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Jesuit Eliminates Scots in Game 3

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Jesuit rallied past Highland Park 3-2 on Saturday to eliminate the Scots in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit rallied past Highland Park 3-2 on Saturday to eliminate the Scots in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

PROSPER — With the season on the line, the unlikeliest combination of players that propelled Jesuit past Highland Park on Saturday.

Seldom-used pitcher Heath VanKirk pitched six strong innings allowing just four hits, and Will Guzman went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in as the Rangers beat HP 3-2 to win a tightly contested Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series.

Jesuit, which eliminated the Scots in the third round for the second straight year, advances to face another rematch against Conroe Oak Ridge in the regional semifinals next weekend.


Scots Even Series, Top Jesuit in 8 Innings

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Jack Sides and Highland Park forced Game 3 against Jesuit, which will be played at noon Saturday in Prosper. The Scots won 4-2 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jack Sides and Highland Park forced Game 3 against Jesuit, which will be played on Saturday. The Scots won 4-2 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Facing elimination and one of the top pitchers in the state, Highland Park showed it wasn’t finished yet.

The resilient Scots did just enough against Jesuit’s Kyle Muller to force extra innings, then surged to a 4-2 victory in eight innings to even up a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series on Friday.

After each team won on the other’s home field the series will shift to a neutral site for a third and deciding game at noon Saturday in Prosper.

“These guys didn’t want the season to end just yet,” said HP head coach Travis Yoder. “We went up there swinging, we did our jobs, and we executed when we needed to.”


Palisch Stifles Scots in Series Opener

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Jesuit's Jacob Palisch shut down HP on Thursday, meaning the Scots will face a must-win situation in Game 2 on Friday.

After being no-hit on Thursday, Highland Park will face a must-win situation against Jesuit in Game 2 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Amid all the noise in the crowd, Jesuit lefthander Jacob Palisch kept the Highland Park bats silent.

Palisch fired a no-hitter and struck out 15 Highland Park batters as the Rangers beat the Scots 4-0 in Game 1 a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series on Thursday at Scotland Yard.

Palisch, a junior who has verbally committed to Stanford, allowed just one baserunner, and that came on a fifth-inning walk to Turner Rejebian.

“What he did is almost unthinkable,” said Jesuit head coach Brian Jones. “He struck out the first 12 he faced against a very strong Highland Park team. To say the least, he was dialed in tonight.”


Scots, Rangers Set for High-Stakes Rematch

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You wanted it. Now you've got it. HP and Jesuit will meet again this weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

You wanted it. Now you’ve got it. HP and Jesuit will meet again this weekend in the Class 6A baseball playoffs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Just as they did a year ago, Highland Park and Jesuit have plenty in common on paper.

They share identical records, cruised through their respective district schedules, and boast deep pitching staffs that are built for postseason success.

So their Class 6A Region II quarterfinal playoff series would be a great matchup even without the rivalry aspect that comes from being located just a few miles apart along the Dallas North Tollway.

It would also be a great matchup without the revenge factor for the Scots after being swept in the same round during Jesuit’s run to the state tournament last spring — which also happened to be HP’s fourth straight postseason exit in the regional quarterfinals.


Scots Get Defensive at Spring Game

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Highland Park quarterback Jack Fain engineered a touchdown drive during the team's spring game on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

HP quarterback Jack Fain engineered a touchdown drive during the team’s spring game on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

When it comes to the spring, Highland Park doesn’t mess with success.

Regardless of changes in personnel or classification, the Scots stick with their routine during spring drills — trying to install offensive and defensive schemes, building a depth chart, and sorting through position battles.

So there weren’t many surprises during the hour-long scrimmage on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium, which essentially unveiled the 2016 Scots to the community for the first time.

Overall, however, head coach Randy Allen was pleased with the past three weeks of practice, which culminated in Tuesday’s spring game.


Scots Shut Out at State Tennis Tourney

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Highland Park's Chandler Carter teamed with Phillip Quinn for a runner-up finish in mixed doubles at the Class 6A state tennis tournament on Tuesday in College Station. (Photo: Tim Hurst)

Highland Park’s Chandler Carter teamed with Phillip Quinn for a runner-up finish in mixed doubles at the Class 6A state tennis tournament on Tuesday in College Station. (Photo: Tim Hurst)

By Joshua Koch / Special Contributor

COLLEGE STATION — With the match over, Highland Park’s Chandler Carter slung her tennis bag onto her shoulders and walked off the courts at the Mitchell Tennis Complex on Tuesday for the final time as a high school tennis player.

Carter teamed with sophomore Phillip Quinn in mixed doubles at the Class 6A state meet, but the duo fell to Dean Dulthummon and T.J. Fumagalli in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the championship match.

It marks the first year since 2001 that the Scots haven’t won a state tennis title. HP fell to New Braunfels for the 6A team championship in the fall.


Second Saturday Offers Second Chance for Financial Knowledge

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Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 11.55.12 AMWhen it comes to helping women who are getting a divorce understand the financial, emotional, and legal implications, Second Saturday has the bases covered. Since its start in San Diego in 1989, the organization has provided workshops featuring professionals in those three fields to help women prepare for and cope with divorce. In fall of 2015, Cynthia Thompson formed a Dallas location at Unity of Dallas, gathering women for three hours once a month on the namesake Saturday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual divorce rate in Texas has decreased from 3.6 per 1,000 total populations in 2004 to 2.7 per 1,000 total population in 2014. This puts Texas below the national rate of 3.2 per 1,000 total population throughout the United States.

But while the rates may decrease, divorce is still an overwhelming topic, said Thompson, the founder of Divorce Planning LLC. According to her, money is almost always a point of concern. Second Saturday seeks to serve those women who have not had a hand in the household budgets, or aren’t fully aware of how their finances will be impacted by the dissolution of their marriage.

“Divorce is a huge change in your life and your identity,” said Dr. Susan Sturdivant, a therapist of more than 30 years. “I think it never occurs to people to do what I call financial engineering to minimize the financial impact of a divorce without harming the other party.”


Reaugh Leaps to Fourth at State Meet

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Highland Park's Falyn Reaugh barely missed the podium by finishing fourth in the high jump at the 6A state track meet in Austin.

Highland Park’s Falyn Reaugh barely missed the podium by finishing fourth in the high jump at the 6A state track meet in Austin.

Highland Park junior Falyn Reaugh narrowly missed a medal at the Class 6A state track and field meet in Austin over the weekend.

Reaugh finished fourth in the high jump after clearing a height of 5 feet, 6 inches, equaling her total from the Region II meet, where she finished third.

Regional champion Ellyana Long of The Woodlands also won the state title by clearing a height of 5-9.

 


Sequel on Tap for Scots, Jesuit This Week

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Highland Park felt some relief in the wee hours of the morning after a 17-inning win over Rowlett last weekend at Scotland Yard. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park felt some relief in the wee hours of the morning after a 17-inning win over Rowlett last weekend at Scotland Yard. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

As with most blockbuster attractions these days, Highland Park and Jesuit will stage a sequel to their baseball playoff series from a year ago.

The rivals separated by only about six miles along the Dallas North Tollway will renew their rivalry in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals this weekend.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Highland Park, and will shift to Jesuit for Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A third game, if necessary, is slated for noon Saturday in Prosper.

Both squads are 4-1 thus far in the playoffs. The Scots (29-6) swept Rowlett in a pair of close games in the area round — including a 17-inning marathon in the opener — while the Rangers (29-6) stumbled in their series opener against Belton before rallying for a series win.