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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, July 31, 2012

Now, We're Cooking!

Ortonville Brandon’s Quinton Cook is a name you should know before the start of the area's next high school basketball season in December.

Going into his senior year, Cook is an athletic and active 6-foot-6 forward and a two-time all-league pick from the Flint Metro. Last season, he averaged a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Cook is one of the Blackhawks best boys hoopsters of at least the past decade, if not stretching even further back in OB BBall history. He’s a BEAST around the rim and a FINISHER on the break in the open floor.

In my opinion, this kid will be an ABSOLUTE STEAL for any D2 program - He's be a perfect fit at that level. He’s a hard-worker and tireless presence on defense that has improved his game in each of the past three years. His exploits – which have mostly gone unfairly unnoticed due to not playing at a hoops powerhouse –, were finally acknowledged by being selected as one of 120 participants in the annual BCAM-MHSAA Reaching Higher Showcase two weeks ago, where he impressed with his tenacious antics. And his upside is undeniable – It’s through the roof!!!

If you live out in the northern part of Oakland County, Burney suggests you get out to a Brandon game this winter and check out this Blackhawk cage gem before it’s too late!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tiger Town

Princeton University is building a pipeline feeding stellar athletes from Birmingham Detroit Country Day to the Tigers’ athletic program on its beautiful campus in New Jersey.

First, Princeton landed former Country Day three-sport star Jason Ray back in 2010, currently a junior linebacker on the Tigers football team.

Now, they’ve snatched up Yellowjackets two-sport stud John Hill, who is expected to suit up for both Princeton’s football and track & field squads once he hits campus this fall.

Hill is a STRAIGHT-UP SPEED DEMON. He was a yardage-chugging tailback for Country Day on the gridiron the past three years and an OUTRIGHT FREAK on the track surface, continually showing off his WHEELS of STEEL!!

Ray was a standout on DCD’s football, basketball and track & field squads while in high school.

All Burney can say is Princeton is an elite institution of higher learning, so the burgeoning relationship between itself and well-known blue chip factory DCD is a marriage made in heaven.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wooden and Deadly

The Holly Bronchos highly-vaunted youth infusion on the boys basketball court will be adding yet another heavy piece of weaponry in its already-loaded arsenal when Kyle Woodruff joins the team this winter.

Woodruff is one of the top incoming FAB FROSH in the state and has an outstanding shooting stroke and a GRADE-A motor. He will combine with sophomores Parker Rowse, Isaac Casillas and Morgan Baylis to give Holly a more than formidable core of underclassmen that matches up with the best this area’s prep hoop scene has to offer.

At a recent AAU tourney up in Grand Rapids, Woodruff showed off his expert marksmanship by scoring a game-high 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field, to lead his Michigan Mustangs to a 57-54 victory over the Grand Rapids Storm in the 14-U finals.

Watch out Flint Metro League, head coach Lance Baylis and his BALL’N BABY BRONCHOS are come your way full speed ahead!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Watch

The local gridiron is loaded with young talent, as a ton of skilled underclassmen are getting ready to make an impact this upcoming prep football season for their respective teams.

Let’s take a look at some of the best around to WATCH out for:

Juan Johnson (MH Madison) – Top running back in the area’s sophomore class

Glacier Wallington (Oxford) – Could wind up going down as one of the Wildcats all-time greats, will hurt opposition with his arms and his feet in his second year quarterbacking TEAM ROWLEY and his presence will help cushion the blow from losing all-state running back Prescott Line (SMU)

Anthony Gunn (Pontiac NDP) – Was one of the best pass rushers in the Flint Metro at Ortonville Brandon as a freshman last fall and will certainly make some noise in the Catholic League with NDP this year

Ray Buford (Southfield) – D1-caliber wide receiver as only a soph who will learn all the RIGHT WAY to do things from senior captain Brandon Bean

Dior Johnson (Southfield) – D1-caliber wide receiver as only a soph who will learn all th RIGHT WAY to do things from senior captain Brandon Bean

Matt Falcon (Southfield) – Fastest FAB Frosh in the state!!!! Will see time in the Bluejays backfield this season

Johnny Kelley (Oak Park) – Lockdown corner and playmaker in the secondary that will help lead the Knights defense....expect to see him find his way into the squad's offensive scheme by at least next season as a junior

D.J. Zezula (Clarkston) – The next great C-Town field general!!!

