Friday, August 12, 2022

Carroll Skeet Shooters Excel at Texas State Competition

The Carroll varsity skeet shooters brought an outstanding mental game last weekend and shut down arch rivals Allen High School, Katy, Dripping Springs, Spartans, Red Oak, and many others at the 2017 Texas State Competition at Ellis County Sportsman’s Club.

At the apex of varsity skeet round 3 of 4, the 6  squad members crushed 149 targets out of 150. Perfect scores were achieved simultaneously by team captain Nick Godfrey, Bennett Gall, Spencer Fairchild, Cameron Switzer, and Tyler Hall.

Not to be outdone, Alex Shockley posted his perfect score in the next round. The winning squad of 3 members was Bennett Gall 99, Cameron Switzer 98 and Gunner Perkins 97.

In addition to varsity team skeet first place, individual awards were won in skeet. The first place, the 2017 Texas State Skeet Champion  trophy was awarded to Cocaptain Bennett Gall who won the overall skeet event with a near perfect score of 99 out of 100.  He was followed by Co-captain Cameron Switzer in second place and one target behind with 98. Cameron won an intense skeet doubles shootoff to secure the second place position.

The event included 180 skeet competitors. Also, Gunner Perkins scored sixth with 97, Alex Shockley eighth with 96.

In the team combined score of trap, skeet, and sporting clays, we captured second overall. Top scores in skeet were Bennett Gall 99, Cameron Switzer 98 and Gunner Perkins 97. Sporting clays team leaders were Gunner Perkins 90, Austin Mossberg 89 and Bennett Gall 87. Trap team leaders were Team Captain Nick Godfrey 90, Spencer Fairchild 88, Cameron Switzer 87, Intermediate shooter Reed Frieling 86 and Bennett Gall 85.

In sporting clays, two Dragons were in the top 10 out of 180 shooters, Gunner Perkins captured sixth place with a score of 90/100, and Austin Mossberg shot 89 to capture ninth.

The varsity team also scored second in team trap with Nick Godfrey leading the team with a score of 90, followed by Spencer Fairchild 88, Cameron Switzer 87, Bennett Gall 85 and Alex Shockley 85.

In the Intermediate division, 7-8th grade, we scored many top positions. Aiden Piel shot an impressive 94 in skeet to secure 2nd overall and  Cole Miller shot a 90 to secure 4th.  In sporting clays, Jackson Switzer scored 81 for 2nd place overall. Reed Frieling shot 3rd overall in trap with a score of 86.

The Intermediates also won first place squad in trap with team members Reed Frieling 86, Nate Gall 82, Aiden Piel 80, Jackson Switzer 80 and Cole Miller 77. Intermediate Lady Sydney Nickel won 4th in trap with a score of 69.  Intermediates Jackson Switzer 81, Nate Gall 72 and Hunter Morrison 75 won blue ribbons for first place squad in sporting clays. In addition, when all 3 disciplines were combined for High Overall scores, the Intermediates showed great team depth by taking 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th.

Junior Varsity athletes Cole Sanders 93 and Sam Williams 91 placed in the top 10 in skeet.

The next competition is June 10-11, SCTP Regionals at Ellis County Sportsmans Club.

Carroll Senior Participates in Chinese Bridge Competition in China

Carroll senior student Jarred Repice recently participated in the 9th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition in Kunming, China Oct.13-Oct 30.

Repice (pictured middle) joined top secondary school competitors from 89 countries around the world for this Olympic Game equivalence of Chinese proficiency competition.

Repice qualified to represent U.S. to enter this prestigious event by winning in Chinese speech, talent, and cultural knowledge competition against ten southern U.S. states back in April 2016. He is currently a Mandarin 4AP student at Carroll ISD. To him, participating in the World Chinese Bridge is a life-changing unforgettable experience. For more info about the competition, please see

Southlake and Grapevine Host the TRAPS North Region Parks Rodeo Competition

On Wednesday October 7, the cities of Southlake and Grapevine co-hosted the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) North Region Parks Rodeo at the newly renovated Bicentennial Park.  Twenty-eight cities from across the Metroplex came out to compete in the event.

