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Judge to rule if suit continues By Katie Urbaszewski kurbaszewski@acnnewspapers. com
For the first time, a judge heard spoken arguments last week for and against the Eanes School District’s lease to the Western Hills Little League. However, court procedure will likely keep the issue from being resolved any time soon. Judge Lora Livingston, of the 261st District Court, is cur-
rently only making procedural decisions about the case. Livingston said she would likely make a decision this week about postponing the suit — which the lawyer arguing against the lease has requested — and a decision regarding whether she even has jurisdiction over the issue. If she decides Travis County does have jurisdiction, then the lawsuit will proceed under another judge. If she decides the county does not, then the issue will only be addressed within the school district’s process of addressing complaints: first the school
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board, then the superintendent, then the Texas Education Agency. Attorney Leonard Smith, who is representing owners
of land bordering the leased property who oppose the lease, said he would appeal if the judge decides she doesn’t have jurisdiction. However, he’s not opposed to the complaint being addressed within the school system. Instead, he’d rather the school system address the complaint first. That’s why he requested the judge postpone the case until the complaint makes its way through the school system, he said. Likely, the case is “going to be tied up in the courts and Lawsuit continued on A3
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A little more than a year ago, Ross William Ulbricht was busy adding Westlake High School classmates to a Facebook group, building momentum and excitement for their upcoming 10-year reunion. Perhaps from that same laptop computer, federal officials say, he was simultaneously operating a billion-dollar online drug ring and potentially plotting to kill a former employee — all revelations that began reaching his hometown late Wednesday, received national attention throughout Thursday, and shocked and puzzled many who know him. In a brief interview with the American-Statesman, his grandmother said that Ulbricht continued on A6
Westlake natives Pat Pestorius, on bass and singing, and Cully Symington, on drums, play a song at the Austin City Limits Music Festival Friday along with band members Justin Sherburn on the keyboard and visiting guitarist Aaron Johnson. ROY MATA FOR WESTLAKE PICAYUNE
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Pat Pestorius and Cully Symington’s band will play tomorrow. By Katie Urbaszewski kurbaszewski@acnnewspapers. com
Before Pat Pestorius was the bassist for Austin’s Okkervil River, one of the bands
playing at ACL Friday evening, he was a student at Westlake High School who loved jamming out with his friends. “We lived for that. We’d go to bonfires and play guitar, and that was our thing,” Pestorius said. The Westlake teens formed a band called Cerberus Treats their senior year, he said. Pe-
storius said he created some of the band’s first merchandise in his high school art class, making screen prints. “If I could just play a couple cool licks, that’s all I needed. I’d be happy for life,” he said, reminiscing. Okkervil River drummer Cully Symington also hails from Westlake. Long before Pestorius or
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Due to recent bond-funded upgrades, the Eanes school district has reduced energy use in its buildings by 12 percent in the past year and by 18 percent in the past two years. Most of this is due to upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning in schools and switching to LED and motion-sensor light, said the district’s maintenance and operations department officials. While energy reductions have corresponded to similar costs reductions in past years, electricity costs have actually gone up approximately 11 percent between the 2012 school year and 2011 school year because Austin Energy raised its rates, maintenance and operations data shows. Compared to the 2008 school year, Eanes was still paying 6 percent
less in 2012 due to upgrades from a previous bond package. This rate increase makes it even more important to reduce energy use in the future, the officials said. While the lighting changes and a new boiler are newer “green” technology, replacing roof-top heating and air conditioning units is just good old-fashioned repair vs. replace cost-analysis, said Eanes Energy Manager Dave Hoedebeck. Still, due to advances in technology, newer units are also more efficient. “It’s a matter of maintaining our efficiency with the amount of maintenance dollars that we’re spending,” Hoedebeck said. “If we’re spending more money on maintenance than we’re saving, then it’s time to start looking at new units because it’s costing us more money than it’s worth.” They purchased equipment that would pay for itself before its useful life was over, said Bob Cervi, director of Maintenance and Operations. Major changes include re-
‘It’s a matter of maintaining our efficiency with the amount of maintenance dollars that we’re spending.’ Dave Hodebeck
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Symington joined Okkervil River, the band had its first gig in Austin in 1999. None of the original band members Will Sheff, Zach Thomas or Seth Warren hailed from Austin, though they moved to the city to start the band. Pestorius remembers standing in his driveway when Okkervil continued on A6
Powering down Recent construction within the district has led to a major reduction in energy use in the past two years. Electricity consumption In millions of kilowatt hours 2008’09 2009’10 2010’11
18.7 18.2 16.4
placing 28 heating and air conditioning units at Hill Country Middle School, as well as several other rooftop units at other schools; replacing the hot-water boiler at West Ridge Middle School with a solar-powered boiler; replacing the entire Eanes Elementary School roof; replacing the slow-to-activate lights in all school gyms with fluorescent, motion-sensor lights; switching outdoor lightbulbs with LEDs; and adding an automated heating and air conditioning system to BarEnergy continued on A3
In millions 2008’09 2009’10 2010’11 2011’12 2012’13*
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Note: Data is from paper bills entered into ConserveDirect software *Oct 2012 Austin Energy Rate Increase began during 2012-2013, electric usage was down, but costs are up because of rate increase. Source: Eanes school district ROBERT CALZADA / STAFF
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LOCAL WEST LAKE HILLS
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Name: Marsha Turlington Age and place of birth: 50, Houston.
Event was police department’s 30th National Night Out.
Immediate family (spouse, children and what they do): Husband, Ken, an investment manager with Terry McDaniel Investment Counsel; daughter, Kate, a junior at the University of Arkansas pursuing a B.S.N.; and son, Will, a freshman at Westlake High School. Education: Duke University, bachelor’s degree in art history, concentration - Middle Eastern Studies; University of Texas Master of Journalism Program (photojournalism). Occupation: Busy mom and wife; I am currently serving as president of the Westlake High School Parent Teacher Organization. What’s your career ambition? If I could go back — I’d become a doctor or a marine biologist. What is the latest project in which you are involved? I am honored to be serving as WHS PTO president this year. I am working to improve communications with our parents and staff through the launch of our new website: www.westlakepto.com and our new Facebook page: www. facebook.com/westlakehighpto. Our mission is to enrich the educational experience of students at Westlake High School through the work of countless volunteers and the financial support of the curriculum, technology and materials needed by Westlake’s teachers, counselors and staff. Last year, the PTO funded $83,500 of grant requests, teachers’ classroom supplies and programs benefitting the student body. This year we are challenged to meet significantly higher funding requests to ensure our students continue to benefit from an enriched educational setting. What is your favorite business in the Westbank? I rarely miss a day stopping by Rudy’s for a sweet iced tea. Hobbies: Photography, cooking for parties, walking Lady Bird Lake Trail and enjoying Barton Springs pool whenever I can. What qualities in people draw you to be their friend? A positive attitude and a down-toearth nature. I have a knack for: Troubleshooting computer problems. The one thing I’d like to change about the Westbank is: The traffic. Most significant or interesting job: Serving as the Group Lead for Software Desktop Publishing at National Instruments. My group was responsible for publishing all the English and translated editions of NI software manuals, in one instance, leading me to work in the Tokyo branch for five weeks. Which of your
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civic-oriented accomplishments make you the proudest? The years I served with the Children’s Ministry at Westlake United Methodist Church. Excluding family members, who influenced you most and why? Mary Hall (Memorial High School, Houston) and Patty Barlow (Tivy High School, Kerrville) — two of my high school English teachers who taught me to read critically and write persuasively. What is one interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know? I graduated from the same high school as Johnny Manziel. Go Antlers! What is your fondest childhood memory? Spending summers on my grandparents’ ranch in the Texas Panhandle. It was such a contrast to the hurried pace of growing up in Houston. I rode horses, worked in the garden, learned to cook, bake fresh bread and can wild plum jelly. Evenings were spent playing cards and listening to cowboy tales. I learned to love hard work and to value a simple life. A bad habit I have is: Staying up too late and putting off my filing. My pet peeve is: People who are impatient in line and behind the wheel. My most humorous moment was: Accepting a dare to ride a mechanical bull at the Kerrville Folk Festival back in 1981. Most exciting or dangerous thing I’ve ever done: I headed down to the Bahamas with the Duke Sailing Club one spring break. We left port during a massive storm and made a harrowing night voyage that none of us were skilled-enough to attempt. It’s amazing we didn’t capsize. 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? I would feel like I was in heaven relaxing on the beach, hunting for shells, and swimming in the ocean, so I guess I’d like to have plenty of sunscreen. How would you like to be remembered? As someone with a servant’s heart and one who loved without condition.