Drew Matich (Clarkston) – Another Matich monster in the trenches for the Wolfpack aka TEAM K-RICH!!

Nate Grys (MH Bishop Foley) – The next great Ventures multi-sport SUPERSTUD, who will be entering his second year under center for the Foley varsity

Dakota Kupp (Waterford Mott) – Headlining the Corsairs gridiron resurgence as one of the area’s quickest-improving signal callers

Alex Malzone (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Has TREMENDOUS upside…..might be the next superstar quarterback in the Catholic League, set to spell returning starter Cheyne Lacarnaria this season as a soph, before taking full control of the reins for the Warriors 'O' next fall

Grant Perry (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Pure Playmaker!!! ‘NUFF SAID!!

Ryan Brand (FH Harrison) – In the hunt for the Hawks starting quarterback job after home-schooling last year as a freshman....nice pocket presence for never having competed in high school ball until now

James LaLonde (WL Western) – Versatile and deadly in the open field!!

Sal Mastromatteo (Waterford Lakes) – Gutty sophomore QB entering his second year calling signals for the BLU CRU and ready to LIGHT IT UP!!!(Man, for being known traditionally for their rushing prowess, TEAM BOYD has found itself some good quarterbacks these last few years….)

Nick Krumm & Zac Goor (WL Central) – This pair are the leaders of an encouraging group of incoming sophomores for the Vikings aka TEAM MEYER!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Decision Daze

Keep a look out for how the Penn State football scandal will effect a pair of former Oakland County prep superstars in Nittany Lions junior quarterback Robert Bolden and PSU sophomore wide receiver, Allen Robinson.
Will Bolden and Robinson bolt for greener pastures. According to the NCAA, they could transfer to another D1 school and not have to sit out any time due to the situation.
If they do decide to leave Happy Valley and State College, PA, they would certainly be prize catches for whichever program landed them.
Stay tuned!!
Bolden has been a starting field general for the school since he was a freshman, sharing time under center for parts of both seasons.
Robinson is a playmaking split end, who was one of only four Penn State true frosh to see time on the field last fall.
They could leave in tandem, too.
Remember Bolden and Robinson (also an all-state basketball players as a prepster) were teammates in high school at Orchard Lake St. Mary's. Could the pass-catch duo resurface in different duds?
Your boy, Burney will keep you posted.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Mid-Summer Night's Baller Dream Pt. 2

The best 12 prep girls basketball players in Oakland County
1 Asia Doss (Birmingham Detroit Country Day)
2 Shannon Wilson (Bloomfield Hills Andover)
3 Sydni Davis (Southfield-Lathrup)
4 Candace Leatherwood (Farmington Hills Mercy)
5 Neece Garrison (Auburn Hills Avondale)
6 Kerri McMahan (Novi)
7 Sabria Cotton-Sydney Heath (Troy)
8 Erica Longmire (Southfield-Lathrup)
9 (tie) Ava Doetsch-Lexie Robak (Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes)
9 (tie) Amanda Miller (Pontiac)
10 (tie) Delaney Kenny (Clarkston)

10 (tie) Sami Stormont (Royal Oak)
11 Kristen Massey (Novi Franklin Road Christian)
12 Shelby Watts (Waterford Kettering)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

True Blue Forever

Following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Birmingham Brother Rice three-sport star Jason Alessi has decided to become a Wolverine.
Alessi, a standout on the Warriors' football, basketball and lacrosse teams verbally committed to the University of Michigan earlier this week for LAX.
Matt Alessi and Joey Alessi, Jason's elder siblings, are both currently enrolled at UofM, where Matt is on the Wolverines golf team.
Joey was a hoops stud in his time at Rice, leading the Warriors to back-to-back Class A district titles as a junior and senior in 2010 and 2011.
Jason, an incoming junior, is a LIGHTS OUT talent in every sport he competes in.
On the football field, he is the starting placekicker and free safety on the school's defending state championship gridiron squad. During the winter on the hardwood, he's an all-league shooting guard on the Warriors basketball team.
Then, there's he best sport, lacrosse, where he's helped guide Rice to state championships the past two springs.

