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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.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Electric Horsemen

Let's check in with the up-and-coming Holly boys hoops squad, a group of young-gun ballers on the way to the top of the area's high school cage scene with a bullet:
The Bronchos finished the June team camp and summer league schedule 16-2, their only losses coming to local powerhouses Clarkston and Birmingham Detroit Country Day.
In the club's final game of the weekend up at the Central Michigan team camp, sophomore sniper Kyle Woodruff, one of the best pure shooters this area has seen in quite a while, blistered the nets for 35 points on 8-of-10 from 3-point distance.
Woodruff's running buddy, junior Jake Daniels, was destroying the competition this last month as well, pumping in over 20 points per contest. Daniels can do a little bit of everything and do it really good.
Fellow juniors Parker Rowse, Morgan Baylis and Isaac Casillas, all entering their third year on the Bronchos varsity this winter, were their usual nails-tough and fundamentally-sound selves. Casillas, Holly's leading-scorer as a Fab Frosh back in 2012, missed last season due to health issues and has been quick to return to his crafty ways on the court.
Josh Simms, the team's all-league sixth-man, was on the shelf with a football injury, but the aforementioned gunners more than picked up the slack.
Senior Logan Spiker and sophomore Adam Tooley looked nice in the post, holding down Holly's duties in the frontcourt.
Freshman forward Trevor Bland has been a pleasant surprise this offseason and has most likely secured a spot in the Bronchos rotation.
Expect Holly to continue to blaze its way to through the area's BALLERSPHERE for the foreseeable future. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

North Bound Balling

After a year away at prep school, Dorrell Foster is coming back to the Mitten and heading north.
It's a direction the burgeoning baller is quite familiar with.
Foster, a first-team All-OAA pick on the boys basketball court as a high school senior with the North Farmington Raiders ('12), signed with Northern Michigan this week for his college hoops
A 6-foot-5 wing with deadeye shooting range, great athleticism in the open court and ice in his veins, Foster averaged close to 25 points and 10 rebounds per game his final year wearing his Raiders' Brown and Yellow hardwood gear.
His first cousin is current North Farmington cage monster Jeron (Buddha) Rogers, one of the state's top recruits in the Class of 2015. The pair of cousins were both in the TEAM NOGO starting line-up two seasons ago.
Northern Michigan was 5-21 last year, but have a new coaching staff in place for the coming campaign this winter, led by Bill Sall, recently hired away from Ferris State.
Sall had recruited Foster when he was at Ferris State and built a good relationship with him, paving the groundwork for his commitment to join him up in the UP at NMU.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Hot Hoopsters

A few names of local boys basketball studs looking sharp to start off the summer:
Kharry Fanning (Southfield) – This hard-working, athletic and wiry forward is showing that he could be a "breakout baller" for the Bluejays in 2014
Jerlyd Booker (WL Western) – Rock-steady and really good running the point for TEAM RA RA last winter, looking even better so far this offseason
John Rexrothe (FH Harrison) – The Hawks' big fella is getting more secure in his footwork and better with his back to the basket each day
Maury Diane (Birmingham DCD) – 'Jackets juggernaut at the off-guard spot just snagged a scholarship offer from U-D Mercy
Timmy Shayoka (Troy Athens) – Gutty floor general with an endless motor that will run the show for the deep, dogged and fast-improving Red Hawks, fresh off an unexpected district title back in March
Merrick Canada (Clarkston) – This spunky combo guard for the Wolves drained a buzzer-beater in OT to send C-Town to the win at the EMU team camp
Jacob Joubert (North Farmington) – Might be the most improved underclassmen cager in the OAA Red this winter…..growing into his body and his game in a big way, crafty and smart in the backcourt just like his pops "The Judge" was.
Lindsey Hunter IV (Southfield Christian) – Transforming into a genuine D1 prospect, has really fine-tuned his arsenal, just really dangerous with the ball in his hands up top or on transition

