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Council considers candidate for city administrator job By Esther Robards-Forbes Courtesy photo
David McGrain now spends his days helping surviving members of disappearing cultures, including these Panamanian abualas, preserve the heritage of their language, arts and customs.
McGrain shares the road with a woman on his way to meet with community members in Casa Achute, Tihauanaku, Bolivia to help them build a computer center and nearly 100 area greenhouses.
In the Rajasthan region of western India near the Pakistan border, a member of a tribal Muslim sect led McGrain through the desert to watch the sun set and then to sleep under the stars.
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Disappearing cultures find hope through grants from businessman David McGrain By Dane Anderson email@example.com
ovies in the 1980s and 1990s did a lot to glamorize corporate America and turn aggressive businessmen and women into jaded storybook heroes. In 1992, David McGrain really looked the part. He could have been an icon for the Wall Street version of the American Dream. Seated in a suit and tie at his desk at Trammell Crow, his collar chafed his neck as he analyzed numbers on the computer screen in front of him. His brow furrowed, he had a See ENTREPENEUR, Page A8
The Rollingwood City Council voted unanimously last week to enter into contract negotiations with a new city administrator. Rollingwood has been without a full-time city administrator for more than three years since Vicki Rudy, the previous administrator left the city. The council voted March 20 to enter into negotiations with Charles Winﬁeld, the former city manager of Palacios, Texas, a city of about 5,000 people located on the Texas Gulf Coast. “The city of Rollingwood is fantastic, and I can’t get over how beautiful it is,” Winﬁeld said in an interview following his presentation to the City Council. During his 23 years with Palacios, Winﬁeld served as city treasurer, city administrator and later city manager when the city adopted a home rule government charter. Under home rule, city managers have the power to hire and ﬁre city personnel without needing city council approval.
“When you’re c i t y m a n a g e r , all the responsibilCharles ity falls Winfield on you,” Winfield said. “If you need to hire someone, you can do that without city council approval. You can ﬁre people if you need to.” During his tenure with the city, Winﬁeld was instrumental in implementing an accounting system that moved the small city from hardcopy ledger books for water bills to computerized accounting. Winﬁeld said he administered millions of dollars in grant and bond money to make sweeping improvements to the city roads, sewer system and water wells. Those accomplishments were also mentioned by City Council members in Palacios. “Charles is a very good individual who has done his job well as city manager, and I applaud him for his ﬁnancial expertise,” said Ed Schulze, mayor pro-tem for the See WINFIELD, Page A3
City limits containers, portables in driveways By Esther Robards-Forbes firstname.lastname@example.org Courtesy photo
Children gather around McGrain inside a new center he funded made of bamboo, wood and straw in Nalunega, Kuna Yala Island situated within the San Blas Islands of Panama.
Mountain children outside a restuarant in Pisac, Peru illustrate the vivid contrast between civilizations and cultures in a world beset with changing values.
A Quecha girl in Pisac, Peru takes a moment to introduce her friend to an American with a camera (McGrain) as he wanders through the cobblestone market.
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Board reviews bonds, budget as traveling meetings continue By Dane Anderson email@example.com
The Eanes school board continued on its trek of traveling meetings Wednesday, with an open session at Westlake High School. The meeting occurred after press time. Visit westlake-picayune. com for action item updates.
Dax Gonzales, communications manager for the Texas Association of School Boards, planned an update on the current session of the Texas Legislature. The district’s monthly ﬁnancial report showed the cash and investment balance of all governmental and proprietary funds to be $146 million at the end of February. Tax
collections for the month totaled $12.5 million. Total expenditures thus far of the $54 million 2011 bonds were listed as $38.3 million. Superintendent Nola Wellman sought board approval for 2011 bond project scope changes, See BOARD, Page A8
Rollingwood residents will soon be limited in how long they can keep storage containers, Dumpsters and portable toilets in front of their homes. Following a unanimous decision by the Rollingwood City Council on March 20, residents will only be able to have those items in driveways and in front of homes for 90 days. The new rules are part of an effort by some city ofﬁcials to clarify rules for eyesores and add new regulations. The council discussed, but took no action on,
proposals to limit or prohibit trailers, boats and recreational vehicles in driveways. Mayor Barry Bone said that current ordinances on the books regarding boats, trailers and RVs can be confusing and the city is seeking to make code enforcement clearer and easier. Proposed changes to the ordinances will likely be presented at the next City Council meeting on April 18. In other action, the council discussed adding a bond package of between $1million and $1.5 million to cover repaving of city streets to the November ballot for voter consideration. No decision was reached.
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Westbank Chat Name: Rev. Lucinda Valenti Age and place of birth: 45, Battle Creek, Mich. Family: David Valenti, corporate attorney; Hudson, sophomore baseball player at Westlake High School; Race, a sixth-grader at West Ridge Middle School; McKelvey, a fourth-grader at Barton Creek Elementary School. Education: Master of divinity. Occupation: Chaplain-USAFR, Chaplain-Brookdale Living Centers. Civic or other nonprofit activities: Mobile Loaves and Fishes Make Ready and Truck captain, Westlake concessions vice chair, WRMS Medieval Faire chair, BCE yearbook chair, Bethany Food Pantry turkey and other food coordinator. What is the latest project in which you are involved? Providing 110 turkeys to Bethany Food Pantry for their Thanksgiving food handout. What is your favorite business in the Westbank? Texas Honey Ham. Hobbies: Traveling, quilting, finding odd and unusual activities in Austin and the surrounding areas, reading, watching baseball. I have a knack for: Planning unique and fun adventures. Most significant or interesting job: Hospital chaplain in Afghanistan. Which of your civicoriented accomplishments make you the proudest? I am proud of the work I did coordinating and providing spiritual care to people displaced because of the hurricanes. Excluding family
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Easter events Editor’s note: Westbank churches are offering a variety of services through Easter Sunday.
Austin Ridge Bible Church, 9300 Bee Cave Road: Easter worship services will be held Saturday at 5 and 6:45 p.m. and on Sunday at 9:15 and 11 p.m. All four services will be held in both sanctuaries simultaneously in Buildings A and D. Programming for children of all ages will be provided during all services. Park Hill Baptist Church, 900 S. MoPac Expressway: Easter services are on Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. Childcare is provided for each service.
members, who influenced you most and why? George Norman – he was the first person to show me Christ as somebody other than an Anglo-Saxon man with a beard. I was 6 years old. What is your fondest childhood memory? Traveling with my family throughout Europe in a Winnebago, whose ceiling leaked and the brakes would occasionally go out – The Griswalds were nothing compared to us! A bad habit I have is: Blurting out my opinion and being snarky. If you could sit down and ask questions of anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why? Deborah of the Hebrew Bible – she was so wise and very practical in her faith. Most exciting or dangerous thing I’ve ever done: Running from human traffickers after rescuing three young women from them in Thailand. If you were stranded on an uninhabited island, with no means of communication or escape, what is one thing that you would you like to have? An endless supply of books. How would you like to be remembered? As a kind, generous person who loved her family and God. My pet peeve is: Rude people.
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Assistant principal Julia Fortman welcomed new kindergarten student Kate Utely to Forest Trail Elementary School during the Eanes school district’s Kindergarten Roundup last spring.
