HP Boys, Girls Head to State in Golf

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Here are your Class 5A Region II champions. With the title, Highland Park advanced to the state tournament once again.

Here are your Class 5A Region II champions. With the title, Highland Park advanced to the state tournament once again.

Highland Park will be well represented on both the boys and girls tees at the Class 5A state golf tournament next month.

The Scots easily won the Region II team title on Thursday at Rockwall Athletic Club with a two-round total of 311-301—612, which was 25 strokes better than runner-up Granbury.

HP showed depth with four players tightly bunched in the top 10, including sixth-place Turner Hosch (75-78—153), seventh-place Cash Carter (79-75—154) and Barrett Graham (77-77—154), and ninth-place Scott Roden (80-75—155).

HP held the top two spots in the team standings after the first round, but saw its “B” team ultimately finish fourth.


DUC Earns Four Golds at State Regatta

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Dallas United Crew won four gold medals at the state championship regatta in Austin. Congratulations to the winning rowers!

Dallas United Crew won four gold medals at the recent state championship regatta in Austin. Congratulations to the winning rowers!

Dallas United Crew, which features several athletes from the Park Cities, captured four gold medals at the Texas Rowing Championships on April 21-22 on Lady Bird Lake in Austin.

DUC glided to victory in the men’s varsity 4-plus, men’s varsity 8-plus, women’s 8-plus lightweight, and women’s 4-plus lightweight boats. The team also took home two silver medals and three bronze medals.

Gold medalists from Highland Park High School included David Slear, Drake Deuel, Ethan Cox, Eric Martin, Scott Lynn, Walt Cory, Sara Corey, Charlotte Lutz, Mimi Wellborn, Maggie Boyer, Marisa Tiscareno, Kenna Holder, Katie Hammonds, and Christina Healy.

The club will conclude its season by trying to defend its title at the Central Region Youth Championships on May 6-7 in Oklahoma City.


Book for the Ages

Shirley Boudreau poses for a photo with Jeanne Skartsiaris. (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Shirley Boudreau poses for a photo with Jeanne Skartsiaris. (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich)

Author Jean Skartsiaris knows a little about perseverance. For the past 20 years, she’s been slowly but steadily working on the novel she always wanted to write.

During that time, she raised a family in University Park, wrote two young adult books, and started a career as a sonographer at Texas Health Presbyterian. This past December, her efforts finally paid off with the release of Dance Like You Mean It.

The humorous story involves a family woman who is worn down by the routines and obligations of life as a working mother and wife. The protagonist, Cassie, finds her creative outlet by writing a steamy romance novel. Trouble is, she’s too shy to take credit for her work, lest the community look down on her.


HP Salutes 2016 Town Employees of The Year

Highland Park Mayor Joel T. Williams III [far right] with assistance from "Mayor for the Day" Mimi Tafel recognizes the town's 2016 employees of the year. (By William Taylor) 0
Highland Park Mayor Joel T. Williams III [far right] with assistance from "Mayor for the Day" Mimi Tafel recognizes the town's 2016 employees of the year. (By William Taylor)

Highland Park Mayor Joel T. Williams III with assistance from Mimi Tafel, serving as “mayor for the day” on April 24, recognized the town’s 2016 employees of the year.

The honorees:

  • Tom Devitt, public works maintenance worker III, Town Services Department (Sewer)
  • Jessica Russell, public safety officer, Department of Public Safety
  • Gerri Robeson, Municipal Court clerk, Municipal Court
  • Kathy Hannon, secretary to the director/custodian of records, Department of Public Safety
  • Rodell Byrd, sergeant, Department of Public Safety
  • David Ferguson, engineer assistant, Engineering Department

Sales, Listings Up, But High-End Lull Not Over

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Real estate activity in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow has picked up following a slowdown leading into last November’s election.

Single family closings and listings are looking up to begin the year, but real estate agencies are still hoping transactions for higher end properties will rebound.

The market for homes priced at $2 million or more hasn’t been up for 18 months, according to Allie Beth Allman, president/CEO of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.


Participance at All-Time High for Dallas Summer Musicals

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More than 70 schools to showcase productions.

The Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DMS HSMTA) announced that 2017 has broken all records for schools participating in the summer program.

A total of 76 schools, both public and private, representing 40 school districts across North Texas and Oklahoma will be participating this year. This is more than double the first year’s total of 30 participating schools.

Slated for May 18 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a public red carpet affair. Nominees and celebrities walk the red carpet beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the show following at 7:00 p.m.


Elahmadi Lifts HP Boys to State Meet

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The Highland Park girls will join their boys counterparts at the state gymnastics meet in Odessa.

The Highland Park girls will join their boys counterparts looking for gold at the state gymnastics meet in Odessa.

Highland Park benefited from hosting its regional competition, and qualified a full team for both boys and girls to the Texas High School Gymnastics Championships on April 28-29 in Odessa.

Adam Elahmadi lifted the Scots to a runner-up regional finish by winning the all-around championship, as well as individual event titles on vault, pommel horse, rings, horizontal bar, and parallel bars. Elahmadi also was third on floor exercise, while teammate Marshall McIlyar took third on parallel bars and high bar.

On the girls side, HP placed third as a team led by sophomore Lily Overton, who finished third in the all-around and third on uneven bars and floor.


Stepping Stone: HPMS Quarterback Garnering National Attention

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Colleges already have their eye on Stone. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Colleges already have their eye on Stone. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Preston Stone tries to remain humble, even if his talent and pedigree suggest plenty of reasons to brag.

The eighth-grader at Highland Park Middle School has already received an NCAA Division I scholarship offer from the University of Nevada and been invited to camps with top signal-callers from around the state. And he hasn’t even taken a high school snap yet.

Those who watch YouTube highlights of Stone carving up middle-school defenses with his arm and his feet say he makes football look easy.


Lady Scots to Hold Youth Camp in June

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After leading her team to a District 15-5A co-championship last season, Highland Park head coach Nicole Villarreal will host a youth camp in early June. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After leading her team to a District 15-5A co-championship last season, HP coach Nicole Villarreal will host a youth camp in June. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Girls wanting to improve their fundamentals on the court have that chance in June at the Lady Scot Basketball Camp, hosted by the Highland Park coaching staff.

The camp will be June 5-8 at Highland Park Middle School, with separate sessions each day for athletes in grades K-1, grades 2-5, and grades 6-9. Cost is $150 (or $120 for kindergarteners and first-graders).

All campers will receive a T-shirt. For more information, contact HPHS head coach Nicole Villarreal at [email protected].