Volunteers of America Classic marks LPGA’s return to North Texas, will serve as tune up for U.S. Women’s Open

The LPGA is back in North Texas with the Volunteers of America Classic at the Old American Golf Club in The Colony.

The rescheduled tournament (from October) now doubles as a tuneup for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open that will be contested at Champions Golf Club’s Cypress Creek Course in Houston and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla., the following week.

The VOA Classic is in its third year at the links-style Old American Golf Club designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard after its first five events took place at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.

The 120-player field this week includes world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, two-time VOA Classic champion and world No. 5 Inbee Park, 2014 VOA Classic champion Stacey Lewis and defending champion Cheyenne Knight.

Knight, 23, who resides in Aledo, enjoys playing close to home.

“It’s nice. It’s more comfortable. You know, it’s different than staying in a hotel, having a rental car, but you know, I know where everything is, I don’t even need a GPS,” Knight said. “Yeah, coming home every night, sleeping in my own bed with my family and my dogs. Because the weather’s colder, I don’t need to go buy anything because I have everything at home in my closet, so it’s really nice.”

Another Texas golfer in the field is Kristen Gillman, 23, who is originally from Austin. Gillman is looking forward to playing even though there will be no fans allowed on the grounds.

“Everyone’s been texting me and asking if they can come and watch, so sadly I have to keep telling them ‘No, sorry, fans aren’t allowed yet.’ I know that they’re all watching and they’re all excited to watch live scoring,” she said. “I mean, they’re just excited to be able to see me compete. Even though they won’t be here in person, they can at least watch some of it on TV. I think they’re excited to see me out here playing in Texas.”


The festivities kicked off with the VOA Classic Charity Challenge on Wednesday afternoon featuring Texas natives Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller taking on Sophia Popov and Mel Reid in what was billed as a “Solheim Cup-style showdown” between Team USA and Team Europe.

Playing the back nine of the Old American Golf Club’s par-71 layout, they were joined by former Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and former Stars goalie Marty Turco to play the par-5 No. 17th hole.

“I like to get beat up psychologically, that’s why I play golf,” Kinsler cracked on the Golf Channel broadcast. “I’ll swing hard in case I hit it.”

And hit it he did. Kinsler’s drive carried 299 yards for Team USA, albeit a little off the fairway.

Turco ripped his drive as well and donned a Stars goalie mask for his walk down the fairway.

Kinsler and Turco each drained birdie putts on No. 17, carrying the

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Ankeny schools to return to hybrid learning model next week

The Ankeny School District will return to a hybrid learning model on Dec. 7 the district announced in an email to parents on Tuesday.

The district is currently conducting classes 100% virtually, but the waiver from the Iowa Department of Education allowing them to do so expires on Dec. 4.

According to the email, the goal is to remain in hybrid through the end of December to “avoid the unintended yo-yo effect of switching models.”

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However, the district identified a few situations that could affect the hybrid learning plan:

  • If the spike in cases among adults rises to the point we can longer provide adequate supervision for students, a transition to required continuous learning will be required. 
  • If the targeted classroom transitions to remote learning expand to the point where either an entire building or the district needs to transition to the required continuous learning model. 

a group of people standing in a room: Southview Middle School students get up and move around during a "brain break" in Kim Southard’s Spanish II class in between formative assessments in Ankeny.

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Southview Middle School students get up and move around during a “brain break” in Kim Southard’s Spanish II class in between formative assessments in Ankeny.

According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, 38 students and 16 staff members currently have COVID-19 with 247 students and 26 staff members in quarantine.

Melody Mercado covers the eastern Des Moines metro for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] or Twitter @melodymercadotv

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Lexington-Richland Five considers return to hybrid learning

Superintendent Melton recommended reducing in-person school days to twice a week, but board members disagreed.

IRMO, S.C. — On Tuesday, three high schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five abruptly switched to virtual learning after many of their teachers called out. This happened after a district board meeting Monday night where the superintendent suggested reverting to a hybrid model, but the board refused.

Currently, Lexington-Richland Five has students come to in-person learning four days a week. Superintendent Christina Melton suggested they go back to a hybrid model to help keep students and teachers safe, but the board didn’t approve. 

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“It’s a bad situation when people come in here that don’t have any expertise or experience and want to dictate how the operations of a district are run. That’s what happened [Monday] night,” said board member Ed White.

White supported the superintendent, but many of the board members wanted more coronavirus data specific to their schools before allowing her to make that decision.

Board chair Janis Hammond thinks reducing the number of in-person school days is a bad idea.

“As a teacher, I do know that the most important thing is to be in school,” Hammond said. “I would really rather we go on with our plan without any readjustment. I know that’s best for students. Trust me. And I believe in the herd immunity.”

After the board meeting, dozens of teachers called out ahead of the next school day. This forced Irmo, Chapin and Dutch Fork High Schools to go virtual on Tuesday because they didn’t have enough teachers to staff classrooms.

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“This is our second meeting. Our second meeting since the board changed in November and they’ve already brought this school district to a screeching halt,” said White. “I mean, three high schools the teachers have essentially walked out and said we’re not coming in unless we have appropriate protocols and leadership in place.”

