Making His Pitch


“I chose baseball,” says Matt Milburn, who’s delaying graduate school. (Photo: Scott Shutz)

Last summer, Matt Milburn was preparing to pursue his master’s degree at Wake Forest when he got the call. He’d been chosen in the 29th round of the minor league baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics.

Suddenly his education went to the backburner in favor of a life filled with long bus rides to destinations such as Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, plus a one-bathroom apartment he shares with three roommates.

Indeed, it’s his passion for baseball that has led Milburn down a different path from the average Highland Park High School graduate. In April, Milburn began pitching for the Beloit Snappers, a Class A minor league franchise in southern Wisconsin.

Roden, Scots Claim State Title on Links



Highland Park won the 5A state title on Tuesday in Bastrop, with freshman Scott Roden earning an individual co-championship.

By Alonso Tacanga / Special Contributor

BASTROP — Two days and 36 holes weren’t enough to decide the best Class 5A boys golfer in the state.

But after three playoff holes on Tuesday evening could not separate Highland Park freshman Scott Roden from Mac Meissner of San Antonio Alamo Heights, an unexpected guest suddenly announced the boys would just have to share the honor.

In doing so, Mother Nature perhaps provided the fairest outcome after a long day was extended in thrilling fashion.

“I wish we could have gotten out there and finished,” said Roden, who along with Meissner was declared an individual co-champion. “But I’m satisfied with the way it ended.”

Roden took home more hardware, as the Scots claimed the team championship by shooting a 591 over two rounds at Wolfdancer Golf Club, which was 13 shots better than second-place Cedar Park.

Gribble Confident After Rough Weekend


Former Highland Park standout Cody Gribble missed the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson over the weekend. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

IRVING — Cody Gribble has put together a memorable rookie season on the PGA Tour, even if the result at his hometown tournament was one he’d rather forget.

Such is the up-and-down nature of life on golf’s biggest stage for a newcomer. The former Highland Park standout is trying to focus on the positives, such as his victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship in October, rather than dwelling on disappointments such as a missed cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May.

“I’m trying to learn everything I can, and there’s even more stuff that I’m picking up subconsciously. It’s been a great experience so far. I know that I’m able to do it. I just have to keep my head down and stay focused,” Gribble said. “You’ve got to have short-term memory out here, as hard as that is sometimes. You always remember the bad shots. I just need to forget the weeks when I have one bad round. My game is close. I just need to capitalize when I can.”

Quinn, McBride Net Gold in Mixed Doubles


Highland Park's Phillip Quinn and Madison McBride teamed up for a title in mixed doubles at the Class 5A state tournament on Friday. (Photo: Tim Hurst)

By Joshua Koch / Special Contributor

COLLEGE STATION — Not reaching his goal for the past two seasons has weighed on Highland Park’s Phillip Quinn. In his previous two trips to the UIL state tennis championships, Quinn came up just short, finishing second in mixed doubles both times.

But this year’s trip to the Mitchell Tennis Center would be different. It had to be different.

Quinn and Madison McBride rallied past Hillcrest’s Anne Gilliam and Zane Kohrs in three sets for the Class 5A mixed doubles title on Friday, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.

HP Gains Experience With Young Roster

Highland Park capped a strong season on Tuesday at the Class 5A state tournament in Bastrop, where the Lady Scots placed 12th as a team.

The Highland Park girls golf team built a solid foundation for the future at the Class 5A state tournament.

The Lady Scots collectively finished in last place among the 12 competing teams on Tuesday at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Bastrop — more than 100 strokes behind state champion Grapevine — but with no seniors among their top five players, the experience should be beneficial going forward.

Kylie Benak, a sophomore, paced HP with a two-day score of 91-89—180. She was followed by Molly Scheffler (93-91—184), Nikita Nair (89-107—196), Lily Nichol (103-95—198), and Julia Cary (10-495—199).

Scots Look to Hold Court at State Tourney


Highland Park will continue its tradition by sending a pair of doubles teams to the 5A state tournament this week in College Station.

Highland Park will look to continue its stellar legacy at the UIL state tennis tournament beginning Thursday, when two doubles teams will take the court in the Class 5A quarterfinals in College Station.

Logan Lett and Katherine Petty will open the draw against Jamison Teague and Crystalyn Shirley of Corsicana. In mixed doubles, Phillip Quinn and Madison McBride will start the tournament with a match against Will Walsh and Emma Reeves of San Antonio Alamo Heights.

The semifinals in both brackets will be later Thursday, with the finals slated for Friday at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

Ronnie Marks Sports Festival

Michael Woram, a second grader at Hyer Elementary, tries out his HP Scots flag carrying skills at the annual Ronnie Marks Sports Festival. (Photos: Chris McGathey) Click "read more" to view the whole gallery set.

Elementary students from around the Park Cities converged on Highlander Stadium Monday for the annual Ronnie Marks Sports Festival.

They competed in a variety of activities and test of athletic skills featuring HPHS varsity athletics. The event was sponsored by the Highland Park Sports Club and the HPISD Athletic Department.

Scots Not Resting on Championship Laurels


Highland Park's Carson Bryant is tripped up by Grayson Serio during the team's Blue-Gold scrimmage at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Four months after winning the Class 5A Division I state championship, there were no signs of complacency or entitlement when Highland Park football players returned to the field.

Still, when spring practice began with a mix of varsity newcomers and a handful of holdovers who were on the field for the Scots’ 16-7 win over Temple in December, there was a slightly different feeling in the air.

Reaugh Takes Bronze to Cap HP Career


Highland Park senior Falyn Reaugh took home a bronze medal in the high jump from the Class 5A state track and field meet on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Even if it wasn’t the color she hoped for, Highland Park’s Falyn Reaugh claimed a well-deserved medal at the Class 5A state track and field meet on Friday.

Reaugh capped her decorated career for the Lady Scots with a bronze medal in the high jump by clearing a height of 5 feet, 6 inches. That’s identical to her total from last year’s state meet, when she placed fourth in Class 6A.

The Oklahoma signee, who was the top seed in the event, fell three inches short of gold medalist Ja’Sha Sloan of West Mesquite, who Reaugh previously defeated at the District 15-5A meet, the area meet, and the Region II meet last month.

On Friday, Reaugh couldn’t match her height of 5-10 from regionals, nor the 6 feet she cleared when she broke her own HP school record at the Texas Relays in March in the same stadium.