You couldn’t pay me to sit outside and watch an SMU football game in this weather. But if that sort of thing sounds appealing to you, then you should know you don’t have to pay to see the Mustangs play Central Florida at Ford Stadium today. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 o’clock.
The Dallas Marathon would have been run through portions of Highland Park, on streets including Turtle Creek Boulevard, Lakeside Drive, Armstrong Avenue, Byron Avenue, and Beverly Drive. But race officials have decided that the icy conditions would have made it impossible to pull off the event safely.
The Scots’ matchup with Wylie in the Class 4A Division I Region II final WILL NOT be played today. The new time, date, and location is still in the works.
For Highland Park, the Class 4A Division I Region II final on Friday might come down to keeping momentum.
The Scots will meet Wylie with a berth in the state semifinals on the line, looking for their 13th consecutive victory overall. HP also sports a 14-0 record against the Pirates in a once-contentious rivalry that dates back to 1994.
Their most recent clashes came as district foes in 2010 and 2011, when HP won both matchups by identical 24-21 scores.
But both teams know this renewal will be more about advancing in the postseason than about past grudges. The Scots (12-1) and Pirates (9-4) have never met one another in the playoffs.
HP dominated Mansfield Legacy 48-0 last week, earning its first playoff shutout since topping Marshall 59-0 in the 2005 state title game. It also allowed HP to advance past the Thanksgiving weekend for the first time since 2007.
The Scots have won all three of their playoff games by at least 21 points and appear to be peaking at the right time of the year. HP quarterback Brooks Burgin has thrown nine touchdown passes with no interceptions in those victories.
The Pirates enter the game with four losses on their resume — an unusually high number for this stage of the playoffs — but also with plenty of momentum following a 64-46 win over South Oak Cliff last week in the regional quarterfinals.
It marked the highest offensive output of the season for a Wylie offense that has averaged more than 50 points during its playoff run and should provide another test for an HP defensive unit that already stifled the high-powered Legacy attack a week ago.
Friday’s game will be played at Eagle Stadium in Allen, the same site where Wylie eliminated SOC last week and where the Scots knocked off The Colony in the bi-district round.
All that news about Highland Park moving to the state’s highest classification for UIL competitions next season? It might not be such a big deal for the boys basketball program.
The Scots (8-0) are undefeated this season, and five of their eight wins have come against current Class 5A schools — Midlothian, Lake Highlands, Jesuit, Richardson, and McKinney — which would be part of the new 6A next season.
They had a season-best offensive output on Tuesday during an 80-59 home win over McKinney.
“I want to schedule good teams to give us a good test and see where we are,” HP head coach David Piehler said.
The next test for the Scots will be an extended stretch of games away from home beginning Friday at Richardson Pearce. HP will then play in a tournament next week in Burkburnett, will travel to Mesquite Poteet for its District 10-4A opener, and compete in a holiday tournament in Allen before its next home game on Dec. 31 against West Mesquite.
The Covenant Knights, who are seeking a second straight TAPPS Division I championship in six-man football, were scheduled to play at noon Saturday in the small West Texas town of Zephyr. But the impending icepocalypse has delayed Covenant’s matchup with Geneva School of Boerne by exactly one week. The game is now scheduled for noon on Dec. 14.
Yeah, sure, we all know how well the Highland Park football and basketball teams are doing this semester. But what about the Ultimate Frisbee squad? The Scots spent two November weekends competing against the top teams in Texas.
The first matches took place at Pearce High School in Richardson the weekend of Nov. 9. In their first game, Highland Park faced longtime rival Flower Mound Marcus. The Scots started slow but hit their stride and won, 13-11. They then rolled past defending state champion Coppell, 12-6, and Pearce, 13-2.
A week later, the Scots rolled into the Elite 8 Tournament in Waco, which matched the top four teams from North Texas against the top four teams from across the state. Highland Park started strong by defeating Austin Liberal Arts and Science Academy, 13-1, and fought off a comeback from Kingwood with a 13-10 victory. They went on to beat St. Thomas, 13-2, and Belton, 13-4.
The Scots’ next game isn’t until after Christmas, so they have time to sit back and bask in the glow of their red-hot Frisbees.
Highland Park graduate Will Miller was recently on the receiving end of some SportsCenter hype for hitting five first-half 3-pointers during Mount St. Mary’s loss to top-ranked Michigan State.
With cold temperatures and wintry weather possibly in the forecast for later this week, Highland Park and Wylie have agreed to move their Class 4A Division I Region II final from frigid Southlake to balmy Allen.
OK, so perhaps the conditions won’t be very favorable one way or the other, but the game will still be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday, only now it will be at Eagle Stadium in Allen. That slot became available when Ennis and Mesquite Poteet decided to shift their game in Allen from Friday to Thursday.
“This stadium was actually our preferred venue, and it has just become available,” HPISD athletic director Johnny Ringo said. “With the possibility of inclement weather on Friday, Eagle Stadium’s location makes for easier travel, and its design offers better protection from the weather.”
Discounted tickets are available in advance at the Highlander Stadium box office this week. The ticket office will be open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets will be $10 at the gate, and parking will be $5.
The stadium might have been the preferred venue, but it has yielded opposite results this season for the two teams. The Scots suffered their only loss of the season there to Aledo by a 44-3 score on Aug. 31, while Wylie had their best offensive output of the season on the same turf in a 64-46 win over South Oak Cliff in the regional semifinals last week.
Highland Park’s boys basketball team remained unbeaten with a 73-70 home win over Richardson last Tuesday. The Scots trailed the Eagles by 2 at halftime, but came out strong in the third quarter with a 23-11 scoring advantage to take the lead, which they never relinquished.
Evan Beucler and Clayton Murtha paced the Scot scoring with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Derek Cahn added an additional 18 points.
Both teams made eight 3-point shots, with the visitors making more regulation baskets. The difference in the game came down to foul shots, with the Scots sinking 17 to the opponents’ 10.
Highland Park will host McKinney at about 8 o’clock this evening as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.