Belles Take Top Honors at Texas Showcase

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Courtesy Highland Belles

Courtesy Highland Belles

The Highland Belles took top honors last Saturday during the Crowd Pleasers Texas Showcase of Champions competition at Timber Creek High School in Keller.

A panel of judges named the Belles overall grand champion for earning the highest point total among the 35 competing teams. They were also named grand champions in the super team category.

This marked first time that the Belles swept all of the outstanding awards for technique, choreography precision and performance quality in kick, pom, jazz and military routines.


Police Reports: Feb. 13-19

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: KEY EVIDENCE?

At 9 p.m. Feb. 13, a burglar left behind a Toyota key after damaging a rear window and breaking into a black 2007 Chevrolet Suburban in the 4400 block of Southern Avenue. Guardian locks protected the rear seat, which was down, but not removed.

HIGHLAND PARK

13 MONDAY
A black and white concrete saw attachment for a Bobcat front loader went missing from a construction site in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn between 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 6:45 a.m. Feb. 13. Scratch marks on the ground suggest the $5,000 saw may have been dragged away.

15 WEDNESDAY
At 2:50 p.m., a 32-year-old woman with a toddler attempted to exchange a stolen $1,595 backpack at Giuseppe Zanotti in Highland Park Village. Officers arrived and made an arrest. The backpack was among items reported stolen in Feb. 14 thefts involving several people possibly associated with the Fast Kash Crew. Police arrested a 19-year-old man on Feb. 14.

At 8:58 p.m., a man grabbed a $399 bottle of Opus One wine at Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village and asked, “Can I check out here?,” before bolting out the door to a waiting Toyota with a female driver.


Hockadaisies Headed to Legoland

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Hockadaisies - Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, S...

The Hockadaisies took third place in a Lego competition featuring over 600 North Texas teams. From left: Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow (Photo: Charlotte Hoskins)

 

A team of five Hockaday School girls is headed to California after taking third place in the ninth annual North Texas First Lego League (FLL) champion tournament. Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow, collectively known as The Hockadaisies, competed against nearly 600 North Texas teams.

The girl’s next test will be at the Legoland North American Open in Carlsbad, CA, May 19-21.


The Thing About Schools

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This month’s cover story focuses on schools, a topic that affects us all in one way or another.

Public education is difficult to write about because it involves two things that are most dear to our hearts: our kids and our wallets. Passions run high because we all agree that our community’s children deserve the best. We just don’t agree on exactly what that is.

One person’s innovative program is another’s example of wasted spending. Some say we should do less with more, while others contend that we can’t do enough with what we have.


Scots Take Third in San Antonio

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Turner Hosch paced Highland Park during a third-place team finish in San Antonio over the weekend.

Turner Hosch paced the Highland Park quintet during a third-place team finish in San Antonio over the weekend.

Highland Park continued its spring season in boys golf with a third-place finish at the Texas Shootout, which concluded on Saturday at TPC San Antonio.

Turner Hosch, a sophomore, carded a 6-under-par 210 over three rounds to tie for first place in the individual standings.

HP will return to action on March 24-25 in a tournament at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield.


HP Boys Off to Fast Start on Track

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Highland Park had a successful season debut with a second-place team finish at a meet in Garland. The Scots will compete on Thursday in The Colony.

Highland Park had a successful season debut with a second-place team finish at a meet in Garland. The Scots will compete on Thursday in The Colony.

A combination of speed and strength led Highland Park to a runner-up finish in the team standings at the North Garland Raider Invitational on Feb. 16. The Scots trailed only Sachse in their season debut.

HP’s Turner Coxe won a gold medal in the discus and was third in the shot put. Sam Sloan won the 800 meters, while Varun Ravi placed second in the 300 hurdles. The Scots also swept the top two spots in the pole vault with J.B. Williams and Etienne Black.

In girls action, HP came in 10th as a team at the Newman Smith Trojan Relays on Feb. 18 in Carrollton, led by a third-place finish by Maddy Stephens in the 800.

The Scots will return to the track on Thursday at The Colony Invitational, while the Lady Scots will next compete on Saturday at McKinney Boyd.


Scots Command Spotlight at Patriot Cup

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It was a successful day for Highland Park's lacrosse teams at the Patriot Cup on Saturday in Frisco. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

It was a successful day for Highland Park’s lacrosse teams at the Patriot Cup on Saturday in Frisco. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s lacrosse teams provided a clean sweep of the three high school games that were part of the Patriot Cup event on Saturday at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

The HP boys capped the day with a 12-3 season-opening victory over Austin Westlake in a rematch of a state semifinal game from last season. Earlier, the Scots’ Division II squad held off Frisco 10-9 in overtime, and the HP girls rolled past Frisco 15-1.

The daylong festivities also included a pair of high-profile college games, as the Notre Dame men topped Georgetown 16-10, and the Duke women scored a 12-8 victory over Stanford.

The home opener for the Lady Scots will be Wednesday against Southlake Carroll, while the boys will make their home debut on Feb. 27 against Allen.


Momentous Institute to Host the ‘Grandfather of Mindfulness’ at SMU

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JKZ2The Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ Momentous Institute has been a trailblazer in incorporating mindfulness and therapy into their schooling.

On March 28, the institute will bring two leading experts in the field, in conjunction with the Lynn Lectures, to SMU for a lecture on “Love and Wisdom in a Time of Stress”.

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn — the “grandfather of mindfulness”, who is known internationally for his work in mind/body medicine — and Dr. Elissa Epel, who recently made the New York Times bestseller list for her book The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer — will share ways to combat stress and enhance well-being.

Tickets start at $25 and are available here


Conner, Kimzey Pin Down Regional Gold

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Highland Park's Caleb Kimzey advanced to the state tournament after winning a Region III title at 170 pounds. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s Caleb Kimzey advanced to the state tournament after winning a Region III title at 152 pounds. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Caleb Kimzey and Aidan Conner will represent Highland Park at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament after each won a Region III title on Saturday in Bryan.

Conner, a sophomore, advanced his record to a remarkable 58-1 this season after defeating Fulshear’s Alex Torres by fall in the regional championship match at 195 pounds.

Kimzey (42-12) claimed the gold medal at 152 pounds with a decision over Khorey Darkers of Richmond Foster in the final match. Jeremy Hanes earned a bronze medal for the Scots at 220 pounds, and also advanced to state.

The state tournament is slated for Feb. 24-25 in suburban Houston. Conner is the top seed and will face Hudson Schwartz of Frisco Independence in his first match. Kimzey will meet Tony Zepeda of Canyon Randall, while Hanes will match up with Jesse Clark of Corpus Christi Ray.