Stewart, Scots Hold Off Broncos Late

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Highland Park's George Stewart knocked down a Mansfield Legacy pass in the end zone to preserve a 14-7 win for the Scots on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s George Stewart knocked down a Mansfield Legacy pass in the end zone to preserve a 14-7 win for the Scots on Friday at AT&T Stadium. HP will play in the Class 5A state semifinals next week. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

ARLINGTON — When it mattered most, the weary Highland Park defense dug deep, and the Scots will continue their season as a result.

George Stewart broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone in the final minute, and HP held off Mansfield Legacy for a 14-7 victory in the Class 5A Region II final at AT&T Stadium.

The Scots advance to meet either Denton Ryan or Colleyville Heritage in the Division I state semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.


Meeks, Overton Pace HP at Rockwall Meet

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Highland Park finished second overall at the Rockwall Invitational on Thursday in its final compulsory meet of the season.

The Highland Park girls finished second overall at the Rockwall Invitational on Thursday in their final compulsory meet of the season.

Led by sophomores Lily Overton and Tatum Meeks, Highland Park posted a runner-up finish in the team standings at the Rockwall Invitational on Thursday.

Overton was second in the all-around competition and won the balance beam with a score of 9.8. She also was third on floor exercise. Meeks placed second on beam and uneven bars, in which she scored a 9.75.

The meet wrapped up the compulsory portion of the schedule for the Lady Scots, who will travel to their first optional meet on Jan. 19 in Irving.


Lazzaro Leads Scots Past Prosper

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Sam Haynes made 18 saves as Highland Park picked up its first win of the season against Prosper. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Sam Haynes made 18 saves as Highland Park picked up its first win of the season against Prosper on Thursday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Nick Lazzaro posted a hat trick and Highland Park earned its first win of the season with a 5-2 victory over Prosper on Thursday in the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League.

Robert Sours and James McCown also scored for the Scots (1-8), while Lazzaro, Sours, and Jordan Gachman tallied assists. Samuel Haynes contributed 18 saves in goal for HP.

The Scots will return to action against Plano East on Dec. 8 at Dr Pepper StarCenter in Richardson.


Hobbled Scots Ready for Banged-Up Broncos

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Ryan Waters and Highland Park will continue their playoff run against Mansfield Legacy on Friday at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Ryan Waters and Highland Park will continue their playoff run against Mansfield Legacy on Friday at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park already has defeated two Mansfield ISD teams this season. In order to keep its playoff run alive, HP will need to take care of another one.

The Scots (11-2) will meet Mansfield Legacy (11-2) at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Class 5A Region II final at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, looking to advance to the state semifinals for the first time since 2013.

That year, HP blasted Legacy 48-0 in the regional semifinals. But in this meeting, the stakes will be higher and the opponent likely will be tougher. Plus, both teams might be without key contributors on offense.


Late Surge Lifts Scots Past McKinney

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Highland Park picked up its first road win of the season on Tuesday at McKinney to remain above .500. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park picked up its first road win of the season on Tuesday at McKinney to keep its record above .500. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

A second-half surge and 21 points from Will Enzor lifted Highland Park past McKinney 57-51 on Tuesday for its first road win of the season.

The Scots (4-3) got back on track after dropping three of their previous four games. Ethan Nussbaum added 19 points for HP, while E.J. Clark paced the Lions with 28 points.

In their previous game on Nov. 22, the Scots suffered through a poor first half during a 69-57 loss at Arlington Bowie. Nussbaum scored 14 points in that game, while Alex Staffaroni added 11.

HP will return home on Monday to face HSAA for the third time already this season. The Scots defeated the home-school squad twice during the HP Scot Classic tournament.


Scots Reclaim State Tennis Title

Highland Park bounced back and won its 17th team tennis state title after being shut out a year ago. (Photo by Tim Hurst) 0
Highland Park bounced back and won its 17th team tennis state title after being shut out a year ago. (Photo by Tim Hurst)

Highland Park’s motto this season encapsulated its singular goal: Re-State Tradition. It reflected a focus and a determination to bounce back after being shut out of state tennis titles a year ago.

The Scots fulfilled that mission on Nov. 3 by claiming the Class 5A title. They defeated San Antonio Alamo Heights in College Station to cap an undefeated fall season.

It was the 17th team tennis crown overall for the Scots (19-0), who previously beat the Mules in the 2012 final. On Wednesday, HP defeated Grapevine in the semifinals to kick off a state tournament that featured multiple rain delays.


McKinney Slips Past Lady Scots

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Highland Park fell to McKinney on Monday, but will try to return to the win column this weekend at a tournament in Garland. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park fell to McKinney on Monday, but will try to return to the win column this weekend at a tournament in Garland. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park lost its second consecutive close game on the road when McKinney surged to a 60-53 win over the Lady Scots on Monday.

Mary Margaret Roberts tallied a game-high 23 points for HP, while Morgan Smith had 13 and Eve Loewe contributed 12. But the Lady Scots (4-4) got just five points from the rest of the team combined. Roberts, Smith, and Loewe combined for all but six points of HP’s scoring output during a 58-56 defeat at Mansfield Legacy on Nov. 21.

The Lady Scots haven’t won away from home yet this season, but they’ll have more opportunities this weekend at the Curtis Culwell Invitational tournament in Garland. HP will face Garland Lakeview Centennial in the first round on Thursday.


HP Continues to Grow College Pipeline in Lacrosse

HP’s lacrosse team is turning heads nationwide. Photo by Chris McGathey. 0
HP’s lacrosse team is turning heads nationwide. Photo by Chris McGathey.

Highland Park’s lacrosse program has always been strong within Texas, but only recently has it started turning heads nationwide.

In a sport that has deep roots on both coasts, HP alumni are starting to pepper the rosters of some of the country’s top programs.

The latest step in that progression came in November, when the program saw five seniors either sign or commit to play with Division I programs beginning in 2018.

“When you look at the quality of the program, we’ve got the sticks in the right kids’ hands, and we can play with anybody,” said HP lacrosse coach Derek Thomson. “It’s really helping with the youth numbers because they see they can get scholarships. Lacrosse is a good career path.”


Fast Start Lifts Scots Over Lake Ridge

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Paxton Alexander scored three touchdowns as Highland Park held off Mansfield Lake Ridge for its third playoff win on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Paxton Alexander scored three touchdowns as Highland Park held off Mansfield Lake Ridge for its third playoff win on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

FRISCO — The hurdles might be getting higher for Highland Park, but the Scots keep clearing them to extend their season.

The Scots opened up a big lead and held off a late rally by Mansfield Lake Ridge for a 41-27 win in the Class 5A Region II semifinals on Friday at the Ford Center at The Star.

HP advances to meet either Frisco Wakeland or Mansfield Legacy in the Division I state quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. In other words, they’ll look to continue their postseason run while moving from the practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys to their game-day home.