Playing under the lights for the first time on its home field, the Highland Park softball team polished off the historic night with a 9-4 victory over Ferris on Tuesday.
The Lady Scots (1-1) held a pre-game ceremony in which the team captains along with former HPHS girls athletic director Jerry Sutterfield flipped the switch to illuminate the field.
Next up, HP will put the field and the lights to good use during the Lady Scots Tournament beginning Thursday.
As part of the round-robin format, the Lady Scots will face South Garland (11:30 a.m. Thursday), Garland (8 a.m. Friday), North Garland (4:45 p.m. Friday), Parish Episcopal (8 a.m. Saturday), and Garland Lakeview Centennial (1:15 p.m. Saturday).
The tournament field also includes Pinkston and Richardson. A complete schedule of games can be found after the jump.
Lady Scots Varsity Tournament
Parish Episcopal vs. South Garland, 8 a.m.
Parish Episcopal vs. Garland Lakeview, 9:45 a.m.
Highland Park vs. South Garland, 11:30 a.m.
Garland Lakeview vs. South Garland, 1:15 p.m.
Garland vs. Pinkston, 3 p.m.
Garland vs. Garland Lakeview, 4:45 p.m.
Highland Park JV vs. Pinkston, 6:30 p.m.
Highland Park vs. Garland, 8 a.m.
Parish Episcopal vs. Garland, 9:45 a.m.
North Garland vs. Richardson, 11:30 a.m.
North Garland vs. South Garland, 1:15 p.m.
Garland vs. Richardson, 3 p.m.
Highland Park vs. North Garland, 4:45 p.m.
South Garland vs. Richardson, 6:30 p.m.
Highland Park vs. Parish Episcopal, 8 a.m.
Richardson vs. Parish Episcopal, 9:45 a.m.
Richardson vs. Pinkston, 11:30 a.m.
Highland Park vs. Garland Lakeview, 1:15 p.m.
Highland Park JV vs. North Garland, 3 p.m.
Pinkston vs. Garland Lakeview, 4:45 p.m.
Pinkston vs. North Garland, 6:30 p.m.
CARROLLTON — Too many turnovers and too many missed shots led to a too-early exit from the boys basketball playoffs for Highland Park on Tuesday.
The Scots were upset by Frisco Liberty 58-55 in overtime, losing in the bi-district round of the Class 4A Region II playoffs for the fourth time in the past five years.
Despite a late rally and a tremendous second-half performance by Derek Cahn, HP stumbled with 21 turnovers against a smaller and quicker Liberty team that kept the game close throughout.
“It’s a combination of not taking care of the ball and Liberty making plays,” said HP head coach David Piehler. “They made the shots when they needed to.”
The Scots (27-5) trailed by three points with less than two minutes to play in regulation when Cahn hit a 3-pointer from the wing to tie the game at 46. Evan Beucler gave HP the lead with two free throws in the final minute, but Liberty’s Carter Brown made a short jumper with five seconds left to send the game into overtime.
HP trailed again for much of overtime, knotting the score on a layup by Clayton Murtha with 29 seconds remaining. However, Liberty’s Trey Curry scored on a layup of his own just eight seconds later, and two free throws by Brandon Hicks gave the Redhawks (17-10) a three-point advantage with a pair of free throws.
The Scots had a final chance to tie, but Cahn’s contested three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer.
“You can’t fault our effort,” said Piehler, whose team won the District 10-4A title during the regular season. “We didn’t take them lightly. They just played better than we did.”
Cahn finished with a game-high 27 points, including 22 after halftime. He scored all 11 of HP’s points in the third quarter, and added six rebounds. Beucler finished with 12 points.
After a slow start, the Scots used an 8-0 spurt to take a 16-13 lead early in the second quarter. Cahn and Beucler each made 3-pointers during the run.
However, the Redhawks never let HP take control thanks to a balanced effort led by guard Ashten Bloom, who scored a team-high 18 points and was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Curry added 14 points for Liberty, while Carter had 11.
Liberty, which finished in a tie for third place in District 9-4A during the regular season, was playing its first postseason game since 2011, when it also knocked off the Scots in the first round.
It was the final game for eight HP seniors, including all five starters. Piehler said that once that group gets past the disappointment of Tuesday’s loss, it can reflect fondly on an otherwise stellar season.
“They’ve come a long way. They came together and bought into what we were trying to do,” Piehler said. “We all wish we could have gone further, but they set an example for the juniors and sophomores for next year.”
Being at the top of the district is nothing new for the Highland Park boys basketball team.
The Scots have won at least 22 games in each of the past four seasons, yet postseason success has been elusive. HP hasn’t advanced past the area round since 2009, and is just 1-4 in playoff games during that span.
