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Each Friday, sports editor Chuck Cox provides the inside scoop on all things Scots. Sign up at parkcitiespeople.com. MAY 4, 2012 | 1B
UNDERCLASSMEN ON TOP
Sophomores, freshman bring home state championships Mixed doubles team rolls past competition
Scheffler rides fast start to title
BY CHUCK COX Staff Writer
BY CHUCK COX Staff Writer
USTIN — Even after having just won his first state title as a sophomore, Highland Park’s Scottie Scheffler remained a man of few words. “Yeah, it’s nice,” Scheffler said. “I hit it pretty well, but I didn’t putt that great. I missed the putts I had to make.” Scheffler opened the Class 4A State Championships with a four-under 68 on Monday to give him the lead. And even though he shot a 72 on Tuesday, Scheffler was still three strokes better than second-place Klein Koltz of Austin Lake Travis, which won the team title with a 588 (300-288). Highland Park finished second with a 601 (302-299). “He’s played well all year long,” Highland Park head coach Jeff Loyd said of Scheffler, who finished second at state as a freshman. “He’s been such a good player and a good leader for us. He’s done a great job. You get a little spoiled. He posts so many good numbers. It’s kind of like today when he shot a 72. At the turn, when I heard he was one-over, you kind of blink and say, ‘Are you sure?’ I’m really happy for him.” Also for Highland Park, Jake Potter finished tied for 14th with a 149 (74-75), while Charlie Click (81-75) and Guy Griffith (79-77) both shot 156, and Levi Pettit shot a 161 (81-80). “I’m proud of the guys coming out,” said Griffith, the only senior on the
AKEWAY — The H i g h l a n d Pa r k mixed doubles team of sophomore Connor LaFavre and freshman Margo Taylor was making its first trip to the Class 4A Tennis State Championships this week at the World of Tennis. But that didn’t stop the duo from looking like a pair of seasoned veterans. LaFave/Taylor mowed down the competition, beating the Austin Lake Trav i s t e a m o f Ja xo n Immler/Remi Immler, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals; the League City Clear Falls team of Krishna Jana / Rachel Cunningham, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals; and the Boerne Champion team of Jared Fellows/ Brianna Fellows, 6-1, 6-2, in the finals. Theirs was the only title among the five Scots doubles teams that advanced to state. “We played really well throughout,” LaFavre said. “After regionals, we practiced really hard and got really ready. [Head coach] Dan [Holden] was like, ‘This was a business trip.’ Going on to the court, there were a little nerves because there were a lot of people. Once we started warming up, we were fine. It feels good. The games were close. It was closer than what the scores indicated. We just played really good.” Tay l o r s a i d s h e a n d LaFavre were both feeling strong about their chances of bringing home a state championship heading into the tourney. “It feels cool,” Taylor See TENNIS, Page 5B
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Highland Park sophomore Scottie Scheffler watches his fairway shot land just shy of the hole during day two of Class 4A state tournament play at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin on Tuesday. Scheffler won the state championship.
Scots sophomore Connor LaFavre steps into a backhand during mixed doubles play.
Highland Park freshman Margo Taylor returns a serve during the mixed doubles state quarterﬁnals on the way to winning state.
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Surprising Scots Headed To State LAX Tournament Highland Park to face Jesuit in semifinals BY CHUCK COX Staff Writer
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Highland Park’s Robert Menke (27) jostles for a loose ball with Austin High’s Winslow Blow.
When it comes to the state lacrosse championships, Highland Park is used to being a shoo-in. But the Scots are plenty happy to be this year’s mystery guest. After an up-anddown season that landed Highland Park in a mustwin game with Episcopal School of Dallas just to earn a spot in the super regionals, the Scots made
the most of their opportunity. They avenged a loss to The Woodlands, 10-8, in Saturday’s semifinals, and then crushed Austin High, 11-2, on Sunday at Franklin Stadium to punch their ticket to Georgetown. The Scots (10-7) will battle Jesuit (16-1) in the state semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at East View High School. The winner will take on the St. Mark’s-Houston Christian winner in the title game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The top-ranked Rangers beat the Scots, 14-7, earlier this season. “Everything we did in the regular season was for state,” Highland Park head
coach Derek Thomson said. “We called this our new season. I don’t really care what happened in the regular season. I’m proud that the kids are learning to win. They’re not beating themselves. Based on our schedule, we found out what we needed to work on — and then corrected it. We’re starting to peak at the best time of the year.” After falling to The Woodlands, 8-6, on March 23, the Scots did not let a late lead slip away this time around. Junior attackman Bryce Green had a hat trick in Saturday’s victory. That set up a rematch with the
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Sports 2B | MAY 4, 2012
Crank, Rathjen Earn Class 4A State Meet Berths
STAFF PHOTOS: ALANA HARRISON
From left: Gabby Crank runs during the 800-meter preliminaries; Rebecca Herring runs in the 400-meter dash preliminaries; and Amanda Thatcher competes in the 300-meter hurdles preliminaries.
