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.”
Highland Park graduate Will Miller was recently on the receiving end of some SportsCenter hype for hitting five first-half 3-pointers during Mount St. Mary’s loss to top-ranked Michigan State.
With cold temperatures and wintry weather possibly in the forecast for later this week, Highland Park and Wylie have agreed to move their Class 4A Division I Region II final from frigid Southlake to balmy Allen.
OK, so perhaps the conditions won’t be very favorable one way or the other, but the game will still be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday, only now it will be at Eagle Stadium in Allen. That slot became available when Ennis and Mesquite Poteet decided to shift their game in Allen from Friday to Thursday.
“This stadium was actually our preferred venue, and it has just become available,” HPISD athletic director Johnny Ringo said. “With the possibility of inclement weather on Friday, Eagle Stadium’s location makes for easier travel, and its design offers better protection from the weather.”
Discounted tickets are available in advance at the Highlander Stadium box office this week. The ticket office will be open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets will be $10 at the gate, and parking will be $5.
The stadium might have been the preferred venue, but it has yielded opposite results this season for the two teams. The Scots suffered their only loss of the season there to Aledo by a 44-3 score on Aug. 31, while Wylie had their best offensive output of the season on the same turf in a 64-46 win over South Oak Cliff in the regional semifinals last week.
Highland Park’s boys basketball team remained unbeaten with a 73-70 home win over Richardson last Tuesday. The Scots trailed the Eagles by 2 at halftime, but came out strong in the third quarter with a 23-11 scoring advantage to take the lead, which they never relinquished.
Evan Beucler and Clayton Murtha paced the Scot scoring with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Derek Cahn added an additional 18 points.
Both teams made eight 3-point shots, with the visitors making more regulation baskets. The difference in the game came down to foul shots, with the Scots sinking 17 to the opponents’ 10.
Highland Park will host McKinney at about 8 o’clock this evening as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.
Highland Park senior Laura Rathjen will join a team of 16 of the Dallas area’s top high school distance runners in the fourth annual United Healthcare Elite High School Relay Challenge on Sunday in conjunction with the Dallas Marathon.
The team, comprised of 10 boys and six girls, will compete as a relay along the same course as the marathon. The boys will run 2-mile segments, while the girls will run 1 mile each. Rathjen is competing for the second consecutive year.
Other relay runners will include Matt Brown (St. Mark’s), J.T. Graass (St. Mark’s), Lil Clark (Episcopal School of Dallas), Christian Culpepper (North Crowley), Avery Culpepper (North Crowley), Reese Walters (Shelton School), Erin Wrozek (Bishop Lynch), Trevor Montgomery (Whitney), Abigail Cartwright (Bryan Adams), Zach Polley (Ovilla Christian), Hunter Hawkins (Blooming Grove), Jacob Babbidge (Flower Mound Marcus), Zach Kirkland (Justin Northwest), Emily Allton (Lakehill Prep), and Carson Vickery (Coppell).
If the first-place marathon runner defeats the relay team, they will receive a $1,500 bonus.
Park Cities native Chart Westcott on Tuesday filed to run for the District 108 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.
Westcott submitted more than 5,000 petition signatures to the Dallas County GOP in order to be placed on the ballot for the March 4 Republican primary. He is a partner and general counsel of Commodore Partners, a Dallas private equity firm.
The seat is being vacated by University Park resident Dan Branch, who is running for Texas attorney general.
Westcott’s opponents in the primary are expected to be Morgan Meyer of University Park and Court Alley of Devonshire. As of Tuesday, only Meyer had filed to run. The filing deadline is Dec. 9.
“Our objective is to spread our conservative message, to win in March and then help all Republican candidates win in Dallas County in November,” Westcott said in a statement. “We want to bring common-sense conservative values to all levels of government.”
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