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Orange & Black Grid Report

Some news on the Birmingham Brother Rice football front. Recent Rice grad Lucas Cherocci, a two-year starting linebacker for the back-to-back state champion Warriors, will be playing his college football at Western Michigan. Cherocci is going to K-Zoo as a preferred walk-on.
With star senior running back Brian Walker on the shelf for the first two weeks of the upcoming season, look for junior Bobby Dixon to take his place in the backfield and make an immediate impact beside slick-footed senior Shon Powell. Bobby D is the REAL DEAL!!
WARRIOR WIDE OUT ROLL - Best WR unit in the state? Burney says it's a darn good possibility CALL:
Corey Lacanaria – No. 1 option, as sure-handed and precise a route-runner you'll find in this area....THATS A FACT!!
Josh Flye – This kid's a true fast-riser...he can go deep and across the middle
Delano Madison – Speed demon who can hurt opposing teams in multiple ways on offense.....STRAIGHT BURNER on the edge or taking an end-around/reverse
Demaris Woods – The player most likely to turn heads in this unit....all the tools for all-league-type season
Grant Perry – Only going into his junior year and he has the chance to to be a real difference-maker this Madison, can line-up in various packages and has raw natural skills
Patrick Sparks – The sleeper workhorse of this talented pass-catching crew, will do whatever is asked of him and do it well. He'll be a third-down specialist and leader in the lockeroom in 2013
Ty Kiafoulis – The Warriors baseball star is ready for a bust-out campaign on the gridiron at the tight end spot this fall....Can you say CASH MONEY in the red zone?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mergers & Acquisitions

Some news about a few local landings and departures
Tori Duffey – The dynamic Miss Duffey is on her way back home to the hooping heartland of the Midwest after a year playing D1 basketball out east at the University of New Hampshire. She announced she was transferring to Madonna this week. What an unbelievable snag for the Material Girls of Madonna!! Duffey is a nails-tough presence in the backcourt that shoots the rock and takes it to the rack with the best around. As a senior at Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, TD helped spark the Lakers to a third-straight state championship, after three years in the public school ranks where she was a multi-year all-league pick out of the KLAA at Walled Lake Central.
Desmond Fitzpatrick – This projected blue-chipper on the football field at the wide receiver position is transferring from Farmington Hills Harrison to Farmington. Only going into his sophomore year, Fitzpatrick already has multiple D1 scholarship offers (including one from IU of the Big 10), without having taken a varsity snap yet. That shows just how much college scouts think of this kid's upside. Watch out for the Kyle Collins-to-Dez Fitzpatrick hook-up to frequent the Falcons' offensive attack these new couple seasons
Jamar Antwine – Another soon-to-be varsity football stud is on the move with Antwine jumping from Orchard Lake St. Mary's to Pontiac. This slippery and speedy jitterbug can hurt defenses multiple ways, lining up in the backfield or on the edge/in the slot at wide out. He's someone that shows well at offseason showcase camps and if that success translates to the varsity level for the Phoenix than it should be watch out for the OAA these next two years
Matt Rogers – The former C-Town baseball and basketball standout will be going D1 on the diamond next spring, recently signing a National Letter of Intent with Evansville, following a season honing his skills at the JUCO level. Rogers, a quick-stick first basemen, was on Clarkston hoop squads and diamond contingents that captured district titles.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A New Breed

There will be some new faces in the Oak Park athletic department for the upcoming school year, both on the football field and the basketball court.
Here's a quick look at the Knights NEW BREED
Chance Savage – Fleet-footed juke-master of a transfer from UofD-Jesuit & the Catholic League who will be the Knights starting running back this fall…..has playmaker  written all over him
Jordan Leonard – Smart and steady signal-caller who comes over to the Knights Grid Kingdom from Southfield, where he was a back-up last year. If the '13 season started today Leonard would be opening the campaign under center for TEAM CARTER
Kelvon Fuller – FREAKISH athletic talent in the post and on the fastbreak. this 6-foot-7 powerhouse forward arrives in THE OP from Detroit Cody and is already getting serious looks by DI college program's as only a 15-year old.
Orlando Fikes – This senior-to-be is slick and quick at the point guard spot, joining Fuller as a transplant from Cody and the PSL

