October 24, 2014

  • Defense Helps Propel Scots Toward Playoffs

    The Highland Park defense has allowed single-digit points in five of seven games this year. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Highland Park defense has allowed single-digit points in five of seven games this year. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Who would have thought the defense would be the most consistent factor this season for Highland Park?

    That unit was lacking experience, changing coordinators, and had various other excuses to become a weak link during the Scots’ first season at the Class 6A level.

    Yet the defense, for the most part, has been stellar. Another example came last week during a 34-7 win over Lake Highlands. That marked the fifth time in seven games that HP held an opponent to single-digit points, with three shutouts in the mix.

    In the two other games, the Scots allowed 42 points to high-powered Pulaski Academy from Little Rock — who is currently 6-1 and has scored at least 49 points in every other game, by the way — and in a loss to Mesquite Horn.

    Tonight, the Scots (6-1, 3-1) will travel to face Mesquite, an inconsistent outfit that remains in contention for one of the final two playoff spots in 10-6A. It will be the third trip to Hanby Stadium for HP in the past five weeks.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 24, 2014 | 1:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Laura Bush to Speak at Junior League Luncheon

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    Former First Lady Laura Bush will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Junior League of Dallas Milestones Luncheon, presented by The Kohl Foundation.

    The luncheon will take place at the Hilton Anatole at noon on Nov. 6.

    Regen Fearon has been named the “sustainer of the year,” and will be honored at the event.

    The luncheon raises money and awareness for programs supported by the Junior League. Roughly $1 million is granted to various groups throughout the community each year.

    Tickets start at $175.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:50 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Show Off Your Pit Bull Pride on Saturday

    Give this little guy some love.

    Give this little guy some love.

    Do pit bulls get a bad rap? Does yours have some unusual talents that you’d like to show off? Would you like to spend a half-day in the company of several block-headed canines with large teeth?

    Hollywood Feed, a holistic pet-food store near the intersection of Lemmon and Douglas, will host North Texas Pit Bull Pride Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It will include demonstrations such as a weight pull, disc dogs, and pet CPR.

    Also part of the festivities will be a dog adoption event, various prizes and giveaways, and live music.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 24, 2014 | 10:12 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Felds to Chair St. Jude Fundraiser

    Charlie and Cindy Feld of Highland Park are the co-chairpersons for the St. Jude Evening Under the Stars party on Saturday night.

    The couple met while working together at Frito-Lay in the 1970s and have been married for almost 40 years. They left Frito-Lay and started the IT leadership firm The Feld Group, which was sold to EDS in 2008, allowing them to retire and focus on philanthropy and volunteerism.

    The event will take place in the Dallas Ballroom at the Omni Dallas Hotel. It will include a seated dinner, cocktail reception, and silent auction. Honorees include longtime St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital supporters Mike and Diane Gruber, and the emcee will be Adrienne Bankert.


    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 24, 2014 | 8:52 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 23, 2014

  • Scots Win District Tennis Crown at Love

    Charlie Legg (serving) and Mac McCullough were among the winners in boys doubles action this week.

    Charlie Legg (serving) and Mac McCullough were among the winners in boys doubles action.

    Highland Park easily cleared the first hurdle in its attempt to claim a 16th state team tennis title when the Scots swept three opponents at the District 10-6A tournament this week at Fair Oaks Tennis Center.

    HP defeated Sunset and Richardson Berkner by identical 10-0 scores on Tuesday, then rolled past Lake Highlands 10-0 in the title match on Wednesday.

    The Scots will compete in the Class 6A Region II tournament, which begins Oct. 31 in Mansfield, to earn a state berth next month in College Station.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 23, 2014 | 8:48 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Goonies Never Say Die at Goar Park

    gooniesYou can get an early jump on Halloween and enjoy a 1980s classic during a free outdoor screening of The Goonies on Friday night at Goar Park.

    Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes to the event, with prizes awarded by category for those who really get into the spirit. Costume judging starts at 7 p.m.

    The film will start at about 7:30 p.m., and food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 214-987-5486.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 23, 2014 | 4:36 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • What Do You Think of These Decorations?

    (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Right at the corner of Emerson Avenue and Westchester Drive, this townhouse stands adorned with some unusual Halloween decorations. The decor, full of caution tape and blue, hazmat trash cans, is clearly meant to indicate — or mock? — all the recent Ebola drama. Just to make sure it’s a joke, a white sign labeled “Happy Halloween” hangs from the balcony. What do you think? Was this in poor taste, or is the resident well within his rights?

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 23, 2014 | 11:55 am | 8 Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 22, 2014

  • HPISD Given Highest Rating For Finances

    Highland Park ISD has its finances in order, at least according to the Texas Education Agency, which gave the district a “superior” rating in the most recent Schools FIRST (which stands for Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas).

    The highest possible rating reflects HPISD’s financial management and reporting system, and it was reached by analyzing staff and student data from the 2012-13 school year, as well as budget and financial data from the fiscal year ending in August 2013.

    The financial accountability system was developed by the TEA in 2001, in response to Senate Bill 218. For you numbers gurus, you can examine the entire HPISD report here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 22, 2014 | 5:05 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Scots Run Past 10-6A Competition

    The Scots from start to finish at the District 10-6A meet in Frisco. (Photo: John Beitter)

    The Scots led from start to finish at the District 10-6A cross country meet in Frisco. (Photo: John Beitter)

    Highland Park easily won both the boys and girls team titles at the District 10-6A cross country meet on Tuesday at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco. Hope McLaughlin and Rico Lara claimed the individual gold medals.

    In the girls race, HP won its 36th district championship — and its first in the new 6A classification — by placing six of its seven runners in the top eight overall. McLaughlin crossed the finish line in a time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds. Other top finishers for the Lady Scots included Emma Parker (third place, 21:01), Gabby Crank (fourth, 21:03), Anna Beecherl (fifth, 21:10), Becky Ketch (sixth, 21:10), and Olivia Aasheim (eighth, 21:27).

    On the boys side, Lara’s time of 16:11 helped the Scots cruise to the team crown. He was followed by a slew of HP teammates, including Griffin Beitter (second place), Austin Roberts (fifth), Brooks Munn (seventh), Stanton Geyer (eighth), and Andrew Kliewer (ninth).

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 22, 2014 | 12:50 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Staubachs to Be Featured at CPPC Luncheon

    Marianne and Roger Staubach will be interviewed at the luncheon.

    The Staubachs will speak at the luncheon.

    Connecting Point of Park Cities, a day program for adults with disabilities, will host its second annual CPPC Luncheon on Jan. 23 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Marianne and Roger Staubach will be the featured speakers at the fundraiser.

    There will be also be a live auction with signed Staubach memorabilia including a football with his Super Bowl dates, jerseys, and more.

    The program fills a void for adults with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to continue to grow and learn instead of being confined to their homes. CPPC is getting close to capacity and hopes to expand with the support of the community, sponsors, and donors.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 22, 2014 | 10:48 am | No Comments | Comments RSS