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Calling all four year olds - the big day is just around the corner. It’s time to register for kindergarten in the Eanes school district. The district will hold Kindergarten Round-up Thursday for parents and incoming students for the 2013-14 school year. Each elementary campus has scheduled time to meet the principal and staff, get information and become acquainted with the school. The time is important for both students and their nervous parents. “Kindergarten Roundup is often the first experience parents have with our campuses, so it is an important time to meet staff members, understand registration requirements and learn about our kindergarten programs,” said Bill Bechtol, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment. “Skills and concepts that are the foundation of a quality education begin in kindergarten. The roots of school success are planted in our ‘kinder gardens’. Kindergarten Roundup
provides an opportunity for students and parents to become familiar with the campus, including kinder classrooms, the library, cafeteria and even bus procedures.” Parents have homework to complete before the big day. Each family should bring completed district enrollment forms, the child’s immunization record, birth certificate and Social Security card, a parent’s valid driver’s license and a current signed lease or most recent tax receipt along with a current phone or utility bill. Enrollment forms are available at each campus and online at http://www.eanesisd. net/students-and-parents/enrollment. Round-up times vary at each elementary campus. Barton Creek runs from 8-9:30 a.m. in the library, Bridge Point (parents only) from 8:3010 a.m. in the cafeteria, Cedar Creek from 9-10 a.m. in the commons, Eanes Elementary from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the library, Forest Trail from 9-10 a.m. in the cafeteria and Valley View from 8:15-10 a.m. in the cafeteria. Contact Dane Anderson at 445-3967
Riverbend Church, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway: Good Friday services include time in Remembrance Gardens at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday services are free but require advance registration. Tickets are still available for the 9 p.m. service at http://bit.ly/YGpkI4. The Easter EGGstravaganza is Saturday at 10 a.m. on the Riverbend campus and features games, snacks and a 12,000-plus Easter egg hunt. Easter Sunday services are in the main sanctuary at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3525 Bee Cave Road: Maundy Thursday first communion and stripping of the altar is at 7 p.m. Good Friday service are at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday starts with sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. in the outdoor worship are, with a breakfast from 8-9 a.m. in the multi-purpose room and worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 5455 Bee Cave Road: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper is at 7 p.m., followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel of Reposition (Holy Family Center) until 11:45 p.m. Good Friday Stations of the Cross is at 3 p.m. in the church and garden (weather permitting) and Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord at 7 p.m. Holy Saturday Service of Light and Blessing of the New Fire Easter Vigil is at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday masses are at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1500 N. Capital of Texas Highway: Maundy Thursday is at 6:30 p.m. Good Friday services include a walk of the Stations of the Cross at 6:45 a.m., liturgy with a reading of John’s Passion Gospel, sermon, music and prayers at noon and 6:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil starts with the lighting of the new fire outside at 8:30 p.m., followed by a procession into the church with the Paschal Candle and service. Easter services include a 7:45 a.m. time, a 9 a.m. Children’s Festival, an 11 a.m. service with the chancel choir and a 6 p.m. service. No Sunday school will be held on Easter. Children are invited to all services, and the nursery is available during 9 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday. Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 414 St. Stephens School Road: Sunday services begin with Orthros at 8:45 a.m. and the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Westlake Hills Methodist Church, 1460 Redbud Trail: Maundy Thursday service is from 7-10 p.m. in the sanctuary and music room; Holy Thursday worship service is at 7 p.m. in the Worship Center; Good Friday worship service is at 7 p.m. in the Worship Center; Easter Vigil is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Worship Center; and Easter Sunday services are at 7 a.m. in the Prayer Garden, 9 a.m. in the Worship Center, 10:15 a.m. in the gym and again at 11:15 in the Worship Center. Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, 7127 Bee Cave Road: Maundy Thursday service is at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Easter Sunday services are based on Luke 24:1-12 with Rev. Dr. Al Krummenacher and include a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., traditional service with choir and brass at 8:15 a.m., contemporary service with Praise Band at 9:30 a.m. and a second traditional service at 11:15. There is no Sunday School on Easter.
Names & Events Emily Guthrie, a 2012 Westlake High School graduate now attending Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Emily Guthrie has been named one of the college’s first Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Guthrie ‘16, who will work with Assistant Professor Jose Oscar Mur-Miranda, PhD, on magnetic coupling coefficients for wireless power transfer.
The Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization is holding a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 at Commons Ford Metropolitan Park, 614 N. Commons Ford Road. Non-native invasive grasses are being removed and native grasses and wildflowers are being planted to replace them, and the fundraiser will help fund this effort. Efforts have already increased plant diversity and provided habitat for birds and wildlife. Nature walks for all ages will be held throughout the day, which will be led by some of the best
known local experts in birding, plants, insects and geology. Other nature-themed nonprofit organizations will be on hand to talk about their groups and the environment. The event also features children’s activities, food and naturethemed merchandise booths. For more information about Big Day in the Park 2013, visit the nonprofit’s Facebook page, website at tinyurl.com/ BigDay2013 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
forced entry into the store and no missing inventory, police discovered an abandoned vehicle at the side of the building. Police ran the vehicle’s plates, and the vehicle turned up to be stolen from Travis County. n Police responded to a civil disturbance at 8:38 p.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in the 5400 block of Bee Cave Road. A 36-year-old Asian
male entered the church and disrupted a youth program. Police gave the man a citation for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass..
Randy Phillips, the lead pastor of LifeAus-
tin, formerly Promiseland West, which met at Westlake High School, will participate in a celebration of Good Friday March 29 at the Long Center at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Eleven local Austin churches will come together for the services for the fourth straight year. Since the inception of this service in 2010, more than $75,000 has been raised for local Austin charities. The West Lake Hills City Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 10 at West Lake Hills City Hall, 911 Westlake Drive.
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No significant incidents were reported.. West Lake Hills Police Department March 24 n Police responded to a burglary alarm at 3:44 a.m. at Tomlinson’s Pet Supplies in the 3300 block of Bee Cave Road. While there were no signs of
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Construction under way at Belmont Village site By Esther Robards-Forbes email@example.com
Work has begun on the site of the proposed Belmont Village assisted living center on Bee Cave Road, company officials said last week. Crews have been preparing the 13-acre site for the 141-unit facility by excavating portions of the site and laying foundations for the approximately 101,000-square foot living center. Belmont Village is one of the largest developments on the crucial Bee Cave Road corridor in more than a decade and stands to have a large impact on the area. The facility, which is located just west of Camp Craft Road, has the potential to bring new residents, increased traffic and more property tax revenue. It will become one of the largest single customers on the West Lake Hills municipal sewer system. Construction on the buildings will begin within the next four months, said Stephen Brollier of Belmont Village. The facility, which does not feature nursing care, is expected to house 141 studio and one-bedroom assisted living apartments. The assisted living center will be exclusively private pay and will not accept Medicare or Medicaid patients. The facility is expected to open in April 2014.
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ABOVE: Construction crews have excavated part of the 13-acre Belmont Village site on Bee Cave Road just west of Camp Craft Road. LEFT: The entrance to the new Belmont Village assisted living center will have only one entrance onto Bee Cave Road, with no plans to add an additional stop light.
Belmont Village representatives have worked for the past year with West Lake Hills city officials to make the facility fit with the city’s
Winfield highly recommended by officials in Palacios Continued from A1 city of Palacios. “He’s very good at handling finances and handling bond sales.” Rollingwood recently completed a bond sale of more than $12 million to purchase the city’s wastewater system from the Lower Colorado River Authority. According to the Palacios Beacon, the newspaper of record for the city, Winfield was unanimously terminated from his position as city manager in August 2012. Winfield said, and two Palacios City Council members confirm, the termination was at his request, which was made during a closeddoor executive session. “Charles actually asked to be terminated,” Schulze said. “That’s the reason it turned out to be an easy, unanimous decision. If he hadn’t asked to be terminated, I probably would not have voted for it.” Winfield and Schulze, along with City Councilman Troy S. Lewis, de-
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Prospective Rollingwood city administrator Charles Winfield, the former city manager of Palacios, Texas, points out his qualifications and accomplishments to the Rollingwood City Council during a meeting last week.
scribed the circumstances surrounding Winfield’s termination as a mutual separation. Winfield said he asked to be terminated because an employment dispute with the former city treasurer was creating a hostile environment in the small town. “My reluctance to rehire this person upset a few people in the city, and they made it known to the council, and it made it a very uncomfortable environment,” Winfield said. According to an article in the Palacios Beacon on July 4, 2012, Irma DeLeon, the city treasurer, was fired by City Secretary Keri Berger, a deci-
aesthetic quality and make sure it would be difficult to see from the road. The entrance to the property will be located on Bee Cave Road
and there are no plans to add an additional stop light. “We want people to feel it’s a unique combination of feeling that
sion that was endorsed by Winfield. According to the article, a letter of termination from Berger “accused DeLeon of improper conduct with some coworkers that made what Berger called a hostile work environment.” “Towards the end of my career, I was always the most ethical and wanting to the best for the city,” Winfield told the Rollingwood City Council at a meeting last week. “A personnel issue did arise… however it became very politically hot. It affected me. It affected my family, and it started affecting council members.” Following his termination from Palacios, Winfield continued to work for the city to wrap up several projects as part of his separation agreement, city officials said. “He stepped in perfectly,” said Lewis. “We couldn’t have made it without him.” Rollingwood City Council members and Mayor Barry Bone said they were aware of the circumstances surrounding Winfield’s departure from Palacios, and they were attracted by his financial experience. “I think a strong financial background was im-
portant and someone who had the capacity to help with a strategic plan for the city,” was what the council was looking for, said Alderwoman Shelly Bain. Bone said that he was hopeful that Winfield could help continue the city’s efforts to streamline processes and make the city more efficient. The council budgeted $80,000 a year for the position. The previous city administrator earned approximately $97,000 a year at the time of her departure, Bone said. If contract negotiations go well and Winfield’s references check out, the City Cuncil could confirm him at the next meeting on April 17. A special meeting may also be called, Bone said. “I can highly recommend Charles,” said Schulze, a Palacios City Council member. “I think Rollingwood would benefit from having him.” Contact Esther Robards-Forbes at 912-2548
they are at home and at the same time very well cared for holistically,” said Margaret Scott of Belmont Village. The company has managed to preserve more than 4,000 trees on the 13-acre site, Scott said, and lighting was designed to minimize light pollution. “We’re striving to make the building fit in the neighborhood,” Scott said. “Belmont
always strives to be a community within a community. We never lose site of the fact that this is a local business within a community, and we’re taking care of people’s mothers and grandmothers and loved ones. It’s important that we become a part of the community we’re located in.” Contact Esther Robards-Forbes at 912-2548
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Events include speaker WLH city officials series on addictions should fund EDITORIAL: COYOTES
wildlife education instead of traps
It should come as no surprise that the city of West Lake Hills’ recent coyote-trapping program netted only one of the creatures. As we stated in a May 3, 2012, editorial shortly after the City Council authorized the expenditure to capture and kill coyotes, “no reasonable person should expect this approach to have any significant impact on local urban coyotes.” In cities with wildland interface, experts say that attempts to remove wildlife usually result only in other wildlife moving in to fill the void. Wild animals are simply going to make their way into the Westbank, usually along the many drainage ditches and creeks. We are on the west bank of the Colorado River, and it’s obvious that keeping wild animals out is futile. The city spent $3,000 on the effort to trap coyotes after residents demanded action, and we are certainly not advocating that the City Council ignore demands for action; however, those calls could be curtailed if residents have more facts. To reiterate an alternative offered in our editorial last May, a better use of public funding would be to educate area residents about our wildlife among us and find ways to coexist that don’t result in loss of pets. This seems to be confirmed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, which states that “trapping and similar nuisance control actions cannot eliminate urban coyote problems.” Other useful information on this topic is available on the department’s website at tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/ nuisance/coyote/. The site points out a variety of ways to deal with coyotes, which include keeping pet food and water inside, garbage securely stored and compost piles covered. It also points out that it is best to keep pets inside or confined in a kennel or covered exercise yard. Before spending another $3,000 on what will certainly be another fruitless effort to curtail the coyote population, perhaps an effort should be made through the columns and articles in this and other newspapers and the city’s regular newsletter. It seems obvious that a little education can go a long way to cohabitating with potentially dangerous wild animals.