Even two years ago, when the Scots dominated their district and went 27-2 during the regular season, they suffered a lopsided loss in the second round to Kimball (which, in fairness, went on to win a 4A state title).
HP (27-4) will look to reverse that trend when it opens the postseason against Frisco Liberty (16-10) tonight in a Class 4A Region II bi-district game, set for 7 p.m. at Hebron High School.
The Scots clinched the outright 10-4A crown with a 64-42 win over North Forney on Feb. 11, and will enter tonight’s game with a week of rest.
The Redhawks lost to Frisco 75-49 on Friday in a tiebreaker game for the third playoff seed from District 9-4A. Liberty, led by junior point guard Ashten Bloom, recovered from a slow start in league play by winning seven of its last eight regular-season games.
The Redhawks are making their first playoff appearance since 2011, when they defeated the Scots in the bi-district round.
HP will counter with an experienced lineup of seniors that includes double-figure scorers Derek Cahn, Clayton Murtha, and Evan Beucler.
With a roster built for height and sharp shooting, perhaps this is the year the Scots can make another deep run similar to 2008, when they advanced to the regional finals before falling to eventual state champion South Oak Cliff.
If the Scots win, they would face another Dallas ISD opponent in the second round, either Kimball or Conrad. Then, powerhouse Frisco Heritage could loom in the regional quarterfinals. Such is the nature of being in one the state’s toughest regions, and in one of the country’s hotbeds for high school basketball talent.
By the way, for those who can’t make it to the game, our friends at sportsgram.net will offer live video and audio.
Stephen Dieb and Connor Creek saved their best for last at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament on Saturday in Garland.
Both Highland Park wrestlers won state titles in their second trips to state, with Dieb claiming a gold medal in the 145-pound weight class and Creek earning the title at 160 pounds.
Dieb (34-2), a sophomore, topped Jon Hernandez of Amarillo Palo Duro in a 3-1 decision in the title match. Dieb was unbeaten in postseason matches, winning both district and regional titles prior to the state crown.
Creek (34-4), a junior, defeated Lancaster’s Aaron Guery in a tiebreaker in the championship match. Creek was able to avenge a loss to Guery in the Region III final match from two weeks earlier.
Both champions were making repeat trips to the state tournament. A year ago, Dieb finished third at 126 pounds as a freshman. Creek was a state qualifier at 152 pounds but lost both of his matches.
The Scots finished second behind Frisco Centennial in the 4A team standings.
Throughout hockey lore, they’ve been known as enforcers or goons — guys whose primary role in the game is to engage in fights or intimidate opposing players. Normally, those guys wind up in the penalty box a lot.
You don’t see many of those types in the high school hockey ranks, but we might have found one last night in Aaron Driggs of Southlake.
Driggs and his teammates were playing against Highland Park in an AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League game. The Scots won 4-1, which might help to explain why Driggs racked up 48 penalty minutes in a 45-minute game.
If you’re wondering how that’s possible, here’s a rundown of his malfeasance:
- At 6:30 of the first period, he received a two-minute minor penalty for hooking.
- At 10:05 of the first period, he received a two-minute minor for checking from behind, which included an additional 10-minute misconduct penalty.
- Skip to 11:24 of the third period, when he received a double-minor for roughing and head contact. He was given an additional 10-minute misconduct and ejected for the head contact, then another 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct.
- This led to another 10-minute misconduct penalty for receiving five penalties in a game, which by that point was fairly meaningless.
Not surprisingly, his performance vaulted Driggs to the top of the league leaders in penalty minutes.
It’s the moment of truth this weekend for seven Highland Park wrestlers who will compete at the Class 4A state wrestling meet in Garland after leading the Scots to a team title at the Region III meet two weeks ago. The first-round matchups for the Scots today have been set:
- At 126 pounds, Matt Kroencke (21-12) will face Frisco Centennial’s Roman Rose (38-3).
- At 132 pounds, Keegan Martin (21-7) will face Frisco Centennial’s Corbin Huxley (25-7).
- At 145 pounds, Stephen Dieb (26-2) will face Rio Grande City’s Valentin Cantu (36-5).
- At 152 pounds, Jackson Stafford (29-7) will face Austin Vandegrift’s Brent Peterson (29-6).
- At 160 pounds, Connor Creek (26-4) will face El Paso Hanks’ Joseph Huerta (31-5).
- At 182 pounds, Christian Lorenzoni (18-10) will face El Paso Jefferson’s Hugo Gutierrez (36-5).
- At 195 pounds, Michael Thornton (32-5) will face Frisco Centennial’s Austin Vonderheid (21-22).
There are 16 wrestlers in the bracket of each weight class, with most of the consolation matches and finals set for Saturday.
