Male Athlete of the Month: Max Milliken

Max Milliken.

Max Milliken.

By Balinda Zimmerman 
 
Maxwell Milliken was the first born of Michael and Riva Milliken, coming along in September 1998. He has a sister, Mya, who is a sophomore at MHS and a brother, Miles, who is an 8th grader at South Arbor. 
Max explains the unusualness of his parents meeting because his father was from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and his mother as from Fremont, Ohio. Somehow they met in Sarasota, Florida and the rest is history. His father played basketball and was on the All-State team of Taylor Alderdice High school and his mother was a cheerleader.
Max became interested in basketball when he was in 7th grade and he immediately began playing travel ball and school ball simultaneously. He has played travel ball with “the Program” for the past five years and is a forward for the MHS basketball team where he was the top scoring player twice this year.
He explains that his favorite moment this year was winning the District Title and beating out Airport three times this year. Another fond memory was beating Dundee on their home turf after they had beaten Milan in the pre-season scrimmage game. When facing the first game Max had a concussion and a couple of the other players were dealing with injuries putting Milan at a disadvantage. Before the second match-up, Coach Pope wrote one word on the white board “PAYBACK.” The team lived up to the wish of Pope and they beat Dundee making the team extremely happy.
Max carries a 3.18 GPA and plans to be a network engineer following two years at EMU. He plans to follow his undergrad program with an internship at University of Michigan, where both his parents work as network engineers. He is hoping there will be a position there for him when he finishes his schooling and internship because he loves the idea of working alongside his parents and with Microsoft, Google and other large corporations that work within the U of M campus.
After basketball, his hobbies are cycling and fishing, and during the summer he usually does a little of both every day. He normally goes fishing in the early morning and then drives to the mall in Ann Arbor, parks, and then rides his bike up to 50 miles a day. He said, “It helps keep me in shape in the off season.” He and his best friend, Bryce McSwain, a neighbor and football player for Ann Arbor Huron, have spent the last few summers together, fishing the summer away.
Max and Bryce live in such a location that they had the option of going to Ann Arbor Huron or Milan as a school of choice student. Bryce chose A2Huron and Max chose Milan where he has helped Milan once again earn a District Title in Basketball.

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