Want to know what the best thing about my boy Lil' Aless is? We've got two full more years to watch him show his stuff before he heads off to Ann Arbor!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Best tweets of the week:
"This year has been full of lessons," – Clarkston basketball player Andrew Meyers, another in a long line of Wolfpack bombers!
"Greatness is not given, its taken by those who work hardest," – Birmingham Brother Rice football star Luke Cherocci, a returning starting linebacker for the defending D2 state champion Warriors
"Everyone should take a second and think and prey for the Colorado movie theatre shooting victims," – Former Troy two-sport star Bobby Wunderlich, currently playing football up at Grand Valley State
"I was born for the game of basketball," Walled Lake Western hoop stud, Miroslav Jaksic, one of the top returning cagers in the area's Class of 2013.
"Dark Night Rises was the coolest movie ive ever seen," – Novi Detroit Catholic Central football star and UofMichigan commit, Wyatt Shallman
"I can't wait 'till football season starts…..I got something to prove," – Orchard Lake St. Mary's gridiron hero Jalen Watts-Jackson, a starter at wide receiver and in the secondary for the defending D3 state champ Eaglets
"Doing some work outside Jeff Backus' house, hopefully he doesn't let me get sacked," – Recently graduated Novi baseball star and Central Michigan recruit Logan Regnier
"Got a good run in at LA Fitness, I was feeling it….jump shot and drive game looked real good!" – Southfield-Lathrup superstar hoopster and recent UofToledo commit, Jon-Jon Williams

Monday, July 23, 2012

Intentional Walk

Recent Walled Lake Northern grad Ted Lilley, one of Oakland County's best two-sport athletes of the past couple of years, has decided to walk-on the baseball team at Oakland University.
Lilley was all-conference on the diamond and on the football team while at Northern.
A standout outfielder, pitcher and lead-off hitter as well as a terror on the base paths for the school's baseball squad, Lilley led the Knights to a 25-9 record and a surprising city championship. Etching his name into the Northern history books, he broke the school record for steals to boot.
On the gridiron, he was a versatile star, lining up at running back, wide receiver, kick-punt returner and in the secondary.
OU went 25-31 last spring, finishing third in the Summit League. The Golden Grizzlies 2012 roster featured six former prep diamond studs from the OC, including pitchers Russell Luxton (Oxford), Jeff Gorecki (Orchard Lake St. Mary's), Jake Paulson (Walled Lake Central) and Luke McCatty (Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest), and position players, Trent Drumheller (Stoney Creek) and Craig Sacha (Farmington Hills Harrison).

I bet more than likely you'll be hearing about my boy TLizzle at the next level in his Golden Grizz baseball duds before its all said and done on his college career!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Making A Move

Sydni Davis, one of the area's top prep girls basketball players, will still be wearing a letter 'L' across her chest next winter as a senior on the hardwood, but it won't stand for the Lakers anymore.
It will stand for Lathrup, as in the Southfield-Lathrup Chargers.
Davis, a prolific three-year starter in the backcourt for West Bloomfield, has recently transferred to Southfield-Lathrup to finish out her high school career.
Last season, Davis led the WB Lakers to a Class A district championship. She is a part of only a small handful of girls cage prospects from Oakland County's Class of 2013 to be considered a Division I recruit.
Her arrival at state power Lathrup will cushion the blow from losing Michelle Hayes – the Chargers' all-league floor general off to play her college ball in the MAC at Toledo –, and continue on the tradition of standout guards spawning from the program, following in the steps of the likes of Hayes, Kyra Littlejohn and Tiffany Williams.
Joining forces with fast-rising combo guard Erica Longmire in the Chargers' backcourt,, Davis will help lead a Lathrup squad this upcoming season in search of its third district title in a row.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Burney's All-County Girls Soccer Team

F          Irene Young (Troy)
F          Taylor Timko (Pontiac NDP)
F          Ava Doetsch (Waterford Lakes)
F          Stephanie Miller (Berkley)
F          Madison Hirsch (Troy)
F        Kelly Sweeney-Anika Johnson (Birmingham Marian)
M         Merlin Beckwith (RH Adams)
M         Catherine Anger (Birmingham Marian)
M         Kylie Nylen (RH Adams)
M         Natalie Krygier (Novi)
M         Kelli Timar (Novi)
M         Brianna Smith (MH Lamphere)
D          Allie Brodsky (Birmingham Marian)
D          Liz Abro (Troy Athens)
D          Jenny Busk (Troy)
D          Hannah Pateryn (Birmingham Marian)
D          Chelsea Thompson (MH Lamphere)
G          Allison Holland (Troy)
G          Stephanie Heber (Rochester)
G          Makenzie Larson (Birmingham Marian)
MVP:   Irene Young (Troy) - 2012 Miss Soccer
MIP:     Hannah Lee (RH Adams)
Coach of the Year:      Katie Hearn (Waterford Lakes)

