August 22, 2014

  • Scots Cautiously Optimistic After Scrimmage

    Highland Park's Stephen Dieb looks for running room against Plano West during Friday's scrimmage. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP’s Stephen Dieb looks for running room against Plano West during Friday’s scrimmage. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    PLANO – If the purpose of a scrimmage is to discover your team’s strengths and weaknesses, then Highland Park coaches saw some of each on Friday against Plano West.

    They saw the Scots move the ball consistently on offense, only to fall short of the end zone on multiple occasions. And on defense, they saw some new faces make some key stops while surrendering a few big plays along the way.

    “I was pleased. I liked our hustle and our effort,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “I think we have a chance to be a really good football team and I think we’ll get better as the season goes on.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 22, 2014 | 10:42 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Let It Go Tonight, See ‘Frozen’ at the UP Pool

    disney-frozen-sing-a-long-official-theatrical-posterJust about everybody, it seems, has already sung along to a few of the catchy tunes in Frozen, but have you sung along to it while swimming?

    That opportunity presents itself tonight, when the city of University Park will screen a special “sing-along” version of the charming animated musical as the last entry in its summer Dive-In Movie series at Holmes Aquatic Center.

    As usual, you don’t have to watch the movie from the pool, but why not? Admission is free, with children under 13 requiring adult accompaniment. The snack bar will be open. Doors open at 8:45 p.m., with showtime at 9:15.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 22, 2014 | 4:54 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • NorthPark Shows Off Back-to-School Fashions

    Here's what NorthPark Center looks like during a fashion show.

    Here’s what NorthPark Center looks like during a fashion show.

    As if school shopping won’t already be crazy enough this weekend, NorthPark Center will host The ABC’s of Back-to-School Style on Saturday.

    The event, which runs 1-4 p.m., is designed to showcase the latest styles for ages 6-12 via a runway show, beauty touch-ups, and live entertainment. It will take place on the first floor below the food court.

    Dallas Power House of Dance will perform at 1:45and 2:45 p.m., with the fashion show set for 2 p.m. Aveda will offer hair braiding for kids, and adults can sample coffee from Nespresso.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 22, 2014 | 4:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • It’s ‘Meet The Teacher’ Season Across HPISD

    Teacher Summer Lindsay is all smiles with Lauren John, Kathryn Denton, and Katharine Meyer. (Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Wilson)

    Teacher Summer Lindsay is all smiles with Lauren John, Kathryn Denton, and Katharine Meyer. (Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Wilson)

    Kiddos across the Park Cities are gearing up for a great school year, and there’s no better way to do that than through “Meet the Teacher Night.” Check out these excited cuties at Hyer Elementary last night. Send us your first-day-of-school pics at photo@peoplenewspapers.com to see them on the blog.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 22, 2014 | 3:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • New XC Coach Tries to Hit the Ground Running

    In his first season as Highland Park boys cross country coach, David Ripley isn’t planning a major overhaul, but rather a few minor tweaks.

    He will bring back more traditional uniforms to replace the plaid outfits from last year. He will focus more on distance rather than speed during training. And he will scale back the schedule from seven to six meets during the regular season.

    “We think that gives us maybe a competitive advantage and maybe fresher legs going into district,” said Ripley, who was promoted from assistant to head coach following the retirement of Randy Adair in the spring.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 22, 2014 | 1:38 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Keep College Students Safe on Campus

    It’s that time of year when SMU students flood the Park Cities, and parents in the area send many of their own to campuses near and far. It’s important for young ladies on college campuses to think about safety, and why not make it fashionable?

    Bling Sting offers a line of glittery personal alarms and pepper spray. I, personally, have kept pepper spray on my keychain for the past couple of years, but I’m digging the idea of a personal siren, too. Check it out here, and keep your girls safe.

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    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 22, 2014 | 12:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots to Scrimmage Plano West Tonight

    It's only a scrimmage. It doesn't count. But hey, it's football!

    It’s only a scrimmage. It doesn’t count. But hey, it’s football! (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Coaches and players get fired up every year about scrimmages. They don’t count, the play-calling is usually bland, and the structure is typically scaled back to alleviate injuries and such, but it presents the first time each fall when they can line up against an actual opponent.

    So Highland Park will hold their annual scrimmage with Plano West tonight at Clark Field in Plano (varsity is set to begin about 6 p.m., from what we’re told), to give the Scots and their fans a chance to get the competitive juices flowing.

    After tonight’s sneak peek, only a week remains until the regular-season opener against Frisco Centennial. That game is slated for 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at SMU’s Ford Stadium as part of the Tom Landry Classic.

    By the way, we’ll be there tonight, so check back later for analysis from the scrimmage.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 22, 2014 | 11:48 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Gloria Campos Joins SMU Maguire Board

    Former newscaster Gloria Campos has been selected to sit as an advisory board member for SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics, and it looks like she’s pretty excited about it — and SMU is, too. Welcome aboard, Gloria!

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 22, 2014 | 11:04 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 21, 2014

  • Scots to Host Benefit Football Clinic on Saturday

    Highland Park will host a football clinic for local youngsters on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park will host a football clinic for local youngsters on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Do you have an aspiring football star in elementary school? Do you like free stuff? Are you free on Saturday morning?

    Some “yes” answers should prompt you to take your youngster to a clinic being hosted by the Highland Park football team and coaching staff at the indoor facility across from Highlander Stadium. It’s open to kids entering grades 1-4, and will run from 10 to 11 a.m.

    While the clinic is free, donations will be encouraged to benefit Gridiron Heroes, a nonprofit organization that assists football players who have suffered debilitating spinal-cord injuries.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 21, 2014 | 10:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • UP to Study Feasibility of New Aquatic Center

    The existing Holmes Aquatic Center could soon be disappearing in favor of an indoor natatorium. (File photo)

    The existing Holmes Aquatic Center could soon be joined by an indoor natatorium next door. (File photo)

    An indoor aquatic center at Curtis Park could be a long way off, but the idea of such a proposal already has generated some concern among University Park residents.

    The UP City Council found out as much on Tuesday, when it approved spending more than $31,000 on a feasibility study with Colorado-based Ballard-King & Associates to study the viability of building the facility that would be shared by the city and Highland Park ISD.

    The idea comes from a joint meeting this summer between the UP council and the HPISD board of trustees, which might eliminate its existing natatorium as part of a proposed bond election likely slated for next spring.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 21, 2014 | 2:47 pm | 2 Comments | Comments RSS