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Something to Ponder

Alright, here's the ultimate OC stumper.
Which Birmingham Detroit Country Day SUPERSTAR hoopster alum's career would you rather have: Chris Webber ('91) or Shane Battier ('97)?
It's a tough one isn't it?
Both were McDonalds All-Americans and won three straight state titles to end their high school cage careers at DCD under Kurt Keener.
Both were AP College All-Americans and NCAA Player of the Years, CWebb at Michigan and Battier at Duke, before going on to become NBA lottery picks.
That's when things start to diverge.
CWebb is an NCAA icon, the No. 1 player on the groundbreaking, razzle-dazzle Fab Five, a genuine cultural touchstone in the world of sports in the last quarter of the 20th Century.
Battier was the captain of a National Championship squad with the Dukies, CWebb will forever be haunted by two losses in the National Title game, capped with the infamous "T.O. that wasn't," leading to embarrassment in the closing seconds of the 1993 final against North Carolina.
CWebb made more money than almost any pro athlete of his era (over 200 million in combined NBA salary) and was a frequent NBA All-Star – never appearing in the NBA Finals though.
Battier has made a very respectable NBA salary in his 12-year career in the League (he'll be a millionaire for the rest of his life several times over), but has come away with a pair of World Championships, where although not a star, he has been a major contributor (6-of-8 from 3-point distance in Game 7 of this year's finals with the back-to-back NBA champ Miami Heat).
CWebb dated Tyra Banks and Nia Long (point for him in Burney's book on that fact alone).
When Battier retires soon, he will depart with a sterling reputation in every regard, leaving the pros known universally as a true gentlemen of the game. On the other hand, CWebb's legacy is a complicated one, a lengthy career in the league marked with highs and lows on and off the court.
The question of CWebb or SHANE the BRAIN is so vexing, Burney honestly can't give a decisive answer either way. Gun to head, I might lean Battier.
What do you think?

Friday, June 21, 2013

More The Better

The G Force will be in Ann Arbor for the next few years, doing his thing under center.
This week, recent Novi Detroit Catholic Central grad Garrett Moores, announced he will be walking on at the University of Michigan for his college football.
Moores quarterbacked Catholic Central into the Division 1 state championship game last fall, showing a composed and heady presence calling signals in only his first year starting for the Shamrocks on the gridiron.
He can run an offense with the best there is in the OC floor general Class of 2013…..That's a Certified Burney Guarantee!!
Last winter, Moores was a standout forward on the CC hoops squad. In the Catholic League quarterfinals, he went buckwild on the hardwood against arch-rival Brother Rice, dropping a double-double (24 points, 12 rebounds) in a thrilling win.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Not So Fast

Let's set the record straight.
Local blue-chip prep football recruit Malik McDowell is not at Southfield.
Despite rampant rumors circulating this week that McDowell, the sick-talented defensive end who played at Detroit Loyola the past three years, has transferred into Oakland County and is officially at Southfield for his senior season on the high school gridiron, he hasn't and he isn't. Nothing's official.
He probably will be there soon, but it isn't in stone as of now.
McDowell (6-foot-7, 305 pounds) has 28 combined quarterback sacks over the last two seasons and him and his family have made it known that they plan to move to Southfield this summer, so the pass-rushing menace can be a Bluejay in 2013.
The consensus among national scouting experts is that McDowell is the No. 1 college recruit in the state on defense. He has more than two dozen scholarship offers from some of the country's most elite programs (Alabama, Florida, USC, etc…)
If and when he does land in CONLEYVILLE (aka Southfield HS), Big MAC will join forces with fellow D1 recruits on the defensive line in Lawrence Marshall (Michigan), another blue-chipper in the trenches and Chris Williams, just starting to reel in the scouts with his ability to get the job done at the point of attack.
Southfield will be one of the best teams in the state this fall. In 2012, McDowell led Loyola to a Catholic League C-D title and a spot in the Division 7 state championship game.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

See Ya Later

Halle Wangler and Tori Duffy are changing playing locations. The pair of former local prep girls hoop stars have transferred out of their respective Division I college programs and will be looking to find new homes asap.
Wangler, who prepped at Royal Oak Shrine, earning all-state honors as a senior on the wing, has left Oakland University. She is a human ball of energy on the hardwood, an elite defender that has significantly upped her game on the offensive side of the court the last few years.
Duffy is a super-steady and savvy combo guard who is departing the University of New Hampshire, most likey to come play somewhere closer to home. She prepped at Walled Lake Central and then Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, where as a senior in 2012 she helped the Lakers win a state championship.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Tim Bits Special

