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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.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Last-Minute Grab

Wayne State's football program made a successful late-second charge in the recruiting game this week.
In the days prior to Wednesday's National Signing Day festivities, the Warriors snagged themselves a pair of Oakland County gridiron studs in Orchard Lake St. Mary's Andrew Koterba (offensive lineman) and Rochester's Manny Mendoza (safety-wide receiver)to shore up their Class of 2013 crop.
Koterba is a rotund 6-foot-4, 300 pounds and started in the trenches for a St. Mary's squad that produced two 1,000-yard rushers (Parker McInnis & Grant Niemiec), captured a Catholic League Central Division title and advanced into the state finals for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
This kid is a BOSS and a HOSS in every way – a first-class road-grader who loves to smack pads at the point of attack!
Mendoza (6-foot-3, 210-pounds) is a multi-dimensional workhorse on the football field. Transferring into the state last year from Indiana, Mendoza was an all-OAA pick back in the fall. He has all the intangibles and x-factors to make it at the next level – His in-game IQ is unreal, his coachability and leadership are stellar and he has a motor that doesn't quit.
What else do you need to know?
I'll tell ya!
The Falcons very own M&M is a standout on the hardwood as well, starting for the second straight year at forward for the Rochester boys hoops squad, one of the best in the area. Last winter, Mendoza helped take the Falcons to a league championship on the basketball court.
Wayne State was busy working the area last month, too - collecting commitments from the Troy offensive line tandem of Greg Weber and Tommy Richardson, who like Koterba and Mendoza penned their NLI's Wednesday at their respective high schools.
The Warriors, one year removed from appearing in the D2 National Championship game, finished 5-5 in 2012.
Head coach Paul Winters carried 14 players that prepped in Oakland County on his 2012 roster, several of whom made major contributions on the 2011 squad that came a win away from a national title.


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