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• Boyd, McKinney HS prep for non-district showdown 11 • Statistical leaders for 3A, 4A, 5A, private schools 14

news NATIONAL WINNER Lucas Christian earns $500K in Kohl’s Cares contest 7

community BARN CATS Foster group cares for stray tomcat after mistreatment 17

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Festivals spread across N. Texas, reach for the sky 21

‘FLIPPED’ FLOPS Reiner film a failed look at teen romance 19


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YOUR SPORTS SHOTS IN PRINT

Festivities to fall for this autumn abor Day has come and gone and we all know what that means. The autumn months finally have arrived — and with that come dozens of fall festivals and things to do. In this issue you will find a plethora of activities across North Texas made for the cooler temperatures. Pick out a pumpkin at the Dallas Arboretum’s Great Pumpkin Festival Sept. 18-Nov. 14 in Lake Highlands, get an aerial view of the fall leaves from a hot air balloon at the Plano Balloon Festival on Sept. 17-19 or taste all the fried food you can handle at the State Fair of Texas Sept. 24Oct. 17. For events closer to your community, look forward to McKinney’s Oktoberfest in the Historic Downtown Square on Sept. 24-25 or sample food from more than 40 Collin County restaurants at Taste of Collin County on Monday at the Collin County Regional Air-

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port in McKinney. Read more about fall activities and things to do on Page 21. And let us not forget, football season is underway and so is our HS GameTime section. Stay up to speed with your local high school teams and their standings as they progress through the season. Read more about tonight’s games on Page 11. Got an awesome game photo? Be sure to post it online at neighborsgo.com/hsgametime. This season we will be creating a weekly photoplay showcasing the best game, spirit and band photos sub-

mitted by you. Be sure to check out last week’s at neighborsgo.com/video/2716. So get out the cameras and start snapping for a chance to be featured on neighborsgo.com. And speaking of grabbing the spotlight, Lucas Christian Academy recently was identified as a potential winner of $500,000 as part of a national contest sponsored by Kohl’s Department Stores. The school collected more than 157,000 Facebook votes to win the money, which administrators plan to use to pay off its land — an amount that happens to total $499,000. School administrator Julie Montgomery said that students, parents and staff at the school couldn’t be more excited. As they should be after working to get so many community votes in just one month. Read more about the competition on Page 7.

ON THE COVER Members of the Kinder group of the Alpine Dancers, including Audrey Dalton of Frisco and Aden Vogel of Garland, participate in last year’s Oktoberfest in McKinney. This year’s event, which runs Sept. 24-25, is among many fall festivals to be celebrated across the North Texas area in the coming weeks. For the full list of events, see Page 21. Staff illustration by ROBERT TRACY/neighborsgo

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: SEPT. 10-18

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FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT — The city of McKinney presents Neighborhood Night at the Movies every Friday this month. The free event will feature Astro Boy tonight at McKissick Park, 2702 Taylor-Burk Drive, and Planet 51 on Sept. 17 at Carey Cox Memorial Park. All movies will start at dusk, around 7 p.m., on a portable and inflatable movie screen. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to accompany the show. For more information, call 972547-7480 or visit mckinneytexas.org.

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FRIDAY DIABETES DEADLINE — Registration ends Friday for “Do well, be well with diabetes,” a four-week series for managing Type 2 diabetes. The classes will be from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sept. 16, 23 and 30 and Oct. 7 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. There is no charge for the class but registration is required. For more information, call 972-424-1460, ext. 4233, or e-mail c-brazeal@tamu.edu.

SATURDAY TURKEY TROT WARMUP — In preparation for the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving, a 5K trial run will be held at 8 a.m. at the McKinney Family YMCA, 300 Ridge Road. The $30 registration fee includes a race T-shirt. For more information, visit thetrot.org.

PIPEDREAMS — The SATURDAY North Texas Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society presents “Pipedreams,” a program of silent films with theater-organ accompaniment featuring soloist Jim Pitts, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. The program will feature audience participation and organ arrangements of movie/television show themes. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.mckinney performingartscenter.org.

SHOE LABRYNTH — SATURDAY Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S. Tennessee St., will collect new and gently used shoes from 7 to 10 p.m. during a free opening reception for Moore’s “New Mexico Test Drive” exhibit. The shoes will be donated to the Samaritan Inn after being included in a “shoe labyrinth” during Oktoberfest on Sept. 24-25. The shoe labyrinth will be constructed on the street outside of the studio. To volunteer or for more information, call 214-914-3630 or visit lauramooreart.com.

OPENING NIGHT — SATURDAY The Garret Art Gallery, 111 E. Virginia St., will host a free opening reception for Japanese artist Ken Toki from 7 to 10 p.m. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Toki now lives in Texas. After a career as an engineer and executive with Mitsubishi Electric, he continues to travel, paint and exhibit. His works hang in Japan’s National Cancer, Mitsubishi Resort Hotel, Yufuin and international private collections. For more information, call 972-548-9361 or visit garretartgallery.com.

ANIMAL SHELTER SATURDAY BENEFIT — The McKinney-based Collin County Humane Society will present “Give a Dog a Home,” a gala to raise money for a new Collin County animal shelter, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Cityplace in Dallas. Country music singer Jolie Holliday will perform at the event, which will include a silent auction featuring vacation packages, salon packages, signed sports memorabilia and more. Tickets are $100 each and must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit collincountyhumanesociety.org.

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MONDAY TASTE OF COLLIN COUNTY — North Collin County Habitat for Humanity will host the 10th Taste of Collin County from 5 to 9 p.m. at Collin County Regional Airport, 1496 E. Industrial Blvd. in McKinney. This year’s theme is Masquerade Madness where guests may sample food from more than 40 Collin County restaurants. Funds raised from the event will go toward North Collin County Habitat building projects. For tickets, visit tasteofcollincounty.com.

TUESDAY GARDEN CLUB — The McKinney Garden Club will begin its 2010-11 year with a meeting at 11:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Heard-Craig Hall, 205 W. Hunt St. The program will include a presentation by Cathy Straley, who will share fun tidbits from the club’s history. The club will celebrate its 80th anniversary with cake and ice cream at Finch Park. For more information, visit mckinneygardenclub.org.

DANCE CAMP — The SATURDAY McKinney High School Marquettes dance/drill team will host a minicamp for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and a hip-hop dance clinic for students in sixth through ninth grade. Both events will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the McKinney High auditorium, 1400 Wilson Creek Parkway. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 by Tuesday or $25 at the door. For more information to register, call 469-7425848, e-mail aneely@mckinneyisd.net or visit tinyurl.com/Marquettes.

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— Three downtown businesses will host a ladies weekend event Friday through Sunday. Happiness Is . . . Quilting, Stained Glass of McKinney and Sip-N-Doodle will offer one class at each location plus double occupancy accommodations at the Grand Hotel and a one-hour massage for $199, all supplies included. For more information, visit happinessisquilting.com.

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SATURDAY NEVER FORGET — The city of McKinney will commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001, with the ninth annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. Events will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 6053 Weiskopf Ave., two blocks south of the TPC clubhouse. The ceremony, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., also marks the third annual McKinney firefighters and police officers recognition day. A complimentary lunch will be served afterward. For more information, call assistant fire chief Frank Roma at 972-547-2851.

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Opinions clash on retirement plan By ED HOUSEWRIGHT ehousewright@dallasnews.com

they retire. “I disrespect you for truth and integrity,” said Ken Maun, Collin County Tax Assessor-Collector. “Your math sucks.” Self didn’t respond. Jerry Higgins, a manager in the county auditor’s office, also blasted Self. “Shame on you for manipulating data to present an inaccurate picture of the county and employees’ income,” he said. Self, a retired Army officer, responded, “I spent 25 years defending your freedom to say those things.” He also said he hasn’t misinterpreted information from the Texas County and District Retirement System about the plan. “I did not touch those figures,” Self said. Commissioner Joe Jaynes quickly challenged his statement, saying the state agency has provided information that refutes Self’s claims. Jaynes received a standing ovation from county employees when he walked into the meeting. He has posted comments on his website in recent weeks, countering statements made by Self on his Facebook page. The Commissioners Court held another public hearing on the 2011 budget on Sept. 7. It’s scheduled to approve the budget Monday. Commissioners could take another vote on the county employee retirement match before approving the budget.

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“Shame on you [Keith Self] for manipulating data to present an inaccurate picture of the county and employees’ income.”

To view the archived video of Collin County Commissioners Court meetings and minutes, visit tinyurl.com/CollinCounty.

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More than 500 people packed a Collin County Commissioners Court meeting Aug. 30, some criticizing the county’s retirement plan as too generous and others defending it. The state-mandated plan guarantees that employees’ retirement accounts will grow 7 percent a year. In addition, the county contributes Keith Self $2.50 for every $1 employees put in. “I’ve never seen this sort of pension anywhere I’ve been employed,” said Mark Reid of Plano. “It’s absolutely unsustainJoe Jaynes able.” Several tea party members said the county would face a fiscal crisis unless it reduced the benefit package for county employees. However, many county employees gave impassioned speeches, urging commissioners not to make further cuts. Recently, commissioners voted to cut the county’s retirement contribution to $2 for every $1 employees give, starting next year. County Judge Keith Self, who heads the Commissioners Court, has urged his colleagues to reduce the county’s match to $1.50. Court members took no action at the meeting. Several county employees sharply criticized Self. They said he had presented false information in saying the state estimates that almost 700 county employees could make more than $100,000 a year once

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— Jerry Higgins, a manager in the county auditor’s office

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The McKinney police report summarizes selected crimes, listed by street, with the time reported.

