Scots Hold Off Late Centennial Rally

0
Stephen Dieb scored three touchdowns for Highland Park during a 28-26 win over Frisco Centennial on Saturday. (Photo: Don Johnson)

Stephen Dieb scored three touchdowns for Highland Park during a 28-26 win over Frisco Centennial on Saturday. (Photo: Don Johnson)

ALLEN – At first glance, Highland Park looked like it was already in midseason form during the first half of Saturday’s season opener in the Tom Landry Classic.

By the end, the Scots had to hold off a furious rally by Frisco Centennial for a 28-26 win that prompted a sigh of relief.

The primary reason was speedy Centennial tailback Anthony Pegues, who was the workhorse for the Titans with 306 rushing yards and three touchdowns. His third score came on his 38th carry of the game – a 1-yard plunge with 17 seconds left that cut the HP lead to 28-26. However, a pass on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt sailed out of bounds, preserving the win for the Scots.


Allen, Scots Start Season With Optimism

0
Henry Allen will make his first varsity start at quarterback on Saturday against Frisco Centennial. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Henry Allen will make his first varsity start at quarterback on Saturday against Frisco Centennial. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

When Highland Park opens the season on Saturday, its expectations won’t match its experience level.

That’s common for the Scots, who annually have high levels of roster turnover each year but still manage to be among the top teams in the Dallas area.

HP will meet Frisco Centennial as part of the annual Tom Landry Classic in Allen, in a rematch of a season-opening game the Scots won 47-0 a year ago.

That victory jump-started a 10-2 campaign in HP’s first season at the Class 6A level. The Scots lost 19 of 22 starters from that squad, but players and coaches feel they might be even better this year.


Madrina Will Open Next Week

0
Michael Martensen, Sal Jafar, Jeremy Hargrove, and Kyle McClelland will launch Madrina. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

Michael Martensen, Sal Jafar, Jeremy Hargrove, and Kyle McClelland will launch Madrina. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

In June, we told you about a new restaurant called Madrina opening in The Shops of Highland Park. The French-Mexican fusion eatery will officially open the first week of September, so start marking your calendars now.

Julio Peraza has also been named executive chef.

“We are thrilled to have Julio on our team,” said Sal Jafar II, partner and co-founder of Misery Loves Co. “His background in traditional French techniques and passions for bold, authentic Mexican cuisine are a perfect match for our inspiration behind the concept of Madrina.”


Highland Park Test Positive For West Nile

0

Mosquito Management Map 2015A pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Highland Park. The sample was taken from the west side of town.

In response, the town will spray for mosquitoes west of Preston Road to town limits (quadrants A and B on the map above). Spraying will begin at 10 p.m. and end by 6 a.m. the following morning on Aug. 28, 29, and 30.

The areas to be sprayed include public rights-of-way and town tennis courts. Spraying will not take place in the event of high winds or rain.

In order to help prevent the spread of West Nile, dump out standing water in yards such as bird baths, wading pools, pet dishes, and flower pot basins. Change water several times per week. Pets and people should stay inside during spraying, and clean any pet dishes left outside.


HP Foundation Endows English Chair

0
rsz_jgunn

Jennifer Gunn

For the first time, the Highland Park Education Foundation has endowed an English department chair at Highland Park High School. The chair is named after longtime HPISD superintendent John Connolly, and Jennifer Gunn now holds the position.

Gunn comes to Highland Park from Rockwall-Heath High School with nearly 20 years of experience. She is a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam, and she has been a board member for the Cowan Center for Education Teacher Alumni Advisory Board for eight years.


Improved Depth Should Boost HP Defense

0
Highland Park boasts more depth and quickness on defense this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park boasts more depth and quickness on defense this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

A year ago, Highland Park entered its first season in Class 6A with a new defensive coordinator, eight new starters, and plenty of uncertainty about how it might stop opposing offenses.

The Scots responded by posting four shutouts during the regular season and turning into statistically the best defense in District 10-6A. And that could be a springboard to an even more impressive performance this year.