A better use of public funding would be to educate area residents about our wildlife among us and find ways to coexist that don’t result in loss of pets.
– Ed Allen
Five years ago today n West Lake Hills Mayor Mark Urdahl’s name officially appeared on the May ballot despite announcing that he changed his mind about running re-election because he failed to officially withdraw by the deadline. n West Lake Hills city leaders put their past differences behind them during a meeting that focused on finding solutions to pressing financial problems associated with phase two of the city’s wastewater system. n H-E-B in the Village at Westlake shopping center opened, and an estimated 5,000 shoppers tried out the new supermarket on the first day.
10 years ago today n Faced with a $7.9 million deficit, the Eanes school board came to within $250,000 of a balanced budget during a lengthy meeting that ended at 2 a.m.
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There will be two free yoga classes at Laura’s Library this month. On April 4, Prime of Life Yoga will be presented at 11 a.m. It is geared toward women 40 and older, but anyone interested is welcome. Prime of Life Yoga will continue on the first Thursdays of the month through May. Please bring your own mat. On April 9, we will once again host the very popular Laughter Yoga at 6:30 p.m. Laughter Yoga relies on exercises to create “pretend laughter,” which very quickly becomes authentic in a group. You need not be in a good mood to attend. No is mat required. Last intro to HTML class
On April 13 at Westbank, 10:30 a.m., come to the last of our four-part series on the basics of HTML. You can learn about basic web design, including common tags and syntax. Bring your own laptop. Addiction speaker series
Beginning April 8, Dr. Matthew Masters of Austin Addiction Medicine Associates (drugfreeaustin.com) will lead a four-part series focusing on the topic of Addiction at Westbank, 6:30 p.m. It will continue on Mondays through April 29. Dr. Masters will focus on a different aspect of addiction each week. On April 8, the focus on Dealing with Difficult People (specifically addicts, alcoholics, and personality disorders); the April 15 session focuses on alcoholism; the April 22 session deals with nicotine; and the April 29 session features fourstep programs. Local author Karin Richmond visits
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journey to healing after experiencing a brutal assault. Ms. Richmond will also talk about her real-life experiences working with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice regarding crime victim notifications and what they mean. Regularly scheduled programs
Check our website for up-todate information on programs such as book selections and special programs. n Book clubs for adults Check our website for holiday cancellations, but regularly scheduled meetings of adult book groups are: Daytime Book Group (a new book club), first Sunday of the month, 4 p.m. at Westbank; Shakespeare Out Loud (a new book club that reads Shakespeare’s plays aloud together), second Sunday of the month, 4 p.m., at Westbank; Booktalk Book Club, last Tuesday of the month, 1 p.m., at Westbank; Mysteries & More Book Club, third Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m., at Westbank. n Crafts and creativity groups Regularly scheduled meetings of adult craft and creativity groups are: First Monday Knitters, first Monday of the month, 6 p.m., at Laura’s; Memoir Writing Workshop (meeting Feb. through May), second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 6 p.m., at Westbank; Quilters, second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 1 p.m., at Westbank; The Bag Ladies (sew up some super cute bags), second and third Fridays of the month, 11 a.m.,
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Letters to the editor Support needed for Rollingwood Neighborhood Association events Dear Editor: For more than 20 years, the Rollingwood Neighborhood Association has sponsored community events for our neighborhood. This year, our annual Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday is once again chaired by our dedicated treasurer Jaime Medina. This event is enjoyed by a large segment of our community with children of all ages. Throughout the year, the RNA organizes and sponsors a number of events, including the neighborhood garage sale, candidate forum and National Night Out. In addition to supporting the RNA with the annual $10 dues, I ask that that our residents attend our events and volunteer for our activities. This is a great way to meet neighbors and help out in the community; all of the dues go directly to supporting events in our neighborhood. A big thank you to our other officers for continuing to serve this year: Mary Elizabeth Morgan, vice-president, and Rob Hirshfield, secretary. The 2013 dues may still be sent to either Jaime or me. Leslie Davis RNA president The Picayune welcomes letters to the editor of local interest. Please limit letters to approximately 350 words. Those exceeding that length are subject to editing. Email letters to news@ westlake-picayune.com or mail them to: Westlake Picayune, 305 S. Congress Ave. Austin TX 78704. We will identify authors of letters by city, street name or subdivision only, but please include your complete address and contact information.
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Senate OKs budget; now, House to present its plan
March 18 was day 70, midpoint of the 140-day regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature. On March 22, the Senate approved its version of the state budget, a plan to spend $95 billion in general state revenue in 2014 and 2015. The Senate version would spend $7 billion in general revenue more than the current 2012-2013 budget. The full budget is close to $195 billion, counting dedicated funds and federal dollars. Also on March 22, the Texas House Committee on Appropriations approved its $97 billion version of the budget — Committee Substitute Senate Bill 1. This was the last step before all 150 members of the House vote on it. CSSB1 features an additional $2.5 billion for public education on top of a base budget that already accounts for student population growth. With the clock ticking, the two chambers must agree on a single version before sending it to the governor. Assuming the House will pass
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its version this week or the following week, the next step would be for a conference committee of five House members and five Senators to work out the differences. And once again, assuming common ground will be found, the agreed-upon version goes back to the full House and full Senate for a simple majority vote to accept the changes made by the conference committee. Term limits bill moves
A constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Kevin Eltife, RTyler, would impose term limits on statewide elected officials, including the governor and lieutenant governor. Eltife’s Senate Joint Resolution 13 was approved by the Senate 27-4 last week and now the
House will have to consider it. If the House approves, Texas voters will have the opportunity to give it a thumbs up or thumbs down on Nov. 5, when proposed constitutional amendments approved by the Legislature will be on the statewide ballot. The four votes in opposition were cast by Sens. Brian Birdwell of Granbury, Craig Estes of Wichita Falls, Glenn Hegar of Katy and Tommy Williams of The Woodlands. In the Senate Journal, Williams explained his vote, this way: “I do not support term limits for statewide officers only.” Under Eltife’s measure, voters would decide whether or not to limit statewide officials to two consecutive terms, but officials could serve more terms non-consecutively and currently elected officials wouldn’t have terms served before Jan. 1, 2014 count against them.
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Hot off the web On West Lake Hills’ program to trap coyotes postponed after netting only 1 The coyotes will be back. As long as the area residents allow their pets to roam where coyotes can attack them, then this problem is not just “mov(ing) on to another territory” as Mr. wood says; it just took a break. The coyote population around Wild Basin area continues to flourish on a steady diet of fat house cats, vulnerable dogs and whatever else a pack of 30 lb. canines can corner and tear apart. Look at it this way: the coyotes are just doing their job, what wild dogs do: now, area residents need to do their job
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and don’t let their pet animals become victims. Keep your cats and dogs protected. The coyotes will find other food sources. Westlake ranger On You know your gypsy I had the chance to see them at SXSW this past week and they are AWESOME! David North is an amazing lead guitar player and his solo in “Highway Star” by Deep Pur-
ple is really, really impressive! He and his brother are a dynamic duo who started playing when they were at West Ridge and they have a huge future in music ahead of them! The band played last year at the annual end of the year celebration tailgate hamburger/hotdog cookout party that Mr. Waggoner throws for his staff and students. Ben and Payton are very talented as well and adds spice to the band. You will be seeing them someday at the Grammy’s picking up a music award no doubt. Whenever you get the chance to see them-check them out!. Big Gypsy Fan!!