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• Eldorado Parkway, 6:36 p.m. Aug. 4: Destruction/damage/vandalism of property • Skyline Drive, 8:16 p.m. Aug. 4: Drunkenness and disorderly conduct • Skyline Drive, 9:23 p.m. Aug. 4: Drunkenness and disorderly conduct • Evers Drive, 11:53 p.m. Aug. 4: Assault • East University Drive, 3:14 a.m. Aug. 5: Theft • Virginia Street, 5:50 a.m. Aug. 5: Assault • Eldorado Parkway, 10:25 a.m. Aug. 5: Drug/narcotic violation and drug equipment violation • Elm Street, 10:58 p.m. Aug. 5: Assault • North Custer Road, Midnight Aug. 5: Theft • Cheverny Drive, 2:48 a.m. Aug. 6: Evading arrest/detention • Eldorado Parkway, 1:51 a.m. Aug. 11: Assault • Glenhaven Drive, 3:19 a.m. Aug. 11: Drug/narcotic violation • South McDonald Street, 10:19 a.m. Aug. 11: Theft • West White Avenue, 11:11 p.m. Aug. 11: Driving under the influence • North College Street, 3:37 a.m. Aug. 12:

MORE INFO Information provided by The Dallas Morning News. For more information, call McKinney Police Department at 972-547-2700.

Assault • Collin McKinney Parkway, 7 p.m. Aug. 12: Fraud • North College Street, 10 p.m. Aug. 12: Destruction/damage/vandalism of property • South Hardin Boulevard, 11:10 p.m. Aug. 12: Theft • Robilyn Drive, Midnight Aug. 12: Harassment • West Davis Street, 2:10 a.m. Aug. 13: Aggravated assault • Healy Street, 2:41 a.m. Aug. 13: Disorderly conduct and drunkenness • South Wilson Street, 8:25 p.m. Aug. 23: Simple assault • North Central Expressway, 12:45 a.m. Aug. 24: Drug equipment violations • Ruidoso Lane, 8:09 a.m. Aug. 24: Destruction/damage/vandalism of property • West University Drive, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24: Destruction/damage/vandalism of property • South College Street, 10:57 a.m. Aug. 24: Drug/narcotic violations

Dove season may bring the sound of gunfire McKinney officials are alerting residents that dove hunting season began Sept. 1 and that new state restrictions are in place. For instance, hunters must be more than 1,000 feet from the property line of a public tract of land or of a school, hospital or commercial day-care facility. A bow and arrow, BB gun, air rifle or pistol, or shotgun may be discharged if it is done on a piece of property at least 10 acres in size, at least 150 feet from a residence or occupied building, and in a safe manner where the projectile does not cross the property line, according to McKinney police. “Normally, firing a gun in the city limits of McKinney is illegal. However, there are a very few exceptions,” said McKinney Police Department Chief Doug Kowalski. “If you hear a gunshot and are concerned, call the police to report any suspicious activity.” All hunters should have a Texas hunting license with a migratory bird stamp. The non-emergency line for the police department is 972-547-2700. —Ed Housewright, ehousewright@dallasnews.com

McKinney police arrest teen after chase in grandmother’s SUV A 17-year-old boy faces a charge of evading arrest after he led officers on a chase through three cities while joy-riding in his grandmother’s sport utility vehicle, McKinney police said. McKinney police attempted to stop Anthony Cole Guthrie about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 1 for failing to obey a stop sign at Fitzhugh and Murray streets. Police say Guthrie refused to stop the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and fled east on Fitzhugh, with police chasing him. “I talked to the [investigating] officer

and he said the boy was just out joyriding in his grandmother’s car,” said McKinney police Lt. Mark Moyle, adding that the teen was driving on an expired license. The pursuit lasted 34 minutes and went through Allen, Plano and back to McKinney, with the suspect running several stop signs and driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Guthrie’s vehicle was disabled by spike strips as it entered Hardin Road and came to a stop on northbound State Highway 121. He was being held in the Collin County Jail on the felony charge. His bail was set at $5,000. —Kassi Schmitt, kschmitt@dallasnews.com; Staff writer Taryn Luna contributed to this report.

Tennessee investor buys apartments in Craig Ranch A McKinney apartment community seized by lenders has been sold to a Tennessee investor. Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. paid $31.25 million for the Times Square apartments in McKinney’s Craig Ranch development. The 313-unit apartment community was built in 2009 for an estimated $52 million. In November, Bank of America foreclosed on the five-story apartment and retail complex when developers defaulted on their loan. The Dallas office of CB Richard Ellis marketed the project for sale. “We are excited to be adding a community in the McKinney suburb to our Dallas portfolio,” Mid-America’s executive vice president Al Campbell said in a statement. Mid-America already owned nine Dallas-area apartment properties before the McKinney acquisition. Founded in 1977, the Memphis-based company has more than 45,000 apartments in 13 states. —Steve Brown, stevebrown@dallasnews.com


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LUCAS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

LCA wins $500,000 in Kohl’s national contest STAFF REPORT

Neighborsgo assistant editor Rose Baca, Dallas Morning News reporter Sam Hodges and Monica Schram contributed to this report.

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Lucas Christian Academy students, parents and staff celebrate after finding out the school collected enough votes to be a potential winner of $500,000 as part of the

“This was really parent-driven. There were so many things — so many doors that were closed and then opened up — it was incredible.” — Julie Montgomery, LCA school administrator

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Lucas Christian Academy was identified as a potential winner of $500,000, after finishing second in a national contest sponsored by Kohl’s Department Stores. The Lucas school, with just 276 students, collected more than 157,000 Facebook votes to win the contest that ended Sept. 3. School administrator Julie Montgomery said the school plans to use the funds to pay off 16 acres of land in Lucas totaling $499,000. “That’s why the prize was such a cool amount,” Montgomery said. The school currently meets in space rented from a church and in portable classrooms. “Once the land is paid off, we’ll have enough invested in the property and be able to get the financing we need to begin building,” Montgomery said. “This really moves up our time frame.” Kohl’s Cares, the company’s philanthrop-

ic program, promised $500,000 each to the 20 schools that got the most votes. Karen Shackelford, an LCA mother, spearheaded the effort with several other parents. “We desperately need to pay off our land and start building classrooms for our kids,” Shackelford said. “We’re at the point where some students are having class in the hallway and our boys’ football teams are using an old school bus as a locker room.” Parents, students and faculty began collecting the votes at the beginning of August by taking laptops to special events, restaurants and college campuses persuading the community to vote for the school. “This was really parent-driven,” Montgomery said. “There were so many things — so many doors that were closed and then opened up — it was incredible.”

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Flu vaccine is available By EDDIE OWENS Contributor

Contact the United Supermarkets Pharmacy Department at 1-888-7910220 or visit unitedtexas.com/pharmacy.

• Wash your hands often. • Routinely disinfect surfaces with soap and water, including toys. • Turn your head and cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or the inside of your elbow. Coughing or sneezing onto your hands will spread germs to everything you touch. • Use a reusable water bottle. • Avoid close contact with people when you are ill. Market Street will be offering flu shots in McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Allen, Colleyville and Coppell. Eddie Owens contributes to neighborsgo on behalf of Market Street.

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Massage Envy’s annual Massage for the Cure, scheduled for Tuesday, has special significance for employees of the Craig Ranch clinic in McKinney. “It’s really close to our heart — two of our team members are fighting cancer, including one with breast cancer,” said clinic owner Brendan McBratney. “As we prepare to raise funds during Massage for the Cure, we’re also supporting our two team members and rooting for their full, speedy recovery.” During the event, $15 from each massage will be donated to the Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support breast cancer education, screening and treatment initiatives. Last year during the program, McBratney and his staff donated all of their daily wages, and will do the same this year.

MORE INFO Massage Envy is located at 8905 State Highway 121, Ste. 340, in Craig Ranch, and at 2890 Craig Drive, Ste. 120. Call 972-370-3689.

“Massage Envy nationally and our 27 clinics in the DFW area are longtime, avid supporters of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” McBratney said. Vendor booths presenting on Tuesday will include the Susan G. Komen local affiliate, Lady of America in McKinney, Aflac, Mary Kay, Wells Fargo, Life Time Fitness, Durkins Pizza, Mattress Firm and CK Sports. There also will be book signings. The American Red Cross also will take blood donations from noon to 4 p.m. Jo Trizila is a frequent neighborsgo.com contributor.

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All six of the Market Street’s pharmacy locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including McKinney, Allen and Plano, now are offering flu vaccinations. Many locations also will be carrying FluMist, a nasal vaccine for persons between 2 and 49 years of age. Market Street pharmacies will file Medicare claims on behalf of Medicare Part B-eligible guests. This year’s flu shot and FluMist will include vaccination for the H1N1, or swine flu strain. An annual flu shot is the first — and best — step toward prevention, said Tim Purser, business director of pharmacy for United Supermarkets LLC, Market Street’s parent company. “Without question, the best way to prevent the flu is to get a seasonal flu vaccine.” However, even with a flu shot, persons should take extra steps to help protect themselves and their families, Purser said. He offers the following tips:

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Swim team celebrates Beach Bash, adds new members By LYNN BERGMAN

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Frisco Aquatics recently held its second annual Beach Bash at Little Elm Park on Lake Lewisville to welcome new and returning swimmers, and celebrate its growth. The Beach Bash was an opportunity for a last summer hurrah before swim meets start for the 201011 short course season. The team will kick off the new season with more than 100 new swimmers, many who are new to Frisco or have transferred from other teams. Some swimmers are making the transition from Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Swimming to USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, including the national and Olympic teams.

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Above: Swimmers show off their strength out of the water in a tug of war match. Right: new Frisco Aquatics coach Tracy Methric gets to know team parent Tami Nelson.

