Daughters of Slain UP Fire Captain File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Capt. Robert Poynter

The daughters of slain University Park fire captain Robert Poynter have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his wife and her lover.

Robert Poynter was found dead near a Hunt County road on Sept. 9. Investigators allege that his estranged wife, Chacey Poynter, lured him there so that her boyfriend Michal Garza could kill him.

Attorneys J. Gregory Marks and W. Cullen McMahon filed the petition in a Collin County court on behalf of Nicole and Natalie Poynter.


Red-Hot HP to Face Marshall in Playoffs

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Here's a team of 14 players who completed a 14-win district season on Feb. 14. They will face Marshall to open the playoffs on Feb. 21. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Here’s a team of 14 players who completed a 14-win district season on Feb. 14. They will open the playoffs against Marshall. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Highland Park showed its postseason preparedness on Tuesday with an 83-43 blasting of fellow playoff contender North Forney in the regular-season finale on Tuesday.

The Scots (23-9, 14-0), who haven’t lost since late December, will face Marshall in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in Wills Point.

The Scots wrapped up a perfect run through District 15-5A with one of their more dominating performances, led by 25 points from Ethan Nussbaum. Despite the absence of leading scorer Will Enzor, 10 players found the basket for HP, which also posted its best defensive performance in almost a month.


Lady Scots Keep Rolling Through 15-5A

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Highland Park is unbeaten this season, and hasn't allowed a goal in District 15-5A play. In other words, they're pretty good. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is unbeaten this season, and hasn’t allowed a goal in District 15-5A play. In other words, they’re pretty good. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has now shut out every one of its opponents in District 15-5A schedule after concluding the first half of the league schedule with a 3-0 win over Wylie East on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium.

Rachel Wasserman scored for the Lady Scots (13-0, 7-0) along with freshmen Presley Echols and Megan O’Neal.

In boys action, the Scots suffered a 3-2 road loss to Wylie East despite a pair of goals from Duncan James and two assists from Wesley Winters.

Both HP squads will face Lovejoy on Friday to begin the second half of the district slate. The Scots (8-4-1, 4-3) will again play on the road, while the Lady Scots are at home.


Headless Chickens Take the Crown

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Courtesy Neely Thrash

Courtesy Neely Thrash

Hyer Elementary’s “Headless Chickens” 4th Grade Boys Basketball Team won the Moody Family YMCA’s upper division basketball tournament. They defeated Armstrong Elementary in a hard-fought championship game. Back row: Coach Blake Anderson, Marshall Smith, Nick Sherwood, Walker Thrash, Sawyer Anderson, and Coach Evan Wall; Front row: Finn Calloway, Parker Addison, Angus Wall and Dylan Mallat.


Homeless Shelter to Host Graduation Ceremony

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Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 10.45.00 AMThe Dallas LIFE Homeless shelter will honor 25 residents during its semi-annual graduation ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20. This year’s class includes several military veterans.

Each graduate has successfully completed a 10-month Homeless No More Recovery Program. The curriculum stresses accountability, and includes lessons in drug and alcohol recovery, anger management, relationship restoration, job readiness, resume preparation, interview skills, money management, as well as personal and spiritual growth.


Lady Scots Cut Down Pine Tree in Playoffs

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Highland Park's Morgan Smith scored a game-high 22 points as the Lady Scots rolled past Longview Pine Tree in their playoff opener. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park’s Morgan Smith scored a game-high 22 points as the Lady Scots rolled past Longview Pine Tree in their playoff opener. (File photo: Rob Graham)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

WILLS POINT — After a few missed shots early in the game, Highland Park shook off the playoff jitters in a 59-34 win over Longview Pine Tree in a Class 5A Region II bi-district game on Monday.

The Lady Scots (23-8) bounced back from a loss in the regular season finale and will play state-ranked The Colony in the area round later this week at a time and site to be determined.

On Monday, there were a couple of obstacles that Highland Park had to overcome, some self-inflicted.

“We missed about seven layups or short shots in the first quarter,” said HP head coach Nicole Fleming. “Also, they were a more athletic team that it showed on film, and their zone was giving us trouble early.”


Scots Look to Finish Perfect Run in 15-5A

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Ryan Waters and Highland Park will look for a sweep of District 15-5A when they host North Forney on Tuesday in the regular-season finale. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Highland Park will look for a sweep of District 15-5A when it hosts North Forney on Tuesday in the regular-season finale. (Photo: Radonna Vollmer)

Highland Park has just one more hurdle in its quest to complete an undefeated run through District 15-5A this season.

Having already clinched the district title and top seed in the upcoming playoffs, the Scots will host fellow playoff contender North Forney on Tuesday for a chance at 14 straight wins in league play.

The Scots (22-9, 13-0) earned two wins on the road last week, including a 65-60 triumph on Friday at Lovejoy that required a second-half comeback. Ethan Nussbaum led the way with 13 points in that game, followed by Ryan Waters with 11 points and Preston Landes with 10.

Three days earlier, HP surged to a 56-48 victory at Wylie East behind a game-high 21 points from Will Enzor. The Scots haven’t lost a game since the Allen Holiday Invitational tournament in late December.


HPSA Squad Records Best-Ever Finish

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These young HPSA soccer players collected medals for a runner-up finish at a recent tournament.

These young Highland Park Soccer Academy players collected medals for a runner-up finish at a recent tournament.

Congratulations to the Highland Park Soccer Academy 04 Boys team for taking second place in the U90C Kick Off tournament in The Colony, which represents the best finish in program history. The team won all three of its pool-play games and advanced to the final in the bronze division of the boys under-13 division.

The squad, coached by Howard Grosser, consists of several players who attend Highland Park Middle School or McCulloch Intermediate School. They include: Kyle Barron, Jack Burns, Edgar Guerrero, Adam Harper, William Hobbs, Jackson Holmes, Foster Hudson, Wesley Kane, Lucas Koellner, Noah Lilly, Colin Peck, Rhett Rapuzzi, Jack Rea, Giovanni Rodriguez, Taylor Six, Parker Stephens, Yair Vilchis, and Jerry Wang.


Armstrong Fourth-Grader Reels In a Record

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Courtesy Chris Sorrells

(Photo: Chris Sorrells)

As fish tales go, this one’s a whopper. Dylan Sorrells, 10, a fourth-grader at Armstrong Elementary, reeled in a 54-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish at Lake Tawakoni on Jan. 29.

The catch has been submitted to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) to be considered for a 10-and-under world record. Dylan was fishing with his dad, Chris Sorrells, and Michael and Terri Littlejohn of Lake Tawakoni Guide Service.