Lady Scots to compete in Austin May 11 BY CHUCK COX Staff Writer
ARLINGTON — When Highland Park’s Natalie Rathjen made her first trip to the state track and field
championships , she was battling a hip injury that led to her finishing last in the 3200-meter run. Now that the sophomore’s fully healthy and has another year of experience under her belt, Rathjen is primed and ready for another shot at a state title — especially considering she’ll have two of them. Rathjen won the 3200
(10:53.37) to go along with a second-place finish in the 1600 (5:04.81) at last week’s Class 4A Region II Championships, earning her slots in both races at the May 11 state meet in Austin. Teammate Gabby Crank was the only other Highland Park athlete to qualify for state. The freshman got second in the 800 (2:17.97).
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As a team, the Lady Scots finished in third place with 37 points. Lancaster won the region with 106 points, followed by Carrollton Creekview with 59 points. “It’s definitely been a windy weekend,” Rathjen s a i d . “ I t ’s h o t t o d a y [Saturday], but we were actually really lucky with the weather last night. It was nice. I usually just try to go out and relax, and then work like you do the middle mile in the 800. That’s usually always my strategy.” That strategy paid off. Rathjen beat second-place Ma d i e Z i m m e r m a n o f Frisco Wakeland by more than 10 seconds in the 3200, while finishing a little more than two seconds behind Meghan Shea of McKinney in the 1600. Rathjen is hoping her
experience running at state last year will pay dividends this time around. “I definitely think that will help,” she said. “It won’t be a totally new experience.” C ra n k , w h o s e s i s t e r Madeline finished fifth in the 800 at last year’s state meet as a senior, was thrilled to get a chance to follow in her sister’s footsteps at her first regional meet. Her regional meet time was a personal record. “I’m really excited,” said Crank, who also got sixth in the triple jump (36-11) and ran on two relay teams. “She’s [Madeline] my role model. I’m just glad to have such a great team and be there to support it.” The Lady Scots didn’t finish higher than fifth in any of their other six events. But head coach Susan
SCOREBOARD BASEBALL Final District 10-4A standings District
Rockwall-Heath-xy 11-3 Highland Park-x 10-4 Rockwall-x 10-4 McKinney North-x 7-7 Wylie East 6-8 Wylie 5-9 McKinney 4-10 Pearce 3-11 x — clinched playoff berth y — clinched district title
25-7-0 21-9-1 22-8-0 17-7-0 10-12-1 10-16-0 8-16-0 5-14-1
Last Friday’s results Highland Park 3, McKinney 2 Heath 14, Wylie East 0 Rockwall 7, Pearce 0 McKinney North 4, Wylie 1 End regular season
Class 4A State Playoffs
SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER Golf, Sophomore Even before he swung his first club as a Highland Park Scot, Scheffler’s name was on the radar in the golf world. Last year, he finished second in Class 4A as a freshman. This year, he went on and grabbed his first state championship. Scheffler shot a 4-under 68 in the opening round on Monday. He followed that up with an even-par 72, which gave him a three-stroke win over Lake Travis’ Kelin Koltz. People Newspapers holds exclusive rights to select each player of the week.
