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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, December 17, 2014

Cheers For Joey Ball Game!

All he needs is a bow.
Joey Prechtel is a prize on the diamond.
The University of Toledo won that prize this week by gaining the commitment of the Rochester Hills Adams baseball star and junior hurler for its 2016 recruiting class.
Prechtel is a 6-foot-3 righty that flirts with 90 on his fast ball and confuses opposing hitters with a sizzling curveball-change-up combo.
Toledo is hot for talent on the mound in the city of Rochester. The Rockets will be welcoming Rochester senior pitcher, Jake Stout, come next fall.
Last spring, Toledo went 22-32.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Penny Made Of Stone

North Farmington's boys basketball team will be memorializing Raiders alum Kevin Penny this winter by wearing his No. 10 in the center of their warm-up jerseys.
Penny passed away last month. He graduated in 2012.
The fact that his former number will rest on the fabric located closest to the North Farmington players' hearts epitomizes what Kevin was.
Point blank: The kid was all heart.
Whether in the backcourt on the hardwood or under center at quarterback on the gridiron, Penny was a prized competitor – the kind of young man that plays every sport with tremendous grit and determination and bleeds gravel instead of blood.
On the basketball floor, he was possibly the best pick-setter the OC has seen in the last decade. TEAM NOGO would run plays just for him to be setting picks, that's how tough he was.
As a Raiders hoopster he won a district title. As the school's starting field general his senior year, he led them into the playoffs.
His baby brother, Kyle, currently a senior two-sport stud at North Farmington has followed in his footsteps.
So every time a Raider dives on the floor for a loose ball this season or sets a bone-crushing pick to free up one of his teammates for an easy basket, think of KP!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

On The Look Out

Alright, everyone knows the Best of the Best in the backcourt on the OC boys hardwood. Here are a few more names to keep an eye out for this winter
Hunter Schattler & Ivan Barraza (Rochester) – Backcourt of the future for TEAM PLEASANTVILLE is backcourt of the present, this Fab Frosh-Sensational Soph combo will be formidable in the years to come
Devin Mills & Howard McInnis (Oak Park) – Pair of transfers that will anchor a Knights backcourt to counter their club's frontcourt, the best in the county without question in Kalvon Fuller and Rodney Scales. Mills is a coldblooded combo-guard that was at Ferndale last year, but didn't play basketball. McInnis played at Southfield last season and is a jack-of-all-trades type and rock-steady at the 2-guard spot
Martin Elmalik & Joey Turnbull (Lake Orion) – Elmalik (formerly on JV at RH Adams) has some MAJOR LEAGUE swagger and returns to Oakland County after a one-year absence at Melvindale ABT. He can take over a game. Turnbull is nails-tough and will burn opposing defenses from deep or using a tight mid-range skill-set to get int
C.J. Wilson & Jason Boswell (OL St. Mary's) – By far the most underrated backcourt in the Catholic League…Take it 2 tha bank!! Wilson is one of the premier super sophs in Metro Detroit, he's electric. Boswell is a game-changer who plays with a chip on his shoulder and ALWAYS outworks the comp
L. Arnold, J.P. Sinacola, S. Reader, J. Allen, S. Holloman & B. Reiter (Stoney Creek) – Wow, there's a ton of these guys & they're all SIR-GRIND-A-LOT SPECIALS that compliment each other brilliantly (see Friday's night upset of RH Adams)
Austin Roth & Austin Paritee (Birmingham Seaholm) – MAD MAPLE GUNNER ALERT: Roth has the capability of dropping a 30-ball any night. An aggressive defender, Paritee is a natural finisher on offense and bulldog taking the rock to the tin whether in the half-court set or on the fast break
Jordan Wiley, Joey Ziniti & Brandon Barrows (RH Adams) – Almost too steady for words, just pencil this trifecta into the stat sheet for double-figures every game: Wiley is the epitome of a slick, savvy floor general. Joey ZA ZA is smart, gritty and consistent on both ends of the court and Barrows is an expert sniper from beyond the arc

Friday, December 12, 2014

From East To West

The destination has changed from Ypsilanti to Kalamazoo.
This week, West Bloomfield senior football star Obbie Jackson de-committed from Eastern Michigan and immediately committed to Western Michigan.
Jackson (5-foot-10, 165 pounds) is a lockdown cornerback prospect, but was also an all-league wide receiver with the Lakeshow in the prep ranks.
He and his baby brother Trishton (all-league quarterback) teamed to help lead The WB to a banner-campaign (9-2, third playoff berth in school history).
Obbie had four picks, almost 500 yards receiving and eight touchdowns this fall.
Western Michigan went 8-4 in 2014 and will be facing Air Force in the Idaho Potato Bowl on December 20. Second-year Broncos head coach, P.J. Fleck, has been aggressively recruiting Metro Detroit since taking the helm in late 2012.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Burney's 2015 Boys Basketball Primer

