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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vegas Baby, Vegas

Big Play Ray has been in Big Play Mode all month down in the desert.
It culminated this week with a championship trophy and MVP award for Oakland County's own Ray McCallum, Jr out in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.
McCallum, the Birmingham DCD and University of Detroit-Mercy alum, averaged 18 points per game and propelled his Sacramento Kings club to the title. He dropped a 29 spot in the LV Summer League Finals vs the Houston Rockets.
SacTown finished 28-54 in 2014, with the rookie McCallum catching fire down the stretch, eclipsing the 20-point plateau three times in the closing 10 games of the season.
Selected in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft, McCallum appears ready for a breakout sophomore season this upcoming campaign.
While in the Mitten, Big Play Ray was a McDonalds High School All-American and led DCD to a state title in 2010, before going on to suit up for his dad, Ray Sr. with UD-Mercy at the college level where he took the Titans to a conference crown and a trip to the Big Dance aka the NCAA Tournament.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just So Right

I've been saying for two years now that Randy Righter was possibly the most underrated baseball player in the whole state.
Righter, a recent Birmingham Brother Rice grad, proved my point for me last week, going all BABE RUTH on the comp at the Perfect Game Invitational.
My man, "If loving you is wrong I don't want to be RIGHT" not only pitched and slugged his summer club, Michigan Baseball Elite to the title, he snared MVP honors for his destructive diamond-cutting ways, too.
So SMOOTH, so so SMOOTH!!!
Registering a batting average that flirted with the .600 mark in tourney play, with 19 RIBEYE STEAKS and 2 HUM-DINGER ROUND-TRIPPER, he went 2-0 on the mound, simply befuddling opposing hitters and pitchers alike in nearly EVERY THING he did. Burney says; MAD PROPERS for DOUBLE R aka ROLLS ROYCE RANDY, the quiet assassin. It's not like he hasn't been doing it the past few seasons....oh, wait he has!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Eye of The Beholder - No Lying In South Lyon

The Lions' den is stacked for the 2014 prep football campaign.
South Lyon HS and head coach Mark Thomas have 18 starters returning off a playoff team in 2013 and will be on the prowl as one of the top OC squads in the KLAA this fall.
Thomas is very high on Tim McFee and Trevor Tank. McFee is a crafty and elusive slotback-cornerback combo. Tank lives up to his last name and is an iron-molded SIR-GRIND-A-LOT at the point of attack on both sides of the ball.
While Tank started last year, McFree is on the verge of ERUPTING like a Pigskin Volcano in 2014 – he's been leaving defenders in his wake and showing some serious LOCKDOWN skills in the secondary in summer workouts.
The T's with these two stand for TRIPLE THREAT. i.e. TREMENDOUS, TANTALIZING and TERRIFIC!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Eye of The Beholder - The Hungry Hawk

Iwairi Smith is a name you should know about it. FH Harrison head football coach John Herrington can't say enough about this kid.
Smith is a speedy and strong playmaker at linebacker on defense and wide receiver on offense. He's been on his SUPERGRIND this summer, according to the legendary sideline general Herrington, who loves what he's seeing. Look for Smith to be one of Harrison's biggest threats on both sides of the pigskin this fall.
Harrison went 10-2 in 2013, capturing a D2 district crown.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bold Step Forward

He started out in the Big Ten. Then, it was off to the SEC.
Now, former OL St. Mary's all-state quarterback Robert Bolden has landed in the MAC to finish off his collegiate football career.
Bolden came back home this week, transferring to Eastern Michigan from LSU, after beginning his time under center in the NCAA at Penn State.
While in high school with the Eaglets, Bolden was a 4-star recruit and was selected to participate in Nike's Elite 11, leading TEAM PORRITT to a pair of appearances in the state championship game.
At Penn State, he was the starter for then-head coach Joe Paterno as only a true freshman, the first person to do so with the Nittany Lions in a century. Following the Paterno-Sandusky child sex abuse scandal two years ago, Bolden bolted for LSU, where he moved positions to wide receiver, but didn't see the field.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder announced he was leaving LSU on Tuesday and was choosing between EMU and CMU. He is expected to transition back to quarterback with the Eagles.
As a senior in 2009 with OLSM, he threw for over 1,000 yards, rushed for over 500 yards and totaled 16 touchdowns on the Eaglets way to Ford Field and the D3 state finals for the second time in three years with Bolden at the helm calling signals.
Believed to have already earned his undergrad degree, Bolden could be eligible right away for the EMU Eagles, coming off a 2-10 campaign in 2013.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Prospect Check - Inside The Dragons Lair

Some names from the Lake Orion football team making noise in the offseason;
Matt Krause (RB) – Another in a long line of home run threats in the backfield for TEAM VICTORY BELL….this kid is a GAME-BREAKER!!
Jalen Wiggins (SB-DB) – Slippery, speedy and sure-handed, all the tools for becoming the club's No. 1 receiver  
Keith Fields (SB-DB) – One of the premiere players (aka BALLERS & SHOT CALLERS) in the area's Class of 2017……does the term SENSATIONAL SOPHOMORE mean anything to you?
Max Horneffer (QB) – The next great Dragons' quarterback…….a super soph that's getting better every time he hits the field and could wind up winning the club's starting signal-calling job before its all said and done on the summer

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Soft Parade

Farmington Hills Harrison senior football standouts Jevon Shaw, Devon Cook and Mike Ojemudia are eastbound.....
For now.
They've all committed to Eastern Michigan to play their college pigskin. However, those close to the situation, say all three are "soft" commits and each could wind up jumping for another offer before signing day
Shaw is the area's premiere dual-threat quarterback. Cook is a savvy, playmaking safety-wide receiver. Ojemudia, the brother of University of Michigan lineman and Harrison alum Mario Ojemudia, is a total game-changer at outside linebacker.
Last fall, the trio combined to help guide TEAM HERRINGTON aka the Harrison Hawks to a D2 district championship and a 10-2 record.
EMU went 2-10 in 2013.