The Timko family had a pretty cool weekend, even if they didn't snag a ring.
Sister-brother tandem, Taylor and Jeff Timko , were repping the family name hardcore on state-championship Saturday – both playing in state finals, junior Taylor in girls soccer with Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and freshman Jeff on the baseball diamond with Birmingham Brother Rice.
Although each fell short in the quest for a crown, they were their usual "gamer" selves the whole tourney and will be back with a vengeance in 2014.
Taylor is an elite talent on the pitch, committed to Michigan since she was a sophomore. Bottom line, she possesses a nose for the goal like few others this area has seen this past decade-plus. In three seasons, she has posted 90 goals.
Jeff is a rising-star for the Brother Rice baseball squad. Making varsity as a fab frosh on the national-renowned Warriors diamond brigade, he plays catcher and in the outfield. He's a name to keep your eyes peeled for these next few years.
What a pair of competitors!!!
Man, family Monopoly games at the Timko household must get pretty intense!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Five For Fighting - Gold Standard

Five For Fighting – Most distinguished efforts from the OC on state-championship Saturday  
1 Kayla Porter (Troy) – Scored the game-winning goal in the Colts 2-1 come-from-behind win over Grandville in the D1 girls soccer finals...just call her the OC Mia Hamm, first 'cause she's was so, so CASH MONEY on the pitch when it counted the most and second 'cause she went HAM all over the Grandville 'D' in the clutch!!
2 Billy Malack (MH Bishop Foley) – Cut loose at the plate in the Foley's 12-5 downing of Grandville Calvin Christian for the 3peat on the baseball diamond (first time in MHSAA history by the way), posting a 2-for-2, 3-RBI, 2 runs-scored outing toting the proverbial lumber......the "quiet star" of the Vetures line-up this season, capping a monumental prep career on the diamond with TEAM SUNDE!!
3 Madison Hirsch (Troy) – Notched the game-tying goal, which set the table for Porter's game-winner in the state championship game....the definition of class and consistency on the pitch...'NUFF SAID!!
4 Dalton Greyerbriehl (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Pitched like a senior in 3 innings of middle relief during the Warriors' 1-0 state-final loss to Bay City Western, best way to describe his bulldog performance is NAILS TOUGH!!!           
5 Allison Holland (Troy) – Finally snagged that ever-elusive ring to top-off a splendid prep career in between the post……The best keeper Burney has covered in his 6 years at the Oakland Press….YEAH, I SAID IT!!!       

Saturday, June 15, 2013

No Joshing Around

Just to add some insult to injury.....
The baseball diamond at Brother Rice appears that it will be losing some power to its super-charged roster next season.
After the Warriors fell 1-0 in the Division 1 state championship game to Bay City Western Saturday afternoon in Battle Creek, stud sophomore pitcher Josh Smith announced that he would most likely be transferring to Saline in the fall.
Smith (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) was one of the top underclassmen in the state this season, according to college recruiters - the genuine article and a true speed-baller chucking the pill.
Before the start of the 2013 campaign, he accepted a scholarship to play his collegiate baseball in the SEC at the University of Kentucky.
That all said, Smith didn't get a ton of time on the mound this spring, primarily due to the extreme depth Brother Rice had in the proverbial "arms race."
Because the Warriors' pitching staff was non-senior dominated, very few if any spots in the rotation would be opening up in 2014 – a possible reason that could explain Smith's current decision to depart.
Saline, known for a very strong diamond brigade, lost in the district finals this year, but advanced into the Division 1 final four in 2012.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Grand Finale

The Land of the Sun is on the horizon for Walled Lake Western boys basketball star Miroslav Jaksic.
His future lies in the Southwest
Jaksic, a soft-stroking, high-upside 6-foot-11 forward-center, committed to Grand Canyon University, soon-to-be Division I college program down in Arizona.
Grand Canyon (23-8 back in the winter) is set to go DI for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign, ready to start competing in the Western Athletic Conference. The GCU program is headed by Traverse City prep hoops legend and former NBA sharpshooter Dan Majerle (Central Michigan), who played most of his pro career with the Phoenix Suns.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Jaksic's arrival in Oakland County, via Canada and before that Serbia, two years ago. During his time as a Warrior, the Euro dynamo helped restructure the cage culture at Western, traditionally known as a football school.
He averaged a double-double in his pair of seasons a prepster in the OC.  This past season, Jaksic averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds a night on a squad that finished 14-7 and competed for a league crown until the bitter end.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Forwarding Address

