Scots Top Bulldogs, Clinch District Title

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Highland Park's Cade Saustad caught three touchdown passes during a 45-15 victory over Royse City on Friday. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

ROYSE CITY — This year’s Highland Park squad can’t finish any better than last season’s state championship team, but it has already secured one accomplishment those predecessors can’t claim.

The Scots clinched the District 15-5A title on Friday by cruising to a 45-15 win over Royse City, stretching their winning streak to eight games.

After sharing the league crown prior to last season’s historic playoff run, HP will take the district outright in 2017, following the Scots' win and West Mesquite’s loss to North Forney.


Prosper Sweeps HP Out of Playoffs

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Highland Park's season ended on Thursday with a three-set loss to Prosper in the Class 5A Region II playoffs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

COPPELL — An 11-point run that lasted between the first and second set doomed Highland Park in a season-ending loss to Prosper on Thursday.

For the second straight season, Highland Park drew an early playoff matchup with Prosper, a traditional power and the second-ranked team in the state. It was close early, but mistakes late in the first set were the difference in a 3-0 loss, 25-21, 25-13, 25-16.


Scots Cap Perfect Season With 18th Title

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Highland Park has been to the state team tennis tournament 30 times. And 18 times the Scots have brought home the hardware.

If Highland Park looked like a team that had been there and done that, it’s because the Scots had been to the UIL state team tennis tournament plenty of times before. And they brought home titles from the majority of those trips.

On Thursday, HP added its state record 18th championship in program history, capping an undefeated season with a 10-2 win over Amarillo in the finals of the Class 5A bracket in College Station.


Scots Not Looking Past Royse City

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John Stephen Jones has 28 touchdown passes with just two interceptions through eight games this season. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

The final road game of the regular season on Friday will be more than just a tuneup for Highland Park’s 30th consecutive playoff appearance. The Scots could clinch at least a share of the District 15-5A title with a win over Royse City.

Last year, of course, the Scots tied for the league crown and won the Class 5A Division I state title seven weeks later. But before they can repeat the latter, they’d like to win another district title — and not share it this time.

HP enters Friday’s game riding a seven-game winning streak that has seen steady improvement on defense to complement an efficient offensive attack. The Scots have won all five of their district games by margins of at least 21 points. Only once has the defense surrendered more than 17 points during that span.


Ex United Crew Coach Now Docks at Jesuit

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Coach Randy Dam has high expectations for Jesuit. (Courtesy photo)

Randy Dam has moved across White Rock Lake, but the tradition-rich program he’s taking over is very familiar.

After spending the past three years as the varsity head coach at Dallas United Crew, Dam is now at Jesuit, which has been a DUC rival for years.


Blue Wave Triumphs in Dual Meet

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Among the Highland Park girls who contributed to Tuesday's dual-meet win over Ursuline were, from left, Enderle Madden, Sofia Lara, Alicia Bi, Katherine Huang, and Sarah Ho. (Photo: Aimee Madden)

The Highland Park boys dominated Jesuit in a dual meet on Tuesday at the HP Natatorium, while the Blue Wave girls scored an easy win over Ursuline.

HP won every boys race, including all three relays. Individual gold medalists included Felix Van Cauwelaert (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Ethan Nguyen (50 free, 100 butterfly), Peter Paulus (200 individual medley), Omar Hmimy (100 free), Max Van Cauwelaert (100 backstroke), and Henry Wang (100 breaststroke).

On the girls side, HP winners included Hannah Jiang (200 IM, 100 breast), Christina Bambach (100 fly), and Katherine Huang (100 free). Erin Harper took home a girls diving title for the Blue Wave.

HP will return to the pool on Nov. 11 at the Cougar Classic Invitational in The Colony.


HP Sweeps Hallsville, Faces Prosper Next

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Highland Park's Kate Nugent (2) and Berkley Hays (3) play at the net against Hallsville during Monday's playoff match in Mineola. (Photo: Mark Martin)

A year later, the second-round playoff loss to Prosper, which prematurely ended a promising season, still stings for Highland Park volleyball players and coaches.

If a rematch was the ultimate goal, then the Lady Scots did their part on Monday, when they swept Hallsville in a Class 5A Region II bi-district match in Mineola.

Now the Lady Scots (27-18) can turn their attention to perennial powerhouse Prosper, assuming the Lady Eagles advance past Frisco Independence on Tuesday. The match is tentatively slated for 7 p.m. Thursday at Coppell, the same site as last year’s five-set thriller.


Scots Crush Forney, Clinch Playoff Berth

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Wearing blue pants for the first time this season, Cameron Reeves and Highland Park rolled past Forney and clinched a playoff berth. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park is headed back to the playoffs, and the defense certainly appears to be ready.

The Scots blanked Forney in the first half on Friday at Highlander Stadium, cruising to a 35-13 win to clinch their 30th consecutive postseason berth.

HP is still in the driver’s seat for the District 15-5A title, as well, a milestone it could achieve with a victory next week at Royse City.