Scheffler Earns Low Amateur at U.S. Open

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Scottie Scheffler finished 1-under par at the U.S. Open in Wisconsin and was recognized as the low amateur. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

For the second straight year, Scottie Scheffler played the U.S. Open over the weekend. But unlike his previous appearance on one of golf’s biggest stages, this time he made the cut.

In fact, the former Highland Park standout was the low amateur at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, finishing 1-under par for the tournament and in a tie for 27th place.

The result continued a sensational spring for Scheffler, who will be a senior at the University of Texas in the fall. He finished third individually at the NCAA championships in May, then a couple of weeks later, he earned a U.S. Open berth via a sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.


Dallas Historical Society to Host Baseball Panel

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The Dallas Historical Society and Arcadia Publishing will host a panel discussion on the history of baseball in Texas June 24 at the Hall of State in Fair Park.

Writers scheduled to appear include Scott Cain, author of Cleburne Baseball: A Railroader History; Mark Presswood, author of Baseball in Ft. Worth; and Clay Coppedge, author of Texas Baseball.


Sharp ESD Senior Takes Fencing Skills to Yale

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Lauren Kim will attend Yale in the fall and will become the only Texan on the fencing roster for the Bulldogs. (Courtesy photo)

For many Texas teenagers, exposure to fencing comes only through big-screen swashbuckling adventures like The Three Musketeers.

As Lauren Kim tells her ESD classmates, however, fencing is much more than choreographed swordplay. And she’s got the expertise to prove it.

Kim has been around fencing her entire life. Her father Michael competed in college at the University of Iowa and has owned Lone Star Fencing Center in Dallas for many years. He also coached at St. Mark’s and Hockaday.


HP Trio Earns All-American Honors

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Highland Park's Owen Seebold was named an Under Armour All-American following his senior season. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

After another collective trip to the Texas High School Lacrosse League state tournament this spring, Highland Park received plenty of individual accolades, as well.

Owen Seebold, a senior attack who has signed with Syracuse, will play in the Under Armour High School Senior All-American game on July 1 in Baltimore. He is just the third player in HP program history to earn that honor, and will be one of only two players from Texas (along with ESD standout Nakeie Montgomery) in this year’s game.

Chris Walker and Cade Saustad were each named as U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans. Walker, a senior long stick, has signed with Georgetown. Saustad, a junior defenseman, has verbally committed to Virginia. Walker and Saustad also were named to the THSLL All-State team, along with senior face-off Kyle Massilmilian.


Moses Named HP’s New D1 Lacrosse Coach

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Rich Moses was recognized as the Texas High School Lacrosse League's Person of the Year in 2016. (Photo: HP Lacrosse)

Rich Moses is the new Division I head coach of the Highland Park boys lacrosse program after serving as an assistant coach at the Division II level for HP during the past few seasons.

Moses replaces Derek Thomson, who retired following the Texas High School Lacrosse League state tournament in May. Thomson won seven state titles during his 14-year tenure with the Scots.

Moses is the director of HEADstrong Lacrosse Club of Texas and one of the organizers of the annual Patriot Cup event, which brings together top college and high school teams for a daylong showcase that raises funds for the HEADstrong Foundation, earmarked for cancer research and treatment.

As a player, the New York native was a standout at Hobart College during the 1980s. As a coach, he received the 2015 HEADstrong Relentless Spirit Award, the 2015 THSLL D2 North Assistant Coach of the Year award — after helping HP win a D2 state title — and the 2016 THSLL Person of the Year award.


HPHS Girls Track Camp Set for June

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Lady Scots coaches and athletes will be the instructors at the Highland Park youth camp in June for girls entering grades 3-8.

The Highland Park girls track and field program will be on the run on June 12-14 with a youth camp for girls entering grades 3-8.

The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. each day at the indoor practice facility across from Highlander Stadium. It will include instruction in track and field fundamentals, as well as team and individual competitions with awards.

Cost is $110, which includes a participation certificate and T-shirt. A signed registration form is required prior to camp enrollment. For more information, email Highland Park head coach Susan Bailey at [email protected].

HPISD also will host youth sports camps this summer in baseball, basketball (boys and girls), football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, volleyball, and wrestling. Click here for links to dates and other information.


Making His Pitch

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“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

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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

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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.”