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Library: Meeting groups Austin Tricyclist brings weird to Westlake include French Film Club davEnpoRt Ranch: nEw BusinEss
By Esther Robards-Forbes
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Austin Tricyclist, the mainstay bike shop of Barton Springs, is aiming to bring a little of the weird Central Austin flavor to the Westbank with a second location. The new Tricyclist shop opened in February in the Davenport Ranch shopping center at Loop 360 and Westlake Drive in the former 360 Cycleworks location, which closed in 2007. “In September of this year, it randomly popped into my head, ‘Hey, I wonder if the old 360 Cycleworks location is open?’ ” said Tricyclist owner Don Ruthven. It turned out it had gone out of business, but the location was for lease. “From what I heard, it was successful as far as sales go,” Ruthven said. “We decided there was an opportunity here. I was aware of 360 Cycleworks and how much foot traffic they had in here.”
Sterling: Ellis DNA bill ‘modest but important’ Continued from A4 Abbott joined Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, on March 19 to express support for SB 1292, legislation written by Ellis proposing that DNA testing be required for all biological evidence collected by law enforcement in all death penalty cases. Ellis called his bill “modest but vitally important reform” and a step toward “a more fair, reliable and just criminal
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Austin Tricyclist, a fixture on Barton Springs Road for nearly 20 years, has opened a second location in the Westbank. Staff members are, from left, George Schmitz, service manager; Adam Stroobrandt, general manager; and Don Ruthven, owner.
With Loop 360, the popular cycling corridor, just a stone’s throw from the shop and a limited selection of other bike shops in the area, it seemed like a can’t-miss opportunity. Thanks to lucrative fourth quarter sales, Ruthven was able to finance the improvements to the shop with cash from the Barton Springs location and stock the new shop. In addition to mountain bikes, road bikes and
justice system in Texas,” and added that it will “help reduce the possibility that the ultimate mistake is made with someone receiving the ultimate penalty.” “To be certain that only guilty murderers are executed, all evidence that can be tested for DNA should be tested for DNA before the case goes to trial,” Abbott said. “This will prevent endless appeals that game the system and delay justice for the families of victims.” To avoid the imposition of an unfunded mandate on local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, SB 1292 requires that a Texas Department
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cruisers, Tricyclist carries swim and running gear. “We have everything for biking, swimming and running here,” Ruthven said. The shop also does bike repairs and custom bikes. Since it opened in 1995, Tricyclist has managed
of Public Safety crime lab perform the mandatory DNA test at the State’s expense, and provide the results of those tests to both the defendant and state prosecutors, according to the Office of the Attorney General. Chief rails over EPA
Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on Energy and Power on March 19 in Washington, D.C. Smitherman told lawmakers that through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing
to build a reputation as a friendly bike shop in Central Austin, which has more than 20 bike shops concentrated around downtown. “In Austin, there is so much competition,” that has helped the business perfect its model, Ruthven said. “We’re looking to bring the weird to Westlake.” Contact Esther Robards-Forbes at 912-2548
techniques developed by the private sector over the last few years, “the United States is awash in natural gas.” But today, Smitherman said, “anti-fossil initiatives by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are threatening the domestic development of abundant and affordable energy from coal and natural gas.” The Railroad Commission, he said, is moving toward implementing industry best practices throughout the hydraulic fracturing process, such as the first “frac” fluid disclosure requirements and updating well integrity.
at Laura’s; Knit Wits, Fridays, noon, at Westbank; and Creativity Garage Writing Group: third Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m. n Adult learning and self-improvement groups Regularly scheduled meetings for groups focused on adult learning and self-improvement are: Meditation, Tuesdays, noon, at Westbank; Technology Tutorials with iTeens, first Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Westbank, third Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Laura’s and third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m., at Westbank; French Film Club on a new day (watch the film selection at home, then come discuss in French
at the library), third Monday of the month, 7 p.m., at Westbank; Yoga, first Thursday of the month, 11 a.m., at Laura’s through May; and First Friday Genealogy Group, first Friday of the month, 10 a.m., at Laura’s. Visit the district’s website at westbanklibrary.com for regular weekly sessions for children of all ages, from tots to teens. The Westbank Community Library District, 1309 Westbank Drive, is the first-ever library district created in Texas, and is the agency behind the Westbank and Laura Bush Community Libraries. For more information, call 327.3045. Please visit the District’s website at westbanklibrary.
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Friday, March 29-District Holiday Monday, April 1-Thursday, April 4-STAAR/TAKS Testing Thursday, April 4-Kindergarten Roundup, times vary by campus
Thursday, March 28-Boys & Girls Track - Mustang Relays, Marble Falls High School, Varsity, JV & 9th, Westlake Speaker Series, Chap Room, Speaker, Randy Frazier, Ph.D, 11:30 a.m., JV Baseball vs. Austin High, WHS, JV2 - 5,JV1 7:30, 5 p.m., Softball @ Bowie (Guerrero Park), JV - 5:30,V - 7, 5:30 p.m., WH Girls Lacrosse (Varsity) vs. McNeil, McNeil, 6:30 p.m., V Baseball @ Austin High, Burger Center, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29-Boys & Girls Track - Texas Relays, Varsity Qualifiers, Boys & Girls Soccer Bi-District Playoffs, 6 p.m. Monday, April 1-Boys & Girls Soccer Bi-District Playoffs, Fresh & Sophomore STAAR Test- Writing, 8:30 a.m., Late Arrival for Juniors & Seniors Only, 1:04 p.m., WHPA meeting, Chap Room, 5:30 p.m., PTO Meeting, Principal’s Conference Room, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2-Freshman & Sophomore STARR Test Reading, 8:40 a.m., WHS Junior Career Day, Westlake Performing Arts Center, 8:40 a.m., Late Arrival SENIORS Only, 1:04 p.m. Wednesday, April 3-V Baseball @ Bowie (Burger), Burger, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4-Senior Class Group Picture, 10:45 a.m., Boys & Girls Track - Dual Meet, Westlake High School, Varsity/JV/9th, 4 p.m., JV Baseball vs. Bowie, WHS, JV2 - 5, JV1 - 7:30, 5 p.m., Softball vs. Akins HS, Garrison Field, JV - 5:30, V - 7, 5:30 p.m., Softball vs. Akins HS, WHS, JV - 5:30, V - 7, 5:30 p.m., WHS Pre-UIL Orchestra Concert, Recital Hall, 7 p.m.
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Thursday, March 28-UIL Orchesra Concert/Sinfonia Competition-Mendez MS Friday, March 29-Student/Staff Holiday Monday, April 1-Hat Creek Spirit Night, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 2-8th Grade STAAR Math Wednesday, April 3-7th Grade STAAR Writing-Day 1, 8th Grade STAAR Reading Thursday, April 4-7th Grade STAAR Writing-Day 2
WEST RIDGE MIDDLE
Thursday, March 28-Cheer Tryouts, Gym, 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 8-Golf HB/LT Invitational, Lakecliff CC in Spicewood, Tennis Tryouts, Tennis Courts, 4 p.m.
BARTON CREEK ELEMENTARY
Thursday, April 4-Kindergarten Round Up, 8 a.m.
BRIDGE POINT ELEMENTARY
Thursday, April 4-Kindergarten Round Up, 8:30 a.m. (parents only)
CEDAR CREEK ELEMENTARY
Friday, April 5-CCE Science Day
Thursday, April 4-Kinder Round-up, library, 11:30 a.m.
FOREST TRAIL ELEMENTARY
Thursday, March 28-Spirit Assembly - 3rd - 5th Grades, Cafeteria, 1:40 p.m., Spirit Assembly - Kinder - 2nd Grades, Cafeteria, 2:30 p.m., Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4-Kindergarten Round Up, Cafeteria, 9 a.m.
VALLEY VIEW ELEMENTARY
Tuesday, April 2-2nd Grade Field Trip
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Hyline dances away with top honors By Becky Buckley
Members of the Westlake High School Hyline dance team celebrate winning at the recent Crowd Pleaser’s Dance Competition in Fort Worth.
