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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.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bonus Bytes - FYI

Congrats to Clarkston hoops stud Marcus Hardy for signing a National Letter of Intent to play his college ball at Palm Beach Atlantic University down in Florida. Hardy was a two-year starter in the post for the Wolfpack, helping guide them to back-to-back league and district titles. His dad, Alan, played at the University of Michigan back in the 1970s.
Great to see Kyle MacKenzie back in action on the diamond over at Royal Oak, after playing the last two seasons in the CHSL at Birmingham Brother Rice. Even if it is for just one season, the Ravens are very lucky to get 'BIG MAC' in their lineup to augment an already steady stable of sluggers led by sophomore Sean Lau and junior Dominic Valente. Kyle's older brother, Pat 'The Bat' MacKenzie (CMU), was the starting shortstop on Brother Rice's 2008 state championship team.
With only one returning starter and a new coach, is there a bigger surprise in Oakland County this prep baseball season than the Birmingham Seaholm Maples? My boy John Glazier has been lights out from the mound, mowing opponents down like his name was Justin Verlander.
OL St. Mary's Justin Barrows showed he's going to be a force to be reckoned with next season for the Eaglets hoop squad, as the rangy and smooth 6-foot-7 swingman recently led his AAU team to a tourney title out in Grand Rapids. Barrows started this past winter on a St. Mary's team that won district and regional crowns before bowing in the Elite Eight
Speaking of breakout performances on the AAU hoops circuit this spring, Royal Oak's Martell Porter has been impressive as well, getting his on-court groove on with the Detroit Prospectors. Porter, a 6-foot-4 forward, was one of the stars of the Ravens surprisingly solid varsity cage crew in 2011.
Novi girls soccer goalie Gabby Gauruder has officially reached SWAGGER LEVEL ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND TRILLION. This girls racks up shutouts at one of the most prodigious clips I've ever seen. MSU is lucky to get her services in net next year


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