“A large growth in a team always occurs during an Olympic year,” said head coach Dan McDonough. “It is amazing that our swim team has increased its membership with record numbers without the help of Michael Phelps being aired every night on the

sports highlights.” Frisco Aquatics is the fastest growing USA Swimming team in North Texas with than 300 swimmers. The team trains swimmers who are striving for college scholarships and who are among the elite age group athletes.

Craig Ranch in McKinney boasts a 50-meter, Olympic-sized swimming pool, and is the new practice facility for Frisco Aquatics along with the Frisco ISD Natatorium, where the majority of the team will still practice. The Craig Ranch facility will allow swimmers to use

the weight room for their training. A growing team also means a growing staff. Coach Tracy Methric recently joined Frisco Aquatics from Holland, Mich. Methric coached 11 years for the West Ottawa Swim Club. Methric attended Beach Bash to get acquainted with Frisco Aquatics. “It was a great opportunity to get to know the swimmers and the families here in Frisco,” she said. “I already feel that I belong to something special and look forward to the continued growth of Frisco Aquatics.” Lynn Bergman contributes to neighborsgo on behalf of Frisco Aquatics.


‘In the same boat’

Boyd, McKinney High look to bounce back from losses

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McKinney High senior running back Travis Tarver II turns upfield against The Colony defenders during the Lions’ Sept. 3 loss to the Cougars, 23-20.

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football team, trying to bounce back, too. We’re kind of both in the same boat.” Against Flower Mound, senior quarterback Jonovan Griffin led Boyd with 486 total yards and four touchdowns, including 256 yards and three secondhalf touchdowns on 25 carries. Where Griffin and his teammates fell short, Drake said, was by not playing consistently for a full 48 minutes. “You’ve got to learn from what you didn’t do right,” Drake said, “and then use those experiences to catapult you forward. “Failure is your best teacher if you allow it to be.” McKinney Boyd will host McKinney High at 7:30 tonight at Ron Poe Stadium.

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Boyd senior wide receiver Taylor Symmank hauls in a Jonovan Griffin pass over Flower Mound defensive back William Hanson. Symmank finished with two catches for 23 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 40-28 loss on Sept. 3.

uring football season, it’s better to learn from your mistakes in non-district play than to be doomed by them later when the games carry considerably more weight. McKinney Boyd football coach Don Drake, whose team faces cross-town rival McKinney High (1-1) tonight at Ron Poe Stadium, agrees. But Boyd’s ultimate success this season, Drake said, will depend on how quickly the Broncos (1-1) can correct their early season inconsistencies and play up to their potential. Boyd coaches were pleased with their players’ effort in a 40-28 loss to Flower Mound last week. But Drake cautioned that hard work will get you only so far. Before too long, you have to play smarter. “The biggest lesson we took from [the loss] is that you can’t make mistakes and be a good football team,” Drake said. “We have to be mentally focused every down throughout the course of a game, and we’ve got to make sure we eliminate mistakes.” The coach pointed to penalties and turnovers in the red zone as the most important issues to resolve before the Broncos take on the Lions, who are also coming off a loss — a 23-20 defeat at the hands of The Colony (1-1) — after winning their season opener. Time is of the essence, Drake said. It’s important for his players to realize how to get better now — before district play begins next week. “I think you’ve got to get back on track as quickly as you can,” Drake said. “[McKinney High] is going to be ready for us. They’re a talented, well-coached


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DISTRICT STANDINGS Standings do not include Thursday’s results. 10-5A South Garland Rowlett McKinney Boyd Garland Sachse Lakeview Centennial Naaman Forest North Garland

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Lovejoy running back Blake Martin fights off a slew of Paris defenders on Sept. 3. He finished the game with six carries for 109 yards. All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday • McKinney at McKinney Boyd Where: Ron Poe Stadium • Rockwall vs. Royse City Where: Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium • Wylie vs. Rowlett Where: Wylie Pirate Stadium • Wylie East at Trophy Club Byron Nelson Where: Northwest ISD Stadium • Richardson Pearce vs. Richardson Where: Eagle-Mustang Stadium • Highland Park at Sherman Where: Bearcat Stadium 11-3A Prosper Lovejoy Frisco Lone Star Nevada Community Princeton Farmersville

District 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

STAFF REPORT Before facing off against Class 4A Frisco High last night, Lovejoy (1-1) rode its defense during a 55-13 win — its first of the season — over Paris High (1-1) on Sept. 3. The Leopards capitalized on five Wildcat turnovers, as sophomore Austin Turnbow returned one interception 36 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, and sophomore Zach Saffle returned another 76 yards in the fourth, setting up a

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Lovejoy defenders Hayden Marsh (7) and Ticer Havens (8) apply pressure to Paris quarterback Corbin Taylor during the Sept. 3 game at Leopard Stadium.

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All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday • Frisco Lone Star at Lake Worth Where: Kittrell Stadium • Alvarado at Prosper Where: B. W. Durham Stadium • Van Alstyne at Nevada Community Where: Braves Field • Commerce at Princeton Where: Jackie Hendrix Stadium • Paris North Lamar at Farmersville Where: Farmer Stadium

Nick LaSane touchdown that put the game away. The Leopards' offense rolled up 308 yards, led by senior running back Blake Martin's 109 yards rushing. Kicker Eddie Puskarich kicked field goals of 35 and 53 yards. On Thursday,Lovejoy turned its attention to a Frisco team that snapped a 23-game losing streak last week against Royse City (0-2). For the results of that game, visit hsgametime.com/dfw.

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All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless noted* • McKinney Boyd vs. McKinney Where: Ron Poe Stadium • Rowlett at Wylie Where: Wylie Pirate Stadium • Garland at Lake Highlands Where: Wildcat/Ram Stadium • N. Garland at Denton Ryan, 7 p.m.* Where: Denton’s Collins Athletic Complex • Naaman Forest vs. Mesquite Where: Garland’s Williams Stadium • South Garland vs. Plano West Where: H.B. Johnson Stadium


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RUSHING Player, team Att. Joseph Bergeron, North Mesquite.............60 Jamal Turner, Arl. Sam Houston ...............58 Cam McDaniel, Coppell ............................73 Desmond Roland, Lake Highlands .............45 Kenneth Farrow, Hurst L.D. Bell ...............51 David Wesley, Sachse..............................27 Damon Bullock, Mansfield........................40 C J Kirk, Keller Central .............................41 Tavarrean Dickerson, Arlington ................35 Miles Onyegbule, Arlington......................44 Rufus Mason, FM Marcus.........................33 Jonovan Griffin, McKinney Boyd ...............29 Tyler Barke, Richland...............................29 Hunter Lee, Flower Mound .......................39 Tank Mitchell, Gar. N. Forest ....................42 Treyvon Green, Rowlett ...........................50 Jonathan Williams, Allen.........................28 Chris Simpson, Duncanville ......................41 J. J. Gibbs, Haltom ..................................46 Jordan Booty, Richardson ........................46 David McKenzie, W.T. White ....................33 Tareyton Banks, Irving Nimitz ..................39 Danzel Williams, Arl. Martin ....................46 J.W. Walsh, Denton Guyer .......................28 John Lacour, South Garland......................35 Terrence Tusan, Euless Trinity..................14 Dagan Newsome, FM Marcus ...................26 Justin Torris, Gar. N. Forest .....................29 Kevin Merrill, Plano.................................23 Marcus Calhoun, Keller F. Ridge................40 Jordan Spencer, Garland ..........................29 Antoine Jimmerson, DeSoto.....................20 TeCory Smith, Saginaw............................28 Nick Cooper, Arl. Lamar ...........................39 Nathan Meadors, Plano East ....................27 Treavon Walton, Denton Guyer.................28 Collin Strahan, Mes. Horn ........................31 Jacob Jones, Justin Northwest .................32 Stephan Turner, South Garland.................16 Tevin Williams, Euless Trinity ..................24

Yds. TD 478 2 442 6 404 4 358 4 340 2 339 4 338 8 320 2 317 1 314 4 307 4 302 3 289 5 287 5 286 4 281 4 281 3 264 2 252 5 250 3 239 3 230 4 225 3 217 5 217 2 197 4 182 2 181 2 180 1 177 3 173 1 172 2 172 0 169 1 166 3 163 1 162 1 161 2 161 3 161 3

PASSING Player, team C-A-I Paul Millard, Flower Mound .............55-78-0 Ryan Pyles, Keller F. Ridge ...............41-71-3

Yds. TD 761 8 700 4

636 597 594 573 564 522 491 454 453 443 437 426 423 422 408 406 385 380 369 366 354 353 331 329 325 314 297 291 290 285 279 268 254 237 234 227 225 223

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RECEIVING Player, team No. Steven West, Keller F. Ridge ....................17 Devante Lacy, Grand Prairie .....................23 Jalen Parker, Duncanville.........................21 James Driskell, McKinney Boyd ................20 Hunter Lee, Flower Mound .......................17 Brian Wetzel, Jesuit................................24 Cameron Martin, Keller ...........................10

