Scots Rest, Recharge During Bye Week

After the bye week, Jacob Urbanczyk and Highland Park will return to District 15-5A play on Oct. 7 at West Mesquite. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After the bye week, Jacob Urbanczyk and Highland Park will return to District 15-5A play on Oct. 7 at West Mesquite. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The bye week is always good to rest and heal some nagging injuries, but it appears to have an added benefit for Highland Park this season.

With the bye coming two games into the District 15-5A schedule — at the halfway point of the regular season overall — it gives HP an extra week to prepare for back-to-back games against West Mesquite and Mesquite Poteet.

Those are the two teams that share the early lead with HP in the district standings (although the Scots have the best overall record at 4-1). HP will travel to West Mesquite on Oct. 7 and host Poteet on Oct. 14. Wins in those two games would guarantee the Scots sole possession of the league lead.

$2M Donation Expands Women’s Health Care


Planned Parenthood came to Dallas in 1935 covertly, hidden inside a Ripley’s shirt box. Shirting empress Katherine Ripley would send empty boxes to New York, and when they came back filled with diaphragms, condoms, and informative pamphlets, she would distribute them to women in Dallas.

Even though birth control is now legal, safe and effective long-acting methods can still be difficult to actually get your hands on, especially if you are uninsured, especially if you are a woman, and especially if you live in Texas.

When the Boone Family Foundation and the Harold Simmons Foundation donated $2 million to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas in July, they ensured 1,000 disadvantaged women each year for the next three years free access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), and in doing so, offset the healthcare gap for uninsured women across Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Waco.

Body Found in SMU Barr Pool


Update: According to a statement from SMU, the body was identified as an SMU student.

Foul play is not suspected, but SMU Police, with the Dallas County Medical Examiner, will conduct an investigation.

At 12:30 p.m., SMU released the following statement:

New Trustees Join Southwestern Medical Foundation Board


Southwestern Medical Foundation elected 13 new trustees at the board’s annual meeting. The new Trustees are Lucy Billingsley, Linda P. Evans, Holland P. Gary, Nancy Cain Marcus, Charles W. Matthews, Alfreda B. Norman, Lydia H. Novakov, Rena M. Pederson, Jeanne L. Phillips, Daniel G. Routman, Bonnie B. Smith, Marvin J. Stone, and Kip Tindell.

“We thank our extraordinarily talented Board of Trustees for their willingness to further our mission and spend valuable time and talent to assure the Foundation’s strategic and lasting impact,” President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation Kathleen Gibson said.

HP Golfers Ready for Fall Drive


The Highland Park boys will tee off the fall golf season on Friday when they travel to the Texas High Classic at Texarkana Country Club. The two-day tournament will conclude on Saturday.

The Scots have three fall tournaments on the schedule, including Oct. 14-15 at Lakecliff Country Club near Marble Falls and Nov. 9 at Falconhead Golf Club in Austin.

The bulk of the season will be in the spring, culminating with the District 15-5A tournament in April and the state tournament in May.

‘Tis The Season For An Autumn Harvest Dinner


Autumn at the Arboretum just took it up a notch with the addition of the inaugural Autumn Harvest Dinner Oct. 16 at the Dallas Arboretum.

The event will include a six-course dinner of seasonal craft cocktails and autumn-inspired dishes, and feature six award-winning Dallas chefs including:

  • Chef Sharon Van Meter – 3015 at Trinity Groves
  • Chef Janice Provost – Parigi
  • Chef Eric Dreyer – Fearing’s
  • Chef David Scalise – Hilton Anatole
  • Chef Suki Otsuki – Mudhen Meat and Greens
  • Chef James Sparks – Gil’s Elegant Catering

The event, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., costs $125 a ticket, and $113 for Dallas Arboretum members.

Penson House Sold for $4.5 Million



Courtesy Heritage Auctions

Courtesy Heritage Auctions


Heritage Auctions announced Sept. 27 that the Penson House on Armstrong Avenue sold for almost $5 million. The buyer, who was represented by Allie Beth Allman of Allie Beth Allman and Associates, chose to remain anonymous.

The 1954 home was designed by O’Neil Ford for Jack and Nancy Penson. Ford was well-known for his architectural style that combined elements of European modernism with Texas and Southwestern elements. The 9,800-square-foot Penson House was one of his largest residential projects.

Preservation Dallas added the house to the 2016 list of most endangered places, noting that its location could be attractive to potential developers, and that Highland Park does not have a mechanism to protect historic buildings.

The house has been on the market for more than two years. According to a release from Heritage Auctions, 12 people placed bids on the house.

“This Highland Park estate was one of the most significant auctions we’ve ever held,” said Nate Schar, Heritage director of luxury real estate.

Cranston to Speak at SMU


screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-12-02-47-pmEmmy and Tony Award winning actor Brian Cranston will discuss his new book My Life in Parts Oct. 19 at SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The book focuses on his journey to stardom and revisits many of his most popular roles.

Cranston will talk with Dallas Morning News culture critic Chris Vognar and read an excerpt from the book.

The event is sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries. Tickets are $25, and include a signed copy of the book.

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Lady Scots Carry Momentum on the Road

Highland Park has won nine straight matches as it begins a four-game road swing on Friday at Wylie East. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has won nine straight as it travels to Wylie East on Friday to wrap up the first half of District 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

As the District 15-5A schedule reaches the halfway point, Highland Park has put itself on a level above the competition.

The Lady Scots (29-7, 6-0) haven’t dropped a set, much less a match, as it opens a stretch of four consecutive road matches on Friday at Wylie East. On Tuesday, they dismantled Forney, a playoff contender that had won three in a row before meeting HP.

The six straight sweeps include one against Lovejoy, which is the defending Class 5A state champion. The rematch in that budding rivalry is Oct. 11 at Lovejoy.

HP won’t return home until an Oct. 14 match against Mesquite Poteet, but the Lady Scots — with nine consecutive victories overall — have established themselves as the clear favorite to win another district title.