DS2_0159The Parks Rodeo is an annual event held by TRAPS member cities.  During the competition, parks professionals compete in a variety of events including trailer backing, zero-turn mowers and backpack courses; plant identification; irrigation assembly; backhoe operation; and nail driving.  Participants compete either as individuals or part of a team depending on the event.  The top five individual or team finishers in each event qualify for the state-level competition held during the annual TRAPS State Conference.DS2_0033

In addition to individual/team awards, the three cities with the most points at the end of the competition are also recognized.  This year first place went to Farmers Branch, second place to Denton and third place to Carrollton.

Over 30 vendors were also present during the event to exhibit equipment, supplies and services used in facility and grounds maintenance.

Southlake and Grapevine would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2015 TRAPS North Region Parks Rodeo:  Professional Turf Products (title sponsor); O’Donnell’s Landscape Services, Inc. and Prolawn Commercial, LLC (lunch sponsors); Rita’s Italian Ice; Recreation Consultants of Texas, LLC; la terra studio; Lea Park and Play; and Arbor Masters Tree Service.

Southlake Tennis Center Hosts Junior Tennis Camps

Tennis Camp

Enrollment is now open for Tennis Center summer camps and classes

Southlake Tennis Center, one of the premier facility for junior tennis instruction in Dallas Fort Worth, kicks off its junior summer program June 8 with week-long tennis camps, once-a-week tennis classes and tournament training. Other activities throughout the summer include Junior Play Nights, Junior Davis Cup and Future Stars Tournaments. Registration and payment can be done at the pro shop or online at

According to Mia Gordon-Poorman, general manager of Southlake Tennis Center, the goal is to provide programs for both recreational and competitive junior players.

“Summer is a time to have fun, and we make sure kids have fun on the courts while also developing basic skills. For our players who compete in tournaments, summer is the time for intensive training,” she says, noting classes follow the USTA High Performance Coaching Program with certified coaches who played college tennis.

Gordon-Poorman added, “Our instructors all played at the Division 1 or 2 college level with most coaching at that collegiate level too.” Owing to their high-level of coaching knowledge and experience, the center uses a team approach.Players are grouped by age/ability. The student-pro ratio is no more than eight students, which ensures individualized attention emphasizing correct technique and match play skills.

Using the USTA TAUT program for 10 and under players, which uses modified courts, balls and racquets, the junior tennis camps and classes include warm up drills, stroke development, tennis related games and match play. The instructors are all PTR/USPTA certified tennis professionals with specialist certifications in junior development. Director of Tennis Stephen Poorman emphasizes, “We are the only tennis facility in the area that offers the complete development program recommended by the USTA. Each level, Red 8U, Orange 10U and Green 12U have specific skill sets that needed to be developed. Players move up when they have mastered those skills, so they don’t skip any steps in their development,” Players who come to one week of camp are eligible for a 10 percent discount on additional weeks in camp, other summer tennis activities and Pro Shop purchases.

“This program emphasizes good technique and the ability to play points, which develops tennis skills more quickly,” states Director of Tennis Stephen Poorman, noting Southlake Tennis Center was one of the first facilities in Texas to be recognized as a USTA Approved QuickStart Tennis Facility. “The focus is on learning to play the game from an early age, not just instruction.”