Burney's 2015 Boys Hoopster Power Index
1 Jeron "Buddha" Rogers (North Farmington) – Cleveland State-signee with possibly the most complete game in the OC, inside, outside, on the break, in the half-court set aka he's got a License 2 Thrill
2 Kalvon Fuller (Oak Park) – PURE POWER IN THE POST!!! of the most
3 Jake Daniels (Holly) – Saginaw Valley State-signee and BAD, BAD MAN in the backcourt….think Suge Night and Tupac Death Row bad
4 Trishton Jackson (West Bloomfield) – His nickname is Action Jackson…..'Nuff said!!! Oh, wait one more thing….the best 2-sport athlete in the area, electricity personified!!
5 Jerald Booker (WL Western) – Force of nature running the point and the most dangerous player in the KLAA Central
6 Kevin Hayes (Brother Rice) – Athletic and versatile wing that can drop a 25-10 spot on any given outing
7 Amuri Hardy (Southfield) – No. 1 sophomore in the OC, this kid is a TALLADEGA NIGHTS SPECIAL, all SHAKE&BAKE all the Time!!
8 Freddy John (Southfield-Lathrup) – Super underrated DYNAMIC dual-threat, is a KILLER from down-low and downtown
9 Isaiah Green (Southfield) – Top prospect in the paint in the OAA Red, silky smooth and really rugged at the same time
10 Tabin Throgmorton (Clarkston) – Fearsome small forward with PRIMETIME written all over him
11 Nazir Wallace (Birmingham DCD) – Mr. Ball DON'T LIE is in the BUILDING, boys!!....get ready for a huge year for NAZ, forget automatic, this kid is ILLMATIC!!
12 Deshawn Lewis (Birmingham DCD) – BREAKOUT CAGE ASSASSIN ALERT: Four-year varsity stud in YellowJacketsLand ready to erupt in his senior campaign
13 John Rexroth (FH Harrison) – Like a roaring lion with his back to the basket, Windex Man on the glass, one of the best big guys to ever don the Hawks Green and Gold on the hardwood
14 Rodney Scales (Oak Park) – Lefty banger on the block with a soft-touch and superior finishing skills
15 Marlow Brown (Southfield Christian) – Juggernaut junior with possibly the most consistent mid-range game in the area, tenacious slasher with a coldblooded nature on the court
16 Walter Kelser (WL Central)
17 Connor Elzerman (Oxford)
18 Timmy Shayoka-John Van Hoef (Troy Athens)
19 Jonathan Radner (Berkley)
20 Nick Robak (WOLL)
21 Kyle Woodruff (Holly)
22 Zach Allread (West Bloomfield)
23 Del Alexander (Oxford)
24 (tie) Drew Myers (Clarkston)
24 (tie) Foster Loyer (Clarkston)
25 (tie) Spencer Littleson (RH Adams)
25 (tie) David Rinke (RH Adams)
1 Clarkston
2 North Farmington
3 Oak Park
4 Southfield
5 Birmingham DCD
6 RH Adams
7 Holly
8 WL Western
9 WL Central
10 (tie) West Bloomfield
10 (tie) Troy Athens
10 (tie) Southfield-Lathrup

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Burney's 2015 Girls Basketball Primer

Burney's OC Girls Hoopster Power Index – 2014-15 Campaign
1 Erika Davenport (Clarkston Sr. F) – Dominates in her sleep, best player in the area by far
2 Amber Jamison (RH Adams Sr. F) – Perfect combination of power & finesse
3 Gabi Bird (SL East Sr. F) – Maybe the most underrated player in the whole gosh darn state
4 Samantha Thomas (Birmingham Marian Soph. F) – Are we looking at a future Miss Basketball here?
5 Taylor Jones (FH Mercy Sr. G/F) – Natural scorer, long, active defender, winner through-and-through
6 Deja Church (Southfield-Lathrup Soph. G) – High-octane sizzling soph about to set the OC on fire
7 Taiye Bello (Southfield-Lathrup Jr. C) – Could have the biggest upside of any lady cage prospect in the state
8 Kristen Nelson (FH Harrison Jr. G ) – Does it all….'Nuff Said...oh, wait, one more thing....Simply ELECTRIC with the rock in her hands
9 Destiny Pitts (Birmingham DCD Soph. G/F) – The 'D' stands for dynamic, fast-flourishing wing with all the tools for greatness  
10 Megan Carter (North Farmington Sr. G) – Classic combo guard with clutch and tough written all over her game
11 Kyla Roland (FH Harrison Sr. C) – Thunderous presence in the post with exceptional leadership skills and the ability to step outside the lane and tickle the twine with the 'J' if teams overplay her in the paint
12 Amber Stephens (FH Harrison Jr. G) – Poised for a GINORMOUS junior season
13 Jessica Murphy (Oxford Sr. F) – Excellent nose for the hoop and a grinder on the wing with deep range and a lightning-quick release
14 Bailey Thomas (Birmingham Marian Jr. G) – Smartest, steadiest floor general in the OC
15 Mackenzie Harbort (Birmingham Seaholm Soph. G) – Should be higher on this list, Burney-Certified game-changer

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Burney's All-County Football - Defense

All-OC Football 2014
DL Khalid Kareem (FH Harrison)
DL Charles Harris (Southfield)
DL Josh Dabney-Jared Mosley (OLSM)
DL Eddy Wilson (West Bloomfield)
DL Cole Chewins (Clarkston)
DL Ade Ogundeji (WL Central)
DL Dayvion Jones (MH Madison)
LB Mike Ojemudia (FH Harrison)
LB Austin Wood (Waterford Kettering)
LB Josh Ross (OLSM)
LB David Reese (Farmington)
LB Keith Dewberry (Southfield)
LB Junior McMullen (Oak Park)
LB Jack McKillop (Clarskton)
CB Tyson Smith (OLSM)
CB Obbie Jackson (West Bloomfield)
CB Donte Eubanks (FH Harrison)
CB Ray Buford (Southfield)
S Dior Johnson (Southfield)
S Adam Uplegger (Waterford Mott)
S Johnny Witkowski (WL Western)
S Devon Cook (FH Harrison)
Return Guy: Ja'Mar Antwine (Southfield)
MVP: Khalid Kareem (FH Harrison)
MIP: Jalen Lewis (West Bloomfield)