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Mid-Summer Night's Baller Dream

THE OC Mid-SUMMER Dirty Dozen – Top 12 Boys Prep Hoopsters in the area
1 James Young (Troy) – The Chosen One….'Nuff said!!
2 Jon-Jon Williams (Southfield-Lathrup) – Committed to the MAC but is a Big 10-caliber baller!!
3 Paris Bass (Birmingham Seaholm) – Biggest jump from this time last year, is a genuine D1 steal!!
4 Yante Maten (Bloomfield Hills Lahser) – Best post prospect in the area
5 A. Price-M. Diane-E. Sumner (Birmingham DCD) – Dynamic and versatile 'Jackets backcourt ready to erupt in 2013!!!!
6 Bakari Evelyn-De Marco White (Southfield Christian) – Best inside-outside tandem in Class D ranks in the whole state, both these guys are D1 recruits and will lead a serious repeat charge for the defending state champs
7 Jermaine King (Ferndale) – Will be the Paris Bass of 2013, monster leap from sophomore to junior year….pure athlete with added range from deep
8 Miroslav Jaksik (Walled Lake Western) – Rare potential will bloom this winter!!!
9 Maceo Baston Jr. (Birmingham DCD) – Should be higher on this list….might be the local Class of 2014's No. 1 prospect before its all said and done on the upcoming season
10 Khalil Malone-Quincy Norman (Waterford Mott) – Best inside-outside tandem in the KLAA, will give TEAM JAYSON a legit shot at repeating as league and district champs
11 (tie) Ahkemji Williams (RH Adams) – Turning himself into a D1 recruit this summer with hard work and savvy playmaking
11 (tie) Jordan Dasuqi (Clarkston) – Nicknamed 'The Milk Man' 'cause this kid ALWAYS delivers the goods on the court!!! The quintessential Wolfpack guard with a little 'Yaktown flair to his game
12 Garrett Ross (Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes) – Could be the OC's top two-sport SUPERSTAR for the incoming senior class….and he's at a Class D school, that's really saying something!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Will He Stay or Will He Go?

It's not usual that NBA coaching news effects the Oakland County prep hoops scene.
This summer provides the exception, since former Detroit Pistons guard and current Southfield Christian boys and girls assistant basketball coach Lindsey Hunter is in the running for the head coaching job with the NBA's Orlando Magic.
As of Wednesday, Hunter was one of three finalists for the position, along with former Pistons coach and player Michael Curry and one-time NBA point guard Jacque Vaughn.
If Hunter takes the job, his son, Lindsey Hunter IV, one of the best backcourt prospects in the area's Class of 2014 and a starter on last season's state title squad, could leave SCS and join him in Florida for the conclusion of his career on the high school hardwood.
If that transpired, the OC would lose not one but TWO cage gems and Burney would be very sad.
Don't fret Eagles fans, if Hunter IV doesn't return to SCS, the cupboard is fare from bare.
Even minus Hunter IV, head coach Josh Baker sports possibly three Division I recruits on his 2013 roster, including sophomore point guard Bakari Evelyn, incoming freshman Marlow Brown and transfer and junior-to-be De Marco White.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kid Dynamite

Troy High School SUPERSTAR BALLER James Young has done the nearly impossible – he's upped his recruiting stock even higher than it already was.
After leading TEAM USA to a championship in international competition over the weekend – highlighted by the ultra-smooth 6-foot-6 ½ swingman dropping a 26-point, 10-board, 5-dime performance on TEAM Canada in the finals of the Nike Global Challenge in Wasgington D.C. – the Colts 'CHOSEN ONE' aka JYoung, who entered the 2012 season as one of the nation's best juniors, has a chance to enter the 2013 campaign as THE country's NO. 1 player.
I've talked to more than one scout in the past couple of days who told me that Young is giving Chi-Town cage phenom Jabari Parker a run for his money for the TOP SPOT in the nation's incoming senior class. College hoop heavyweights Kentucky and Kansas, the two squads that squared off in the NCAA Championship Game back in April, have both recently put scholarship offers on the table.
That's what we're talking about here.
Outside of Chris Webber, Young is the most talented prepster I've ever seen play, with the highest potential for future greatness as a collegiate and professional. YEAH, I SAID IT!!
If you've never seen this kid play in person, PLEASE do yourself a favor and get out to one of his games this winter and appreciate the GREATNESS.
Young has led Troy to back-to-back league titles in the OAA White as a sophomore and junior. For the upcoming season, Young and the Colts will be making the jump up to the OAA Red, arguably the toughest conference in the state, in their pursuit of a third straight league championship banner. Facing teams from the Red has never phased Young in the past, since some of the most impressive games of his career have come against perennial thoroughbreds Clarkston: his 'coming out party' as a FAB Frosh when he went for 25-10-5 and then last season when he torched the Wolves for a career-high 49 points to go along with 20 rebounds and 6 asssists.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cleared & Present Danger

