Thursday, April 28, 2011

Top 2012 Football Players in Michigan

  1. Terry Richardson - Cass Tech - CB (Michigan)
  2. Royce Jenkins-Stone - Cass Tech - LB (Michigan)
  3. James Ross - Orchard Lake Saint Mary's - LB (Michigan)
  4. Aaron Burbridge - Harrison - WR (Michigan State)
  5. Danny O'Brien - Flint Powers - DT (Tennessee)
  6. Dennis Norfleet - Martin Luther King - RB
  7. Amos Houston - Loyola - S (Eastern Michigan)
  8. Ron Thompson - Southfield - TE (Syracuse)
  9. Devin Funchess - Harrison - TE (Michigan)
  10. Mario Ojemudia - Harrison - DE (Michigan)
  11. Ben Braden - Rockford - OL (Michigan)
  12. Matt Godin - Catholic Central - DL (Michigan)
  13. Donte Fox - Plymouth - RB (Grand Valley State)
  14. Brian Blackburn - Crockett - QB (Toledo)
  15. Kelby Latta - Battle Creek Harper Creek - OL (Central Michigan)
  16. Laron Taylor - Cass Tech - LB (Iowa)
  17. Tyler Goble - Plymouth - LB (Navy)
  18. Jamal Lyles - Southfield Lathrup - LB (Michigan State)
  19. Matt Doneth - Catholic Central - TE (Cornell)
  20. Brad Meredith - Utica Ford - OL (Saginaw Valley State)
  21. Brandon Berry - Cass Tech - S (Buffalo)
  22. Kimani Elliot - West Bloomfield - Ath (Fork Union Academy)
  23. Lester Liston - Grand Blanc - LB (Hargrave)
  24. Riley Bullough - Traverse City St. Francis - S (Michigan State)
  25. Juwan Lewis - Muskegon - RB (Eastern Michigan)
  26. Allante Gardner - Michigan Collegiate - Ath (Saginaw Valley State)
  27. Taylor Moton - Okemos - OL (Western Michigan)
  28. Jacques Christian - South Lake - DB (Grand Valley State)
  29. Darryl Goldsmith - Cass Tech - DL (Saginaw Valley State)
  30. Montel Cooks - Loyola - QB
  31. Matt Dellinger - Clarkston - LB (Kent State)
  32. Cortez Hardrick - West Bloomfield - WR (Western Michigan)
  33. Kevin Buford - Canton - CB (Iowa)
  34. Joe Bacci - Romeo - LB (Central Michigan)
  35. Justin Browning - De La Salle - CB
  36. Efe Scott-Emuakpor - East Lansing - WR (Ball State)
  37. Cooper Rush - Lansing Catholic Central - QB (Central Michigan)
  38. Prescott Line - Oxford - LB (Southern Methodist)
  39. Danny Larkins - Madison Heights - WR (Toledo)
  40. Eddie Kidd - Brother Rice - CB (Northwood)
  41. Latham Donald - Lakeview - RB (William Penn)
  42. Leviticus Payne - Southfield - CB (Cincinnati)
  43. Deshaun Phillips - Chandler Park Academy - RB
  44. Keith Stonestreet - Orchard Lake Saint Mary's - RB
  45. Daron Brown - Mumford - DT (Northern Illinois)
  46. Will Rembert - Cass Tech - CB (Buffalo)
  47. Devin Church - Brother Rice - RB (Illinois)
  48. Bill Albert - Brighton - LB (Hillsdale)
  49. Dakota Perry - Capac - DL (Northern Michigan)
  50. Evan Winston - Muskegon Heights - DE (Muskegon)
  51. Kevin Biscoe - Cass Tech - QB
  52. Hunter Matt - Wyandotte Roosevelt - LB (Eastern Michigan)
  53. Neal Page - Seaholm - DE (Kansas)
  54. Kyle Knapp - Portage Central - OL (Syracuse)
  55. Winslow Chapman - Port Huron - Ath (Central Michigan)
  56. Jabari Dean - Renaissance - DT (Central Michigan)
  57. Drake Johnson - Ann Arbor Pioneer - RB (Michigan)
  58. Mitch Robinson - Avondale - QB (Northwood)
  59. Brandon Hall - Orchard View - RB
  60. Robert Riche - Plymouth - OL (Buffalo)
  61. Jordan Woods - Ann Arbor Skyline - WR (Purdue)
  62. Ruben Lile - Cass Tech - Ath (Iowa)
  63. Aubrey Parrish - Charlotte - WR (Ferris State)
  64. Jordan Fields - Grand Blanc - S (Central Michigan)
  65. Nathan Ricketts - Holland - LB (Central Michigan)
  66. Kodi Kieler - Gibraltar Carlson - OL (Michigan State)
  67. Anthony Scarcelli - Marine City - WR (Central Michigan)
  68. Marquise Wallace - Oak Park - OL
  69. Sam Brunner - Romeo - OL (Ball State)
  70. Kyle Ready - Gibraltar Carlson - DE (Saginaw Valley State)
  71. Mark Cargle - Pontiac - RB
  72. Ben Steward - Holt - OL (Bowling Green)
  73. Michael Henry - Flint Northwestern - WR (Western Michigan)
  74. Shane Barron - Flint Carman Ainsworth - Ath
  75. Dan Gibbs - Seaholm - OL (Michigan)
  76. Tyree Monroe - Crockett - WR
  77. Marcellous McElrath - Crockett - RB (Wayne State)
  78. Stephon Hall - Consortium College Prep - DE (Butler College)
  79. Mike Saba - Utica Ford - QB  (Saginaw Valley State)
  80. Chase Deback - Charlotte - OL
  81. Detrick Goff - Grand Blanc - RB
  82. Travis Allen - Lansing Eastern  - WR
  83. Brian Cleary - University of Detroit Jesuit - QB
  84. Jon Jarvie - Dakota - LB (Wayne State)
  85. James White - Crockett - CB (Bowling Green)
  86. Zachary Bihary - De La Salle - FB (Valparaiso)
  87. Jeff Crosse - Fraser - QB (Jamestown College)
  88. Davon White - Plymouth - DL (Williams Penn)
  89. Alex Woods - Lake Orion - CB
  90. Denzel Wright - Oak Park - RB
  91. Tony Annese - Rochester Adams - QB (Central Michigan)
  92. David Van Ittersum - De La Salle - OL (Albion)
  93. Bryan Jones - Schoolcraft - DB
  94. James Gault - Oak Park - RB
  95. Zuri Norman - Consortium College Prep - FB
  96. Dalton Binkowki - Romeo - DE (Wayne State)
  97. Devante Hicks - Madison Heights - OL
  98. Sean Charette - Lake Orion - QB (Grand Valley State)
  99. Will Bazzi - Fordson - OL
  100. Shaun Austin - Plymouth - QB (Michigan Tech)
An updated list will be released in the beginning of August.
FYI- I am not an expert, simply its my opinion.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cortez Hardrick - 2012 Athlete