Yds. TD 403 4 380 4 342 4 318 1 286 3 273 4 242 1

Gabe Dunlap, Plano East ..........................12 Jakeem Grant, Mes. Horn.........................14 Michael Reynolds, Arl. Bowie .................... 6 Malcolm McKenney, Duncanville ................5 Lovett Gibson, Cedar Hill .........................13 Ja’Taveon Green, Garland ......................... 9 Avery Lewis, Richardson..........................11 Brandon Hamilton, Plano .........................11 Jake Oliver, Jesuit ..................................13 Phillip Smith, Midlothian .........................11 Ted Hull-Ryde, Grapevine.........................13 Quentin Gardener, Denton Guyer................8 J.J. Gaines, Irving Nimitz .........................14 Chas Taylor, Flower Mound ......................14 DeVonte Sunwenghan, Lake Highlands .......8 Jonathon Lee, Allen.................................. 7 Wesley Hawthorne, Arl. Martin ................10 Zack Sanchez, Keller Central...................... 6 Johnny Haynes, Irving MacArthur.............13 Peyton Williams, SL Carroll ......................13 Chris Smith, FW Paschal ..........................11 Khari Burns, Keller Central........................ 4 Lorenzo Smith, Richland ..........................11 Blake Ohm, Keller F. Ridge .......................10 Nathan Meadors, Plano East ..................... 6 Ryan Garrey, Plano East............................ 7 Jarvis Baxter, Gar. Lakeview ....................10 Brandon Carter, Euless Trinity................... 7 Trent Dennington, Coll. Heritage ................7 Reed Cheatham, Keller ............................. 8 Kelton Specks, Cedar Hill .......................... 5 Josh Brake, Flower Mound ........................ 5 Carl Lee, Lewisville .................................. 8

240 236 229 226 219 212 205 203 190 186 184 179 173 172 169 168 166 164 163 158 158 157 154 153 148 138 137 136 133 133 131 130 128

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SCORING Player, team Pts. Damon Bullock, Mansfield ....................................... 54 Hunter Lee, Flower Mound....................................... 54 Brian Wetzel, Jesuit................................................ 44 Jamal Turner, Arl. Sam Houston ............................... 36 J.W. Walsh, Denton Guyer ....................................... 30 J. J. Gibbs, Haltom .................................................. 30 Treyvon Green, Rowlett........................................... 30 David Wesley, Sachse.............................................. 30 Tyler Barke, Richland............................................... 30 Antoine Jimmerson, DeSoto..................................... 26 Miles Onyegbule, Arlington...................................... 26 ..................................................................

CLASS 4A RUSHING Player, team Att. Jabari Anderson, Wylie East.....................49 Carl Harris, Woodrow Wilson ...................56 Sean Flynn, Crowley ................................36 Cory Franklin, Everman............................31 Airron Cowthran, Adamson ......................31 Diondre Preston, Molina ..........................15 Trevante Ebron, Lincoln ...........................40 Daniel Thomas, Pinkston .........................41 Trevone Boykin, West Mesquite ...............32 Adrian Oliver, Terrell...............................29 Juan Villareal, Forney..............................27 Larry Cheeks, Crowley .............................27 Paul Franklin, South Oak Cliff ...................25 Zarron Dove, Ennis..................................44 Josh Broach, Rockwall .............................49 Antwan Bradshaw, FW South Hills............19 Geremy Alridge, North Dallas ...................17 Jay Ajayi, Frisco Liberty...........................17 Spencer Cowley, Frisco Heritage ...............16 Ross Hudson, Rockwall-Heath..................21 Dalyn Williams, Lake Dallas .....................41 Silas Jefferson, Conrad............................46 Austin Allen, Frisco.................................27 Ishmael Harrison, Red Oak.......................10 Preston Miller, Highland Park...................20 Cameron Washington, Corsicana...............34 Qwaii Clark, Adamson .............................20 Xavier Williams, Mans. Summit ...............32 Freddie Warner, Pinkston ........................21 Louis Seales, Molina ...............................23 Brylen Williams, McKinney North .............22 Travis Tarver II, McKinney .......................23 Adrian Williams, Carr. Creekview..............34 Mark Russell, Keller Tim. Creek ................13 Miguel Jiminez, Molina ...........................14 Shea South, Terrell .................................18 Alan Reed, Rockwall................................15 Marquis Jackson, FW Arl. Heights.............11 Davarius Thompson, McKinney.................16 Gary Shelby, Thomas Jefferson ................29

Yds. TD 429 5 357 5 344 3 300 1 295 3 293 3 275 2 272 1 262 5 254 4 253 0 250 3 243 2 235 1 218 1 213 2 209 4 206 6 200 2 199 1 192 2 191 2 190 2 185 3 181 2 181 0 179 2 175 2 169 2 167 1 166 1 163 2 159 0 158 3 155 2 154 1 153 3 152 2 150 1 148 1

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Corey Wesley, Plano East.................32-47-1 Tommy Alvarez, Grand Prairie ..........47-79-2 Driphus Jackson, Cedar Hill ..............38-56-1 Mike Savage, Jesuit ........................50-74-0 Divan Ealy, Duncanville....................28-44-2 Ryan Polite, DeSoto ........................44-68-3 J.W. Walsh, Denton Guyer ...............23-35-0 Alec Morris, Allen ...........................26-39-0 Dillon Fairbanks, Midlothian ............33-50-1 Tyler Park, Keller ............................25-42-1 Jonovan Griffin, McKinney Boyd .......31-51-0 Adam Charles, Irving Nimitz.............34-50-1 DeAndre Grimes, Lewisville .............33-51-3 Connor Michelsen, Plano..................30-50-1 Jeff Calvert, Coll. Heritage ...............34-58-2 Collin Strahan, Mes. Horn ................27-39-1 Shahzeb Khan, Irving MacArthur.......30-56-4 Tanner Tausch, Keller Central ...........17-39-3 Joe Minden, Coppell ........................29-50-0 Drew Ahmuty, SL Carroll..................31-44-2 Sergio Cantu, Arl. Bowie ..................24-34-2 Kyle Aubuchon, Hebron ...................12-18-0 Chris Hanson, FW Paschal ................34-64-3 Josh Price, North Crowley ................21-55-3 Michael Ketchmark, Lake Highlands .......22-32-2 Davonte Black, Gar. Lakeview...........20-40-3 Tyler Barke, Richland.......................29-38-1 Miles Onyegbule, Arlington..............30-52-2 Jared Johnson, S. Grand Prairie ........26-41-0 Brett Harbin, Grapevine...................30-54-4 Quentin Hasten, Mans. Legacy .........21-33-0 Aaron Shockey, Haltom ...................27-51-2 Charles Taylor, Mans. Timberview .......22-45-1 Aric Stock, Rich. Berkner..................17-38-2 Jake Lanford, Mesquite ...................18-38-2 Scott Brand, Sachse ........................18-35-3 Jamal Turner, Arl. Sam Houston .......22-41-2 Dawson Hadnot, Garland .................10-18-0

Player, team C-A-I Treveon Thibodeaux, Kimball............40-61-2 Nick Foster, Frisco Centennial ..........52-72-1 Mac Morse, Rich. Pearce ..................49-71-3

Yds. TD 661 10 620 4 602 3

Garrett Simpson, The Colony ............39-71-3 Beau Nowell, Mes. Poteet................30-46-1 Andrew Mitchell, TC Byron Nelson.......29-57-0 Taylor Corbin, Royse City .................35-63-8 Trevone Boykin, West Mesquite .......33-54-2 Tyler Kirkindoll, Frisco Wakeland ......26-39-2 Nash Knight, Denton Ryan ...............32-48-0 Cameron Cutrer, Corsicana ...............18-32-4 Alan Reed, Rockwall........................27-37-2 Tyler Skaggs, Birdville .....................27-49-4 Nicholas Ramirez, Wylie ..................33-49-1 Jacob Stone, FW Boswell .................28-56-2 Curtis Tekell, Ennis .........................27-40-1 Xavier Williams, Mans. Summit........30-41-0 Sean Flynn, Crowley ........................14-24-0 Shea South, Terrell .........................15-20-1 Jesse Brubaker, Wylie East ..............17-32-1 Rocky Reyes, Hillcrest .....................15-24-1 Jake Howeth, Highland Park.............28-43-1 Hobie Harris, McKinney ...................13-25-0 Dorsey Griffin, Arl. Seguin ...............21-41-1 Piers Christian, Woodrow Wilson ........21-35-2 Jalen Jordan, Bryan Adams ..............16-41-5 Robert Somborn, McKinney..............13-28-1 Pedro Galvan, Carr. R.L. Turner .........17-27-1 Ross Hudson, Rockwall-Heath..........20-30-0 Zack Smith, Frisco Liberty................10-14-0 Davon Hodge, Lancaster ..................16-27-1 Jeff Davis, Frisco ............................18-36-2 Silas Jefferson, Conrad..................... 9-17-1 Chris Gibson, FW Eastern Hills .........12-32-2 Wesley Harris, FW Southwest........... 8-17-3 Omar Valadez, FW Arl. Heights.......... 7-10-0 Claud Person, Red Oak .....................10-14-1 Juan Villareal, Forney......................12-23-2 Rafael Sarabia, Thomas Jefferson .......13-31-3 Devynn Bridow, Everman .................... 6-8-0 Brooks Teeter, Waxahachie..............11-22-0

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RECEIVING Player, team No. Gerald Thomas, The Colony ......................18 Christian Hines, Corsicana .......................12 Austin Franklin, Kimball ..........................11 Wes Davis, Rockwall ...............................10 Justin Velasquez, Mes. Poteet..................12 Blake Durant, Rich. Pearce .......................18 Zach McCown, Frisco Centennial ...............11

