HP Girls Take Perfect Mark Into Playoffs

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Highland Park's quest for perfection continues on Thursday with its playoff opener against Longview Pine Tree. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s quest for perfection continues on Thursday with its playoff opener against Longview Pine Tree. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Even as Highland Park has transformed itself over the last decade into a perennial state powerhouse in girls soccer, the Lady Scots never had a perfect regular season on their resume.

Notice the past tense. That changed this year. Twenty victories. No losses. No ties.

Obviously, HP would like to keep that zero in the loss column through April 15. Doing so would give the Lady Scots their first state title since 2012.

Their playoff opener is a bi-district matchup against Longview Pine Tree, slated for 6 p.m. Thursday in Royse City. A boys game between the same two teams will follow at 7:30 p.m.


UP Police to Host Coffee With a Cop

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Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.47.37 PMThe University Park Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop from 7-9 a.m. April 4 at the Chick-fil-A on 6243 Hilcrest Avenue. Residents are invited to have a conversation with one of UP’s finest over a cup of coffee.  Police will be happy to answer questions and address any concerns.


Bob Stone joins Veritex Community Bank

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Texas banking veteran and real estate executive Bob Stone has joined Veritex Community Bank as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Commercial Real Estate Lending.

Stone has over 35 years of banking and real estate experience. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and began his banking career at First Republic Bank in Dallas.  


Highland Belles Sparkle at National Competition

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The Highland Belles wrapped up their 2016-2017 season by competing in the Contest of Champions National Drill Team Competition in Orlando on March 4 The Belles excelled in several dance categories going up against other teams from around the nation.

“This talented team exceeded my expectations in the ways they performed and how they represented our community on this national stage,” director Shannon Phillips said.  “It was a fantastic way to conclude an outstanding year for our program.”

In the Extra-Large Team Category the Belles received the following awards:

• 1st place XL Pom

• 1st place XL Military

• 1st place XL Jazz

• 2nd place XL Kick

In the overall scoring of teams, the Belles came in 12th place out of the 55 teams and placed high in the following individual categories:

• 6th place Pom of 38 entries

• 7th place Kick of 34 entries

• 7th place Military of 10 entries

• 12th place Jazz of 58 entries

 


Police Reports: March 13-19

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: JOY RIDER

Between 11:45 p.m. March 13 and 4 a.m. March 14, a Toyota 4Runner left unlocked with the keys in the ignition was taken from the owner’s house in the 3500 block of Lindenwood Avenue. Police stopped the SUV in the 400 block of Grandview Drive in Dallas and arrested two youths.

HIGHLAND PARK

13 Monday
Between 10 a.m. March 12 and 3:30 p.m. March 13, someone stole a gas leaf blower from a house in the 4400 block of Livingston Avenue.

14 Tuesday
Between 7:15 p.m. March 13 and 12:15 p.m. March 14, one or more people took a third-row seat from a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe parked at a home in the 4500 block of Arcady Avenue.

16 Thursday
Between 9 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. March 16, someone smashed the window of a 2003 Honda CR-V parked in the 4600 block of Drexel Drive and took a black Dooney & Bourke purse.


Lovejoy Rallies for Split With Scots

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Highland Park will play North Forney twice this week after splitting its games against Lovejoy to start 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will play North Forney twice this week after splitting its games against Lovejoy to start 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park and Lovejoy split their two games to open the District 15-5A baseball schedule last week. After winning 10-0 on March 14, the Scots fell 3-2 in eight innings on Friday.

In the latter game, HP took an early lead on Babe Walker’s first-inning home run, and led again 2-1 after a run in the top of the eighth. But the Leopards rallied in the bottom of the inning to hand the Scots (9-9, 1-1) their first district defeat.

Next up for HP in the 15-5A slate is a two-game series with North Forney. The Scots will be on the road on Tuesday, and will host the Falcons on March 24.


HP Takes Second-Straight Academic Decathlon State Title

From left: Superintendent Tom Trigg, Anna Chung, Rachel Korn, Abby Waren, Michael Xie, Brooke Yung, Wyatt Hill, Jasmyne Rodriguez, Matthew Forbes, Coach David Alvarado, and Coach Greg Bergeron. (Courtesy photo) 0
From left: Superintendent Tom Trigg, Anna Chung, Rachel Korn, Abby Waren, Michael Xie, Brooke Yung, Wyatt Hill, Jasmyne Rodriguez, Matthew Forbes, Coach David Alvarado, and Coach Greg Bergeron. (Courtesy photo)

When Highland Park earned its first academic decathlon state title last year, there was lots of cheering and celebrating. This year’s reaction was more subdued.

“Our team motto is, ‘We did it once, we can do it again,” decathlete Wyatt Hill said. “We felt like we’d better win or we were going to look stupid if we didn’t.

Hill, along with fellow senior Brooke Yung and junior Michael Xie, represented the team both years. While proud of their impressive feat, they aren’t ready to sit back and revel in the moment yet.