“They worked so hard to improve on some of the little things that maybe we let slide in the past,” said HP defensive coordinator Don Woods. “They started priding themselves on those shutouts.”


Construction Stinks For SMU Dorm Residents

0

It turns out the stink being raised by students in SMU’s Virginia-Snider residence hall were for a good reason.

Construction crews ruptured a sewer line that runs underneath that dorm, as well as the Umphrey Lee Center communications building and an adjacent dining hall, forcing an evacuation on Wednesday that could continue until Friday.

The Dallas Morning News has more details on the incident, which forced students to stay in a nearby hotel at the university’s expense. Meanwhile, classes were able to resume on Thursday morning.


Scots Confident New QB Will Fit Their System

0
Henry Allen is the new quarterback for HP this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Henry Allen is the new quarterback for HP this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Don’t expect a switch at quarterback to change Highland Park’s traditional success on offense this season.

Henry Allen will be the latest signal-caller to take over the Scots’ spread attack after seeing limited action in a reserve role last year. But don’t let the lack of experience fool you — Allen led the school to an undefeated junior-varsity campaign in 2014 and has many of the same dual-threat tools as his predecessor, two-year starter Brooks Burgin.

“We need a dual-threat guy for our offense to be really effective,” said HP offensive coordinator Grayson Wells. “He can throw and run. He throws a pretty pass and he sees the field and makes good decisions.”

HP will open the season on Saturday against Frisco Centennial at the Tom Landry Classic in Allen.


HPUMC to Shape Young Musicians in College

Students from the Memphis campus play at HPUMC. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Students from the Memphis campus play at HPUMC. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

With roughly 20 students and a campus across from a church, Visible Music College is anything but traditional.

Described as “an accredited music industry and worship arts college,” the new Dallas campus is the third in the Visible Music family — the first opened in 2000 in Memphis, while the second found its home in Chicago last year.

“We were looking at where our students were coming from, and there were many from the Midwest and lots from Texas. It was the logical next step,” said director of academics
Tommy Lozure.


Scots Find Strength in Numbers

0
Highland Park football captains — from left, Matthew Barge, Jack Sides, Henry Allen, and Hayden Schnieders — placed a priority on offseason strength and conditioning for the Scots. (Photo: Don Johnson)

Highland Park football captains — from left, Matthew Barge, Jack Sides, Henry Allen, and Hayden Schnieders — placed a priority on offseason strength and conditioning for the Scots. (Photo: Don Johnson)

There were days during the summer when Jack Sides would have rather been home relaxing than making the trek to Highland Park High School to lift weights and run conditioning drills.

But he knew that if he didn’t show up for regular sessions with his teammates, his phone would be buzzing in a hurry.

“I knew if I took a day off and didn’t have a good excuse, I was going to hear from about 40 different people,” said Sides, a returning starter at offensive tackle.


Police Report: August 10 to August 16

1

Skulduggery of the week: Window Pains

Between 4 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 10, a thief stole six Jeld-Wen wooden window frames, with a combined value of $7,200, from a residential construction site in the 4100 block of St. Johns Drive. Since the door was locked at the time, it’s possible a contractor committed the larceny.

HIGHLAND PARK

11 TUESDAY
At 12:30 p.m., a foreman reported the theft of an air compressor, two hammers, and six air hoses, with a combined value of $13,717, from a residential construction site in the 4300 block of St. Johns Drive sometime between July 7 and July 21.

12 WEDNESDAY
Between 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, a burglar broke into a blue 2007 Chevrolet Suburban in the 4500 block of Westway Avenue and stole a third-row seat. During the same time frame, a miscreant stole a third-row seat from a black 2014 Cadillac Escalade in the 4400 block of Westway.

14 FRIDAY
At 8:48 a.m., Shaniqua Quatize Watkins, 32, of Dallas was arrested in the 3900 block of Oak Lawn Avenue on a charge of possession of marijuana.