HP Hitters Shine During Opening Tie


Highland Park started the season by flashing potential during a nondistrict tie against Garland Naaman Forest. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park’s season debut showed some promise before ending in a 6-6 tie against Garland Naaman Forest on Tuesday. Sophomore infielder Ciara Fortenberry got her campaign off to a strong start by going 3-for-3 at the plate.

The Lady Scots will travel to the Tournament of Champions beginning Thursday at Oran Good Park in Farmers Branch. Their pool opponents include Haslet Eaton, Frisco Reedy, El Paso Eastwood, and Celina. Bracket play is slated for Saturday.

After that, HP will head to Frisco Liberty for a nondistrict game on Feb. 24. The Lady Scots won’t return home until March 2 against Keller Central.

Lady Scots Cruise Past Forney


Rachel Wasserman and Highland Park are aiming for their second consecutive undefeated run through District 15-5A. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park remained unbeaten and continued to roll through District 15-5A play with a 5-1 win over Forney on Tuesday.

Rachel Wasserman tallied two goals for HP. Through five games, the Lady Scots (12-0-1, 5-0) have outscored their district opponents by a combined 31-3.

HP will host Royse City on Friday before wrapping up the first half of the 15-5A schedule on Feb. 20 at Wylie East.

Lady Scots Set to Host Season Opener


Come early, dress warm. Highland Park hosts Garland Naaman Forest in the home opener tonight. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

It might not feel like spring yet, but the Highland Park softball season will get underway on Tuesday with a home game against Garland Naaman Forest.

The opener will include “Meet the Scots” festivities prior to the first pitch at 7 p.m. Led by senior Amanda Reenan, the Lady Scots are trying to bounce back after missing the playoffs a year ago.

This weekend, HP will travel to the Tournament of Champions in Carrollton, beginning with pool games against Haslet Eaton and Frisco Reedy on Thursday, followed by El Paso Eastwood and Celina on Friday.

Stanzel Chosen for All-Star Event


Highland Park's E.C. Stanzel is a TAVC all-star. (File photo: Mark Martin)

Highland Park senior E.C. Stanzel was recently selected to participate in the 5A/6A all-star tournament by the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches.

The tournament will feature four teams consisting of 48 seniors from around the state. It will be held on May 19 in suburban Houston.

Stanzel was a first-team all-district honoree last year, when she helped lead the Lady Scots to the second round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs. She will play in college at UT-Dallas next season.

Upset Bid Falls Short for Lady Scots


Caroline Keogh and Highland Park saw a valiant second-half comeback fall short during Monday's playoff loss to Texas High. (Photo: Mark Martin)

By Chris Parry / Special Contributor

TYLER — Highland Park took Texarkana Texas High’s best shot and hung tough until the end.

But the favored Lady Tigers’ depth and shooting proved too much for the Lady Scots to overcome as their upset bid was stopped 75-54 on Monday in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game at Wagstaff Gymnasium.

“That’s a great team,” HP head coach Nicole Fleming said of Texas High. “They’re athletic, they’re fast, and I thought we did [well against them].”

Meeks, Lady Scots Finish Third at Home


In their only home meet of the season, the Highland Park girls earned a spot on the podium as a team.

Highland Park finished third on its home turf on Thursday at the annual HP Invite, scoring a season-high point total in the process.

Tatum Meeks led the Lady Scots by finishing second in the all-around competition. She also was the runner-up on vault and uneven bars, and placed third on balance beam. Lily Overton came in third on bars.

On the boys side, HP placed third in the team standings. Adam Elahmadi was the individual meet champion on vault and horizontal bar, and finished third on rings.

HP Girls Meet Texas High in Playoffs


Highland Park will try to upset Texas High in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs on Monday.

Highland Park will open the Class 5A Region II playoffs on Monday with a bi-district game against Texarkana Texas High. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Wagstaff Gymnasium on the campus of Tyler Junior College.

The Lady Scots (14-17) finished in fourth place in District 15-5A during the regular season, but enter postseason play with wins in three of their last five games. HP reached the area round a year ago before falling to The Colony.

The Lady Tigers (25-5) tied with state-ranked Sulphur Springs for the regular-season title in District 16-5A. Texas High won 64-61 in a tiebreaker game between the teams on Friday to claim the district’s top seed.

HP Swimmers Qualify for State


Highland Park brought back trophies for two team titles from the Class 5A Region III meet over the weekend in Frisco.

Highland Park will send 12 swimmers to the UIL state meet after winning both the boys and girls team titles at the Class 5A Region III meet on Feb. 3 in Frisco.

At regionals, the Blue Wave had 25 swimmers qualify for finals and 14 place in the top eight. The state meet is slated for Feb. 16-17 in Austin, where the HP boys won the team championship a year ago.

This year, five boys qualified for state in individual events, including Felix Van Cauwelaert, who won a regional title in the 200 freestyle and was second in the 500 freestyle. Other qualifiers include Ethan Nguyen (50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke), Henry Wang (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke), Omar Hmimy (100 freestyle), and Peter Paulus (100 breaststroke).

Lady Scots Await Playoff Opponent


In her final home game, Cassidy Yancey led Highland Park in scoring during a victory over Wylie East. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park has secured the fourth playoff seed from District 15-5A, but the Lady Scots will need to wait to learn the identity of their bi-district opponent.

HP will meet the top seed from District 16-5A. Sulphur Springs and Texarkana Texas High shared first place during the regular season, and will hold a tiebreaker game on Friday, with the winner facing the Lady Scots on Monday at a time and site to be determined.

The Lady Scots (14-17, 8-6) wrapped up the regular season with a 63-35 road loss to 15-5A champion Wylie East on Tuesday. Ella Patterson scored a team-high 12 points for HP.