Sunday, September 19, 2021

Congratulations to the Southlake Recreation 8U T.A.A.F. State Champions

Football PictureLast year a group of friends from Old Union, Carroll and Rockenbaugh, who played against each other in the Dragon Youth Flag Football Super Bowl in 2012 came together to compete in the City of Southlake Parks and Recreation 8U and under flag football league. In 2013 the team saw success coming in 2nd place in the Southlake Championship and 3rd in Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (T.A.A.F.) State Championship as 6-7 year olds. With great enthusiasm and expectations the team stayed together for the 2014 season with one goal in mind, Win State.

Fueled by the 2013 state tournament experience Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Greg Jackson, threw out last year’s playbook in favor of a more aggressive passing attack. Coach Jackson was able to incorporate his speed oriented rushing attack into a spread offense that utilized every position as receivers. With a running game that can get to the outside led by Sam Fuller and Owen Smith and new passing options for quarterbacks Caden Jackson and Graham Knowles the offense thrived. Receivers Jake Jimenez, Mathias O’Donnell and Hogan Bryan gave defensive backs headaches all season with their ability to stretch the field while interior receivers and guards Mitchell Miranda and Bo Terry provided key run and pass protection while opening up the middle of the field with underneath pass routes. However, this high powered offense that put up a combined 261 points in the Southlake league could not have had the success it did without solid play from their center and interior pass receiver Robbie Hanson. From the first offensive snap (a 60 yard touchdown) to the last drive this well-oiled high powered offense could not be stopped.

While points are key especially in flag football the saying “Defense wins championships” was never truer than with this year’s Dragons. Defensive Coordinator Nick Smith stayed with his base defensive alignment. However, having been with Coach Jackson and these player throughout this journey he challenged them to adjust at the line and installed a zone defense allowing the Dragons to cover more ground and rely on team defense and closing speed. With stellar edge play by cornerbacks Owen Smith and Sam Fuller gaining the edge on the ground or with swing passes was something no team managed all season. The middle was just as tough. With an outside in speed rushers defensive linemen Mitchell Miranda and Bo Terry flushed opposing runners into the open arms of defensive ends Mathias O’Donnell and Jake Jimenez. When teams turned to the pass they were met by incredible safety play by Graham Knowels, Caden Jackson and Hogan Bryan. All five of the defensive backs had had multiple interceptions with Graham Knowles, Sam Fuller and Owen Smith having pick 6’s. As a floater on defense, Robbie Hanson, provided stellar rush and passing defense throughout the season whether at defensive line or safety. In nine games, including the Southlake Championship, the Dragons held opposing offenses to six points. Giving up their only touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half in the Southlake Championship.

After winning the Southlake Championship it was off to the T.A.A.F State Championship in San Angelo, Tx. The Dragons were matched against eleven other teams from a combination of San Angelo, Greenville, El Paso, Stephenville and Copperas Cove. With getting out to a fast start in the double elimination format on their minds the Dragons defeated the El Paso Stars 27-0 with all players getting into the action on the ground and through the air. Getting the first game under their belt and with confidence building the Dragons defeated the Greenville Tarheels in Round 2, 26-0. With rounds 1 and 2 complete the Dragons would face other undefeated City Champions in subsequent rounds. In the 8:00pm game with temperatures starting to drop and wind picking up the Dragons set the table for the Sunday run by defeating the Copperas Cove Bears 33-0. Dragons scored 2 touchdowns in the closing seconds of the first half on a punt return by Caden Jackson and a long run by Sam Fuller to seal the victory and put the game out of reach. The victory over Copperas Cove put the Dragons in the semi-final round against the San Angelo Titans on Sunday.

The Dragons woke to a frozen tundra with a wind chill in the 20’s and stout 15-20mph wind. Assistant Coach and Head Scout Andy Fuller used the weather to the Dragons advantage ensuring at the coin flip that the Dragons would always have the wind at their back. The Dragons scored early on a Mathias O’Donnell touchdown catch to go up 7-0. The Titans threatened in the first half but solid team defense kept them out of the end zone on 4th and 18 ending the drive at the 3. The Dragons kept the Titans from crossing mid-field the rest of the game and added a second touchdown on a catch and run by Graham Knowles vaulting them into the championship game.

After getting a break from the cold and waiting for the winner of the elimination game between Greenville Mustangs and San Angelo Titans the Dragons again braved the elements under colder temperatures and threat of snow to take on the Titans in the Championship. The Dragons scored in the first half on a QB Keeper by Caden Jackson. The Titans with restored confidence from their victory semi-final elimination game did cross mid-field and got as deep as the 18 before the defense pushed them back across the 20 in 4 plays. The Championship was sealed with a 6-0 victory on the last play of the game when Sam Fuller intercepted the Titans.

