PLANO – If the purpose of a scrimmage is to discover your team’s strengths and weaknesses, then Highland Park coaches saw some of each on Friday against Plano West.
They saw the Scots move the ball consistently on offense, only to fall short of the end zone on multiple occasions. And on defense, they saw some new faces make some key stops while surrendering a few big plays along the way.
“I was pleased. I liked our hustle and our effort,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “I think we have a chance to be a really good football team and I think we’ll get better as the season goes on.”
Just about everybody, it seems, has already sung along to a few of the catchy tunes in Frozen, but have you sung along to it while swimming?
That opportunity presents itself tonight, when the city of University Park will screen a special “sing-along” version of the charming animated musical as the last entry in its summer Dive-In Movie series at Holmes Aquatic Center.
As usual, you don’t have to watch the movie from the pool, but why not? Admission is free, with children under 13 requiring adult accompaniment. The snack bar will be open. Doors open at 8:45 p.m., with showtime at 9:15.
As if school shopping won’t already be crazy enough this weekend, NorthPark Center will host The ABC’s of Back-to-School Style on Saturday.
The event, which runs 1-4 p.m., is designed to showcase the latest styles for ages 6-12 via a runway show, beauty touch-ups, and live entertainment. It will take place on the first floor below the food court.
Kiddos across the Park Cities are gearing up for a great school year, and there’s no better way to do that than through “Meet the Teacher Night.” Check out these excited cuties at Hyer Elementary last night. Send us your first-day-of-school pics at email@example.com to see them on the blog.
In his first season as Highland Park boys cross country coach, David Ripley isn’t planning a major overhaul, but rather a few minor tweaks.
He will bring back more traditional uniforms to replace the plaid outfits from last year. He will focus more on distance rather than speed during training. And he will scale back the schedule from seven to six meets during the regular season.
“We think that gives us maybe a competitive advantage and maybe fresher legs going into district,” said Ripley, who was promoted from assistant to head coach following the retirement of Randy Adair in the spring.
It’s that time of year when SMU students flood the Park Cities, and parents in the area send many of their own to campuses near and far. It’s important for young ladies on college campuses to think about safety, and why not make it fashionable?
Bling Sting offers a line of glittery personal alarms and pepper spray. I, personally, have kept pepper spray on my keychain for the past couple of years, but I’m digging the idea of a personal siren, too. Check it out here, and keep your girls safe.
Coaches and players get fired up every year about scrimmages. They don’t count, the play-calling is usually bland, and the structure is typically scaled back to alleviate injuries and such, but it presents the first time each fall when they can line up against an actual opponent.
So Highland Park will hold their annual scrimmage with Plano West tonight at Clark Field in Plano (varsity is set to begin about 6 p.m., from what we’re told), to give the Scots and their fans a chance to get the competitive juices flowing.
After tonight’s sneak peek, only a week remains until the regular-season opener against Frisco Centennial. That game is slated for 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at SMU’s Ford Stadium as part of the Tom Landry Classic.
By the way, we’ll be there tonight, so check back later for analysis from the scrimmage.
Former newscaster Gloria Campos has been selected to sit as an advisory board member for SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics, and it looks like she’s pretty excited about it — and SMU is, too. Welcome aboard, Gloria!
So excited to be joining @SMU Advisory Board for the Cary M Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility in the fall! See you on campus
— Gloria Campos (@GloriaCampos) August 22, 2014
Welcome to the Hilltop! @GloriaCampos So excited to be joining Advisory Board for the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility!
— SMU (@SMU) August 22, 2014
Do you have an aspiring football star in elementary school? Do you like free stuff? Are you free on Saturday morning?
Some “yes” answers should prompt you to take your youngster to a clinic being hosted by the Highland Park football team and coaching staff at the indoor facility across from Highlander Stadium. It’s open to kids entering grades 1-4, and will run from 10 to 11 a.m.
While the clinic is free, donations will be encouraged to benefit Gridiron Heroes, a nonprofit organization that assists football players who have suffered debilitating spinal-cord injuries.
An indoor aquatic center at Curtis Park could be a long way off, but the idea of such a proposal already has generated some concern among University Park residents.
The UP City Council found out as much on Tuesday, when it approved spending more than $31,000 on a feasibility study with Colorado-based Ballard-King & Associates to study the viability of building the facility that would be shared by the city and Highland Park ISD.
The idea comes from a joint meeting this summer between the UP council and the HPISD board of trustees, which might eliminate its existing natatorium as part of a proposed bond election likely slated for next spring.
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