HP Wraps Optional Season With Title


The Highland Park girls will carry some momentum into their district meet after a team championship in Bryan.

Highland Park wrapped up the regular season with a girls team championship at the Rudder Invite on Saturday in Bryan, with the Lady Scots posting their best optional team score in the process.

Tatum Meeks led HP with an individual title on uneven bars. She was second in the all-around standings, second on balance beam, and third on vault.

Lily Overton was right behind Meeks in the all-around standings by placing third. She also came in second on floor exercise and third on beam.

Lady Scots Run Well in Coppell


Olivia Conner and Highland Park posted several competitive finishes at their most recent meet in Coppell.

The Highland Park girls were seventh as a team while facing tough competition on Saturday at the Coppell Relays.

Ella Patterson and Maddy Stephens were the top two finishers in the 400, while both also competed on HP’s runner-up 4x400 relay team.

On the boys side, HP placed fourth in the team standings at the Corsicana Relays. Sam Sloan won the 800, while Etienne Black was second in the pole vault.

Lady Scots Return to Action


Dawson Dabboussi and Highland Park look to return to the win column as the Lady Scots host Keller Central on Friday.

After being plagued by rainouts in February, Highland Park will return home on Friday for its final nondistrict game against Keller Central.

The Lady Scots (1-4-1) fell to Argyle 8-7 on Feb. 26 in a seesaw game on the road. Amanda Reenan hit her second grand slam of the season for HP, while Grace Brown and Dawson Dabboussi also shined at the plate.

The Lady Scots will start the District 15-5A slate next week with home games against Lovejoy and North Forney.

Lady Scots Stay Tough in 15-5A


Frances Ann Matise and her Highland Park teammates are still undefeated in District 15-5A play. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Rainy weather and District 15-5A foes have proven no match for Highland Park this season, with the latest example being a 2-1 home win over North Forney on Tuesday.

Frances Ann Matise and Presley Echols each scored for the unbeaten Lady Scots (16-0-1, 9-0), whose streak of three consecutive shutouts was snapped. On Feb. 23, HP defeated Lovejoy 2-0 behind goals from Echols and Sarah O’Neal.

On the boys side, HP also topped North Forney 2-1 on the road after trailing at halftime. Felix Gottlieb and Luis Heredia supplied the goals for the Scots (5-10-2, 3-4-2). HP sits in fifth place in the district standings with five games remaining.

Conner Pins Down Second State Title


Congratulations to Highland Park junior Aidan Conner, who is now a two-time state champion at 195 pounds. (File photo: Rob Graham)

By Cameron Brock / Special Contributor

CYPRESS — Highland Park junior Aidan Conner won his second straight Class 5A state title, and completed an undefeated season in the process.

Conner pinned Fulshear’s Alexander Torres in the championship match of the 195-pound weight class on Saturday at the Berry Center, putting himself in exclusive company in HP’s storied history.

“That’s a great accomplishment for Aidan,” said HP head coach Tim Marzuola. “We’ve only had a handful of kids that have won two here at Highland Park. Aidan has quite a streak going. He’s on his way to set a bunch of career records at Highland Park for sure.”

Lobos Power Past Scots in Playoffs


Highland Park's Alex Staffaroni is defended by Little Elm's R.J. Hampton during Friday's playoff game. The Lobos won 64-57. (Photo: Rob Graham)

FLOWER MOUND — Highland Park’s season-long repetition of injuries and roster adversity finally caught up to the Scots on Friday.

Playing shorthanded once again, HP fought valiantly before state-ranked Little Elm rallied for a 64-57 victory in a Class 5A Region II area round playoff game on Friday.

The Scots (23-12) started fast and led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter — thanks in part to hot shooting by Alex Staffaroni — before the Lobos (28-7) turned up their defensive intensity and surged ahead behind standout sophomore R.J. Hampton.

Conner Leads Scots to State Tourney


Defending state champion Aidan Conner will be one of six Highland Park wrestlers competing at the state tournament. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park will send six wrestlers to the UIL state tournament this weekend after a runner-up finish in the team standings at the Class 5A Region III meet on Feb. 17 in Bryan.

The Scots won regional titles in two weight classes, including Spencer Buchholz at 138 pounds and defending state champion Aidan Conner at 195 pounds.

Conner, a junior, is unbeaten in 45 dual matches this season. He will start his state-title defense against Lubbock Monterey’s Makyiah Sandoval (31-7) on Friday at the Berry Center in Cypress. Sandoval was fourth at the Region I meet.

Scots Rally to Win Playoff Opener


Will Enzor led Highland Park in scoring as the Scots rallied past Texas High on Tuesday in the 5A playoffs. (Photo: Mark Martin)

By Chris Parry / Special Contributor

LONGVIEW — Highland Park shook off a slow start to produce a 9-0 spurt in the first half and an overwhelming 15-0 run in the second half in their playoff opener on Tuesday.

The Scots took care of Texarkana Texas High 67-54 in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game. HP advances to the area round, and will face state-ranked Little Elm at 7 p.m. Friday at Flower Mound Marcus.

The Scots were led by senior guard Will Enzor’s 27 points, six rebounds and six steals. Cade Wagner was just as impressive, dropping 23 points while connecting on three 3-pointers.

Baseball Team Faces Tough Schedule


Grant Kipp (third from left) returns as Highland Park’s ace pitcher this season. (Chris McGathey)

Each season, in almost every sport, roster turnover leads to some uncertainty as the season gets underway.

But for Highland Park baseball coach Travis Yoder, this spring will begin with more questions and more challenges than any in recent memory.