After year-long speculation on whether Farmington Hills Harrison's Aaron Burbridge (WR/KR) will be grade-eligible for his freshman season up East Lansing at Michigan State, the word came down this week that he will indeed be suited up for Sparty when they take the field in their 2012 opener against Boise State.
That's great news for the MSU faithful because Burbridge is expected to make a quick impact on the program's receiving corps, a group recently depleted due to the graduation of starters B.J. Cunningham and Kenyan Martin.
Burbridge was a three-year all-league pick and a two-time all-state selection at Harrison, helping take the Hawks to a state championship and back-to-back OAA White crowns, while making a reputation as one of the most explosive offensive players in the entire country.
He will team with fellow former OC playmakers on offense like Dion Sims (OL St. Mary's) and Bennie Fowler (Birmingham Detroit Country Day), along with transfer De Anthony Arnett (Tennessee) to try and make up for the losses of Cunningham and Martin and provide new quarterback Andrew Maxwell some immediate weapons to utilize in MSU's passing attack this fall.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Grid Watchers - Looking North

A couple of names from the North Farmington Raiders to look for on the football field this fall:
Chauncey Bridges (CB) – This lockdown cornerback is getting some serious looks from college recruiters after a stellar offseason. He's also a pretty darn good back-up floor general on the school's varsity boys basketball squad, spelling all-league point guard and friend Caleb Hogans. Bridges will be a senior captain on the gridiron in 2012 and the leader of a Raiders team looking to make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in school history.
Jordan Blaylock (ATH) – When starting quarterback Kevin Penny went out for some time mid-season last fall, Blaylock, a starter in the secondary, stepped in under center and made sure the Raiders didn't miss a beat on their way to the school's first playoff berth in six years. The incoming junior will be looked to for playmaking in a variety of aspects this season and considering his already well-established versatility, Burney doubts he will disappoint.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tough Question

Why aren't Farmington Hills Harrison incoming senior football stars Jake Slobin and Garius Coleman getting more props from the college recruiters?
Tough question, right? (Don't state title rings and total wins as starters mean anything these days?)
These two MONSTER grid talents are not being heavily sought after for their services at the next level, despite being three-year starters on one of the NATION's top football teams and consistently showing off their respective playmaking abilities.
Slobin is a ROCKofGIBRALTER in the trenches for the Hawks and is getting dogged for his lack of size. What about his heart? Which, by the way is the size of the city of Farmington Hills itself. Can u say all the X-FACTORS needed to succeed at the next level?
As of right now, only Grand Valley State and Ferris State have offered Slobin scholarships.
Then, there's the G-TRAIN, TEAM HERRINGTON's shifty jitterbug in the slot, who always has ALL THE RIGHT MOVES on the field of battle and ALL THE RIGHT GENES, in terms of being the nephew of Mill 'The Thrill' Coleman, Harrison's OC and one-time QB, who goes down as arguably the most dynamic prep football player in state history.
The G-Man is taking heat because of his wheels –  he doesn't have 4.4 speed. Well, neither does Kevonte Martin-Manley (Birmingham Brother Rice), currently starting in the Big 10 at Iowa as a redshirt sophomore.
COLLEGE RECRUITERS take note; This pair are both SUPER BALLER talents that won't disappoint at the next level and get the job done despite of the HATE!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Burney's All-County Baseball Team