The OAA-Red division has been consistently tough throughout the years, with Clarkston and Lake Orion receiving all the headlines.  In 2011 there are plenty of sleeper teams who have great chances at knocking off the big dogs.  One is the West Bloomfield Lakers, who are coming off of 3-6 season but return many great players, one being Cortez Hardrick who plays wide receiver, safety and kick returning.


The Lakers got off to a rough start in 2010, winning once in their first 5 games.  That win was against Royal Oak who has not won a game in over three seasons.  With returning players it brings back a lot of experience and mistakes players made as juniors are often fixed during their senior seasons.  The Lakers had some close games in 2010, Hardrick shares what his goal is for the 2011 season, "I want to help make my team reach the playoffs and go far. I'm willing to put the team on my back and do whatever it takes to make our goals be reached. I want to make all league and all states awards."


Since the Lakers closed out the season with a 28-30 loss to Pontiac, Hardrick has been working out and preparing for the upcoming season, "Since last season I have been working out tremendously with my teammates, playing for Maximum Exposure 7 on 7 team that have made it to nationals, and have made many colleges visits this off season."


Often times during the high school level you see many players who play both sides of the ball.  However there are very few players who not only play on offense and defense, but players who play on special teams.  For Cortez Hardrick he also does kickoff and punt returns.  Hardrick takes great pride in playing all four of those positions.  Hardrick explains why he is out there, basically until his coach pulls him out, "Playing both sides of the ball and special times is a great thing to me. I hate coming off the field and I want to have a big impact on my team because I am a play maker so I have to make plays."  Hardrick also explains what his favorite position is, "right now I am being recruited as a wide receiver but I also play free safety. I love scoring touchdowns but I also love to make interceptions. In college I will play wide receiver."


Before 2010 the Lakers had three straight seasons of four losses, two seasons they went 5-4 but did not get a playoff spot, then when West Bloomfield went 6-3 coming into the playoffs they lost in the first round to Livonia Stevenson in 2008.  Having a winning record and reaching the playoffs is still a great accomplishment, especially when the last time the Lakers made the playoffs was 2000.  If the Lakers are going to start a new winning tradition, they first must turn things from 2010 around.  Hardrick explains what it will take to turn things around at West Bloomfield, “In order to get something that you never had before you have to do something that you never done before so my team has to set higher standards and reach goals we have never met before. It’s a want and it will be determined by how bad we want to win this season. There will be a lot of eyes watching us this year."


If the Lakers are going to have any success during 2011, they must take care of business in the OAA-Red.  That will not be easy as Lake Orion and Clarkston will be solid as usual and teams such as Rochester, Troy and even Royal Oak will be a lot better than previous seasons.  Hardrick explains what it will take to win the OAA-Red division in 2011, "The division is tough but I don't see any team in the division that is better than us this year honestly. Our team has a lot of talent and now with some experience on how it feels to have a bad season from 2010, we will make a change!"  If Hardrick had to choose which game he thinks will be the biggest, he choose the Lakers rivals and defending division 1 state champions, Lake Orion, "The biggest game will be against Lake Orion not only because they are a rival team but they are the ones on top in the division. I want to knock off the top teams and prove to everyone that we are good."  West Bloomfield gets a chance to take out the Dragons in week 4.  If the Lakers can win against Clarkston in week two, this game will draw plenty of attention (West Bloomfield vs. Lake Orion).


Hardrick took a moment to comment on some of the contributors for the West Bloomfield Lakers in 2011, "Kimani Elliot playing corner and some running back, Kyle Croskey playing both offensive and defensive line, Daryn Byrd the starting quarterback, CJ Brathwaite the running back and some corner, Terry Stuckey playing slot, Chauncey Briggs playing both offensive and defensive line, and Jalen Campbell playing running back and linebackers. Our team has talented players and will do well this year."


As for possibly playing football at the next level, Hardrick is not the only player at West Bloomfield being recruited to play at the next level, "Our school and team have been receiving a lot of recruitment this off season with college coaches coming to see us. We have also been changed to a Nike sponsored school now so we have all new equipment all Nike sponsored."


Hardrick closed with saying he has not received any scholarship offers yet but has been getting attention from colleges across the Midwest, "I have interest from Michigan Sate, Cincinnati, Iowa, Bowling Green, Toledo, Central Michigan, and Western Michigan."





Sunday, April 24, 2011

Donte Fox - 2012 RB

In 2010 the Plymouth Wildcats had a breakout season.  After going three straight seasons with a record of 6-4, losing the two previous seasons to Canton in the playoffs, the other being Livonia Stevenson.  The Wildcats emerged with not only their first playoff win but an incredible run which brought Plymouth to Ford Field for the state finals.  In 2011 the Wildcats bring back a great group of juniors, one being runningback, Donte Fox.