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West Lake Hills residents, business owners and public safety officials gathered at the police department last week for a sort of annual community-police mixer, National Night Out. “This is probably the most fun outing we do all year long. ... It’s really no business. We mingle with the public, let them see us kind of with our hair down, let them know that we’re real people under all this regalia,” said Police Chief Cliff Spratlan. Visitors could walk through the West Lake Hills police station, with free food in the City Council chambers and police cars and fire trucks in the back. The siren and lights would click on intermittently as kids climbed inside and officials showed them how the vehicles worked. Firefighters and police officers could barely get full sentences out as children pointed to different sections of the vehicles —
“What’s that for?” “How does this work?” Firefighter Seth Bonnecarrere asked 6-yearold Cub Scout Shahriyar Lavasani what he would do if his mom or dad was really sick and needed help. “I’d call the doctor,” Lavasani responded, before Bonnecarrere explained that if he called 9-1-1, he would bring his parent to the doctor. “Showing everybody through your actions versus your words sometimes is important,” Bonnecarrere said in an interview. “It’s important for people to know, when they’re calling, who they’re calling.” Cpl. Jose Chavarria, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, has participated for years in events such as these, which were founded across the country to encourage people to feel comfortable reporting incidents to police. “It’s an opportunity when the community can talk to law enforcement officers,” Chavarria said. “Otherwise, they might feel intimidated to talk to officers about things like laws, ordinances.” It was the West Lake Hills’ department’s 30th National Night Out. Joe Draker, who owns Maudie’s Tex-Mex,
ABOVE: Shahriyar Lavasani, 6, raises his hand to ask Cpl. Jose Chavarria of the Texas Department of Public Safety a question during National Night Out on Oct. 1 at the West Lake Hills Police Department. BELOW: Westlake Fire Department firefighter Seth Bonnecarrere speaks to Cub Scout Troop 66 about a fire truck at West Lake Hills’ National Night Out on Oct. 1. KATIE URBASZEWSKI PHOTOS / WESTLAKE PICAYUNE
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NAMES AND EVENTS ■ The Westlake High School Hyline Dance and Jazz Clinic for students in grades kindergarten-12 will be held Oct. 14 at Westlake High School from 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m. A show-off performance concludes the day, and students in grades kindergarten-fifth will be performing the routines they learn at the Chaparral Stadium before the Austin High football game on Nov. 8. For more information and registration forms, visit www.whshyline.com. ■ St. Stephen’s dance teacher Bonnie Cox presents “Silence To Power: Dance as a Response to Trauma” Oct. 18, 19 and 20 at the Boyd Vance Theater in the
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Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. Cox and 19 other Central Texas dancers will perform at the contemporary dance produc-
tion. Performances focus on many issues facing women today. Topics include negative body image, bullying, sexual abuse and domestic violence, eating disorders, gender identity and mental health challenges. Performances Oct. 1819 are at 7 p.m., and the performance Saturday is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, visit www.dancetoempower.org. ■ Members of the Westlake class of ’93 are holding their 20-year reunion the weekend of Oct. 18. Please contact
email@example.com registration details or more information. ■ The West Lake Hills Board of Adjustment and City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at West Lake Hills City Hall, 911 Westlake Drive. The Board of Adjustment, comprised of City Council members, will meet at 7 p.m., and the council will begin its meeting five minutes the first meeting ends. ■ The Rollingwood City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Rollingwood City Hall, 403 Nixon Drive.
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■ While changing lanes, an SUV struck a Fed-Ex truck, which caused it to crash through the fence in front of Westlake Medical Center and nearly into the pond, police said. No one reported injuries. The crash was reported about 8 p.m. Photos show part of the Fed-Ex truck’s front in the pond before officials removed it. No one was issued a citation.
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south of Bee Cave Road, with one vehicle on the other’s roof. The driver of the car on top was still in the vehicle and was suspended upside down by her seatbelt. First-responders got her out and took her to the hospital. ■ Construction crews told firefighters they were digging and hit a gas line with a pick axe in the 800 block of Forest View Drive. First-responders found a gas line with a hole in it, then clamped the gas line. After the line was clamped, no flammable gas was detected.
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■ Two cars collided about 2:40 p.m. in the 800 block of Loop 360,
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Westlake professor aids website on constitutions Academics teamed with Google to create ‘Constitute.’ By Katie Urbaszewski kurbaszewski@ acnnewspapers.com
When James Madison was drafting the U.S. Constitution, Thomas Jefferson sent him trunkloads of books from his enormous library across the Atlantic for his research. “Madison kind of ensconced himself in this room in Philadelphia and read and read and read,” said University of Texas government professor and Westlake resident Zachary Elkins. “He was looking at all this political theory from Locke and Rousseau, but he was also looking at British law, and all the other colonies had their own constitutions too.” More than 200 years
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administration for quite some time,” said Ed Burbach, who works as an attorney but is not involved in this case. He has spoken against Eanes’ lease to Western Hills Little League in the past, and sat in on the Oct. 2 hearing along with about a dozen other interested community members. Since filing his suit in April, Smith has argued that the Eanes school dis-
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ton Creek Elementary School. “I don’t see us making these same decreases again next year,” Cervi said. “We hope to drive it down, but (12 percent) is huge after you’ve already saved 18 percent.” As happy as the maintenance and operations team is to see energy use go down, they sigh when they see costs go up due to Austin Energy’s rate increase, Cervi said. “It’s kind of rewarding and frustrating at the same time,” he said. “People see dollars, and rightfully so. It looks like you’re not doing what you need to do, but when
Zachary Elkins (right) works on Constitute with his research assistant Juan Sequeda. CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF GOLDBERG
later, Elkins — along with two other professors, graduate students and Google employees — has created a website that
Madison and Jefferson would have loved. “Constitute,” at www. constituteproject.org, is a free online search-
trict has overstepped their authority in signing this lease. “We’re not talking about building a school or anything associated with it; we’re talking about leasing school land for a nonschool purpose,” Smith told the judge. Livingston asked Smith if, hypothetically, Eanes built fields there and ran them itself if that would be within its authority. Yes, Smith said, though it depends on how the district would use the land. Eanes has no authority to lease land, Smith told Livingston. The only part of its mission statement it uses to do this is the part that says it’s committed to “enriching opportunities.”
“That’s an authority that over time has been implied,” Smith said. Attorney Rick Morris, who represents Eanes, argued that the burden of proof is on Smith. He cannot request that Eanes prove how it has the authority to lease this land, but must “say it exceeded its authority,” Morris said. The Eanes school district currently leases property to ESD No. 9 near Forest Trail Elementary and to the Westbank Community Library District near Westlake High, said attorney Chad Smith, who represents Western Hills Little League. In a brief filed in court this week, Smith said those government-to-gov-
you look at consumption, it’s down.” This year, the maintenance and operations staff encouraged each school to launch a Green Team, which teaches students about energy conservation and encourages those at the school to conserve energy and water. Barton Creek Elementary School had the greatest percentage decrease in energy use, said Emily Richardson, maintenance and operations administrative assistant. They decrease energy use 28 percent. “They have both a very active student Green Team and got several upgrades in heating and cooling equipment as well as new gym lights and exterior LED lighting,” Richardson said. Hoedebeck said the staff regularly announces the energy use statistics at meetings, and principals have started competing to see which
school can do the best. He said he sympathizes with Principal Jennifer Dusek, who runs Valley View Elementary School. For reasons that involve the school having several different air conditioning and heating systems, it’s Eanes’ least-efficient building. However, if Eanes’ master plan comes to fruition, Dusek might later have the most efficient building. Planners have proposed building a new school on River Hills Road and putting Valley View students there. Forest Trail Elementary School would then take Valley View’s building. The new school would have newer energy-efficient equipment and building materials, Hoedebeck said. Builders would try to maximize sunlight in rooms, allowing them to dim lighting fixtures. Contact Katie Urbaszewski at 512-445-3707.
able archive of all world constitutions. Sections of each constitution are tagged by topic, which means users can search by topics such as “freedom of expression” or “social rights” and compare different countries’ constitutional stance on these issues. Elkins and his colleagues Tom Ginsburg of the University of Chicago and James Melton of University College London had already compiled constitutional data for their Comparative Constitutions Project when they applied for a Google Ideas grant. “We realized this stuff was useful to people writing constitutions, not just studying them,” Elkins said. The grant made it possible to complete the “mammoth undertaking” of tagging each constitutions’ sections by top-
ernment leases are authorized in the state code. The lease with Western Hills Little League is not. If the neighbors are unhappy with this decision, they must address it by electing different board members rather going to court, Morris told the judge. When any entity builds a structure, be it a government or a business, “all adjacent landowners are affected to a certain degree,” Morris said to Livingston. Contact Katie Urbaszewski at 512-445-3707.
ic, he said. Google’s help building the interface was also invaluable. “It doesn’t have to be a miserable experience,” Elkins said. “You should be able to sit down and read a constitution and not be induced into sleep or irritability.” The team launched Constitute Sept. 23 in front of a group of delegates, journalists and scholars at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he said. In the first two to three days, people from 165 countries had looked at the site, Elkins said.
