Coppell Stifles Lady Scots in 6A Title Game

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HP suffered its first loss of the season in the state title game. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

HP suffered its first loss of the season in the state title game. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

GEORGETOWN – Highland Park fell one win short of its sixth state championship on Saturday.

Coppell took advantage of the wind in the first half of a 3-0 victory in the Class 6A title game at Birkelbach Field.

Sarah King and Emma Jett scored a pair of wind-aided goals seven minutes apart in the first half, and Coppell held the ball in Highland Park’s end for the majority of the opening stanza.

King headed home a long pass by Madeline Guderian at the 18-minute mark of the opening half. The long pass traveled 30 yards and hung up in the wind, allowing the Coppell forward to position herself under the ball and give her team a lead.


Hoy Leads Lady Scots to State Title Game

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Highland Park will play Coppell on Saturday for the 6A state title after the Lady Scots beat Katy Cinco Ranch in a shootout on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Highland Park will play Coppell on Saturday for the 6A state title after the Lady Scots beat Katy Cinco Ranch in a shootout on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

GEORGETOWN — Highland Park coach Stewart Brown wasn’t too worried about having a freshman goalie in a shootout with a trip to the Class 6A state championship game on the line.

“Freshmen don’t understand how big it is,” Brown said.

As it turns out, Ginny Hoy was even more in the dark than her coach thought on the situation. But that didn’t prevent her from stopping Shaylee Anaya in the sixth shootout round and securing a 1-0 victory.

The Lady Scots (25-0-2) won the shootout 4-3 against Katy Cinco Ranch (23-3) at Birkelbach Field in a state semifinal on Friday.


Can the Lady Scots Bring Home a State Title?

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The Lady Scots will play Katy Cinco Ranch today in the 6A state semifinals. (File photo)

The Lady Scots will play Katy Cinco Ranch today in the 6A state semifinals. (File photo)

Highland Park has played on this same field before, but the Lady Scots haven’t quite been in this same situation.

HP is back in the state tournament in girls soccer, something it accomplished during a state-title run in 2012 and with a runner-up finish the next spring. But those were in Class 4A.

What makes this year’s accomplishment more noteworthy is that it caps the Lady Scots’ first season in Class 6A, the highest enrollment classification in the state. They will face Katy Cinco Ranch at noon today in the state semifinals in Georgetown.


HP Lacrosse Gets Punny on Facebook

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As you may be aware, HP lacrosse has a big match tonight at 6 p.m. (look for it in your Plaid Report!) The lacrosse team is getting psyched on their Facebook page, too:

For those worried about the weather…. The weather forecast for Friday April 17th is partly boring during the day but around 6pm the thunder of the JV team hits the Highland Park area followed only by a severe FUN warning as the Scots take on St. Marks on Senior Night at Highlander.

What do you think? Cute? Silly? Doesn’t matter — we’re rooting for you either way, boys!


Here Are Your 2015 Scots Football Captains

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From left, team captains Hayden Schnieders, Jack Sides, Henry Allen, and Matthew Barge. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park’s incoming football captains include, from left, Hayden Schnieders, Jack Sides, Henry Allen, and Matthew Barge. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

With the Highland Park football team preparing to open spring practice later this month, the squad has chosen its captains and 12-member player committee for the upcoming season.

Captains include seniors Henry Allen, Matthew Barge, Hayden Schnieders, and Jack Sides. They’re also on the player committee, along with Stephen Dieb, Jake Sorrels, Kemp Sauer, Josh Block, Chris Buell, Carson Yeager, William Neely, and Zach Snelling.

The Scots will open spring practice on April 27, with the Blue-Gold scrimmage set for May 19 at Highlander Stadium. The regular season will start on Aug. 29 against Frisco Centennial in the Tom Landry Classic.


HP Will Face Cinco Ranch in Semifinals

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The Lady Scots are headed back to the state tournament. (Photo: Sean Parchem)

The Lady Scots are headed back to the state tournament. (Photo: Sean Parchem)

The pairings are set, and Highland Park will play Katy Cinco Ranch in the Class 6A state semifinals at noon Friday in Georgetown.

The Lady Scots (24-0-2) will make their 10th state tournament appearance, and first in the state’s highest classification. They were dominant during a postseason run through Region II, shutting out all five of their opponents, including a 3-0 victory over Pflugerville Hendrickson in the regional final.

The Lady Cougars (23-2) lost in the state semifinals last season and earned a return trip to the state tournament with a 3-0 win over District 19-6A rival Katy Seven Lakes last weekend. Like HP, Cinco Ranch hasn’t allowed a goal thus far in the playoffs.


