Experienced Lady Scots Looking for Net Gains


The Lady Scots will enter the season with high expectations. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Ever since last season’s premature playoff exit, players and coaches in the Highland Park volleyball program have focused on ensuring that it doesn’t happen again.

Indeed, the vast majority of the roster will return to the Lady Scots when a new season opens in August, intent on building on its performance from a year ago.

HP lost a five-set thriller to powerhouse Prosper in the Class 5A Region II area round, resulting perhaps from a shorthanded roster due to injuries and an unfortunate draw in the bracket.

“We definitely want to do better,” HP head coach Michael Dearman said. “We’re not used to being out of the playoffs that early.”

Diamond in the Rough


Major league star Clayton Kershaw inspires young baseball players. (Courtesy photo)

Many of the children at the 2012 Mercy Street Baseball Camp had never met a professional athlete before a visit from Clayton Kershaw, the man whose initials were monogrammed on their donated gloves.

Five years later, the former Highland Park standout and star pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers still has a presence in that West Dallas neighborhood. His camp, part of the Kershaw’s Challenge nonprofit, has become an annual fixture every November, and it’s now held on the field that bears his name.

This fall will mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of Kershaw Challenge Field at the Mercy Street Sports Complex, one of the top youth baseball facilities in the city and a source of pride for its community.

HPHS Coach Honored With TGCA Award


Chad Coffey picked up his award at a July 10 banquet in Austin.

Highland Park High School coach Chad Coffey has been honored as the 2016-17 Texas Girls Coaches Association Sub-Varsity Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Coffey, who also is an assistant coach in the girls track and field program, was presented with the award at the annual TGCA banquet earlier this month in Austin.

He teaches government classes at HPHS, and was recognized as the Highland Park ISD secondary teacher of the year in 2014-15.

TBarM Club Rallies Behind Growth of Padel

(Photo: Chris McGathey)

It’s not the same as visiting the beaches of Barcelona or the museums of Madrid, but TBarM Racquet Club has brought a slice of Spain to North Texas.

This spring, the club was the first in the Dallas area to install courts for padel, a game originated in Spain about a half-century ago that combines elements of tennis, racquetball, and other sports.

Padel has gained popularity in Europe and Latin America, and club officials have already seen an enthusiastic response in the U.S. In March, TBarM hosted a tournament for players from around the country.

“This is something that we think is going to catch on in the United States,” said club owner Glen Agritelley. “I think we’ve been doing really well with it.”

HPHS Names Gymnastics Team Captains


(Courtesy Brooke Cohen)

Highland Park High School announced its gymnastics team captains for the 2017-18 school year. Katherine Downing (front left) and Lexi Epstein will lead the girls. The boys captains will be (from back left) Ryan Perry, Aidan Hall, and Stefan Bardwell.

Raggio Runs to Bronze at Senior Olympics


UP's Ken Raggio brought home a bronze medal in the 800 meters.

University Park attorney Ken Raggio is speeding up when many people start to slow down. He recently won a bronze medal in the 800 meters in the 65-69 age bracket at the National Senior Olympics in Birmingham, Ala.

Raggio practices family law and has authored a monthly column for the Dallas Bar Association’s newspaper on fitness. The columns are based on premises in the Younger Next Year book series.

“Men and women still ‘got game’ in their golden years,” Raggio said. “And exercise to maintain fitness makes aging a lot more pleasant.”

The National Senior Olympics, which are contested in odd-numbered years, included more than 12,000 participants in 18 sports, and more than 1,000 athletes in track and field.

HP Footballers Make Young Fan’s Day


Two-year-old Quint Adams was excited to see a group of Highland Park High School football players during the Park Cities Fourth of July parade. When his mother Kara Adams asked one of them to take a picture, the whole group joined in.

"Our son was amazed by these HP football players. (They are) true role models for these little guys," Adams said.

HP Claims Record 10th Lone Star Cup


A state football title set the tone for a banner year among Highland Park athletic teams. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Capping a school year filled with championships, Highland Park added another on July 3, when it was announced as the Class 5A winner of the Lone Star Cup trophy.

The annual UIL award recognizes the top schools in each of its six enrollment classifications based on a points system for championships in athletics, as well as other UIL academic and music competitions.

The Scots won state titles in five sports during the 2016-17 year, which was the most of any athletic program in Texas. They included football, team tennis, girls soccer, boys swimming, and boys golf.

That combined to give HP its 10th Lone Star Cup overall — the most of any school statewide (since the rankings began in 1998) — but its first since 2008. Frisco Wakeland and Grapevine tied for second place in 5A.

Making the Jump to Sooner Athletics

Falyn Reaugh expects to compete in the high jump this fall at the Universitiy of Oklahoma. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Falyn Reaugh always had a difficult time deciding on just one sport.

As a sixth-grader, she was involved in volleyball, track and field, soccer, basketball, dance, and gymnastics.

That continued into high school when Reaugh earned plenty of individual accolades in volleyball, like when she led Highland Park to a district title and committed to attend Clemson on a full scholarship.

Then she had a change of heart. Prior to her senior year, she decided one sport was enough, and so she gave up volleyball — and the Clemson offer — to concentrate on track.