Diamond Boy Finishes Second at Daytona 24

University Park native Nick Boulle was part of a team that finished second in the PC class at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. (Courtesy photo) 0
University Park native Nick Boulle was part of a team that finished second in the PC class at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. (Courtesy photo)

University Park native Nick Boulle, yes of de Boulle Diamonds and Jewelry, finished second in the Prototype Challenge class at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona last weekend.

“I have always loved motorsports and racing in the Rolex 24 has turned a dream into reality,” Boulle said in a statement.

The 26-year-old was racing as part of a four-driver team led by Tom Kimber-Smith, a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, and finished out by Robert Alon and Jose Gutierrez.

The team completed 698 laps during the race, four laps behind the winning PC-class team. The car averaged speeds of 125 mph, with a top speed of around 190 mph. Each driver spent about six hours in the cockpit.


World Series Title Caps Comeback for Young

Chris Young signed a two-year contract extension after helping the Royals win the World Series. (Photo: Arturo Pardavila III) 0
Chris Young signed a two-year contract extension after helping the Royals win the World Series. (Photo: Arturo Pardavila III)

A few years ago, some speculated that Chris Young’s baseball career might be over. Now he’s reached the pinnacle of the sport.

The resurgence of the former Highland Park standout earned him a new two-year contract worth $11.5 million from the Kansas City Royals this winter after he became a key part of their run to a World Series title in the fall.

For the 36-year-old pitcher, capturing his first World Series title – he was the winning pitcher out of the bullpen in Game 1 against the New York Mets – capped one of the more incredible comeback stories in recent years in baseball.


Stone Siblings Share National Spotlight

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Although it’s not exactly the Super Bowl, there will be football this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and one Park Cities family will play a unique role.

The International Bowl is contested each year between youth national teams from the United States and Canada. Lindell, Parker, and Preston Stone are from the first family to have three boys in the U.S. program during the same year.

Lindell Stone is a junior at Woodberry Forest School, a boarding school in Virginia, where Parker is a freshman. Preston is a seventh-grader at Highland Park Middle School.

Lindell is a highly recruited quarterback for the American under-18 team, Parker is a receiver on the under-17 team. Both will play on Friday. Preston is a quarterback on the under-15 roster, which had an exhibition game on Wednesday.


Dieb, Scots to Wrestle With Postseason Foes

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Stephen Dieb and his Highland Park wrestling teammates will compete at the District 7-6A tournament on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Stephen Dieb and his Highland Park wrestling teammates will compete at the District 7-6A tournament on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

It’s time for Highland Park wrestlers to leave it all on the mat when postseason action gets underway on Friday at the District 7-6A tournament at Richardson High School.

The Scots will compete for a chance to qualify for the Class 6A Region II tournament on Feb. 12-13 in Allen. The state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 19-20 in suburban Houston.

The district includes Jesuit, Skyline, Sunset, W.T. White, Richardson, Lake Highlands, Richardson Berkner, and Richardson Pearce. All schools except for HP and Jesuit have both boys and girls teams.


HP Signees Specialize in Different Fields

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From left, Jack Sides, Savanna Jones, Sawyer Lake, Joseph Sweeney, Turner Rejebian, and Grant Howell.

From left, Jack Sides, Savanna Jones, Sawyer Lake, Joseph Sweeney, Turner Rejebian, and Grant Howell. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Joining the soccer program at Texas Tech next season will make Savanna Jones feel like she’s among family and friends.

Her parents met while they were students there, so the Highland Park midfielder is already familiar with the Lubbock campus. And playing for the Red Raiders also will allow Jones to reunite with former Lady Scots standout Kate Summers, who is currently a Texas Tech freshman.

“We’re really good friends,” Jones said of Summers. “Her being there makes me feel much more comfortable.”

On Wednesday, she signed with the Red Raiders and was recognized during a ceremony that also honored three HPHS football signees and a pair of baseball standouts.


Scots Upgrade Football Schedule For 2016

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Highland Park and Mesquite Poteet last played in 2013. Next season, they will be reunited in District 15-5A. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park and Mesquite Poteet last played in 2013. Next season, they will be reunited in District 15-5A. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Earlier today, Highland Park learned of its assignment to District 15-5A for the next two years as part of the UIL biennial realignment process. You can read more about that here.

That announcement cleared the way for the Scots to finalize their football schedule for the next two seasons, and it will be challenging. Not only does HP have a tough district slate, but the nondistrict schedule will be upgraded significantly.

The Scots will begin the season with three games against schools who have experienced plenty of postseason success — Rockwall, Waxahachie, and Mansfield Timberview.


HP’s New District Includes Lovejoy, Wylie East

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Highland Park will enter a new district next fall at the Class 5A level. (File photo; Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will enter a new district next fall at the Class 5A level. (File photo; Chris McGathey)

The surroundings will be a little more familiar, even if the geography won’t be as friendly, as Highland Park transitions back to Class 5A next fall.

The Scots will be part of the new District 15-5A with a mix of familiar and new foes, including Forney, Lovejoy, Mesquite Poteet, North Forney, Royse City, West Mesquite, and Wylie East.

The UIL announced the new district assignments on Monday as part of its biennial realignment process.


Where Will the Scots Fit in Class 5A?

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Highland Park will find out its new district assignment on Monday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will find out its new district assignment in Class 5A on Monday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will move back down to Class 5A beginning next fall. This much we know. The rest of the details will be filled in when UIL reveals the identity of HP’s district opponents as part of the biennial realignment process at 9 a.m. Monday.

The Scots have spent the past two seasons competing in Class 6A, which is the largest classification in the state. They’ve had some success in postseason competition, most notably in girls soccer and tennis, despite being one of the smallest schools in 6A in terms of enrollment.

Now, thanks to new enrollment cutoffs, HP will drop back down to the classification (formerly 4A) in which — as one of the largest schools in the state — it was a powerhouse for more than two decades before jumping two years ago.


Baseball Fans: You Can Meet the Scots Today

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Come meet these guys tonight at Scotland Yard.

Come meet these guys today at Scotland Yard.

Believe it or not, baseball season is right around the corner, and the annual Meet the Scots fundraiser is scheduled for today at Scotland Yard, when Highland Park will open practice for the upcoming season.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with player autographs and a silent auction, followed by a scrimmage between the varsity and JV squads. The team also will serve In-N-Out burger baskets from 5-7 p.m., and those tickets must be purchased in advance.

For auction information, email Judy Conner or Leslie Clarke. For meal tickets, email Ashley Dugger.