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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, December 15, 2014

A Penny Made Of Stone

North Farmington's boys basketball team will be memorializing Raiders alum Kevin Penny this winter by wearing his No. 10 in the center of their warm-up jerseys.
Penny passed away last month. He graduated in 2012.
The fact that his former number will rest on the fabric located closest to the North Farmington players' hearts epitomizes what Kevin was.
Point blank: The kid was all heart.
Whether in the backcourt on the hardwood or under center at quarterback on the gridiron, Penny was a prized competitor – the kind of young man that plays every sport with tremendous grit and determination and bleeds gravel instead of blood.
On the basketball floor, he was possibly the best pick-setter the OC has seen in the last decade. TEAM NOGO would run plays just for him to be setting picks, that's how tough he was.
As a Raiders hoopster he won a district title. As the school's starting field general his senior year, he led them into the playoffs.
His baby brother, Kyle, currently a senior two-sport stud at North Farmington has followed in his footsteps.
So every time a Raider dives on the floor for a loose ball this season or sets a bone-crushing pick to free up one of his teammates for an easy basket, think of KP!!


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