“In other countries, a lot of people are thinking about redesigning their constitutions,” he said. “When you actually look at what’s going on in terms of constitutional revision, there are a lot of other countries that are not on the front page of the newspaper that are rewriting their constitutions. A lot of constitutions surprisingly die just after about 19 years. Even outside hotspots, there’s a lot of revision going on.” Contact Katie Urbaszewski at 512-445-3707.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
Budget impasse results in shutdown Ed Sterling
At midnight on Oct. 1, the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, when the U.S. House and U.S. Senate did not agree on an appropriations bill or continuing resolution to fund fiscal year 2014 at an estimated cost of $3.8 trillion. Before the shutdown, to prepare Texas, Gov. Rick Perry on Sept. 30 delivered a statement that included this sentence: “In anticipation of the federal government’s looming shutdown, I directed state agencies that will be affected by the suspension of federal funding to develop contingency plans to prioritize essential functions and use existing budget transfer authority to allow these services to Texans to continue until Washington gridlock
ends.” Now, “shutdown” suggests that whatever is federally funded would cease to function, but some federal agencies or personnel within certain agencies that are considered essential were ordered by the Obama administration to stay on the job Oct. 1, and in the days following, more were called back to work. While the Republican Party-controlled House did pass an appropriations bill containing language to defund the Affordable Care Act, the Democratic Party-controlled Senate stripped the defunding measure from the House bill. Further negotiations proved unsuccessful. Before Oct. 1, President Obama promised to veto legislation to defund the health care law and urged the Congress to pass a budget that funds the government “with no partisan strings attached.” The standoff could end this week or go on indefinitely. The next big deadline facing Congress is Oct. 17, the date when the federal government reaches its debt limit of $16.8 trillion. If no deal to increase
the debt limit is reached by then, the United States will default on its loans and its credit rating may be downgraded, making it harder and costlier to borrow from other nations. Two nations holding U.S. debt to the tune of over $1 trillion each are China and Japan. Some in Congress say raising the debt limit is a do-or-die issue, while others don’t seem moved by the prospect of a default.
Davis announces candidacy
Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth on Oct. 3 publicly declared her candidacy to become the 48th governor of Texas. Davis, 50, seeks the Texas Democratic Party’s nomination and Attorney General Greg Abbott seeks the Republican Party of Texas’ nomination. Abbott, 55, faces competition in former state party chair and current Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken, 69. The election will be held in November 2014 and the new governor will take office in January 2015. Party primaries
are on the calendar for March 4, 2014.
Guv stumps for water measure
Gov. Perry, in San Angelo on Oct. 2, encouraged Texans to vote yes on Proposition 6 on the Nov. 5 election ballot. Prop. 6 would authorize a one-time $2 billion transfer from the State of Texas’ Economic Stimulus (“rainy day”) Fund to create a State Water Implementation Fund that Perry said would “leverage funding up to $30 billion in water projects over five decades.” The constitutional amendment, if passed, would require regional and statewide prioritization of water projects in the State Water Plan and enable local communities to access cost-effective interest rates to invest in water needs, he said.
Bonds get highest rating
State Comptroller Susan Combs on Sept. 30 announced that bond-rating agency Standard & Poor’s raised its rating for Tex-
as’ general obligation bonds from AA+ to AAA, the highest rating. Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service already rate Texas bonds AAA, she said, adding, “This is the first time Texas has received the top general obligation bond ratings from all three ratings agencies.” Strong bond ratings can help lower borrowing costs, she said, and they reflect Wall Street’s confidence in the Texas economy, the state’s revenue growth, disciplined cash management and budgeting.
Merger settlement reached
Attorney General Abbott on Oct. 1 announced the State of Texas reached a settlement agreement concerning the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways. American Airlines agreed that if the airlines do merge, to maintain daily service to 22 airports across the state, to keep Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as a hub and to keep the company’s headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Bond election, Waterwise Garden on horizon for city
A little over halfway through my term as mayor, the city staff, City Council and I have been working hard to provide essential services of water, sewer and public safety. My highest priority when I became mayor was complete the purchase of our sewer system from the Lower Colo-
FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY ■ Westlake Police De-
partment officers received higher pay as a result of a reorganizational effort that eliminated some leadership positions. ■ An accidental fire started by a barbecue grill severely damaged a home in the 800 block of Crystal Creek Drive. ■ Construction plans were finalized for a $3.5 million improvements project along Bee Cave Road around the intersection at Loop 360. ■ Ten vehicles were burglarized in Wes Lake Hills during a two-day period.
TEN YEARS AGO TODAY ■ Judge Peggy Parker,
who presided over the Rollingwood Municipal Court, died. ■ The Westlake Youth Soccer Association offered partial funding for the expansion and use of the Eanes school district athletic practice facility that included lighting.
rado River Authority and outsource the operations. The purchase was completed with financing obtained at favorable rates, and the maintenance and operations have been outsourced to AWR Services. We have been making upgrades to the system as recommended by our experts and have also written emergency procedures for power outages. Two portable generators have been purchased to allow us to continue operations without electricity if needed. Another priority was to shorten the length of City Council meetings, which were starting at 6 p.m. and ending around 1:30 am. Meeting for 7.5 hours into the ear-
ly mooring was not good for council deliberations or for the transparency of city business. We’ve been able to push the starting time to 7 p.m., and usually end around 9:30 p.m., which shortens the meeting time to 2.5 hours. Also going on, our 2012 water project has been completed, which upgraded our water system with additional fire hydrants and fire flow. The Edgegrove intersection widening for a right turn lane has been engineered and construction will begin after the bidding process. We have new city administrator, judge and court administrator, and we have plans to add an eighth police officer. We have also significantly increased
our transparency with the BoardDoc system that allows citizens to hear council deliberations the following day. Now comes the future. The Waterwise Garden will begin construction in the coming weeks. World renowned garden designers Scott Ogden and Laura Springer Ogden have designed a diverse, sustainable and sensitive garden for City Hall that will use drought-tolerant native and adapted plants. We expect that by showing a successful garden at City Hall, we will inspire homeowners to follow this example, which will ultimately reduce our need for water. Coming up, we have three ballot items for the Novem-
ber election. There will be a request to continue collecting sales taxes for the benefit of our city streets, a request to approve selling a bond for street resurfacing and a third request for replacing water lines located in back yards with water lines located in the streets. We stand ready to implement the will of the people and look forward to their decision. I think my biggest challenge is to obtain the right of way along Bee Cave Road to complete the center turn lane. So far this is an objective that has failed. This initiative will remain on our agenda for discussion until my term is complete or the ROW is obtained.
