Landry Classic to Honor 2005 Scots

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This guy was there in 2005. Were you?

Matthew Stafford was there in 2005. Were you? (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Were you on Highland Park’s football team in 2005? If so, I’m sure you have a lot of great memories of an undefeated season that culminated with a Class 4A state title.

But seriously, if you were on that team, or knew somebody who was, then the organizers of the annual Tom Landry Classic event want to speak with you. The squad will be inducted into the Tom Landry Classic Hall of Honor at halftime of a game between the Scots and Frisco Centennial on Aug. 29 in Allen.

Those able to attend should contact executive director Kris Cumnock at kris.cumnock@ppi-staubach.com for more information.


First Place, Not Last, For These Mohicans

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It was first place, not last, for these Mohicans.

The Mohicans, with mascot, won the Texas Draw tournament in Plano.

The Mohicans, a group of first- and second-graders from all four Highland Park ISD elementary schools, won their division of the Texas Draw lacrosse tournament on June 6-7 in Plano.

The team went 5-0 in the tournament, out-scoring its competition by a combined 28-4. The players compete for Highland Park Lacrosse in the fall and spring, and formed this team for play during the summer.

The squad includes Parker Addison, Sawyer Anderson, Cayden Bartusek, Lennox Bird, Ben Boyer, Thomas Cook, Will Fagan, Wiley Lent, Brandon Lilly, Luke Mauser, Jacob Meaney, Wyatt Miller, Colin Noble, Jack Provost, Clifton Smartt, Sutton Smith, Angus Wall, and Carson Wiles.


Lady Scots Finish First in Classroom

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From left, Julia McDonald, Kara Davis, Gabby Crank, and Connie Jehng

From left, Julia McDonald, Kara Davis, Gabby Crank, and Connie Jehng

Five members of the girls track and field team at Highland Park High School were recognized on the all-state team by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

The HP honorees include Gabby Crank, Claire Crofford, Kara Davis, Connie Jehng, and Julia McDonald. All are seniors who maintained at least a 94 average.

Crank also was chosen as one of 15 members of the TGCA all-state team for classes 5A and 6A, and will be recognized at the TGCA coaching clinic in July in Austin.


Patriots Sparkle on the Baseball Diamond

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Team members include (left to right): coach Derek Ferem, George Birdsong, Luke Wolters, Cam Archie, Andrew Noack, J.P. Mumert, Cannon Bozman, Jack Ferem, Sutton Florer, Price MacFadyen, Adam Richey, Leif Richey, and coach Adam Richey. Not pictured: Clive Curry.

Team members include (left to right): coach Derek Ferem, George Birdsong, Luke Wolters, Cam Archie, Andrew Noack, J.P. Mumert, Cannon Bozman, Jack Ferem, Sutton Florer, Price MacFadyen, Adam Richey, Leif Richey, and coach Adam Richey. Not pictured: Clive Curry.

Congratulations to the Providence Patriots, who recently completed an undefeated season in the first-grade baseball league at Park Cities YMCA. The team is coached by Derek Ferem and Adam Richey.


Texas Rangers To Honor Scots on Tuesday

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HP senior Alec Doederlein pitched at Globe Life Park in March, when the Scots faced Jesuit. On Tuesday, he'll return to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Rangers take on the Dodgers. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

HP senior Alec Doederlein pitched at Globe Life Park in March, when the Scots faced Jesuit. On Tuesday, he’ll return to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Rangers take on the Dodgers. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Superstar Highland Park High School alum Clayton Kershaw won’t be pitching for the visitors, but he will be in attendance on Tuesday for Highland Park ISD night at the Texas Rangers game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The game is one of several that the Rangers feature each year to honor area school districts, although the Cy Young Award-winning lefty won’t pitch until Wednesday, when the same two teams meet in L.A.

Still, there are several reasons to attend, including discounted tickets for district families and employees, the HPHS choir singing the national anthem, the debut of a promotional video for the district created by HPISD communications intern Brian Smith, and HPHS baseball player Alec Doederlein throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. So get there early!


HPHS Spring Signees Headed Coast to Coast

From left: Cooper Chimbel, Lauren Hansford, Ben Bocarra, Pearson Feagans, Reid Alexander, Danny Leland, Andrew Frost, Lauren Titus, and Gabby Crank. (Photo: Melissa Macatee) 0
From left: Cooper Chimbel, Lauren Hansford, Ben Bocarra, Pearson Feagans, Reid Alexander, Danny Leland, Andrew Frost, Lauren Titus, and Gabby Crank. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

You could forgive Danny Leland if he chose the Baylor track and field program solely based on its tradition, which includes a handful of Olympic gold medalists like Michael Johnson and Jeremy Wariner.

