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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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blooming In Spring

Bloomfield Hills HS will name a boys basketball coach soon.
Here's what Burney sees as the possible race for the job
Jeff Rubin – The clear frontrunner, Blackhawks girls coach, former Andover boys coach, smart, sharp, well-liked, disciplined, "character guy," excellent "x-and-o" man, has the kind of track record and familiarity with the terrain that you want when selecting somebody to head this ship
Sean Schroeder – Very successful sideline general from the westside of the state at Stevensville Lakeshore: he went 18-3 this season, just a couple years removed from a trip to the Class B final four and was a finalist for the job in 2013, incredibly respected out in his neck of the woods
Mike Maryanski – This gentle giant is one of those area assistant coaches that deserves a shot at a top spot after more than paying his dues in the shadows, has been a big reason for TEAM DENHA success at Berkley and West Bloomfield and before that was on the bench for his alma mater MH Bishop Foley and the Ventures '06 Elite 8 squad. Bodes well for him that he works in the BH district and is a vet of the area cage scene. In college, my man "Magic Mike" was a star locally at Madonna
Ben Kelso – The turnaround specialist and three-time state-championship coach could be interested in leveraging his surprisingly inspiring job at Pontiac this winter into a chance at a more stable, financially-solvent school district
Robert Rogers – Recently left Pontiac, where he was at the helm for over a dozen years and won repeat Class A state titles with the Northern Huskies (the only time its ever happened in the OC), "Rog" might want to get back in the mix in an area he knows, since he once held the reins at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook (1990s)
Sleeper: Ricky Palmer – No. 1 free agent in terms of pedigree (Kurt Keener protégé) and has been off the grid the past two years, he's sure to get back in the game soon, maybe the BlackHawks nest is the right place to resurface


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