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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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Burney's 2012 Boys Soccer Preview

OC Top 10 Players
The local prep soccer pitch will be severely depleted this season – and for seasons to come for that matter – with the recent USSF ruling and dozens of the area's top high school players skipping prep play in favor of training with their academies.
So with that said, here's the best of the rest;
1 Miles Dale (Rochester) – This University of Cincinnati-commit is a terror in the open field and a closer extraordinaire around the net
2 Zac Doepke (Troy) – Playmaking midfielder, who is a master pace-setter and will be playing D1 soccer somewhere next year
3 (tie) Tommy Bowman (Birmingham Seaholm) – One of the state's most dangerous scoring threats
3 (tie) Nash Popovic (Rochester) – D1 recruit who will flank Dale up front for the Falcons, combining to give Rochester the top 1-2 offensive punch in the OC
4 Jimmy Hague (WL Western) – This Warriors goalie is the best player in the area that nobody knows about…..YET!!
5 (tie) Hunter Mejaly-Phillip Noessler (Birmingham Brother Rice) – With loads of their teammates gone for academy ball, this duo of Warrior vets have the necessary talent and leadership skills to keep TEAM Brodsky moving in the right direction
5 (tie) Brenton Desai-Zach Walker (Birmingham DCD) – Desai is a savvy midfielder headed to play college ball at the University of Chicago and Walker is a menace in between the pipes and one of the top goalkeepers in the state's Class of 2014
6 Don Nakashima (Novi) – Underrated finisher who has an affinity for the back of the net and will be a premiere recruit for the Class of 2014
7 Justin Anderson-Addison Wittry (Lake Orion) – Just really, really fundamentally sound and really, really GOOD!!
8 Matt Kiura (Novi) – Kiura is a KILLER on the pitch
9 Ben Richter (AH Avondale) – The OAA's best goalkeeper
10 Spencer Solys (Birmingham Roeper)– Best small-school player in the area, a threat to punch one in whenever he's near the box….coming off a year where he registered 30 goals and 18 assists.
Some of the OC's best academy players; 
Matt Habrowski (Brother Rice/Notre Dame), Russell Cicerone (Brother Rice/Western Michigan), Rob Cort (Brother Rice), Matt Smolinski (Troy), Oliver Harris (Birmingham DCD/Notre Dame), Matt Wilson (Novi/Oakland University)
THE OC's Top 10 Teams
1 Rochester
2 Walled Lake Northern
3 Birmingham Brother Rice
4 Birmingham DCD
5 Clarkston
6 Stoney Creek
7 Troy
8 AH Avondale
9 RH Adams
10 Birmingham Seaholm
10 Lake Orion


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