Changes result in smooth opening for ACL Fest From the first song by The Orwells on Friday morning to the finale by Lionel Richie on Sunday night, the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park had a minimum impact on residents of adjacent Rollingwood, thanks to a fine-tuned plan of action to better deal with the influx of visitors. Chief Dayne Pryor of the Rollingwood Police Department credited the implementation of new detour routes and enforcement of parking-by-permit-only as keys to the success of the plan. He pointed out that feedback from both area residents and concert goers was, for the
most part, positive. Motorists dropping off or picking up festival attendees from the designated point near the east end of Rollingwood Drive were detoured more than a block away before turning back out of the city. This prevented traffic from backing up. Detours were clearly marked by bright signs to help prevent motorists from venturing too far off designated exit routes. Rollingwood residents can take some solace in knowing that city officials are continuing to find ways to keep both them and ACL Fest visitors as safe as possible. The
recent changes clearly made Rollingwood streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists during the first weekend of the festival. ACL Fest goers were better behaved, according to Pryor. He noted that there were only two Rollingwood arrests during the first three-day weekend — one involving alcohol consumption by a minor and the other involving an assault-by-contact incident between a husband and wife. Even parking violations were described as minimal. The ACL Fest producer, C3 Presents, reportedly contributed significantly to the Rollingwood Police Department
being able to ensure that there was enough manpower to deal with most emergencies. Pryor said he is certain that police presence and prior publicity about their safety-related efforts helped prevent problems that have occurred in the past. No one knows for certain what the final weekend of the festival holds for the Rollingwood Police Department; however, if last weekend is any indication of how the new plan is working, we are reasonably certain that area residents will be resting a little easier than in any of the 12 previous years.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
LOCAL EANES SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS Eanes school district
Monday, Oct. 14 — Student Holiday
Westlake High School
Thursday, Oct. 10 — Tennis District Tournament, Varsity Football at Anderson, Nelson Field, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 — CC Boys & Girls - Chaparral Invitational, Boys - V/ JV/F, Girls - V/JV/F, Volleyball vs. Akins, WHS, FR Blue/Red - 5:30/6:30, JV/V - 5:30/6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 — Marching Festival, WHS Chap Stadium, TMEA Region Orchestra Auditions, Goryzcki MS, Credit by Exam, Library Bat Cave, 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14 — Staff In-service, Student Holiday, Hyline Dance Clinic, PE Gym, NGC Gym, Chap Court, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 — PSAT Online Registration closes, Volleyball vs. Lake Travis, WHS, FR Blue/ Red - 5:30/6:30, JV/V 5:30/6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 — FR Tennis vs. Cedar Ridge, WHS, 4:30 p.m., Tennis Area Tournament, FR Football vs. Del Valle, WHS Stadium, BLUE/ RED 5:30/7, 5:30 p.m., JV Football at Del Valle, BLUE/RED 5:30/7 p.m.
Hill Country Middle School
Thursday, Oct. 10 — 7th/8th Grade Volleyball vs. Hudson Bend-HCMS, 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 — Cross Country Chap Invite Meet-East Metro Park, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 — All Region Orchestra Auditions (optional)-Gorzycki MS Monday, Oct. 14 — 7th Grade Football vs. Lake Travis-WHS, 4:15 p.m.‘C’ Team, 5:30 p.m.-‘B’ Team, 7 p.m.-‘A’ Team. Tuesday, Oct. 15 — 8th Grade Football vs. Lake Travis-Lake Travis, 4:15 p.m.-‘C’ Team, 5:30 p.m.-‘B’ Team, 7 p.m.-‘A’ Team. Wednesday, Oct. 16 — Symphonic/Concert Band Fall Performance-HCMS New Gym, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 — 7th/8th Grade Volleyball vs. Dripping SpringsAway, 5 p.m.
West Ridge Middle School
Thursday, Oct. 10 —
CLT Meeting, Room 223, All meetings during C lunch, 1 p.m., Volleyball vs. Marble Falls MS, WRMS, 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 — Wildcat Club Meeting, WRMS Library, 9 a.m., Book Buddies Trip w/Student Council and NJHS, Pleasant Hill Elementary & Gattitown, 10:45 a.m., Cross Country Chap Invite, Southeast Metro Park, Del Valle, Busses depart WRMS at 2:30 p.m. & return to the WHS 9th Grade Center at 7p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 — All Region Orchestra Auditions, Goryziki MS, DI Training/Meeting/Workshop, WRMS Cafeteria, Room 224\, and Library, Team Manager Training: 7 a.m.-noon, WRMS cafeteria and library, Regional Board Meeting: noon-1 p.m., WRMS Room 224 , Student Team Member Workshop: 1-5 p.m., WRMS Cafeteria Monday, Oct. 14 — 7th Gr. Football vs. Dripping Springs MS, at Dripping Springs MS, Green Team plays at 4:15, White Team plays at 5:30, Black Team plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 — Wildcat Club Meeting, WRMS Library, 9 a.m., 8th Gr. Football vs. Dripping Springs MS, at WHS, Green Team plays at 4:15, White Team plays at 5:30, Black Team plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 — Orchestra Fall Concert, WRMS Cafeteria, All Orchestras, 5 p.m., 7/8 Band Fall Concert, WRMS Cafeteria, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 — Volleyball at Hudson Bend MS, Hudson Bend MS, 5 p.m.
Barton Creek Elementary
Friday, Oct. 11 — Family Movie Night, 7 p.m.
Bridge Point Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 15 — GT Assessment Parent Information Meeting, 1:45 p.m.
Cedar Creek Elementary
Friday, Oct. 11 — Booster Club Meeting, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 — PTO meeting, Library, 11 a.m.
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Friday, Oct. 11 — Kindergarten Field Trip; Booster Club Meeting, 8:45 a.m.
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Valley View Elementary
Friday, Oct. 11 — Kindergarten Field Trip
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Charges stun friends Ulbricht
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the allegations are stunning and that Ulbricht, 29, was “smart and sweet” growing up. Martha Ulbricht of Georgetown said she expected her grandson’s life to be filled with success, and that “right now, it’s really a tragic situation.” Other family members, including Ulbricht’s parents, declined to comment Thursday at a Southwest Austin home that public records show is their residence. According to court records, Ulbricht is charged with drug trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering; a separate indictment in Maryland accused him in a failed murder-for-hire plot. Silk Road, the website that agents said he
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he got the call in 2005: “We’ve got an opening for an Okkervil bass player. Do you want to do a tour?” he recalled. The rest is history. Pestorius said some of his favorite moments with the band were playing on the Late Show With David Letterman and touring as a backing band for Roky Erickson, who was one of the first psychedelic rockers.
operated, allowed users to anonymously browse nearly 13,000 listings under categories such as “Cannabis,” “Psychedelics,” and “Stimulants” before making purchases using the electronic currency Bitcoin. Over the course of its operation, the black market site brokered more than $1 billion in transactions for illegal drugs and services, according to court documents. Federal agents arrested Ulbricht on Tuesday afternoon in a San Francisco public library branch. Much about Ulbricht’s life growing up in the Austin area remained unknown Thursday. Many high school classmates didn’t return phone calls or emails for comment. Those who did said they had only vague memories of him, but recalled his intelligence. “I’m totally shocked,” said Sarah Evans, executive director of Well Aware, which works to provide water to Africa. Evans said she met Ulbricht through a mutual
friend who volunteered for her agency a couple of years ago and that he was operating a company called Good Wagon Books at that time. She said Ulbricht helped organize a book drive for the nonprofit, collecting books, selling them online and giving the organization the money. “He had a big heart, and he was clearly very smart,” she said. “Just in conversations with him, he was super-sharp.” Although they declined to comment Thursday, Ulbricht’s parents, Kirk and Lyn, told the Reuters news service in a phone interview that they didn’t known what their son was doing in San Francisco, but said he was a bright student who received a master’s in material sciences from Pennsylvania State University. He also attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where he studied physics. Forbes.com reported that Ulbricht’s half-brother, Travis, said that Ross Ulbricht is “an exceptionally bright and smart kid. He’s always
“At that point we were busy, busy busy. ... We were a band that Pat was on Pestorius the rise,” Pestorius said. “We were working to make our name together and being tight. We survived it, but now we’re going in and writing the next phase.” Beyond a few tour dates and a show on Conan next week, Pestorius said he’s not sure what that future holds. Right now, the bandmates are focusing on making sure their music is as cohesive as possible, since they recently wel-
comed some new musicians into their group. “When you work with new people, it’s about regaining territory,” Pestorius said. “That’s kind of what we’re doing now, trying to get that thing back.” Pestorius, who recently became the father of a brand new baby girl, said touring is especially tough. “She’s 11 weeks,” he said. “It’s the hardest time to go away right now. ... She’s only a little baby one time.” Okkervil River will perform from 5-6 p.m. Friday on the Honda stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Contact Katie Urbaszewski at 512-445-3707.
been upstanding and never had any trouble with the law that I knew of.” According to published reports, Ulbricht moved to San Francisco last fall. Technology news website The Verge reported that a close friend, Rene Pinnell, who lived with Ulbricht, was shocked. Public records show the Ulbricht family lived at another Austin home until several years ago, but then moved to Costa Rica for a period. A rental home website shows the couple advertising property in Costa Rica. Kirk Ulbricht was described as an Austin green builder and home designer while Lyn is a freelance writer. The property was where the couple “and their children, love to gather with friends and family,” the website says. Additional material by staff writer Julie Chang. Contact Tony Plohetski at 512-4453605. Contact Claudia Grisales at 512-912-5933. Twitter: @cgrisales
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children to the event last week. “We’ve been coming for years” Draker said “We started coming before these kids were born. It’s always nice to say thanks to the guys that are serving our community.”
brought his two small
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
STILL LIFE Best Party Ever raises $140K
Leadership Austin holds 12th annual event at W Austin Hotel for more than 750 guests.
