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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.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Five For Fighting - Sparky's Sendoff

OC Top 5 – 'Old School' Skippers
In honor of the death of legendary Detroit Tigers skipper Sparky Anderson, I've decided to give my top 5 all-time Oakland County "old school" coaches
1 Roy Burkhart (Ferndale basketball) – Led the Eagles to the '63 and '66 state hoop championship
2 Don Sackett (Birmingham Seaholm baseball) – Two words: MIRACLE MAPLES ('88 Class A state champs, winning every tournament game by one run)
3 Joe D'angelo (Birmingham DCD football) – Old school all the way in leading the 'Jackets to its first state title on the gridiron back in 1986
4 Ralph Grubb (Pontiac Central basketball) – never won a state title, but a legend nonetheless especially in the pantheon of 'Yac cage greats
5 Art Paddy (OL St. Mary's football) – Sideline general of the '77 state champ Eaglets


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