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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.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vacancy At The Lake

Five years was enough for Lake Orion boys basketball coach Tom Risi, who has resigned from his job on the bench effective this week. Risi came to Lake Orion from Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and coached the Dragons' freshmen squad before accepting the mantle with the LO varsity in 2012 upon Mike Shafkalis and the program parting ways. His days pacing the sidelines for Risi at The Lake had their ups and downs. This past winter, the Big Green cage crew finished 4-17. In his first season as prince of the pine in the Dragons' Den though, he led Lake Orion on a memorable state-tourney jaunt that ended in the Class A Elite 8, a place the program hadn't been since the Prohibition era. The encore was pretty neat, too - in 2013, Risi's hoop troop raised an OAA league-championship banner. Risi's clubs always competed with passion, discipline and tenacity, win or lose. They always represented DragonsNation with pride and a positive attitude. Those things are a tribute to the man in charge. Burney wishes Coach TR the best in all his future endeavors!!

4 Comments:

Blogger Saginaw Bay or Dragons Den said...

There are some inaccuacies here with the article Scott, First Orion was 4-16 not 0-21, your thinking Rochester last season whom finished 0-21 (Orion's wins were Rochester twice, Romeo, and at Oak Park. Second Risi coached freshman, not JV for two seasons at Orion.

May 8, 2015 at 1:04 AM 
Blogger Saginaw Bay or Dragons Den said...

Correction 4-17.

May 8, 2015 at 1:08 AM 
Blogger Scott M. Burnstein said...

my bad, sir. thanks for the checking me, my man! edit was made

May 8, 2015 at 1:08 AM 
Blogger Saginaw Bay or Dragons Den said...

Yep anytime

May 8, 2015 at 1:14 AM 

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