Yds. TD 288 2 265 4 224 3 219 0 215 1 199 0 194 1

Demarcus Ayers, Terrell ........................... 9 James Bailey, Everman............................. 4 Corey Coleman, Rich. Pearce.....................14 Sir Davis, Arl. Seguin................................ 7 Shaquille Dottin, Woodrow Wilson ...........12 LaBradford Harrold, Crowley ..................... 4 U’Monta Hall, Conrad ............................... 4 Josh Weathers, McKinney......................... 5 Jared Floyd, Rich. Pearce........................... 9 Seth Smith, Ennis .................................... 6 Marcus Edwards, Kimball.......................... 3 Gary Owens, Jr., West Mesquite.................9 Cole Nead, Frisco Centennial ....................10 MacKenzie Logan, McKinney ..................... 9 Nate Perkins, Birdville.............................. 5 Jermaine Merdock, Wylie.........................14 Ryan Lexa, TC Byron Nelson ...................... 9 Chase Graham, Mes. Poteet ...................... 5 Teriyon Gipson, Kimball............................ 7 Devin Duke, FW Boswell ..........................11 Brandon Jenkins, Birdville .......................10 Tony White, Hillcrest ............................... 5 Devante Turner, Terrell............................. 7 Dalton Stogner, Highland Park..................10 Avery Fuller, McKinney............................. 4 Jacob Benator, Wylie................................ 6 Brad Sciula, Frisco Wakeland..................... 7 Corey Callicut, South Oak Cliff ................... 6 Mark Stewart, Frisco Centennial ................9 Brendan Pegg, Mans. Summit.................... 8 Rodriguez Hayes, Frisco Wakeland..............7

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SCORING Player, team Pts. Lesley Booker, Forney ............................................. 36 Jay Ajayi, Frisco Liberty........................................... 36 Carl Harris, Woodrow Wilson ................................... 32 Airron Cowthran, Adamson ...................................... 32 Jabari Anderson, Wylie East..................................... 30 Trevone Boykin, West Mesquite ............................... 30 Jake Howeth, Highland Park..................................... 26 Freddie Warner, Pinkston ........................................ 26 Corey Coleman, Rich. Pearce..................................... 24 Adrian Oliver, Terrell............................................... 24 Johnny Humphrey, South Oak Cliff............................ 24 Christian Hines, Corsicana ....................................... 24 Geremy Alridge, North Dallas ................................... 24 Dorsey Griffin, Arl. Seguin ....................................... 20 Austin Franklin, Kimball .......................................... 20 Ryan Lexa, TC Byron Nelson ..................................... 20

Player, team Att. Carlos Cruz, Scurry-Rosser .......................43 Je Mikal Jobe, Kaufman...........................38 Tadarious Hawkins, Commerce .................24 Matt Williams, Anna ...............................16 Marcus Shelton, FW Castleberry...............33 Zach Rainwater, Blue Ridge......................15 Mason Guthrie, Pilot Point.......................27 J.P. Price, Pilot Point ...............................42 Tony Sabando, Kennedale ........................32 Jamarick Simmons, Celina .......................20 Brandon Garza, Sunnyvale .......................35 Javelle Allen, Prosper..............................25 Eric Horsley, Madison..............................15 Layton Lowry, Argyle ..............................26 Davion Brown, Carr. Ranchview ................28 John Young, Melissa ...............................27 Shaka Collins, Ferris................................33 Xavier Williams, Carr. Ranchview .............12 Justin Griffin, Aubrey..............................10 Daniel Mendoza, Celina............................12 Brandon Smith, Kemp..............................27 Justin Edwards, Madison .........................19 Haden Watkins, Prosper ..........................20 Rydge Patton, Scurry-Rosser....................13 Stephen Buckley, North Forney.................33 Blake Martin, Lovejoy..............................14 Ryan Kidwill, Ferris .................................15 Anthony Garcia, Celina ............................. 5 Jose Romero, Celina ................................15 Chris Saunders, Life Oak Cliff ...................19 Jose Conchas, FW Castleberry ..................23 Cory Meadors, Anna ................................13 Teverick Boyd, Life Oak Cliff...................... 9 Jason Bryant, Crandall.............................27 Chris Sanders, Roosevelt .........................30 Patrick Tague, Prosper.............................19 Bryce Pearson, Madison...........................13 Tanner Tutle, Sunnyvale ........................... 9 D’Andre Randall, North Forney .................23 Justin Lawler, Kemp................................28

RUSHING Yds. TD 394 7 335 3 261 3 252 4 236 4 229 1 219 3 217 2 217 1 207 4 189 2 182 1 171 3 157 2 157 0 154 1 152 1 151 1 148 2 145 1 143 4 141 2 140 0 139 1 138 1 136 0 129 1 128 2 127 2 121 1 121 1 120 1 119 2 119 0 117 1 114 0 114 3 111 2 110 1 109 2

PASSING Player, team C-A-I Dane Evans, Sanger.........................41-64-2 J.P. Price, Pilot Point .......................41-66-4 Stacy Dillard, Princeton ...................32-71-2 Chris Saunders, Life Oak Cliff ...........21-38-1 Wes McQueen, Melissa ...................26-43-0 Bryce Pearson, Madison...................16-30-0 Davis Kinville, HSAA .......................20-24-0 Austin Aune, Argyle ........................29-53-1 Shawn McCarley, Blue Ridge ............20-42-2 Stephen Buckley, North Forney.........20-47-3 Jacob Stephenson, Celina.................22-33-1 Colton Hutchinson, Nev. Community ......27-56-2 Montana Chitty, Lake Worth ............12-30-0 Brandon Pryor, Crandall ...................23-32-0

Yds. TD 558 5 531 4 462 5 443 3 427 5 402 7 400 5 395 3 376 1 365 5 310 5 292 3 245 2 235 0

RECEIVING Player, team No. Connor Davis, HSAA................................10 Jace Koonce, Blue Ridge............................ 8 CJ Howard, North Forney .......................... 4 Jerome Fellows, Life Oak Cliff ................... 8 Noel Nevarez, Princeton ........................... 6 Malcolm Davis, A. M. Smith ...................... 7 Teverick Boyd, Life Oak Cliff...................... 4 Willie Davis, Pilot Point ...........................10 Ryan Scott, Sanger................................... 9 Nathan Warren, Melissa ........................... 4 Zane Paddack, Sanger............................... 9 Marquise Smith, Madison ......................... 3 Robert Woods, Sunnyvale ......................... 8 Adam Kahne, Argyle................................13 Richard Lambert, North Forney.................. 6 Brandon Melendez, Lake Worth..................3 Roderick Lancaster, Life Oak Cliff ...............8 Matthew Rose, Crandall ..........................11 Seth Farmer, Scurry-Rosser ...................... 3 Parker Norris, Lovejoy .............................. 6 Phillip Jackson, HSAA .............................. 7 Jon Garza, Sanger .................................... 8 Chris Anderson, Frisco Lone Star...............11 Brad Bush, Melissa .................................. 8 Mark Jackson, Anna ................................. 5 Chad Bossow, Argyle ................................ 4 Cody Rhodes, Celina ................................. 3 Jake Goldman, Kemp ................................ 5

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Yds. TD 250 3 188 0 178 4 165 1 158 3 155 1 147 1 144 1 136 1 135 1 128 0 128 2 127 1 126 0 122 1 121 1 120 1 118 0 118 1 111 1 108 0 106 1 103 1 98 0 98 2 95 2 93 1 93 1

Player, team Att. Alex Espinoza, FW Country Day ................24 Kenneth Huggins, Prestonwood Chr. .........24 George Adesanya, Cistercian ....................62 Mark Czaus, Bishop Lynch ........................39 Alex Pier, Irv. The Highlands ....................29 Peter Ashton, Grape. Faith Chr. ................38 Patrick Gonzalez, Irv. The Highlands..........28 Zac Shelley, Parish Episcopal....................39 Alex Sauza, FW Nolan..............................31 Cameron Curry, Dallas Christian ...............51 Jordan Heusinkveld, Carr. Prince Peace ........33 Charles Burch, Lakehill ............................32 Jared Lawson, Arg. Liberty Chr. ................12 Chase Stewart, Coll. Covenant ..................18 Daniel Borejdo, Greenhill .........................20 Daniel Ruiz, Rockwall Christian.................28 Ben Hartley, Lutheran .............................28 Jonathan Venable, Arl. Pantego Chr. .........20 Pat Hoerr, Carr. Prince Peace ....................19 Max McKamy, Greenhill...........................26 Rich Morton, Shelton ..............................32 Ashton Dunnington, Grape. Faith Chr. .......16 Grant Klembara, Lutheran........................27 Zach Gregory, First Baptist ......................38 Hayden Burnett, Garland Christian............28 Michael Shadley, Carr. Prince Peace ..........20 Kenny Culbertson, Carr. Prince Peace.........20

Yds. TD 348 5 331 2 319 0 318 3 293 3 275 0 257 2 256 3 234 3 227 2 225 5 209 2 193 4 174 2 173 1 170 1 168 4 166 3 159 1 157 0 148 0 145 2 144 1 143 1 143 4 139 3 137 2

PASSING Player, team C-A-I Parker Ash, Prestonwood Chr. ..........28-49-2 Trey Harrington, FW Trinity Valley ......40-76-2 Calvin Garrett, Arl. Oakridge ............24-40-1 Zach Gregory, First Baptist ..............30-60-4 Nate Cole, Episcopal Dallas ..............29-51-2 Christian Boese, John Paul II ............25-40-0 Michael Smith, FW Nolan.................25-35-0 Dru Smith, Parish Episcopal .............15-29-2 Case Brabham, St. Mark’s ................23-38-3 Anthony Brodner, Bishop Dunne .......18-40-1 Austin Barr, Coll. Covenant ..............17-32-1 Brock Longcrier, FM Coram Deo ........22-36-1 Justo Garcia, Rockwall Christian .......22-41-0 Foster Sawyer, Arl. Grace Prep .........15-25-2 Alec Barrera, Dallas Christian...........17-26-0 Hayden Burnett, Garland Christian ......10-25-3 Mark Czaus, Bishop Lynch ................15-28-2 Peter Ashton, Grape. Faith Chr. ......... 9-22-1 Tyler Wentz, Lakehill.......................10-24-4 Chase Stewart, Coll. Covenant ..........11-15-0 Dallas Brock, McKinney Chr. .............13-26-0 Ryan Martinez, Shelton .................... 5-28-2 Nick Brienzi, Greenhill .....................14-40-2 T.J. Millweard, FW All Saints............13-20-1 Josh De La Torre, Irv. The Highlands .......11-23-3 Ford Albert, Cistercian.....................10-22-0 Jake Hayes, TCA-Addison ................11-32-1 Luke Thompson, FW Southwest Chr........11-25-1

