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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.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's a Mad Mad World

Some of my favorite moments of March Madness in THA OC thus far
The vicious alley-oop slam dunk my main hoopszcrazy homeboy Patrick "The Money Man"Onwenu has thrown down every game for his hot-streaking Southfield Bluejays – usually on a pass from either one of my other two cagetastic homeboys, Carlton "Captain Amazing" Brundidge or Desmond "Pee Wee" Barnes – since the boys state tournament kicked-off last week.
The unbelievable backcourt play of Brundidge and Barnes over the past two weeks – Captain Amazing dropped 25 and Pee Wee The Great put in 19 as the 'Jays upended Clarkston for the programs first regional crown in 28 years.
The undaunted determination displayed by county Cinderella squads, Birmingham Brother Rice, MH Bishop Foley, and Walled Lake Northern.
My primetime-dual-threat-homeboy Jeremy Mims (Michigan Tech for football) of Novi picking up the slack for fallen teammate Samier Ozier in a major way for the Wildcats in the regionals this week
The fact that some of the county's most underrated floor generals like Wateford Kettering's Ryan Dingman, Clarkston's Tyler Scarlett, Brother Rice's Adam Gorski, Bishop Foley's David Leffler, FH Harrison's Ray Hall, and DCD's Lee Bailey (alright he's not exactly a point guard, but u get the picture) were/are playing their best ball of the year in March.
Academy of Oak Park and its "fire and brimstone" head coach Bobby Thompson making another long run in the state tourney! Way to go "Coach T," you got things moving in the right direction over in RamLand.
North Farmington's Kyle "The Natural" Vinales getting his Boom Boom Pow on to the tune of a career-high 47 points (his 5th 40-plus night of the season) in the Raiders' opening round win against West Bloomfield.
"Mrs. Fourth Quarter" herself, Lauren Robak going all LAUREN ROBAK!!!!! For 32 points and 10 rebounds in WOLL's defeat of Deckerville in the Class D Elite Eight.
Madison Williams, the OC's very own "Big Classy", going all BIG CLASSY!!!! For a bone-tingling triple-double of 18 points, 13 boards, and 10 blocks in Birmingham Detroit Country's comeback win over Marine City in the Class B Elite Eight.
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and my main Fighting Irish homeboys, Danny Dulapa, Joey De Martis, Charles Hayden, BLofay, the Sassack Boyz, Ross Lindeman, and Kellen McCormick getting the job done and winning a Class B district crown on the same floor Burney won his second straight district title as a prepster back in the mid-90s.
The remarkable and inspirational job first year-Lake Orion boys head bball coach Mike Shafkalis did with the Dragons leading them into a Class A district final against Clarkston deep in enemy territory and coming within minutes of pulling off the upset.
Brother Rice's fabulous two-sport stud, Kevonte Martin-Manley, getting nice for 29 points in the Warriors thrilling upset of district favorite-Birmingham Seaholm in a second round state tournament game played at Birmingham Groves.
The Mark Jackson-shimme shake dance that Birmingham Roeper ace point guard Ryan Zinser did after a breathtaking steal, hoop and foul late in the second half of the Roughriders' defeat of arch rival AH Oakland Christian in the regional semi-finals Monday night.
Pontiac's Anthony "The Ant" Adams doing his THANG in the district finals against Waterford Kettering for 19 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and six steals in a Phoenix 'W.'
BH Cranbrook's Alec Shimke getting his Michael Jordan on by dropping in a game-winning jumper at the buzzer in the first round of a Class C district to keep a magical Cranes' season alive


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