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Frisco Centennial rallied for a 22-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-22 win to hand the Highland Park volleyball team its second straight third-round playoff exit on Tuesday night at Plano East. The Lady Scots finished 38-8.
“I’m very pleased with the effort,” Lady Scots head coach Michael Dearman said. “The girls never gave up. We had our chances, but we did make a few too many errors. That’s unfortunate. When you get to this level, you can’t make that many errors. It was just enough to give them the edge. Centennial played well — they deserve it. It’s just disappointing.”
Highland Park won 15 straight matches, including sweeps in all of its District 10-4A matches, before losing to Pearce in a playoff warm-up game. The Lady Scots, who lost to Frisco in last year’s regional quarterfinals, then beat Frisco Heritage in four in bi-district and swept Samuell, 25-7, 25-11, 25-6, in area last Friday night.
After easily disposing of Samuell, 25-7, 25-11, 25-6, in the area round of the Class 4A state volleyball playoffs on Friday night, Highland Park (38-7) will take on District 9-4A champion Frisco Centennial (35-7) in the regional quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Plano East.
The winner of that match will move on to the regional tournament at Richardson Berkner on Friday.
The Lady Scots lost to Frisco in last year’s regional quarterfinals.
Highland Park’s Natalie Rathjen wrapped up her high school cross country career in style on Saturday.
Rathjen ran a Class 4A state record time of 17.41.78 to win her first individual state title in her final attempt. However, the Lady Scots finish second to Canyon Randall to end their run of consecutive team state championships at three. Randall finished with 47 points, while the Lady Scots had 87.
Hope McLaughlin also had a big day for Highland Park. The sophomore finished sixth with a time of 19:09.49.
The Running Scots finished 12th at the state meet with 221 points. However, junior Rico Lara finished in ninth place with a time of 16:36.26.
The Highland Park Scots put the finishing touches on another perfect run through District 10-4A play — their fifth straight — with a 63-7 throttling of Terrell on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Highland Park (9-1, 7-0) will take on The Colony (8-2, 5-2) in a Class 4A bi-district game at 7 p.m. next Friday at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.
“It was a great end to the regular season,” Scots head coach Randy Allen said. “We got a lot of guys in the game; I think we got almost everybody in. We came out with no injuries. Maybe we’ll get Gil Horn and Matthew Riggs back next week. Hopefully, we’ll be at full speed going into the playoffs.”
Before being pulled early on because the game was a blowout, quarterback Brooks Burgin threw a pair of touchdowns to Kevin Ken and defensive lineman Andrew Clyde.
Back-up running back Hayden Black rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries, while starter Cole Feigl had 53 yards and two touchdowns. The Scots also scored on a blocked punt return by Boomer Bakich and an interception return by Mitchell Kaufman.
The Highland Park volleyball team will take on Samuell in the area round at 6:30 tonight at Forester Fieldhouse. The winner will play Frisco Centennial (35-7) in the regional quarterfinals next week.
The Lady Scots (37-7) beat Frisco Heritage, 25-14, 23-25, 25-12, 25-20, in bi-district, while the Lady Spartans (21-10) knocked off Molina, 25-14, 25-16, 25-23.
Highland Park is ranked No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 4A state poll.
It took a little bit longer than normal, but the Highland Park Scots finally hoisted the Class 4A state championship trophy once again.
After having the state tourney delayed and moved twice, the Scots rolled past Montgomery, 10-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Waco to claim their sixth straight state title and 15th overall. Highland Park dropped only a boys doubles match in disposing of the Bears.
The tourney was supposed to start with the semifinals at 1 p.m. Monday in College Station. Typically, the state tournament is on Friday and Saturday. However, a Texas A&M home football game forced the UIL to change it to Monday and Tuesday, or so it thought.
Instead, the 4A semifinals ended up being pushed back to Tuesday afternoon at an indoor facility in Houston. The Scots beat San Antonio Alamo Heights, 10-3, in a rematch of last year’s finals.
In the semis, the Mules won a boys singles match, a girls singles match, and a boys doubles match.
Highland Park finished the season with a perfect 22-0 record. The Scots have not lost a dual match since 2007.
The Class 4A finals of the state tennis tournament had to be postponed to 1 p.m. today in Waco because of inclement weather.
Highland Park (21-0) will take on Montgomery (24-2). The Scots are trying to win their sixth straight state championship and 15th overall.
The Scots beat San Antonio Alamo Heights, 10-3, in the semifinals, while Montgomery topped Lubbock, 10-4.
The semis were originally scheduled for Monday afternoon in College Station, but ended up being moved to Tuesday afternoon at an indoor facility in Houston.
The Highland Park volleyball team got the playoffs going with a 25-14, 23-25, 25-12, 25-20 Class 4A bi-district win over Frisco Heritage on Monday night at Hebron High School.
With the win, the Lady Scots (37-7) advance to an area-round meeting with Samuell (21-10) at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Forester Field House. The winner will face the Bryan Adams-Frisco Centennial winner in the regional quarterfinals early next week.
Highland Park has won 16 of its last 17 matches and is ranked No. 2 in the state.
Highland Park did not bring home a team title at Saturday’s Class 4A Region II championship, but senior Natalie Rathjen won her second individual regional championship by pacing the field with a time of 17:59.
As a team, the three-time defending Class 4A state champion Lady Scots finished second to Mansfield Legacy, which had 97 points. Highland Park, which had won four straight regional championships, finished with 98 points.
The Running Scots, who had won three straight regional championships, also finished second to Frisco Wakeland. Both teams still qualified for Saturday’s state meet in Round Rock. Rico Lara was the top runner for the boys. He took 10th place with a time of 16:21.
CARROLLTON — After a sluggish first half that ended with a 102-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive back Boomer Backich, Highland Park rolled past Carrollton Newman Smith, 52-28, on Friday night at Standridge Stadium. The victory wrapped up a fifth straight District 10-4A title for the Scots.
“We were kind of sleep-walking through that first half a little bit,” Bakich said. “We needed something to spark us, something to get the juice back in the building. They were running slants all night. [Teammate] Pierce [Weiss] was telling me, ‘Boom, they’re still in the slant.’ I picked it. Right when I hit it, I was gone; they weren’t going to catch me. It was so much fun. You only do that every now and then, so you’ve got to have fun with it.”
Before that big play, the Trojans (1-8, 1-5) were eight yards away from scoring a touchdown that would have made it a three-point game right before halftime. Instead, the Scots, who will most likely face The Colony in the first round of the playoffs in two weeks, were able to go ahead, 31-14, and steal away the momentum.
Highland Park quarterback Brooks Burgin threw for 273 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing for 115 yards and another score. Newman Smith back-up quarterback Elimu Jackson, who came in for an injured Cayde Williams, was electric, rushing for 85 yards and throwing a pair of touchdowns. Not sure why Jackson hasn’t been starting all along. He was impressive.
The Scots will wrap up the regular season at Terrell at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.