HP Golfers Ready for Fall Drive

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The Highland Park boys will tee off the fall golf season on Friday when they travel to the Texas High Classic at Texarkana Country Club. The two-day tournament will conclude on Saturday.

The Scots have three fall tournaments on the schedule, including Oct. 14-15 at Lakecliff Country Club near Marble Falls and Nov. 9 at Falconhead Golf Club in Austin.

The bulk of the season will be in the spring, culminating with the District 15-5A tournament in April and the state tournament in May.


Lady Scots Carry Momentum on the Road

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Highland Park has won nine straight matches as it begins a four-game road swing on Friday at Wylie East. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has won nine straight as it travels to Wylie East on Friday to wrap up the first half of District 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

As the District 15-5A schedule reaches the halfway point, Highland Park has put itself on a level above the competition.

The Lady Scots (29-7, 6-0) haven’t dropped a set, much less a match, as it opens a stretch of four consecutive road matches on Friday at Wylie East. On Tuesday, they dismantled Forney, a playoff contender that had won three in a row before meeting HP.

The six straight sweeps include one against Lovejoy, which is the defending Class 5A state champion. The rematch in that budding rivalry is Oct. 11 at Lovejoy.

HP won’t return home until an Oct. 14 match against Mesquite Poteet, but the Lady Scots — with nine consecutive victories overall — have established themselves as the clear favorite to win another district title.


Blue Wave Makes a Splash at Opener

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Felix Van Cauwelaert won two events for Highland Park in its season-opening meet in The Colony. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Felix Van Cauwelaert won two events for Highland Park in its season-opening meet in The Colony. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

The Highland Park boys dominated in their season-opening meet at The Colony on Saturday, while the girls finished a close second behind Prosper.

The sprint-only meet featured individual wins for Tommy King in the 25-yard freestyle and 50 freestyle, and Felix Van Cauwelaert in the 50 backstroke and 100 individual medley.

Other gold-medal swimmers for the Blue Wave included Ethan Nguyen (50 butterfly), Robby King (200 freestyle), and Henry Wang (50 breaststroke). HP also claimed all three boys relays.

On the girls side, two freshman won individual events for HP — Morgan Rehme in the 50 freestyle and Phoebe Nguyen in the 50 backstroke.

The Blue Wave will jump back in the pool at the Jesuit Ranger Relays on Oct. 1, also at The Colony.


Scots Stay on Pace at Lovejoy Meet

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Highland Park will run in Round Rock this weekend for the first of what it hopes will be two times this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will run in Round Rock this weekend for the first of what it hopes will be two times this season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park placed seventh in the team standings in the girls elite division at the Lovejoy Fall Festival meet on Sept. 24 in McKinney.

The Lady Scots had four runners place in the top 50 overall, including Grace Beitter, Grace O’Keefe, Olivia Scott, and Emma Parker.

On the boys side, the Scots were third among Class 5A teams at the meet. Logan Gwinn paced HP with a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 42 seconds.

On Saturday, HP will compete at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, which also is the site of the state meet in November.


HP Cruises Past Falcons, Into Bye Week

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Highland Park's Hudson Wood catches a pass as North Forney's Jayden Horton defends on Friday. The Scots won 66-7. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s Hudson Wood catches a pass as North Forney’s Jayden Horton defends on Friday. The Scots won 66-7. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

FORNEY — Highland Park can enter its bye week with optimism about all phases of the game.

The Scots rushed for six touchdowns, including three for Jacob Urbanczyk, and rolled past North Forney 66-7 on Friday at City Bank Stadium.

John Stephen Jones threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score for HP before exiting at halftime.


Scots Look to Keep Rolling at North Forney

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The running of Jack Kozmetsky was a big reason why Highland Park defeated Lovejoy 27-20 last weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The running of Jack Kozmetsky was key in Highland Park’s win over Lovejoy last weekend. The Scots face North Forney tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has shown it can win with offense (in the season opener against Rockwall) and defense (in a shutout of Mansfield Timberview). So why aren’t they satisfied?

Consistency has been an issue for the Scots. While they’ve flashed signs of dominance on both sides of scrimmage, they’ve faltered during other stretches. Fortunately, with the season just nearing the halfway mark, there’s still plenty of time for improvement.

Still, HP seems to be hitting its stride as it prepares for its second road game of the season on Friday at North Forney.


Unbeaten Scots Set for Upcoming Tests

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Highland Park faces two difficult road matches this weekend against Allen and Grapevine. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park, undefeated this season, faces two difficult road matches this weekend against Allen and Grapevine. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Despite facing a tough schedule, Highland Park is still unbeaten entering the final few weeks of the regular season.

The Scots topped El Paso Coronado 11-5 on Sept. 16, and will face a pair of difficult road tests this weekend, at Allen on Friday and defending Class 5A state champion Grapevine on Saturday. HP already defeated the Mustangs earlier this season.

Against Coronado, individual winners for HP included Elizabeth Tedford, Logan Lett, Ashlee Newton, Madison McBride, Phillip Quinn, Cole Hausman, and Ryan Wojtaszek.


Lady Scots Take Control in 15-5A

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Highland Park is the favorite to claim the District 15-5A title after starting 4-0. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is the favorite to claim the District 15-5A title after starting 4-0, including a sweep of Lovejoy. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

 

With more than a month still left in the regular season, Highland Park has put itself in the driver’s seat for a District 15-5A title.

After all, the Lady Scots haven’t dropped a set thus far in league play, let alone a match. And their ability to take three hard-fought sets from defending Class 5A state champion Lovejoy on Sept. 16 puts HP in control — at least for now.

The Lady Scots put away Lovejoy by scores of 25-23, 26-24, 25-22, then swept Mesquite Poteet on the road in much easier fashion on Tuesday. They haven’t dropped a set in any of their past seven matches overall.

HP will travel to North Forney on Friday before returning home to play Forney on Sept. 27. And for those wondering about the Lovejoy rematch, the Lady Leopards will host it on Oct. 11.


HP Continues Solid Run in Cross Country

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The Highland Park cross country teams will travel to the Lovejoy Fall Festival on Saturday in McKinney.

The Highland Park cross country teams will continue their seasons at the Lovejoy Fall Festival on Saturday in McKinney.

The Highland Park boys placed sixth and the Cedar Park Invitational cross country meet on Saturday, led by Logan Gwinn with a time of 17 minutes, 22 seconds on the 5-kilometer course.

Other runners for the Scots included Jack Alessio, Noah Culpepper, Cameron Hoglund, Matthew Meletio, John Moss, Charlie Philbin, and Trevor Schillaci.

On the girls side, HP was fifth in the team standings at the Flower Mound Invitational in Denton. Grace Beitter finished in 18th place individually to pace the Lady Scots. The team also included Olivia Scott, Emma Parker, Alex Davey, Sydney Cox, Amy Li, and Jordyn Kaplan.

Both the boys and girls teams will compete on Saturday at the Lovejoy Fell Festival in McKinney.