Lady Scots Headed to Playoffs

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The playoff-bound Highland Park girls lacrosse team is having the best season in program history. (File photo: Rob Graham)

After winning its first-ever district title, the Highland Park girls lacrosse team will continue its historic season with a home playoff game on Thursday.

The Lady Scots (8-1) won the North district after wrapping up the regular season last week in the Texas High School Girls Lacrosse League. HP earned the top seed after tying with Hockaday for first place in the standings. The Lady Scots took the head-to-head meeting on April 4 as part of a six-game winning streak.

The postseason game will be against a team to be determined at Highlander Stadium. The district tournament will determine which teams advance to the THSGLL state tournament on May 12-13 in Austin.


HP Tops Jesuit; Win Streak at 8

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Jake Pool and Highland Park kept their winning streak alive with a victory over rival Jesuit. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The winning streak reached eight for Highland Park with an impressive 8-5 victory over rival Jesuit on Friday at Highlander Stadium.

The Scots (11-3) haven’t lost in more than a month. They will travel to St. Mark’s on Thursday for the regular-season finale in a matchup of first-place East district teams.

HP likely will host a first-round playoff game next week. The state tournament is set for May 12-13 in Round Rock.


Lady Scots Win Area Track Meet

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Highland Park's 4x400 relay quartet advanced to the Class 5A Region II meet with a runner-up finish at the area meet.

In a reversal of the result from the District 15-5A meet, Highland Park edged Lovejoy for the girls team title at the area track and field meet on April 19 in Longview.

The Lady Scots won just two gold medals, but showed their depth with nine individual qualifiers for the Region II meet on Saturday in Arlington. HP also advanced a 4x400 relay.

A pair of freshman — Cameron Fawcett (3,200) and Ella Patterson (400) — won area championships for the Lady Scots. Other regional qualifiers include Morgan Thompson (discus), Abbey Govett (long jump), Phoebe Spackman (pole vault), Olivia Briggs (triple jump), Sophia Oliai (3,200), Maddy Stephens (400), and Grace O’Keefe (1,600).


University Park man killed crossing highway

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Andreas Doncic

A 40-year-old University Park resident and professor at UT Southwestern was killed Saturday morning when he was hit by a car as he tried to cross Interstate 35E on foot.

Andreas Doncic, a husband and father of two, was hit in the center lane on the northbound side of the highway at 2:45 a.m. near the Walnut Hill exit. Officials said Doncic had been with friends prior to the accident.

No charges are expected to be filed against the driver who struck Doncic. Officials with the Dallas County Sheriff's office said they do not know why Doncic tried to cross the highway on foot.


New Schools Need Better Architecture

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It seems odd that a school district that is so imbued with the idea of Tradition in its high school should be so intent on destroying it in its elementary schools.

When residents voted in a bond election for new school buildings, they should not be surprised to discover that the school district is building them. But they are right to be surprised and offended at the mediocrity of the buildings being built.