Clarkston's already-stacked backcourt will add another primetime player to the mix next winter.
Word is that Walled Lake Northern freshman basketball star Tabin Throgmorton will be enrolling at Clarkston in the fall.
Throgmorton is a big point guard, with long arms, a fluid stroke and an unreal feel for the floor general position at such a young age – i.e the typical TEAM FIFE show-runner on the hardwood.
He started on the Knights varsity this past season, alongside his older brother, Gage Throgmorton, a three-time all-league selection out of the KLAA headed to play his college hoops at UofM-Dearborn.
Losing the younger Throgmorton to C-Town is a tough blow. He was part of a talented nucleus of underclassmen under head coach Ronnie Thompson.
The Clarkston backcourt that Throgmorton joins is balanced and deep, especially when it comes to ball-handling duties. Press Kampe, (senior), and Drew Myers, (junior), are a pretty rock-solid 1-2 punch at the point. The sniper tandem of Nick Owens (senior) and Mason Vires (junior) keep opposing defenses honest and Merrick Canada (junior) can fill in at either floor general or shooting guard.
A yearly local cage power, Clarkston is the seven-time defending OAA Red champion, but after capturing 18 straight Class A district crowns, the Wolfpack is riding a two-year drought.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Five For Fighting - Quarter Flash

Five For Fighting – Most impressive outings from the ELITE 8 on the OC baseball diamond
1 Randy Righter (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Picked up the win on the mound in the biggest diamond throw-down this county has seen in quite a while, a 7-3 besting of Lake Orion.  Could be the most undervalued and overlooked pitcher in the whole area……YEAH, I SAID IT!!
2 Mike Murley (MH Bishop Foley) – TEAM SUNDE's junior hurler was in EMINEM-MODE as in MASTERFUL AND MENACING in the Ventures 9-1 downing of Flint Powers
3 Freddy Jehle (Birmingham Brother Rice) – The Warriors' contact specialist was in top form against Lake Orion delivering a 3-for-3 performance, plating a pair of runs and once again and as always showing off his
4 Nate Grys (MH Bishop Foley) – This rare gem of a SHREDDER went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI in the two-time defending champs' victory over Powers that secured TEAM BUSTER a trip to their fourth consecutive FINAL FOUR. Not many two-sport SUPERSTUDS as good (football and baseball) as this sophomore with the Ventures……TAKE IT 2 THA BANK!!
5 Roman Kuster (Lake Orion) – Burney's main man SPECIAL K concluded a tremendous prep athletic career wearing the Green and White (basketball and baseball) aka lots of long tourney runs and league crowns, going 3-for-3 vs. the nasty Brother Rice pitching staff

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Five For Fighting - Pride & Prestige

Five For Fighting – Best outings from this past weekend's regional action on the Oakland County prep sports landscape
1 Alex Malzone (Brother Rice baseball) – Malzone aka "THE MAGIC MAN" belted a walk-off, two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh to catapult the Warriors to a 3-2 win over Northville in the regional finals at Novi Saturday. The two-sport SUPERSTAR (D1 recruit on the diamond and the gridiron as a quarterback) went 3-for-3 in the regional title tilt. TPretty obvious that on Saturday the Orange&Black's Magic Man was also MR. MONEY MAKER for Team RIKER, cashing in at all the most opportune instances. All this kid knows how to do is WIN, WIN, WIN!!
2 Jade Antolec (Novi girls soccer) – Antolec, the Wildcats' keeper, reached SWAGGER LEVEL FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND TRILLION Friday in Novi's downing of juggernaut Plymouth in the regional championship game, which went to penalty kicks and which Antolec personally ended by stonewalling P-Town's last attempt on goal
3 Nick Deeg (Lake Orion baseball) – The true "Ace's Ace" went all JUSTIN VERLANDER in the regionals Saturday, going toe-to-toe with all-stater Jake Lowry and snaring the shutout-win on the bump the same afternoon he was drafted by the Tigers…WOW, WHAT A DAY!!           
4 (tie) Taylor Timko (Pontiac NDP girls soccer) – Hat Trick for the title!!! Just an all-out HUMAN SCORING MACHINE….'NUFF SAID!!!
4 (tie) Madison Hirsch (Troy girls soccer) – Hat Trick for the title!!!......Maddy the Magnificent…Yeah, that about sums it up!!!!
4 (tie) Anna Robb (WOLL girls soccer) – Hat Trick for the title!!!.......Pure playmaker on the soccer pitch and the girls basketball floor…What doesn't this young lady do and do like her name was MISS PERFECT!!!
5 Matt Ruppenthal (Brother Rice baseball) – Got it done on the mound, throwing a 3-hit, 8k shutout of Walled Lake Northern in the regional semis, and then went 2-for-3, with a clutch infield single in the seventh at the dish...This kid has MAJOR LEAGUER written all over him.....MARK THAT DOWN!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Around The Bend