Westlake High School’s Hyline Dance Team recently participated in four dance competitions, winning awards in team, ensemble and soloist categories. At the Leander Winter Dance Classic held on Jan. 26, the following dancers competed in the solo category: Niki Bordelon, first place overall, and Maddie Settle, fourth place in the 12th grade division. In the 11th-grade division, Samantha Brockelhurst placed second, and Alayna Garcia finished third. Anabel Bordelon placed fifth in the ninth-grade division. In the Duet competition, Samantha Brocklehurst and Elizabeth Gabriel won first place overall. At the American Contest at Bowie High School MA Texas State Championship on Feb. 2, Hyline members once again competed in Solo and Duet categories. Hyline took four out of the top five spots in the 11th-and 12th-grade Solo division with Samantha Brocklehurst winning first overall, Monica Gonzalez, second runner up, Elizabeth Gabriel, third runner up, and Alayna Garcia, fourth runner up. The Hyline also represented extremely well in the ninth-10th grade Solo Division with an overall first-place win by Ellie Edwards, while Julia Dansby and Nicole Phillip tied for fourth runner up. Duettists took the two top spots with Samantha Brocklehurst and Elizabeth Gabriel finishing first overall and Anabel and Niki Bordelon taking first runner up. At the Westwood Dance Classic on Feb 9, the Hyline won Best in Contest in both the Team and Officer
Divisions. Team awards included first place in Jazz, Lyrical and Modern with a special Entertainment award for the Lyrical routine and a Choreography award for both Jazz and Modern. The team was also honored with Specialty awards in Precision and Technique as well as a High Class Award for scoring 90 or above on all routines. Officers won first place among the Lyrical and Modern dances and also earned the High Class award. In addition, they received the Choreography Award for their Modern routine and Specialty Awards in Precision and Technique. Hyline’s large ensembles took first and second with Funky Company winning first and the Seniors winning second in their division, and their small ensemble, Jazz Company, finished first in their category. Finally, The Star Steppers placed first in JV team jazz and won the Gold Award (scoring 90 or above) for their routine. Among the soloists, Ellie Edwards was the winner in the ninth-10th grade division, while Samantha Brocklehurst took first overall as Elizabeth Gabriel, Alayna Garcia and Maddie Settle were named
finalists in the 11-12th grade division. At the Crowd Pleasers Contest at Timber Creek High School in Keller, Texas, Feb. 15-16, the Hyline was awarded the Super Sweepstakes Trophy placing first in their team Jazz, Lyrical and Modern routines. They also received the Outstanding Technique award, the Choreography award for Contemporary and Jazz and had the highest score of the day of all teams with their Jazz routine. They finished with the Winners Circle trophy and was the Grand Champion team in the large high school category. The Hyline Officers matched the Hyline Team in awards: Super Sweepstakes, first place in Lyrical and Modern and first runner up in Jazz, Outstanding technique award in Lyrical and the Choreography award for Modern and lyrical. They also received the Winners Circle trophy and were the Grand Champion Officers in the large high school division. The large ensembles also did well, with Jazz Company taking first place and Funky Company finishing just behind as first runner up. The Seniors’ routine won the Extra
Large Ensemble division. Finally, the soloists and duettists were champions as well. Samantha Brocklehurst won the 11-12 grade division followed by second runner up Elizabeth Gabriel and fourth runner up Kia Race. Ellie Edwards won for her solo in the ninth-10th grade division and overall solo semi-finalists included Jacqueline Brustkern, Niki Bordelon and Alayna Garcia. Winning the Duet category were Samantha Brocklehurst and Elizabeth Gabriel, and second runner up was the sister team of Niki and Anabel Bordelon. Hyline members are looking forward to their annual spring performance, Zenith, on April 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the WHS Performing Arts Center. Public ticket sales begin on April 11. Details are available at whshyline. com. Young dancers in kindergarrten-fifth grades are invited to be a part of this year’s Zenith performance by participating in the Hyline Dance Clinic on April 13 from 9 a.m. -2:30 p.m. to learn routines that will be performed on stage at Zenith. More information and registration forms are available on the Hyline website, whshyline.com.
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Answering the call for help New Milestones Foundation gala helps close funding gap in treatment of mental illness Story and photos by Holly Jackson Contributing Writer
“Changing Seasons, Changing Lives” was the theme at New Milestones Foundation’s 11th annual Bridging the Gap benefit held recently at the Four Seasons Hotel. Just as the seasons change gradually, representatives of the nonprofit believe that changing attitudes about mental illness is also a gradual process. A sold out crowd of 425 supporters attended the event, which featured Mandarin Flower Companyout decorations that reflected different seasons. Partygoers enjoyed a lively cocktail reception and delicious seated dinner of beef short ribs. The honorary chair was Jan Bullock, longtime spokeswoman spoke on the importance of seeking treatment for mental health disorders. Well-respected attorney Clarke Heidrick was the emcee. He shared how the shortage of funding for mental health services was one factor that led him to help form the Travis County Hospital District (now Travis County Community Health). Auctioneer Gayle Stallings sold six live auction items. The highest-priced packages were a Beverly Hills vacation and private plane tour; historic villa stay in Guanajuato, Mexico; and courtside tickets at a University of Texas men’s basketball game with a coach’s briefing, which was won by Westbankers Greg and Dawn Crouch. The evening’s highlight was guest speaker Ivana Grahovac, a 30year old former Milan model and White House intern. She told a compelling and heartfelt story about her battles with childhood depression, suicidal threats, eating
disorders, drug addiction and incarceration. She was homeless on the streets of Detroit in the winter and was in/out of rehabilitation. Upon her recovery, she started a student group in Michigan before she became the current director of UT Students in Recovery. Her speech was ultimately one of optimism because she shared a powerful message about the hope and inspiration she discovered in the recovery community. “You are worth saving, so never give up,” she said. The night concluded with a musical performance by Susan Lubin, a soprano singer in 35 operas and past president of the Austin Lyric Opera. She sang cabaret songs with passion and animation. Proceeds grossed $125,000. The goal is to bridge the financial gap for families in crisis and to provide a path of wholeness in children’s and teen’s mental and behavioral health issues. “Tonight was a record in funds raised at Bridging the Gap and one of our best events,” said Neil Diaz, event co-chair and board member. Founded in 1983, New Milestones Foundation works in partnership with Austin Travis County Integral Care to expand awareness, eliminate stigma and raise funding for mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities or chemical dependency. Individualized services include counseling, mentoring, tutoring, activities, referrals, employment training and parent coaching. For further information, visit newmilestones.org.
From left, Marisa Maricich, event chair Whitney Hamnett-Pirkle, and Rebecca Ford
From left, Dr. Cindy Carlson, board member Dr. Matt Snapp and Debbie Bresette
From left, Ben Vaughan, Westbanker and board member Genevieve Hearon, Westbanker Bob Hearon and Westbanker Nancy Wegener
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Event co-chair and board member Neil Diaz with auctioneer Gayle Stallings
Westbanker and executive director David Evans with wife Debra Evans
Westbankers Mike and Karin Gluk, committee member
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Committee member Carol Brejot, left, and guest speaker Ivana Grahovac
State Representative Elliott Naishtat with board president and sponsor Kathy Rider
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Entrepeneur devotes life to saving cultures
On the web At Tuesday’s Eanes school board meeting, superintendent Nola Wellman sought board approval for 2011 bond project scope changes, including a $178,630 reduction in the cost of a $405,000 central administration remodeling project and a $152,592 increase in the cost of a $485,550 Energy/ HVAC central administration project. Visit westlakepicayune. com for details.
Continued from A1 lot of decisions to make. Should they sell property? Refinance? Could they raise rents? McGrain’s days were spent crunching numbers until his fingers numbed. He was good at it. Since his graduation from SMU with a degree in real estate and finance, he had earned a great living for himself and his family, conducting real estate appraisals and asset management for heavyhitting companies. “I kept going up the ladder, a hand on one new rung after another, right, left - right left,” he said. Fast forward 20 years, and you find a very different McGrain hacking his way through an Argentinian jungle on a quest to find the last living member of the Selk’nam tribe in Patagonia. Incredibly fit through high-altitude mountain climbing, his head is shaved and his body is covered in geometric tattoos. A 1,000-year-old gold nose ring hangs on a chain around his neck. He is alive with energy from a fire that seems to burn from within. McGrain founded the Inti Raymi Fund in 2011, a nonprofit set up to help preserve the cultures of disappearing indigenous cultures around the world. Through projects, the foundation website and other activity, McGrain hopes to promote awareness of fragile cultures and their importance. “We all need to wake up and change the paradigm in the world today,” he said. “We’ve confused the pursuit of happiness with a pursuit of things.
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A boat merchant shows McGrain some of his wares as the two compare tatoos in a floating market area in Thailand. McGrain travels the world looking for members of dwindling native cultures that could use an infusion of cash to help maintain a heritage.
