ReplaySports Gives Equipment New Purpose

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FROM LEFT: Cade England, Gabe Galbraith, Ben Holsomback, Worthey Wiles, Jack Sitzer, and Ben Smith collect used sporting goods at Highland Park Middle School. (Photo: Sarah Bays)

ReplaySports hauled in boxes of used sports equipment for youth teams in need, continuing a Highland Park tradition begun by varsity athletes in 2007.

Jackson Coon, Chris Hipps, Thomas Gibbons, and Caleb Robinson, 2010 Highland Park High School graduates, came up with the idea for the charity just before the start of their sophomore year. With help from football coach Randy Allen, the project rolled out.

“Each of them shared a love of sports and a desire to give an opportunity to others that might not have the equipment to enable them to participate,” wrote Deanne Brock, the mother of HPHS graduate Tyler Brock.


House of the Month: 3608 Lexington Avenue

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(Courtesy Rogers Healy)

Priced at $9,995,000, this stunning traditional home is now available. With seven bedrooms, one half and eight full bathrooms, the 14,400-square-foot house situated on more than half an acre exudes elegance in every detail. Completely remodeled from 2016–17, the open-concept floor plan provides ample space for entertaining, with top-of-the-line modern amenities. The home features elevator access to all three levels — including the 2,500-square-foot playroom on the third floor. The backyard oasis features lush landscaping, mature trees, and a breathtaking pool and spa.


Study: Dense Dallas Getting Hotter

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“Cities do not cause heat waves — they amplify them.”

The Dallas area is heating up and not in a good way.

A recent study by Brian Stone, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, found that Dallas is heating up faster than nearly every other American city. Only Phoenix, Arizona, is warming faster.

“The study … is a wake-up call for all of us who call Dallas and North Texas home,” said Texas Trees Foundation CEO Janette Monear in announcing findings of the Dallas 2017 Urban Heat Island Effect Study.

The study was conducted for the foundation with partial funding from Alliance Data of Dallas.


New HPISD Campus Welcomes Temporary Tenants

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Leigh Ann Mewhirter’s first-grade class with Principal Candace Judd. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

A bagpiper and a panther mascot stood at the doors of 8385 Durham St. on the first morning of classes to welcome in the new 110,000-square-foot building’s temporary tenants — University Park Elementary students — for the 2017–18 school year.

The campus is the first new elementary school to open in more than 60 years in the Highland Park Independent School District.

The original UP Elementary campus, built in 1928, was torn down in June and will be rebuilt for the 2018–19 school year. With 700 students and 80 staff members, there simply wasn’t room for growth in the old setup, district leaders said.


Bush Center to Honor Bono

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President George W. Bush waves to the camera as U2 Frontman Bono flashes his signature peace sign. (Courtesy photo)

The Bush Center has announced the Forum on Leadership, hosted by President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, a new annual gathering that will bring together leading voices for in-depth discussions on pressing issues.

Ken Hersh, president and CEO of the Bush Center, said the event will recognize individuals for outstanding leadership in their fields and communities and investigate how to promote leadership while navigating such geopolitical challenges as governing in a complex world, education, economic growth, veterans’ transition, and technological disruptions.


Scots Pound Lovejoy in 15-5A Opener

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Colby Hopkins and the Highland Park defense shut down Lovejoy on Friday. The Scots forced two turnovers and won 50-7. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

LUCAS — With the schedule revealing the start of the District 15-5A schedule, Highland Park knew it was time to flip the switch.

The Scots responded in a big way, unleashing their best all-around game of the season in a 50-7 drubbing of Lovejoy on Friday at Leopard Stadium.

John Stephen Jones threw four touchdown passes and ran for another before exiting in the third quarter, while the defense came within a minute of posting its first shutout of the year.


HP Athletics Provides Positive Coaching

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Courtesy HPISD

HPISD Athletics has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to present a program for ninth-grade athletes. Parents of middle and high school athletes also attended a workshop on Monday for a separate program.

  • The workshop for ninth-grade athletes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in the HPHS gym. The program will give newest high school athletes a game plan to help them become triple-impact competitors.

HP Travels to Lovejoy for 15-5A Opener

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Ryan Coxe and the Highland Park defense will face a struggling Lovejoy offense on Friday in the District 15-5A opener. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

For Highland Park, the 2017 season has started almost identically to the 2016 season — with two solid wins and one tough loss during nondistrict play.

The Scots are hoping the current season also has an identical ending to the prior one, which culminated in a Class 5A Division I state title.

But first, HP will try to repeat its District 15-5A championship. And that quest begins with a trip to Lovejoy on Friday for its third road game in four weeks.