“We are lucky to have the support of Central Texas’ finest, who showed up in force. With funds raised, we can build an even better Austin.”
By Holly Jackson Westlake Picayune Contributing Writer
Austin’s abundance of overachievers comprises the membership of Leadership Austin, and the 12th annual Best Party Ever at the hip W Austin Hotel was the stage for naming nonprofit organization’s 34 yearly classes that have embraced the tradition of calling themselves “the best class ever.” More than 750 partygoers attended the sold out signature soiree with an “illuminate” theme to shine on three honorees. Since the event’s inception, Kennedy Creative again designed the festive décor, featuring neon lights. Entertainment showcased D J Christian Barbuto and costumed photos taken by native Westbanker Bill Alewine. The movers and shakers mingled at a cocktail reception sponsored by Grey Goose vodka and Chimay beer. Tasty hors d’oeuvres of beef satay, shrimp cocktail and chicken masala were complemented by luminescent cutlery. Donated by Westbanker and sponsor Laura Merritt, the raffle of a beachside homestay in Costa Rica was won by Westbanker Howard Yancy. This crème of the crop competitively bid on silent auction items such as a watercolor painting by international artist Jan Heaton, earrings by Kendra Scott and a retreat to Travassa Resort and Spa. The honoree presentation consisted of outstanding individuals who ignite passion for community leadership. Friends, family and colleagues gave glowing testimonials on stage. Awards were given to Susan Dawson, president and executive director of E3 Alliance, with the Polly Scallorn Community Trustee award; Chelsea McCullough, executive director at Texans for Economic Progress, with the Ascendant Award; and Westbanker Gary Farmer, president of Heritage Title Company, with the Exceptional Award for an Honorary Alumnus award. “Everyone has an obligation to give back,” Farmer said. “I am here because I have been a part of great teams. Make a difference.” The VIP pre-party was celebrated with Champagne in the W’s Social Room. The after party downstairs at restaurant TRACE offered breakfast tacos. An old adage says that most deal-making is done after-hours, and this prominent party proved it true. The elite event grossed $140,000. “We are lucky to have the support of Central Texas’ finest who showed up in force,” said event co-chair Toya Haley. “With funds raised, we can build an even better Austin.” Since 1979, Leadership Austin has been developing a pipeline of trained and engaged community leaders. Every year, 55 selected leaders participate in 10 days of classes during a period of nine months. The curriculum focuses on regional issues, leadership skills and building strong networks among class members and local leaders. To become involved, visit www.leadershipaustin.org. For more events, visit HollyHotHappenings.com.
Leadership Austin event co-chair Toya Haley
Sponsor and board member Tamra Kerns (left) sponsor and board president Christopher Kennedy, and past board chair Amber Carden attend the Best Party Ever. PHOTOS BY HOLLY JACKSON FOR WESTLAKE PICAYUNE
Event co-chair, board member and sponsor Toya Haley (left) with Westbanker and event cochair Cathy Casey.
Heather McKissick with University Federal Credit Union sponsor Yung Tran.
From left, Digital Union sponsors Hector Dominguez, Ascendant awardee Chelsea McCullough and Maggie Miller.
Westbankers Nahid and Ali Khataw, board member and Enotech Engineering Consultants sponsor.
Westbankers Pam and Rick Whitley, past board chair and The Whitley Group sponsor.
Polly Scallorn Community Trustee awardee Susan Dawson with husband Ken Mannas.
Westbanker Leslie Brown and her mother, Alice Kelly.
University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement sponsor and Westbanker Dr. Gregory Vincent (left) and Teddy McDaniel.
Exceptional Award for an Honorary Alumnus awardee, Heritage Title Company sponsor and Westbanker Gary Farmer with wife Susan Farmer.
AT LEFT: Westbankers Jamie and Paul Trahan, board member and Norton Rose Fulbright sponsor.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
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Ex-Chap Brees holds on to record.
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COMMENTARY MICHAEL ADAMS
Putting a grade on the Chaps The defense mildly lags behind the offense for Westlake so far.
One game separates them atop standings; rematch is Tuesday.
Report cards for the Eanes school district will be released on Oct. 19. Since we are midway through the football season, I decided to release my mid-season report card for the Westlake Chaparrals football team. I am breaking this down by position and on both offense and defense. Here is how the Chaparrals grade out so far:
By Michael Adams email@example.com
Jordan Severt has been nearly flawless so far this season. He leads District 15-5A in passing yards with 1,142. The SMU commitment has two come-frombehind wins, with his best performance being against Temple, when he threw for 348 yards and completed 24 of 43
Football continued on B4
TODAY’S GAME Westlake at Anderson, Nelson Field, 7:30 p.m. For complete coverage go to westlakepicayune.com and follow the action on twitter by following @ picayunesports.
Westlake’s Patrick Elliott is one of a few talented, productive wide outs the Chaps can go to in the passing game. MICHELLE TUCKER / FOR WESTLAKE PICAYUNE
LAST FRIDAY WESTLAKE 62, AKINS 0
Chaps cruise to a 62-0 home victory Westlake backup quarterbacks, special teams deliver the goods. By Chris Dukes firstname.lastname@example.org
Westlake’s Brekyn Hager tackles Akins’ Ryan Medrano in an Oct. 4 home win at Chaparral Stadium. MICHELLE TUCKER / FOR WESTLAKE PICAYUNE
Keeping her eye on District 15-5A title Fernanda Contreras and the Westlake tennis team played in the District 15-5A Team Tennis Championships earlier this week but did not finish before deadline. Westlake played a semifinal match Tuesday, and the championship was scheduled for Wednesday. For complete coverage, visit westlakepicayune.com. MICHAEL ADAMS / WESTLAKE PICAYUNE
Westlake in race with Lake Travis
Westlake (3-3, 1-1) jumped out to a 42-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a 62-0 win over Akins (2-4, 1-1). Alex Chavez scored on the Chaps’ first play from scrimmage, a 35-yard run set up by a 55-yard kickoff return from Michael Severt to make it 7-0 with less than 30 seconds off the clock. “It was very important to come out and play well from the first play of the game,” said head coach Darren Allman. “I am proud of our foot-
ball team with the way that we responded this week. We had a good week all week long in practice and it showed.” Operating without starting quarterback Jordan Severt, backups Jon Rhodes and Sean Rollings each had success under center. Rhodes was a perfect 6-for-6 passing for 108 yards and a score, while Rollings hit his only pass of the night and scored on the ground from 18 yards out to make it 21-0 in the first quarter. “Jordan will be back, and it ended up being a good thing for us,” Allman said of Severt, who could return as early as next week. “We worked some different quarterbacks in the Westlake continued on B3
With a sweep of Bowie on Friday, the Westlake volleyball team finished the first round of District 15-5A with one blemish — a five-set loss to Lake Travis. The Chaparrals will get a chance at revenge Tuesday when they host Lake Travis. The Cavaliers finished the first round undefeated in district play and with a one-game lead in the district standings ahead of Westlake. Both teams look to be on a clear path to the playoffs. Lake Travis’ magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three, and the Cavaliers host Del Valle and Bowie before its rematch with the Chaparrals. If one of the three teams in the middle of the pack lose both games this week, Lake Travis could have a playoff berth wrapped up should the Cavaliers defeat Del Valle and Bowie. Westlake had a non-district matchup with San Antonio Reagan on Tuesday and begins the second round of district play Friday against Akins, which won its only district game last week against Del Valle. If the Chaparrals defeat Lake Travis on Tuesday, it would likely force a share of the district championship, should both teams win the remaining games on their schedule. After the anticipated game between the Chaparrals and Cavaliers on Tuesday, Westlake has Anderson, Austin, Del Valle and Bowie remaining, all teams Westlake swept in the first round. Lake Travis has Akins, Anderson and Austin, three teams the Cavaliers swept in Volleyball continued on B5
UPCOMING GAMES Akins at Westlake, 6:30 p.m., Friday Lake Travis at Westlake, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday
Downs paces Westlake boys to 22nd place Lake Travis’ boys ended up 16th, the girls finished a strong 12th. By Michael Adams email@example.com ROUND ROCK — The West-
lake girls varsity cross country team had the week off, but the boys competed Saturday at the McNeil Invitational at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, along with Lake Travis’ boys and girls teams. Westlake’s boys finished 22nd, while Lake Travis fin-
NEXT RACE Chaparral Invitational, Friday, Southeast Metro Park, 8 a.m.
ished 16 in the 32-team race that featured 270 runners from across the state. Mason Slade was the top runner for the Cavaliers on the 5,000-meter course, finishing 37th overall with a time of Cross country continued on B4
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
SPORTS DISTRICT 15-5A NOTES
Cavs on clear path to title After Lake Travis’ 430 win over Bowie last Friday, there isn’t any question that the road to the District 15-5A football championship goes through Lake Travis. It was also the last marquee game left on the District 15-5A schedule until Westlake at Lake Travis on Nov. 1. Westlake has Anderson tonight, then Del Valle, followed by a bye week before the Chaps’ showdown with the Cavaliers. Lake Travis plays Akins tonight and has Anderson and Del Valle before facing Westlake.