The Wildcats would split 2010 with a win against Plymouth Salem before losing 10-18 to Howell the following week.  The Wildcats would rebound during conference play however, through the next four games they would beat: Wayne Memorial, Livonia Churchill, Livonia Franklin and Westland Glenn.  In week 7 they would play bitter rivals Canton, the winner would take the crown for Kensington Lakes South Conference.  The Chiefs came into the game a perfect 6-0. Canton would win that game 36-0. Donte Fox described how the Wildcats were able to play so well early, "In the beginning of the season we beat teams just by being better and more athletic than them. Our coaches were great throughout the season in personal on both sides of the ball, but we did not have all the positions set right until after Novi game which was our 8th game of the season. After that, positions changed and we were able to be more physical on teams." The Wildcats closed the season out with wins against Novi and Adrian.

Plymouth went into the playoffs, if you would have looked ahead, if Plymouth and their rival, Canton took care of business it would setup another Canton vs. Plymouth game.  Well Canton took care of Ann Arbor Pioneer and Plymouth took care of Saline.  The Wildcats would beat Canton 17-7, which would begin the magical ride in the playoffs which included wins over Catholic Central and Rockford.  Those wins carried them to Ford Field and began a wave of excitement around state.  Fox talked about how those big wins carried over throughout the week, "Coach Sawchuk taught us to have a short memory all throughout the season whether we won or loss, that’s how we carried it. In practice it was not mentioned. In school, it was pretty big; people knew who we were and what we were accomplishing throughout the post season."

Unfortunately for Plymouth their state title aspirations fell short in the state final against Lake Orion, who the previous week, took out the division 1 favorites, Cass Tech.  Fox shared his thoughts on what it will take to get back to the biggest stage in the state, "We plan to work harder and become more focused on a goal we all know now is achievable. With a strong JV team who had a lot of players step up and start on the varsity team in playoffs and strong juniors who also started at a lot of the positions on the field, we know that if everyone buys into what our coaches say, we will be able to return to the state championship."

For 2011 the game that easily stands out ahead of the pack is, Canton vs. Plymouth again in week 8.  Fox talked about what he expects from that game, "Both sides wants this game bad, no matter how the season goes, this is the game we always look forward to. I am sure they want to beat us bad after the playoff game last year. But as always the game will be great especially with the amount of athletes on each side this year."

The Wildcats have already attracted many doubters and that list is sure to increase before August 27th.  The main reason why is because the Wildcats were led by defensive end/tight end, Brennan Beyer who moved to Michigan and field goal kicker, Kyle Brindza who went to Notre Dame.  Both players played a big role especially during the 2010 playoffs but a football team is much more than just two players.  Fox discussed the impact of the players and how the Wildcats plan to play without the two, "they were 2 of our better players, but they were not the team. We will replace them and the team will be just as good with the athletes we will have, I am not going to say it will be easier without them, but we are all working hard to make sure us needing them will not need to happen this upcoming year. To the people who doubt us, go ahead. I would not have it any other way, because we do not care what others think about us, we will come out and play for us, not for them."

During the spring of 2011 this site released an early preseason top 25 of the whole entire state of Michigan.  The Wildcats were picked to be at #3.  Fox and his teammates take great pride in receiving the early accolade, "I believe it would make the team know that the hard work we are doing is paying off and people are seeing that. The players at Plymouth know where we stand and what we must do to keep that streak alive."  With Wildcats returning many key contributors beside Fox, the Wildcats are primed to make a run the Kensington Lakes South Conference.  The first game will be played at Eastern Michigan University at 11 A.M. on August 27th against state finalist in Division 6, Saint Mary's Catholic Central.  Fox mentions what it will take for Plymouth to win that game and making a statement for the remaining 8 opponents, "It will take us being disciplined and understanding to know what our coaches wants us to do on the field, we will plan to let the state know that last year was not luck and Plymouth will be a top contender yet again."

For the junior runningback, the off-season has been a time to make a few improvements. "Well for one, being better conditioned and stronger for next year, working my butt off with my speed trainer, Jake Sweeney, and weight lifting just about every day. I want to see great improvement on my runningback skills.  I will be starting this year hopefully and I would like to see more strength when I run, also speed too."  Fox went onto talk about his role for the upcoming season, "my role will be helping with leadership and helping this team get back to the state championship but with a different outcome."

During the spring and late winter, the players have been attending camps to seek improvement and exposure. Fox has not had the opportunity to go yet but starting June, he will be in full swing. "Well, I will begin to go to camps this upcoming June, but I have been invited to many so far so it has been going great."  Fox has been visiting a few schools and has also picked up some offers, "My visits have been to MSU, Central Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, and Michigan. Offers have come from Toledo and Central Michigan."



MAC Baseball Rankings Week 3, 2011

1. Eisenhower 11-1
2. Stevenson 9-2
3. Dakota 8-2
4. Saint Clair 4-1
5. Anchor Bay 6-2
6. Grosse Pointe North 4-2
7. Cousino 7-6
8. Lamphere 5-2
9. L'Anse Creuse 7-4
10. Lakeview 8-4
11. Madison Heights 4-0
12. Grosse Pointe South 6-2
13. L'Anse Creuse North 4-3
14. Marysville 5-1
15. Fraser 4-2
16. Chippewa Valley 4-3
17. Romeo 4-2
18. Port Huron Northern 4-4
19. Utica Ford 4-5
20. Fitzgerald 5-4
21. Fraser 4-2
22. Lake Shore 4-3
23. Warren Mott 4-6
24. Warren Woods Tower 5-6
25. Utica 2-3
26. Marine City 2-5
27. Center Line 2-4
28. Sterling Heights 2-8
29. Port Huron 0-6
30. East Detroit 2-9
31. Roseville 0-3
32. Clintondale 1-2
33. South Lake 1-4
34. Mount Clemens 0-2
35. Lincoln 0-3
36. New Haven 0-0

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chris Perry - Eisenhower Lacrosse

In Macomb county the Eisenhower Eagles have been playing real well.  The Eagles record in the third week of April is 3-2 with tough losses to Grosse Pointe South and De La Salle.  The Eagles are solid all around but one player really stands out.  Chris Perry has been racking up the goals and assists through the first 5 games.