Through the 2014 8U Flag Football State Championship campaign the Dragons went 14-0 outscoring their opponents 367-6. Congratulation’s Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (T.A.A.F.) 8U Flag Football State Champions: Caden Jackson, Sam Fuller, Bo Terry, Graham Knowles, Owen Smith, Mitchell Miranda, Robbie Hanson, Hogan Bryan, Mathias O’Donnell, and Jake Jimenez.

Santa Claus Brings in the Holidays at the Annual Tree Lighting Event

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The view from the Town Hall balcony in Southlake Town Square

Santa did not let Mother Nature get in his way. He moved the annual Tree Lighting to Sunday, November 23rd and made it an evening to remember for thousands of attendees who enjoyed holiday traditions and new exciting attractions.

The event began with the Southlake Community Band playing holiday favorites to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. The celebration continued throughout the evening complete with photos with Santa, snowman building with Olaf, photos with Elsa and Anna, a 4-lane snow tubing hill, holiday crafts, live entertainment and much more! The Tree Lighting Ceremony officially kicked-off the holiday season here in Southlake when Santa Claus lit up Town Square. With snow falling in Family Park, Christmas carols in the background and holiday activities found throughout the square, it was a magical evening.

The City is fortunate to have several sponsors that helped make this event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Tree Lighting was Enchanted Fairies Studio.  The Cookie Decorating Sponsor, Kroger, is provided cookies and icing for holiday cookie decorating. Taste Buds Kitchen is provided cupcakes and decorating supplies for attendees to decorate and eat their own cupcake. Guests were provided with free bottled water during the event, thanks to Frost Bank, the Quencher Sponsor. The Holiday Sponsors included Sleep NumberSky RanchSpringfree Trampoline IncChildren’s Health SouthlakeThe Goddard School and Brain Balance, all of which had booths and holiday activities at the event. Snowman building was an exciting new activity this year. The Fresh Market provided all the snowman building items for participants to get creative and decorate their very own snowman. Thanks to the Santa’s Workshop Sponsor, Fantastic Sams, there was a variety of holiday crafts for kids to enjoy. A special thank you to all our 2014 sponsors!

The City of Southlake hopes you have a great holiday season. Please visit to find information on all the holiday activities happening in Southlake in 2014.



City Partnerships Bring Magic to Southlake's Tree Lighting on November 23, 2014

NK9_0192-November 23, 2013-2Home for the Holidays has been the unofficial start to the holiday season in Southlake for over twelve years, featuring Santa and the unveiling of Christmas lights in Town Square. Event festivities on November 23rd will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The City is fortunate to have several sponsors that help make this event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Tree Lighting is Enchanted Fairies Studio. Make sure to stop by their booth and see all the fairies and activities they have planned. The Cookie Decorating Sponsor, Kroger, is providing cookies and icing for holiday cookie decorating. Taste Buds Kitchen is providing cupcakes and decorating supplies for attendees to decorate and eat their own cupcake. Guests will also be provided with free bottled water during the event, thanks to Frost Bank, the Quencher Sponsor. The Holiday Sponsors include Sleep Number, Sky Ranch, Springfree Trampoline Inc, Children’s Health Southlake, The Goddard School and Brain Balance, all of which will have booths and holiday activities at the event. Snowman building is an exciting new actvity this year. The Fresh Market has provided all the snowman building items for participants to get creative and decorate their very own snowman. Thanks to the Santa’s Workshop Sponsor, Fantastic Sams, there will be a variety of holiday crafts for kids to enjoy.

In addition to sponsored activities, other event highlights include a 12-foot, four lane snow tubing hill, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, refreshments, and live entertainment.  Guests will enjoy holiday  performances by the Southlake Community Band, Johnson Elementary, Old Union Elementary, Rockenbaugh Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Durham Intermediate, Walnut Grove Elementary, Katie Parr Music Academy and the Cantare Texas Choir. Other entertainment will be provided by White’s Chapel United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir and strolling holiday characters.

Popular radio station, 94.4 KLTY, will broadcast from Southlake Town Square. Radio personality, Tony Lopez, will emcee the evening in Family Park. Each holiday season, KLTY promotesThe 94.9 KLTY Christmas Wish program, asking listeners to send in Christmas wishes or nominate recipients. The Christmas Wish book will be at KLTY’s booth during the Tree Lighting, allowing people to read through the wishes and even choose a wish to grant.