In America, we’re taught to look upstream to see who has more things, better things. My hope is to help people to look downstream and pull others up.” At 50, McGrain now goes by the name Chimu after a lost Pre-Columbian culture. His epiphany came gradually. As he traveled for business, he began to notice the paradigm shift – modern travelers walking blindly past people from a different civilization living on less than a dollar a day. Those unseen people haunted McGrain. He began to skip the Sheraton hotel rooms in favor of staying with families that lived in the places he visited. He stumbled across new best friends - shop owners, food vendors, weavers and bead-makers. McGrain spent a year on a bus in 2010, visiting out-of-the-way places, trying to figure out how
he could help different groups of people. Finally, he threw up his hands. “I thought, ‘I don’t know what is best for all these people, but you know who does - they do,” he said. “The best I can give them is the respect to know what they need themselves. When I understood that I am just a gringo from America and that I don’t have all the answers, it was enlightening.” Inti Raymi was born, funding a growing number of “Passion Projects” with $25,000 grants. Inti Raymi meets with members of communities to listen to their ideas of how they can best use grant money. Volunteers offer suggestions and support. Visit the foundation website at intiraymifund.org, and you can see where the initial money is going – to Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Nepal, Panama and Peru. After weeks of research
in Argentina, McGrain sadly discovered that the last pure-blood Selk’nam, Lola Kiepja, died in 1974. With her went the Selk’nam language. McGrain did find the last full-blood member of the Yagan tribe in Chile, 84-year-old Christina Calderon Yagan. The latest two combined Inti-Raymi projects are funding $50,000 to build a learning center in Ushuaia, Argentina. The facility is being built to help enlighten the approximately 1,700 mixed-blood children and grandchildren of the nearly extinct indigenous tribes of Patagonia and the Tierra del Fuego Region. There they will learn about their heritage, what happened to their people and the importance of who they are. Right now, McGrain is funding Inti Raymi’s projects out of his own pocket. But he is hoping that his young nonprofit will
attract other sponsors interested in preserving the living history of disappearing people. He’s willing to take anyone interested along with him on a trek. “You got to get out of your comfort zone,” he said. “If you don’t get uncomfortable, if you don’t get lost in a strange alley, you aren’t going to change the way you think.” As McGrain makes his way through the Argentinian jungle, the nose ring thumps against his chest as he walks. Centuries ago, the ring was stolen from the grave of someone who wanted to impress people in the afterlife with his significance. “It is a constant reminder to me that you can’t take it with you when you go,” McGrain said. Contact Dane Anderson at 445-3967
Continued from A1 including a $178,630 reduction in the cost of a $405,000 central administration remodeling project and a $152,592 increase in the cost of a $485,550 Energy/HVAC central administration project. The district sought the approval of reallocation of other bond monies from energy/HVAC projects to unallocated funds. Board members were also set to discuss a new appointment to the Bond Oversight Committee. The next regularly scheduled open board meeting is set for April 24 at Cedar Creek Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Contact Dane Anderson at 445-3967
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Team falls short of playoffs but finishes season on high note
Westlake senior Sierra Sims reacts after pitching the ball from 70 yards out. Sims shot a 63, a new women’s course record at Lions Municipal Golf Course on Monday. Both the Westlake boys and girls golf teams played in the respective District 155A tournaments Monday and Tuesday this week (after press time). For updated results on both teams as they strive to make the Region 2-5A Championships scheduled for midApril, visit WestlakePicayune.com. The girls district tournament was at the Lions Golf Course in Austin, with the regional meet scheduled for April 16-18 at Cottonwood Creek in Waco. The boys district tourney was held at Jimmy Clay, and the regional tournament will be held April 14-16 at Twin Rivers in Waco.
TrAcK And field
By Anthony Mannino Contributing Writer
Photo by Roy Mata
This season was distinctly different for the Westlake boys soccer team compared to a year ago. The Chaparrals were eliminated from making the playoffs, a year after going to the state semifinals, despite a valiant 2-2 comeback tie against the Lake Travis Cavaliers March 19. Westlake was able to get past Austin High in the season finale, win-
ning a 7-6 shootout after playing to a 0-0 tie in regulation. “It’s a completely different team, a completely different year – a whole new set of starters,” said senior Nick Lavigne Matt Favaron. “I am just proud of everyone out here. Hopefully, next year they can build on this.” See TEAM, Page B2
Headed for the playoffs
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The Westlake girls track and field team competed Saturday at the Klein Relays track meet in Houston, finishing third overall with 94 points against 10 Houston-area Class 5A teams. The 4x100-meter relay team of Grace Weghorst, Carly Grandcolas, Sydne Fowler and Brooke Holle finished fourth, though their time of 48.87 is best in Chaparral history. The distance medley relay team of Kamri Ball, Jessica Ellis, Remi Guyett and Rebekah Priddy won first place with 13.09.19. The sister duo of Carly and Corinne Grandcolas won first and sixth places, respectively, in long jump See BOYS, Page B3
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Hailey Bishop watches her ball fly towards the goal during the final minutes of the first half. Westlake bested Lake Travis 7-1 March 19.
Goldberg sparkles, Chaps end regular season undefeated Photo by Holly Grandcolas
Senior Grace Weghorst crosses the finish line as anchor of the varsity girls 4 x 100 meter relay team, which finished fourth at the Klein Relays Saturday while setting the second best time in Westlake High School history with a time of 48.87 seconds.
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Westlake won once again to close out the regular season undefeated. The Chaparrals (23-0, 12-0) topped Austin High 5-1 Friday
and delivered a 7-1 thrashing of Lake Travis March 19 as the squad is solidified as championship contenders. The playoffs will start this Thursday at Dragon Stadium at a time to be determined. The Chaps will play either McNeil or Round Rock, whichever finishes as the No. 4 seed in District 16-5A. Christy Goldberg scored a whopping four goals in the win over Austin High, and
Zayne Matulis added a goal and an assist. Kendall Ritchie notched two assists and Rachel Coyle also assisted a goal in the victory. The Chaps beat Austin High 3-0 Feb. 19 at House Park in a very physical match and relished taking on the Lady Maroons once again – especially Goldberg. “It’s a personal game for everyone, and it’s senior night, and it’s at home,” Goldberg
said. “It’s a game we [had to] win for pride, and it’s a whole personal thing.” Against Lake Travis, Westlake needed just 37 seconds to net its first goal of the game against the second-place team in District 15-5A, with Ritchie booting in a goal from 25 yards out that bent beautifully over the keeper’s head. Though the state-ranked See GIRLS, Page B4
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Nerves nagged Westlake pitcher Lindsey McLeod’s mind leading up to her start against Lake Travis Friday night. McLeod left the opposition shaking in their cleats in a dominant 16-strikeout, two-hit complete game 3-0 win over the visiting Lady Cavaliers Friday. “I was super nervous – I was getting nervous about six hours before our game started,” McLeod said. “I was just kind of going into it telling myself, ‘You gotta have confidence,’ and if I do have confidence everything else will work out.” Facing Lake Travis sophomore pitcher Zoe Bacon, Westlake (223, 5-0 District 15-5A) coach Haley Gaddis hadn’t seen her team enter a game on edge like they did against the Lady Cavaliers Friday. The Chaps had outscored district See SOPH, Page B2
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Cedar Slovacek lays down a perfect squeeze bunt to plate Stephanie Wong during the 3-0 shutout by the Chaps over Lake Travis Friday at Westlake.
Westlake baseball beat Cedar Park 7-6 Friday night in a come from behind, nondistrict thriller, extending their winning streak to five games. The Chaps (15-7, 4-1 in district) erased a 6-1 third-inning deficit to come back and win the game in the final inning. “The guys have done this quite a bit throughout the year. They’ve let teams get up on them, but they don’t quit,” Westlake coach Jeff Montgomery said. “I told them to just get up there and swing it. We’ve got to go up there every time and pretend it’s 0-0 and
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Cory Takenaka (12) congratulates Gordy Taylor for his walkoff single that beat Cedar Park 7-6 on Friday night at Westlake.
just swing it, and that’s what they did.” Cedar Park jumped to an early lead in the first inning. A leadoff single by Nathan Harwell and See BATS, Page B3
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Breedlove finds rhythm as Chaps top Alamo Heights By San Antonio Jackson Contributing Writer
Mac Breedlove gets ready for games the way most young do men these days: He puts on headphones and cranks up the music. Breedlove has a pregame playlist. “What’s on it?” he was asked after Westlake (72, 3-0) defeated Alamo Heights 17-5, in a district matchup in San Antonio, where Breedlove scored a hat trick. Breedlove reached for his iPod. “The battery’s dead,” he said. No matter. At midseason, Breedlove knows the playlist by heart. “DMX, Eminem and Macklemore,” he said. Of Breedlove’s three goals, the third was the prettiest. He held the ball in the X-position behind the Alamo Heights net. Breedlove’s defender made the mistake of pressuring the senior speedster, who cut toward the right corner of the goal. Rather than turning to face the goalie and shoot, Breedlove, still facing mid-field, reached down and shoveled the ball, one-hand-
ed, between the goalie and the near side post. The goal was so quiet and so sneaky that the referees looked at each other before signaling the score. The goalie stared ahead, non-compos mentis. “I was afraid the referees were going to waive it off,” Breedlove said. “I was so happy they didn’t.” Nine different Chaps players scored in the game. Hayden Byrd also had three, Matthew Rockwell, Matt Amerie, Sam Appling, and John Azar had two goals each. Craig Kemper, Grant Lang and defenseman, Michael Edwards each scored one. Edwards’ goal was the lacrosse equivalent of running a kickoff back for a touchdown: he won the faceoff, scooped up the ground ball, and ran downfield and shot. Between them, Edwards and Rockwell won 14 out of 15 second half faceoffs. The Westlake defense was outstanding. Edwards, John Dodd, Ben Zook and Chris Roussos held Alamo Heights to a single shot in the first quarter. Goalie Abe Monroe could have napped in
the sand. The night before, a beach party rendered the Alamo Heights field a mess. The midfield area and both goal creases made every ground ball a treasure hunt. Coach Evan Whelchel and assistant Kenny Pailes nearly missed the opening faceoff. They took Texas 130, the highspeed toll road, which empties onto I-10, east of San Antonio. Of course, they thought it would be faster. “I used to commute to San Antonio twice a week,” Whelchel said. “The most it ever took me was an hour and five minutes.” On Saturday, a series of accidents turned I-10 into a parking lot. “It took me two hours today,” Whelchel said. After the game, Whelchel and Pailes were relaxed. They weren’t late anymore. The Chaps had won easily without the services of seniors, Tanner Thompson (choir trip) and Tate Bowden (hamstring). We’re going home on I-35,” Whelchel said. “No matter what.” Westlake girls lacrosse
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Westlake’s Mac Breedlove moves ahead with the ball during a win over Alamo Heights Saturday.