Although the Eagles have done really well, Perry shared somethings the Eagles would like to improve on, "we have set to improve our defensive alignment and offensive strategy."

If the Eagles are to win the MAC Red, they have plenty of tough challenges.  Perry talked about what it will take  to close out strong, "we must continue to show up in the big games, especially, L'Anse Creuse North."

The junior headed into the season ready for a big season.  "I've worked extremely hard over the offseason and went to a lot of out of state camps." After football season, Perry went straight  to work, "I wasn't able to shoot or throw with anyone since it was snowy. I just had a matress and an unfinished basement."

Perry is hoping his junior season can translate into a possible step onto the next level.  Perry mentions a few of his options, "I have been talking to several D3 schools along with Army and University of Oregon."


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kimani Elliot - 2012 Athlete

The OAA Red football division will be much tougher in 2011 now that former Orchard Lake Saint Mary's stud, Kimani Elliot has transferred to West Bloomfield.  As a sophomore the former Eaglet accounted for 1,500+ all purpose yards.  Elliot mostly played corner-back and did kick returns as a junior.  Elliot and his family thought it would be best to play in their school district, instead of Saint Mary's for his senior season.

With the West Bloomfield Lakers finishing 3-6 in 2010 in a crowded OAA-Red division, Elliot will provide a big boost, as they seek to reach the playoffs, in their way will be some powerhouse teams such as: Lake Orion, Troy, Troy Athens and Clarkston.  With West Bloomfield meeting Clarkston in week two, the first OAA-Red game of the season, the Lakers will need Elliot.  That will not be a concern as Elliot will not be forced to sit out due to being a transfer, Elliot explained, "because my family and I made a full move into the West Bloomfield district."

One thing about Elliot going to a new school is how he works with the others players but Elliot describes his relationship with the current players and coaches, "Before I got to West Bloomfield I already knew a few of the players because of summer camps and work outs. I knew Coach Reggie Wynn’s from 7 vs. 7 camps and just met Coach Ron Bellamy. He played for Michigan and in the NFL."  In a couple of games during the 2010 season the Lakers fell short by a few points.  The team without Elliot has been working hard, Elliot talks about what it will take to cause some damage in the OAA Red, "Well our coaches make sure the team stays in the weight room in order to be ahead of our competition.  The games they lost last year were all only from 1 TD or less so I just feel like with a little more hard work in the off season we can shock a lot of people. Because of the program that I came from I feel that I know what it takes to motivate our team to win."

The off-season leaves plenty of time for things to improve upon, many times the players not only go to the camps for exposure, but rather to learn and get better facing the top dedicated athletes, who lineup across the line of scrimmage from them.  Elliot has really enjoyed his off-season, "This off-season has been a really great experience for me, and I got the chance to play in the badger sports 7 on 7 tournaments at Rutgers University.  I played against some of the best players from the North-East like Eli Harold.  I felt I matched up well with those 4 star players.  Our team maximum exposure will be playing in the National tournament in Dallas in July."  Elliot shared some of the improvements he is seeking, "some things that I would like to work on would be some of my defensive skills like playing the ball better, I want to try and get more interceptions next year.  So this season I have been working a lot on ball awareness."

Elliot describes some of his goals as well as the Lakers goal's for the 2011 season, "As a team our number one goal is to shock everyone and make it deep into the playoffs and possibly play for a state championship.  Some goals that I have for my self is to make All-State for either Offense or Defense."

As for what happens when Elliot graduates from West Bloomfield, Elliot shares how his recruitment has gone thus far, "recruiting has been going well this off season.  I have been hearing from most of the MAC schools such as Central Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green and Western Michigan.  I have recently been in contact with Mississippi State, Miami, Missouri and Temple."  The chance to have a scholarship would be great for Elliot, it is what he aims for but he feels it is almost coming, "right now I have yet to receive an offer, but Bowling Green is coming to see me next month, so we'll see what happens there. I am also planning to get to some one day camps and show what I can do!"

With the schools showing interest Elliot describes if he has schools that he may be interested in, "right now I do not have any specific schools, I plan on gaining more interest in the summer after I go to the one day camps.  I think I may have more interest from other schools, but because of my recent transfer they may still try to contact St. Mary’s. I have been getting a lot of Facebook friend request and emails from coaches."


Best Michigan High School Football Helmet Logo Competition

The competition will be simple,  vote up to 10 teams.  The first vote will get 10 points and the last vote gets 1 point.  All in between get the equivalent amount of points.  To see helmets visit these two great sites:

1. http://www.michiganhelmetproject.org/
2. http://www.mghelmets.com/

The contest will end at the end of July.

I will do an example.

10.  Napoleon Pirates









9. Clinton Redskins









8. Novi Wildcats

7. Livonia Stevenson Spartans









6. Utica Cheiftans









5. Brother Rice Warriors









4. Romeo Bulldogs









3. Plymouth Wildcats









2. Troy Athens Red Hawks









1. Three Rivers Wildcats











That was my top 10 so, if my vote counted for the overall total, Napoleon would be in first place and Three Rivers in last place.  I hope you guys have fun with this and share it with other friends.  Take a look around this site if it is your first chance to, many good articles on players from Michigan.  If you want to help out or recommend something, contact me here, please.

