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April 7, 2020, 9:22 am

Burney’s MHSAA All-NCAA Final Four squad (2000-2020)

In honor of the NCAA national championship game that would have been Monday night, here is Scott M. Burnstein’s all-Final Four squad, made up of players from the modern era of high school hoops in Michigan (2000-2020). The Guards Michigan State’s Mateen Cleaves (Flint Northern) — The point guard and captain. Michigan State’s Cassius Winston ...


March 31, 2020, 4:38 pm

Burney’s Top 25 Michigan boys basketball state champions of the STATE CHAMPS! era (2003-2019)

1 Lansing Sexton 2012 (Class B) — NBA guards Denzel Valentine (Michigan State) and Bryn Forbes (Michigan State-Cleveland State) made up one of the greatest backcourts in MHSAA history. 2 Detroit Renaissance 2004 (Class B) — Talk about firepower: Joe Crawford (Kentucky), Malik Hairston (Oregon), Marcus Stout (Fordham), Tajuan Porter (Oregon) … any questions? 3 ...


March 25, 2020, 2:41 pm

Burney’s 2021 Mr. Basketball (Way Too Early) Power Rankings — “The Dirty Dozen”

With the 2020 Mr. Basketball award going to Benton Harbor’s Carlos “Scooby” Johnson on Monday, here’s Scott Burnstein’s look at who might be in line for the hardware next season: 1 Pierre “P.J.” Brooks (Detroit Douglas F) — One of the best pure scorers in PSL history and that’s saying quite a bit. 2 Kobe ...


March 9, 2020, 11:04 am

The Difference Makers — Who will shine in March’s madness?

Five X-Factors to keep an eye out for on the boys basketball court this postseason: Quindarius Davis (Benton Harbor Sr.) — The best lock-down perimeter defender on the state’s west side. That’s a FACT, folks! Carmelo Harris (Flint Beecher Soph.) — Star in the making, learning the ropes from Mr. Basketball candidate and Oregon-bound floor ...


April 6, 2021, 10:44 pm

2021 MHSAA boys basketball semifinal/final pairings

All semifinals are Thursday, April 8 (At MSU’s Breslin Center) DIVISION 1 SF1: Ann Arbor Huron 55, Warren De La Salle 39 [STORY] SF2: Grand Blanc 68, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 58 [STORY] ——— DIVISION 3 SF5: Flint Beecher 47, Hanover-Horton 34 SF6: Iron Mountain 54, Schoolcraft 50 (OT) [STORY] ————— (At Grand Rapids’ ...


April 6, 2021, 8:28 am

2021 MHSAA girls basketball semifinal/final pairings

All semifinals are Wednesday, April 6 (At MSU’s Breslin Center) DIVISION 1 SF1: Detroit Renaissance 75, Wayne Memorial 72 [STORY] SF2: Hudsonville 49, Midland Dow 37 [STORY] ——— DIVISION 3 SF5: Grass Lake 2, Hemlock 0 (forfeit — COVID) SF6: Kent City 59, Calumet 53 [STORY] ————— (At Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena) DIVISION 2 ...


April 2, 2021, 11:57 am

2021 MHSAA boys basketball quarterfinal pairings

(All games Tuesday, April 6) DIVISION 1 QF1: Grand Blanc (12-2) vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (14-0) at Davison, 7 p.m. QF2: Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern (16-1) at East Lansing (11-1) at Muskegon Orchard View, 7 p.m. QF3: Ann Arbor Huron (18-0) vs. River Rouge (11-3) at Ypsilanti Lincoln, 7 p.m. QF4: Warren De ...


March 31, 2021, 11:58 pm

2021 MHSAA girls basketball quarterfinal pairings

(All games Monday, April 5) DIVISION 1 QF1: Midland Dow (21-0) vs. Hartland (20-0) at Flushing, 7 p.m. QF2: Hudsonville (20-1) vs. East Lansing (16-0) at Calvin University, 7:30 p.m. QF3: Detroit Renaissance (11-4) vs. Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (19-0) at West Bloomfield, 5 p.m. QF4: Temperance Bedford (18-4) vs. Wayne Memorial (16-2) at West ...


March 28, 2021, 5:25 pm

2021 MHSAA boys basketball regional pairings

DIVISION 1 Regional 1 (Hosted by Midland Dow) Regional semifinals (Tuesday, March 30) G1: Marquette (12-3) vs. Midland (10-5) at Traverse City Central, 7 p.m. G2: Flushing (12-5) vs. Grand Blanc (10-2) at Grand Blanc, 7 p.m. Regional finals (Thursday, April 1) G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner at Midland Dow, 7 p.m. (Winner advances ...

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August 24, 2021, 9:12 am

Overcoming Mental Blocks is a Hurdle We All Have to Clear

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Jason Novetsky, a Sport & Performance Psychology Coach at the Champion Mindset Group to talk about Olympian Simone Biles' and what went into her decision to withdraw.


March 29, 2022, 2:38 pm

The FAB 5 Fly Zone – Scanning Indy For Pass Catchers

Five Fabulous WRS From Indy To Watch This Offseason: Gabe Aramboles (Westfield 6-1, 195 Fr.) — Best freshman pass-catching prospect in the Circle City Desmond Duffy (Carmel 5-8, 165 Jr.) — The definition of a danger and dazzle in the slot Micah Mackay (Indianapolis Lutheran 6-1, 180 Jr.) — The No. 1 small-school hands man ...


August 4, 2020, 10:57 am

STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Need to know basis >> Letting loose the LB in Indiana

Top 10 LBs In The IHSAA You Don’t Know About But Need To ASAP 1 Devon Tippmann (Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger 6-1, 190 Sr.) — Beast Mode 24/7, the most low-key dominant defensive player in all of Hoosierland.  2 Domanick Moon (Ft. Wayne Snider 6-2, 215 Jr.) — Masterpiece in the making sideline to sideline, ...


July 31, 2020, 6:20 pm

STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: East Lansing’s Andrel Anthony commits to Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines swiped one out of the backyard of their rival on Friday, securing a commitment from East Lansing High wide receiver Andrel Anthony. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Anthony was rated a three-star recruit, ranked the No. 12 player in the state in the 2021 class by 247Sports, and the No. 85 wideout nationally. Anthony ...

July 30, 2020, 10:18 am

STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: The Quarterback Report >> The low-key launchpad breakdown

Burney gives you ten quarterbacks about to low-key launch their squads into the stratosphere this fall: (alphabetical order) Casen Armstrong (Kent City 6-foot-0, 170 pounds Sr.) — Stone cold, like the ice cream shop!! Noah Arsulowicz (Grand Rapids West Catholic 6-1, 175 Jr.) — Getting ready to be the gold standard under center in the ...