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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, May 12, 2011

The Clarkston Report

Notes from Wolfpackland:
Detroit Deli
Burney's main man, "Deli" aka Matt Dellinger, C-Town's junior two-sport stud, has been BLOWING UP this offseason, significantly upping his college recruiting profile on the gridiron with a series of BIG TIME outings at a number of 7-on-7 tourneys. Dellinger is ultra-versatile and can play a variety of positions on the field, including wide receiver, tight end, linebacker or safety. He recently corralled his first D1 offer from Kent State. Last fall, he was a key component on a Clarkston football team that went 8-3 and qualified for the playoffs. As a sophomore in 2009, he played on the Wolves team that made it to the Division 1 final four. On the basketball court, Deli is the school's starting floor general. This past winter he helped lead C-Town to a league and district title.
Zach Attacks
Playing alongside Dellinger on the gridiron next fall will be his classmate Zach Collins, the Wolfpack's starting middle linebacker since he was a freshman. Collins might not be getting as many D1 looks as some of the other prep football stars in the county's Class of 2012, but make no mistake this kid is a STRAIGHT MONSTER and deserves big-college attention. Last season as a junior, Collins was the quarterback of the C-Town's defense, making 90 tackles and looking darned ferocious while doing it. When you add in the likes of fellow returning Wolves Joey Goss (RB), Evan Montgomery (FB-LB), Nick Demattia (QB), Mitch Baenzinger (QB/LB/WR/TE), Clarkston could easily wind up being the TOUGHEST and SCRAPPIEST team in the county come this fall.
A Tale of Two Nicks
C-Town hoopsters Nick Tatu (JR) and Nick Owens (FR) have been KILLING IT on the AAU circuit this offseason so far. Tatu is the Wolfpack's resident long distance marksmen and has been a two-year starter on the school's varsity squad. He is one of the best shooters in the county and this past season expanded his game to include a much better drive to the basket and a nice mid-range off-the-dribble pull-up 'J'. This spring he's up to his old tricks and he's bombing away at a prolific clip.
Owens is one of Clarkston's hottest up and comers and is expected to see significant minutes up with Tatu on the varsity next winter. At a recent AAU tourney, he was named MVP, lighting the scoreboard up like a pinball machine.


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