Scots Get Defensive, Hold Off Waxahachie

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HP linebacker Marshall Ballard wraps up Waxahachie's Jeff Alexander on Friday at Highlander Stadium. The Scots won 32-21. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

What a difference a week made for the Highland Park defense.

Just seven days after they surrendered 46 points in the second half of a heartbreaking loss in the season opener, the Scots stifled another high-powered offense during a 32-21 victory over Waxahachie on Friday at Highlander Stadium.

John Stephen Jones had another big game, and the HP defense forced two crucial second-half turnovers as the Scots scored 24 straight points to rally from an early deficit.


HP Looks to Bounce Back in Home Opener

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Prince Dorbah and the Highland Park defense will face another test on Friday in the home opener against Waxahachie. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Coming home to Highlander Stadium has always seemed to cure whatever ails Highland Park.

After all, the Scots haven’t lost consecutive games in the same season in two decades. And during that same span, they’ve only failed to win one home contest — and none to teams in Texas.

Plus, HP has dropped a handful of season openers during the past two decades, but have always bounced back the following week.

So despite a heartbreaking loss last week, it’s easy to see why Friday’s home opener against Waxahachie would inspire optimism among the Scots, rather than panic.


Lady Scots Set for District Opener

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After sweeping Plano on Tuesday, Highland Park will travel to Royse City for its District 15-5A opener on Friday. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Now is the time for Highland Park to show if it’s destined for another playoff run this season.

After battling injuries and inconsistency during a rigid nondistrict schedule, the Lady Scots will start District 15-5A play on Friday with a road match at Royse City.

HP carries some momentum into the district opener after a sweep of Plano (25-22, 25-15, 25-21) on Tuesday that snapped a two-match skid and gave the Lady Scots their first non-tournament win of the season.


Three Soccer Players Recognized as All-Americans

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From left: Rachel Wasserman, Presley Echols, and Sierra Jones are earning recognition for their play. (Courtesy photo)

Months after capping a historic undefeated season with a Class 5A girls soccer state championship, the individual and team accolades have continued to roll in for Highland Park.

Three players have received All-American honors from three different organizations, while collectively, the Lady Scots earned a year-end No. 1 national ranking from TopDrawerSoccer.com for the winter season.

HP finished the year 27–0 following a 5–3 win over Aledo in the state title game in April. It marked the sixth crown in program history — tying a state record — but the first time in which the Lady Scots have finished undefeated and untied.


Scots Go to Bat With New Baseball Captains

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From left, Wills MacKay, Grant Kipp, and Jack Kemendo are the HP captains.

Jack Kemendo, Grant Kipp, and Wills MacKay have been appointed captains of the 2018 Highland Park baseball team.

The senior trio will attempt to lead the Scots to more success in the regular season and postseason when the upcoming campaign begins in late February.

Last season, HP finished in second place in District 15-5A and won its Class 5A bi-district playoff series against Marshall before falling to Prosper in the second round.


HP Finishes Strong at Marcus Invitational

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The Highland Park girls are off to a fast start this season.

Highland Park finished 13th among 30 teams in the elite varsity girls division of the Marcus Invitational meet on Saturday at North Lakes Park in Denton.

The Lady Scots were led by freshman Sophia Oliai, who placed 38th overall in a field of 200 with a time of 19 minutes, 16 seconds. Cameron Fawcett, Maddy Stephens, and Grace O’Keefe also finished in the top 100 individually.

A second HP team was ninth in the open varsity girls division at the same meet. The Lady Scots will next race on Sept. 9 at Myers Park in McKinney.


Another Doak Looks to Make Mark with Scots

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Doak Walker plays goaltender for the Highland Park High School lacrosse team. (Courtesy photo)

When you’re an athlete at Highland Park High School, and your name is Doak Walker, people will ask questions. The Doak Walker who’s starting his sophomore year at HP understands that, although most of the people who inquire about his name tend to be older folks who might remember his grandfather’s football glory days.

His classmates treat him as just another student, friend, or teammate — not as concerned with the expectations that might come with sharing a name with a man who led the Scots to their first state title in 1945, who won the Heisman Trophy while at SMU, whose eponymous award each year honors the top running back in college football, and whose contributions to the game are forever immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Jackets Rally Late to Sting Scots in Opener

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Highland Park's Cade Saustad caught 10 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns against Rockwall on Friday. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

ROCKWALL — Highland Park hopes the lessons from Friday night's heartbreaking loss will pay dividends in the future, because they sure sting in the present.

Rockwall rallied from 11 points down in the final two minutes to stun the Scots 53-49 in the season opener at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium.

With big plays and special-teams heroics, the Yellowjackets scored 46 points in a second half that turned into a shootout, negating a valiant effort by the HP offense that deserved a better fate.


HP Travels to Rockwall for Season Opener

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Paxton Alexander and Highland Park will start the 2017 season with a road game on Friday at Rockwall. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

A year ago, Highland Park started the year with a win over Rockwall and ended with a Class 5A Division I state championship.

The Scots would be just fine with a repeat performance, starting with Friday’s season opener against the Yellowjackets at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium.

HP will start its schedule with a true road game for the first time in more than 15 years. The Scots hosted Rockwall last year, and played a neutral-site opener in the Tom Landry Classic for 14 consecutive years prior to that. In addition, the Yellowjackets are the only Class 6A opponent on the HP schedule.