Alexander Drives Scots in Semifinal Thriller

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Paxton Alexander scored all four touchdowns for Highland Park during a 31-24 win over Denton Ryan in the Class 5A Division I state semifinals on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Paxton Alexander scored all four touchdowns for Highland Park during a thrilling 31-24 win over Denton Ryan in the Class 5A Division I state semifinals on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

ARLINGTON — Until two weeks ago, Paxton Alexander was the third running back on Highland Park’s roster. Now he’s the backfield leader for a team that’s in the state championship game.

Alexander scored four touchdowns as the Scots upset previously unbeaten Denton Ryan 31-24 in a thriller on Saturday in the Class 5A Division I state semifinal at AT&T Stadium, pushing HP into its first title-game appearance since 2007. The Scots will meet Temple at noon on Dec. 17 at AT&T Stadium.

With leading rusher Jack Kozmetsky lost for the season with a broken arm suffered earlier in the playoffs, and backup Jacob Urbanczyk sustaining a broken collarbone in the first half on Saturday, the Scots turned to Alexander.


Getting Defensive: HP, Ryan Clash in Semis

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John House and the Highland Park defense have been dominant during the playoffs so far. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

John House and the Highland Park defense have been dominant during the playoffs so far. The Scots will face unbeaten Denton Ryan on Saturday in the Class 5A Division I state semifinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Once again, a powerhouse from Denton ISD is the hurdle standing between Highland Park and the state championship game.

Three years ago, Denton Guyer slipped past the Scots 22-16 on its way to a Class 4A title. On Saturday, HP will meet unbeaten Denton Ryan for the chance to return to the state final for the first time since 2007.

The Class 5A Division I state semifinal is slated for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where both teams won regional final games last weekend — the Scots (12-2) against Mansfield Legacy, and the Raiders (14-0) against Colleyville Heritage.


Paws Cause Kicks Off with Ralph Lauren Holiday Party

Host Susie Swanson (left) with Curtis Gribble and Trinh Cao at the Ralph Lauren Holiday Party for Paws Cause. (Thomas Garza Photography) 0
Host Susie Swanson (left) with Curtis Gribble and Trinh Cao at the Ralph Lauren Holiday Party for Paws Cause. (Thomas Garza Photography)
SPCA of Texas President & CEO James Bias with Jocelyn White and Webster the Chihuahua. (Thomas Garza Photograph)

SPCA of Texas President & CEO James Bias with Jocelyn White and Webster the Chihuahua. (Thomas Garza Photograph)

Ralph Lauren in Highland Park Village hosted the 2017 Paws Cause Holiday Party with Susie Swanson Dec. 1, donating a portion of their sales from the event to SPCA Texas.

The 2017 Paws Cause will feature chefs from some of Dallas’ favorite restaurants, including Salum, Parigi, Pink Magnolia, Cane Rosso, Whistle Britches, and 3015 at Trinity Groves.

SAVE THE DATE

Date: Jan. 29, 2017
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: 2400 Lone Star
Benefiting: SPCA Texas

The event will be held Jan. 29 at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center and will benefit the Mary Spencer Clinic at the Village Fair, a South Dallas spay/neuter and wellness initiative.

Paws Cause’s mission is to support SPCA of Texas programs that help people and pets of South Dallas by addressing stray animal and animal overpopulation issues.

Tickets to the 2017 Paws Cause are available online.


Lady Scots Roll Into District Opener

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Highland Park has won four straight games entering the start of District 15-5A play on Friday against Lovejoy. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has won four straight games entering the start of District 15-5A play on Friday against Lovejoy. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will carry plenty of momentum and confidence into the start of District 15-5A play this week.

The Lady Scots (8-5) have won four straight games, earning the consolation championship at the Curtis Culwell Invitational tournament last weekend in Garland before an overtime win against Lincoln on Tuesday.

Against the Lady Tigers, who were one win away from reaching the Class 4A state tournament last year, the Lady Scots rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime before winning it 63-58. Morgan Smith paced HP with 22 points, followed by Eve Loewe with 16 points and Emma Hill with 13.


Police Reports: Nov. 28-Dec. 4

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BALANCING ACT

Between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 4, a thief entered a house in the 3400 block of Rosedale Avenue stole a hoverboard.

HIGHLAND PARK

28 MONDAY
At 9:24 a.m., a victim reported three packages stolen containing a $1,299 pair of brown Neiman Marcus boots and $30 of Chicago Cubs memorabilia from the front porch of a house in the 4400 block of Rheims Place sometime between 11 a.m. Nov. 23 and noon Nov. 27.