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Bailey was elated with her team’s performance. “Every kid ran great,” Bailey said. “We had lots of [personal records] yesterday and today. That’s what it’s all about — doing your best and stepping up to the plate. They definitely stepped up.” Bailey said she expects a drastically different state meet for Rathjen this time around. “She will be much better,” she said. “She’s been down there and gone through two years of cross country and two years of track now. She’s ready.” The Flying Scots had a rough meet, failing to earn a state berth in any events. Jack Beitter had the top finish for the boys. He got fifth in the 1600 (4:37.19). Email chuck.cox@ peoplenewspapers.com
Region II, Bi-district Hillcrest (22-7-1) vs. Seagoville (10-12) Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 5 today at Seagoville Game 3 — Noon Saturday at Pleasant Grove (if necessary) Rockwall (22-8) vs. Frisco Centennial (21-7) Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 7:30 tonight at Hebron Game 3 — 1 p.m. Saturday at Hebron (if necessary) Rockwall-Heath (25-7) vs. Frisco (14-11-1) Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 7:30 tonight at Frisco Game 3 — noon Saturday at Highland Park (if necessary) Adamson (14-7) vs. Woodrow Wilson (13-8) Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 7 tonight at Randall Park Game 3 — Noon Saturday, Randall Park (if necessary) Hendrickson vs. Red Oak (16-10) Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 7 tonight at Pﬂugerville Hendrickson Game 3 — 2 p.m. Saturday at Red Oak (if necessary) Texas High vs. Nacogdoches
Whitehouse vs. Mount Pleasant Forney (23-8) vs. Cedar Ridge Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 8 tonight at Baylor Game 3 — 2 p.m. Saturday at Baylor (if necessary) North Dallas (21-5) vs. Spruce (11-10) Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 4:30 today at Spruce Game 3 — 11 a.m. Saturday at Reverchon Park (if necessary) Highland Park (21-10-1) vs. Creekview (12-12) Late Thursday Frisco Wakeland (21-8) vs. McKinney North (18-8) Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 7:30 tonight at Carrollton’s Kelly Field Game 3 — 1 p.m. Saturday at Carrollton’s Kelly Field (if necessary) Bryan Adams (12-9) vs. Molina (13-8) 4:30 today at Reverchon Park Corsicana (21-8) vs. Hutto Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 7 tonight at Corsicana Game 3 — 2 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Complex (if necessary) Hallsville vs. Sulphur Springs Sherman (18-7-1) vs. Longview Pine Tree Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 1 p.m. Saturday at Mabank Game 3 — 30 minutes following Game 2 (if necessary) Bryan Rudder vs. Waxahachie (16-12) Game 1 — Late Thursday Game 2 — 2 p.m. Saturday at Waxahachie’s Richards Park Game 3 — 30 minutes following Game 2 (if necessary)
CALENDAR TODAY ■ Gymnastics at state meet (at San Angelo)
SATURDAY ■ Gymnastics at state meet (at San Angelo) ■ Boys lacrosse vs. Jesuit (at Georgetown), 5:30 p.m.
Sports MAY 4, 2012 | 3B
STAFF PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY
Highland Park’s Domenic Massimilian (8) eludes a check from Austin High’s Anthony Miller during Sunday’s North Super Regional ﬁnals at Franklin Stadium.
Highland Park midﬁelder Domenic Massimilian (8) tries to slow up Austin High’s Reed Mershon.
Scots attackman Grayson Miller (9) gets a shot off in traffic.
Scots midﬁelder Daniel Wenz drives the ball upﬁeld as teammate Robert Menke (27) looks on.
Lacrosse Continued from Page 1B Maroons, whom Highland Park beat, 16-7, in its season opener. Once again, it was a blowout. And Green continued his torrid play with four goals and two assists. “We’ve come out with such great team chemistry,” Green said. “The guys are playing for each other. You ask anybody in the huddle, and everybody’s just loving on everybody. It’s great. We knew if we could even get a playoff
game, we said, ‘If we get in, we’re making a run. It’s coming.’ Everybody’s working.” The Scots won three consecutive state championships from 2008 to 2010 before an injury-plagued season doomed last year’s squad. Highland Park has won five state titles overall. And the Scots know No. 6 won’t come easy. “Jesuit is a whale of a team,” Thomson added. “We have our work cut out. I’m happy for these seniors. There are a lot of people who have been
second-guessing us. We’ve watched practice all year and knew the talent we had. We’re back where we belong. This is the goal we set every season.” Highland Park’s Division II team also earned a trip to state by beating Flower Mound, 8 -7, i n S u n d a y. T h e Scots (10-3) will play St. Michael’s at 3 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The Division II championship game is at 1 p.m. Sunday. Email chuck.cox@ peoplenewspapers.conm
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Highland Park’s Jake Potter stares down his tee shot at the beginning of the second round of the Class 4A Championships on Tuesday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.
Highland Park head coach Jeff Loyd talks strategy with Guy Griffith on a short par 3.
Charlie Click watches his tee shot after his follow through.