What others suggested:

Adrian Maples









Seaholm Maples

MHSAA Lacrosse Schedule April 17th-April 23rd

             HOME                                  AWAY  

4 17     Detroit Country Day          Culver Academy
4 18     Ann Arbor Greenhills         Dexter
4 18     North-Harrison               University Liggett
4 18     Flint Powers                 Davison
4 18     Grand Blanc                  Howell
4 18     Hartland                     Waterford
4 18     Lake Orion                   Troy
4 18     Novi                         South Lyon
4 18     Walled Lake Central          Huron Valley-Lakeland
4 18     Ypsilanti                    Saline
4 19     Lakeview                     Portage Northern
4 19     Bishop Foley                 Cranbrook
4 19     Birmingham-Seaholm           Troy Athens
4 19     Brother Rice                 Univ Detroit Jesuit
4 19     Detroit Catholic Cent        De La Salle
4 19     East Grand Rapids            Northview
4 19     Flint Powers                 AA Gabriel Richard
4 19     Forest Hills Central         Holland West Ottawa
4 19     Grosse Pointe South          Warren Consolidated
4 19     Grand Rapids Cath Cent       Spring Lake
4 19     Holland Christian            Grand Haven
4 19     Holt                         DeWitt
4 19     Heritage-Saginaw             Lapeer West
4 19     L'Anse Creuse North          Romeo
4 19     Mattawan                     LaPorte
4 19     Okemos                       East Lansing
4 19     OL St Mary's                 Clarkston
4 19     Pennfield                    Kalamazoo United
4 19     Portage Central              Vicksburg
4 19     Port Huron                   Swartz Creek
4 19     Rochester United             Rochester Adams
4 19     Rockford                     Forest Hills Eastern
4 19     Royal Oak                    Oxford
4 19     Swartz Creek                 Bay City Western
4 19     Utica Eisenhower             Farmington
4 19     Utica Stevenson              L'Anse Creuse
4 19     Haslett-Williamston          Lansing Waverly
4 19     Zeeland                      Caledonia
4 20     Ann Arbor Pioneer            Ypsilanti
4 20     Ann Arbor Skyline            Chelsea
4 20     Bedford                      Dexter
4 20     Flint Powers                 Bishop Foley
4 20     Grand Rapids Christian       Lowell
4 20     Grand Rapids Cath Cent       Holland Christian
4 20     Hartland                     Brighton
4 20     Howell                       Huron Valley-Lakeland
4 20     Tecumseh                     Ann Arbor Greenhills
4 20     Walled Lake Central          Walled Lake Northern
4 20     Walled Lake Western          South Lyon
4 20     Waterford                    Grand Blanc
4 21     Ann Arbor Huron              Lincoln-Ypsilanti
4 21     Bay City Central             Port Huron
4 21     Bay City Western             Lapeer West
4 21     Brother Rice                 Detroit Country Day
4 21     Clarkston                    Farmington
4 21     Cranbrook                    Bloomfield Hills
4 21     East Lansing                 Haslett-Williamston
4 21     Forest Hills Central         Forest Hills Eastern
4 21     Holt                         Okemos
4 21     Holland West Ottawa          Mattawan
4 21     L'Anse Creuse                L'Anse Creuse North
4 21     Lansing Waverly              DeWitt
4 21     Northview                    Rockford
4 21     Oxford                       Lake Orion
4 21     Portage Northern             Vicksburg
4 21     Portage Central              Pennfield
4 21     Rochester Adams              Birmingham-Seaholm
4 21     Romeo                        Grosse Pointe South
4 21     Spring Lake                  Zeeland
4 21     Swartz Creek                 Davison
4 21     Troy Athens                  Rochester United
4 21     Troy                         North-Harrison
4 21     Utica Stevenson              Grosse Pointe North
4 21     West Bloomfield              Royal Oak
4 22     Lincoln-Ypsilanti            Dexter
4 22     Saline                       Bedford
4 22     Tecumseh                     Chelsea
4 23     Ann Arbor Greenhills         Ann Arbor Skyline
4 23     Ann Arbor Pioneer            Forest Hills Eastern
4 23     Brighton                     Okemos
4 23     DeWitt                       Northview
4 23     East Lansing                 Holt
4 23     East Grand Rapids            Detroit Country Day
4 23     Forest Hills Central         Rockford
4 23     Grand Rapids Christian       Holland HS
4 23     Grand Haven                  Portage Northern
4 23     Lowell                       Vicksburg
4 23     Mattawan                     Haslett-Williamston
4 23     Portage Central              Holland West Ottawa
4 23     Petoskey                     Midland
4 23     Traverse City West           Walled Lake Central
4 23     Traverse City West           Bay City Western
4 23     Troy Athens                  Lake Orion

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Zachary Bihary - 2012 FB

The position of fullback has been somewhat forgotten in today’s high school and college offenses.  The spread offenses and many similar types of offenses do not have to rely on a fullback.  Those teams either abandon the position or use a temporarily fullback who used for passing situations.  As much as the spreads and wing offenses are used there still are either hybrid pro offenses, where the quarterback lines up under center and uses two or more running backs, one being a fullback.  Zachary Bihary from De La Salle is a stand out fullback; the Pilots use a hybrid offense where the fullback is relied upon, especially in heavy set packages.

De La Salle's state title opportunity fell short when they lost 33-23 to Harrison in the third round of the playoffs.  It was after that game what Bihary put his focus on the 2011 season.  Bihary commented, "After losing to Harrison I really stepped up my training. I did wrestling during the winter which allowed to build more cardio endurance. I lift three times a week with our team and two or three more times on my own. I also attend speed training three times a week and position training twice a week. Basically trying to become all around better."