Every week, we will look at possible firstround playoff matchups with District 16-5A. If the playoffs were held today, the four teams from District 15-5A would be Lake Travis (2-0 in district), Westlake (1-1), Bowie (1-1) and Akins (1-1). The four teams from 16-5A would be Hendrickson (2-0), Westwood (20), Stony Point (1-1) and Round Rock (1-1) Bowie, Akins, Westwood and Round Rock would be Division I and Lake Travis, Westlake, Hendrickson and Stony Point would be Division II. First-round matchups in Division I would be Westwood vs. Akins and a rematch of Bowie vs. Round Rock, a game Bowie won 32-29 on Sept. 12 in Round Rock. Division II first-round matchups would be Lake Travis vs. Stony Point and Westlake against Hendrickson. All signs are pointing to a Lake Travis-Hendrickson showdown in the state quarterfinals, but anything is possible in the playoffs.
Lake Travis’s defense is pretty good
Through five games, no one was able to stop Austin Eschenberg and the Bowie offense. The Bulldogs entered the game with Lake Travis averaging 394.5 yards of offense and 40.3 points per game. Bowie found it hard to move the football and had two first downs and just 51 yards on eight offensive series by halftime. Only one of those series wasn’t a three-andout. Lake Travis was the first team to hold Bowie to less than 300 yards of offense while shutting out the Bulldogs.
In Lake Travis’ last two games, the Cavs’ reserves have gotten a lot of playing time. In the Cavaliers’ game against Austin High, the starters were pulled in the second quarter after Lake Travis built a 340 lead and was scoring at will. Last week, head coach
POWER POLL Each week throughout the district season we will rank the teams in 15-5A. 1. Lake Travis (4-1, 2-0) – The Cavaliers unexpectedly had no trouble with Bowie and nothing looks to be standing in their way at this point. 2. Westlake (3-3, 1-1) – Westlake found its rhythm last week in a 62-0 win over Akins without star quarterback Jordan Severt. 3. Bowie (5-1, 1-1) – A 43-0 setback wasn’t what Bowie fans were expecting. Despite the loss, the Bulldogs are clearly one of the elite teams. 4. Akins (2-4, 1-1) – The Eagles still hold the edge in the race for the final playoff spot, but Westlake exposed the Eagles and proved if you stop Teddy Lowery, you stop Akins. 5. Del Valle (2-4, 1-1) – Del Valle beat a bad Anderson team 21-0, which really wasn’t the statement win the Cardinals needed to prove their the fourth best team. 6. Austin High (1-4, 0-1) – The Maroons spent their bye week healing their wounds from a 51-12 loss to Lake Travis. 7. Anderson (0-5, 0-1) – Anderson had a bye week last week to regroup but will have an angry Del Valle team to contend with this week.
Hank Carter pulled his starters in the third quarter after the Cavaliers built a 43-0 lead by the end of the third quarter. With games against Akins, Anderson and Del Valle on the horizon, Lake Travis’ backups could see a lot more playing time in the weeks to come. Lake Travis is expected to blow out all three teams.
The final playoff spot
If there is an anticipated game in District 15-5A in the next few weeks leading up to Westlake-Lake Travis, it has to be Akins at Austin High on Oct. 18. Del Valle at Austin on Nov. 1 might also end up being a big game should the Maroons beat Akins. Akins is still in the drivers seat, despite a 62-0 thrashing at the hands of Westlake. All the Eagles have to do is beat Austin High,
DISTRICT 15-5A UPDATE
DISTRICT 15-5A ROUNDUP
Lake Travis blanks Bowie
Standings District W-L 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-1
Team Lake Travis Bowie Westlake Akins Del Valle Austin Anderson
Overall W-L 4-1 5-1 3-3 2-4 2-4 1-4 0-5
This week Thursday Lake Travis at Akins Westlake at Anderson Friday, Oct. 11 Austin at Bowie Del Valle is off
Last week Westlake 62, Akins 0 Lake Travis 43, Bowie 0 Del Valle 21, Anderson 0 Austin was off
Player of the week Shaun Nixon, RB, Lake Travis – Nixon had four touchdowns in Lake Travis’ 43-0 thrashing of Bowie. The Texas A&M-bound Nixon had 202 yards rushing on 23 carries with three scores on the ground and had three receptions for a team-high 81 yards before sitting the fourth quarter. Game balls Jon Rhoads, QB, Westlake – Filling in for an absent Jordan Severt, Rhoads had 108 yards passing, completing all six of his attempts, with two touchdowns through the air. He also had two receptions for 49 yards and added 48 yards rushing with a third touchdown. Dominic De Lira, QB, Lake Travis – De Lira had a district-high 218 yards passing with two touchdowns in the Cavaliers’ wins. He completed 16 of his 26 attempts. Lake Travis defense – The Cavaliers were the first team to shut out Bowie , a team that was averaging 39 point per game heading into Friday’s contest. Lake Travis also held the Bulldogs to their lowest offensive output of the season – 126 yards.
Top performers Passing Player, school D. De Lira, Lake Travis J. Rhoads, Westlake J. Menke, Anderson K. Hill, Anderson J. Padron, Del Valle T. Lowery, Akins
C-A-I YDS TDs 16-26-0 218 2 6-6-0 108 2 7-11-0 87 0 10-18-1 70 0 4-8-0 52 0 2-4-1 36 0
Season high Jordan Severt, Westlake (vs. Temple, Sept. 6) 24-43-0, 348 yds, 5 TDs Rushing Player, school S. Nixon, Lake Travis T. Lowery, Akins C. Myers, Bowie D. Gilliam, Del Valle W. Grear, Del Valle A. Chavez, Westlake
Att-Yds-TDs 23-202-3 11-79-0 17-71-0 4-65-4 5-62-0 6-60-1
Season high Teddy Lowery, Akins (vs. Del Valle, Sept. 27) 28 carries, 240 yards, 2 TDs Receiving Player, school S. Nixon, Lake Travis T. Payne, Lake Travis J. Rhoads, Westlake T. Pearson, Anderson M. Jacobs, Westlake G. Foster, Lake Travis
Rec-Yds-TD 3-93-1 6-56-0 2-49-0 7-48-0 1-46-0 4-39-0
Season high Altany Wilson, Del Valle (vs. McNeil, Sept. 12) 9 catches, 210 yards, 2 TDs Team offense School Lake Travis Westlake Del Valle Anderson Bowie Akins
Team defense Yds 469 360 270 261 128 103
Pts 43 62 21 0 0 0
School Westlake Lake Travis Del Valle Anderson Akins Bowie
Yds 103 128 261 270 360 469
Pts 0 0 0 21 62 43
PLAYOFF RACE If the playoffs were held today, who would be in and who would they face in the first round: Division I-5A Division II-5A 1. Bowie (5-1, 1-1) 1. Lake Travis (4-1, 2-0) vs Round Rock (3-3, 1-1) vs. Stony Point (4-2, 1-1) 2.Akins (2-4, 1-1) 2.Westlake (3-3, 1-1) vs.Westwood (3-3, 2-0) vs. Hendrickson (6-0, 2-0) and they will make their first playoff appearance in school history. Should Austin High defeat Akins, Austin would get in with a win over Del Valle. Del Valle needs Austin to beat Akins and then defeat the Maroons. Michael Adams
With Shaun Nixon and a stout defense leading the way Friday, the Lake Travis Cavaliers shook off a challenger to their throne. Nixon accounted for 295 yards of offense and four touchdowns in Lake Travis’ 43-0 victory over previously unbeaten Bowie. Nixon’s teammates also recorded their best defensive effort of the season in the shutout at Cavalier Stadium. Lake Travis (4-1) got into the end zone twice within the game’s first six minutes as Dominic De Lira threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Packer and Nixon scored on a 2-yard run. Nixon scored again in the second quarter as the Texas A&M-committed rusher went for 153 firsthalf yards. But as good as Nixon was in the first half, the stars of the first two quarters were James Bailey and Chris Roller, two junior defensive backs. Bailey partially blocked a punt to set up Lake Travis’ first touchdown, and the Cavaliers’ second score came nine plays after Bailey pounced on a fumble forced by Roller. Later, Roller gave Lake Travis a 29-0 halftime lead when he returned an interception of Austin Eschenburg for a touch-
down. Westlake 62, Akins 0: The Chaparrals (3-3, 1-1 District 15-5A) jumped to a 42-0 halftime lead and cruised past the visiting Eagles (2-4, 1-1). Alex Chavez scored on the Chaps’ first play from scrimmage, a 35-yard run set up by a 55-yard kickoff return from Michael Severt to make it 7-0 with less than 30 seconds off the clock. Operating without starting quarterback Jordan Severt, backups Jon Rhodes and Sean Rollings each had success. Rhodes was a perfect 6 for 6 passing for 108 yards and two scores, while Rollings hit his only pass and scored on the ground from 18 yards out to make it 21-0 in the first quarter. Del Valle 21, Anderson 0: Will Grear scored on a 49-yard touchdown run to help Del Valle to its first District 15-5A victory of the season. The Cardinals (2-4, 1-1) led 14-0 at halftime behind 1-yard touchdown runs from Juan Padron and Devondre Gilliam. Del Valle finished with 218 yards rushing, led by Gilliam’s 65 yards on just four carries. Grear added 62 yards on five attempts. Kirby Hill and Joseph Menke combined to pass for 157 yards for Anderson (0-5, 0-1).
