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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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Burney's All-OC Baseball Club

All-OC 2015
DREAM TEAM: DIAMOND-CUTTERS EDITION
P Karl Kauffmann (Brother Rice)
P Drake Titus (OL St. Mary's)
P Chandler Sedat (West Bloomfield)
P Luke Shilling (Pontiac NDP)
P Alex Darden (N. Farmington)
IF Mitch Weber (Rochester)
IF Perry Klemanski (Bloomfield Hills)
IF John Van Hoef (Troy Athens)
IF Eric Gilgenbach (Stoney Creek)
C Harrison Salter (OL St. Mary's)
C Robert Iacobelli (Brother Rice)
OF Nick Plummer (Brother Rice)
OF Christian Jaworski (Bloomfield Hills)
OF Nate Grys (MH Madison)
OF Robbie Jones (West Bloomfield)
UTL – Matt Lerdahl (Troy Athens)
UTL – David Vinsky (FH Harrison)
UTL – Davis Feldman (Brother Rice)
UTL – Steve Mann (DCD)
Awards:
MVP: Drake Titus
MIP: Robert Iacobelli
Silver Slugger: Nick Plummer
Sir Grind-A lot-Award: Griffin Sheposh (OLSM)
Gold Glove: Troy Saruna (Bloomfield Hills)
Coach of the Year: Frank Devito (Bloomfield Hills) & Mike Morris (Troy Athens)
 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Next Level Landings TOO

Some more college connections on the OC prep gridiron
Nolan Given (Berkley WR) – This split end has wheels, hands and work ethic and is rising at warp speed on the recruiting charts….committed to Fordham
Justin Clark (West Bloomfield CB) – Prototypical "cover corner" with a major-league season on the horizon and a permanent residence at the corner of AWESOME & AMAZING for the rest of 2015 …..committed to Toledo
Tamarion Johnson (Southfield Bradford DE) – SUPER SLEEPER as a rush end, high-intensity, high-octane, high-upside……committed to Miami (OH)
 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Worthy Of Praise

A four-pack of under-the-radar local HS gridiron-standout duos
Dwayne Chapman-P.J. Bauer (OL St. Mary's) – high motors and high football IQs are distinctive traits that both these two linebacker prospects possess by the boatload. We've got a BALELR-&-SHOT CALLER alert brewing along Commerce Road these days cuz these guys are just so so BADDDDDDD, as in REALLY, REALLY GOOD!! Plain winners in life and in the trenches on the field
Nolan Given-Austen Wood (Berkley) – It's a GIVEN that Given is a "sky's-the-limit" talent at wide receiver or safety spot and Wood is the Bears heart in soul, whether at linebacker as QB of the club's 'D' or running the rock up between the tackles with his consistently relentless effort….the kind of kid that craves contact on both sides of the ball....TEAM SIKORA is in rock-solid hands again in 2015 with Given and Wood heading the attack
Tyler Santangelo-Jalen Allen (BH Cranbrook) – A tandem of junior-to-be's who each cuts an imposing figure for opposing defensive coordinators to worry about for another two seasons after blasting onto the scene last fall as super sophs when they sparked the Cranes into the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade….Can you say PRIMETIME PLAYMAKERS? Santangelo is a fearless field general with a soft touch on his deep balls, composure in the pocket and the word LEADER ingrained in his DNA. Allen is a blazer in the backfield with a nose for the end zone and the shot to get there with every touch he sees
Jamison Scarber-Ovi Oghoufo (FH Harrison) – Watch out here comes another pair of 0-100 HawksNation Hustlers: Scarber is a wideout ready to break out in his senior campaign. Oghoufo has true STAR potential, either as a linebacker or split end

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Five For Fighting - In Need Of Your Attention

