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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.

Monday, November 26, 2012

BBall Training Camp Report - Holly

The Horseshoe will be a rocking for the foreseeable future.
Holly's boys basketball team, which plays in the famed Horseshoe gymnasium, is loaded with young and hungry talent. Add that with some key fast-improving upperclassmen and the Holly Hoop Contingent is set to be a force to be reckoned with again on the local high school hardwood this winter.
Coming off a 15-6 campaign last season, the Bronchos have a crew of underclassmen that is one of the best in the area.  
Super Sophs Isaac Casillas, Parker Rowse, Mogan Baylis and Josh Simms and Fab Frosh Kyle Woodruff and Adam Tooley will lead head coach Lance Baylis' baller brigade into battle this year, flanked by nails-tough seniors like Mike Alexander, Justice Kerner and Cannon Konzer and hard-working junior Logan Spiker.
Casillas is a go-to scorer in the making, as is Simms, the program's JV MVP last. Baylis is a typical coach's son, a crafty combo guard and gym rat type that is dependable in a pinch. Rowse is a quickly-emerging standout in the backcourt, setting the tempo for the squad on both ends of the floor from his floor general spot. Woodruff is a natural sharpshooter that will probably be one of his league's top 3-point bombers as only a ninth-grader.
Alexander is the quintessential 'program guy' a lankly lefty forward that could do a little bit of everything out there. Spiker (6-5) and Konzer (6-5) will anchor the post for the Bronchos. Over the summer, Spiker hit the weight room, trimmed off some baby fat and is in peak shape. Konzer is a smart player and natural athlete that could wind up his team's MIP and make the most significant surprise impact on the season. Kerner, a gritty slasher, will spell Casillas, Rowse, Simms and Baylis in the guard rotation, while Tooley, a grinder who started at linebacker on the school's varsity football team, will see time in the frontcourt beside Alexander, Spiker and Konzer.
This will be the first year in eight seasons that a member of the Hopkin or Fowler family won't be in the Bronchos lineup.
"I expect this to be a bit of a transition year in the fact that we don't have a lot of the traditional Holly basketball names in uniform anymore," Baylis said. "These guys are going to have to prove themselves as commodities and make other teams respect them with their play and their attitude. I think they're going to do it and judging by how great our offseason was and how awesome are practices lately have been going, I think we have a bright future around here. I have no doubt in my mind you're going to see a nice portion of that future right off the bat this year."


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