Jones, Scots Topple Rockwall in Opener

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John Stephen Jones passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns in his varsity debut as HP blasted Rockwall 43-21 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

John Stephen Jones passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns in his varsity debut as HP blasted Rockwall 43-21 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

In the weeks leading up to Highland Park’s season opener, John Stephen Jones won a three-way battle for the starting quarterback job.

On Friday, the junior justified the confidence of the coaching staff by throwing for 325 yards and four touchdowns in his varsity debut as the Scots surged to a 43-21 win over Rockwall at Highlander Stadium.

If there were any season-opening jitters, it didn’t show on the HP sideline, as the Scots opened up a 22-point lead in the first eight minutes against a Class 6A opponent that has made deep playoff runs in each of the past two seasons.


Relay Begins XC Season on Saturday

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Highland Park will cross the starting line for the 2016 season on Saturday at the Greenhill Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park.

Highland Park will cross the starting line for the 2016 season on Saturday at the Greenhill Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park.

Highland Park will hit the ground running for cross country season on Saturday at the Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park.

The season-opening meet, hosted by Greenhill, uses a unique relay format with eight races in four categories on a course that includes two hay-bale obstacles.

Saturday’s meet will launch a schedule that includes five more races prior to the District 15-5A meet on Oct. 21 in McKinney.


Rockwall Provides Immediate Test for Scots

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Highland Park will start the season with a rare home game on Friday when the Scots host Rockwall at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will start the season with a rare home game on Friday when the Scots host Rockwall at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

For the first time since 2001, Highland Park won’t start the season in the Tom Landry Classic. But the competition level will be as high as ever.

The Scots will host Rockwall on Friday to kick off another season of high expectations by putting an experienced defense to the test immediately.

HP is dropping back down to the Class 5A level this season, where it will be one of the state’s largest schools in terms of enrollment. For the last two years, the Scots played in 6A, where they were one of the smallest schools but still won 20 of 24 games, including a district title.


Lady Scots Continue Hot Streak at Keller

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Highland Park head coach Michael Dearman surpassed the 600-win plateau last weekend at the Northwest ISD tournament.

Highland Park head coach Michael Dearman surpassed the 600-win plateau last weekend at the Northwest ISD tournament.

Highland Park continued to round into form on Tuesday with a four-set road victory over Keller.

The win followed a successful run at the Northwest ISD Classic tournament over the weekend, when the Lady Scots (13-4) won six of eight matches. One of those wins, against Flower Mound, allowed head coach Michael Dearman to reach 600 victories in his career.

Beginning on Friday, HP will play in the Lone Star Circle of Champions tournament in Plano. The 32-team event concludes on Saturday, and the Lady Scots were the runner-up last year. HP will return home on Aug. 30 to face Midlothian.


HP Serves Up Win to Start District Play

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Highland Park topped Lovejoy 18-1 on Tuesday in its first District 15-5A match of the season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

In customary fashion, Conrad Hansen and Highland Park topped Lovejoy 18-1 on Tuesday in the first District 15-5A match of the season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park started the District 15-5A schedule by cruising to an 18-1 win over Lovejoy on Tuesday in the first dual match of the fall team season.

The Scots will hit the road for their next three matches, including a trip to North Forney on Aug. 30.

The next home match for HP will by Sept. 13 against Mesquite Poteet. Postseason tournaments begin in mid-October.


Galloway Kicks Her Way to Bronze in Rio

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Jackie Galloway of Team USA fought her way to a bronze medal in taekwondo in her Olympic debut on Saturday.

Jackie Galloway of Team USA fought her way to a bronze medal in taekwondo in her Olympic debut on Saturday.

Congratulations to Jackie Galloway, the SMU student who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Summer Olympics in Brazil on Saturday.

Galloway, 20, earned a 2-1 win in the bronze-medal match in the heavyweight class by a 2-1 score over Gwladys Epangue of France. Earlier, she lost to Mexico’s Maria Espinoza in the semifinals.

Galloway, a Wylie native representing the United States, won three of four matches in her Olympic debut. She was an alternate for Mexico in the in 2012 Olympics, but didn’t travel to the event.


Scots Face Test in Scrimmage at PESH

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Highland Park will face Plano East in a scrimmage tonight. The Scots open the regular season next week with a home game against Rockwall. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will face Plano East in a scrimmage tonight. The Scots open the regular season next week with a home game against Rockwall. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The curtain goes up on a new Highland Park football season one week from today. So consider tonight’s scrimmage as the dress rehearsal.

When the Scots face Plano East at 7:30 p.m. at Kimbrough Stadium, it will be an opportunity for players, coaches, and onlookers to gauge the progress of the team after two weeks of fall practice.

There are the usual refining of schemes and battles for starting positions — none more significant than at quarterback, where head coach Randy Allen hasn’t named a starter yet. He’s been watching seniors Michael Clarke and Jack Fain compete with junior John Stephen Jones for the spot.

The scrimmage also will provide a look at the experienced HP defense. Although the Scots are young in the secondary, the quartet of starting linebackers — including John House, Matt Gahm, Bennett Brock, and Marshall Ballard — likely is among the best units in the Dallas area.


Scots Host Season-Opening Tournament

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Phillip Quinn advanced to the state tournament last spring for Highland Park.

Phillip Quinn advanced to the state tournament last spring for Highland Park.

Fall might be a month away, but fall tennis season gets underway this weekend for Highland Park, with the Scots hosting a tournament in conjunction with Plano West. Matches will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and will offer a rare opportunity to see HP at home during the fall team schedule.

The District 15-5A slate begins on Tuesday with a home match against Lovejoy, but eight of the other 10 matches will be on the road, including nondistrict matchups against Southlake Carroll (Sept. 9), Allen (Sept. 23), Grapevine (Sept. 24), and Plano West (Sept. 30).

District matches include trips to North Forney (Aug. 30) and West Mesquite (Sept. 6) followed by a home match against Mesquite Poteet (Sept. 13). The Scots will then play at Forney (Sept. 20) and Wylie East (Oct. 4) before postseason play.


Lady Scots Win Home Opener in 5 Sets

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Jordan Westendorff and Highland Park topped Byron Nelson in five sets on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jordan Westendorff and Highland Park rallied past Byron Nelson in five sets on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s home opener came down to a nail-biting third set against Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Tuesday.

However, the Lady Scots twice rallied from a one-set deficit, then outlasted the Bobcats 15-13 in the fifth set to claim the nondistrict win.

HP (6-2) in playing at the NISD Volleyball Classic tournament this weekend in Justin. The Lady Scots will face Justin Northwest, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe, and El Paso Chapin in pool play on Thursday, with bracket play on Friday and Saturday.

After the tournament, HP will travel to Keller on Tuesday. The next home match will be Sept. 30 against Mansfield.