ing their first game back from spring break or it was playing an away game, the Chaps JV girls lacrosse team looked a little rusty as they played the St. Michael’s Academy Crusaders. The first few minutes of the first half were characterized by wayward passes and turnovers by both teams. Kaity Sanders finally got the scoring started by the Chaps on a good catch and shoot from just outside the circle. Westlake had several other scoring opportuni-
ties but could not capitalize. Several shots went just wide or were saved by good goalie play. Most of the first half was played on the Westlake side of the field as evidenced by a 10-shots-ongoal advantage over the Crusaders. However, despite having more scoring opportunities, Westlake hung on to only a slim 5-4 lead at the end of the half. Defense was the name of the game in the second half as scores were hard to come by for both
teams. Sarah Tucker and Riely Clark shared time in goal for Westlake combining for 14 saves. Much like the first half, Westlake controlled much of the play and outshot the Lady Crusaders. Play went back and forth for the first seven minutes of the second half until St. Michael’s tied it up at five goals each. Helena Glade would answer back just three minutes later when she scored from just outside of the crease after a long run. The Crusaders would not give up though and they tied it up again with 2:51 left on the clock. Westlake JV coach Lauren Kissock quickly called a time out to rally her team. It seemed to work as one minute later Hannah Tucker scored off of a penalty shot to take the lead. The Chaps secured the draw and ran the clock out to secure a hard fought 7-6 victory. Both the junior varsity and varsity teams have two more preseason games before district games start on April 6 at Westwood. The JV team plays at 11 a.m. and the varsity team plays immediately after at 12:30 p.m.
Team misses postseason by 1 match Continued from B1 The Chaparrals fell behind after two firsthalf goals from Dylan Tracy, but Westlake scored twice in the second half to tie the game. The Cavaliers won the shootout 4-3, but that result didn’t matter because the Chaparrals needed a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt. “I hope [the young players] learn what it takes to be leaders,” Coach John Campbell said. “There’s a lot of young kids on this team that are kind of born leaders. I think more than anything, they can get a sense of what it really takes to maintain an entire season.” Westlake was beaten on the first goal due to hustle from Nathaniel Adamolekun. The Lake Travis forward won the ball in the Cavaliers’ half, and then held the ball for 50 yards while fighting off two Lake Travis defenders and making a run across field. He laid the ball to Tracy, who curled the ball over Jaime Alessio in the sixth minute. The Chaparrals were then caught off guard on Lake Travis second goal in the 13th minute. Tracy scored legally off a quick free kick with Westlake’s wall and Alessio unprepared for the shot. Lake Travis held the 2-0 lead at halftime, but
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Westlake’s Aaliyah Gibson connects for a hit during the 3-0 shutout over Lake Travis under the Friday night lights at Westlake. Photo by Roy Mata
Mauricio Silveyra, left, dribbles the ball downfield against a Lake Travis defender March 19.
Westlake fought back in the second half. The Chaparrals were more confident with the ball and began to create more chances on the Lake Travis goal in the second 40 minutes. Those opportunities led to a goal in the 51st minute, albeit a lucky one. Jacob Zodikoff threw the ball towards the Lake Travis net, and a Cavaliers defender headed the ball into his own net. Momentum stayed on Westlake’s side after the goal, and in the 66th minute, the Chaparrals were awarded a penalty. The referee ruled a Lake Travis defender blocked a Westlake header with his hand in the box. Favaron converted the penalty to tie the game. “I love the challenge of taking penalty kicks, and our team did a good
job on earning it.” Favaron said. The Chaparrals almost completed the comeback when Luc Scranton header hit the bar in the 75th minute. The game ended 2-2 with Westlake chances of making the playoffs diminished. “It is pretty much there,” senior Ben Hernandez said. “We just didn’t find it until the end of the season. Next year, I will come back and see how they do.” Westlake closed the season 8-11 overall and 6-6 in District 15-5A. “I have coached all these guys for four years, most of them all four year, some of them just a couple years, but they are a good group of kids,” Campbell said of his seniors. “I feel sorry for them and disappointed for them that we didn’t get to make it to the playoffs.”
Soph whiffs 16 in win over Cavaliers Continued from B1 foes 50-8. “I didn’t get that [feeling] ’till we walked out here, and that’s the first time we’ve been nervous playing anybody,” Gaddis said. “Most of the game we were pretty tight. [McLeod] was probably the most nervous of everybody, she was pitching a little tight. That’s a great sign for her to be able to work through that.” In the two school rivals’ first meeting in multiple years, No. 4 Westlake manufactured a run in the bottom of the first, giving the sophomore starter more than enough to work with. McLeod recorded three strikeouts in an inning three times, including whiffing the side in order in the fourth. Lake Travis didn’t get a hit until shortstop Riley Cunningham’s sharp liner up the middle in the sixth inning, and catcher Makaela Williamson had a two-out single in the seventh, but McLeod promptly struck out the final hitter to seal the victory. “Before the last inning I said, ‘Hey how about you let us play a little bit [of defense]?’ and she was like, ‘Nah, I don’t think so,’ ” senior first baseman Cedar Slovacek said. “We know she can get the
job done. We definitely feel really confident with Lindsey up there.” Zoe Bacon aptly shutdown Westlake’s highpowered offense as well, but errors led to two unearned runs in the early going. The fellow sophomore starter gave up just four hits and had seven strikeouts in the district showdown. “We came in pretty confident,” Bacon said. “We knew we had to hit the ball but [McLeod] is a really good pitcher, props to her.” Stephanie Wong scored the first run of the game on a failed squeeze attempt. She was hung up between third and home but the Lady Cavs bobbled the play and the senior scored to make it 1-0. In the third, Wong reached on an error and came in to score on a successful squeeze by Slovacek for a 2-0 lead. Westlake whiffed on numerous bunt attempts against Bacon, including Slovacek’s attempt in the first that she missed, leading to Wong scoring. “I thought, ‘I better get this down,’ ” Slovacek said. “Because I tried the at-bat before, and she kinda messed with me there, but I was glad I could come back and make up for it.” Slovacek got things
started in the sixth with a single, and McLeod helped herself with an RBI double into the left-center gap for an extra insurance run heading into the Lady Cavs’ final at-bat. “Any team can mount a comeback, especially if your team is playing tight and your pitcher is tight, so that [extra run] was super, super important,” Gaddis said. “When you go to the playoffs, you’ve never seen these teams before, too, so you can’t be nervous. They’re just another team.” With the first round of district play wrapping up next week, both sides certainly have an eye on the next meeting, April 16 at Lake Travis. “I think me and Makaela have that figured out now, and I think we’ve totally got the hitting next game, too,” Bacon said. “We know where we need to go from here. [This game] totally gave us confidence. We know we can hold them; we just need to hit the ball next time.” The two sophomore pitchers should have several more showdowns throughout the years. “Going into next time we play them, if I get the chance to pitch, I know what to do, where to throw now,” McLeod said. Contact Habeab Kurdi at 445-3682
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Friday, March 29
Girls soccer: Westlake vs. District 16-5A opponent, bidistrict playoffs, TBA n Girls track: Westlake at Mustang Relays, TBA Tennis: Westlake at Westwood Invitational, TBA n Softball: Westlake at Bowie, Guerrero Park, 7 p.m. n Baseball: Westlake at Austin High, Burger Center, 7:30 p.m.
Track: Westlake at Texas Relays, TBA Saturday, March 30 Track: Westlake at Texas Relays, TBA
Wednesday, April 3 Baseball: Westlake at Bowie, Burger Center, 7:30 p.m.
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Boys finish 6th in P’ville Continued from B1 with distances of 18’4” and 16’10 3/4”. Carly Grandcolas’ jump is the second-best long jump in Westlake history and will be listed in the record book. In the 300-meter hurdles, Fowler earned first place with 44.49. Nicole Summersett placed first in pole vault with 11’6”, which was a meet record. Ann Lampman placed fifth in the vault with 9 feet. Guyett won second in the 1600-meter run with 5.26.66. And third place went to Priddy in the 3200-meter run with 12.07.38. The 1600-meter relay team of Carly Grandcolas, Ball, Fowler and Amelia Hood won third place with 3.58.99. In triple jump, Carly Grandcolas earned sixth
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ABOVE: Gordy Taylor, celebrates his walk-off single in the seventh inning to beat Cedar Park 7-6 at Westlake Friday night. RIGHT: Junior Ryan McPhail ties the game up in the seventh inning against Cedar Park.