White said many of the district’s teachers don’t feel safe at school and want to revert to the hybrid model.

The board will meet again to discuss this issue on Wednesday. White said after talking with other board members, he’s confident they’ll come to a decision that will get teachers back in school.

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Paris Hilton on Her New Coach Campaign, the Return of Y2K Style, and What She’s Doing for the Holidays

Since your campaign is very 2000s-inspired, what do you think is the key to pulling off Y2K style today?

It’s really about just being as extra as possible. With social media, it’s really important to have exciting pieces that are going to be really beautiful visually, in a photo or on Snapchat or TikTok. With fashion right now, people just want to show off what they have in their content, so it’s important to wear something that will grab your eye and attention.

This is a holiday campaign, so what do you think you’ll be doing for the holidays this year?

Every single year, my sister and I usually throw a huge Christmas party at my house. It’s called ‘Holidaze with the Hiltons.’ It’s the most epic, crazy party every year. Hundreds of people come and there’s amazing performances. It’s sick. And then two days later, we will host my parents’s Christmas party with them at their house, which is obviously a lot more chill. But with the pandemic, we’re not going to be doing that. This will be the first year that I’m not having a Christmas party in I don’t even know how long, which is sad, but obviously it wouldn’t be appropriate to throw a big Christmas bash. I spent last Christmas with my boyfriend’s family: We went to Michigan and then to Yellowstone to go skiing. So this year, we’re trying to decide if we’re going to go to Michigan, or maybe go to an island or on a boat somewhere. 

Are you big on holiday dressing in general? Do you plan on getting festive, even if you’re at home?

Yes, I love it. I always love to wear something festive in bright red or in velvet—something really beautiful that stands out. I also always get a Mrs. Claus outfit made, and I usually wear it when I go to the L.A. Mission, a homeless shelter downtown. I bring gifts and food for all the kids and people that are there. If I have my Christmas parties, in the beginning I’ll wear a really beautiful sparkly holiday dress, and then I’ll change into a sexier Santa outfit. And I dress up all the dogs, too. I just ordered a bunch of Santa and elf costumes for them on Petco this weekend, and all these crazy decorations. I like to decorate their doggie mansion and give them a tiny little Christmas tree. 

I’m also used to hosting the most incredible New Year’s Eve parties every single year in Miami, Australia, Vegas, New York—wherever I am. I’ve been doing that forever, and this year will be the first year that I’m not hosting something. But I’ll still dress up, because it’s New Year’s Eve, and I love collecting memories with photos and videos. I’ll be capturing the memories of my boyfriend and I’s second Christmas and New Year’s together.  

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Soccer on TV: Return of USWNT highlights action from Europe

Tottenham needs a win to assure it remains atop the crowded standings in England, streaking Real Sociedad will be protecting a more comfortable lead in La Liga while the U.S. women return from a long break against the Netherlands in Holland, highlighting the top televised soccer action from Europe this weekend.

Women’s friendly: The U.S. women, the reigning World Cup champions, haven’t played in 261 days because of the COVID-19 shutdown, the team’s longest vacation in more than three decades. That break ends Friday when the Americans — missing Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe — face the Netherlands in a rematch of last summer’s World Cup final. (ESPN2, TUDN, 9:30 a.m. PT).

EPL: Liverpool, long one of England’s iconic clubs, had never won a Premier League title before last season. Now Tottenham (6-2-1) is chasing its first EPL trophy, leading Liverpool (6-1-2) on goal differential after nine games. But it can lose that narrow edge without a win at third-place Chelsea (5-1-3) on Sunday (NBCSN, Telemundo, 8:30 a.m. PT). Spurs, unbeaten in their last eight, are led by Heung-Min Son, whose nine goals are second in the league, and Harry Kane, who leads the EPL with nine assists. The standings are so tight, though, that if Spurs falter, four other teams — including Chelsea, which could get Christian Pulisic back from a hamstring injury this weekend — are poised to join or pass them. Southampton (5-2-2) can also go to the top of the standings with a win over visiting Manchester United (4-3-1) on Sunday (NBCSN, Telemundo, 6 a.m. PT), as can Leicester City (6-3-0), which plays host to struggling Fulham (1-7-1) on Monday (NBCSN, Universo, 9:30 a.m. PT).

La Liga: A six-game winning streak and a league-leading six goals from Mikel Oyarzabal has helped Real Sociedad (7-1-2) build a three-point gap atop the Spanish standings after 10 games. But it faces a stiff test when it welcomes third-place Villarreal (5-1-4) to Reale Seguros Stadium on Sunday (BeIN Sports, noon PT). Sociedad’s 21 goals are best in La Liga while second-place Atletico Madrid (6-0-2), Spain’s only unbeaten team, has allowed the fewest scores, just two, thanks to six clean sheets from Jan Oblak. If Sociedad stumbles Sunday, Atletico could move into the top spot if it beats Valencia (3-4-3) on Saturday (BeIN Sports, 7 a.m. PT).

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