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Perfection! Lady Scots Capture State Title

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It was all smiles on Saturday, when Highland Park finished its perfect season with a 5A state championship. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

It was all smiles on Saturday, when Highland Park finished its perfect season with a 5A state championship. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Alonso Tacanga / Special Contributor

GEORGETOWN — Afterward, Highland Park head coach Stewart Brown was in a good enough mood to crack a joke about his team giving up a goal in the first minute of the Class 5A state championship game on Saturday.

“That was actually part of our game plan, to go down a goal,” he said.

After the Lady Scots responded with three goals in the next 10 minutes en route to a 5-3 win over Aledo that made them the undisputed, undefeated state champions, it was time for all the laughs, smiles, hugs, and tears they pleased.


Echols, HP Rally Into State Tournament

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Highland Park freshman Presley Echols scored both goals for the Lady Scots against Prosper on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s Presley Echols scored both goals for the Lady Scots against Prosper in the Region II final on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

CARROLLTON — Don’t panic. Trust in each other. Stick to the game plan.

That mindset has caused Highland Park to come from behind three times for playoff victories. And the most recent instance has the Lady Scots headed back to the state tournament.

Presley Echols scored a pair of second-half goals as HP rallied past Prosper 2-1 in a battle of unbeatens in the Class 5A Region II final on Saturday at Standridge Stadium.

The Lady Scots (25-0) allowed the opening goal for the third time in five postseason games. And just as it had against Carrollton Creekview and Mansfield Lake Ridge, HP came back with a vengeance.


Lady Scots Advance to Region II Final

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Rachel Wasserman scored a late goal for Highland Park during Friday’s playoff win over Mansfield Lake Ridge. (Photo: Rob Graham)

CARROLLTON — Freshman Presley Echols scored twice in the second half to lead Highland Park to a 3-1 win against Mansfield Lake Ridge in a Class 5A Region II semifinal on Friday at Standridge Stadium.

The Lady Scots (24-0) remained unbeaten and advanced to meet Prosper (26-0-1) in the regional final at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the winner earning a spot in next week’s state tournament in Georgetown.

Echols tied the game at 1-1 with 18:36 remaining in regulation when she found an open seam through the Lake Ridge defense and fired a shot past goalkeeper Brooke Lampe. She then delivered the game-winning goal with 11:04 remaining when she capitalized on a loose ball in the box.

“Just a finisher’s goal,” Highland Park head coach Stewart Brown said. “It was bouncing around a bit and she got a chance and knew what to do with it.”

With 10 seconds remaining, Rachel Wasserman scored from 45 yards out into a vacated net after Lampe had tried to push forward and join a Lake Ridge rush.

Lake Ridge had taken a 1-0 lead with 23:55 remaining in the first half on a corner kick that skipped through the box to Priscilla Clark for an easy tap-in near the far post.

Highland Park then turned up the pressure before Echols finally tied the game in the second half.

“We knew we were playing the right way, and that’s what we said at halftime,” Brown said. “We kept telling them, we’ll get the first one and then we’ll be in a good spot.”

Midway through the first half, Lampe made back-to-back saves — first diving to her right, and then recovering to make a second save on the rebound.

Ten minutes later, Echols hit the post, and soon after that, Frances Ann Matise had a point-blank chance for Highland Park that went just wide of the left post.

Eight minutes into the second half, Lampe made another diving save to force a corner kick. On the ensuing corner kick, she made another save and held on to the rebound through a maze of bodies in front of the net.


Theft Video Captures Views But Not a Culprit

A construction worker rides on the hood of a Buick LeSaber in a failed attempt to stop the theft of a $1,200 saw. (Matthew Mathis, YouTube.com) 0
A construction worker rides on the hood of a Buick LeSaber in a failed attempt to stop the theft of a $1,200 saw. (Matthew Mathis, YouTube.com)

Surveillance video now posted on YouTube captures the excitement: Workers give chase around 5 p.m. March 17 after a man grabs a $1,200 STIHL TS 420 concrete saw from a construction site in the 4200 block of McFarlin Boulevard in University Park.

One of the workers jumps on the hood and rides the maroon Buick LeSaber, which first reverses back down the street. The worker is still hanging onto the hood as the Buick is put in drive and races back across the screen again with other workers still giving chase on foot and in a pickup truck.

But for all their efforts to stop a theft, the construction workers didn’t help police much.

The police report put it this way: “The workers tried to stop him but were unsuccessful.”

And while the viral video of the incident has garnered more than a million views, those aren’t translating into tips.


HP Girls Take Perfect Mark Into Playoffs

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Highland Park's quest for perfection continues on Thursday with its playoff opener against Longview Pine Tree. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s quest for perfection continues on Thursday with its playoff opener against Longview Pine Tree. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Even as Highland Park has transformed itself over the last decade into a perennial state powerhouse in girls soccer, the Lady Scots never had a perfect regular season on their resume.

Notice the past tense. That changed this year. Twenty victories. No losses. No ties.

Obviously, HP would like to keep that zero in the loss column through April 15. Doing so would give the Lady Scots their first state title since 2012.

Their playoff opener is a bi-district matchup against Longview Pine Tree, slated for 6 p.m. Thursday in Royse City. A boys game between the same two teams will follow at 7:30 p.m.


Highland Belles Sparkle at National Competition

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The Highland Belles wrapped up their 2016-2017 season by competing in the Contest of Champions National Drill Team Competition in Orlando on March 4 The Belles excelled in several dance categories going up against other teams from around the nation.

“This talented team exceeded my expectations in the ways they performed and how they represented our community on this national stage,” director Shannon Phillips said.  “It was a fantastic way to conclude an outstanding year for our program.”

In the Extra-Large Team Category the Belles received the following awards:

• 1st place XL Pom

• 1st place XL Military

• 1st place XL Jazz

• 2nd place XL Kick

In the overall scoring of teams, the Belles came in 12th place out of the 55 teams and placed high in the following individual categories:

• 6th place Pom of 38 entries

• 7th place Kick of 34 entries

• 7th place Military of 10 entries

• 12th place Jazz of 58 entries

 


One Dead After Preston Place Fire

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The seven-alarm fire that destroyed the Preston Place condos this weekend has resulted in fatality.

Firefighters found a body early March 6 and believe the deceased is Jacqueline McDonald, an 89-year-old resident who had been missing, according Dallas Fire-Rescue.

“We found a body near the area where the missing woman lived,” Public Information Officer Jason Evans said. “Considering all the information we’ve gathered up to this point, and the people we’ve spoken with, the most likely case is that it is her. . . the medical examiner will be the one to make that confirmation.”

The fire started late Friday at the four-story condominium building in the 6200 block of Northwest Highway near Preston Road.


Fire Rips Through Northwest Highway Condos

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Dallas firefighters continue to battle a 7-alarm fire that started late Friday at a four-story condominium building in the 6200 block of Northwest Highway near Preston Road.

Dallas Fire-Rescue received a 911 call at 11:26 p.m. for a structure fire at 6225 West Northwest Highway. When crews arrived on the scene, they saw smoke coming from the building as residents evacuated. Shortly thereafter, flames engulfed most of the structure, causing firefighters to escalate the fire to 6-alarm and then 7-alarm status. Between 170 and 180 firefighters were dispatched during the height of the blaze.