Week Long Summer Tennis Camps: June 8 – August 22

Red Level I (4-6 yrs)           M-F 8:00-9:00 a.m.           $75.00/week or $60.00/month

Red Level II (7-8 yrs)          M-F 9:00-12:00 noon       $150.00/week or $100/month

Orange Level (9-11 yrs)      M-F 9:00-12:00 noon       $150.00/week or $100/month

Green Level (11-14 yrs)       M-F 9:00-12:00 noon      $150.00/week or $100/month

Yellow Level (12-16 yrs) M-F 9:00-12:00 noon $150.00/week or $100/month


Once-a-Week Summer Tennis Classes: June 8 – August 22

Red Level II (7-8 yrs)           M or W 6:00-7:00 p.m.           $150.00/week or $100/month

Orange Level (9-10 yrs)      M or W 6:00-7:00 p.m.          $150.00/week or $100/month

Green Level (11-13 yrs)        M or W 6:00-7:00 p.m.          $150.00/week or $100/month

Yellow Level (13-16 yrs)     T or TH 6:00-7:00 p.m.         $150.00/week or $100/month


* Monthly classes also are available on Saturday for ages 5-16 years old. Call for schedule.

The advanced player program features two-a-day workouts and is designed to train players for competition in Texas Section ranking tournaments. Known as the Southlake Tennis Academy (STA), training focuses on technique-based drills, court strategy, conditioning, agility/speed training, video analysis and coached match play to further develop players who are actively pursuing tournament level tennis.


Southlake Tennis Academy Junior Tournament Training: June 8 – August 22

Session One           M-F 9:00-12 noon           $150.00 for 5 sessions or $300.00 for 15

Session Two         M-F 9:00-3:00 p.m.        $25.00 for 5 sessions or $450.00 for 15

 If you would like to sign up for summer camps or summer classes visit or call (817) 421-5605




DMS Bands Play Successful Competition Season

The competition season winds down with big honors for band students at Dawson Middle School.

The Wind Ensemble had a successful performance at the Peak Music Festival at the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center. The students received straight superior ratings from all three judges and won Best in Class for CCC. The DMS Ensemble also took home the top award: Outstanding Middle School Band.

The judges also recognized outstanding individuals and sections:

  • Outstanding Flute Solo- Elizabeth File and Allison Semadeni
  • Outstanding Tuba- Jacob Ammermann
  • Outstanding French Horn Section- Carys Sutherland, Sahaj Singh, Caitlyn Hanlon, and Sophia Deras
  • Outstanding Percussion Section- Claire Casey, Spencer Foster, Luke Havener, Chaya Hemanth, Naysan Sahba, Anna Su, Erica Warner, and Desi West

The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band competed last week at the Beach Within Reach Band Contest. Both bands earned straight superior ratings from all three judges.

On April 24, the Concert Band competed at the Peak Music Festival at Wakeland High School and also earned straight superior ratings from all three judges.

The DMS Jazz Band competed at the Chet Baker Educational Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 18. This was Dawson Jazz band’s first ever competition. They receive straight superior ratings from all three judges. In addition, they were won the Premiere Performance award (outstanding band).

The judges also recognized outstanding soloists:

  • Braden Pecora, Alto Sax
  • Kristina Kepic, Alto Sax
  • Natalie Whalen, Trumpet
  • Carson Gleim, Piano
  • Luke Wilkerson, Drumset
  • Nikash Tekkem, Drumset
  • Emilio Schroeder, Drumset

Dawson Middle School invites the community to the final performance of the year, scheduled for next Tuesday, May 12. The band’s annual spring concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Senior High Auditorium. The performance will feature the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Eubanks Intermediate Band.

Carroll Student Places High in Chinese Contest

CHS_AmandaBeeckCarroll ISD’s Mandarin Chinese program continues to grow as students compete and earn academic awards for their knowledge of the language and culture. Each year, the students participate in the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition.

The Preliminary Contest in the Southern United States was held Sunday, April 26 at the University of Texas at Dallas. Carroll junior Amanda Beeck won second place. Beeck is a Chinese 3 student, under the instruction of Yuhsin Lee.

Beeck competed against contestants from 10 other states in the southern U.S. region. She delivered a 2-minute Chinese speech, answered culture questions and performed a Chinese talent. Beeck’s teacher, Mrs. Lee said many judges personally came up to Amanda to congratulate her.

The Chinese Bridge Competition began as a proficiency contest for college students. This is the eighth year the contest has been offered to high school students. Click here for more information about last weekend’s contest.

