Big Run Pushes The Colony Past HP Girls

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Highland Park's Emma Hill battles with The Colony's Jewel Spear during Friday's Class 5A Region II playoff game. The Lady Cougars won 48-33. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s Emma Hill battles with The Colony’s Jewel Spear during Friday’s Class 5A Region II area round playoff game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

COPPELL — The Colony simply had too much size, too much speed, and too much firepower for Highland Park on Friday.

Despite a valiant effort, the Lady Scots fell 48-33 in the area round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs, ending their season.

The state-ranked Lady Cougars (35-1) never trailed in the game and pulled away with a 17-0 run to start the second half. Meanwhile, HP struggled offensively in the first and third quarters, and by the time the Lady Scots (23-9) started a late rally, they already were too far behind.


Blue Wave Looks to Make a Splash at State

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Felix Van Cauwelaert will lead a contingent of six Highland Park boys to the 5A state meet this weekend in Austin.

Felix Van Cauwelaert will lead a contingent of six Highland Park boys to the 5A state meet this weekend in Austin.

A decade ago, Highland Park was the dominant team in the state in girls swimming. But these days, it’s the boys who are making a splash.

The Blue Wave will be represented by six swimmers at the Class 5A state meet this weekend in Austin, all in boys events. The resurgence included a boys team title at the Class 5A Region II meet earlier this month in Frisco.

Felix Van Cauwelaert has led the charge for the HP. After swimming in two individual events at last year’s 6A state meet, he will aim for a podium spot this time around after winning regional titles in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. He also will anchor both freestyle relays, which likewise claimed regional gold.


Police Reports: Feb. 6-12

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: BAD TIMING

At 10:35 a.m. Feb. 6, a thief entered a house in the 4100 block of Emerson Avenue through the garage door, which was left open while the victim was unloading groceries, and stole an $8,500 Chanel purse.

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6 MONDAY
After 8:30 p.m., a burglar broke into a black 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4300 block of Westway Avenue and stole the third row seat.

7 TUESDAY
Between 9 p.m. Feb. 6 and 3 a.m. Feb. 7, a burglar broke into a silver GMC Yukon in the 4300 block of Westway Avenue and stole the third row seat. In the same time frame, the third row seat was stolen from a black 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe on the same block.

12 SUNDAY
At 12:45 a.m., a burglar stole a 15-inch MacBook Air and a Mascoma Savings Bank Check Book from a house in the 3200 block of Dartmouth Avenue.


Lady Scots Set to Challenge The Colony

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Highland Park will meet state-ranked The Colony in the area round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday in Coppell. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park will meet state-ranked The Colony in the area round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday in Coppell. (File photo: Rob Graham)

After rolling through the first round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs, the challenge becomes considerably tougher for Highland Park in the second.

The Lady Scots (23-8) overcame a slow start to power past Longview Pine Tree 59-34 on Monday. Now they’ll face The Colony in the area round at 7 p.m. Friday in Coppell.

The Lady Cougars (34-1) have been prominent in the Class 5A state rankings all season. They are led by Jade Williams, a McDonald’s All-American who has signed with Duke.

As a freshman in 2014, Williams was a force as The Colony eliminated HP in the bi-district round. She played the last two seasons at Plano Prestonwood before transferring back to public school.


Scots to Open Season at Patriot Cup

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Owen Seebold and Highland Park will play in the Patriot Cup again this year, even though it's been moved to Frisco. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Owen Seebold and Highland Park will play in the Patriot Cup again this year, even though it’s been moved to Frisco. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

The Patriot Cup is an annual celebration of lacrosse at both the collegiate and high school levels, and as usual, Highland Park is joining the party.

The Scots will open the regular season by facing Austin Westlake at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. It will be a rematch of last year’s state semifinal, won 11-10 by the Scots.

HP’s Division II squad will take on Frisco at 10:30 a.m. to start the proceedings. And the HP girls will play Frisco at 6:15 p.m. The daylong event, which was held at SMU’s Ford Stadium in past years, will also feature college matchups between Georgetown and Notre Dame (men) and Duke and Stanford (women).

HP, which was the state runner-up last season, will play its home opener on Feb. 27 against Allen.


Bethenny Frankel to Speak at 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon

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Community Partners of Dallas will be hosting their 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon on Friday, April 21st at the Hilton Anatole. Tricia George and Mary Martha Pickens will co-chair the event with Katy Block, Marybeth Conlon, and Lori Anna Dees serving as underwriting chairs.

Taking great pride in restoring life to abused and neglected children, Community Partners of Dallas has provided support and critical resources to caseworkers at Dallas County Child Protective services. Items such as uniforms, food, hygiene products, and diapers have been provided in the past.

Best-selling author, businesswoman, and reality star Bethenny Frankel has been chosen as the featured speaker to discuss her approach to parenting, relationships, and much more.


Daughters of Slain UP Fire Captain File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Capt. Robert Poynter

The daughters of slain University Park fire captain Robert Poynter have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his wife and her lover.

Robert Poynter was found dead near a Hunt County road on Sept. 9. Investigators allege that his estranged wife, Chacey Poynter, lured him there so that her boyfriend Michal Garza could kill him.

Attorneys J. Gregory Marks and W. Cullen McMahon filed the petition in a Collin County court on behalf of Nicole and Natalie Poynter.


Red-Hot HP to Face Marshall in Playoffs

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Here's a team of 14 players who completed a 14-win district season on Feb. 14. They will face Marshall to open the playoffs on Feb. 21. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Here’s a team of 14 players who completed a 14-win district season on Feb. 14. They will open the playoffs against Marshall. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Highland Park showed its postseason preparedness on Tuesday with an 83-43 blasting of fellow playoff contender North Forney in the regular-season finale on Tuesday.

The Scots (23-9, 14-0), who haven’t lost since late December, will face Marshall in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in Wills Point.

The Scots wrapped up a perfect run through District 15-5A with one of their more dominating performances, led by 25 points from Ethan Nussbaum. Despite the absence of leading scorer Will Enzor, 10 players found the basket for HP, which also posted its best defensive performance in almost a month.


Lady Scots Keep Rolling Through 15-5A

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Highland Park is unbeaten this season, and hasn't allowed a goal in District 15-5A play. In other words, they're pretty good. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is unbeaten this season, and hasn’t allowed a goal in District 15-5A play. In other words, they’re pretty good. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has now shut out every one of its opponents in District 15-5A schedule after concluding the first half of the league schedule with a 3-0 win over Wylie East on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium.

Rachel Wasserman scored for the Lady Scots (13-0, 7-0) along with freshmen Presley Echols and Megan O’Neal.

In boys action, the Scots suffered a 3-2 road loss to Wylie East despite a pair of goals from Duncan James and two assists from Wesley Winters.

Both HP squads will face Lovejoy on Friday to begin the second half of the district slate. The Scots (8-4-1, 4-3) will again play on the road, while the Lady Scots are at home.