For Highland Park, the Class 4A Division I Region II final on Friday might come down to keeping momentum.
The Scots will meet Wylie with a berth in the state semifinals on the line, looking for their 13th consecutive victory overall. HP also sports a 14-0 record against the Pirates in a once-contentious rivalry that dates back to 1994.
Their most recent clashes came as district foes in 2010 and 2011, when HP won both matchups by identical 24-21 scores.
But both teams know this renewal will be more about advancing in the postseason than about past grudges. The Scots (12-1) and Pirates (9-4) have never met one another in the playoffs.
HP dominated Mansfield Legacy 48-0 last week, earning its first playoff shutout since topping Marshall 59-0 in the 2005 state title game. It also allowed HP to advance past the Thanksgiving weekend for the first time since 2007.
The Scots have won all three of their playoff games by at least 21 points and appear to be peaking at the right time of the year. HP quarterback Brooks Burgin has thrown nine touchdown passes with no interceptions in those victories.
The Pirates enter the game with four losses on their resume — an unusually high number for this stage of the playoffs — but also with plenty of momentum following a 64-46 win over South Oak Cliff last week in the regional quarterfinals.
It marked the highest offensive output of the season for a Wylie offense that has averaged more than 50 points during its playoff run and should provide another test for an HP defensive unit that already stifled the high-powered Legacy attack a week ago.
Friday’s game will be played at Eagle Stadium in Allen, the same site where Wylie eliminated SOC last week and where the Scots knocked off The Colony in the bi-district round.
When we reported on Tuesday that Chart Westcott had filed his paperwork to run for the Republican nomination in Texas House District 108, we mentioned that University Park resident Morgan Meyer had beaten him to the punch. Well, we just got this photograph from Meyer’s campaign of the candidate and his beautiful family with James Carter, executive director of the Dallas County Republican Party.
All that news about Highland Park moving to the state’s highest classification for UIL competitions next season? It might not be such a big deal for the boys basketball program.
The Scots (8-0) are undefeated this season, and five of their eight wins have come against current Class 5A schools — Midlothian, Lake Highlands, Jesuit, Richardson, and McKinney — which would be part of the new 6A next season.
They had a season-best offensive output on Tuesday during an 80-59 home win over McKinney.
“I want to schedule good teams to give us a good test and see where we are,” HP head coach David Piehler said.
The next test for the Scots will be an extended stretch of games away from home beginning Friday at Richardson Pearce. HP will then play in a tournament next week in Burkburnett, will travel to Mesquite Poteet for its District 10-4A opener, and compete in a holiday tournament in Allen before its next home game on Dec. 31 against West Mesquite.
— Court Alley (@AllforAlley) December 5, 2013
Now that Devonshire resident and Highland Park High School graduate Court Alley has filed his candidacy for District 108, all three Republicans who have publicly expressed interest in replacing state Rep. Dan Branch have secured spots on the March primary ballot. (The other two are University Park resident Morgan Meyer and Park Cities native Chart Westcott.) The deadline to file a candidacy is 6 p.m. on Monday, so now we wait to see if anyone else jumps in the fray.
The Covenant Knights, who are seeking a second straight TAPPS Division I championship in six-man football, were scheduled to play at noon Saturday in the small West Texas town of Zephyr. But the impending icepocalypse has delayed Covenant’s matchup with Geneva School of Boerne by exactly one week. The game is now scheduled for noon on Dec. 14.
Yeah, sure, we all know how well the Highland Park football and basketball teams are doing this semester. But what about the Ultimate Frisbee squad? The Scots spent two November weekends competing against the top teams in Texas.
The first matches took place at Pearce High School in Richardson the weekend of Nov. 9. In their first game, Highland Park faced longtime rival Flower Mound Marcus. The Scots started slow but hit their stride and won, 13-11. They then rolled past defending state champion Coppell, 12-6, and Pearce, 13-2.
A week later, the Scots rolled into the Elite 8 Tournament in Waco, which matched the top four teams from North Texas against the top four teams from across the state. Highland Park started strong by defeating Austin Liberal Arts and Science Academy, 13-1, and fought off a comeback from Kingwood with a 13-10 victory. They went on to beat St. Thomas, 13-2, and Belton, 13-4.
The Scots’ next game isn’t until after Christmas, so they have time to sit back and bask in the glow of their red-hot Frisbees.
Painter Shelley Marron and photographer David Rubin are University Park residents. They are also two of the artists whose work will be featured in “Naissance,” the new exhibit at Zhen Music and Arts Institute. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, with a wine-tasting reception scheduled exactly a week later. The exhibit closes Jan. 17.
Ron Hall and the late Denver Moore captured audiences with their New York Times best-selling memoir Same Kind of Different as Me, in 2006. Before Moore died in March of 2012, the friends collaborated on the children’s book Everybody Can Help Somebody, which is illustrated with some of Moore’s paintings.
Hall will be signing copies of Everybody Can Help Somebody at Stanley Korshak tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m. Artist Anne Neilson will also be autographing copies of her book, Angels In Our Midst.
So swing by to meet these delightful authors, and take care of a few things on your Christmas shopping list.
Tvardzik has been the city controller since 2002. During his tenure, University Park has earned a Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 11 consecutive years.
The full news release about his promotion is after the jump.
Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother, will speak at the annual Holiday Luncheon hosted by the Friends of the SMU Libraries. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Royal Oaks Country Club. Admission is $40, which includes a signed copy of Marmee & Louisa, which Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham, author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, called “an important book about an important relationship. Writing engagingly and with precision, Eve LaPlante sheds new light on the Alcott story, a story that is in some ways is the story of America.”
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