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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 ...


January 18, 2021, 9:51 am

Pairings for 2020 MHSAA 11-player football finals at Ford Field

Here are the pairings for this weekend’s football finales at Ford Field. To find the links to the previous weeks’ scores, scroll to the bottom of the post: ——— 11-PLAYER FOOTBALL FINALS (At Ford Field, Detroit) Friday, Jan. 22 D8: Centreville (10-0) vs. Ubly (9-2), 10 a.m. D2: Muskegon Mona Shores (11-0) vs. Warren De ...


January 11, 2021, 10:10 am

MHSAA football pairings for 11-player semifinals, 8-player finals

We’re now (finally) down to the final two weekends of football in Michigan, with the 8-player finals set for Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Legacy Center Brighton, and 11-player semifinals at host sites around the state, as teams vie for spots at Ford Field in two weeks. We’ll update this post with times and locations ...


December 9, 2020, 12:40 pm

2020 Division II All-Ohio Football Teams

The Division II All-Ohio Football teams for 2020, as assembled by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association ——— Offensive Player of the Year: Zach Branam, Cincinnati La Salle, Sr. Defensive Player of the Year: Kharion Davis, Akron Archbishop Hoban, Sr. Coach of the year: Greg Bonifay, Riverside Stebbins ——— First Team Offense QB: Peter Pedrozo, Westerville ...


December 9, 2020, 12:31 pm

2020 Division III All-Ohio Football Teams

The Division III All-Ohio Football teams for 2020, as assembled by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association ——— Offensive Player of the Year: Jackson Gifford, Hamilton Ross, Sr. Defensive Players of the Year: Michael Hall Jr., Streetsboro, Sr. and Antoine Campbell Jr., Copley, Sr. Coach of the Year: Mitch Hewitt, Chardon ——— First Team Offense QB: ...


December 8, 2020, 1:09 pm

2020 Division IV All-Ohio Football Teams

The Division IV All-Ohio Football teams for 2020, as assembled by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association ——— Offensive player of the year: Owen Treece, Van Wert, Sr. Defensive Players of the Year: Roderic Williams, East Cleveland Shaw, Sr. and Dane Hogue, Heath, Sr. Coaches of the Year: Wade Bartholomew, Bloom-Carroll and Keith Recker, Van Wert ...


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 ...