New turf installed at Scotland Yard, just in time for baseball season

The HP Scots baseball team will be playing with an extra spring in its step this season, thanks to new turf installed at Scotland Yard during the last few weeks. 

The new turf, which features an alternating-stripe pattern to imitate the look of cut grass, extends throughout the infield and even to the pitcher’s mound where dirt has been removed. “It’s just really nice to have sure footing (on the mound),” said Grant Howell, pitcher and infielder for the Scots.

“It’s really nice to know that we have the support of the community and fans to build this field, and that they respect our program,” said Sawyer Lake, pitcher and outfielder for the Scots. “I can honestly say that this is the nicest high school baseball field in the state of Texas.”

Click here to view a video about the new turf, created by Ted Madden.

Come check out the Scots, and the new turf, at noon tomorrow during a scrimmage against McKinney North, or at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22 for a scrimmage against Plano. The Scots will open the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 25 against Seguin. Click here for the full schedule.

HP athletes head to state, boys basketball team enters postseason play

Two HPHS student-athletes, one wrestler and one swimmer, have qualified to compete in individual events at the state level, and the boys basketball team is poised to begin its state championship run.
HPHS senior Stephen Dieb placed second in the 145-lb. division at the UIL 6A Region II wrestling championship tournament Feb. 12-13, and he will advance to compete at the state tournament for the fourth consecutive year. 

Captain Ben Kroencke, who placed fifth in the 120-lb. weight class, and Junior Dorbah, who placed fifth at 195 lbs., will serve as alternates at the state tournament. Freshmen Aidan Conner and Keifer Wetzel both placed sixth in their division. 11 HP wrestlers qualified for the regional tournament, and seven made it to the semifinal round.

The UIL state wrestling tournament will be held Feb. 19-20 at the Berry Center in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.
Sophomore swimmer Felix Van Cauwelaert took third place in both the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke at the UIL 6A Region III championship meet Feb. 6, and qualified to swim both events at the state championship meet Feb. 19-20 at the University of Texas. His 200 IM time of 1:51.78 broke a 21-year school record set in 1995.
The boys team placed third overall out of a field of 23 teams, and the girls team placed 11th. Click here for more individual results.
The Scots basketball team will launch its postseason run with a bidistrict round game against Irving MacArthur at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Lewisville High School. Tickets will be available at the door, $5 for adults and $3 for students. HP will be the home team.
The Scots finished district 10-6A play in third place with a 9-5 record. Click here for the playoff bracket.
Go Scots!

Lady Scots Softball Season Opener at Home Today

Come out and meet your Lady Scots Softball Team Tuesday, February 16th! The JV game will begin at 5:30pm.  The varsity game starts at 7:00pm.

lady scots softball team 2015-16The Lady Scots will be looking for a victory in their season opener against Carrolton Creekview. Free cracker jacks and a free raffle will be offered to all fans in attendance. T-shirts, hamburgers, hot dogs, and movie tickets are just a few of some of the great prizes up for grabs.

Come out and support your Lady Scots Softball team!