Yds. TD 552 4 496 2 406 4 406 2 379 1 372 3 358 2 338 2 323 3 306 5 295 2 264 0 239 5 225 2 211 1 208 1 206 2 205 2 203 2 200 0 198 1 178 0 164 2 153 1 143 1 131 1 125 1 114 0

RECEIVING Player, team No. Josh Atkinson, Arl. Oakridge ....................12 Jackson Molina, FW Trinity Valley ............15 Jordan Cross, Coll. Covenant.....................11 Brandon Henry, Prestonwood Chr. ..............6 Riley Standridge, Prestonwood Chr. ..........12 Kenny Bornstad, Grape. Faith Chr. ..............4 John Stephen Khoury, Episcopal Dallas .......8 Aaron Eastin, Rockwall Christian ..............12 Ryan Cook, John Paul II............................. 9 Kenneth Huggins, Prestonwood Chr. ...........9 Robbie DeLeon, First Baptist ..................... 7 Chris Kennard, Parish Episcopal..................4 Ty Templin, FW Trinity Valley...................12 LaDarion Rollerson, First Baptist ..............11 Charles Burch, Lakehill ............................. 5 Caleb Brake, FM Coram Deo....................... 8 Thomas Triplett, Shelton .......................... 3 Jacob Taunton, Coll. Covenant ................... 7 Ryan Nicholson, Arl. Pantego Chr................3 Daniel Walker, FW Nolan .......................... 5 Johnson Ward, Arl. Grace Prep................... 2 Jordan Pitre, Bishop Dunne ....................... 5 Cameron Kline, St. Mark’s......................... 4 Kevin Huffaker, Bishop Lynch.................... 5 Charles Cook, Parish Episcopal................... 3 Job Oderoh, Arl. Pantego Chr. .................... 4 Keith Fields, TCA-Addison......................... 4

Yds. TD 318 4 229 1 211 0 199 1 175 2 162 2 160 0 154 3 148 2 146 1 135 1 133 1 132 0 132 0 120 1 112 0 109 1 103 1 102 1 98 1 97 1 95 2 94 1 92 1 91 1 89 0 87 1

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Player, team Pts. Carlos Cruz, Scurry-Rosser ....................................... 42 Eric Horsley, Madison.............................................. 26 Jamarick Simmons, Celina ....................................... 24 Mark Jackson, Anna ................................................ 24 Matt Williams, Anna............................................... 24 CJ Howard, North Forney ......................................... 24 Daniel Mendoza, Celina ........................................... 24 Marcus Shelton, FW Castleberry............................... 24 Trevor Agan, Blue Ridge .......................................... 24 Brandon Smith, Kemp ............................................. 24

Player, team Pts. Alex Espinoza, FW Country Day ................................ 36 Jordan Heusinkveld, Carr. Prince Peace...................... 36 Josh Atkinson, Arl. Oakridge .................................... 30 Riley Standridge, Prestonwood Chr. .......................... 30 Ben Hartley, Lutheran ............................................. 30 Hayden Burnett, Garland Christian............................ 27 Mark Czaus, Bishop Lynch........................................ 26 Alex Pier, Irv. The Highlands .................................... 24 Jared Lawson, Arg. Liberty Chr. ................................ 24 Kelly Puls, FW Country Day ...................................... 23


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Dallas Maverick Jason Terry will be among four people honored by the Cancer Support Community North Texas for their contributions to the club.

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Maureen Farmer contributes to neighborsgo on behalf of the Cancer Support Community of North Texas.

MORE INFO • Underwriting sponsorships are available at the $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 levels by contacting Michelle Cox, development director of Cancer Support Community North Texas, at 214-219-8877. • Individual tickets may be purchased for $350 and patron seats are available for $500. Table reservations will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis for individual ticket sales. • To purchase tickets, visit cancersupporttexas.org. • For more information, e-mail jroberts@gildasclubtx.org or call Jessica Roberts at 214-219-8877.

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Cancer Support Community North Texas, formerly Gilda’s Club North Texas, will hold the first Movers, Shakers, Difference Makers! awards dinner to honor four individuals for their contributions. Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry, Muffin Lemak, Susan Palma and David Bowe will be honored at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Palm Restaurant, 701 Ross Ave. in Dallas. “Without these amazing difference makers, Gilda’s Club North Texas, now Cancer Support Community, would not have been able to offer the services, support and programs that more than 2,800 North Texas members benefit from,” said Kelly Counts, executive director of Cancer Support Community North Texas. “We are excited to begin what will be an annual event to honor those who mean so much to

so many living with cancer.” Terry contributed to Gilda’s Club of North Texas soon after arriving in Dallas to play for the Mavericks. Since the 200405 season, Terry has donated $100 for every three-pointer he makes during a game. During the 2009-10 season, he made 164 three-pointers, which resulted in a donation of $16,400 to the organization. Lemak and Palma have served the club by chairing several events in support of the organization. Bowe is the chairman and CEO of Dougherty’s Pharmacy, which is a sponsor of Cancer Support Community North Texas. Honorary chairs Laura and Doug Wheat will present awards at the event.

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Allen High grad flying to help others By MONICA SCHRAM

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Jason Bulleit, a 2003 graduate of Allen High School, is a pilot for Monarch Air.

Jason Bulleit loves to fly. But even more, the 25-year-old pilot likes to help save lives. Working for Monarch Air, a local charter company that flies out of Addison, Mesquite and Love Field airports, Bulleit has the important job of transporting live organs and doctors for organ transplants. A 2003 graduate of Allen High, Bulleit earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2007. Upon returning home after college, he landed his first job with an airline cargo company. During a furlough, he decided to look for something that would be a better fit. He said he was intrigued by his current position’s job description. “It sounded interesting, and I like the personal element of helping people in this way,” he said. “I spoke with a friend of mine who was doing aerial surveying, but he was gone six to seven months out of the year. I wanted to stick closer to home.” Eventually, Bulleit took a position as a flight instructor with Monarch Air in Addison. In April 2009, he began transporting organs for them. “I’m basically on call to transport organs or doctors any time of the day or night,” he said. “A typical assignment lasts about 10 hours, including prep, flight time and necessary paperwork. We fly several transplants a week.”

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Timing is crucial The process starts when Monarch Air receives a call from coordinators who makes arrangements among the donor families, recipients, surgeons and hospitals. The pilots are then contacted with the itinerary and details of the job, including which plane will be used and which airport they will fly out of. “We usually fly at night because it’s easier to schedule operating rooms at that time,” Bulleit said. Timing is crucial when it comes to organ transplants, Bulleit said. The donor is kept on life support until the plane arrives, during which all necessary forms are signed, and the recipients’ blood types are verified to ensure a good match. The organs are then prepared for travel. The heart and lungs usually are taken first,

Jason Bulleit transports organs and doctors who perform transplant surgeries for sick patients.

MORE INFO For flying lessons or discovery flights, call Jason Bulleit at Monarch Air at 972-931-0345.

then the liver and pancreas. Bulleit said he likes the fact that every transplant assignment is a little different. Sometimes only organs are transported, sometimes medical personnel and sometimes both. “[Recently] we flew out of Dallas, picked up a doctor in Galveston, brought him to Dallas for a transplant and then took him back to Galveston.” Bulleit said he remembers one case that was particularly touching. While waiting at the Temple airport one night for a heart to be delivered for transport, a call came in for him and his co-pilot. It was another pilot neither of them knew, whose father was to be the recipient of the heart in Dallas. “He wanted to make a personal connection with us because we were bringing his father’s heart,” Bulleit said. In addition to his work transporting organs and doctors, Bulleit is also a licensed flight instructor with Monarch Air and enjoys teaching others to fly. He is also available for hour-long “discovery” flights over the Allen and McKinney area — a great way to become familiar with flying or to commemorate a special occasion. Monica Schram of neighborsgo.com contributor.

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Stray tomcat who was shot in eye now needs a home By REBECCA POLING Contributor

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Tommy the cat was found after being shot in the eye with a BB gun. The eye was later removed.

HOWTO HELP To adopt Tommy or to donate to Barn Cats, e-mail info@barncats.org or visit barncats.org.

home. The injured cat tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, a nontransmissible disease to dogs or humans that attacks the immune system, leaving the afflicted more susceptible to diseases. Tommy can live a normal life as long as he is in a stress-free, indoor home, preferably where there are no other cats or FIV-positive felines. Atkerson said 2-year-old Tommy has been neutered and vaccinated, and is in need of a home.

