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.

Scots Outlast Tigers in Playoff Opener


John Stephen Jones led HP past Texas High on Saturday by passing for 466 yards and accounting for seven touchdowns. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

FRISCO — Highland Park already knew that the road to a state championship repeat wouldn’t be easy. A reminder was issued on Saturday.

The Scots held off a second-half rally by Texarkana Texas High for a 56-49 win in a Class 5A Division I Region I bi-district game at the Ford Center at The Star.

HP extended its winning streak to 10 games and advanced to an area round matchup against McKinney North at noon Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Scots, Tigers to Renew Playoff Rivalry


Scully Jenevein and Highland Park will begin their playoff run on familiar turf on Saturday against Texas High. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Most of Highland Park’s current players were just starting elementary school when the Scots and Texarkana (Texas) High were regular playoff rivals more than a decade ago.

They met for three consecutive years from 2004 and 2006, and will renew acquaintances on Saturday in a Class 5A Division I Region II bi-district game at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

Texas High knocked HP out of the playoffs in 2004 and 2006. But the last time the two teams played one another in the first round, the Scots won a hard-fought 38-31 contest on their way to a state title.

HP Scot Classic Tips Off Thursday


The Highland Park girls will look for their first victory of the season on Thursday in the HP Scot Classic tournament. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Basketball fans in the Park Cities can get their fill of early-season hoops this week, with the tip-off of the annual HP Scot Classic tournament.

The field will include six boys teams and 12 girls teams playing Thursday through Saturday at Highland Park High School and Highland Park Middle School. Boys teams will play four games apiece, while girls teams will play at least three times.

The boys field includes Dallas-area powers Midlothian and Rowlett, along with HP, Trinity Christian, Lake Highlands, and Home School Athletic Association.

HP Boys Win Title in The Colony

Ethan Nguyen won two individual gold medals for Highland Park at the Cougar Classic over the weekend. (Photo: Aimee Madden)

After winning the Class 5A state title a year ago, the Highland Park boys have started fast this season, as well. Their latest team victory came at the Cougar Classic on Nov. 11 in The Colony.

Individual event wins came from Ethan Nguyen in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, and Felix Van Cauwelaert in the 50 freestyle. Other podium finishers included Henry Wang, Peter Paulus, and Max Van Cauwelaert. The Blue Wave also claimed two of three boys relays.

Jones, HP Finish Perfect Run in 15-5A


Prince Dorbah and Ryan Coxe helped the Highland Park defense stifle Wylie East during a 42-7 win on Friday. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Last season, Highland Park entered the playoffs after an upset loss to Wylie East in its final regular-season game, and wound up winning a Class 5A Division I state title.

This year, the Scots will start postseason play with a nine-game winning streak after gaining revenge in a big way with a 42-7 victory over the Raiders on Friday at Highlander Stadium.

HP will open postseason play against Texarkana (Texas) in the Region II bi-district round at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

Scots Seek Revenge Against Raiders


Jay Smith and the high-powered Highland Park offense will look to keep rolling on Friday against Wylie East. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park already has clinched the District 15-5A title — the 50th district championship in program history, by the way — and the league’s top seed in the 5A Division I playoff bracket.

Yet there’s some unresolved business when the Scots host Wylie East in the regular-season finale on Friday at Highlander Stadium.

The Pirates handed HP a 20-9 loss a year ago, which gave the Scots multiple regular-season defeats for the first time in almost two decades. Then again, perhaps it provided a wake-up call heading into a postseason run that led to a state championship six weeks later. So who knows?

Lady Scots Drop Opener to Heath


Despite a few bright spots, Highland Park opened the season with a 51-36 loss to Rockwall-Heath on Tuesday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Second-half struggles doomed Highland Park during a 51-36 home loss to Rockwall-Heath in its season opener on Tuesday.

The Lady Scots (0-1) managed just 10 points after halftime, and only three in the fourth quarter, allowing the Lady Hawks (1-1) to pull away following a closely contested first half.

Mary Warriner Kemp was the only player to score in double figures for HP with 10 points, while Adelle Crofford added eight points and Caroline Keogh had seven. Morgan Talley tallied a game-high 23 points for Heath.