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
SPORTS WEEK 6 15-5A PREVIEW Lake Travis (4-1, 2-0) at Akins (2-3, 1-1) Time: 7:30 p.m., Thursday Location: Burger Stadium Last week: Lake Travis def. Bowie, Akins lost to Westlake Outlook: The Cavaliers’ next three games should all be wins. Westlake exposed Akins and held Teddy Lowery to 115 total yards. If you stop Lowery, you stop Akins. No one should expect Akins to give Lake Travis’ defense any problems as evident of last week’s performance. Prediction: Lake Travis by 45
Westlake(3-3, 1-1) at Anderson (0-5, 0-1)
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game tonight. That’s a good way to build some depth.” Breckyn Hager scored two times, rushing in from 18 and 13 yards out in the first half. Luke Womack’s 8-yard catch from Rhodes made it 420 with just 40 seconds left in the first half. A simplified Westlake offense kept things very vanilla, attempting just seven passes and not digging deep into their playbook. “We really tried to concentrate on less offense and less defense and get better at the things that we are doing,” Allman said. Of the Chaps’ nine touchdown drives, seven started in Akins territory on a night when both defense and special teams played well. “If we can rally around defense and special teams, we have a chance to be pretty good,” Allman said. “The offense has been consistent all
Time: 7:30 p.m., Thursday Location: Nelson Stadium Last week: Westlake def. Akins, Anderson lost to Del Valle Outlook: Westlake fans should expect last weeks’ performance against Akins to carry over to this week’s matchup with winless Anderson. Things aren’t looking good for the Trojans, who will play district front-runner Lake Travis next week. The status of QB Jordan Severt is unknown, but without him last week, the Chaparrals put up 62 points. Prediction: Westlake by 42
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Westlake 62, Akins 0
Akins (2-4, 1-1) 0 0 0 0 0 Westlake (3-3, 1-1) 21 21 14 6 62 Scoring summary First quarter W: Alex Chavez 35 run (Dallen Nelson kick) W: Breckyn Hager 18 run (Nelson kick) W: Sean Rollings 18 run (Nelson kick) Second quarter W: Breckyn Hager 13 run (Nelson kick) W: Malek Jacobs 1 run (Nelson kick) W: Zach Dansby 8 pass from Jon Rhoads. (Nelson kick) Third quarter W: Luke Womack 8 pass from Rhoads (Nelson kick) W: Rhoads 25 run (Nelson kick) Fourth quarter W: Christian O’Connor 5-yard run (kick failed) Team stats A W First downs 5 18 Rushes-yards 16-54 28-228 Passing yards 49 132 Total yards 103 360 C-A-I 4-11-3 7-7-0 Punts-avg 4-26 2-36 Fumbles-lost 3-3 0-0 Individual stats Rushing A: Teddy Lowery 11-79, Jermaine Thomas 5-25, Ryan Medrano 7-(-15). W: Alex Chavez 6-60, Jon Rhoads 4-48, J.P. Dillow 7-44. Passing A: Lowery 2-4-1 36. W: Jon Rhoads 6-6-0 108, Sean Rollings 1-1-0 24. Receiving A: Thomas 2-35, Marshall Trevino 1-11. Rhoads 2-49, Malek Jacobs 1-46, Patrick Elliott 2-22
year so far and if we can get both of those groups going like they were tonight, it will help do all the things we want to do.” Westlake’s Tate Shaw came up with several big plays, including a 45-yard punt return and an interception. Both would set up Chap touchdowns. Westlake padded on 21 more points in the second half, which was played with a running clock. Defensive special-
at Bowie (5-1, 1-1) Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday Location: Burger Stadium Last week: Bowie lost to Lake Travis, Austin was off Outlook: Both teams are still feeling the sting of blowout losses to Lake Travis. Bowie’s sting was a little worse as its game with the Cavaliers was expected to be closer than the outcome actually was. Austin has had a week off to prepare for the Bulldogs, who could be playing without QB Austin Eschenberg. Eschenberg left Friday’s game at Lake Travis with an injury and didn’t return. Prediction: Bowie by 21
ists Zach Dasnby and Luke Womack both found their way into the end zone in the game. “We have crossed some guys over that are playing both sides of the ball,” Allman said. “That’s really just us trying to find some guys that are going to be able to help us and give us some depth for the playoffs.” The win comes after a 2-3 start for the Chaps, and is Westlake’s most decisive victory of the year. Several Chaps got their first playing time of the year in the second half, including running back Christian O’Connor, who scored on a 5-yard run. “It was a great morale boost for this football team to get some guys in that haven’t had a chance to play yet this year,” Allman said. “That’s how you build depth. It will make the next week of practice go a lot better for those guys for sure.” Chavez finished the game with 60 yards on six carries despite sitting most of the second half. For Akins, Teddy Lowery was one of the few bright spots. The senior running back had 78 yards rushing for the Eagles. Contact Chris Dukes at 512321-2557.
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attempts. He was without an interception through the first four games of the season and having only one in 161 attempts to 10 touchdowns is pretty good. Severt’s completion percentage is only 49.69, which is the third lowest among starting quarterbacks in 15-5A. Severt missed last week’s game with Akins and Jon Rhoads was 6-of-6 passing with 108 yards.
RUNNING BACKS: B+
Ben Slaughter (401 yards) is the third-leading rusher in 15-5A and Alex Chavez (352 yards) is the fourth. Westlake has 14 touchdowns on the ground this season and, with an offensive line the size of Westlake’s, the running game is proving to be the bread and butter of a very balanced offense. The Chaparrals are the best rushing team in 15-5A with 1,230 yards.
Westlake’s receivers are playmakers. They are heavy at the top with Sean Rollings (32 receptions, 594 yards) and Patrick Elliott (27, 302) accounting for 73 percent of receptions. After that, the Chaparrals haven’t really got another target. Tight end Zach Dansby (4-69) is averaging 17 yards a catch and is one of two receivers not named Rollings or Elliott with a touchdown.
OFFENSIVE LINE: A+ Westlake’s offensive line is the best in 15-5A.
Severt has plenty of time to throw the ball, and that is a credit to the district’s best rushing team. There is depth here and experience; only one of the 11 offensive linemen is a junior. Size is also not an issue for the Chaps. Tackle Will Copa is 6-foot-8 inches and is listed at 310 pounds, and Silas Connolly is 6-1, 311. Only two linemen come in under 6-feet, and four are over 250 points.
