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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, April 23, 2014

Cole Miner's Son

The DC Baby Baller won't be straying far from the nest. Can you say Diamond in the ruff?
Birmingham Detroit Country Day senior football star Derrick Coleman, Jr. signed his National Letter of Intent with Wayne State this week.
His dad, Derrick Coleman Sr is a former NBA all-star and prep and college All-American born and raised in 'The D'.
This is a steal for the WSU Warriors. Checking in at 6-5, 225 pounds, Coleman plays tight end or defensive end. He's got soft hands and runs good routes on offense. His length and rampaging motor gets him to quarterbacks and ball-carriers alike in a jiffy.
WSU finished 3-8 last fall, two seasons removed from a run to the D2 National Championship Game.
Papa Bear should be very proud!! And Burney is sure he is.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Prospect Check - Jacket Juggernauts

AH Avondale Football Players Rising in the Recruiting Game
Josh Holloman (RB) – PURE ELECTRICITY; Best tailback in the OC....YEAH I SAID IT!!!
Tricora Battle (DE) – Upside through the roof, a quarterback's worst nightmare...lean, mean and hungry for the GLEAM!!
James Prince (S) – The Yellow Jackets own version of THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN....think Ed Reed
Chase Lalla (LB) – All Heart and Soul All the Time...THATS A BURNEY GUARANTEE!!
Travis Janes (QB) – Flowering field general with opportunity to set the OC on fire the next two seasons from the pocketo:p>

Monday, April 21, 2014

Five For Fighting - Monday Magic

Five For Fighting – Best outings on the prep baseball diamond from Monday in the OC
1 Matt Lerdahl (Troy Athens) – Smashing a towering Grand-Daddy JACK, Lerdahl was the offensive SUPERSTAR in the Red Hawks 11-1 thrashing of AH Avondale, running their record to a perfect 5-0. Watch out, this kid can really tote the lumber!!
2 Sean Martens (Ortonville Brandon) – Going all VERLANDER on the comp, Martens tossed a three-hit shutout, fanning six in a 10-0 win in the opener of OB's twin-bill sweep of Flint Metro rival Holly
3 Mike Levitsky (Birmingham Seaholm) – Outdueling future MLB draft-pick Dazon Cole, Levitsky was in top-form in the Maples 2-1 upset of the WB Lakeshow....spinning a bulldog six innings of 4-hit ball. What an effort!!
4 Vinnie Puma (Waterford Lakes) – Tossed a 4-0 shutout against Class B Goodrich, playing like his name…..a straight ANIMAL
5 Mike Falter (Lake Orion) – Launched a grand slam in the Dragons 12-9 defeat at the hands of OL St. Marys. Falter did anything but......BALLER ALERT in the LO!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Real Deal

His glove speaks for itself. And speaks quite loudly for that matter.
You might not see his name in a lot of headlines, but Madison Heights Bishop Foley junior baseball standout Cam Horwath is one of the  best defensive players in Oakland County and was a central cog in the Ventures' 3peat state title last spring.
Because of his EXPERT WEBOLOGY, he was named to the all-district team following Foley's 2013 tourney run.
Horwath is as diverse a talent on the diamond with a glove in his hands as there is, too.
He can play in the outfield, covering ground and displaying his gun to keep those on the base paths at bay, and in the infield, taking the form of a human backstop.
Not surprisingly, Horwath is at it again this season and the Ventures are tracking towards another championship (can you say 4peat?).
This kid is such a natural with the leather, I'm going to nickname him THE GLOVE.
Straight Real Talk; Cam Horwath is a BOSS AND HOSS and deserves more props. Don't worry, C, you're boy Burney's got your back!!!
I only have one more thing to say on this subject; FEAR THE GLOVE!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Burney's 2014 OC Girls Soccer Preview

OC Top 10 Players
1 Taylor Timko (Pontiac NDP) – Nose for the net like few the area has ever seen
2 Sarah Troccoli (Troy) – Maestro in the midfield, the ultimate pitch pace-setter
3 Kelly Sweeney (Birmingham Marian) – Elite offensive talent with natural finishing ability you can't teach
4 Michelle Manning (Birmingham DCD) – A true technician on the field, outthinks her opponents and wears them down with her tireless work ethic
5 Kendall Kramer (Novi) – This Michigan-bound blazer out of the midfield is a fast-riser with tons of tantalizing tools
6 Madison Duncan (AH Avondale)
7 Annika Johnson (Birmingham Marian)
8 Jamison Midgley (Stoney Creek)
9 Marissa Zandi (Stoney Creek)
10 Tiffany Buckler (RH Adams)
OC Top 10 Teams
1 Stoney Creek – Da Creek is DA BOMB DIGGITY, ready to start kicking butts and taking no prisoners on the pitch
2 Novi – The OC Tried and True is at it again
3 Birmingham Marian – The OC Tried and True PART 2 is at again, too
4 Pontiac NDP – Timko & Klei is a rare duo up front….veterans, leaders, closers, goal-hounds
5 RH Adams – BURN NOTICE: The Highlanders are HOT, HOT, HOT
6 Birmingham DCD
7 AH Avondale
8 Troy
9 Troy Athens
10 WL Northern

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hustler's Spirit

North Farmington senior diamond SIR-GRIND-A-LOT Austin Hill just kept at it, never giving up.
Hill was cut by the Raiders baseball team as a junior, but this spring he's roared back with a vengeance.
Courtesy of an outstanding offseason and ironclad determination, he's North Farmington's starting third basemen this year.
So far, so good.
"He's spunky," said North Farmington Mike O'Connell of Hill's demeanor. "I give him a lot of credit. We cut him last year. He didn't let that get him down though. He used it as motivation and really improved to the point where we had to not just keep him this year, but give him a starting spot."
What a story.
This is a kid you can really root for.
No matter what happens the rest of the season, in several ways Hill has already made it to the top of the mountain.
Mad Props!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cage Connections

Some of Oakland County's best boys basketball players secured college landing locations in the last week for their 'NEXT LEVEL' cage endeavors.
Here's a breakdown;
Taylor Graffa (Birmingham DCD) – The consummate sharpshooter and character guy/glue guy for state-power DCD the past two seasons, Graffa is headed to Wooster College in Ohio.
Jason Hugan (Milford) – A quiet assassin and one of the most under-valued paint prowlers in the area, Hugan (6-foot-6) is set to be buzzing on the blocks the next four years for the Kalamazoo College Hornet.
Mike Nicholson (Clarkston) – Long and hard-working, this 6-foot-8 center with an upside that's through the proverbial roof, signed with Lake Superior State.
Jared Ocampo (Clawson) – An elite marksmen and supreme playmaker, Ocampo is slated to keep BALLING OUT OF CONTROL at Adrian College.
Ahkemji Williams (RH Adams) – Maybe the most deadly backcourt gunner in the whole OC this winter, Williams inked with Lake Superior State, just a PURE STEAL for the U.P. LAKE SHOW!!