Celebrating a Year of Good Sportsmanship at Highland Park
December 27th, 2013 | by The Update
(Counterclockwise from top left) Highland Park High School Band members, Tennis team, Cheerleaders and Swim Team earned honors and accolades this year. Photo illustration / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
It has been another great year on the Highland Park High School campus. Several teams have not only continued great traditions, but also have started new ones that made parents, teachers and students proud. A few highlights.
Sparkling Scots Take to the Field
The Highland Park cheerleaders have always attracted a lot of attention, leading pep rallies and revving up the crowd at home football games. This year the squad of 20 varsity cheerleaders and five Scotsmen added a new dimension – the Sparkling Scots, five additional cheerleaders chosen from the ranks of students with special needs. A part of a national program, the Sparkling Scots performed in their own blue and gold uniforms at several games this fall. Suzanne Dulaney, the sponsor for the varsity cheerleaders and Scotsmen, said, “The crowd loves it.”
Breaking Its Own Record
The Highland Park tennis team broke its own consecutive win record this fall, adding another milestone for the storied athletic program. The team has repeatedly won district, regional and state championships. For this winning streak, about 60 different players contributed. Thirteen-year coach Dan Holden said, “We are blessed with a lot of good tennis players who come through the door.”
Marching Into History
The Highlander Band, which entertains both in the stands and on the field during football games, may be the largest in the band’s storied history. Reagan Brumley, the band’s director for the last two years, said the 140 member band has about 20 members more this year than it did when he arrived at the high school. And he expects the numbers may hit 160 next year. “We are really excited,” he said. “The kids are really getting into it.”
The Unstoppable Blue Wave
The Highland Park girls swimming and diving team continued to build on its winning traditions. Led by a junior and two sophomores, the Blue Wave swam to a 12th championship in the past 13 years. Coach Jesse Cole, named the Class 4A coach of the year by the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association, said, “They have a really good work ethic. I think that’s the key.”
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