HP Quarterback Receives Ford Player of the Week Trophy

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Coach Randy Allen, John Stephen Jones, and Greg Tomlin, Park Cities Ford General Manager. Courtesy of Angela Enright with Park Cities Ford

What young man wouldn’t be thrilled to play in his grandfather’s backyard? But, when your grandfather is Jerry Jones and that yard is in AT&T Stadium, it becomes that much more special.

Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones received the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week trophy for his talents on and off the field.


HP Faces Road Test Against Pirates

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Noble Nash and Highland Park will try to defeat their third straight playoff contender on Friday against Mesquite Poteet. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park took over sole possession of the District 15-5A lead with a win over West Mesquite last week.

But a closer look at the standings shows a three-way tie for second place involving the Wranglers and North Forney — the two teams HP has beaten in the past two games — along with Mesquite Poteet, who will face the Scots on Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

In other words, a win this week would put HP in complete control of its own destiny with regard to another district title.


Lovejoy Rallies Past Lady Scots Again

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Lovejoy has beaten Highland Park twice this season, so the Lady Scots likely will be the No. 2 playoff seed from 15-5A. (Photo: Rob Graham)

It appears that Highland Park will again finish as the runner-up in District 15-5A following a four-set loss to Lovejoy on Tuesday in its home finale.

The Lady Leopards knocked off HP for the second time this season — by scores of 22-25, 29-27, 25-13, 25-13 — and in the process clinched the district’s top playoff seed for the second straight year. Lovejoy remained unbeaten in league play.

The loss snapped a six-match winning streak for the Lady Scots (24-18, 10-2) during which they only dropped one out of 19 sets. They will wrap up the regular season with road matched against Mesquite Poteet on Friday and North Forney on Oct. 24. The playoffs will start a week later.


HP Girls Claim Another District Crown

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It's on to regionals for the Highland Park girls after winning the District 15-5A title. The boys also advanced to the regional meet.

The Highland Park girls continued their legacy of excellence in postseason cross country competition by winning the District 15-5A meet on Oct. 12 at Myers Park in McKinney.

It was the 39th district team title for the Lady Scots, and the first for freshman Sophia Oliai, who took the individual gold medal with a time of 18 minutes, 37 seconds.

The entire team will compete at the Class 5A Region II meet on Oct. 23 in Grand Prairie. The top athletes from that meet will advance to the state meet on Nov. 4 in Round Rock.


Fast Start Pushes Scots Past Wranglers

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Paxton Alexander caught two touchdown passes for Highland Park during Friday's win over West Mesquite. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

The highly anticipated matchup between the Highland Park offense and the West Mesquite defense wound up to be a lopsided one.

The Scots surged to an early lead and held off a mild rally by the Wranglers for a 38-17 victory at Highlander Stadium on Friday in a showdown between first-place teams in District 15-5A.

With its fifth consecutive win, HP takes over sole possession of the league lead heading into a key road game next week against Mesquite Poteet.


Plenty at Stake as Scots, Wranglers Clash

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Friday night's Highland Park-West Mesquite game could have a major impact on the District 15-5A title race. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

In its quest to win another district championship, Highland Park’s most important game might come on Friday.

The Scots will start the second half of the season by hosting unbeaten West Mesquite in a showdown of first-place teams in District 15-5A. Both teams are tied with Mesquite Poteet atop the league standings.

HP has won four straight games, including a 63-42 victory over resurgent North Forney in its last game before a bye week. The Scots (4-1, 2-0) have scored at least 32 points in every game so far, and average almost 500 yards of total offense.


Blue Wave Sprints to Win at The Colony

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Felix Van Cauwelaert won two races to lead Highland Park past Richardson Pearce in a dual on Tuesday. (Photo: Aimee Madden)

The Highland Park swimming team continued to make an early-season splash by winning The Colony Sprint Invitational on Oct. 6, then defeating Richardson Pearce in a dual meet on Tuesday.

At the first meet, the Blue Wave won six boys individual events, including Henry Wang in the 200 freestyle and 50 breaststroke, Omar Hmimy in the 100 freestyle, Max Van Cauwelaert in the 100 individual medley, Ethan Nguyen in the 50 butterfly, and Peter Paulus in the 50 freestyle. The boys also claimed gold in the 100 free and 200 free relays.

On the girls side, HP didn’t have any individual winners, but placed several swimmers on the podium, including Alicia Bi, Christina Bambach, Maddy Helton, Morgan Rehme, and Hannah Jiang. The Blue Wave also won the 100 medley, 100 free, and 200 free relays.


Another Lovejoy Showdown Looms for HP

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Highland Park is playing its best volleyball as the District 15-5A season enters the home stretch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park continued to march toward the playoffs with a four-set road victory over fellow postseason contender Wylie East on Tuesday.

The Lady Scots (23-17, 9-1) have won 10 of their past 11 matches overall heading into their final homestand of the season, and have dropped just three sets in those 10 victories. HP can clinch a playoff spot with a win over last-place West Mesquite on Friday.

On Oct. 17, the Lady Scots will host a rematch with Lovejoy, who won the first meeting in a five-set thriller last month. If HP wins the second showdown, it likely will lead to a share of the District 15-5A title.