Big Run Pushes The Colony Past HP Girls

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Highland Park's Emma Hill battles with The Colony's Jewel Spear during Friday's Class 5A Region II playoff game. The Lady Cougars won 48-33. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s Emma Hill battles with The Colony’s Jewel Spear during Friday’s Class 5A Region II area round playoff game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

COPPELL — The Colony simply had too much size, too much speed, and too much firepower for Highland Park on Friday.

Despite a valiant effort, the Lady Scots fell 48-33 in the area round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs, ending their season.

The state-ranked Lady Cougars (35-1) never trailed in the game and pulled away with a 17-0 run to start the second half. Meanwhile, HP struggled offensively in the first and third quarters, and by the time the Lady Scots (23-9) started a late rally, they already were too far behind.


Blue Wave Looks to Make a Splash at State

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Felix Van Cauwelaert will lead a contingent of six Highland Park boys to the 5A state meet this weekend in Austin.

Felix Van Cauwelaert will lead a contingent of six Highland Park boys to the 5A state meet this weekend in Austin.

A decade ago, Highland Park was the dominant team in the state in girls swimming. But these days, it’s the boys who are making a splash.

The Blue Wave will be represented by six swimmers at the Class 5A state meet this weekend in Austin, all in boys events. The resurgence included a boys team title at the Class 5A Region II meet earlier this month in Frisco.

Felix Van Cauwelaert has led the charge for the HP. After swimming in two individual events at last year’s 6A state meet, he will aim for a podium spot this time around after winning regional titles in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. He also will anchor both freestyle relays, which likewise claimed regional gold.


Lady Scots Set to Challenge The Colony

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Highland Park will meet state-ranked The Colony in the area round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday in Coppell. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park will meet state-ranked The Colony in the area round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday in Coppell. (File photo: Rob Graham)

After rolling through the first round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs, the challenge becomes considerably tougher for Highland Park in the second.

The Lady Scots (23-8) overcame a slow start to power past Longview Pine Tree 59-34 on Monday. Now they’ll face The Colony in the area round at 7 p.m. Friday in Coppell.

The Lady Cougars (34-1) have been prominent in the Class 5A state rankings all season. They are led by Jade Williams, a McDonald’s All-American who has signed with Duke.

As a freshman in 2014, Williams was a force as The Colony eliminated HP in the bi-district round. She played the last two seasons at Plano Prestonwood before transferring back to public school.


Scots to Open Season at Patriot Cup

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Owen Seebold and Highland Park will play in the Patriot Cup again this year, even though it's been moved to Frisco. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Owen Seebold and Highland Park will play in the Patriot Cup again this year, even though it’s been moved to Frisco. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

The Patriot Cup is an annual celebration of lacrosse at both the collegiate and high school levels, and as usual, Highland Park is joining the party.

The Scots will open the regular season by facing Austin Westlake at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. It will be a rematch of last year’s state semifinal, won 11-10 by the Scots.

HP’s Division II squad will take on Frisco at 10:30 a.m. to start the proceedings. And the HP girls will play Frisco at 6:15 p.m. The daylong event, which was held at SMU’s Ford Stadium in past years, will also feature college matchups between Georgetown and Notre Dame (men) and Duke and Stanford (women).

HP, which was the state runner-up last season, will play its home opener on Feb. 27 against Allen.


Red-Hot HP to Face Marshall in Playoffs

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Here's a team of 14 players who completed a 14-win district season on Feb. 14. They will face Marshall to open the playoffs on Feb. 21. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Here’s a team of 14 players who completed a 14-win district season on Feb. 14. They will open the playoffs against Marshall. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Highland Park showed its postseason preparedness on Tuesday with an 83-43 blasting of fellow playoff contender North Forney in the regular-season finale on Tuesday.

The Scots (23-9, 14-0), who haven’t lost since late December, will face Marshall in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in Wills Point.

The Scots wrapped up a perfect run through District 15-5A with one of their more dominating performances, led by 25 points from Ethan Nussbaum. Despite the absence of leading scorer Will Enzor, 10 players found the basket for HP, which also posted its best defensive performance in almost a month.


Lady Scots Keep Rolling Through 15-5A

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Highland Park is unbeaten this season, and hasn't allowed a goal in District 15-5A play. In other words, they're pretty good. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is unbeaten this season, and hasn’t allowed a goal in District 15-5A play. In other words, they’re pretty good. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has now shut out every one of its opponents in District 15-5A schedule after concluding the first half of the league schedule with a 3-0 win over Wylie East on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium.

Rachel Wasserman scored for the Lady Scots (13-0, 7-0) along with freshmen Presley Echols and Megan O’Neal.

In boys action, the Scots suffered a 3-2 road loss to Wylie East despite a pair of goals from Duncan James and two assists from Wesley Winters.

Both HP squads will face Lovejoy on Friday to begin the second half of the district slate. The Scots (8-4-1, 4-3) will again play on the road, while the Lady Scots are at home.


Headless Chickens Take the Crown

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Courtesy Neely Thrash

Courtesy Neely Thrash

Hyer Elementary’s “Headless Chickens” 4th Grade Boys Basketball Team won the Moody Family YMCA’s upper division basketball tournament. They defeated Armstrong Elementary in a hard-fought championship game. Back row: Coach Blake Anderson, Marshall Smith, Nick Sherwood, Walker Thrash, Sawyer Anderson, and Coach Evan Wall; Front row: Finn Calloway, Parker Addison, Angus Wall and Dylan Mallat.


Lady Scots Cut Down Pine Tree in Playoffs

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Highland Park's Morgan Smith scored a game-high 22 points as the Lady Scots rolled past Longview Pine Tree in their playoff opener. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park’s Morgan Smith scored a game-high 22 points as the Lady Scots rolled past Longview Pine Tree in their playoff opener. (File photo: Rob Graham)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

WILLS POINT — After a few missed shots early in the game, Highland Park shook off the playoff jitters in a 59-34 win over Longview Pine Tree in a Class 5A Region II bi-district game on Monday.

The Lady Scots (23-8) bounced back from a loss in the regular season finale and will play state-ranked The Colony in the area round later this week at a time and site to be determined.

On Monday, there were a couple of obstacles that Highland Park had to overcome, some self-inflicted.

“We missed about seven layups or short shots in the first quarter,” said HP head coach Nicole Fleming. “Also, they were a more athletic team that it showed on film, and their zone was giving us trouble early.”


Scots Look to Finish Perfect Run in 15-5A

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Ryan Waters and Highland Park will look for a sweep of District 15-5A when they host North Forney on Tuesday in the regular-season finale. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Highland Park will look for a sweep of District 15-5A when it hosts North Forney on Tuesday in the regular-season finale. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Highland Park has just one more hurdle in its quest to complete an undefeated run through District 15-5A this season.

Having already clinched the district title and top seed in the upcoming playoffs, the Scots will host fellow playoff contender North Forney on Tuesday for a chance at 14 straight wins in league play.

The Scots (22-9, 13-0) earned two wins on the road last week, including a 65-60 triumph on Friday at Lovejoy that required a second-half comeback. Ethan Nussbaum led the way with 13 points in that game, followed by Ryan Waters with 11 points and Preston Landes with 10.

Three days earlier, HP surged to a 56-48 victory at Wylie East behind a game-high 21 points from Will Enzor. The Scots haven’t lost a game since the Allen Holiday Invitational tournament in late December.