Scots to Face Hallsville in Playoff Opener

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Following a late-season slide, Highland Park will aim to get back on track when it starts the playoffs on Wednesday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will look to regain its momentum this week as it starts the Class 5A Region II playoffs with a bi-district matchup against Hallsville.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hallsville before shifting to Scotland Yard for Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A third game, if necessary, is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday at Rockwall-Heath.

The Scots (13-16) dropped five of their last six regular-season games, and will enter postseason play as the third seed from District 15-5A. They were swept by Wylie East last week, and suffered an 11-4 nondistrict loss to South Grand Prairie on Saturday.


HP Assistant Will Become Parish DC

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Will Galusha

Former Highland Park linebackers coach Will Galusha is the new assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Parish Episcopal.

After coaching outside linebackers during HP’s Class 5A state championship season in 2017, Galusha will become the top assistant for Parish head coach Daniel Novakov.

Previously, he coached at Spring Westfield and Fort Worth Young Men’s Leadership Academy. As a player, he was a standout at Abilene Cooper and Hardin-Simmons University.


Scots Ride Momentum Into Playoffs

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Highland Park has won nine straight games, and will host Flower Mound in its playoff opener on Tuesday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

After dispatching two of its biggest local rivals to end the regular season, Highland Park will enter the playoffs riding a nine-game winning streak.

The Scots (12-3) held off St. Mark’s 7-5 on April 26 — following a big win over defending state champion Jesuit the week before — and will open postseason play by facing Flower Mound on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium.

A victory would send the Scots back to the Texas High School Lacrosse League super regionals this weekend as one of the top two seeds from the North Division.


HP Runners Advance to State Meet

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Ella Patterson, left, and Maddy Stephens will represent Highland Park at the Class 5A state track and field meet on May 11 in Austin.

Highland Park’s Maddy Stephens and Ella Patterson each will compete at the Class 5A state track and field meet after qualifying finishes at the Region II meet on Saturday in Arlington.

Stephens, a junior, won a regional title in the 800 with a time of two minutes, 13.82 seconds. She will enter the state meet with the second fastest time of all 5A qualifiers in the event.

Patterson, a freshman, became a wild-card qualifier for state following a third-place regional finish in the 400, in a school-record time of 55.50 seconds. HP finished eighth in the team standings.


Elahmadi, Meeks Earn Medals at State

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Highland Park's Tatum Meeks finished second on uneven bars at the state gymnastics meet on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Adam Elahmadi earned a gold medal on horizontal bar at the state meet.

Highland Park junior Adam Elahmadi won a state title on horizontal bar at the Texas High School State Gymnastics Championships on Saturday at Rockwall-Heath.

Elahmadi finished second in the all-around competition, and also was the runner-up on rings. He took bronze medals on pommel horse and parallel bars.

In girls action, HP placed sixth in the team standings. Tatum Meeks was the only individual medalist for the Lady Scots, coming in second on uneven bars.


Roden Leads Scots to Regional Crown

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Highland Park's boys golf team will again be among the favorites at the Class 5A state tournament in May.

The Highland Park boys will try to defend their Class 5A state championship after cruising to a team title at the Region II tournament on Tuesday in Rockwall.

The Scots finished atop the team standings by 19 strokes over runner-up Granbury. HP carded identical rounds of 289-289—578. Scott Roden was the region’s individual gold medalist with a score of 67-70—137 over two rounds.

HP’s Trip Carter (74-69—143) was fourth overall, while Turner Hosch (72-75—147) placed 10th. The state tournament is scheduled for May 14-15 at White Wing Golf Club in Georgetown.


Local Athletes Reach State With Pegasus

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Two coed teams from Pegasus Water Polo will have the opportunity to compete for state titles this weekend in Austin.

Pegasus Water Polo, which includes a handful of players from the Park Cities, qualified two of its coed teams for state competition on April 28-29 in Austin.

Highland Park ISD students on the Pegasus 14-under team include Jacob Duong, Roman Duong, Ivan Zivaljevic, and Luka Zivaljevic. The 12-under squad features HPISD students Hunter Duong, Jacob Duong, Omer Gokturk, Jailynn Robinson, Dev Shah, Zach Slaughter, Savva Walker, Mstisalv Walker and Kylie Williams.

Several of the players will compete in the Junior Olympics this summer. Pegasus regularly practices at Highland Park High School and the SMU Aquatics Center.


Elahmadi Seeking All-Around Crown

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Adam Elahmadi will be among the favorites in the boys all-around competition at the state gymnastics meet this weekend.

Highland Park’s Adam Elahmadi won the all-around title at the regional gymnastics meet last week, and will be one of the top qualifiers at the boys state meet beginning Friday at Rockwall-Heath.

The Scots finished fourth in the team standings at regionals, narrowly missing a team berth in the state meet. However, seven HP male gymnasts advanced individually.

Besides Elahmadi, state qualifiers for the Scots include Alexander Miller (all-around), Jack Smith (floor exercise and parallel bars), Ryan Perry (rings), Stefan Bardwell (rings), Michael Tran (vault), and Nicolas Gregory (horizontal bar).


Seven Scots Aim for Spring Titles

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Highland Park will have representatives in four of the five brackets at the 5A state tennis tournament in May.

Highland Park won titles in two brackets at the Class 5A Region II tournament on April 19 in Allen, and will have seven participants at next month’s state tournament in College Station.

HP’s Peyton Dooley won a regional title in boys singles, while the tandem of Phillip Quinn and Katherine Petty triumphed in mixed doubles. Quinn won the state crown in the same division last year.

The Scots also advanced to state with runner-up regional finishes in boys doubles (Cole Burnham and Mikhail Commer) and girls doubles (Annika Juergens and Nell Covington).