This much we know: Highland Park is the outright winner of the District 10-4A boys basketball title.
What we don’t know is when or where the Scots will play their bi-district playoff game, or even who they will meet.
The Scots (27-4, 13-1) closed out the regular season with a 66-42 road win over North Forney on Tuesday to finish one game ahead of Carrollton Newman Smith in the final 10-4A standings. Derek Cahn paced HP with 18 points, while Clayton Murtha and Scottie Scheffler added 12 apiece.
That means HP will play the fourth-place team from District 9-4A in the first round of the playoffs. But it’s likely that will involve some sort of tiebreaker between Frisco and Frisco Liberty, who will be knotted in third place if Liberty defeats last-place Little Elm tonight.
Whatever tiebreaker procedure is decided upon, the Scots will face the lower seed of those two. The bi-district game will be on Monday or Tuesday at a time and site to be determined.
Nick Moore made history for Highland Park over the weekend by leading a wave of accomplishments for the school’s swimming team.
The Blue Wave won the boys team title on Saturday at the Class 4A Region III meet in Frisco, while Moore broke a 33-year-old school record in the 100-yard butterfly.
The junior’s time of 51.56 seconds set a new regional mark and also shattered school record previously held by Olympic gold medalist Mike Heath since 1981.
Moore also won a silver medal in the 100 backstroke. Mason Kelly was second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle, and Jasper Van Cauwelaert placed third in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Tommy King had a fourth-place finish in the 500 freestyle.
The top four finishers in each event, including relays, qualify for the UIL state meet on Feb. 21-22 in Austin.
On the girls side, the Blue Wave placed second in the team standings behind Frisco. Kate Boyer won regional titles in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Lauren Murski took first in the 200 freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle, and Morgan King was third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 IM.
HP also won the girls 400 freestyle relay with the quartet of Boyer, King, Murski, and Michelle Wessman.
McKINNEY – Highland Park picked the wrong time to suffer a shooting slump.
Offensive inconsistency was a primary culprit for the Lady Scots during a 55-43 loss to The Colony on Tuesday in a Class 4A Region II bi-district playoff game.
HP fell behind in the first half against a bigger and faster opponent, then saw its comeback attempt fall short when the Lady Scots made just one field goal in the third quarter.
The Lady Scots (17-10) were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars (19-9) won their seventh straight game overall.
“We just didn’t score,” said HP head coach Amy Matlock. “We had plenty of opportunities. We got their big girls in foul trouble like we wanted, but we still couldn’t execute on offense.”
Indeed, the situation seemed to set up well for HP once The Colony’s top scorer, freshman post Jade Williams, picked up her fourth foul with 1:23 remaining in the first half. Versatile guard Taylor Holley drew her fourth foul late in the third quarter and fouled out with more than three minutes left in the game. But HP couldn’t take advantage.
The Lady Scots surged ahead early in the game before a 13-1 run by The Colony to close the first quarter, and the Lady Cougars never looked back.
Alex Reynolds scored a game-high 16 points for HP, including four 3-pointers. Caroline McDaniel was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line as part of a 13-point effort.
Despite her limited time on the floor, Williams led The Colony with 14 points, while Holley added 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Libby Waddell contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. All of the points for the Lady Cougars came from the starting lineup.
Matlock said once the disappointment subsides, her players will be able to reflect fondly on their accomplishments this season.
“I’m very proud of where we started and where we finished,” Matlock said. “We really came together as a team.”
The Highland Park girls basketball team will try to embrace the underdog role tonight.
The Lady Scots (17-9), who finished in third place in District 10-4A, will meet 9-4A runner-up The Colony (18-9) in a Class 4A Region II bi-district playoff game at 7 p.m. at McKinney North.
The winner will face either Bryan Adams or Molina in the area round later this week.
It will be the third straight postseason appearance for HP, which fell to Frisco Heritage in the first round last year.
The Lady Scots clinched their playoff spot in part because of a forfeit victory last Tuesday in the regular-season finale against Terrell, which didn’t have enough players for the game.
HP hasn’t won consecutive games since Jan. 14, but has shown remarkable balance on offense this season. Katie Thiebaud averages 10.9 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Alex Reynolds averages 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. Meanwhile, Caroline McDaniel contributes 9.2 points, 2.5 assists, and 2.8 steals per game.
The Lady Cougars enter the matchup with more momentum, having won six straight games to close the regular season. They have limited opponents to 45 or fewer points in their last nine contests, including a 45-29 thrashing of Little Elm on Tuesday.
Jade Williams, a 6-foot-3 freshman, leads The Colony in scoring this season with 14.5 points per game. The Lady Cougars are making their sixth straight playoff appearance, and advanced to the Class 4A Region II semifinals a year ago.
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