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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, January 30, 2015

Need-To-Know Basis

Most people don't know about Birmingham Seaholm's Mike DeGeeter and Austin Roth.
They should. And will soon.
DeGeeter is the Maples boys basketball team's new head coach. Roth is DeGeeter's best player and currently Oakland County's leading scorer.
A fiery senior guard with a relentless attitude and a penchant for the big play, Roth pumped in 29 Thursday in Seaholm's upset at home over Oxford. He had a 31-spot back on Tuesday versus Birmingham Brother Rice and is as gifted and determined as an offensive hoop stud as there is in Metro Detroit.
DeGeeter,Seaholm's old JV coach, is doing one of the OC's most impressive jobs on the bench this year. The Maples are 7-4, 2-0 in the OAA Blue.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cornfield Confidential

The cornfields were hollering his name and he was fast to answer the call. FH Harrison senior football star Mike Ojemudia is now a Hawkeye. The tenacious and versatile linebacker committed to the University of Iowa Wednesday night. Last fall, he corralled 110 tackles and 10 sacks in helping spearhead HAWKSNATION into the final four. Iowa - 7-6 in 2014 - has been a big fan of the Oakland County recruiting landscape lately. Birmingham Brother Rice-alum Kevonte Martin-Manley is departing the school its all-time leading receiver. The Hawkeyes snatched Birmingham DCD all-state quarterback Tyler Wiegers for their recruiting class last winter.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gridiron Recruiting Notebook

Southfield's top two offensive linemen, Marques Grimes and Calvin Graves, hooked up with college programs over the weekend, as Grimes committed to Ohio and Graves committed to Grand Valley State. The Bluejays workhorse of a starting running back, Adrian Carter, pledged to play his college ball at Ferris State. CAN U SAY BALLERS AND SHOT CALLERS?
Also making a college connection with Ferris State is Farmington defensive lineman Courteous Preston. Burney SEZ: Grand larceny, this is a straight out steal!!
Saginaw Valley State came into the OC and snared some top-notch pigskin talent.
Clarkston offensive linemen Adam Matich and Alex Snyder and FH Harrison linebacker Justin Whitted all committed to the Cardinals in the last week....plain and simple, winners, sir-grind-a-lots, character kids....aka all the right moves!
Oxford quarterback-defensive back Glacier Wallington decided to head north to continue his college career and has committed to Michigan Tech. The ICE MAN HEADEATH TO THE out my man G-Wall is about to up the wind-chill in the already frozen-tundra of UPPERVILLE 
FH Harrison linebacker Iwari Smith is bound for the Badlands and committed to North Dakota.....pretty appropriate considering Iwari is a pure WARRIOR sideline to sideline and is an all-out BAD MAN in between the lines...Take it 2 tha bank!! 
WL Central offensive lineman Cody Patterson is gearing up for grid life in the GLIAC and committed to Northwood....Nothing but blood, sweat and tears....dogged work ethic, leader, lynchpin in the trenches
From the "Uncoupling Dept.," Oak Park linebacker Junior McMullen de-committed from Western Michigan and Southfield secondary stud Ja'Mar Antwine de-committed from Central Michigan

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Burney's Boys BBall Rankings - Winter Will

OC Top 10
1 Clarkston – Tabin "T-Raw" Throgmorton is like a local high school version of an old-school Tayshaun Prince….so long, such a sweet touch
2 North Farmington – The Q Factor aka Raiders senior forward Anthony Qasawa is the REAL DEAL HOLYFIELD!!....can drop a 25-spot in the blink of an eye
3 WL Western – Daryl Porter is a underrated playmaker……..please make a note!!
4 West Bloomfield – TEAM DENHA is very, very dangerous…..I'm talking Mel Gibson and Danny Glover lethality…..a bunch of lethal weapons these young men are
5 Birmingham Brother Rice – Lots of MAD GUNNERS on the perimeter for BIG ORANGE this winter….bombs away, boyz!!
6 Stoney Creek – When you face the SC Cougars in 2015, you're up a creek without a paddle….point blank…..aka you got ride rough to beat TEAM NORGROVE this year
7 RH Adams – There is ZERO little in Highlander junior Spencer Littleson's game….is that irony or what?
8 Oak Park – Not sure what to make of what is transpiring in the Knights bball program right now, got to see how this all shakes out
9 (tie) Oxford – Super Soph Jamal Thomas is a star-in-the-making at floor general for TEAM HENNING
9 (tie) WL Central – I have a bowl of Special K at breakfast every day in honor of Vikings hoopster Walter Kelser
10 Holly – Flint CA-transfer Ian Hodges is ready to blowup like a stick of dynamite and help make up for the loss of Kyle Woodruff

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dearly Departed

Everyone's thoughts and prayers should be with Berkley boys hoopster Jonathan Radner this weekend.
Radner, a spirited senior guard and Oakland County's leading scorer last year, lost his dad to a sudden heart attack on Friday night.
Mr. Radner was the best. He never missed a second of watching his son play or encouraging and supporting him in his endeavors whether on or off the basketball court. He was the kind of dad that was always positive and always there with a pat on the back and a kiss on the cheek no matter win, defeat or his son's individual performance.
I got a chance to know Mr. R the last few years and he was a super guy and an even better father. My heart aches with pain for Jonathan and his family. The loss is monumental.
Your pops will be dearly missed 'J.' He loved you so much and it showed every second I saw him watch you. He'd beam with pride so bright it was practically blinding.
No doubt he will be doing the same from above from now on. RIP!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Prepping For A Title?

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep is a feel-good story on the boys basketball court this winter.
The Fighting Irish are a surprising 8-1 with no superstars, just a bunch of rock-solid SIR-GRIND-A-LOT SPECIALS. And boy are they putting the FIGHT in Fighting Irish with their collective play!
Super soph Tariq Derrickson drilled a game-winning buzzer-beater Tuesday to top AA Gabriel Richard. He's on the verge of eclipsing SWAGGER LEVEL FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND TRILLION and he's only in the tenth grade! Seriously, this is a PRIMETIME PLAYA taking flight before our eyes here.
Former CMU point guard Whitney Robinson is doing an amazing job on the bench and is a true up-and-comer in the profession for sure.
Zach Shango and Pat Bridges are a pair of snipers from beyond the arc. Shango had 5 triples Tuesday night and is developing into a walking, talking ATM kiosk with his performance in the clutch, lately.
NDP squares off with Detroit Loyola in their next game with first-place in the CHSL AA on the line.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Heavy-Hearted Horseshoe

The Holly Bronchos, the defending champs and first-place boys hoop squad in the Flint Metro League, were delivered a staggering blow to the heart of their rotation this week.
Junior sniper Kyle Woodruff, one of the top long-range bombers in the state who had been flashing a much-improved all-around skill set on the floor this season, was lost for the rest of the year with a broken collar bone.
Woodruff, a college-recruit and starter in the Bronchos backcourt since he was a fab frosh in 2013, suffered the injury at practice Wednesday. He had 16 points in Holly's 85-70 upending of Clio back on Friday night.
Holly is 7-2, sporting a perfect 6-0 mark in league action.