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When Peggy Atkerson of Barn Cats Inc. arrived at an Allen barn a few weeks ago, she expected to leave three unadoptable feral cats with their new caretaker and return home with one adoptable friendly cat named Donny. Barn Cats is an all-volunteer group devoted to saving the lives of urban feral cats by placing them in barn homes. Donny, an indoor cat at one time, was dropped off to live at the barn a few weeks earlier and didn’t have the instincts necessary to survive long in a rural setting. Atkerson’s plans changed when she realized that a new cat had appeared at the barn — a tomcat with an injured eye. After taking Tommy to see a veterinarian, Atkerson was informed that the cat had been shot in the eye with a BB gun. Five round, metal pellets were found inside Tommy’s eye, which had to be removed. Today, the three feral cats are adjusting well to their new surroundings. Donny got a clean bill of health and will be available for adoption at the SPCA of Texas. But Tommy continues to recover in a Barn Cats foster home. Subsequent checkups revealed that his eye is healing as expected, though it will take some time to heal completely. Tommy also has a second disability that has so far prevented him from finding a

Rebecca Poling contributes to neighborsgo.com on behalf of Barn Cats Inc.

PET OF THE WEEK Breed: Lab Retriever mix Gender: female Age: 6 years old Weight: 67 pounds About Bella: She was surrendered to the SPCA of Texas on Aug. 18 because her owners were having issues with their landlord, and could no longer keep her. Bella is smart, housetrained and gets along well with children, other dogs and cats.

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Bella is waiting for you at SPCA of Texas’s Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, 8411 Stacy Road/FM 720. The facility serves areas in Collin County including Allen, Plano, Richardson, North Dallas, Carrollton and Frisco. Regular adoption fees apply; fee includes spay/neuter surgery, all age-appropriate shots, a heartworm test, a microchip and a free leash. For more information, call 214-7427722 or visit spca.org.

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COLLIN COUNTY TEEN FAIR

Volunteer opportunities available at annual event

Student, 9, sells jewelry to help CASA group

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In the spring, 9-year-old Nathan Bush decided he wanted to help less fortunate children, and with the help of his mom’s local art store, he did just that. Jacqui Bush, Nathan’s mom and owner of Stained Glass of McKinney, donated rings and jewelry that Nathan sold in the summer during Art Walk in downtown McKinney. Nathan, a student at Faith Christian Academy, sat at a table in front of the store promoting the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County and telling visitors about the organization and the foster children it serves in the community. Each month, Nathan donated the

sales from the jewelry, which quickly added up to hundreds of dollars, to the organization. By August, he raised a total of $510. Nathan’s entire family supports CASA. His older sister is working at a CASA program in Michigan while working toward her law degree. In the fall, she will be at CASA of Collin County for her law externship, working as an attorney ad litem to help represent foster children in civil courts. “It is especially heartwarming when young children take time to think of others,” said CASA executive director Susan Etheridge. “Nathan is a special young man who has compassion and dedication that gives foster children hope for a brighter future.”

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Nathan plans to talk to his teachers and classmates about CASA and encourage his school to join his efforts. Nathan’s friends at CASA are certain his enthusiasm and compassion will be spread to other children this fall.

Student Engagement Department of the Volunteer Center of North Texas will host the sixth annual Collin County Teen Fair at 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at Strikz Entertainment Center in Frisco to educate students about ways they can impact nonprofit organizations throughout Collin County. More than 10 nonprofit organizations will be on hand to share information about volunteer opportunities and other ways teens can get involved with their agencies. Students who attend the fair will receive either a free game of bowling or laser tag from Strikz Entertainment Center. As many as 75 students can also volunteer at 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at Connemara Conservancy in Allen, where they will clear two high-traffic community trails that connect to parks in Allen and Plano. Also, the students will have an opportunity to weed a sunflower garden and relocate trees to improve exposure to sunlight.

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From left: Jan Ferris, vice president, Stonebridge Ranch Ladies Association; John Wales, owner of Wales Manor; Teresa Stiglich; Connie Hollstein-Drexel, SRLA fundraising chair, and SRLA president Wendy Shelley attend the group’s Girls Night Out event.

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The Stonebridge Ranch Ladies Association, through its special events and fundraising efforts, is dedicated to supporting the children and families in the community. Call 214544-2280 or visit srla.us.

and Collin College. “Everyone was very friendly and I was amazed at how much of an impact the SRLA has,” said Justine Lord, director of retail operations for True Rumors and PBJ Clothiers. “I know how hard they all have worked, and it was touching to hear the testimonials. I am looking forward to getting to know the ladies better and hopefully I will be of some help as well.” Information provided by the Stonebridge Ranch Ladies Association.

BOY SCOUTS

Eagle Scout receives honor By RON HODGKISS Contributor

Reiner’s safe ‘Flipped’ is basically just a flop R

ob Reiner wrote and directed the new comedy-drama-romance, Flipped, about two junior-high students who begin a complicated relationship. For her, it was love at first sight. For him, it was the pest that would never go away. Based on the Wendelin Van Draanen novel of the same name, this film simply misses the mark and proves that some stories should be left neatly printed between two hardback covers. If Reiner can’t make it work, then it just isn’t going to happen. Juli Baker (Madeline Carroll) is a young girl with tomboy ways and a family struggling to get by. When Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) and his family move in across the street, she is immediately smitten, but he wants nothing to do with her. And so begins the journey of their adolescence and the pain of first love. Set in the 1950s, this film has an innocence that would never work in today’s fast-paced, ADD world. Not that it works here, either. The film may have worked better if it had followed the template of most movies instead of being told in repeats. We see a section of the story from Bryce’s perspective and then it is retold completely from Juli’s point of view. This is clever and bearable the first few times, but after a while it gets tedious. I was also disappointed in the acting. The film stars two very strong TV actors (John Mahoney and Anthony Edwards) who normally hit it out of the park, but here they both seem uncomfortable and ill-prepared. The delivery is flat until the over-the-top and awkward dramatic scenes. Maybe the move from TV to the

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big screen is a bigger leap than imagined. Flipped is basically safe for the whole family even though it leans further toward drama than comedy. There are a couple outbursts of strong language that seem out of place for the film and the time period. It’s another reason that this one just doesn’t ever seem to cook, even in its own juices. Reiner is still a master filmmaker, but this just flopped. Matt Mungle is a neighborsgo.com contributor.

Also playing Going the Distance: Long-distance relationships are never an easy thing. Even though this is a romantic comedy, most of the humor revolves around Garrett and his two friends. Their conversations and outlook on dating and relationships provide the bulk of the laughs. This allows the film to cross over into the buddy-film genre while never losing the romantic comedy foundation. R for sexual content, including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity; 97 minutes

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In honor of Scouting’s 100th year anniversary, Frisco Boy Scouts are honoring an Eagle Scout each month. This month’s honoree is Jeffery Thomas Hodgkiss, 14, who attends Centennial High School. More information on Jeffery includes: Troop: 406 at Stonebridge United Methodist Church, McKinney Troop Fundraiser: Mulch Eagle Project: Refurbishing benches at Camp Bridgeport Favorite Scout event: Mikanakawa Lodge Powwow Memorable Scout activity: National Order of the Arrow Conference 2009

Years in Scouts: 8 Best lesson learned through Scouts: Never let the thunderstorm stop the campout. Advice to someone thinking about Scouts: Come on in, there’s always room for more. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank any Boy Scout can earn. Only two percent of all American Boy Scouts — about two million men and boys — ever have achieved this distinguished award. Among them are such famous people as Neil Armstrong, Gerald Ford, Robert Gates, David Lynch and four recipients of the Nobel Prize.

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More than 65 women attended the annual Stonebridge Ranch Ladies Association’s Girls Night Out membership drive last month at board member Sheila Johnson’s McKinney home. The free event gave attendees a chance to meet new friends, enjoy great food and learn about the organization, its social events and the many charities it supports. Wales Manor owner John Wales was on hand to provide an exclusive wine tasting. “This is one of the biggest Girls Night Out events we’ve ever had,” said Jan Ferris, SRLA vice president. “We have a lot of exciting things planned this year and we’re happy to have more ladies join us.” Guest speakers included representatives from Communities in Schools, Camp Peace

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Crader book signing set for tonight

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he Landon Winery, 101 N. Kentucky St., will host a book signing from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday for Stan Crader’s new book, The Bridge. Crader is not only a marvelous author, but also lives the life depicted in his book. He is a devoted family man and hard-working businessman with an honest Stan Crader work ethic as well as a creative writer and devout Christian. The Bridge, which portrays a young boy growing up in Bollinger, Mo., in the 1960s, epitomizes the American dream and many of Crader’s values. Crader said his passions include flying, hiking and volunteering. When I told him that I also volunteered at a senior facility, he offered to send me several copies of his book to share

Local resident co-authors book on solar system By ALLISON LOWE

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with the residents. I have been reading one chapter every Friday to the Young At Heart Artists at Towne Creek Senior Housing Complex, and they have been laughing and reminiscing how the story seemed so familiar to their own lives. If that wasn’t generous enough, Crader invited me to today’s book signing and said he also plans to go to Towne Creek to visit with these adoring senior fans, as many are in wheelchairs or use walkers and could not otherwise get to the book signing. Toni Andrukaitis is a frequent neighborsgo.com contributor.

McKinney resident David Baker has co-authored a new book, The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System, which is now available in bookstores and online. The Austin College physics chairman will host a book signing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Borders Books and Music, 965 W. Bethany Drive in Allen. The book provides an intimate and eye-opening look at our corner David Baker of the galaxy, sure to fascinate anyone who has ever looked up at the sky and wondered what it is like out there. The book was co-authored by Todd Ratcliff, planetary geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Todd and I discovered fascinating things when researching this book, like lightning bolts on Earth are only the thickness of a banana,” Baker said. “Writing this book restored our sense of wonder by reminding us just how strange, exotic and beautiful our sun, its eight planets, many planetoids and rocky asteroid belt really are.”

