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October 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

Burney hands out the hardware to the football MVPs of Southeast Michigan conferences

OAKLAND ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION Phillip Stewart (Oak Park RB) — Lightning in a bottle. KENSINGTON LAKES ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION Steve Walker (Canton RB) — Stevie Wonder in DA HOUSE … ’Nuff said!! — and — Julian Barnett (Belleville WR/CB) — The definition of dynamic diversity. MACOMB AREA CONFERENCE (A-B) David Ellis (Chippewa Valley WR) — In the ...


October 15, 2018, 12:15 pm

MIDWEST RECRUITING: Ovid-Elsie’s Morris, Clarkston’s Mattson Go DI With Happy Feet

The MHSAA’s M&M Boys don’t rap. They kick. And right now, they’re both basking in the bright light of their firecracker feet. The two best football kickers in the state recently found places to play at the next level, as Ovid-Elsie’s Evan Morris committed to Michigan State and Clarkston’s Tristan Mattson committed to the University ...


October 15, 2018, 11:40 am

MIDWEST RECRUITING: Big men Hodgson, Grazulis, PG Braun make college commitments; Terry, Johnson, Crabtree all pick destinations

Making the right connections Boys college commitments Two of the top big men in the state’s Class of 2019 were scooped up last week, as Dansville center Caleb Hodgson committed to Central Michigan and Marquette center Marius Grazulis committed to Grand Valley State. Both stand 6-foot-10. Hodgson is a Class C first-team all-stater (23 points, ...


October 11, 2018, 2:15 pm

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Ellis flips, Bracey commits, Edwards hurt, Harrison to stay In D3

• Chippewa Valley senior wide receiver and return specialist David Ellis got a ticket to the Big 10 this week, de-committing from Central Michigan and committing to Indiana University, his first power-conference offer. Ellis (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) has been brilliant this fall on offense and special teams, scorching the comp with his elusive brand of diversity ...


October 9, 2018, 3:30 pm

MIDWEST RECRUITING: Burney’s look at the undervalued OLs in Michigan’s bumper 2019 crop

The state of Michigan has insane depth on the offensive line for the college football recruiting Class of 2019. Just look at our inaugural Anvil Award voting list for proof. Everybody knows about Blue Chippers like East Kentwood’s Logan Brown (Wisconsin), Belleville’s Devontae Dobbs (Michigan State), Muskegon’s Anthony Bradford (LSU), Paw Paw’s Karsen Barnhart (Michigan) ...


October 1, 2018, 1:15 pm

MIDWEST RECRUITING: News & notes popping up on the recruiting radar

FOOTBALL NOTES Commitments • West Bloomfield junior middle linebacker Cornell Wheeler committed to Michigan last week. The 6-foot-1, 220 pound Wheeler is a high-value three-star recruit. He’s posting 12 tackles a game this fall. Last year as a sophomore, he helped lead West Bloomfield into the Division 1 state finals. West Bloomfield is 5-1.   Offers ...


September 27, 2018, 11:30 pm

MIDWEST RECRUITING: Spitzley and Williams both commit to Western Michigan, among latest girls hoops signings

Notable recent girls basketball commitments to Division I college programs: Macomb Dakota senior center Taylor Williams and Pewamo-Westphalia junior wing Hannah Spitzley both committed to Western Michigan. Williams is one of the top post players in Macomb County. Last year, she averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game and Dakota won a ...


September 24, 2018, 2:45 pm

MIDWEST RECRUITING: Burney’s basketball notebook on boys ballers headed next level

Recent boys basketball college selections: Going to Division I • Detroit Renaissance senior forward Carrington McCaskill committed to Florida Atlantic. McCaskill is a 6-foot-7 wing with length, skill and mad hops. He can make an argument for being the best leaper in Metro Detroit. A bunch of mid-major programs were pursuing him (10 Division I offers), ...


September 20, 2018, 5:56 pm

The Fife File: Best of the best Fife ballers

With the news coming out of the retirement of Clarkston boys basketball coach Dan Fife after 36 seasons, here’s a look at the best players to don the Wolves uniform under his tutelage.   The All-Dan Fife Team (1982-2018) —  The Top Hoopsters Of The Fife Era Foster Loyer (Class of 2018) —  The perfect point ...