Ring on the Champs

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Ryan Coxe

 

The Highland Park football team received their state championship rings during a March 23 ceremony at the high school. (Photos courtesy HPISD)


Full Spring Ahead

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January may mark the official start of the new year, but April is when things really get going. Holiday hangovers have passed, Cupid’s arrow’s been shot, and spring break has broken. Any hopes of a season resembling winter have long since been squashed as the dread of another hell-fire summer slowly descends.

Our collective attention now turns to the ever-expanding list of events that will fill our calendars in coming months: tax day, Easter, spring parties, proms, and graduations will all be here before we know it. Not far behind will be weddings, camps, and long summer vacations.


Scots Rally Past Pine Tree in Shootout

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After rallying to tie the game in the second half, Highland Park defeated Longview Pine Tree in a shootout on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After rallying to tie the game in the second half, Highland Park defeated Longview Pine Tree in a shootout on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

It took a little something extra for the Highland Park boys to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The Scots needed two overtime periods and a shootout to outlast Longview Pine Tree 2-1 in a Class 5A Region II bi-district game on Thursday in Royse City.

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, HP rallied with a second-half goal by Duncan James. Nick Roostai assisted on the goal and was also one of four Scots who found the back of the net during the shootout, along with Jack Chapman, Jack Phipps, and Bosco Maldonado.

The Scots (12-8-1), who are making their first postseason appearance since 2013, will play Frisco Wakeland next week in the area round. The Wolverines blanked Carrollton Newman Smith 5-0 on Thursday.


Freedom Fighters

Through prosecution, conviction, incarceration, and acquittal, Dave and Stacy Cary have “become even closer, if it’s possible,” he says. “As much as I loved and respected her before, it’s 10 times more.” (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Through prosecution, conviction, incarceration, and acquittal, Dave and Stacy Cary have “become even closer, if it’s possible,” he says. “As much as I loved and respected her before, it’s 10 times more.” (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich)

Former inmate Dave Cary, 62, enjoys walking from his Lovers Lane home in University Park to Union Coffee on Dyer Street.

On his laptop, he follows the news and blogs about wrongfully convicted people and such prosecutorial misdeeds as affairs with judges and distortion of defendants’ pasts.

“The shameful thing is I’m having no trouble finding material,” Cary said.

The convictions of Dave and Stacy Cary, who were accused of bribing a Collin County judicial candidate, were overturned on appeal, but not before Dave served 19 months and 10 days in Texas prisons, often alongside dangerous gang members.


Ivy Tavern Owners Takeover Windmill Lounge

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WindmillBig changes are in the works at Windmill Lounge, a bar once named one of the best bars in the country by Esquire Magazine for good drinks, good music and a fun crowd since it opened 11 years ago on Maple Avenue. Louise Owens has sold the bar to Lisa and Tom Georgalis and the Triada Hospitality Group, owners of the popular Ivy Tavern. During this transition, the Windmill will remain open.

“We’re so excited to add the Windmill Lounge under our wing, a bar that we’ve been fans of for years,” Lisa and Tom said.

The new owners don’t plan to change everything at the Windmill. Operation hours will remain the same, as will the focus on classic and craft cocktails, music, and an overall casual vibe.

Patrons can expect an all-new menu within a couple of months. Highlights will include “chef-driven” pizzas, unique flavored wings, and salad options. The owner also plan to revamp the beer and wine menu.


HP Prom to Have an ‘Empire State of Mind’

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Prom Chairs Finn Jent, Eleanor Gambrell, Camille Sockwell, and Christopher Fehlman

Prom Chairs Finn Jent, Eleanor Gambrell, Camille Sockwell, and Christopher Fehlman

The Highland Park High School prom committee has chosen “Empire State of Mind” as this year’s theme. Prom Chairs, Finn Jent, Eleanor Gambrell, Camille Sockwell, and Christopher Fehlman, are currently busy planning the upcoming event.

The Junior-Senior Prom takes place April 22 at the Belo Mansion. It will be presented by Allie Beth Allman & Associates.


New Book Chronicles HP Football Championship Run

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HP_Champ_Book_cover_v2Kirk Dooley, publisher of Scots Illustrated, and co-founder of the publication you are reading now, has written a book about the 2016 football state championship team.

“If you love football and love Highland Park this was the greatest win,” Dooley said. “It embodies what makes this place so special, which is the pride, and heritage, and tradition, and stepping up when you need to step up. It was just a total team win without any superstars.”

Respect All. Fear None. A Celebration of the 2016 Highland Park State Champions includes game summaries, game stats, player profiles and coaches profiles, as well as personal reflections by the players, coaches, trainers, cheerleaders, Scotsmen, Highland Belles and members of the Highlander Band. The book title is based on the team slogan that players chose before the season began.


Scots Pile Up Goals Against Chargers

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Drew Dodge scored a hat trick for the Highland Park Division II squad during Tuesday's win at Keller Central.

Drew Dodge scored a hat trick for the Highland Park Division II squad during Tuesday’s win at Keller Central.

Highland Park bounced back from its first loss of the season with its most dominating victory on Tuesday night, when the Scots dismantled Keller Central 18-1.

The Scots (6-1) previously fell to McDonogh (Md.) in the last of three games on a road trip to North Carolina earlier this month. But there was no carryover from that loss during HP’s return to Texas.

The Scots will travel to Plano West on Friday before returning home for a matchup against The Woodlands on April 1.