Scots to Grapple With District Foes


Highland Park junior Aidan Conner is the defending 5A state champion in the 195-pound weight class. (Photo: Rob Graham)

After going 4-for-4 at the annual Highland Park Duals, the Scots will carry momentum into the District 9-5A meet on Friday.

In their final home meet of the season, HP topped Lewisville 51-27, Trinity Christian 48-24, Bishop Lynch 42-33, and Richardson Pearce 54-30.

The Scots (24-14) will wrestle against district opponents including Carrollton Creekview, Newman Smith, R.L. Turner, Lancaster, Lovejoy, McKinney North, Wylie East, Anna, Melissa, and Princeton.

Whole Hog: Jones Signs With Arkansas


Highland Park athletes recognized during Wednesday's National Signing Day ceremony include, from left: Sarah O'Neal (Vanderbilt), Frances Ann Matise (South Carolina), Rachel Wasserman (Penn State), Sierra Jones (Texas Tech), Matteo Cordray (Army), Conner Allen (SMU), James Herring (Harvard), Felix Van Cauwelaert (Yale), John Stephen Jones (Arkansas), and Thomas Shelmire (Boston College). (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Even before he led Highland Park to back-to-back Class 5A Division I state championships, John Stephen Jones dreamed of playing football at Arkansas.

Two title-game MVP awards and numerous school records later, Jones is following in his family’s legacy. He signed with the Razorbacks on Wednesday.

Jones was one of several HP athletes recognized at a National Signing Day ceremony at the school. They included his teammates Thomas Shelmire (Boston College), Matteo Cordray (Army), Conner Allen (SMU), and James Herring (Harvard).

Big Schools Await HP Soccer Signees


Four HP seniors signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play for college programs in the SEC, Big 12, and Big 10.

A few seniors on the Highland Park girls soccer roster already had their college commitments finalized prior to the unbeaten season that culminated with a Class 5A state title last spring.

While the trophy highlighted the team’s accomplishments, the Lady Scots took time to honor some of their individual standouts during a National Signing Day ceremony on Wednesday.

Four HP seniors signed with Division I schools, including Rachel Wasserman (Penn State), Sierra Jones (Texas tech), Frances Ann Matise (South Carolina), and Sarah O’Neal (Vanderbilt).

HP Boys Rally Past Wylie East


Will Enzor has led Highland Park in scoring in five straight games, including Tuesday's win over Wylie East. (File photo: Rob Graham)

After two straight narrow losses to District 15-5A playoff contenders, Highland Park surged to a 62-44 victory over last-place Wylie East on Tuesday.

It wasn’t easy, however, as the Scots (19-10, 8-4) had to rally from a 10-point halftime deficit. They outscored the Raiders 40-12 in the final two quarters. Will Enzor led all scorers with 24 points, marking the fifth straight game in which he’s paced the HP offense, and Cade Wagner added 15.

The win help to ease the sting of a 51-49 road loss to district leader Royse City on Feb. 2, a game that HP led in the fourth quarter.

HP’s Boys of Spring Take the Field


Highland Park has four more scrimmages on tap before the regular season opener in about two weeks. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

With spring around the corner, Highland Park began preparing in earnest for the upcoming baseball season with a doubleheader scrimmage against McKinney Boyd and Flower Mound on Monday at Scotland Yard.

The Scots have four more scrimmages on the schedule, including Friday at Plano West, Feb. 13 against Coppell, Feb. 17 at McKinney North, and Feb. 19 at Plano.

HP will start the regular season on Feb. 22 against Coppell at the Collin County Invitational tournament in McKinney.

Highland Park Lacrosse Begins New Era


Highland Park will look to continue its momentum this season under new lacrosse head coach Rich Moses. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

This season will launch a new era for the Highland Park lacrosse program, although the new man in charge is a familiar face.

Rich Moses is the new Division I head coach after serving as an assistant coach at the Division II level for HP during the past few seasons. He replaces Derek Thomson, who retired following the Texas High School Lacrosse League state tournament last spring. Thomson won seven state titles during his 14-year tenure that turned the Scots into a perennial powerhouse.

Legendary Football Coach Bevers Dies


Frank Bevers

Frank Bevers, who returned the Highland Park football program to prominence during 16 seasons on the Scots sidelines, passed away on Sunday.

Bevers is the second on the all-time wins list at HP, trailing only current head coach Randy Allen, who passed him in 2010. Bevers compiled a record of 134-43-1 with the Scots.

He originally was hired from Mineral Wells in 1974 to take over an HP program that had made the playoffs just once in the previous 16 years. Incorporating a powerful rushing attack, Bevers led the Scots to unbeaten regular-season records four times between 1976 and 1984.

Scots Will Face New District Foes


Highland Park won't have to travel very far to face its new opponents in District 6-5A next season. (File photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park will have an entirely new set of district opponents in almost every sport for the next two years.

Instead of looking north and east, the Scots can now look south and west to find their new rivals after the UIL released its biennial realignment on Thursday.

In football, HP is in District 6-5A, Division I, in which the Scots are grouped with Lancaster, Mansfield Legacy, Mansfield Timberview, and four Dallas ISD schools: Bryan Adams, Samuell, Sunset, and Woodrow Wilson.

Lady Scots Start District Slate in Style


Frances Ann Matise scored twice in Highland Park's 9-1 win over Lovejoy in the District 15-5A opener. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park opened the District 15-5A schedule on Tuesday with its most dominant performance of the season during a 9-1 drubbing of Lovejoy at Highlander Stadium.

Presley Echols scored three goals for HP, while Frances Ann Matise and Ryan Bozman added two apiece. Rachel Wasserman and Sarah O’Neal also scored. The Lady Scots (8-0-1, 1-0) will travel to North Forney on Friday and West Mesquite on Feb. 6.

On the boys side, HP’s losing streak reached four games with a 2-1 setback at Lovejoy on Tuesday in the 15-5A opener. Luis Heredia scored the only goal for the Scots (2-7, 0-1), who will host North Forney on Friday.