The fullback often times does not get on the highlights but it’s clear the fullback is crucial to a successful offense.  Bihary discussed that he likes to open up the wholes for his teammate in the backfield, Damorria Lilly, "I feel like I have a part on most carries even if I don’t touch the ball. With Damorria running I know if I open the slightest hole he could bust off a long run. Blocking is my job first and that is what I like most about fullback."  Bihary described what a successful game to him is, "As a fullback I really base my games on how the I effect the running game. If my block or lack thereof is the cause of a play then that determines how well I played. Maintaining blocks is what leads to a good game."

Since 2011 is Bihary's senior season, he will be looking to make the most out of it.  Bihary mentioned one thing he has really been working on, which is his speed, "Speed is a big thing I am trying to improve. I brought my 40 time down to a 4.8, and I am still getting faster. I also want to get a lot stronger."  Bihary easily summed up his overall goal for the season, "my goal for 2011 is to win a state championship. That’s all that matters this season."

The Pilots have three non conference teams to start the season before starting Catholic League divisional play in the fourth week against defending champion in the prep bowl, Brother Rice.  Bihary thinks the biggest game for the Pilots is the following week, "I think catholic central is the one game we must win. If we can beat them I think we can take any team in the catholic league."

The expectations will be high at De La Salle as they have had five straight winning seasons.  The Pilots return some great seniors and many soon to be juniors will continue to have huge roles for De La Salle.  De La Salle was picked to be a top 25 team in the whole state of Michigan to start the 2011 season, Bihary talks about what it means to the team to have the early accolades, "It definitely makes us work a lot harder as a team. More kids are attending workouts and out of school training to prepare for this season. We want to contend for a state title and being ranked preseason just motivates us to work harder."

When Bihary leaves De La Salle at the end of the school year, it appears he will be able to take the next step in his football career, as several schools have shown interest in the fullback. Bihary talked about the schools that are showing him attention, “Right now I am being looked at by Hope, St. Olaf, Holy Cross, and a few other D3 schools. Also conversation with Harvard is really picking up along with some talks with Penn. I think I could be offered sometime in the near future if not in the summer after attending the schools camps. But if I had to say who would be first, id say St. Olaf."

MAC Baseball Rankings Week 2, 2011

These rankings do not include games from Saturday, April 16th.

1. Stevenson 8-1
2. Eisenhower 9-1
3. Cousino 5-4
4. Saint Clair 3-1
5. Dakota 5-1
6. Anchor Bay 5-1
7. Romeo 4-1
8. Lakeview 8-3
9. Grosse Pointe South 3-0
10. Marysville 4-0
11. Lake Shore 4-2
12. Utica Ford 4-4
13. Port Huron Northern 4-2
14. Warren Mott 4-4
15. Madison Heights 3-0
16. Fitzgerald 5-3
17. Fraser 3-1
18. Lamphere 1-2
19. L'Anse Creuse 3-3
20. Warren Woods Tower 4-6
21. L'Anse Creuse North 1-2
22. Grosse Pointe North 1-1
23.  Utica 2-3
24. Center Line 2-3
25. Chippewa Valley 0-1
26. Sterling Heights 2-6
27. Clintondale 1-2
28. Marine City 2-4
29. East Detroit 2-9
30. Port Huron 0-6
31. Roseville 0-3
32. Clawson 0-2
33. South Lake 0-4
34. Lincoln 0-2
35. Mount Clemens 0-2
36. New Haven

Friday, April 15, 2011

Grosse Pointe South vs Eisenhower Lacrosse Recap

Shelby Township, MI -- With both Grosse Pointe South and Eisenhower winning their previous games since the week off.  It was time to carry on the season in this MAC Red contest.

Eisenhower began the game with the ball and after two shots drew a penalty, the second shot was saved by the Grosse Pointe South goalie, #19.  With 52 seconds into the game, the Eagles had a man advantage.


After #26 on Grosse Pointe South put a pretty big hit on Eisenhower's #6 which caused a loose ball, the ball was thrown up field, #16 of Grosse Pointe South scored to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead with 9:40 left in the first quarter.  The Blue Devils followed that goal up with another goal.  At 8:15 left in the first quarter, Austin Jones goal gave the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead.  Grosse Pointe South controlled the ball between the two goals.

Disaster nearly struck Eisenhower but goalie, Nick Rossi had a good save from nearly 20 yards out with 5  minutes left in the first quarter.

With 3:30 remaining in the first quarter, Eisenhower got their first chance since the start of the game to score, however, Joey Singer's shot hit the post to keep the score at 2-0.

Eisenhower closed out the quarter nicely.  Eisenhower's Chris Perry's shot from around 10 yards out gave the Eagles their first goal with 1:12 remaining in the opening quarter.  Nearly one minute later, the Eagles tied the game.  This time it was Singer who scored on a wrap around from behind the net.  His goal with 11.5 in the quarter would be the last goal of the quarter. (WATCH)  Eisenhower and Grosse Pointe South were tied at 2-2.

In the second quarter, Grosse Pointe South committed two offsides in the first four minutes.  The Eagles nearly took their first lead of the game when, #15's shot missed wide right with 8:15 left in the second quarter.  The Eagles followed that up with another chance to score at 7:45 but #23's was unable to finish.

Both teams had potential chances around the 6 minute mark but both turned the ball over on the offensive side of the field.  After a trip by Grosse Pointe South's #12, the Eagles nearly scored but Grosse Pointe South's goalie, #19 came up with the save.

Grosse Pointe South had a chance to score with 5:20 left in the second quarter but Chris Perry and #9 combined to knock the stick out of #35's hands.   Grosse Pointe South's #16 hit the post on an open shot in front of the net exactly one minute later.

After Eisenhower's #54 drew a one minute penalty for a cross check, #8 of Grosse Pointe South scored with 3:53 remaining in the half to get the Blue Devils lead back to 3-2. (WATCH)

Eisenhower again applied late pressure to close a quarter, after a series of passes, Singer had an open look but his shot missed and the Eagles called timeout with 1:16 left in the second quarter.