Illustrated with explanatory figures and NASA photographs, the book fuses the human fascination of extreme natural events with the captivating allure of outer space by reporting new scientific discoveries with dazzling images from NASA’s most recent observations. “As recognized by recent Princeton Review rankings that rate Austin College faculty 14th for academic excellence, David Baker represents the level of esteemed professors at Austin College,” said Marjorie Hass, Austin College president. Written for a diverse age group of readers, Baker’s book may spark the interest of anyone amazed by nature’s power. As a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Baker successfully launched hightech weather balloons in the Marshall Islands. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards and routinely leads adventure-oriented science courses to remote places around the world. Allison Lowe is a frequent neighborsgo.com contributor.

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Second Taste of Downtown Plano is scheduled for Saturday

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istoric Downtown Plano Association will host its second Taste of Downtown Plano from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Monica Leibowitz of Urban Crust is chairing the benefit featuring 25 restaurants, bands fronted by Maylee Thomas, Tim Alexander and Chris Miller, the Locked Out Comedy troupe, competitions in chili cooking and bartending judged by area celebs including Plano Mayor Phil Dyer, a raffle for a downtown shopping spree, and lots of activities for children, who get in free if 12 and under. Bonnie Shea chairs Historic Downtown Plano Association, which showcases the area. Visit visitdowntownplano.com for further information and times and ticket prices.

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Connemara reopens to the public The Connemara Conservancy Foundation, which protects more than 3,400 acres of open space throughout North Texas, will celebrate the reopening of its 72-acre Meadow Preserve on the border of Plano and Allen at a Sept. 25 white tablecloth dinner party under the stars. The starlight soiree committee includes Amy Monier, whose mother, Frances

Montgomery Williams, was also the mother of Connemara; foundation president Scott White, Misti Reed, Jennifer Monaco, Pat McBride, Amber Sutherland, Jessie Drayton, Morgan Tanner, Brett Relander and Carissa Cox. The Meadow was closed to the public in 2006 for rest and rejuvenation after more than two decades of hosting art exhibits and concerts and one spectacular Cattle Baron’s Ball. The evening’s cuisine will be provided by Pecan Lodge Catering in the Dallas Farmer’s Market. Pecan Lodge uses produce from local farmers, which is in keeping with Connemara’s mission of preserving farms and ranches. Visit connemaraconservancy.org for ticket information.

CASA for Kids Court Appointed Special Advocates will benefit from the seventh annual CASA for Kids golf tournament planned for Sept. 27 at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper. Visit casaofcollincounty.org for registration and sponsorships and more information about the luncheon-to-awards-banquet fundraiser chaired by Steve Bell. CASA advocate Beth Ray recently celebrated a milestone birthday by hosting the first Party With A Purpose to benefit CASA. To plan your own fete benefiting the agency that trains volunteers to advocate in the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the court system, contact Sharon at smargulieux@casaofcollincounty. org and she’ll send you a party pack.

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The two-day Oktoberfest, hosted by McKinney Main Street, will include activities celebrating a tradition that started 200 years ago in Munich, Germany. Visitors can enjoy authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, children's activities and more. When: 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 24; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 25 Where: Historic Downtown Square (intersection of Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky streets) Admission: Free More info: Call 972-547-2660 or visit downtownmckinney.com Taste of Collin County will present samples of food, wine and beer from more than 40 Collin County restaurants, live entertainment and kids’ activities at Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney. Proceeds will benefit North Collin County Habitat for Humanity. When: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday Where: Collin County Regional Airport, 1496 E. Industrial Blvd. Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $10 for kids More info: Call 972-542-5300, ext. 104 or visit tasteofcollincounty.com

Plano The Plano Balloon Festival will feature more than 60 hot air balloons, sky divers, inflatable rides, fireworks and entertainment, including a performance by country singer Scott Ewing. Balloon rides will be available for about $250 per person. When: 4 p.m. to close Sept. 17; 6 a.m. to close Sept. 18; and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 Where: Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway Admission: $5 for one day, $8 for two days, $4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $1 off for seniors 65 and older, and kids under 36 inches are free More info: Contact Jessica Jackson at 972-867-7566 or visit planoballoonfest.org

For details on the festivals in this story, visit neighbors go.com/stories/59351. drawings and pastels, glass, jewelry, metals, painting, photography, sculpture and wood. When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2-3 Where: Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Beltline Road, one block east of Coit Road Admission: Free. Some children’s activities require a fee More info: Visit cottonwoodartfestival.com

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The Uhlig family, Karin and Christopher (rear), Joshua (front, left), Jonathan and Benjamin, enjoyed 2009 Oktoberfest from a unique perspective. The three children have dual citizenship in Germany, of which Christopher is a citizen with an American green card.

Lake Highlands The Dallas Arboretum’s Autumn at the Arboretum will kick off with the Great Pumpkin Festival, which will include the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, a Storybook Pumpkin Village, a hay bale maze and thousands of fall plants and flowers. Other events are Fall Family Fun Weekend, the Cool Thursdays concert series and more. When: Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Great Pumpkin Festival runs Sept. 18 to Nov. 14; Fall Family Fun Weekend is Oct. 30-31, and Cool Thursdays are 7 p.m. Sept. 16 to Oct. 29 Where: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas Admission: General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 and older, $7 for children 3-12 More info: Call 214-515-6518 or visit dallasarboretum.org

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Dallas The State Fair of Texas will include a variety of attractions, including live music performances; night parades and pyrotechnics; special exhibits and shows; pig races; auto show; a petting zoo; fried foods; amusement rides, and more. When: Fairgrounds open at 8 a.m. and closing times vary daily from Sept. 24 - Oct. 17 Where: Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd. Admission: $15, $11 for kids under 48 inches and seniors 60 and older and free for children under 2 More info: Call 214-565-9931 or visit bigtex.com

Richardson This fall’s rendition of the nationally recognized, twice yearly Cottonwood Art Festival, now in its 42nd year, will feature more than 240 artists exhibiting work in 14 categories, including ceramics,

Others Garland Wild West Cowboy Round-Up, Sept. 18, Downtown Garland Square, Sixth and Main streets. Visit garlandcowboyroundup.com. Rockwall Aspasians Fall Arts & Crafts Fair, Sept. 18, Historic Downtown Rockwall Square (intersection of Goliad, San Jacinto, Kaufman and Rusk streets). Visit aspasians.com. Sachse Sachse Fall Fest, Oct. 9, Heritage Park, 4408 Hudson Drive. Visit sachsechamber.com.

Mark Macesich, neighborsgo assistant managing editor, Caitlin Harrison and Rose Baca, assistant editors, compiled this report.

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The town’s annual Little Elm Autumn Fest will feature a family carnival, contests, rides, games, a 5K fun run, 1-mile walk, Little Miss Autumn Fest, barbecue cook-off and vendors selling food, arts and crafts. When: Sept. 23-26 Where: Little Elm Park, 704 W.

Eldorado Parkway Admission: Free More info: Call Missy Meador at 972-731-3296 or visit littleelmtx.us

More than 60,000 visitors are expected at Addison Oktoberfest for four days of activities, including authentic German food; beer hall and Weingarten; music and folk dancing; amusements, and more. When: 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 16; 6 p.m. to midnight, Sept. 17; noon to midnight Sept. 18; and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive Admission: Free Sept. 16, $5$10 other days and times for ages 4 and older More info: Visit addisontexas.net /events/oktoberfest

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Miss Daisy, piloted by Daniel Stukas of Central, S.C., prepares to launch during the Plano Balloon Festival in 2008.

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Everyone knows that Labor Day marks the official end of summer. But a quick look around our portion of North Texas reveals a lessrecognized fact: The holiday weekend was but a harbinger of a fall season of lively festivals and events. The festival season generally runs mid-September to mid-October and includes Oktoberfest in McKinney and Addison (actually held in September), the Plano Balloon Festival, Taste of Collin County, Cottonwood Arts Festival in Richardson, Garland’s Wild West Cowboy RoundUp, Autumn at the Arboretum in the Lake Highlands area, the State Fair of Texas, of course, and others big enough to make our highlights list. “It typically cools off by September, so it kicks off the fall festival season,” said Jo Via, executive director of next weekend’s Plano Balloon Festival, shedding light on the flurry of festivals. “There’s always a good number of options for people to go to.” “If you go to one there’s no reason you can’t go to another,” reasoned Nancy Ghirla, a spokeswoman for the Garland event, also scheduled next weekend. The variety should be enough to satisfy even the most enthusiastic festival-goers. Following are details by dates and communities:

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Pearls and Ivy session set for Saturday By FELICIA LAYENI Contributor

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Pearls and Ivy, home of the oldest, most celebrated sorority-led cotillion for black girls in Collin County, will host an orientation and registration session for the 2010-11 season from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Murphy City Hall, 206 N. Murphy Road. The event is open to sixth- through 11th-grade girls, and parents are encouraged to attend. Ideal applicants possess high moral and ethical standards, are goal-oriented, and maintain successful academic records while displaying a strong history of volunteerism. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 18. Sponsored by Chi Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Pearls and Ivy prepares black girls for meaningful personal, social and academic growth through an authentic, credentialed curriculum. “Finer womanhood is our mantra, so for decades, Alpha Kappa Alpha women have had the pleasure of transforming girls into poised, polished and successful young ladies,� said chapter president Felicia Layeni. The 2010-11 season begins this month and runs throughout the school year. Members participate in interactive workshops, attend field trips, plan and participate in special events, prepare for successful college careers and provide service to the community. Highlights during the year include the annual Ball Gown Showcase, Holiday Cultural Excursion, Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Weekend, and Mother and Daughter Spring Tea. At the end of the season, debutantes are presented with scholarships from the sorority at the Pink Ice Debutante Ball. Layeni contributes to Felicia and Ivy. on behalf of Pearls neighborsgo.com

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