Monthly Archives: June 2009

New kids-only fitness center helps kids get physically fit playing video games


We read it about the problem all the time. So many kids becoming overweight because they spend so many hours playing video games and don’t get enough exercize or eat the right foods.

So what if somebody invented a way that these children – especially young teens – could still entertain themselves and hang out together playing their X-boxes, PlayStations and Game Boys, but get enough exercize at the same time?

Well, now it’s happened, and the unique idea has actually been invented and is being developed right here in little ol’ Rockwall!


It’s called the “Train Up” teens and kids fitness center, and it’s the brainchild of Rockwall pediatrician and former U.S. Men’s Olympic team gymnast Kurt Pflieger, M.D.

Since opening his private practice at Rockwall Pediatrics a few years ago, Dr. Pflieger said he has become more and more concerned about the ever-increasing number of overweight children he’s been seeing. 

Since he said he noticed that so few get enough exercise, yet so many love spending hours and hours playing video games, he conceived the unique idea to install these video games into fitness equipment to help them slim down, get healthier and improve their self-esteem. 

He calls his new concept “exergaming.”


Last year, after investing loads of time and quite a bit of money into his unique idea, his state-of-the-art exergaming, entertainment, strength and cardio facility became reality when he and his family opened Train Up just down the hill from Rockwall High School, at Yellow Jacket and Goliad. You’ve seen the sign.


Growth was slow at first, he said. His initial research suggested high school age teens were the primary market to utilize his unusual new equipment. As it’s turned out, younger teens of middle school age have become the majority of Train Up’s members. Parents, who say they just wanna’ have fun, too, while getting in shape, are also trying to get in.


The whole story will be out shortly at

Click here for more info about Train Up’s unique fitness & fun programs,  

Rockwall County’s Eddy, Lemons, Pille named to All-area softball second team

Three girls from Rockwall County were named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area softball second team, it was announced last week.

Rockwall-Heath’s ace senior pitcher Chelsea Eddy, Rockwall’s slugging senior Haley Lemons and Royse City’s sophomore Area strikeout leader Alicia Pille received the honors for their outstanding 2009 seasons.


Eddy, who was also chosen as District 10-4A’s Most Valuable Player, finished with a 23-7 record, sparkling 1.03 ERA, and 280 strikeouts for the regional quarterfinalist Hawks.

haley lemons

Lemons hit an astounding .500, with 40 RBIs and 35 runs scored for the regional semifinalist Yellowjackets. She will play ball next at Texas State University.

alicia pille

Pille had a 22-10 record, a sparkling 1.16 ERA and led the area in strikeouts with 347 whiffs!

Click here to see the rest of the All-Area softball teams.  

Heath’s Lewis, Rockwall’s Ballew named to All-Area baseball teams

Rockwall-Heath’s hard-hitting Connor Lewis was named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area baseball team, it was announced last week.

Rockwall’s ace pitcher Travis Ballew was named to the second team.

connor lewis

Lewis hit .427 during the 2009 season, with 10 doubles, one home run, 27 RBIs and a .533 slugging percentage. He will attend Southern Arkansas this Fall to play baseball.

travis ballew

Ballew finished the season with a 9-1 record, with a sparkling 1.48 ERA, had 97 strikeouts and pitched two complete game shutouts.

Click here to see the remainer of the All-Area team.

Football magazine predicts Highland Park will overthrow champion Heath Hawks


Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine’s 2009 edition is out and predicting that Highland Park will overthrow defending District 10-4A champion Rockwall-Heath this year and win the District crown.  

It ranks the Scots as the state’s no. 7 team in the Class 4A poll, after an 11-2 season last year.

Longview is ranked No. 1, followed by Denton Guyer, Cibolo Steele, Denison, Austin Lake Travis, Everman, Waco Midway, Aledo and Dallas Carter.

Texas Football also predicted Rockwall-Heath, Pearce, and Rockwall would be the other three playoff teams from the District.

The magazine, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, previews football from high school to college to the pros in the Lone Star State.

The Scots are ranked No. 3 in the coaches’ state poll with Lake Travis No. 1 and Longview No. 2.

Rockwall-Heath’s Austin Woods named to Texas Football’s Preseason All-Academic first team


Austin Woods

Rockwall-Heath’s highly-regarded offensive lineman Austin Woods has been named by influential Texas Football magazine to their annual first team Preseason All-Academic team.

The 6’5″, 248 lb. senior is expected to again anchor the Hawks offensive line. He is being recruited to play at numerous colleges, including the University of Oklahoma.

The magazine’s recruiting analyst and longtime expert Randy Rodgers compiled his third-annual Preseason All-Academic team as recommended by coaches.

Rockwall’s Preston Clark on UT’s College World Series baseball team

UT senior Preston Clark from Rockwall played on UT’s baseball  team which just came within a game of winning the College World Series. They lost the third of the best of three game series to LSU, 11-4.

He’s quoted by the Dallas Morning News Sportday blog: 

“It’s been amazing,” said Texas senior Preston Clark of Rockwall. “Every guy is pulling for each other in the situations we faced. It’s been the best team I’ve ever been a part of. It’s been a great run.”

Even angels need help

Marilyn Mock smiling

Just came across a nice article about Rockwall’s own Foreclosure Angel Marilyn Mock, describing how much her life has changed since helping Tracy Orr to save her house from foreclosure. She’s also helped four and maybe five other homeowners to save their homes.

Marilyn says she dearly wants to help as many people as she can, but she needs our donations to do so.

Click here to read the Dallas Morning News Neighbors Go story  

Car wash placing employee in danger, making him stand in 100-degree heat?


Every day I drive by Hacienda  Car Wash on Hwy. 205 in Rockwall and see this heavy-set Mexican man, wearing a huge sombrero, waving a rag in 100-degree heat while trying to get drivers to turn in for a car wash.

I’ve received some complaints from readers who don’t think it’s right to ask anyone to just stand on the roadside in such heat for likely little pay. 

One complaintant wondered if Hacienda is that desperate for business to ask someone to do that.

Businesses were damaged by the I-30 & Hwy. 205 construction which lasted so long.

I’ll call Hacienda and ask for more details.

What do you think?

Foreclosure Angel Marilyn Mock getting more publicity

Noticed a nice story written by Dallas Morning News writer Marcia Carroll-Burzair about Rockwall business owner and Foreclosure Angel Marilyn Mock’s passion to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. She’s already helped five homeowners. You go, Marilyn!

Click here to read the story.

Rockwall QB orally commits to San Diego State

Ah, the beach and sunshine…

Rockwall High School quarterback Adam Dingwell says he has orally committed to San Diego State University, after taking part in its football camp there last week.

It would be hard not to do so on such a beautiful campus!

Oral commitments are non-binding. Feb. 3 is the first day that 2010 recruits can sign formal letters of intent.


The 6’4″ 195 lb. senior completed 135 of 217 pass attempts for 1833 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions last year. He also rushed for 173 yards and three TDs on 91 attempts. 

He played as a tight end as a sophomore.

The Yellow Jackets are picked to be a strong Division 10A competitor this Fall against Rockwall-Heath and favorite Highland Park.