The Eagles again closed the quarter with a positive result,  Perry's goal at 1:02 tied the game at 3-3. (WATCH)

The score at halftime would be 3-3.

With two minutes gone by in the third quarter, the Blue Devils had a man advantage but Rossi came up big again for the Eagles with another save.

After the Blue Devils had a few chances, Grosse Pointe South's #35 took a shot which bounced off the turf before hitting the back of the net.  With 8:05 in the quarter the Blue Devils led 4-3.

The Blue Devils again hit the goal post, this time with 6 minutes left.  After both teams exchanged shots which were off target, #35 of Grosse Pointe South scored with 2:44 left in the third quarter.  The Blue Devils lead was now at 5-3.

As the third quarter ended #8 of Grosse Pointe South scored after a stoppage with exactly 7 seconds left.  The goal extended the Grosse Pointe South lead to 6-3. (WATCH)

The fourth quarter started off on a bad start when a Grosse Pointe South player struck the head of Eisenhower's #54.  After taking a step #54 collapsed to the ground which then drew a late flag from the referee not even 10 yards in front of the play.  After a few minutes, #54 was able to get off at his own will.

With two minutes gone by in the final quarter, an Eagle was tripped from behind but no penalty was called and Grosse Pointe South quickly went up field, right before a Grosse Pointe South player was about to shoot the ball but the Grosse Pointe South bench called a timeout.

The Eagles were able to cut the deficit to 6-4 with 6:50 left when Chris Perry added a goal. (WATCH) The Eagles had a good chance to potentially score when #15 caused a steal with 5 minutes let but the Eagles turned the ball over.

Grosse Pointe South would score with 3 minutes left by a goal from #16.  The Grosse Pointe South lead was now at 7-4.  Eisenhower scored this time, Perry added his fourth goal of the game with 1:20 left. (WATCH)  The Eagles maintained a pressure throughout the final 80 seconds but a turnover ended any chance of having a comeback.

The Blue Devils won by the score of 7-5.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Two Dayton Players Released

Both Percy Gibson from Detroit Southeastern and LaDontae Henton from Lansing Eastern were granted releases from their letter of intents they signed in November from the University of Dayton.

The reasoning behind their release is because Brian Gregory their former coach moved onto Georgia Tech, leaving an open head coach position for the Flyers.

With Gibson becoming the real headline of Southeastern down the stretch and into the playoffs, schools have reached out.  One of the reasons why Gibson chose the Ohio school was because its nearly a 4-5 hour drive south on I-75.  The Detroit Titans are rumored to be a possible destination for Gibson.  Gibson wants to play close to home.

Gibson had offers from Southern California, Providence and Minnesota according to head coach George Ward.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

MHSAA Scores April 12th, 2011

Baseball:


Anchor Bay beats Brandon 2-0
Romeo beats Chippewa Valley 13-1
Stoney Creek beats Utica Ford 11-7
L'Anse Creuse North beats Lakeview 6-1
Maple City Glen Lake beats Brethren 3-0
Brethren beats Maple City Glen Lake 12-8
Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy beats Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 14-9
Ithaca beats Pewamo-Westphalia 6-5
Ithaca beats Pewamo-Westphalia 7-3


Girls Soccer:


Port Huron beats Croswell Lexington 3-1
Ann Arbor Pioneer beats Dearborn 6-0
Avondale beats Rochester 1-0
Grayling beats Boyne City 4-0
Ferndale beats Southfield-Lathrup 9-0
Jackson Northwest beats Lansing Catholic 3-2
Portage Central beats Vicksburg 9-1
Romulus Summit Academy beats Cass Tech 9-1
West Bloomfield beats Pontiac 8-0


Softball:


Beaverton beats St. Louis 10-2
Beaverton beats St. Louis 15-0
Birch Run beats Carrollton 10-6
Birch Run beats Carrollton 17-1
Midland Bullock Creek beats Clare 15-6
Midland Bullock Creek beats Clare 3-1
Riverview beats Dearborn 16-2
Saginaw Valley Lutheran beats Farwell 13-3
Saginaw Valley Lutheran beats Farwell 11-1

8 Man Football Playoffs

In 2011 MHSAA will implement a 4 week playoff amongst Class D schools playing 8 man football.  There will be 16 teams who will be able to qualify for the playoffs, based upon playoff points.

Click here to read the MHSAA's full story.

Monday, April 11, 2011

MHSAA Scores April 11th, 2011

Golf:


Linden beats Swartz Creek 174-164


Girls Soccer:


Dearborn Edsel Ford ties Monroe 1-1
Romulus Summits Academy beats Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy 3-2 (OT)
Southgate Anderson beats Gibraltar Carlson 2-0
Grosse Ile beats Monroe Saint Marys Catholic Central 6-1
Salem ties Livonia Stevenson 1-1
Milan beats Flat Rock 3-0
Coldwater beats Onsted 9-1
Saginaw Nouvel beats Bay City Central 4-0


Girls Tennis:


Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard beats Dearborn Divine Child 5-3
Dearborn beats Dearborn Fordson 7-1
Notre Dame Prep beats Riverview Gabriel Richard 5-3


Softball:


Bay City All Saints beats Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 11-0
Bay City All Saints beats Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 7-4
Merrill beats Chesaning 15-14
Chesaning beats Merrill 13-9
Midland beats Shepherd 10-2
Shepherd beats Midland 15-10
Rochester beats Royal Oak 12-2
Hemlock beats Saint Charles 10-0
Hemlock beats Saint Charles 8-4

