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.


DUC Boat Powers to Victory in Oklahoma

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The Novice Men's 8+ crew got the season off to a great start over the weekend with a gold medal for Dallas United Crew.

Dallas United Crew, consisting primarily of athletes from Highland Park ISD, claimed 46 medals in its season opener on Saturday at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta in Oklahoma City.

Six boats earned medals, including a gold in the Novice Men’s 8+ division. That group consisted of Drew Ngo, Trip Winans, Luke Cummins, Josh Martin, Dawson Rogers, Alexander Singh, Westley Sturhan, Jack Lawson, and Topher Luzarraga.

DUC also won silver medals in the Men’s Lightweight 8+ and Women’s Lightweight 4+ divisions, and bronze medals in Men’s Varsity 8+, Women’s Varsity 8+, and Men’s Varsity 4+.


Lady Scots Enter District on a Run

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The Highland Park girls will head into the District 15-5A meet with some momentum after a strong finish in Hurst.

Highland Park tuned up for the District 15-5A meet with a runner-up finish in the girls team standings at the Birdville Invitational on Saturday in Hurst.

Sophia Oliai paced the Lady Scots by placing sixth individually in a time of 19 minutes, 17 seconds over the 5-kilometer course. Cameron Fawcett was right behind in seventh for the Lady Scots. Also cracking the top 20 were Grace O’Keefe, Maddy Stephens, Jordyn Kaplan, Gracyn Applegate, and Isabel Blaylock.


HP Golfer Keeps Getting Better

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Caelan Konganda started playing golf at age 3. (Courtesy photo)

Caelan Konganda was introduced to golf at age 3 by his grandfather. It wasn’t until more than a decade later that the elder Konganda was able to watch the youngster play in a tournament.

When Konganda finished second at the Dallas Junior Invitational, it brought a smile to both generations, the elder of which traveled from India for the occasion.

“I knew he’d be watching, so that was a little more pressure,” Caelan Konganda said. “He was happy.”


Sisters Flex Their Muscles at Youth Nationals

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Following in her sister's footsteps, McCulloch sixth-grader Victoria Thornton did some heavy lifting and won a gold medal. (Photo courtesy USA Weightlifting)

Alexandra Thornton, a junior at Highland Park High School, won a bronze medal in the 63-kilogram weight class at the recent USA Weightlifting Youth National Championships in Atlanta.

Thornton, competing in the age 16-17 division, lifted a total of 357 pounds between the snatch (163 pounds) and the clean and jerk (194 pounds).

She also competed in the recent CrossFit Open, where she finished in 49th place out of more than 2,000 athletes in her age group. Thornton advanced to a world qualifier, where she was 28th out of 200 and narrowly missed a spot in the CrossFit Games.


Blue Wave Shows Speed at Season Opener

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Ethan Nguyen and Highland Park teamed up for wins in three boys events at the season-opening Ranger Relay Invitational.

The Highland Park swimming team got the season off to a fast start at the Ranger Relay Invitational meet on Sept. 30 in Lewisville.

After winning a Class 5A state title last season, the HP boys finished third against primarily 6A competition in the team standings. The Blue Wave won three events, including the 200 medley relay, the 200 breaststroke relay, and the 200 freestyle relay. Among those contributing to multiple victories were Felix Van Cauwelaert, Henry Wang, Ethan Nguyen, Peter Paulus, and Omar Hmimy.

On the girls side, HP was sixth, with the best finish being third in the 200 backstroke relay.


Ready for Hoops? Come Meet the Scots!

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The HPHS basketball captains include, from left, Abby Snelling, Alex Staffaroni, Adelle Crofford, Michael McMonigle, Cassidy Yancey, and Preston Landes.

With hoops season ready to tip-off soon, the Highland Park basketball teams will hold their annual Meet the Scots event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the HPHS main gym.

Players on both the boys and girls squads will meet with fans and sign autographs, and the first 300 children will received a free basketball. Afterward, each team will hold a public scrimmage. The event also will include other prizes and free giveaways, along with a food truck.

The HP girls will start the regular season on Nov. 7 against Rockwall-Heath, while the boys get underway a week later against South Oak Cliff.