Lovejoy Rallies Past Lady Scots Again

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Lovejoy has beaten Highland Park twice this season, so the Lady Scots likely will be the No. 2 playoff seed from 15-5A. (Photo: Rob Graham)

It appears that Highland Park will again finish as the runner-up in District 15-5A following a four-set loss to Lovejoy on Tuesday in its home finale.

The Lady Leopards knocked off HP for the second time this season — by scores of 22-25, 29-27, 25-13, 25-13 — and in the process clinched the district’s top playoff seed for the second straight year. Lovejoy remained unbeaten in league play.

The loss snapped a six-match winning streak for the Lady Scots (24-18, 10-2) during which they only dropped one out of 19 sets. They will wrap up the regular season with road matched against Mesquite Poteet on Friday and North Forney on Oct. 24. The playoffs will start a week later.


Helping our Heroes Gala and Golf Tournament

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Adam Acosta, Randy Gill, and Xavier Espinoza. (Photo: Tamytha Cameron Smith)

Helping Our Heroes Foundation's (HOH) seventh annual Gala and Golf Tournament, was held Sept. 9, and Sept. 11, respectively, at Las Colinas Country Club.

The gala welcomed multiple wounded warriors who are all featured in George W. Bush’s Portraits of Courage. Photojournalist MSgt. Jeremy Lock was the guest speaker.

Famous athletes made an appearance at the golf tournament, including MLB Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars, ESPN’s Brady Tinker, and PGA Pro Joel Edwards.


Girls Do the Asking for Hi-Lites Dance

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Sophie Jejurikar asks Christian Wright the traditional Hi-Lites way — with a handmade sign. (Courtesy photo)

It wasn’t sophomores Ethan Vincente and Hailey Turco’s first dance, but this one had a unique tropical twist.

On Sept. 23, Highland Park High School students gathered for the annual fall Hi-Lites dance, which has become one of the school’s most celebrated traditions.

Unlike for other dances hosted at the school, girls are responsible for inviting boys and, instead of dressing up in blazers and dresses, students attend in costume, based on various themes.


Dallas Gets Third Blue Star Marker

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Tim Mallad, Dana Harkey, Dr. John Gremmels, and Harriet Gibbs. (Courtesy Presbyterian Communities)

The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 12477 Merit Drive, now has a Blue Star Memorial marker – only the third one in the city.

“This is a living tribute that honors all of the men and women who served, are serving or will serve in the United States armed forces,” said Tim Mallad, CEO of Presbyterian Communities and Services, which owns the center.

During the dedication ceremony in October, Mallad thanked the Designers and Diggers Garden Study Club for raising the funds for the marker and club member Harriet Gibbs for suggesting the hospice as its location.


Crime Reports: Oct. 9 – 15

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: UNLUCKY BUSINESS

A 61-year-old man with a Mabank, TX address on his driver’s license found himself at the Highland Park Police Department early Friday the 13th about a missing decal. Apparently the man had damaged the decal that allows him to operate a vehicle for hire at the DFW airport while washing his window, and authorities with the Ground Transportation office wouldn’t replace it unless he filed a lost property report. So he threw the decal away.


Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm

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Josh and Steven Behar with Dak Prescott, Alan Behar, and Frederick Jabber. (Photo: Gail Nogle)

The NFL Alumni Association, DFW Chapter, is hosting the annual Flowserve Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon, as part of their “Caring for Kids” mission. The luncheon will be held August 30th on the field at AT&T Stadium starting with player introductions at 11:30am.

Happy Hill Farm is a fully accredited, Christian boarding and day school. Underprivileged students on scholarship — all with the motivation, determination and ability to pursue higher education and success in life — study within a college-preparatory environment taught from a Christian worldview. Scholarship donations from the private sector are more important than ever. Every gift holds opportunity to allow students to learn, commit, grow and succeed in future endeavors.


HP Girls Claim Another District Crown

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It's on to regionals for the Highland Park girls after winning the District 15-5A title. The boys also advanced to the regional meet.

The Highland Park girls continued their legacy of excellence in postseason cross country competition by winning the District 15-5A meet on Oct. 12 at Myers Park in McKinney.

It was the 39th district team title for the Lady Scots, and the first for freshman Sophia Oliai, who took the individual gold medal with a time of 18 minutes, 37 seconds.

The entire team will compete at the Class 5A Region II meet on Oct. 23 in Grand Prairie. The top athletes from that meet will advance to the state meet on Nov. 4 in Round Rock.


Highlander Band Named Grand Champions at Marching Showcase

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The Highlander Band claimed its first Grand Champion title after competing against numerous 5A and 6A schools on Oct. 7 at the Midlothian Marching Showcase.

While the program has earned a number of class championships over the last four years, the band has never won a large marching contest until now.