Scots Appraising Talent on Diamond

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Coming off a terrific 2016 campaign, Highland Park will open the baseball season on Thursday with plenty of new faces on the roster. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Coming off a terrific 2016 campaign, Highland Park will open the baseball season on Thursday with plenty of new faces on the roster. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is accustomed to considerable roster turnover. But even by HP standards, this season’s baseball squad will have a lot of new faces.

Such inexperience on the varsity stage will lead to plenty of question marks as the Scots take the field this spring. In fact, head coach Travis Yoder doesn’t recall a roster with so many newcomers during his time with the program. Yet he doesn’t necessarily consider that a bad thing.

“Going into the season last year, we had a lot of questions and we answered those,” Yoder said. “That’s kind of the same situation we’re facing this year.”

Indeed, HP surprised many outsiders when it cruised to a District 10-6A title last year, and pushed eventual state champion Jesuit to three games in a thrilling regional quarterfinal playoff series.


Mission of Kindness

10-year-old Jonty Welberry wanted to donate blankets after seeing homeless people outside in the cold. (Photo courtesy Melissa Aston-Welberry) 0
10-year-old Jonty Welberry wanted to donate blankets after seeing homeless people outside in the cold. (Photo courtesy Melissa Aston-Welberry)

As the temperature was starting to drop on a weekday afternoon in early January, something outside the car caught the attention of 10-yearold Jonty Welberry.

“I saw people on the streets freezing,” Jonty said. “I thought of donating blankets for them to stay warm on the streets and in the shelters.”

He asked his mom, Melissa Aston-Welberry, how they could do this. After a brief discussion, they settled on donating blankets through the Salvation Army.

Jonty emailed his fourth-grade classmates at Episcopal School of Dallas, and asked if they would like to help. The idea was to collect a large number of blankets and then donate them a few weeks later.


James Leads HP in Rout of North Forney

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Highland Park's Duncan James scored four goals during a 6-1 win over North Forney on Tuesday. (File photo: Tanner Garza)

Highland Park’s Duncan James had quite a day on Tuesday, scoring four goals during a 6-1 win over North Forney. (File photo: Tanner Garza)

The Highland Park boys equaled their highest goal output of the season in a 6-1 thrashing of North Forney on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium.

Duncan James scored four of those goals for the Scots (10-4-1, 6-3), and has tallied seven in his past three games. Bosco Maldonado and Houston Hyde also found the net for HP.

On Feb. 16, the Scots defeated Lovejoy 2-1 behind goals from James and Nick Roostai. The win allowed HP to avenge a loss to the Leopards in the district opener.

The Scots are in position to end a three-year postseason drought as the regular season approaches the home stretch. They will host West Mesquite on Friday.


Dallas Opera Chair Recognized Nationally for Leadership

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OPERA America, a national service organization for American opera companies and artists, named Dallas Opera Board Chairman Holly Mayer its national opera trustee recognition award winner. She will be honored during a March dinner and reception in New York.

Mayer has served on the Dallas Opera’s board of directors for 27 years. Before assuming the role of chairman in 2014, she spent 13 years as vice president of development. Along with her husband, Tom, and daughter, Maile Shea, Mayer personally contributed significant underwriting support for last season’s world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus. She also worked to secure additional funding in order to simulcast a performance of the opera to four Texas Children’s Hospitals.


Appetite for Destruction

Leveling of historical homes continues with Trammell Crow Estate teardown. (Courtesy photo) 0
Leveling of historical homes continues with Trammell Crow Estate teardown. (Courtesy photo)

Andy Beal, Dallas billionaire, banker, and economic advisor to President Donald Trump, has razed the 1912 C.D. Hill-designed Trammell Crow estate on Preston Road he purchased less than a year ago.

DFW Pre-Demolition and Estate Sales posted the news on Facebook Jan. 16 with details about property that will be sold off piecemeal before the teardown. The house was torn down Feb. 13.

The Park Cities boast a number of historic homes designed by world-famous architects — a number that is rapidly decreasing as a generation of homeowners who share a distaste for “used homes,” a new vernacular for homes that already exist and which other people may have already lived in, move in to the neighborhood with cash to spend on teardowns and custom building.

David Preziosi, executive director of Preservation Dallas, says inflated property values are feeding this mentality.


Nussbaum, Scots Roll in Playoff Opener

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Highland Park cruised past Marshall in its playoff opener on Tuesday to set up a rematch against Frisco Liberty in the area round. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Highland Park cruised past Marshall in its playoff opener on Tuesday to set up a rematch against Frisco Liberty in the area round. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Any playoff jitters disappeared quickly for Highland Park on Tuesday, as the Scots cruised to a 62-36 win over Marshall in a Class 5A Region II bi-district game in Wills Point.

HP, which extended its winning streak to 14 games overall, will next meet Frisco Liberty in the area round at 8 p.m. on Friday in Coppell.

Ethan Nussbaum continued a late-season scoring surge with 24 points to lead the Scots (24-9), while Matthew Lodwick added 12 points and Preston Landes contributed nine.

HP was in control of the game throughout against the Mavericks (19-15), who finished in fourth place in District 16-5A during the regular season. The Scots limited Marshall to 24 points in the first three quarters.


Belles Take Top Honors at Texas Showcase

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Courtesy Highland Belles

Courtesy Highland Belles

The Highland Belles took top honors last Saturday during the Crowd Pleasers Texas Showcase of Champions competition at Timber Creek High School in Keller.

A panel of judges named the Belles overall grand champion for earning the highest point total among the 35 competing teams. They were also named grand champions in the super team category.

This marked first time that the Belles swept all of the outstanding awards for technique, choreography precision and performance quality in kick, pom, jazz and military routines.


Police Reports: Feb. 13-19

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: KEY EVIDENCE?

At 9 p.m. Feb. 13, a burglar left behind a Toyota key after damaging a rear window and breaking into a black 2007 Chevrolet Suburban in the 4400 block of Southern Avenue. Guardian locks protected the rear seat, which was down, but not removed.

HIGHLAND PARK

13 MONDAY
A black and white concrete saw attachment for a Bobcat front loader went missing from a construction site in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn between 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 6:45 a.m. Feb. 13. Scratch marks on the ground suggest the $5,000 saw may have been dragged away.

15 WEDNESDAY
At 2:50 p.m., a 32-year-old woman with a toddler attempted to exchange a stolen $1,595 backpack at Giuseppe Zanotti in Highland Park Village. Officers arrived and made an arrest. The backpack was among items reported stolen in Feb. 14 thefts involving several people possibly associated with the Fast Kash Crew. Police arrested a 19-year-old man on Feb. 14.

At 8:58 p.m., a man grabbed a $399 bottle of Opus One wine at Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village and asked, “Can I check out here?,” before bolting out the door to a waiting Toyota with a female driver.


Hockadaisies Headed to Legoland

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Hockadaisies - Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, S...

The Hockadaisies took third place in a Lego competition featuring over 600 North Texas teams. From left: Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow (Photo: Charlotte Hoskins)

 

A team of five Hockaday School girls is headed to California after taking third place in the ninth annual North Texas First Lego League (FLL) champion tournament. Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow, collectively known as The Hockadaisies, competed against nearly 600 North Texas teams.

The girl’s next test will be at the Legoland North American Open in Carlsbad, CA, May 19-21.