posted possibly by Christmas.

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Viper hoops begin The Lady Viper basketball team is early into its 2011 season with several games under their belt now. They continue to build a strong team. According to Head Girls Basketball Coach, Jody Hormann, Lady Viper's 2010 record, overall and in district play:17-18, 4-8. The Viper boys basketball team is also building its program at the start of the 2011 season. Last year their 2010 record, overall and in district play: 10-23, 1-11, according to Head Boys Basketball Coach Cliff Ellis. For complete game schedules go to: vandegriftvipers.com

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