Coach’s Grandson Shares in HP Legacy


Conner Allen is making an early impact in a crowded Scots backfield. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

One of Conner Allen’s most vivid football memories comes from when he was still in elementary school, at a game in which he didn’t even play.

Allen was in the stands in Waco in 2007, when Highland Park lost a nail-biter to Lake Travis in the Class 4A state championship game.

“That was the first football game that I cried at,” he said. “That memory is seared into my brain.”

He has always been a fan from afar of the team coached by his grandfather, Randy Allen. But this summer — just in time for his senior year — his connection to the program became closer than ever when his family moved from Austin to Dallas.

Scots to Battle Unbeaten Falcons


Scully Jenevein and Highland Park will try to outscore high-powered North Forney on Friday at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

A lot has changed in the three weeks since Highland Park last played on its home field.

Two consecutive road wins have turned a team trying to recover from a slow start to a team trying to keep its momentum heading into the heart of District 15-5A play.

Standing between the Scots and a four-game winning streak is resurgent North Forney, who visits Highlander Stadium on Friday carrying plenty of confidence of its own.

HP, Parish Play Field Hockey for a Cause


Highland Park and Parish Episcopal invite you to their annual "pink-out" field hockey game next week.

The Highland Park field hockey team will play their annual “pink-out” game for breast cancer awareness at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Snyder Stadium at Parish Episcopal School.

The game will feature a halftime show with a performance by the Parish band, cheerleaders, and mascot. Admission is free, and wearing pink is encouraged.

The game will come in the middle of a busy week for the Lady Scots, who also will play at Hockaday on Oct. 2 and at Greenhill on Oct. 6.

Lady Scots Fall to Lovejoy, Sweep Poteet


Highland Park rebounded from a heartbreaking loss to Lovejoy with a sweep of Mesquite Poteet on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After playing four of their first five District 15-5A matches on the road, Highland Park showed that it was happy to be back home on Tuesday.

The Lady Scots (19-17, 5-1) swept Mesquite Poteet to bounce back after dropping a five-set thriller on Sept. 22 at Lovejoy, which reached the Class 5A state tournament a year ago.

In that match, HP led after winning a seesaw 29-27 third set before the Lady Leopards rallied to claim the fourth set 25-19, and the fifth set 15-13.

HP Harriers Take Team Titles at Fall Fest


Highland Park's boys runners earned the team crown in their division at the Lovejoy Fall Festival on Saturday.

The Highland Park boys and girls each won team titles in the 5A-6A division at the Lovejoy Fall Festival cross country meet on Saturday in McKinney.

Behind four personal-record times, the Scots ran to the title with the team of Tyler Mead, Jack Alessio, Charlie Philbin, Reese Hathaway, Matthew Lippman, John Moss, and Aali Furqan.

Besides the lower-division title, the Lady Scots placed sixth among 19 teams in the elite varsity girls division. Sophia Oliai was seventh in the individual standings with a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 30 seconds for the 5-kilometer course. Cameron Fawcett was in 20th place. The seven-runner squad posted six personal-best times.

Scots Pound Lovejoy in 15-5A Opener


Colby Hopkins and the Highland Park defense shut down Lovejoy on Friday. The Scots forced two turnovers and won 50-7. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

LUCAS — With the schedule revealing the start of the District 15-5A schedule, Highland Park knew it was time to flip the switch.

The Scots responded in a big way, unleashing their best all-around game of the season in a 50-7 drubbing of Lovejoy on Friday at Leopard Stadium.

John Stephen Jones threw four touchdown passes and ran for another before exiting in the third quarter, while the defense came within a minute of posting its first shutout of the year.

HP Athletics Provides Positive Coaching


Courtesy HPISD

HPISD Athletics has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to present a program for ninth-grade athletes. Parents of middle and high school athletes also attended a workshop on Monday for a separate program.

  • The workshop for ninth-grade athletes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in the HPHS gym. The program will give newest high school athletes a game plan to help them become triple-impact competitors.

HP Travels to Lovejoy for 15-5A Opener


Ryan Coxe and the Highland Park defense will face a struggling Lovejoy offense on Friday in the District 15-5A opener. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

For Highland Park, the 2017 season has started almost identically to the 2016 season — with two solid wins and one tough loss during nondistrict play.

The Scots are hoping the current season also has an identical ending to the prior one, which culminated in a Class 5A Division I state title.

But first, HP will try to repeat its District 15-5A championship. And that quest begins with a trip to Lovejoy on Friday for its third road game in four weeks.