Bats awaken late in victory Continued from B1 a double off the wall from Tanner Dickerson plated the Timberwolves’ first run. Jackson Paine and Michael Dayanandan added RBI singles to give Cedar Park a 3-0 advantage. Westlake got one run back in the bottom of the first when Wes Nicol drove in Aaron Black from third, making the game 3-1. Cedar Park’s Harwell scored again in the second inning after stealing two bases and heading home on a fielder’s choice. The game appeared to be getting out of hand for Westlake in the third, and the Chaps entered the bottom of the third in a 6-1 hole. After Duncan Brown held Cedar Park in the fourth, Westlake found the spark that it needed at the plate. With two outs, Ryan McPhail came in off of the bench and singled. The next batter, Cory Takenaka, sent a ball to center field that the center fielder couldn’t handle, putting two men on for Gordy Taylor. Taylor sent a ball about a foot short of the 380-foot fence and scored both runners. “I was really happy with Gordy,” Montgomery said. “He’s been injured for a while, but he came in, looked really good and did what he was asked to do. I thought he did a great job.” Taylor’s exploits didn’t end there. He took the mound in the next inning and, because of a dropped third strike, earned a rare four-strikeout inning. The Chaps continued to chip away in the fifth, by which point Westlake had rotated out almost
the entire starting lineup. Jacob Lentz walked and stole second. He was driven home on a single from Andrew Dolan, making the game 6-4. Lentz and Dolan, who both entered the game midway through, were among the many nonstarters to contribute to the win. Taylor was again dominant in the sixth, throwing three ground ball outs in a row. He had a little help from first baseman Dylan Black on the final out, as Black leapt in the air to take the throw from shortstop and managed to stomp on the bag just before the runner reached. The feat of acrobatics led to Black being mobbed by his teammates as he tried to head into the dugout. “I was just trying to jump up as try as I can and make sure I come back on the bag,” Black said. He said that the circumstances of the game led to an extra sense of urgency in making the play. The Westlake offense added another run in the sixth. Sam Koenig drove in Takenaka from third, cutting the Chap’s deficit to one run and setting up a dramatic final inning. Cedar Park’s Paine led off the inning with a sharp double to left field, but the scoring threat was short lived, as Taylor and Takenaka combined to pick him off a few pitches later. Spradling walked, but the T’Wolves couldn’t add to their lead. “This team has one of the best spirits I’ve ever seen in a team,” Taylor said. “They have the will to win. No matter what happens, we always want to come back and play our best and win.” Needing a run to tie the game, the Chaps relied on plate discipline to set themselves up for success. The first three
Westlake batters reached on a hit-by-pitch and two walks, loading the bases for McPhail. McPhail hit a deep fly ball to left-center, which allowed Trevor Dickey to score from third and tie the game. Cedar Park loaded the bases again with an intentional walk, bringing up Taylor. In a fitting close to his excellent night, Taylor singled to bring in the winning run. “All of it’s a team effort,” Taylor said. “I told Ryan, ‘Look, all we need right now is to tie the game, and we keep playing.’ All we needed was to get a ball deep to the outfield, and I knew Dickey could score from third. The whole time I was thinking, ‘What can I do to help the team? What can I do to help the victory?’ “It was amazing. The whole team got behind everyone. In the dugout, everyone got behind every single hitter, no matter where we were in the lineup. It was a great team effort.” Wes Nicol started on the mound for the Chaps, pitching two innings and allowing four earned runs on four hits. Taylor went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a walk and three RBI. Aaron Black was 2-for-2 with a stolen base. Takenaka, Koenig, Nicol, Dolan, Carson Spencer and McPhail all singled. The Chaps are on a hot streak, winning the past five games - including the March 19 district matchup against Del Valle 13-2. Ryan Cunningham was the winning pitcher against Del Valle, with William Zwiener coming in for relief. The Chaps returned to district play Tuesday night after press time and then play Austin High at Burger Field Friday at 7:30 p.m. Contact Habeab Kurdi at 445-3682
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place with a jump of 35’6 3/4”. Suzanne Lightsey won sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with 48.07. The girls track team will go to Marble Falls Thursday, with the field events starting at noon and running scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The prestigious annual Texas Relays are being held this Friday and Saturday at Mike Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. The Chap girls to qualify for competition are: Sydne Fowler, 100 hurdles; Carly Grandcolas, triple jump; Jessica Ellis, 1600; Nicole Summersett, pole vault; 4x400-meter relay; and Distance medley relay Westlake boys track
The Westlake boys track team placed sixth out of 21 teams at the Pflugerville Panther Relays Saturday. Tommy Lampman led the Chaparrals with a
12’6” effort in the pole vault to earn gold. Robert Dutton came in second place in the 300-meter hurdles. Jed Lee and Matthew Lee finished second and third with jumps of 21’5” and 20’7½, respectively, in the long jump. Ben Jepson placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.90, just off pace of first-place finisher Noel Alfaro of Hutto, who ran a 1:58.86. Jepson also came in third in the 1600 with a time of 4:32.62, with teammate Bonner Garrison taking fourth with a time of 4:35.09. Michael Shumaker came in fourth in the 3200 with a time of 10:14.40 and Garrison came in sixth at 10:22.71. In the 110 hurdles, Dutton and Rusty Hutson came in fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 15.72 and 16.28. Contact Habeab Kurdi at 445-3682
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Girls now putting themselves in ‘playoff mode’ Continued from B1 No. 2 Chaps scoreless streak came to an end after 12 matches, they more than made up for it by pouring on the points to demoralize any hopes the Lady Cavaliers had. Goldberg had two goals and two assists, Coyle netted two goals and an assist, while Hannah Meyer and Ritchie also assisted on goals in the Westlake. “I thought it was awesome,” Goldberg said. “I’m really excited building into playoffs that we we’re able to step on the field and show them right away.” With the seven-goal win, Westlake is setting its sights on one goal. “State,” Goldberg said. Thurston scored on a pass from Coyle with 24:30 left in the first half, and Coyle scored minutes later on a nice through pass from Goldberg to go ahead 3-0. Goldberg was on the other end of a pass from Meyer and promptly booted it into the back of the net with 17:01 to play, and the Chaps were Photos by Roy Mata sharp after a week off Kendall Ritchie, right, gets around the Lake Travis foe in an attempt to regain control of the ball from games and kept their undefeated streak going March 19. The Chaps won 7-1.
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at 22 games. “I was a little worried coming off the break, but they looked like they were really excited to play, and you could see that,” Westlake girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe said. “We came out with a lot of energy, and I think once we scored the first goal, first minute, that puts Lake Travis back on their heels and we’re pressing. I think that kind of set the tone for us in the first half.” Lake Travis notched just the third goal against Westlake all season, and
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Westlake’s Hailey Bishop looks to the goal as she prepares to take the shot during the Chaps’ 7-1 victory March 19 over Lake Travis.
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first in district play, when freshman Katie Werdenberg caught the Chaps out of place and booted in a goal that tucked just into the far left post to make it 4-1 with 11:34 to play in the first half. “The way they scored the goal was they played off the restart, and we got caught flat footed,” Rebe said. “That’s gonna happen, so it’s nice to learn that lesson when it’s not gonna determine the outcome of the game. I told them we should have stepped in front of the ball, but I was proud of them that we got a restart goal back in the second half.” Goldberg agreed that the goal put Westlake’s mentality in the right context. “I think them scoring a goal on us put us back on our heels a little bit,” Goldberg said. “And we had to realize, if that happens in the playoffs you have to come back quick. It’s terrible to be scored on, but we did OK. It makes you mad, but I think having a couple goals helps, but we knew right away we had to score.” Out of halftime, the Chaparrals wanted to keep plugging away and assure they were as sharp as possible with the playoff starting next week. “Just trying to maintain and put ourselves in playoff mode – recognizing that it really doesn’t matter what the score is,” Rebe said. “As you move through the playoffs, teams know you lose, you go home, so no score is safe. No game is over until the very end. So we’re trying to find the mindset you’re just playing 0-0, regardless of the score, because we’re gonna have to do that in playoffs for sure. “It’s super intense and it gets more aggressive and more physical. You’re gonna have to play 80 minutes because anything can happen. Goldberg sent a nifty cross from the right side into the middle of the field near the Lake Travis’ goal and Thurston pounded it in to go up 5-1 at the 35:27 mark. Minutes later, Coyle booted in a lefty goal from the left side of the field to go ahead 6-1, and Goldberg finished the scoring on a cross from Ritchie for the final tally of 7-1 with 25:11 still to play. Rebe was impressed with her team’s ability to be creative on the pitch without direct instruction. “When you play good teams, they have good goal keepers, so playing predictable isn’t going to get it done,” she said. “For the kids to also think on the field is really important, because, a lot of times you don’t want it to come from the coach. You want the players to start to recognize those situations they can take advantage of.” The Chaps kept up the defensive pressure from there, even as both sides substituted liberally. Contact Habeab Kurdi at 445-3682