That’s important for sure, yet the Highland Park High School senior found a more personal connection that prompted him to run with the Bears over other major programs.

“There was something about Baylor that struck me,” said Leland, a decorated middle-distance runner for the Scots. “They’ve got a proven track record with their athletes, but it seemed like they really cared about me as a person.”

Leland was one of several HP athletes recognized during a recent ceremony for signing or committing to college athletic programs during the spring semester.


Merrick Draws Eyes of Texas

University Park resident Matthew Merrick will be a grayshirt quarterback for the University of Texas next season. (Photo: Don Johnson) 0
University Park resident Matthew Merrick will be a grayshirt quarterback for the University of Texas next season. (Photo: Don Johnson)
UP teen lands with UT after sport switch

Thousands of kids in this state dream of someday playing football for the University of Texas. Matthew Merrick was not one of them.

The University Park resident grew up with aspirations of one day playing in the NBA, not the NFL. He relied on his strong arm more for 3-pointers than six-pointers.

Since third grade, Merrick played for the Texas Titans, a national powerhouse summer basketball organization that has produced Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle and other future stars. He was on a path similar to those of his teammates.

Then came Merrick’s sophomore year at Cistercian, when he beat out an incumbent two-year starter for the quarterback job and led the Hawks to the SPC football playoffs. Suddenly, the focus shifted from the hardwood to the gridiron.


Knost Earns Top 10 Finish at Byron Nelson

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Colt Knost was under par in all four rounds at the Byron Nelson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Colt Knost was under par in all four rounds at the Byron Nelson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

IRVING – Colt Knost might have been disappointed with his finish at the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday, but he had plenty of reasons to smile during the weekend.

In front of a healthy gallery of supporters, Knost, a University Park resident and former SMU standout, tied for 10th place at his hometown PGA Tour event for his second consecutive top-10 finish.

He carded a final-round 68 to finish at 10-under par for the tournament, tying him with five other players. Unfortunately for Knost, his only bogey of the final round came on 18, and he didn’t speak to the media afterward.


Gribble Bounces Back at Byron Nelson

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Former HP standout Cody Gribble should make the cut at his first Byron Nelson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

HP native Cody Gribble should make the cut at his first Byron Nelson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

IRVING – In his first appearance at the Byron Nelson Championship, former Highland Park standout Cody Gribble appears to have made the cut.

Although the second round of the tournament was cut short by weather and darkness on Friday, Gribble finished a round of 3-under par 66 that put him at 1-under for the tournament, which should be good enough to survive the cut after the second round concludes on Saturday morning.

Gribble rebounded from an opening round of 72 (and an ugly front nine) with a round on Friday that included four birdies and just one bogey. That earned him two more rounds over the weekend at the TPC Four Seasons in Las Colinas.


Morris Presents Former Boss With Award

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Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney

New SMU football coach Chad Morris has worked with Dabo Swinney for the past four years, so it’s only fitting that he welcome the Clemson head coach to Dallas with an award.

Morris, who was the offensive coordinator at Clemson before being hired at SMU in December, will present Swinney with the Stallings Award on Tuesday during a ceremony at Dallas Country Club.

The award, in its fourth year, is named after former coach Gene Stallings and was created to honor college football coaches who are also humanitarians and strive to promote healthy and vibrant communities. Swinney is the founder of the All-in-Team Foundation, a multifaceted nonprofit based in South Carolina.


Jesuit Rallies to Eliminate Scots

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Jesuit knocked Highland Park out of the playoffs on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit knocked Highland Park out of the playoffs on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

For the second straight game, a home run in the top of the first inning gave the visiting team an early lead. But this time it didn’t hold up.

Jesuit rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Highland Park 5-3 on Friday, completing a sweep of the Scots in a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series.

HP struggled to capitalize on its opportunities for the second straight game. The Scots (26-7) stranded at least one runner in every inning, and left a total of 10 runners on base.


Wounded Warriors Take on the NFL

The WWAFT takes on NFL players at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. (Photos: Tanner Garza) 0
The WWAFT takes on NFL players at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. (Photos: Tanner Garza)

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT), led by Quarterback and former US Navy Officer Roger Staubach, took on the NFL Alumni of Texas Thursday, May 21 in a flag-football Game of Honor.

Sponsored by a host of donors including Humana and the Military Benefit Association, the game was held at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and attended by hundreds of fans, friends, family and even students from several schools in Dallas including the Jesuit and W.T. White High School football teams.

Humana and medical device company Zimmer donated a combined $350,000 to WWAFT at the game.

The WWAFT players are veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and play to demonstrate that the loss of a limb does not mean the end of an athletic career. Proceeds from the Game of Honor benefit the WWAFT, Debbie Lee’s America’s Mighty Warriors, Heroes-on-the-Water and Texas’ Disabled Veterans.