HP Gymnasts Raising the Bar

Highland Park gymnast Sarah Stone has been a key contributor to the team’s success this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Highland Park gymnast Sarah Stone has been a key contributor to the team’s success this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Whether preparing for a challenging maneuver atop the balance beam or preparing for a complicated vault, gymnastics is a solitary sport by nature, where success depends solely upon individual performance.

Yet just like their counterparts on the football field and the basketball court, gymnasts at the high school level are part of a team. And the girls at Highland Park High School find that both more demanding and more rewarding.


Simenc Scores Lofty Goals in Water Polo

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St. Mark’s senior Tim Simenc has traveled to Turkey and played regularly in California as part of the United States youth national water polo team. He has earned a scholarship to the powerhouse program at the University of California at Berkeley. (Courtesy Photo)

St. Mark’s senior Tim Simenc has traveled to Turkey and played regularly in California as part of the United States youth national water polo team. (Courtesy Photo)

Tim Simenc could be forgiven for his lack of familiarity with water polo growing up. After all, he’s from Texas.

The sport is popular on both coasts but doesn’t have much of a pedigree anywhere near Highland Park, where the tall left-hander seemed destined to excel in swimming, baseball, volleyball, or lacrosse. Water polo wasn’t on the list.

Yet now the St. Mark’s senior has become one of the top high school players in the country in a sport that he admits he began almost by accident.


Lady Scots Return to State Soccer Tourney

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Kate Summers scored a hat trick on Saturday to lead HP back to the state tournament with a 3-0 win over Pflugerville Hendrickson. (File photo)

Kate Summers scored a hat trick on Saturday to lead HP back to the state tournament with a 3-0 win over Pflugerville Hendrickson. (File photo)

By Joe Harrington / Special Contributor

AUSTIN — Kate Summers scored three goals, including two in the first half, and Highland Park will return to the state soccer tournament.

The Lady Scots earned their fifth straight postseason shutout with a 3-0 win over Pflugerville Hendrickson in the Class 6A Region II final on Saturday at Reeves Athletic Complex.

HP, the 2012 Class 4A state champions and 2013 state runners-up, will play on April 17 in Georgetown in search of its first Class 6A title.


Lady Scots Shut Out Westlake

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Lauren Echols scored a late goal for HP on Friday during a 2-0 win over Austin Westlake. (Photo: Sean Parchem)

Lauren Echols scored a late goal for HP on Friday during a 2-0 win over Austin Westlake in the Class 6A Region II semifinals. (Photo: Sean Parchem)

By Joe Harrington / Special Contributor

AUSTIN — Highland Park freshman Rachel Wasserman had two assists in the second half, including one on the game-changing goal with 23 minutes left to play, to help give the Lady Scots a 2-0 win over Austin Westlake in a Class 6A Region II semifinal at Reeves Athletic Complex on Friday.

HP (22-0-2) advances to play Pflugerville Hendrickson at 11 a.m. Saturday in the regional final, with the winner moving on to the state tournament.

HP and Westlake (20-2-1) played to a scoreless draw in the first 40 minutes, despite the Lady Scots controlling the ball for much of the last 20 minutes before halftime.


Lady Scots Head to Regional Showdown

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Highland Park meets Austin Westlake today in Round Rock. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park meets Austin Westlake today in Round Rock in the Class 6A Region II semifinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

While the territory is familiar, the setting is a little different for Highland Park at the regional tournament this weekend.

The Lady Scots have qualified for the Region II semifinals for the fourth straight year, but the first time in Class 6A. That means they’re in Round Rock today for a matchup against Austin Westlake.

The winner will face either Sachse or Pflugerville Hendrickson on Saturday in the regional final, for which the stakes include a berth in the state tournament next weekend in nearby Georgetown.


HP Breezes Past North Mesquite Again

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Highland Park's Lauren Echols used her head and her feet during a 5-0 win over North Mesquite on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

HP’s Lauren Echols used her head and her feet during a 5-0 win over North Mesquite on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Sooner or later, Highland Park will be seriously tested in the Class 6A playoffs. That hasn’t happened in three games thus far.

Savanna Jones scored twice and the Lady Scots shut out their third consecutive postseason opponent on Tuesday with a 5-0 win over North Mesquite in a Region II quarterfinal at Lake Highlands.

They will advance to meet Austin Westlake in the regional semifinals on Friday in Round Rock. And if they win that game, they will play again on Saturday for the right to advance to the state tournament in their first season in the state’s highest classification.