Eagles Should Provide Test for HP

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The Highland Park defense will face a major challenge during Friday's playoff game against Mansfield Lake Ridge. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

If the past three weeks were a dress rehearsal of sorts, Friday should better reveal the challenges of December playoff football for Highland Park.

The Scots will face Mansfield Lake Ridge in the Class 5A Division I Region II final at AT&T Stadium, likely its toughest hurdle so far in their quest to repeat as state champions.

After all, the teams sport identical 12-1 records, and have each won 12 straight after an opening loss to a Class 6A opponent. Both squads feature high-powered offenses and hard-hitting defenses. And both have recent experience with deep postseason runs.


HP to Stay in Class 5A Through 2020

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Highland Park will try to earn trophies in Class 5A for at least two more years, according to the UIL. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Here’s another athletics tradition that will be sticking around at Highland Park for at least two more years — the Scots will be one of the largest teams in the state’s second-largest classification.

On Wednesday, the UIL announced enrollment cutoff figures for its next round of district realignment covering 2018 through 2020. And, just barely, the Scots will remain in Class 5A.

HP submitted to the state an enrollment figure of 2,180, which is 10 students below the 5A-6A dividing line of 2,190. That means the Scots will be slotted into a new 5A district when results of the biennial realignment process are completed on Feb. 1. The new district will take effect next fall.


Lady Scots Struggle Against Lincoln

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Highland Park will travel to Quinlan Ford on Friday for its final tuneup before the start of District 15-5A play. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park gained some nondistrict momentum at the Garland ISD tournament over the weekend, then ran into a buzzsaw on Tuesday during a 73-39 loss to perennial power Lincoln.

The Lady Scots (5-8) trailed 44-17 at halftime against the Lady Tigers at Loos Field House. Taylor Loewe paced HP with eight points in the lopsided defeat.

However, the Lady Scots won two games in the consolation bracket during the weekend tournament, dominating South Garland 55-13 before holding off Little Elm 38-27 in a defensive struggle. HP also fell to Garland Naaman Forest 43-36 in the first round, and later lost to District 15-5A rival Wylie East 63-26 in the consolation championship game.


HP Boys Head to Burkburnett Tourney

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After an overtime win on Monday, Will Enzor and Highland Park will travel to Burkburnett for a tournament beginning Thursday. (File photo: Rob Graham)

After back-to-back home wins, Highland Park will make its annual trip this week to play in the Union Square Bulldog Classic tournament in Burkburnett.

The Scots (6-2) were the runner-up in the event last year after winning it in 2016. They will face Plainview, Lubbock Monterey, and Burkburnett in pool play on Thursday and Friday, and will play a fourth game to be determined on Saturday.


New HPXC Captains Hit the Ground Running

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Your Highland Park boys cross country captains for 2018 include, from left: Jack Alessio, Aali Furqan, John Moss, Rowan Hegarty, and Tyler Mead.

There aren’t any more races until next August, but the Highland Park boys cross country team already has chosen its captains for next season.

They include Jack Alessio, Aali Furqan, John Moss, Rowan Hegarty, and Tyler Mead. The Scots wrapped up 2017 at the Class 5A Region II meet after finishing third in District 15-5A.


Meeks, Lady Scots Place Fourth

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The Highland Park girls leaped to a fourth-place finish at a recent meet in Bedford as part of their compulsory schedule.

Highland Park placed third in the girls team standings at the recent Toys for Tots Invitational meet in Bedford.

Tatum Meeks finished second on balance beam and fifth in the all-around standings to lead the Lady Scots. Lily Overton was seventh in all-around against a competitive field.

HP will continue the compulsory season on Dec. 7 with a meet in Irving to wrap up competition for the calendar year.


Scots Start Fast, Roll Past Summit

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Cade Saustad caught two touchdown passes during Highland Park's 52-20 win over Mansfield Summit on Friday at Ford Stadium. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Four touchdown passes. Thirty-one points. Almost 300 yards of total offense. That was just in the first quarter for Highland Park on Friday.

The Scots used a high-powered offense and an opportunistic defense to roll past Mansfield Summit 52-20 in a Class 5A Division I Region II semifinal at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

HP will continue its quest to defend its state title when the Scots play Mansfield Lake Ridge in the regional final at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.


Blue Wave Victorious in Grapevine

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Highland Park was especially strong in the relays during a dual meet on Tuesday in Grapevine. (Photo: Aimee Madden)

Highland Park closed out the 2017 dual schedule with another strong performance, easily defeating Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage on Tuesday in Grapevine.

Katherine Huang won the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke for the HP girls, while Alicia Bi took gold in the 50 freestyle. The Blue Wave girls also triumphed in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay).

On the boys side, HP was more dominant, with individual event wins from Felix Van Cauwelaert (200 individual medley, 500 freestyle), Max Van Cauwelaert (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Omar Hmimy (100 freestyle), and Henry Wang (100 breaststroke). The HP boys also claimed all three relays.