1 THURSDAY
At 2:38 a.m., David Lee Barron, 43, of Richardson, was arrested in the 4900 block of Preston Road on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Two minutes later, Erwin Gatchalian Montoya, 41, of Dallas, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.

At 2:52 p.m., several thieves pretending to be construction workers gained entry to a house in the 3800 block of Mockingbird Lane saying there was a busted water line nearby and they needed to test the faucets in the house to see if there was green dye in the water. They stole $31,300 of jewelry, including three diamond rings, two custom ring bands, and a pair of diamond stud earrings.


Scots Defeat HSAA Again, Head to Tourney

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Highland Park will make its annual trip to the Burkburnett tournament this week after notching a third win against HSAA on Monday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will make its annual trip to the Burkburnett tournament this week after notching a third win against HSAA. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Let’s ignore the fact that Highland Park has only won two games this season against teams not called HSAA, and focus on the fact that the Scots have beaten the squad of homeschool players three times already this season.

The latest such victory came on Monday, when HP used a season-best offensive output to cruise to an 85-57 triumph. The balanced scoring included 20 points from Will Enzor, along with 16 from Ethan Nussbaum. Three other Scots contributed at least nine points — Preston Landes, Davis Milton, and Alex Staffaroni.

The Scots (5-3) will take their modest two-game winning streak to the Union Square Bulldog Classic beginning Thursday in Burkburnett. HP, which won the tournament last season, will face Whitehouse, Brock, and Canyon Randall in pool play.


PJ Drive for Seniors

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Acappella in Home Care is collecting new adult sized men’s and women’s pajamas until Dec. 17 for their 3rd Annual Pajama Drive. The pajamas will be donated to residents of Skyline Nursing Home in South Dallas. Nursing home residents’ medicaid plans provide less than $60 per month to cover personal needs, such as toiletries and clothing. Pajamas are a luxury many residents cannot afford.

Donations can be made until Dec. 17 at Acappella in Home Care, 13747 Montfort Drive, Dallas, TX 75240. For any questions, call Jo Alch at 214-866-0085.


Highland Belles Welcome New Squad

Front row: Olivia Jolas, Olivia Pettijohn, Sophie Folts, Rebecca Greaves, Kaki Kennedy, Lily Meneghetti, Campbell Willis, Libby Kugler, and Olivia McFall.
Middle row: Elisabeth Wiebe, Riley Cheek, Caroline Conway, Addy Short, Sophia Lindley, Carmen Sarfatis, Mary Kate Addison, Margaret Groves, Ellie McFarland, and Arden Rasmussen.
Back row: Mary Francis McElroy, Malena Maese, Brinkley Brown, Margaret Kemp, Natalie Ward, Kristen Wander, Sabrina Zevallos, Charlotte Glieber, and Jamie Wander. 0
Front row: Olivia Jolas, Olivia Pettijohn, Sophie Folts, Rebecca Greaves, Kaki Kennedy, Lily Meneghetti, Campbell Willis, Libby Kugler, and Olivia McFall. Middle row: Elisabeth Wiebe, Riley Cheek, Caroline Conway, Addy Short, Sophia Lindley, Carmen Sarfatis, Mary Kate Addison, Margaret Groves, Ellie McFarland, and Arden Rasmussen. Back row: Mary Francis McElroy, Malena Maese, Brinkley Brown, Margaret Kemp, Natalie Ward, Kristen Wander, Sabrina Zevallos, Charlotte Glieber, and Jamie Wander.

Highland Belle director Shannon Phillips has named 28 new Belles to the award-winning drill team for 2017-18, rounding out the squad to 65 members.

The Highland Belles have performed military, jazz, high kick, prop, and novelty selections for more than 34 years. Good luck to this year’s team!


Class Act Ladies Tap into Fun

Class Act hosts more than 150 performances per year. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Class Act hosts more than 150 performances per year. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

Class Act began 30 years ago over hot fudge sundaes when Estelle Florey Carter and Joy Holland Coleman decided to start a volunteer tap dance group. Mary Sue Thornton joined them to form the company, and the group is still tapping away in their sparkly shoes.

Class Act is a service organization of up to 40 women who perform tap dancing shows for free. The women put on more than 150 performances annually for a wide array of audiences. They dance at conventions, private and civic events, nursing and retirement homes, and senior centers throughout the area, including the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.

Currently, there are 36 members who range in age from 57 to 84 years old. Carter and Thornton co-direct the troupe.

Previous dance experience is not required to become a member. In fact, only a few members have professionally danced.