HP Boys, Girls Look to Extend Playoff Run

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The Highland Park girls are still undefeated, and show no signs of slowing down during the playoffs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Highland Park girls are still undefeated, and have shown no signs of slowing down during the playoffs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The high school soccer playoffs will continue with area-round matchups on Friday, with the Highland Park boys and girls among those looking to stay alive.

The Lady Scots (21-0) kept the unbeaten record intact with an easy 5-0 victory over Longview Pine Tree in the Class 5A Region II bi-district round last week.

HP, which has outscored its opponents by a combined 104-6 this season, will take on Carrollton Creekview at 6 p.m. Friday at Lake Highlands. The Mustangs, who finished second in District 13-5A during the regular season, slipped past Frisco Lone Star 1-0 in their playoff opener.

On the boys side, the Scots (12-8-1) rallied last week to beat Pine Tree in a shootout in their first postseason game since 2013. They advance to face Frisco Wakeland at 7 p.m. Friday at Richardson High School.


Lady Scots Take Silver in Home Meet

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Despite a strong relay performance, Highland Park was the runner-up in the team standings at the Tracy Wills Invitational. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Despite a strong relay performance, Highland Park was the runner-up in the team standings at the Tracy Wills Invitational. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park won four events but finished second behind Garland in the team standings at the annual Tracy Wills Invitational meet on Saturday at Germany Park.

Maddy Stephens earned a gold medal in the 400, and also was part of winning relay quartets in the 4×400 and 4×800. Grace Watts won the 300 hurdles and was second in the 100 hurdles. Grace O’Keefe placed second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200.

Other individual medalists for the Lady Scots included Margaret Petty (discus), Abbey Govett (long jump), Edie Terrell (pole vault), Anna Clark (100 hurdles), Mary Kemp (400), and Olivia Conner (300 hurdles).


Scots Shut Out North Forney Twice

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Highland Park has started fast in District 15-5A play, including two shutouts against North Forney. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has started fast in District 15-5A play, including two shutouts against North Forney last week. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Stellar pitching by William Adair and Grant Kipp led Highland Park to a season sweep of North Forney in District 15-5A action last week.

The Scots (11-9, 3-1) won 3-0 on March 21 behind a one-hitter from Adair, and then took Friday’s rematch 2-0 as Kipp allowed just three hits.

HP has already pitched three shutouts during the first two weeks of district play, with Adair surrendering no runs and three hits in his last 14 innings. The Scots will travel to face West Mesquite on Tuesday, then will host the Wranglers on Friday.


Ring on the Champs

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Ryan Coxe

 

The Highland Park football team received their state championship rings during a March 23 ceremony at the high school. (Photos courtesy HPISD)


Scots Rally Past Pine Tree in Shootout

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After rallying to tie the game in the second half, Highland Park defeated Longview Pine Tree in a shootout on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After rallying to tie the game in the second half, Highland Park defeated Longview Pine Tree in a shootout on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

It took a little something extra for the Highland Park boys to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The Scots needed two overtime periods and a shootout to outlast Longview Pine Tree 2-1 in a Class 5A Region II bi-district game on Thursday in Royse City.

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, HP rallied with a second-half goal by Duncan James. Nick Roostai assisted on the goal and was also one of four Scots who found the back of the net during the shootout, along with Jack Chapman, Jack Phipps, and Bosco Maldonado.

The Scots (12-8-1), who are making their first postseason appearance since 2013, will play Frisco Wakeland next week in the area round. The Wolverines blanked Carrollton Newman Smith 5-0 on Thursday.


New Book Chronicles HP Football Championship Run

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HP_Champ_Book_cover_v2Kirk Dooley, publisher of Scots Illustrated, and co-founder of the publication you are reading now, has written a book about the 2016 football state championship team.

“If you love football and love Highland Park this was the greatest win,” Dooley said. “It embodies what makes this place so special, which is the pride, and heritage, and tradition, and stepping up when you need to step up. It was just a total team win without any superstars.”

Respect All. Fear None. A Celebration of the 2016 Highland Park State Champions includes game summaries, game stats, player profiles and coaches profiles, as well as personal reflections by the players, coaches, trainers, cheerleaders, Scotsmen, Highland Belles and members of the Highlander Band. The book title is based on the team slogan that players chose before the season began.


Scots Pile Up Goals Against Chargers

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Drew Dodge scored a hat trick for the Highland Park Division II squad during Tuesday's win at Keller Central.

Drew Dodge scored a hat trick for the Highland Park Division II squad during Tuesday’s win at Keller Central.

Highland Park bounced back from its first loss of the season with its most dominating victory on Tuesday night, when the Scots dismantled Keller Central 18-1.

The Scots (6-1) previously fell to McDonogh (Md.) in the last of three games on a road trip to North Carolina earlier this month. But there was no carryover from that loss during HP’s return to Texas.

The Scots will travel to Plano West on Friday before returning home for a matchup against The Woodlands on April 1.


HP Girls Take Perfect Mark Into Playoffs

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Highland Park's quest for perfection continues on Thursday with its playoff opener against Longview Pine Tree. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s quest for perfection continues on Thursday with its playoff opener against Longview Pine Tree. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Even as Highland Park has transformed itself over the last decade into a perennial state powerhouse in girls soccer, the Lady Scots never had a perfect regular season on their resume.

Notice the past tense. That changed this year. Twenty victories. No losses. No ties.

Obviously, HP would like to keep that zero in the loss column through April 15. Doing so would give the Lady Scots their first state title since 2012.

Their playoff opener is a bi-district matchup against Longview Pine Tree, slated for 6 p.m. Thursday in Royse City. A boys game between the same two teams will follow at 7:30 p.m.


Lovejoy Rallies for Split With Scots

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Highland Park will play North Forney twice this week after splitting its games against Lovejoy to start 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will play North Forney twice this week after splitting its games against Lovejoy to start 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park and Lovejoy split their two games to open the District 15-5A baseball schedule last week. After winning 10-0 on March 14, the Scots fell 3-2 in eight innings on Friday.

In the latter game, HP took an early lead on Babe Walker’s first-inning home run, and led again 2-1 after a run in the top of the eighth. But the Leopards rallied in the bottom of the inning to hand the Scots (9-9, 1-1) their first district defeat.

Next up for HP in the 15-5A slate is a two-game series with North Forney. The Scots will be on the road on Tuesday, and will host the Falcons on March 24.