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.


Finishing Strong: Burnett Benefits from Return to Baseball

Kyle Burnett returned to the baseball diamond after moving back from Florida and missing most of the football season his senior year. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Kyle Burnett returned to the baseball diamond after moving back from Florida and missing most of the football season his senior year. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

According to the script, Kyle Burnett was supposed to be a blue-chip quarterback recruit with offers from the top college programs in the country. A couple of plot twists later, Burnett finished his high school career having never taken a varsity snap. The Highland Park High School senior had plenty of reasons to end it there.

But a new season and a change of sports later, Burnett is fulfilling that potential on the baseball diamond, where he has emerged as the top hitter on a team that is contending for the District 10-6A title.

“I did not expect to be performing at this high of a level,” Burnett said. “With everything that’s happened to me, I don’t think anybody expected much.”

During his freshman and sophomore years, Burnett was a dual-sport subvarsity athlete playing football and baseball for HP. He left the school prior to his junior year to enroll at IMG Academy, the prestigious yet controversial campus in Bradenton, Fla., that recruits top talent from around the country. Suddenly, dozens of college coaches were watching his every throw. 


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.


Contact Discs: Club Sport is the Ultimate

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Photo: Chris McGathey

Even with all of the athletic options at Highland Park High School, some students can’t find the right fit.

That’s where ultimate comes in. The outdoor 7-on-7 game, also known as ultimate frisbee, uses a disc instead of a ball while combining elements of football, basketball, and soccer, in a more informal setting.

“It’s a very relaxed sport, but it’s very athletic and a lot of fun,” said Laws Smith, a senior at Cambridge who plays on the Highland Park ultimate club team. “There’s a lot of running if you play a whole game. I definitely feel that.”

Ultimate has been a staple on college lawns for decades, but is starting to grow nationwide as a more competitive sport with leagues and tournaments at all levels.
HP coach Darius Tse is a member of the practice squad for the Dallas Roughnecks, an expansion team in the American Ultimate Disc League, which has 26 professional teams throughout the United States and Canada.

The HP club team has been successful as part of a burgeoning presence at the high school level in the Dallas and Austin areas, reaching the semifinals of the state tournament twice in the past three years.


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.