The City of Southlake thanks all the Tree Lighting sponsors for their support in this special event. Although the Tree Lighting is only one night, Home for the Holidays spans the entire holiday season, with other activities occurring in Town Square and Town Hall until Christmas. For more information about Home for the Holidays, please visit

Southlake Roses Infected with the Rose Rosette Disease

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Rose bush with Rose Rosette disease

Many of Southlake’s roses are currently under siege by a viral disease called Rose Rosette. Thousands of roses in City parks, medians, neighborhoods and Southlake Town Square are suffering from the disease. The City maintains an estimated 4,000 roses, and many have been affected by Rose Rosette.

The disease is carried by a microscopic mite that wind spreads throughout the community. There is no known cure for this disease, except to remove the roses. All types of roses are susceptible to Rose Rosette.

“In an effort to prevent the disease from spreading, the City of Southlake is no longer planting roses,” said Community Services Director Chris Tribble.  “Southlake Parks Staff will will replace all roses with appropriate plant material using a phased approach.”

Southlake resident, Diana Pospisil, a member of the Perennial Garden Society and lifetime gardener, has assisted the City in determining the next steps necessary to control the disease. Pospisil and other experts believe that once the plant has Rose Rosette, it will die within three to four years.

Southlake residents and community members are encouraged to examine their roses, looking for signs of Rose Rosette. Look for the following symptoms when determining if your plants have been affected:

  • Leaves and twigs produced are a bright, rich, red color.
  • Leaves are distorted and twisted.
  • There may be a proliferation of leaves.
  • The stems grow slowly and produce excessive thorns.
  • There may be so many thorns that there is no stem available to be seen and the thorns are often red-tinged.

Residents are encouraged to remove infected roses from their property so the disease does not continue to multiply.  To remove roses, cut the canes as carefully as you can to avoid shaking the mites into the air. After the canes are cut, chop them up and place them in plastic bags to throw away. If the infected rose and all its roots are removed, experts suggest waiting three years before planting another rose.

There are many plants that residents can use to replace their roses.  Lorapetalums (fringe flower), abelias, salvia greggis (autumn sage), and indian hawthorns are good blooming evergreens that come in many colors and sizes. Junipers, hollies and nandinas are non-blooming evergreens that make excellent foundation plantings and add year-round enjoyment. Some easy favorites are: grasses, summer phlox, purple coneflower, black-eyed susan, salvias, asters and perennial hibiscus.

For more information about the disease, please read the article written by Melody Rose. Learning to identify Rose Rosette is the first step toward eradicating the disease. For more information please call Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8219.

Southlake City Council Selects "The Marq" as the Name of the Community Recreation Center

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Exterior rendering of the The Marq Southlake


After much research, discussion and thought, Southlake City Council approved a name for the new community recreation center (CRC) at its October 21 meeting: The Marq Southlake. The City worked with Willow St. Agency, a marketing agency based out of Dallas, to name and brand the facility.

In addition, the City Council approved names for the distinct areas of the Marq:

  • Legends Hall – Phase 1 which includes an events hall, multipurpose conference & meeting spaces, a club lounge, catering kitchen, senior center and events space
  • Aria – Outdoor amphitheater (included in Phase 1).
  • Champions Club – Phase 2, if approved, will include spaces for fitness, performance training, gymnasium, indoor jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, indoor playground, party rooms, early learning classroom, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs.

The name selection comes right on the heels of the groundbreaking ceremony onSeptember 27, marking the official beginning of construction for The Marq. Approximately 300 people attended the three-hour event, which included breakfast, lunch, tours, and a presentation from Mayor John Terrell, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Hill, Director of Community Services Chris Tribble, and Council Member Carolyn Morris, who is also president of the Southlake Parks Development Corporation.

Construction for The Marq is underway and the grand opening for Phase 1 is anticipated for late 2015. Watch the facility come to life with up-to-date construction photos at

The Marq will be built in phases and has a multi-year development timeline:

  • September 2014 – Phase 1 construction begins
  • May 2015 – Possible sales tax re-purpose election to fund proposed Phase 2
  • Summer 2015 – Proposed Phase 2 design
  • Late 2015 – Phase 1 Grand Opening
  • Fall 2016 – Proposed Phase 2 construction begins
  • Early 2018 – Proposed Phase 2 Grand Opening

In order for Phase 2 to be built, an election is required. The election, which is tentatively scheduled for May 2015, will ask Southlake voters to consider re-purposing an existing sales tax revenue source to construct and offset a portion of the facility’s operating costs.

