Jesuit Rallies to Eliminate Scots

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Jesuit knocked Highland Park out of the playoffs on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit knocked Highland Park out of the playoffs on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

For the second straight game, a home run in the top of the first inning gave the visiting team an early lead. But this time it didn’t hold up.

Jesuit rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Highland Park 5-3 on Friday, completing a sweep of the Scots in a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series.

HP struggled to capitalize on its opportunities for the second straight game. The Scots (26-7) stranded at least one runner in every inning, and left a total of 10 runners on base.


Wounded Warriors Take on the NFL

The WWAFT takes on NFL players at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. (Photos: Tanner Garza) 0
The WWAFT takes on NFL players at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. (Photos: Tanner Garza)

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT), led by Quarterback and former US Navy Officer Roger Staubach, took on the NFL Alumni of Texas Thursday, May 21 in a flag-football Game of Honor.

Sponsored by a host of donors including Humana and the Military Benefit Association, the game was held at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and attended by hundreds of fans, friends, family and even students from several schools in Dallas including the Jesuit and W.T. White High School football teams.

Humana and medical device company Zimmer donated a combined $350,000 to WWAFT at the game.

The WWAFT players are veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and play to demonstrate that the loss of a limb does not mean the end of an athletic career. Proceeds from the Game of Honor benefit the WWAFT, Debbie Lee’s America’s Mighty Warriors, Heroes-on-the-Water and Texas’ Disabled Veterans.


Jesuit Puts Scots on Brink of Elimination

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Jon Skidmore and the Scots had their 15-game winning streak snapped in a Game 1 loss to Jesuit on Thursday. The second game of the series is tonight at Jesuit. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jon Skidmore and the Scots had their 15-game winning streak snapped in a Game 1 loss to Jesuit on Thursday. The second game of the series is tonight at Jesuit. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Darius Hill’s opposite field home run in the top of the first inning gave Jesuit a 1-0 win over neighborhood rival Highland Park in the opening game of a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series on Thursday at Scotland Yard.

With two outs and nobody on base, Hill drove HP ace Layne Looney’s pitch deep over the left-center field wall.

Hill’s solo shot, along with a shutout on the mound by Harrison Folk, was all the Rangers (30-2-2) needed to take a series advantage back to their home field on Friday.


Stakes Are High As Scots, Rangers Collide

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The Scots will host Game 1 against Jesuit tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Scots will host Game 1 against Jesuit tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

UPDATE: There are free T-shirts commemorating this weekend’s “Tollway Series,” courtesy of Big Frog. They’re customized for each team, so check with them for availability. Plus, all of the games will be streamed live at Sportsgram for your viewing and listening pleasure.

As neighboring rivals, Highland Park and Jesuit have met many times for scrimmages on the baseball diamond over the years. But never have the stakes been as high as they will be this weekend.

The Scots and Rangers — whose campuses are separated by less than six miles on the Dallas North Tollway — will have a showdown this week in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7 p.m. tonight at Scotland Yard before shifting to Jesuit’s Wright Field at 7 p.m. Friday for Game 2. A third game, if necessary, would return to HP at 10 a.m. Saturday.


PC YMCA Track Meet Goes On Despite Rain

First-graders react to rain before their 50m race. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua) 1
First-graders react to rain before their 50m race. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

First through sixth-graders competed in the annual Park Cities YMCA Track and Field Meet at Westcott Field at SMU on May 8 and 9.  Click “Read More” to see more photos. Records set were:

Sixth-Grade Girls:

  • Mile: Emily-Jane Cox, 5 minutes, 35.57 seconds, Providence Christian School
  • High jump: Ella Patterson, 5 feet, University Park/Armstrong team
  • 4×100 relay: UP/Armstrong team, 55.44 seconds

Sixth-Grade Boys:

  • Mile: Luke Rakowitz, 5:31.85, Cistercian

Fourth-Grade Boys:

  • 400: Beau Lilly, 1:05.36, Armstrong

Scots Show Progress at Spring Scrimmage

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Check out the blue pants on Jack Kozmetsky and the other Scots. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Check out the blue pants on Jack Kozmetsky and the other Scots. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The annual Blue-Gold football scrimmage on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium featured some big plays on both offense and defense. In other words, that’s just the way Highland Park head coach Randy Allen liked it.

“You always want the spring game to be competitive and get out of there with no injuries, and we did that,” Allen said. “We made a lot of improvement from the beginning to the end of spring, so I’m really happy.”

