Lovejoy Rallies for Split With Scots

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Highland Park will play North Forney twice this week after splitting its games against Lovejoy to start 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will play North Forney twice this week after splitting its games against Lovejoy to start 15-5A play. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park and Lovejoy split their two games to open the District 15-5A baseball schedule last week. After winning 10-0 on March 14, the Scots fell 3-2 in eight innings on Friday.

In the latter game, HP took an early lead on Babe Walker’s first-inning home run, and led again 2-1 after a run in the top of the eighth. But the Leopards rallied in the bottom of the inning to hand the Scots (9-9, 1-1) their first district defeat.

Next up for HP in the 15-5A slate is a two-game series with North Forney. The Scots will be on the road on Tuesday, and will host the Falcons on March 24.


HP Takes Second-Straight Academic Decathlon State Title

From left: Superintendent Tom Trigg, Anna Chung, Rachel Korn, Abby Waren, Michael Xie, Brooke Yung, Wyatt Hill, Jasmyne Rodriguez, Matthew Forbes, Coach David Alvarado, and Coach Greg Bergeron. (Courtesy photo) 0
From left: Superintendent Tom Trigg, Anna Chung, Rachel Korn, Abby Waren, Michael Xie, Brooke Yung, Wyatt Hill, Jasmyne Rodriguez, Matthew Forbes, Coach David Alvarado, and Coach Greg Bergeron. (Courtesy photo)

When Highland Park earned its first academic decathlon state title last year, there was lots of cheering and celebrating. This year’s reaction was more subdued.

“Our team motto is, ‘We did it once, we can do it again,” decathlete Wyatt Hill said. “We felt like we’d better win or we were going to look stupid if we didn’t.

Hill, along with fellow senior Brooke Yung and junior Michael Xie, represented the team both years. While proud of their impressive feat, they aren’t ready to sit back and revel in the moment yet.


Scots Blank Lovejoy in District Opener

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Highland Park will try to sweep Lovejoy on Friday to cap the first week of the District 15-5A schedule. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Patrick Shearer and Highland Park will try to sweep Lovejoy on Friday to cap the first week of the District 15-5A schedule. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park began District 15-5A play in midseason form, scoring a 10-0 shutout of Lovejoy on Tuesday. William Adair was the winning pitcher, and Nathan Smolinki posted a triple to key an eight-hit attack.

The Scots (9-8, 1-0) were able to bounce back after dropping their final two games in the Scotland Yard Classic tournament over the weekend. In the tournament, HP defeated Denton Guyer, Belton, and Rowlett before losing to Southlake Carroll and Plano East.

HP will travel to Lovejoy on Friday for its second game against the Leopards in three days. The format of the district schedule this year — and it’s a great idea, we think — calls for a home-and-home series between opponents in consecutive games during each of the next seven weeks.


Scots Return to Postseason in Boys Soccer

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Highland Park will return to the boys soccer playoffs this season thanks to a strong showing in District 15-5A during the regular season.

Highland Park will return to the boys soccer playoffs this season thanks to a strong showing in District 15-5A during the regular season.

After a three-year absence, Highland Park is back in the boys soccer playoffs.

Despite a four-game losing streak to end the regular season — including two by shootout — the Scots finished in third place in District 15-5A. They will face Longview Pine Tree in the bi-district round of the 5A Region II playoffs on March 23 in Royse City.

HP (11-8-1) fell to Wylie East 3-2 in its regular-season finale on Monday. Duncan James and Cole Stevens scored for the Scots, who had been shut out in their three previous games.

Pine Tree (11-8) dropped both of its games against 15-5A competition earlier this season, to Mesquite Poteet and Wylie East. However, the Pirates closed the season with a three-game winning streak to claim the runner-up spot in District 16-5A.


Highland Park Village LOCAL Returns

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image005With a selected lineup of artisan goods, games, food vendors, live entertainment, and more, LOCAL returns to Highland Park Village by popular demand.

The village is known for it’s luxurious charm and big city vibes. There will be face painting for the kids and live performances by local musicians for all to enjoy. 


Lady Scots End Skid, Crush West Mesquite

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Highland Park earned its first District 15-5A win of the season with a 15-0 shutout of West Mesquite on Tuesday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park earned its first District 15-5A win of the season with a 16-0 shutout of West Mesquite on Tuesday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

After starting District 15-5A play with three lopsided losses, Highland Park bounced back with a 16-0 thrashing of West Mesquite on Tuesday.

Amanda Reenan pitched an abbreviated shutout and the Lady Scots (6-12, 1-3) pounded out 14 hits while taking advantage of 11 errors by the Lady Wranglers.

HP had a rough start to league play against a schedule that included games against playoff contenders Lovejoy, North Forney, and Mesquite Poteet in a five-day span. The Lady Scots dropped those contests by a combined margin of 38-1. They will next travel to face Forney on March 21.


HP Picks Up Two Wins on Road Trip

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Highland Park suffered its first defeat of the season on Monday in Durham, North Carolina, but it picked up two wins before that. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park suffered its first defeat of the season on Monday in North Carolina, but it picked up two wins before that. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park came back from its trip to North Carolina with two victories and one loss against top competition from the East Coast.

The Scots (5-1) earned a 13-8 win over Cape Henry Collegiate (Va.) and a 14-11 win over Northwest Guilford (N.C.). They concluded the road trip with a 13-5 loss to McDonogh (Md.).

HP will return to action with a pair of road games next week, on March 21 against Keller and March 24 against Plano West.