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May 10, 2016, 6:50 am

A Grand Opening – Balling Out In Ohio

Nike held its’ Midwest regional “The Opening” football prospect combine and camp in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend.   Here’s a five-pack of Metro Detroit prepsters who busted loose and shined bright under the Big Lights at the Horseshoe, repping ‘The D’ with pride and passion in their pigskin craft   K.J. Hamler (OL St. ...

Football

May 9, 2016, 3:17 am

The Power Pack – MHSAA Pigskin Coaching Power Index

Who’s got the power on the gridiron sidelines entering the 2016 campaign?   1 George Porritt (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) – Second straight year helming the overall best squad in the state   2 Thomas Wilcher (Detroit Cass Tech) – Has built a total DI factory in the last five years, can go head-to-head with any prep ...

Basketball

May 7, 2016, 4:35 am

My 0-to-100 Hustlers On The Hardwood – Whose Heating It Up?

C.J. Robinson (Clarkston Soph G) – Could be the most improved player in the OAA Red come this fall, has taken his game to a whole other level   Mike Flowers (Southfield Jr. G) – Elite scorer, crafty and efficient assassin in the backcourt, will be a steal at the next level    Ray Mungo (Romulus Jr. ...

Football

May 5, 2016, 8:22 am

My 0-to-100 Hustlers On The Gridiron – Football Recruiting Notes

Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Rodney Hall committed to Northern Illinois…an excellent connection for both parties involved IMO   Pitt offered defensive end Deron Irving Bey (Flint SW) & athlete Scotty Nelson (Detroit UD-Jesuit) this week. Indiana offered Irving Bey as well   Wisconsin extended a bid to Dearborn Heights Divine Child defensive end Aidan Hutchinson showing why he’s one of the state’s hottest prospects   Toledo offered Novi ...

Basketball

May 2, 2016, 5:00 pm

Cage Connection Alley – Where They’re Headed

Here are some boys hoopsters who have found recent colleges to continue their respective careers on the hardwood next year: Billy Thomas (North Farmington G) – The best shooter in the state signed with Oakland University this week. Vastly improved overall game, probably the MVP of the OAA in ’16 (along with RH Adams’ Mr. ...

Basketball

April 30, 2016, 10:20 am

Filling The Void – Re-Decking The Halls

Burney’s candidates for the vacant Rochester Hills Adams boys basketball coaching job: Chris Flynn or Bob Lineberger – TEAM HALL’s top assistants, would be a seamless transition, represents everything Adams hoops was under the recently-departed John Hall Steph Henning – Rochester native, former Oxford coach, young, lots of energy, fast-rising tactician & motivator, would be ...

Basketball

April 26, 2016, 12:22 am

Staying Close To Home, About To Be A Star….Again

His coach played for TEAM PLEASANT at Rochester College, now he will too. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes all-state boys basketballer Andrew Klein, maybe the best small-school player in the state the past two years (back-to-back Class D final fours anyone?) signed with Rochester College this week. He’ll be a star there GUARANTEED!!!  This ...

Baseball

April 24, 2016, 5:00 am

Burney’s Baseball Rankings – Eight Is Enough

Burney’s Elite 8 MHSAA prep baseball clubs 1. Saline – This is THE spring the Hornets bring home the hardware!!! 2. Birmingham Brother Rice – MLB-prospect and UofM-signee Karl Kauffmann is the No. 1 pitcher in the state…..Yeah, I said it!! 3. Rockford – Lots of seniors equals lots of wins for Ram Nation, please ...

Basketball

April 23, 2016, 7:00 pm

Bring This Young Man Some Crab Cakes: The ‘Fax’ Flees East

Book it. Send it in. Better yet, FAX it in. Detroit Pershing senior basketball star David Syfax is headed to Morgan State for his college hoops. Syfax, a 6-foot-7 post player, was one of the PSL’s hidden gems the past two seasons – nice touch, solid footwork, sound work ethic. He averaged 15 points and ...

Football

April 22, 2016, 12:24 am

QB Questions At The Park – Young Pup or The Vet?

We’ve got a quarterback controversy brewing over at Oak Park these days. Senior signal caller and three year starter Chauncey Lowman is graduating and there are two pretty impressive candidates to take his place under center for Team Carter. Ok first there’s the Phenom: incoming sophomore Dwan Mathis, one of the most dynamic prospects in ...

Basketball

April 20, 2016, 4:10 pm

Just A Thought – Looking Back

Almost a month removed from the Class A boys basketball championship, it’s intriguing to think how state finalist North Farmington would have fared with Nate Brooks in the lineup. I think the Raiders would have probably won it all! Brooks, a 6-7 junior power forward from Georgia, was enrolled at NF in the fall. He ...