OFFENSE AS A WHOLE: B+ DEFENSIVE LINE: C-
Westlake’s defensive line has been the weakness for the Chaps so far this season. This was exposed against Cibolo Steele. To be fair, the Chaps have only given up more than 200 yards rushing two times in six games, and both were losses. In the five games prior to last week’s 62-0 win, the two teams that threw the ball more than they ran were Temple and A&M Consolidated – both wins for Westlake. That tells the whole story.
prolific defenders against passing teams. This could help as the Chaparrals will
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Westlake’s second line of defense has been vulnerable, but was playing without Brecklyn Hager for most of the first half of the season. There are still a lot of questions with this unit, but there is a lot of potential with the return of Hager as well as the coninued development of junior classmate Hudson Hall.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: SOLID B
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This is Westlake’s best unit on defense. Westlake has eight interceptions in six games and picked off Temple’s Chad President twice and Cedar Park’s Nate Grimm twice. Rhodes Legg, Bennett Huddleston and Tate Shaw have been
Westlake has been playing without Breckyn Hager (5) for parts of the season. MICHELLE TUCKER / FOR WESTLAKE PICAYUNE
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Westlake’s Grant West (2144) runs in the McNeil XC Invitational on Saturday. REN MICHAELS / GAMENIGHTPHOTOS. COM
been the Cavaliers’ top runner all season, finished the 5,000-meter course with a time of 19:30.1 and was 27 seconds behind second-place Stephanie Barlow of San Antonio Holmes. Elaine Howington placed 49th with a time of 21:38.1, and Madison Hilgers placed 51st with a time of 21:41.1. Other finishes for Lake Travis were Natalie Evans (116th), Arianna Sutti (178th), Katelyn Pervis (181st), Andrea Mann (195th), Alyssa Harris (198th) and Bailey Bench (200th). Arnette Haley was the top finisher for Westlake’s junior varsity girls, finishing 25th in the two-mile run with a time of 15:06.3. The junior varsity team finished 20th.
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17 minutes, 46.9 seconds. Lake Travis’ Tyler Davies finished 40th with a time of 17:48. Westlake’s Garrett Downs finished with a team-best 49th place and a time of 17:53. Grant West finished 116th and had a time of 18:37.1 for the second top time for the Chaparrals. Other finishes for Westlake were Corbbett Holden (135th), Zach Freeman (160th), Jacob Slaughter (162), Mathis Hansen (198th) and Cort Casebier (227). Other finishes for Lake Travis were Garrett Booth (115th), Nathan Howard (132nd), Evan Dugas (157th), Casey Wolleat (168th), Maclin Miller (177th), Conner Butterfield (185th) and Thomas Quigley (190th). While Westlake’s girls had the week off, Lake Travis’ Alexis McKennon, a freshman, finished third overall in the varsity girls division. The girls finished 12th overall. McKennon, who has
likely play more passing teams in the playoffs.
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SPORTS MEET THE CHAPS
Ben Jepson, senior, Westlake cross country What’s the last song you downloaded to your iPod? “Supersoaker” by Kings of Leon.
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Do you have a pre-race ritual? Not really, I just try to stay consistent with the way I warm up before every race. I don’t do the haka or anything because getting beaten up before a race is unfavorable. If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would you choose? Muhammad Ali, Jim Carey, Bill Bowerman and Emma Stone. Tell something about yourself that no one knows? I’m a dope beat boxer. CONTRIBUTED
What’s your favorite food? Salt Lick barbecue. Which is more challenging, preparing for a big race or an important test? I would say that preparing for a test is tougher because I usually don’t get that nervous before a race. What are your plans after high school? I plan on running in college, not sure where yet, but that’s been a goal
of mine since freshman year and I think I can achieve it. I also plan on serving a two-year LDS church mission either right after high school or after a year of college, I haven’t decided yet. What movie can you recite every word from? “Napoleon Dynamite.” If you could either win a state championship or be valedictorian, which would you chose?
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Definitely state champion. Although I care about my grades, I don’t think anything could be nearly as memorable as winning state in Texas. What are five things you couldn’t live without? Ipad, competition, college football Saturday, oxygen and Juiceland. What is your favorite cross country memory? Winning district individually as a sophomore. Michael Adams
the first round. The other important race in 15-5A is the battle for the third and fourth playoff berths. Bowie, Anderson and Austin are deadlocked after finishing the first half of district play 3-3. Anderson hasn’t made the volleyball playoffs since 2001 and played Westlake and Lake Travis close before losing in three sets. Westlake has been playing well since losing to Lake Travis on Sept. 20 in Lake Travis. The Chaparrals have not played a match that went more than three sets. Last week against Del Valle, Westlake wasted little time to put away the Cardinals, winning in straight sets 25-13, 259, 25-11. Sophomore Kathryn Sharplin led the team with eight kills while Corrine Grandcolas had five and Jesse Turner and Kaitlee Haralson each had four. Amelia Mouw led the team with five digs and Kat Turman and Haralson each had two. Westlake didn’t have much problem defeating Bowie either, also winning in straight sets 25-15, 25-21, 25-21. Mouw and Grandcolas had 11 kills each while Turman and Michelle Irvin had six.
Westlake’s Amelia Mouw (2) and Kat Turman go up for a block against Bowie on Oct. 4 at Bowie High School in Austin. ALISHA COLLINSWORTH / FOR WESTLAKE PICAYUNE
DISTRICT 15-5A STANDINGS Through Oct. 4 Team District record Lake Travis 6-0 Westlake 5-1 Bowie 3-3 Anderson 3-3 Austin 3-3 Akins 1-5 Del Valle 0-6
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Westlake def. Bowie
Westlake 25 25 25 Bowie 15 21 21 Westlake: Kills: Mouw 11, Grandcoles 11, Turman 8. Assists: Smith 30. Digs: Mellenbrech 11. Blocks: Turman 6. Aces: Smith 2. Bowie: Kills: Dunn12. Assists: Johnson 18. Digs: Penn 13. Blocks: Godsey 1, Neal 1, James 1. Aces: Crosley 2.
Westlake def. Del Valle
Westlake 25 25 25 Del Valle 13 9 11 Westlake: Kills: Sharplin 8, Grandcolas 5, Turner 4, Haralson 4. Assists: Smith 18. Digs: Mouw 5, Turman 2, Haralson 2.
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Brees’ TD pass record safe — for now Brady was 2 games from mark Westlake grad set in 2012. Associated Press CHICAGO — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ record of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass is safe for now. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was the biggest threat to Brees’ record, had his 52-game streak come to an end Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Brady, who was playing in a heavy downpour, had his pass picked off at the Bengals’ 5-yard line with 16 seconds left. The previously undefeated Patriots fell to the Bengals, 13-6, and Brady’s streak was snapped. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who has thrown a touchdown in 29 straight games, is next in line and could potentially break the record next season. But for now, Brees, a 1997 Westlake graduate who threw two touchdown passes in a 26-18 win against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, will keep his record intact. He broke the previous record of 48 straight games with a touchdown pass set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-1960 last season against San Diego. Brees was 29-of-35 passing for 288 yards in his first victory in four career games at Soldier Field. Garrett Hartley matched a career high with four field goals as New Orleans (5-0) picked up its first win in Chicago since a 31-10 victory on Oct. 8, 2000. It took a while for Brees to get started, but New Orleans’ defense made sure he had plenty of time to get warmed up. The Saints sacked Cutler twice while limiting the Bears to one first down in the first quarter. Chicago had just 51 yards when it got the ball back with 5:57 left in the first half. After two field goals by Garrett Hartley — including a 19-yard chip shot after Cutler fumbled on a sack by Malcolm Jenkins deep in Chicago territory — Brees started to find his rhythm. He connected with Graham on pass plays of 29 and 38 yards to get New Orleans to the 7 with 7:23 left in the half. This time, the Saints got into the end zone. Brees rolled out on second down and flipped the ball to Pierre Thomas, who fought through D.J. Williams’ tackle attempt and extended his right arm over the goal line for the 2-yard touchdown that made it 13-0 with 6:02 remaining. Brees’ 11th touchdown pass of the season seemed to wake up the Bears, who responded with a seven-play, 80-yard drive. Cutler made a beautiful throw into double coverage for a 31-yard pass to Jeffery, and then found Jeffery again for a 3-yard TD. But the Bears gave the
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees drops back against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. ROB GRABOWSKI / USA TODAY SPORTS
ball back to Brees with 2:41 left in the half, plenty of time for the star QB to direct another scoring drive. Thomas had a big 2-yard run on fourthand-1 from the Chica-
go 27, and then went 25 yards for the score on a screen play with 32 seconds remaining. Brees was 17 for 20 for 195 yards at halftime, including seven receptions
for 106 yards for Graham. The Saints had just 34 yards rushing at the break, but it hardly mattered with Brees operating with his usual precision.