P Matt Ruppenthal (Birmingham Brother Rice)
P A.J. Susick (AH Avondale)
P Nick Deeg (Lake Orion)
P Brian Bayliss (MH Bishop Foley)
P Sterling Sharp (North Farmington)
P Cam Vieaux (WL Western)
P Brad Schaenzer (Lake Orion)
P Garrett Schilling (MH Bishop Foley)
C Brett Sunde (MH Bishop Foley)
C Niko Gonzales (Stoney Creek)
IF Gabe Berman (BH Andover)
IF Mike Azzopardi (Birmingham DCD)
IF Jake Balicki (Birmingham Groves)
IF Tommy Eng (Troy Athens)
IF Billy Malack (MH Bishop Foley)
IF Alex Taylor (RH Adams)
OF Luke Ortel (MH Bishop Foley)
OF Zac Leimach (WL Central)
OF Zak Northrup (Stoney Creek)
OF Logan Regnier (Novi)
OF Ted Lilley (WL Northern)
OF Emerson Misch (BH Andover)
UTL Conor Mohr (Farmington)
UTL Dylan Peck (Clarkston)
MVP: Brett Sunde (Bishop Foley)
MIP: Mike Ruppenthal (Brother Rice)
Coach of the Year: Kevin La Plante (WL Northern)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Balling & Singing

Take a look at this music video recently put out by former Oakland County star prep athletes and current UofM Wolverines football players Jack Kennedy and Joe Reynolds.
Kennedy is one of the team's back-up quarterbacks and played his high school ball at Walled Lake Central.
Reynolds is a wide receiver. He had an all-state career as a prepster, both in football and track, at Rochester Adams, spearheading a high-powered offense, which also featured current CMU receiver Cody Wilson and Michigan State baseball pitcher Andrew Waszak, who was an all-league quarterback with the Highlanders.
Calling themselves JDK and Rey, their song is called 'Away' and it's pretty good.
Check it out:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In The Money

Former Oakland County prep hoopster Javale McGee is about to get paid. I'm talking 10 mil-a-year paid.
The NBA big fella, who is entering his fifth year in the league, is on the verge of signing a MEGA contract, either with his current Denver Nuggets or any other in a variety of eager suitors.
McGee, the son of former NBA'er George Montgomery and Woman's hoop legend Pam McGee, prepped for Birmingham Detroit Country Day in the mid-2000s. He wasn't that developed at the time and didn't get much clock.
My, how things have changed!
A first-round NBA Draft Pick of the Washington Wizards in 2008, following playing his college ball at Nevada, the 7-footer with an ULTRASICK wingspan and CRAZYMAD HOPS has turned himself into quite the pro hardwood talent. The past two seasons, he's averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and a pair of blocks a night, mostly coming off the bench and seeing less than 25 minutes per contest.
Along with McGee, recently-crowned world champion Shane Battier of the Miami Heat and Keith Benson of the Golden State Warriors, both also DCD products, and the Pistons Walker Russell, Jr. from Rochester are currently the only players from Oakland County to be collecting an NBA paycheck.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Burney's All-County Softball Team

The Dream Team
P Kayce Nieto (Farmington Mercy SR)
P Selena Hicks (Lakeland JR)
P Haley Zemmer (Troy Athens SOPH)
P Katy Severson (North Farmington SR)
P Madeline Maday (Clarkston FR)
P Allyson Kus (West Bloomfield SR)
C Sierra Burke (Lakeland SR)
C Sydney Hasselbach (Clarkston JR)
IF Melissa Palmer (Troy Athens SR)
IF Katie Creighton (North Farmington SR)
IF Kelly Merkle-Morgan Craft (Lakeland JR)
IF Katy Roose (Pontiac NDP SR)
IF Kamryn LaCarter (Troy SR)
OF Olivia Richalvsky (South Lyon East SR)
OF Madison Burgess (Lakeland SOPH)
OF Sydney Glanz (WL Central SR)
OF Maggie Irvine (Rochester SR)
OF Tara Perry (Clarkston SR)
UTL Kim Jayson (Waterford Kettering SR)
UTL Sarah Gutknecht (Farmington JR)
UTL Jordan Lennington (Birmingham Seaholm JR)
UTL Keely Nowland (Birmingham Groves SR)
Coach of the Year: Dave Marr (Troy Athens)
MVP – Melissa Palmer (Troy Athens)
MIP – Devo Schomberg (Waterford Mott)
Players to Watch for in 2013: Hannah Szajner & Karissa Gawronski (Lakeland)