Scots Race to Title in Season Debut


These guys needed only one meet to claim their first team championship of the track and field season.

Highland Park started the season by racing to the team title at the Raider Invitational on Saturday in Garland.

Four individual gold medals bolstered the Scots, including Jimmy Rupple (400), Sam Sloan (800), Trevor Schillaci (1,600), and Christopher Herod (300 hurdles). Others with individual podium finishes for HP included Brock Bakich, Charlie Philbin, Etienne Black, Tyler Mead, and Colby Green.

Meanwhile, the HP girls finished third as a team at the Newman Smith Trojan Relays in Carrollton. Olivia Conner tied for the top spot in the 300 hurdles and placed third in the high jump.

Scots to Face Texas High in Playoffs


After defeating Forney, Finn Corwin and Highland Park will begin their playoff run on Tuesday against Texas High. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s second win over Forney this season also earned the Scots the second playoff seed from District 15-5A.

After defeating the Jackrabbits in a tiebreaker game on Friday, HP will meet Texarkana Texas High in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lobo Coliseum in Longview.

In Friday’s game, Finn Corwin scored 22 points to pace the Scots (22-10), who pulled away for their fourth straight victory following a seesaw first half. Cade Wagner added 14 points and Alex Staffaroni tallied 11. HP and Forney were tied in the 15-5A standings after the regular season.

HP Boys Repeat as 5A Swimming Champs


Congratulations to the Highland Park boys on their second straight 5A state swimming title. (Photo: Sofia Lara)

For more than a decade during the 2000s, Highland Park was the dominant program in Texas in girls swimming. Now the HP boys want to start a streak of their own.

The Blue Wave used depth and experience to claim its second consecutive boys team title on Saturday at the UIL Class 5A state swimming meet in Austin.

HP won just one event, but it came with a new 5A meet record in the 200-yard medley relay, with the quartet of Felix Van Cauwelaert, Henry Wang, Peter Paulus, and Omar Hmimy stopping the clock in 1 minute, 33.51 seconds in the opening race of the meet.

IMG Edges Scots in Season Opener


The Highland Park lacrosse season got underway with a tough loss in the Patriot Cup. A lengthy road trip comes next.

Highland Park started the lacrosse season on Friday with a heartbreaking 12-11 loss to Florida powerhouse IMG Academy.

The game, which was part of the Patriot Cup event at The Star in Frisco, also marked the debut of new HP head coach Rich Moses.

Next up, the Scots will hit the road for three consecutive games beginning on Feb. 23 at Coppell. They also will travel to face Frisco on Feb. 26 and ESD on March 2.

Lady Scots Struggle at Tournament


Highland Park continued its busy nondistrict schedule with four games at the Tournament of Champions last week. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park dropped three of four games at the Tournament of Champions in Farmers Branch last week, before the last day of the event was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Lady Scots (1-3-1) claimed an 8-1 victory over El Paso Eastwood, but fell in close matchups against Haslet Eaton, Frisco Reedy, and Celina.

Weather permitting, HP will travel to face Frisco Liberty in a nondistrict game on Tuesday before heading to a tournament in suburban Houston this weekend.

HP Boys, Girls Blank Bulldogs


After a rough start, the Highland Park boys have posted two straight shutouts in District 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park posted a second consecutive shutout in District 15-5A action on Friday with a 2-0 win over Royse City.

Bosco Maldonado and Jack Hamilton scored for the Scots (4-9-1, 2-3-1), who topped Forney in a shootout in their previous game following a scoreless draw. Matthew McDaniel preserved that victory with three saves during the shootout.

In girls action, HP continued to steamroll district competition with a 6-0 victory over Royse City on Friday. Kristen Webb scored twice for the Lady Scots (13-0-1, 6-0), with other goals coming from Rachel Wasserman, Frances Ann Matise, Sarah O’Neal, and Kathryn Franks.

Scots Head to Regionals in Wrestling


Highland Park will have 10 chances to bring home titles at this weekend's regional wrestling tournament in Bryan. (File photo: Rob Graham)

After winning the team title at last week’s District 9-5A tournament, Highland Park will send 10 wrestlers to the Region III championships beginning Friday in Bryan.

The Scots won individual district titles in five weight classes, including Mo Purnell (132 pounds), Spencer Buchholz (138 pounds), Colby Hopkins (182 pounds), Aidan Conner (195 pounds), and Jeremy Hanes (220 pounds). Conner is a defending state champion.

Other regional qualifiers for HP include Kiefer Wetzel, Caleb Kimzey, Cade McCarter, Isaiah Pedack, and McClain Matter. All 12 competitors for the Scots finished fifth or better at district, allowing HP to surge past Carrollton Creekview in the team standings.

HP Starts Lacrosse Season Indoors


Rich Moses will begin his first season as Highland Park head coach this weekend at the Patriot Cup.

The Highland Park lacrosse program will launch the Rich Moses era on Friday at the annual Patriot Cup event in Frisco.

The new Scots head coach will lead his team against Florida powerhouse IMG Academy at 7 p.m. inside the Ford Center at The Star.

The Patriot Cup will be highlighted by three college games on Saturday, beginning with Villanova meeting Yale at noon. Other games will feature club teams from SMU, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

HP Boys Set for Second-Seed Tiebreaker


Finn Corwin was one of four Highland Park players in double figures during Tuesday's win at North Forney. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

After a three-game winning streak to close the regular season, Highland Park is still aiming to improve its playoff seeding.

The Scots (21-10, 10-4) defeated North Forney 82-67 on Tuesday, meaning HP is knotted with Forney for the runner-up spot in the District 15-5A standings. Since the two teams split their earlier meetings, they will play a tiebreaker game for the district’s second playoff seed at 7 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Poteet.

The winner of Friday’s clash will face Texarkana Texas High in a bi-district game next week, while the loser will take on Mount Pleasant at a time and location to be determined.