Rose Returns Home With Redskins


Washington kicker Nick Rose, a Highland Park alum, made two field goals during a 33-19 loss to Dallas on Oct. 29. (Photo: Keith Allison)

Nick Rose

The Washington Redskins won’t be favored by the majority of fans on Thursday night during a division rivalry game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, but one visiting player should have a large cheering section.

Nick Rose, a former Highland Park kicker, is a rookie for Washington and will return home for the first time in his NFL career this week.

The strong-legged Rose was signed by the Redskins on Oct. 18 as a midseason replacement for injured starter Dustin Hopkins. In six games, he has made 10 of 11 field goals — including a 55-yarder against Minnesota — and 15 of 16 extra points.

Scots Hold Off Late Rally by McKinney


Preston Landes scored a game-high 15 points as Highland Park slipped past McKinney on Tuesday. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park came roaring back from a halftime deficit, then held off a late McKinney rally for a 63-61 victory on Tuesday.

Preston Landes scored a game-high 15 points and Michael McMonigle added 13 to lead a balanced attack for the Scots (5-2), who outscored the Lions 23-7 during the pivotal third quarter.

HP will continue its lengthy nondistrict homestand on Dec. 4 against HSAA, a team of homeschool players that the Scots already defeated 97-75 on Nov. 17.

Lacrosse Shines With Seven Scots at Fall Signing Ceremony


FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Finn Jent, KK Callaghan, Zoe Durham, EC Stanzel, and Paxton Alexander.
BACK ROW: Cameron Reeves, Grant Kipp, Cade Saustad, Cooper Kneese, and Berkley Hays. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Seven lacrosse players were among the 10 Highland Park High School athletes who signed national letters of intent during the school’s fall signing ceremony.

The event, which is normally held on the cafeteria stage, had to be moved to the back of the room to accommodate them all.

Scots Crush Bulldogs in Playoffs


Paxton Alexander scored the first two touchdowns for HP on Saturday during a 73-20 playoff win over McKinney North. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

ARLINGTON — Highland Park picked a good time to have its best offensive performance of the season.

The Scots racked up a season high in points during a 73-20 dismantling of McKinney North on Friday in a Class 5A Division I Region II area round game at AT&T Stadium.

HP advances to meet Mansfield Summit in the regional quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

Highland Park Hardwood Heritage


Ashley Turner and the Lady Scots have high expectations for this season. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Ashley Turner was practically born to play basketball at Highland Park.

After all, one of her grandfathers was David Turner, the man credited with starting the school’s girls basketball program. Her other grandfather, Bo Snowden, was a longtime boys coach and athletic director at HPHS.

That legacy has been passed down to Ashley, a senior who expects to become one of the top post players for the Lady Scots this season. Since she was 6 years old, she’s played basketball, from church leagues to the YMCA to middle school.

HP Looking to Feast on Bulldogs


Cade Saustad and the Highland Park offense have been scoring at a torrid pace. Saustad had three touchdowns last week. (File photo: Melissa Macatee)

One of the few things more difficult than winning a state football championship in Texas is repeating that state championship.

Highland Park found out firsthand when the Scots held on for a 56-49 win over Texarkana Texas High in the Class 5A Division I Region II bi-district round at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

That latest chapter in a classic postseason rivalry might have been thrilling, yet for many it also was a surprisingly close call for a team that rolled to a 70-2 victory over Mount Pleasant in last year’s playoff opener on the same field.

However, there are no style points. It’s about surviving and advancing, which HP will look to do once again when it faces McKinney North in the area round at noon Friday at AT&T Stadium.

Freshman Duo Stands Out by Fitting In


From Left: Gracyn Applegate, Jordyn Kaplan, Annemarie Whalen, Maddy Stephens, Cameron Fawcett, Sophia Oliai, and Grace O’Keefe. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

It would be easy to look at times and race results and assume that two freshmen are carrying the Highland Park girls cross country team.

But they don’t see it that way. Although Sophia Oliai and Cameron Fawcett have crossed the finish line in front of their older teammates for much of this season, they stress that they’re only doing their part to help the team.

State Record Lifts HP to Third at TISCA


HP's winning boys 200 medley relay team included, from left, Felix Van Cauwelaert, Henry Wang, Ethan Nguyen, and Peter Paulus.

The Highland Park boys used a state-record relay finish to secure third place in the team standings at the prestigious TISCA 6A North Zone meet in The Colony.

The Blue Wave broke the Class 5A state record in the 200 medley relay with the quartet of Felix Van Cauwelaert (backstroke), Henry Wang (breaststroke), Ethan Nguyen (butterfly), and Peter Paulus (freestyle). The time of 1 minute, 34.79 seconds also shattered the previous school mark by almost two seconds.

Van Cauwelaert also won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, in which his time of 50.38 seconds broke a school record set by Tommy Sacco in 2002. Paulus won the 50 freestyle, and teamed with Van Cauwelaert, Nguyen, and Omar Hmimy to take first place in the 200 freestyle relay.

HP Hoopers Take Second at Scot Classic


Cade Wagner and Highland Park are off to a fast start this season after a runner-up finish at the HP Scot Classic. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park reached the championship game of the HP Scot Classic tournament on Saturday before taking its first loss of the season against Rowlett.

Still, the runner-up finish on its home court gave the Scots (4-1) plenty of momentum heading into a nondistrict home game on Tuesday against Arlington Bowie.

HP swept all three of its pool-play games in the tournament, defeating Lake Highlands 72-59, HSAA 97-75, and Trinity Christian 38-36 before having its four-game winning streak snapped following a first-half blitz by the Eagles.