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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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Big Fish Baller Brigade

Farmington Hills Mercy is ready re-up the ante and re-load the program's shooting gallery on the girls basketball floor this winter. The Marlins won the Catholic League and advanced into the Class A final four last season.
Alright, let's ROLL CALL the Fresh Troop in Team MorrisLAND
Taylor Jones – Best wing player in the county….Take it 2 tha Bank!!
Sierra Wangler – BREAKOUT BALLER ALERT: This Lady Grind-A-Lot is smart, skilled and hungry for the hoop…would already be a star on most squads but had to fill role-player status the past couple years on the stacked Marlins. The same grit and aggressive style as her big sis (Michigan guard Halle Wangler), with some added finesse  
Zora Pullen – BREAKOUT BALLER ALERT PT 2: The Z-FACTOR will be a major cog in Mercy's Cage Wheel in 2015
The Schluter Gals (Jordyn and Jenna) – Just call this pair the TNT TWINS 'cuz these two sisters are ready to explode onto the local prep hooping scene like two sticks of DYNAMITE….that's a Burney-Certified Guarantee!!
Jordan Johnson – Velvety-stroking sniper from long distance

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Pack Is Back

The Clarkston Wolfpack will be quite formidable on the girls basketball court this winter…….Again.
Aka The Pack Is Back!!
Alright, let's roll call it
Erika Davenport – The best overall player in all of Metro Detroit….BEAST MODE 24-7...Yeah I said it!!!
Kayla Russell – This will be a very special year on the hardwood for C-Town's 'Special K'
Jessica Altene – Solid, consistent, always doing something to give her club an edge out there
Ashley Skaggs – Lady-Grind-A-Lot that does all the little things to help a team win
Taylor Mullens – Let me mull this over….ok, it's official my main hooping homegirl Taylor just reached Swagger Level Three Hundred Thousand Trillion…..Make a note!!
Kayla Luchenbach – Diaper Dandy Alert: Fab Frosh Phenom in the building!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stampeding 'Stangs

The girls hoop crew at defending Class A state champion Birmingham Marian has the best starting five in the MHSAA……That's a Burney Certified Guarantee!!!
Can u say REPEAT?
Alright let's ROLL CALL it:
Mustangs Baller Roll Call
Bailey Thomas – Consistently deadly running the point, The OC Lady Chris Paul!!....Take it 2 tha Bank!
Samantha Thomas – Fundamentally-sound superstar-in-the-making and big-play machine at a forward spot…top tenth-grader in the state!!!!....Yeah I said It!!!
Kara Holinski – Heady grinder and leader, dangerous inside-and-out, the ultimate competitor with an excellent floor IQ
Jaeda Robinson – Athletic, active and soft-shooting two-guard that can defend, convert on transition and take it to the basket if you play her too close on the perimeter
Brittany Gray – Maybe the most underrated player in the whole state, the ultimate "glue gal" that can also drop a 20-spot on you if you don't pay her enough mind on 'D'

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pigskin Power Plant - Final 4 Edition

OC Football Power Index – State Semifinals
1 Clarkston – Wolfpack pigskin prowler Jack McKillop is a MCBaller and MCSHOTcaller!!! C-Town is on a mission!!! Can u say Twice As Nice?
2 Southfield – That crystal ball that forecasted TEAM CONLEY appearing at Ford Field in 2013 was merely a season off, it's the 2014 club that will be playing in LEOLAND come TURKEY TIME….Take it 2 Tha Bank!!
3 OL St. Mary's – Lots of jubilant jamming J's on the Eaglets 'D…..Josh Ross, Josh Dabney, Jared Mosley…, these boys should be greeted with 'Here Comes The Boom' entrance music every time they march onto the turf
4 FH Harrison – Nothing but heart, hunger and determination this season in HAWKSNATION….senior Donte Eubanks is the Patrick Peterson of the OC…….CRAZYGOOD cover-corner
5 Birmingham DCD – Last week in the regionals vs Chelsea (21-0 shutout) was the best job of coaching I seen from TEAM MAC in a long time……The 'Jackets staff went all LOMBARDI on the bulldogs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

High School Hoop Hits

Some boys basketball quick hits with the start of practice beginning this week;
Pontiac has hired esteemed sideline general Ben Kelso to head the Phoenix ship this season, replacing Robert Rogers, the only coach in Oakland County history to lead a team to back-to-back state championships at the Class A level (Pontiac Northern 2001-2002). Kelso has some state title rings of his own – as in three straight on the bench at Detroit Cooley (1987-88-89). He was at Waterford Kettering last season. He had prior stints at Detroit Central, Detroit Mumford and Southfield.
Kakaun Williams, an athletic all-league power forward who played for Kelso at Kettering last year, has returned to the area after spending the last couple months in Florida and will be playing his senior year at Waterford Mott. Williams will team with Timmy "Mr. Grind-2-Shine" Williams & 'Don Juan' Webb (another of Kelso's former players at Kettering) to give TEAM JAYSON an explosive WILLIAMS EXPRESS and probably one of the top inside-outside combos in their league (KLAA Central).
Keep an eye on Clarkston fab frosh Foster Loyer to make an immediate impact come next month when the season tips off. He's going to start in the backcourt and his game is mature and developed enough where he should resemble a young Dane Fife (1998 Mr. Basketball) by the end of the 2015 campaign. HE'S THE REAL DEAL HOLYFIELD  Ya heard it hear, first!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ticket To Cleveland

The Cleveland St. Vikings conquered a big piece of the Oakland County boys basketball recruiting landscape for the area's Class of 2015 by snatching a commitment from North Farmington small forward Jeron (Buddha) Rogers.
A four-year starter with the Raiders, the 6-foot-6 Rogers is the top recruit in the county's senior class.  His father is retired NBA vet Carlos Rogers (Detroit Northwestern).
Over the past two seasons, North Farmington aka TEAM NOGO's Buddha Baller has averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per outing. As a sophomore in 2013, Rogers helped spark RAIDERSNATION to a Class A district championship.
First-rate from downtown, mid-range and running the break in the transition game, he's got a relentless motor and work ethic. The improvements he's made in his offensive arsenal have been noteworthy – not many kids in the area have upped the ante on their skill-set and diversified their recruiting package more than Rogers has since busting onto the local prep scene as a Fab Frosh three years ago.
Cleveland State went 21-12 last season under head coach Gary Waters, a sideline general with ties to Metro Detroit (Detroit Mackenzie grad, played at Ferris State, former asst coach at FSU and Eastern Michigan).
Rogers and his North Farmington club are expected to be one of the area best hoop squads this winter.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Queens Of The Manor

A pair of Oakland County's most dynamic and diverse talents on the girls basketball court are destined for the Mid-American Conference to do their college hooping.
Yesterday afternoon, North Farmington senior point guard Megan Carter signed with Kent State and South Lyon East senior forward Gabrielle Bird inked with Central Michigan.
Are those two great grabs or what?
Both are monsters in the stat sheet – Carter averaged 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals a game and Bird pumping in 18 points and 10 boards an outing.
Both reside in that little part of the OC called CLUTCH CITY – Attn: all current and future coaches, put the rock in these young ladies' hands with the game on the line and believe me you'll be rewarded
In other words
Both BALL OUT on a regular basis and should be considered armed and dangerous at all times on the hardwood…..Just so so deadly they should wear a warning label instead of a uniform!!
Coming soon to a local basketball floor near……check them out before it's too late!