The hourlong controlled scrimmage concluded three weeks of spring drills for the Scots, and marked the last time they will be on the field together before starting practice again on Aug. 10.


Hyer Kids Show Postseason Mavs Spirit

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Mavs Man visited with Hyer students on Tuesday morning.

Mavs Man visited with Hyer students on Tuesday morning.

The Mavericks might be eliminated from the NBA playoffs, but students and teachers at Hyer Elementary School showed their team spirit on Tuesday morning when Mavs Man and Champ visited.

The mascots showed off their dribbling and dunking skills, demonstrated some dance moves, and promoted good decision-making skills to the enthusiastic kids. The event was part of a breakfast event involving Hyer dads.


Scots, Rangers Face Playoff Showdown

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Highland Park will face familiar foe Jesuit this week in the regional quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will face familiar foe Jesuit this week in the regional quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

It’s the matchup that many fans from both Highland Park and Jesuit have been anticipating since the playoff brackets were finalized.

The Scots and Rangers — whose campuses are separated by less than six miles on the Dallas North Tollway — will have a showdown this week in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at HP before shifting to Jesuit at 7 p.m. Friday for Game 2. A third game, if necessary, would return to HP at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Crank Runs to Silver in Final Race at State

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Highland Park's Gabby Crank placed second in the Class 6A girls 800 meters at the UIL state meet on Saturday. (Photo: Travis Harsch)

Highland Park’s Gabby Crank placed second in the Class 6A girls 800 meters at the UIL state meet on Saturday. (Photo: Travis Harsch)

In Gabby Crank’s final appearance at the UIL state track and field meet, she brought home some hardware.

The decorated Highland Park senior took a silver medal in the Class 6A girls 800 meters on Saturday in Austin. Her time of 2 minutes, 10.6 seconds was more than a second behind state champion Aaliyah Miller of McKinney Boyd. However, Crank broke a school record from 1987 by more than two seconds.

It was Crank’s fourth appearance at the state meet, and also her fourth time running in the 800. She finished fourth in the event in Class 4A as a freshman and a junior, and claimed a bronze medal as a sophomore. Crank also won a silver medal during her sophomore year in the triple jump.


Crank Making Another Trip to Austin

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Gabby Crank won a regional title in the 800 earlier this month in Waco.

HP’s Gabby Crank won a regional title in the 800 earlier this month.

Gabby Crank is no stranger to the state track and field meet, and she will be Highland Park’s lone representative this year in Austin.

She will run in the 800 meters after winning the event at the Region II meet earlier this month in Waco. Crank’s race is slated for 6:20 p.m. Saturday. She has the sixth fastest qualifying time among the nine runners.

Crank has been to the state meet three times previously, winning two medals, and she set the school record earlier this year in the triple jump. She also is a two-time state champion in cross country.


Looney, Scots Sweep Past Harker Heights

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The Scots swept Harker Heights to reach the regional quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Scots swept Harker Heights to reach the regional quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is through to the third round of the playoffs. It’s next opponent? That’s another matter.

Layne Looney made his first postseason start of the year and threw a two-hit shutout as the Scots eliminated Harker Heights with a 3-0 road win on Friday, completing a sweep of a Class 6A Region II area round series.

Looney struck out 15 and also posted two hits for HP, which has allowed just three runs combined in its four playoff victories. The Scots (26-5) extended their winning streak to 15 games overall, while the Knights (18-12) finished their best season in program history.


Skidmore Lifts Scots Over Harker Heights

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Jon Skidmore hit a grand slam to put HP in the driver's seat against Harker Heights. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jon Skidmore hit a grand slam during the second inning on Thursday to put HP in the driver’s seat against Harker Heights. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Jon Skidmore’s grand slam fueled Highland Park’s six-run outburst in the second inning, which was more than enough to beat Harker Heights 6-2 on Thursday at Scotland Yard to open a Class 6A Region II area round series.

In the bottom of the second inning, William Wessman led off with a single up the middle. Kyle Robertson drew a walk, and Sawyer Lake’s hard grounder to third followed by a throwing error allowed Wessman to score, giving HP a 1-0 lead with no outs.

That’s when the fireworks ensued. After Jake Howell was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded for Skidmore. The Baylor signee took a fastball from Harker Heights pitcher Michael Zapata deep over the left-field wall to put HP on top 6-0.