JV Emerald Belles Complete a Successful Competition Season

JV_belles2015 (4)The JV Emerald Belles competed at 3 competitions this season. They began in February and finished March 21 at the ADTS National Championship.

At the Crowd Pleasers competition, the JV Belles won 1st place in Contemporary, 2nd place in Kick, and 3rd place in Jazz. They also won a Super Sweepstakes Award.JV_belles2015 (3)

At the MA competition they won a Super Sweepstakes Award, Choreography Award, Technique Award, and High Points Award for their Kick routine. Hannah Chernik, Caroline Garcia and Morgan Hrinkevich won 1st place for their Trio Routine.

JV_belles2015 (1)The JV Belles competed at the ADTS National Championship and won 2nd place in Contemporary, 3rd place in Kick, and 4th place Overall. Morgan Hrinkevich won 2nd place for her solo in the JV Division. Hannah Chernik, Caroline Garcia and Morgan Hrinkevich won 1st place for their Small Ensemble Routine.JV_belles2015 (2)

Carroll Debate Team Gears Up for Busy Spring

Debate_ElPaso2015 (2)Competition on the debate circuit has kept the Carroll Dragon Debate team busy this semester. Fresh off their big win at Harvard in February, the team traveled to El Paso’s Franklin High School for another tournament. 188 schools participated in the competition that was held March 4-7.

In the Student Congress Senate, Carroll ISD’s Priyanka Reddy, came in 7th place. Reddy was one of 96 entries in this category. In the Student Congress House competition, which included 133 entries, Azhar Hussain came in 9th place and students Emma Lin and Mafaaz Tanzeem both reached the Semifinals. Debate_ElPaso2015 (1)In the International Extemporaneous Speaking category including 102 entries, Azhar also received 4th place and classmates Zain Aziz and Mafaaz Tanzeem both made it to the Quarterfinals.

The team is looking ahead to the Tournament of Champions in April. Click here for more information about the event. The National Qualifiers competition is scheduled for mid-April. Azhar Hussein has qualified for Nationals in June and remains one of the top ranked Congressional Debaters in the country. For more raking information visit:

The Dragon Debate team is sponsored by Mr. Jason Sykes. Keep up with the Dragon Debate team through the Debate Boosters website.


Emerald Belles Earn Top Prizes in National Dance Championship

EbellesThe Emerald Belles competed at MA Nationals March 20-21 at the Fort Worth Convention Center and were awarded 6th place overall. The Belles entered in three dance categories and won 1st place in High Kick, 1st place in Lyrical, and 2nd place in Jazz.

The Officers were awarded 1st place in Jazz, 1st place in Contemporary, and 1st place in Lyrical. They were named in Officer Winner’s Circle for being in the top 5 highest scoring officer groups.Ebelles(4)

Several Belles competed in solos, duets, and ensembles. In the 11/12 Solo Division Addie Perkins won 6th place, Laurel Kavanagh 13th place, and Jessica Bowman 14th place. In the 9/10 Solo Division Erica Darrah placed 9th.

Claire Berutti and Peyton Faltys entered a duet and were awarded 5th place. Shivani Chandra, Lauren Dooley, Lauren Teeuws, Ryleigh Malloy, Catherine Brannon, Madisyn Daniel, Claire McCoy, Bethany Sauls, Kelly Alspaw, and Ashley Greene entered a high kick routine in the large ensemble division and won 1st place.Ebelles(2)

Congratulations to all the Emerald Belles and to Director Melissa Page and Assistant Director Kathryn Dobrow.

To view several of the award-winning performances, click on a link below:

National Champion Award-Winning Team Kick

National Champion Award-Winning Team Lyrical

National Champion Award-Winning Officer Lyrical

National Champion Award-Winning Officer Contemporary

National Champion Award-Winner Officer JazzEbelles(1)

For more information about the Emerald Belles, click here. To read more about MA Dance and the competitions offered, visit their website.