Golf Continued from Page 1B
Highland Park’s Charlie Click putts on a par on his way to a second-round total of 75.
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team. “We were down two yesterday. They played hard; it’s just that they [Lake Travis] came ready.” The Scots have finished either first or second at state for each of the last 13 seasons, which includes a run of nine state titles. “You have to tip your hat to Lake Travis,” Loyd said. “They just did a phenomenal job. We’ve finished first or second the last 13 years. That’s nothing to hold your head down about. It’s always tough for us when you come in here with a chance to win and you don’t.” Even with a secondplace finish, most of the team seemed pretty disappointed with missing out on what would have been its first state title since 2010. “ We d i d g o o d w i t h what we had,” Potter s a i d . “O b v i o u s l y, w e
The Highland Park boys golf team ended with a score of 601 at the Class 4A state tournament in Austin. Sophomore Scottie Scheffler came away with his ﬁrst state championship individually.
didn’t come out on top. That’s the ultimate goal. Anything else is not acceptable. You come out with a new, positive outlook and things to work for in the offseason. Other than that, you can’t really get much out of it. We’ll come back even hungrier next year.” But with four returners, Highland Park should be in the mix once again. “We had a young group with three sophomores
and one junior in the lineup,” Loyd said. “We’ve got four that are going to be returning who know what to expect and what it’s about. “That’s really important, especially when you’re coming down here and playing some of the local teams on a course they ’re really familiar with. It helps to have that knowledge.” Email chuck.cox@ peoplenewspapers.com
Sports MAY 4, 2012 | 5B
STAFF PHOTOS: CHRIS MCGATHEY
Alin Piranian keeps her eye on the ball during the Class 4A girls doubles state championship match against Austin Lake Travis on Tuesday at Lakeway’s World of Tennis.
Avery Schober volleys a shot at the net during a boys doubles state quarterﬁnal match.
Tennis Continued from Page 5B said. “I felt like we were re a l l y we l l - p re p a re d . I h av e c o n f i d e n c e i n him. We play really well together. We came out and played our best. It was fun. We like when people watch — it helps.” In girls doubles, defending state champions Sarah Cannon/Alin Piranian fell to the Lake Travis squad of Ryan Brown/Courtney Schulte, 7-5, 6-4, in the finals, after jumping out to
Abby Zidell reaches out with her racket for a ball during a girls doubles state quarterﬁnal match.
a quick lead in the first set. The loss ends Highland Park’s run of consecutive state girls doubles championships at seven. “O u r wo r s t m i s t a ke was not pressing at 4-0,” Piranian said. “That should have been where we twisted the knife and ran away with it. After that, we never got back in it. We were not prepared for that match. I would have liked to have ended [my career] with a win. But what can you do? I guess you learn and grow from it.” Cannon, a junior, said
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she thought mental mistakes got the best of her and Piranian. “ T h e y p l a ye d we l l ,” Cannon said. “I don’t want to take anything away from them — they won. We obviously could have executed a little bit better and not made as many errors. One team has to. It just so happened we were the team that did it.” The girls doubles team o f A b by Z i d e l l / Da r by Strickland also lost in the quarterfinals. In boys doubles, the team of sophomore Hunter
Luke Stainback stoops low to dig out a forehand during the boys doubles state championship match against Lake Travis.
Holman and junior Luke Stainback lost to the Lake Travis team of Sam Laudon/Oliver Seifert, 6-4, 6-3, in the finals. The team of John Daseke/Avery Schober lost in the quarterfinals. “We performed pretty well,” Stainback said. “We started off a little slow [in the finals]. We almost got the first set. In the second set, we were on serve for a while. They broke us to go ahead. They were playing really solid and aggressive.” Holman was excited to get his first opportunity
to play in the spring state tournament. “It’s great to not make the tournament and then coming back and make it all the way to the finals,” Holman said. “I was more loose than I thought I would be.” Even with just one state title, there are plenty of silver linings for Highland Park. Piranian was the only senior among the 10 to make it to state. And Lake Travis will be in Class 5A for at least the next two years. “It was a great spring
and a great tournament all around,” Holden said. “We always stress the spring as a building block-type thing for the fall. We got exactly what we needed out of this. Both of those boys doubles teams are coming back intact. And both got extremely valuable experience. The future is bright for HP tennis. We’re blessed with a lot of great kids that work hard. We just came up short to a couple of very good teams. I’m excited.” Email chuck.cox@ peoplenewspapers.com
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