Posts by Todd Jorgenson
MESQUITE – Despite boasting an elite quarterback and deep receiving corps, the Highland Park offense seems to function best when it achieves a reasonable balance between rushing and passing.
The Scots did that on Friday, and the result was an efficient 45-14 win over Mesquite at Hanby Stadium that solidified HP’s hold on second place in District 10-6A.
Brooks Burgin accounted for five touchdowns in one of his best games this season. He tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more. As a team, the Scots (7-1, 4-1) finished with 229 yards passing and 201 on the ground.
Who would have thought the defense would be the most consistent factor this season for Highland Park?
That unit was lacking experience, changing coordinators, and had various other excuses to become a weak link during the Scots’ first season at the Class 6A level.
Yet the defense, for the most part, has been stellar. Another example came last week during a 34-7 win over Lake Highlands. That marked the fifth time in seven games that HP held an opponent to single-digit points, with three shutouts in the mix.
In the two other games, the Scots allowed 42 points to high-powered Pulaski Academy from Little Rock — who is currently 6-1 and has scored at least 49 points in every other game, by the way — and in a loss to Mesquite Horn.
Tonight, the Scots (6-1, 3-1) will travel to face Mesquite, an inconsistent outfit that remains in contention for one of the final two playoff spots in 10-6A. It will be the third trip to Hanby Stadium for HP in the past five weeks.
Do pit bulls get a bad rap? Does yours have some unusual talents that you’d like to show off? Would you like to spend a half-day in the company of several block-headed canines with large teeth?
Hollywood Feed, a holistic pet-food store near the intersection of Lemmon and Douglas, will host North Texas Pit Bull Pride Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It will include demonstrations such as a weight pull, disc dogs, and pet CPR.
Also part of the festivities will be a dog adoption event, various prizes and giveaways, and live music.
Charlie and Cindy Feld of Highland Park are the co-chairpersons for the St. Jude Evening Under the Stars party on Saturday night.
The couple met while working together at Frito-Lay in the 1970s and have been married for almost 40 years. They left Frito-Lay and started the IT leadership firm The Feld Group, which was sold to EDS in 2008, allowing them to retire and focus on philanthropy and volunteerism.
The event will take place in the Dallas Ballroom at the Omni Dallas Hotel. It will include a seated dinner, cocktail reception, and silent auction. Honorees include longtime St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital supporters Mike and Diane Gruber, and the emcee will be Adrienne Bankert.
Highland Park easily cleared the first hurdle in its attempt to claim a 16th state team tennis title when the Scots swept three opponents at the District 10-6A tournament this week at Fair Oaks Tennis Center.
HP defeated Sunset and Richardson Berkner by identical 10-0 scores on Tuesday, then rolled past Lake Highlands 10-0 in the title match on Wednesday.
The Scots will compete in the Class 6A Region II tournament, which begins Oct. 31 in Mansfield, to earn a state berth next month in College Station.
You can get an early jump on Halloween and enjoy a 1980s classic during a free outdoor screening of The Goonies on Friday night at Goar Park.
Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes to the event, with prizes awarded by category for those who really get into the spirit. Costume judging starts at 7 p.m.
The film will start at about 7:30 p.m., and food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 214-987-5486.
Highland Park ISD has its finances in order, at least according to the Texas Education Agency, which gave the district a “superior” rating in the most recent Schools FIRST (which stands for Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas).
The highest possible rating reflects HPISD’s financial management and reporting system, and it was reached by analyzing staff and student data from the 2012-13 school year, as well as budget and financial data from the fiscal year ending in August 2013.
The financial accountability system was developed by the TEA in 2001, in response to Senate Bill 218. For you numbers gurus, you can examine the entire HPISD report here.
Highland Park easily won both the boys and girls team titles at the District 10-6A cross country meet on Tuesday at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco. Hope McLaughlin and Rico Lara claimed the individual gold medals.
In the girls race, HP won its 36th district championship — and its first in the new 6A classification — by placing six of its seven runners in the top eight overall. McLaughlin crossed the finish line in a time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds. Other top finishers for the Lady Scots included Emma Parker (third place, 21:01), Gabby Crank (fourth, 21:03), Anna Beecherl (fifth, 21:10), Becky Ketch (sixth, 21:10), and Olivia Aasheim (eighth, 21:27).
On the boys side, Lara’s time of 16:11 helped the Scots cruise to the team crown. He was followed by a slew of HP teammates, including Griffin Beitter (second place), Austin Roberts (fifth), Brooks Munn (seventh), Stanton Geyer (eighth), and Andrew Kliewer (ninth).
Nelson Bunker Hunt, the prominent Texas oilman with longtime ties to the Park Cities, has died at age 88 after a long illness.
Hunt was known for numerous business dealings and investments, including those in Thoroughbred racing. The Dallas Morning News has an extensive look at his life and accomplishments here.
The Highland Park boys and girls cross country teams will begin their first postseason at the Class 6A level on Tuesday at the District 10-6A meet at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco.
The girls race will start at 9 a.m. followed by the boys at 9:55 a.m. The Region II meet will be Nov. 1 at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, with the state meet slated for Nov. 8 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
The HP boys have been led all season by senior Rico Lara, while junior Hope McLaughlin paces the Lady Scots.