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August 2, 2016, 7:47 pm

Getting Back On The Right Track – Tinted Orange

The 2016 Birmingham Brother Rice football team will rely on what should be an exciting offense to bounce back from the tradition-steeped program’s first under-500 season in three decades. The Warriors have some intriguing prospects at the skill positions.   Alright, let’s roll call the Big Orange Playmaking Posse:   Mariano Valenti (Soph. QB) – This slippery, savvy ...

Baseball

July 1, 2016, 12:01 am

The World Is His – Kid From The Westside Bags A College World Series Ring

Shout out to Portage alum Cole Schaefer for winning a NCAA National Championship this week as a member of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina got the job done in upset fashion over Arizona in the College World Series. The title was clinched Thursday afternoon with the Chanticleers’ 4-3 victory in Game 3 of a best-of-three format.   A ...

Football

June 29, 2016, 2:45 pm

Memories Of Mr. Z – Gone Too Soon, Remembering Zurlon

I was shocked and saddened by the death of former Sterling Heights Parkway Christian superstar athlete Zurlon Tipton this week – Tipton (Central Michigan), a running back for the Indianapolis Colts the past two years, accidentally shot himself in the stomach at a car dealership in Roseville Tuesday morning. As both a prep football player and hoopster, ...

Football

June 29, 2016, 2:05 pm

Piloting To The Next Level – New York, New York

Orange is the color. As in the Syracuse Orange. As in Syracuse, New York.   Warren De La Salle senior football star Allen Stritzinger committed to Syracuse this week. Stritzinger (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) is one of the top tailbacks and defensive backs in the state. He is a three-star recruit and sparked the De La Salle Pilots to their first ever state crown on the gridiron as a ...

Basketball

June 24, 2016, 10:31 am

Ready To Rumble – Fighting Their Way Up The Charts

Five prep hoopsters upping their stock on the recruiting trail so far this spring:   Brandon Wade (AA Skyline G) – Looks more like a MHSAA version of DWade lately, “BK” is in MEGA BALLER MODE and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon   Lamar Norman (Wyoming Godwin Heights G) – Pure lethality ...

Basketball

June 20, 2016, 12:13 pm

The Recruit Report – BBall & F’Ball Rapid Fire

(PHOTO CREDIT: Dave Donoher)   Detroit U-D Jesuit all-state hoopster, Ike Eke (F/C) committed to Marquette over the weekend during a visit to the school’s Milwaukee, Wisconsin campus. Long, lean, hungry and mean!!!….’Nuff Said!!! Nigerian Nightmare Pt. 1 off the market, switching all his focus to repeat state crown mode Western Michigan’s football program dipped into town last week and snared a ...

Football

June 17, 2016, 5:57 pm

Down To Five – The Big Nickle: Go BIG or Go Home

Detroit U-D Jesuit football star Scotty Nelson is narrowing the field. And it’s BIG TEN all the way.   Nelson, a sizzling 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior pigskin prospect able to excel playing a multitude of positions (WR-RB-DB), trimmed his college-choice list to just fiveschools this week and they all hail from Big Ten country.   Let’s break it down ...

Basketball

June 15, 2016, 9:00 pm

Bulletin Board Material – HS Hoop Quick Hitters

(PHOTO CREDIT – Dave Donoher)   Some news & notes from the state’s boys basketball world:   Detroit Loyola head coach John Buscemi, fresh off a run into the Class C final four in March, is leaving BulldogLand and taking the reins at Corunna    Former River Rouge head coach Bobby Thompson is the new ...

Baseball

June 15, 2016, 4:34 pm

The Heart of The Matter – Last Call @ Hartland

Hartland is making a push for a repeat D1 state title on the baseball diamond. The Eagles beat Rochester 6-0 in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Here are SIX Hartland seniors to watch for in the final four this weekend:   John Baker (P) – Throws lightning bolts, lights-out talent toeing the slab   Nate Lohmeier (P) – “Nasty Nate” is ...

Football

June 10, 2016, 11:03 pm

Bodies In Motion – The Sound of Prospects Climbing The Charts

Some standouts on the gridiron from the annual Sound Mind, Sound Body camp this week:   Ambry Thomas (Detroit King WR) – May have had the best two-day showing of any in-state prospect….Yeah, I SAID IT!!   K.J. Hamler (OLSM-IMG WR-CB) – May have had the best two-day showing of any in-state player Pt.2   Allen Stritzinger (Warren DLS RB-S) – CALLING ...

Football

June 8, 2016, 5:39 pm

The Nest Needs Replenishing – Who Will Fit The Bill?

With all-state wide receiver K.J. Hamler announcing he will spend his senior year in Florida at IMG Academy, two-time defending D2 state football champion Orchard Lake St. Mary’s has a void to be filled in the playmaking department (losing running back Ryan Johnson earlier in the spring to a transfer to Arizona was a blow too). Don’t ...