The Birmingham Brother Rice baseball team is just stacked to the gills with top-notch talent.
Not really much of a secret, taking in account the fact that club is 28-8, the two-time defending Catholic League champions and a current frontrunner in the race for BATTLECREEK 
Here's a look at some future Warriors' diamond studs that are cutting their teeth as Fab Frosh for the Brother Rice SPRING BALLER BRIGADE this year;
Karl Kauffman (P/IF) – This kid is COLD-BLOODED….earned the win toeing the slab in relief this weekend in the regional title contest against Northville. Will be a rock-solid presence in the TEAM RIKER lineup for the next 3 seasons…TAKE IT 2 THE BANK!!         
Jeff Timko (C/OF) – Possesses the genes of a playmaker (his sister is Pontiac NDP all-state soccer scoring machine Taylor Timko) and is learning from the best at his two positions. Showing all the signs of a soon-to-be Orange&Black SHREDDER!!
Preston Pilat (OF/P) – Fluid in the field with his glove, fleet-footed on the base paths while displaying a quick swing and sound instincts in between the lines.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Quick Delivery

Central Michigan has found itself a gem of a FAST-riser in Ferndale football star Nate Brisson-Fast.
The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Brisson-Fast, who tears it up on the gridiron, playing tight end on offense and in the trenches on 'D,' accepted a college scholarship to CMU this week, pulling one of the area's best in the Class of 2014 off the recruiting board.
A raw, chiseled specimen of a natural athlete, Brisson-Fast will play defensive end at the college level with the Chipps. Showing his versatility, he's also the starting center on the Ferndale basketball squad.
Along with all-league running back-linebacker and fellow senior captain, Shaquan McGriff, Brisson Fast will look to lead the 2013 Eagles back into the playoffs for the first time in five years. Last fall, Ferndale finished a disappointing 3-6.
CMU went 7-6 last season, snagging a climatic 24-21 campaign-ending victory in the Little Cesar's Bowl over Western Kentucky.
Brisson-Fast is the tenth player to join the Chippewas' 2014 recruiting crop and the second grid stud from the Ferndale program to land in Mt. Pleasant in the past three years, following in the footsteps of former Eagles' game-breaker tailback Anthony Garland, entering his junior season at CMU.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

On The Prowl

There are lots of superb pitchers on the local prep baseball scene this spring.
The area diamond crews that have advanced to the regional round of the state tourney this weekend all have stellar attacks on the hill.
Here is a list of some of those hurlers on those squads that maybe don't get the attention they deserve, but Burney wants to shout out:
Jake Smith (Clawson) – Could be the most underrated ace in the whole state….YEAH, I SAID IT. The total package toeing the slab for CLAWVILLE…..Jake the Snake has proven quite poisonous to opposing batters since April…the word BAFFLING comes to mind!!!   
Kyle Schweiger (Stoney Creek) – No question in Burney's mind, "Sweet Music" Schweiger (what a great new nickname Burney just coined) was THE most undervalued ace in the entire OAA!!! TAKE IT 2 THA BANK!!
Mike Surinck (RH Adams) – I'll tell you one thing, the Highlanders are SURE to get another gem of an outing from this senior spin-master on the mound!!!
Hunter Van Maele-Brady Schaffer (WL Northern) – Don't look past this rough-and-rugged pair of iron-willed playmakers on the pitching bump for TEAM LA PLANTE, they aren't flashy, just darn solid, reliable and quite dangerous chucking that pill
Josh Bays (Lake Orion) – The top No. 3 pitcher in the area this whole year….THATS A FACT…MARK THAT DOWN
Mike Reid (MH Bishop Foley) – "Rock steady" Reid and his performance on the hill and from the dish are a big reason why TEAM SUNDE is 29-2 and lethal as ever in their hunt for the 3PEAT!!
Randy Righter (Birmingham Brother Rice) – If loving Randy Righter, the Warriors' No. 2, is wrong, Burney doesn't want to be right…..ever!!!! 'Cause Burney is ORANGE&BLACK crazy impressed with the job he's done all season long
Mike Cobbledick (RO Shrine) – The Knights No. 2 thrower that has the poise, precision and nails-tuff mentality tossing the baseball of most club's No. 1's.