Five For Fighting – Most Underrated Boys Hoopsters In The OC
1 Joey Ziniti (RH Adams) – Can sometime get lost in the shadow of superstar classmate Spencer Littleson, but think of it like this, Litteson is Steph Curry, Joey ZAZA is Klay Thompson, yeah you read that right, the Highlanders unleash the OC Splash Brothers Show for Year No. 3 come this upcoming season: Ziniti is just as good as of a shooter as Littleson, with just as much heart, hustle and determination….when my homeboy ZaZa goes all 'Z-Factor' its lights out, as in ITZ, as in unconscious from downtown, as in no defense can stop him when he finds his rhythm
2 Anton Lukaj (WL Central) – This kid will be a D2 steal in the college recruiting process, fundamentally-sound warrior on the wing, relentless spirit, tireless work ethic (has improved steadily every year)
3 J.P. Sinacola (Stoney Creek) – Maybe the best pure shooter in the OC….Yeah I said it!!
4 Andrew Klein (Waterford Lakes) – Gives SCS's Marlow Brown a serious run for his money in the No. 1 small-school player in the state debate!!!!......That's a Burney-certified fact!!
5 (tie) Israel Williams (Pontiac) – Most active post player in the OAA White, a prep-version of a young Dennis Rodman, high-energy type with a nice touch in the lane and finishing skills in transition, notches double-doubles with consistent fervor in his play around the rim
5 (tie) Gavin Boswell & Cordell Dupree (Royal Oak) – The top local backcourt that nobody knows enough about…..about to take 2016 season by storm!!.....Make a note!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Next Level Landings

This past weekend's top college commitments in the OC:
Cedric Boswell (Birmingham Groves) – Total FACTOR BACK, has a Swagger Level headed towards the stratosphere, one of the state's best tailbacks on the football field, committed to the University of Iowa 
Evan Foster (West Bloomfield) – The definition of a "sleeper stud," pure athlete, innate playmaking ability as a defensive back or wide receiver, upside that's through the proverbial roof, committed to play on the gridiron at Bowling Green just like big bro
Robert Iaccobelli (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Burney's MIP on the baseball diamond this past spring, a smart and sweet-slugging catching prospect who helped spur his Rice Warriors on to league and district crowns while beautifully handling the Orange&Black pitching staff committed to Eastern Michigan

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pair Of Aces

The most dynamic two-tailback tandem in the OAA on the gridiron this fall might be the Birmingham Groves duo of senior Cedric Boswell and junior Ernest Allen. You've heard of fire-and-ice backfields in the past right? Well, these two are FIRE-AND-FIRE as in an ERUPTION of flames every time either of these two MEGA BALLERS touches the rock and gets a head of steam chugging towards the end zone.
Boswell is a beast – he can beat you up the middle or around the edge. The scouts are starting to drool.  Does the term 'Home Run Threat' mean anything to you? He was offered by Iowa this week and the FBS dam appears to be ready to burst, so expect more power conference schools to get in on the mix with THE OC BOZ soon. Last season, he collected 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground on a Falcons playoff club.
Allen is a savvy speedster that showed a knack for the big play at a young age last year as a sophomore before he got hurt midway through the campaign. Now, he's healthy and ready to begin re-inflicting pain on the opposition in just a few weeks.
So, in closing: Note to OAA defenses
Hide the women and children and get ready for the fight of your lives in 2015 whenever Groves and it's superstar twin rushing studs come to town. Remember, Burney warned you!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Second Thought

Although I officially threw my endorsement/support behind Ed Sack for the vacant Birmingham Roeper AD job in a recent blog post, this is to no way discount Cliff Russell, a Roeper alum from the 1970s and one of its all-time greatest athletes, who is also a candidate and IMO would also be an outstanding selection.
The original blog was more in response to how Sack, after over two decades of loyal and high-quality service to the school and athletic program, was being disrespected in this whole process. Yes, Russell has been affected negatively by it, too and like Ed (not to mention departing AD Ernie Righetti), deserves better considering his long, influential ties to the school and sports program.
Cliff was an all-state basketball player for the Roughriders, a 1974 grad and college hoopster at UTEP for the legendary Don Haskins and then at Wayne State, who has gone onto become a successful businessman, media and political presence in the area in his professional career