The Marq is located at 315 North Shady Oaks Drive in the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park. For more information, visit or call Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Enjoy Hometown Traditions and New Attractions at the Annual Tree Lighting Event on Sunday, November 23

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Santa has moved the 2014 Home for the Holiday’s event to Sunday, November 23, 2014. See you at 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Santa is not letting Mother Nature get in his way.  He is bringing the Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting event to Southlake on Sunday, November 23, 2014.  We will have a great celebration complete with Elsa, Anna and Olaf in Frozenland, guaranteed snow, the snow hill, live entertainment and of course Santa who will help us turn on the holiday lights for the first time this season.

Santa has made the call though to keep the horses warm so they will be hanging out with his reindeer in his stables instead of offering carriage rides.

The Tree Lighting kicks-off the holiday season with hometown traditions and new, exciting activities for the family. Due to Saturday’s rain forecast, this year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 23rd from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Southlake Town Square.

All the fun and entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Family Park with entertainment, crafts, the 4-lane snow tubing hill, strolling characters and concessions.  For all the Frozen fans out there, a “Frozen Wonderland” will also begin at 5:30 p.m. with snowman building with Olaf and photo opportunities with Elsa and Anna.

The fun continues as Santa Claus arrives to Southlake Town Hall for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. After Mayor John Terrell welcomes in the holidays, Santa Claus will switch on the lights from the Town Hall balcony. Once Town Square is lit, Santa Claus will make his way to Santa’s Village located in Rustin Pavilion to listen to your wish lists and take free photos with your family.

The Southlake Community Band  will provide holiday cheer throughout the evening.

Rustin Pavilion:

  • 5:15pm – 6:20 pm: Southlake Community Band
  • 6:40pm – 8:30pm: Photos with Santa

Please visit for complete event information and to view the event & parking maps. If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Shop for the Holidays and Enjoy Special Music from Africa at the Southlake Senior Center Hobby & Craft Show on November 14th

Hobby ShowThe Southlake Senior Center Hobby & Craft Show is a great place to jump start on holiday shopping. Local vendors will be be showcasing holiday favorites and you will also find homemade creations and treats from our seniors. The whole family is invited to attend this exciting annual event on Friday, November 14th at the Southlake Senior Activity Center. The show will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There will be special music to enjoy while you shop. The Imani Milele Children’s Choir  from Africa is stopping in Southlake as part of their HOPE for Uganda 2014 US Tour. The Imani Milele Children’s Choir is made up of orphaned children that are beneficiaries of the good work of the Imani Milele Children’s Program.  Imani is a non-profit organization based out of Kampala, Uganda, focused on rescuing and developing orphaned and at-risk children, impacting them with Christian values, and enabling them to transform society. The group will showcase their “Pearl of Africa” performance.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center is located at 307 Parkwood Drive. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the Hobby & Craft Show, please call (817) 748-8315.

City of Southlake Offers More Opportunities to Enjoy Breakfast with Santa

BFKT with Santa Flyer 2014Santa is making a special trip to Southlake to eat breakfast with you and your family! Breakfast with Santa has been expanded this year in the hopes that everyone has the opportunity to visit with Jolly Saint Nick. The event will be held on Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, December 13. You may choose from a variety of times on either date to sign-up for; 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.
Everyone will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet of cinnamon rolls, donuts, fruit and more before spending some quality time with the big man himself. Children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap, give him their wish list and take home a photo for Mom and Dad. There will be fun Holiday crafts for everyone and parents be sure to remember your camera to capture the Holiday memories.
You can register online or in person at the Community Services office at 1400 Main St., Suite 210. Children must be registered with at least one adult and all individuals attending the event, including all adults, must be registered. For more information, please contact (817) 748-8019. Be sure to register early at as Breakfast with Santa does sell out!

Spend your Holidays with Southlake Recreation at Holiday Break Camp Mania!

Holiday Break Camp logoA summer favorite is back this holiday season! Join Camp Mania this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for fun, friends and excitement.  The first week of camp will begin Monday, November 24th.  All camps will be held from 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

  • Thanksgiving Camp: November 24-26
  • Christmas Camp: December 22-26 *No camp December 24-25
  • New Year’s Camp: December 29- January 2 *No camp January 1

Children, ages 5-11, are invited to have fun and meet new friends in a safe environment during their time off school. Holiday Break Camp Mania will offer games, crafts, movies, field trips and much more.  Your child will have a lot to talk about from their Camp Mania experience.

If you are interested in signing your child up for this exciting camp, you can register online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210. Please contact (817) 748-8019  if you would like more information.