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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.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Five For Fighting - Butchering The Comp

BUTCHER BONUS EDITION: OL St. Mary's honored its 100-year anniversary on the prep boys basketball floor Friday night, welcoming back former coach Denny Butcher and his current Hartland team for a "Century Game" (73-41 OLSM 'W').
Butcher mentored some pretty fine hoopsters in his days pacing the sidelines at Dombrowski Field House, let's take a gander at the BEST OF THE BEST
FIVE FOR FIGHTINGThe top players Denny Butcher coached at OL St. Marys in his time on the bench from 1992-1998
1 Kylo Jones (Class of 1997) – Hard-nosed, playmaking point guard that had the heart of a warrior and earned himself a starting spot as a Fab Frosh on Butcher's epic '94 state-finals squad. Jones would go onto become the historic program's second all-time leading-scorer and then play in college at Western Michigan University
2 Maurice Seawright (Class of 2000) – Might be the single most talented athlete to ever walk the Eaglets' legendary halls. Butcher only had Seawright, a fantastically dynamic floor general on the hardwood and a home-run threat of a wide receiver on the gridiron, as a super soph in his final year at THE LAKE; though, two years later, as a senior he would end up propelling OLSM to state championships in basketball and football, before having a brief career in both sports up in Ann Arbor with the University of Michigan
3 Diallo Johnson (Class of 1995) – The quintessential leader and "Mr. Do It All" for Butcher's '94 club. Johnson was a winner in every way, no matter what sport he was competing in. He quarterbacked OLSM to a state title the following fall on the football field and then played wide receiver for Michigan's '97 Rose Bowl and National Championship squad.
4 David Bowens (Class of 1995) – Spending over a dozen years in the NFL as a defensive lineman, Bowens was pure brute force on the basketball court, just a straight monster in the post
5 Daryl Adams (Class of 1995) – Another two-sport sensation that could hurt opposing teams on the hardwood with his sniper skills, mid-range game or as a finisher in transition with his mad hops. This is not to mention him helping Johnson stretch defenses on the gridiron as a big-play threat split end on the '94 state title team. Adams would continue plying his trade as a WR in college locally at Wayne State


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