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MIDLOTHIAN – Waco Midway is a former Class 4A powerhouse that in recent years has transferred that dominance to the state’s largest classification. That’s the same path that Highland Park hopes to follow.
On Friday, however, the undefeated Panthers used advantages in size and speed to hold off a late HP rally and eliminate the Scots from the playoffs, 35-28, in a Division II Region II area-round showdown.
Midway scored 28 consecutive points to seize the momentum and the Scots (10-2) couldn’t keep pace. Yet their first 6A season still qualifies as an overall success, with HP barely losing a step against the improved competition.
“We had a great year and I’m very proud of our senior class,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “They did a tremendous job of leading us into 6A. We had a tremendous football team and got beat by a good football team.”
Here’s a reminder that the 15th annual New Friends New Life home tour will take place on Sunday afternoon, showcasing four lovely Park Cities homes.
The tour includes stops at 3831 Windsor Lane, 3432 Southwestern Blvd., 3721 Beverly Drive, and another home on Lakeside Drive that’s not being disclosed.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for the three-hour event, which starts at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit New Friends New Life, which provides assistance for women who have been exploited or trafficked, as well as their families.
One theory when Highland Park jumped to Class 6A before this season was that the Scots — after many years as a 4A powerhouse — would be able to navigate the regular season just fine, but might have a harder time in the playoffs.
The second part of that hypothesis will be tested tonight, when HP meets undefeated Waco Midway in the Division II Region II area round. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium in Midlothian.
The palatial Trammell Crow estate in Highland Park is now for sale, with a whopping price tag of $59.4 million.
The Dallas Morning News has some details about the decision by the family to put the home of the late developer on the market after more than 50 years. The 10,000-square-foot Tudor-style mansion, which is more than 100 years old, is positioned on six acres along Turtle Creek.
Besides the usual amenities, there is the architectural and historical significance of one of the most prominent homes in the Park Cities. Plus, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the next-door neighbor.
The annual Scot Classic basketball tournament is still going strong after 51 years, and this year’s event will tip-off today with a field of six boys teams and six girls teams.
Highland Park will be joined in the boys field by Lake Highlands, Midlothian, Trinity Christian, Ennis, and Austin SFA. On the girls side, HP will compete for the title alongside Trinity Christian, Woodrow Wilson, Wylie East, W.T. White, and Corsicana.
The Scots (0-1) fell to South Oak Cliff by a 79-69 score in their season opener on Tuesday. The Lady Scots (0-2) opened the season with road losses to Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath.
You can see the full schedule for the three-day tournament after the jump.
Have any questions or thoughts about DART service? You can voice those at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at Highland Park Town Hall.
The meeting will allow input on proposed service changes in the Park Cities, and in the area surrounding the Dallas hospital district.
DART is adding midday on-call service in the Park Cities on an experimental basis on Dec. 1, and could make it permanent depending on feedback, which would be passed along to the DART board of directors.
For more information on the meeting, call 214-749-2543.
Congratulations to former Highland Park High School pitcher Matthew Milburn, who was named the top pitcher during fall practice for the second consecutive year at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
Milburn, a junior, led the Terriers with 93.1 innings pitched last season. He posted a 4-6 record and a 3.95 earned-run average in 16 appearances, including 14 starts.
Highland Park ISD still doesn’t know where it might build a new natatorium as part of a potential upcoming bond initiative, but perhaps a push to acquire more land adjacent to Highland Park High School provides a new option.
The HPISD board of trustees on Monday gave its approval to secure two lots totaling 0.62 acres in the 4100 block of Lovers Lane previously occupied by apartment buildings.
The district plans to make an offer to buy the properties first, and they can’t agree on a price, then will use the power of eminent domain. The land, located across the street from the HPISD administration building, could be used “to address parking and facilities needs,” according to a district press release.
There’s an update on the imprisoned Dallas man who was charged earlier this fall with a sexual assault in University Park, near the SMU campus.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Torey Jamal Harris, 23, has now been charged in another aggravated sexual assault case stemming from an incident in Grand Prairie in April. He also faces charges from September assaults near SMU and Navarro College in Corsicana.
Apparently DNA evidence connected him with the third crime. He remains in the Navarro County Jail.
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