Lady Scots Stumble to Start District


Highland Park is trying to hold its own against some of the top teams in the Dallas area in District 15-5A. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park is off to a rough start in District 15-5A play after dropping three of four games during a six-day span.

The Lady Scots (2-8-1, 1-3) fell to Lovejoy 15-5 in the district opener, when the Lady Leopards plated 10 runs in the first inning. HP then fell to North Forney 7-1 despite two hits by Ava Sims.

After blanking West Mesquite 15-0 — thanks to an abbreviated no-hitter from Amanda Reenan — the Lady Scots dropped a 9-5 decision against Mesquite Poteet on Monday. In that game, HP rallied after falling behind 7-0 early, but it wasn’t enough. Makayla Morgan drove in three runs.

Scots Claim Two Victories in Cali


Highland Park took care of business over spring break by earning two wins against California teams. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

It was a mostly successful voyage to California for the Highland Park lacrosse team, which returned home with two victories in three games against West Coast opponents.

The Scots (3-3) opened the trip with an 18-5 win over Corona del Mar in Newport Beach on Saturday, then edged Poway 8-7 two days later. HP fell to Torrey Pines 9-8 on Tuesday for their third one-goal loss this season.

The Scots will return to action on March 23 at Allen before hosting Mountain Vista (Colo.) in their home opener on March 24.

Conner, Sloan Pace HP Track Teams


Olivia Conner won both hurdle events for Highland Park as part of a team victory last week at the Argyle Relays.

Sophomore hurdler Olivia Conner won two individual events and Highland Park claimed the team title at the Argyle Relays on Thursday.

Conner won both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and also tied for second place in the high jump. Other gold medalists for the Lady Scots included Morgan Thompson (discus), Brynn Weakley (triple jump), Cameron Fawcett (3,200), Maddy Stephens (800), and Ella Patterson (400).

HP has several other podium finishers at the meet, including Caroline Morton, Abbey Govett, Mary Warriner Kemp, and Sophia Oliai. Next up, the Lady Scots will host the annual Tracy Wills Invitational on March 24 at Germany Park.

Scots Blank Forney, Retain Playoff Hopes


Highland Park's home finale against Royse City will be critical to its hopes of clinching a playoff spot this season. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s 2-0 victory over Forney on Friday keeps the Scots within striking distance of earning another postseason berth in District 15-5A.

Nick Roostai scored both goals for HP, while Sebastian Tamacas earned the shutout in goal. The Scots (7-10-3, 5-4-3) narrowly trail West Mesquite for fourth place in the district standings with two games remaining.

HP will wrap up the regular season with a must-win home game against Royse City on March 20 and a road trip to district-leading Wylie East on March 23.

Lady Scots Clinch Another 15-5A Crown


Frances Ann Matise scored twice as part of a 10-goal barrage for Highland Park against Forney. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Defending Class 5A state champion Highland Park wrapped up another District 15-5A title on Friday with a dominating 10-0 win over Forney.

The Lady Scots (19-0-1, 12-0) have outscored their district opponents by a combined 68-4 over 12 games. That includes a 24-0 margin over the past three outings.

Seven different HP players scores against Forney, led by a hat trick from Presley Echols and two goals by Frances Ann Matise. Other goal-scorers for the Lady Scots included Rachel Wasserman, Sarah O’Neal, Halley Ray, Kathryn Franks, and Ellen Wolfe.

California Road Trip Will Test Scots


Highland Park suffered an 8-7 loss to ESD in its most recent game. The Scots travel to California next. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is going back to Cali for its annual spring break road trip this weekend, where the Scots will play three West Coast powers.

HP will face Corona del Mar on Saturday in Newport Beach, then will head south for games against Poway on March 12 and Torrey Pines on March 13.

The Scots (1-2), who won’t have their first home game until March 24, fell 8-7 to rival ESD on March 2. Both of HP’s losses this season have been by one goal.

HP Hosts Annual Scotland Yard Classic


Highland Park will host some great high school baseball action during the annual Scotland Yard Classic tournament. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will host the annual Scotland Yard Classic tournament this weekend, which functions as both the home opener and the final nondistrict tuneup for the Scots.

The round-robin event also will include a 12-team field of top squads from throughout the state, who will occupy the HP turf for three days beginning Thursday. Games also will be held in Prosper, Rockwall, and Coppell.

The Scots will open with Denton Guyer at 11 a.m. Thursday, then will face Midland (4 p.m. Thursday), Sachse (11 a.m. Friday), Belton (4 p.m. Friday), and Georgetown (12:30 p.m. Saturday). Other teams in the field include Jesuit, Flower Mound, and Southlake Carroll.

HP Posts Big Victories Over Poteet


Defending 5A state champion Highland Park is rolling through District 15-5A after a pair of shutouts against Mesquite ISD schools. (File photo: Rob Graham)

As the regular season enters the home stretch, Highland Park seems to be rounding into playoff form.

The Lady Scots (18-0-1, 11-0) continued their unbeaten run through District 15-5A with a 4-0 shutout of Mesquite Poteet on Tuesday. That came on the heels of a 10-0 thrashing of West Mesquite on March 2.

HP continues to spread the goals around. Maja Davison, Frances Ann Matise, Sarah O’Neal, and Presley Echols each scored against Poteet. The season-best goal output against West Mesquite featured hat tricks from Echols and Rachel Wasserman.

Lady Scots Hit District 15-5A Play


Highland Park will try to reverse its early-season fortunes when it starts the District 15-5A schedule this week. (File photo: Rob Graham)

While the bats are in midseason form, the pitching and defense have question marks as Highland Park prepares to start District 15-5A play.

The Lady Scots (1-5-1) have dropped three consecutive games overall, including a 13-10 heartbreaker on Friday against Keller Central. HP rallied from a 10-2 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth — scoring six runs with two outs — but couldn’t hold the lead.

HP will play its first four district games in a six-day span. The Lady Scots will travel to Lovejoy on Tuesday before returning home to host North Forney on March 9 and West Mesquite on March 10. Then they take on Mesquite Poteet on the road on March 12.