After a year’s worth of team accolades for reaching the Class 4A Division I state semifinals, several Highland Park football players were honored for their individual accomplishments as well.
Topping the list is junior quarterback Brooks Burgin, who was named the MVP of District 10-4A in all-district balloting by league coaches. Burgin was a unanimous selection after finishing with 3,491 yards passing and 31 touchdowns for the Scots (13-2). He also rushed for 707 yards and 19 scores.
Among the other superlatives, offensive lineman Jack Sides was named one of four sophomores of the year in the district, while Randy Allen was selected as coach of the year.
A handful of HP players were unanimous choices for the all-district first team, including junior receiver Andrew Frost, senior offensive lineman Tony Richards, senior defensive tackle Jack Ceverha, senior defensive end Andrew Clyde, junior linebacker Mitchell Kaufman, and kicker Will Sanders.
Other first-team honorees for the Scots were running back Cole Feigl, offensive linemen Clayton Woods and Gil Horn, and linebacker Tanner Houghton.
HP also had several players recognized on the second team, including receiver Kevin Ken, offensive lineman Rees Lemay, defensive linemen Caz Orr and Charles Powell, linebackers Brooks Oden and Anwar Hage, and defensive backs Pierce Weiss and Boomer Bakich.
Reflecting the depth on their district championship team, the Scots even had seven players who were given honorable mention — Remy Kell, William Stowe, Chris Moize, Campbell Brooks, Stephen Briggs, Robert Mencke, and Powell Snelling.
You’ll forgive us if we skip the University Park City Council’s meeting this evening, when the only item on the main agenda is an amendment to the policy governing the use of the meeting room at the University Park Public Library.
A week ago today, a resident of Airline Road called the Highland Park Department of Public Safety to turn over a bicycle. She’d found the orange bike, with the words “General Lee” on the side, in her front yard on Halloween. It had been in her garage ever since, as she tried to locate its owner, with no success. No word on whether the bike also featured the Confederate flag.
Santa Claus is coming to town, or rather the City of University Park. Beginning tonight, Santa will be riding through different sections of UP on the Fighting Scot fire engine from 6-8 p.m.
If you want a picture with Santa, he’ll end each night at Curtis Park. Wave at him from your houses girls and boys, because Santa is flying back to the North Pole after his last ride on Friday.
ALLEN – For three quarters, Highland Park had the defending state champions on their heels. But the fourth quarter was another story.
Denton Guyer rallied with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to surge past the Scots 22-16 in a Class 4A Division I state semifinal on Saturday at Eagle Stadium.
The loss ended the best season for HP since 2007, and snapped a 13-game winning streak that dated to August.
Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard, who has verbally committed to the University of Texas, rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, doing his most significant damage in the final quarter.
HP held a 10-0 lead through three quarters thanks to a defense that stifled the high-powered Guyer offense like no other team had done all season.
“We played very hard. We played typical of how we’ve been playing this whole playoffs,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “I’m very proud of this football team. They’ve come a long way. We put ourselves in a position to win going into the fourth quarter.”
The Wildcats (13-2) lost three fumbles in the first three quarters, which contributed to the deficit. But in the fourth quarter, Guyer grabbed the momentum just as the Scots (13-2) started battling fatigue.
All three Guyer possessions in the fourth quarter reached the end zone, beginning with a 79-yard drive capped by Anthony Taylor’s 23-yard touchdown run that cut the HP lead to 10-7.
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Dec. 13 edition of Park Cities People.
Those who view Alexandra Thornton as a common 12-year-old girl haven’t seen her in a singlet.
Despite her slender frame and unassuming demeanor, the seventh grader at Highland Park Middle School is the top weightlifter in the country in her age group.
She proved that again on Dec. 6 at the prestigious American Open meet at the Westin Dallas Park Central hotel, where 12-year-old Alexandra competed against a group of women with an average age of 28 and a top age of 40. She was the youngest competitor at the meet, and among the youngest in its history.
She’s already conquered Texas. Now Natalie Rathjen is taking on the rest of the country as well.
On Saturday, the Highland Park High School senior is scheduled to face some of the top high school runners in the nation at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego.
Rathjen, who won an individual title at the Class 4A state cross country meet earlier this fall, raced last Saturday at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. She finished 18th overall with a time of 17 minutes, 57 seconds, over a 5-kilometer course.
And on Nov. 30, Rathjen finished third at the Foot Locker South Regional Championship in Charlotte, N.C., in a time of 17:06, which qualified her for this week’s event.
After a rigorous tryout process, the award-winning Highland Belles drill team announced 23 new members for its 2013-14 roster. The new team was selected after hopefuls and returning Belles committed to a week-long training process, culminating in a tryout last Saturday led by third-party, independent judges from within the drill team community.
Front row: Leslie Hudson, Maddie Basso, Katherine Cornell, Olivia Gruber, EJ Turner, Caroline Gates, Flora Kate Richards, and Jenny Beth Humann
Middle row: Samantha Walker, Jackie Joyner, Shanley Huckabee, Emily Watson, Gaby Orr, Caroline Robertson, Emily Carvell, Kate Thompson, and Grace Sloan
Back row: Charlotte Fitzpatrick, Landry Arnold, Landry Myers, Avery Mercurio, Maryellen Salter, and Madison Taylor
The 2013-2014 Highland Belles will begin their workout and off-season training in January alongside the current team. Their first team performance will be in late spring.
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw made a surprise appearance at Hyer Elementary School yesterday morning during the Dads and Donuts breakfast.
Well, it was a surprise to most — some of the kids showed up wearing Los Angeles Dodgers gear in honor of the Highland Park High School graduate.
The Hyer Dads Club, which hosted the event, presented a $1,000 check to the ace pitcher for Kershaw’s Challenge, his organization committed to transforming the lives of children, in America and Africa, through Jesus Christ.
Kershaw’s next scheduled public appearance, that we know of, will be at the inaugural fundraising luncheon for Connecting Point of Park Cities, an organization that aims to offer fulfilling day programs for special-needs adults. He and his wife, Ellen, will speak at the Belo Mansion on Jan. 11, when they will also sign their book, Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself.
The man who signs my paychecks told me his daughters (Highland Park High School graduates who live in other states) want to listen to the Scots take on Denton Guyer in the state semifinals on Saturday. Russell Scott and Jim Castellaw call the games on KSKY-AM. If you’re outside the station’s broadcast area but sitting in front of a computer, you can listen online. If you’d rather listen via your phone, use the iHeartRadio app.
Update at 11:38: Castellaw announced that the broadcast has switched to KWRD-FM. Full details are in the comments below.
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