Sunday, April 10, 2011

MHSAA Lacrosse Schedule April 10th-April 16th


                                          Home Team                                             Away Team                       

4 10
Univ Detroit Jesuit
Ann Arbor Pioneer
4 10
Dublin Jerome
Birmingham-Seaholm
4 10
St Joseph-South Bend
Detroit Catholic Cent
4 10
Western Reserve Acad
Detroit Country Day
4 11
Belleville
Ann Arbor Skyline
4 11
Grand Blanc
Davison
4 11
Romulus
Dexter
4 11
Rochester United
Waterford
4 11
Salem
Canton
4 11
South Lyon
Plymouth
4 12
Ann Arbor Huron
Bedford
4 12
Lakeview
Pennfield
4 12
Bloomfield Hills
Troy Athens
4 12
Caledonia
Lowell
4 12
Cranbrook
Notre Dame Prep
4 12
De La Salle
Univ Detroit Jesuit
4 12
North-Harrison
Royal Oak
4 12
Farmington
Rochester Adams
4 12
Forest Hills Eastern
Lansing Waverly
4 12
Flint Powers
Swartz Creek
4 12
Grosse Pointe South
L'Anse Creuse North
4 12
Grand Haven
Vicksburg
4 12
Holland Christian
Holland HS
4 12
Heritage-Saginaw
Bay City Western
4 12
Huron Valley-Lakeland
Brighton
4 12
Howell
Northville
4 12
Kalamazoo United
Portage Central
4 12
L'Anse Creuse
Port Huron
4 12
Midland
East Lansing
4 12
Mattawan
Portage Northern
4 12
Northview
Holland West Ottawa
4 12
OL St Mary's
Detroit Catholic Cent
4 12
Oxford
Troy
4 12
Rockford
Forest Hills Central
4 12
Romeo
Utica Eisenhower
4 12
Walled Lake Northern
Clarkston
4 12
Walled Lake Western
Belleville
4 12
Warren Consolidated
Grosse Pointe North
4 12
Zeeland
Haslett-Williamston
4 13
Ann Arbor Huron
Chelsea
4 13
Ann Arbor Pioneer
Lincoln-Ypsilanti
4 13
Ann Arbor Skyline
Ypsilanti
4 13
AA Gabriel Richard
Bishop Foley
4 13
Bay City Central
Bay City Western
4 13
Brother Rice
Birmingham-Seaholm
4 13
Canton
Northville
4 13
Dexter
Howell
4 13
Farmington
South Lyon
4 13
Davison
Hartland
4 13
Lake Orion
University Liggett
4 13
Rochester United
Farmington
4 13
Salem
Novi
4 13
Saline
Tecumseh
4 13
West Bloomfield
Oxford
4 14
AA Gabriel Richard
Ann Arbor Greenhills
4 14
East Lansing
OL St Mary's
4 14
East Grand Rapids
Holland West Ottawa
4 14
North-Harrison
Lake Orion
4 14
Forest Hills Eastern
Forest Hills Central
4 14
Flint Powers
Cranbrook
4 14
Grosse Pointe North
L'Anse Creuse North
4 14
Grand Haven
Spring Lake
4 14
Grand Blanc
Novi
4 14
Grand Rapids Cath Cent
Caledonia
4 14
Mattawan
Lakeview
4 14
Notre Dame Prep
Bishop Foley
4 14
Northview
Lowell
4 14
Portage Central
Holt
4 14
Rochester Adams
Davison
4 14
Rockford
Okemos
4 14
Troy Athens
Clarkston
4 14
Troy
Royal Oak
4 14
Utica Eisenhower
Grosse Pointe South
4 14
Utica Stevenson
Romeo
4 14
Vicksburg
Portage Northern
4 14
Haslett-Williamston
Midland
4 14
Zeeland
Grand Rapids Christian
4 15
Ann Arbor Skyline
Belleville
4 15
Birmingham-Seaholm
Bloomfield Hills
4 15
Brother Rice
Hill Academy
4 15
Chelsea
Bedford
4 15
Dexter
Ann Arbor Huron
4 15
North-Harrison
South Lyon
4 15
Howell
Hartland
4 15
Lake Orion
West Bloomfield
4 15
Lowell
Zeeland
4 15
Plymouth
Canton
4 15
Romulus
Lincoln-Ypsilanti
4 15
Swartz Creek
Heritage-Saginaw
4 15
Tecumseh
Ann Arbor Pioneer
4 15
Walled Lake Central
Grand Blanc
4 15
Walled Lake Northern
Huron Valley-Lakeland
4 15
Walled Lake Western
Salem
4 15
Waterford
Brighton
4 15
Ypsilanti
Saline
4 16
Ann Arbor Pioneer
De La Salle
4 16
Bay City Central
Cadillac
4 16
Bay City Western
Cadillac
4 16
Bloomfield Hills
Lansing Waverly
4 16
Brighton
Detroit Catholic Cent
4 16
Detroit Country Day
Holy Cross-St Cath
4 16
Cranbrook
Bishop Foley
4 16
Univ Detroit Jesuit
Hill Academy
4 16
DeWitt
Traverse City Cent
4 16
Flint Powers
Rochester Adams
4 16
Grand Rapids Christian
Northview
4 16
Grand Haven
Rockford
4 16
Grand Rapids Cath Cent
Portage Northern
4 16
Holland HS
East Lansing
4 16
Huron Valley-Lakeland
Walled Lake Central
4 16
Holland West Ottawa
Holland Christian
4 16
L'Anse Creuse
Royal Oak
4 16
Midland
Troy
4 16
Novi
Forest Hills Eastern
4 16
OL St Mary's
East Grand Rapids
4 16
Portage Central
Okemos
4 16
Port Huron
Romeo
4 16
Troy Athens
Forest Hills Central
4 16
Utica Eisenhower
Warren Consolidated
4 16
Vicksburg
East Lansing
4 16
Vicksburg
Spring Lake
4 16
Walled Lake Western
West Bloomfield