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Monday, May 30, 2011

MAC Baseball Rankings Week 8, 2001

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Brian Cleary - 2012 QB

Although the University of Detroit Jesuit has not reached the playoffs in several years, the last being 2001 when the Cubs went 10-3.  One of the many bright spots in 2011 for University of Detroit Jesuit is four year starter, Brian Cleary.  In Cleary's three years at University of Detroit Jesuit, the offensive points have rose and the defense points allowed have dropped.  In 2011 Cleary will be aiming to lead University of Detroit Jesuit to its first win versus: Brother Rice, De La Salle, Catholic Central, or Orchard Lake Saint Mary's since 2005, when they defeated De La Salle, 35-28.

When Cleary came into University of Detroit Jesuit in 2008, the Cubs finished 1-8.  In 2009 as a sophomore Cleary led the Cubs as they went 4-5 after going 1-17 the two previous seasons, the Cubs would score 153 points in 2009 a 21 point improvement from 2008.  Then as a junior in 2010 the Cubs scored 204 points and they finished 4-5 again.  Cleary described what he did in 2010 that was able to make him successful, "I guess I would say 2010 I really got better at making plays. As a sophomore I started to understand how I could change a game, but this season I really went into a game with the idea that if our team was going to win, I had to play my best. That really changed my preparation a lot, and I think if our whole team buys into that idea, we will have a great season next year. Obviously I got faster, and my arm is stronger, but I think, as a team, that improvement was really significant."

The progress Cleary and his Cubs teammates are making is clear but there is still plenty of room for improvement.  Cleary described what he has been doing since the end of the 2010, "During the off season I've really been working on getting faster and learning the game. First, I started to add the running dimension to my game a little bit last year, and I saw how much it opened up our offense, so I’ve been doing a lot of speed work to prepare for that. Also, it has been a huge advantage to be able to change plays at the line the past few years, and there's always room for improvement to understand which plays work for certain times."  For the 2011 season Cleary shares what he wants to get better at, "running is definitely what I’m working on, and I'm also focusing on our offense's confidence in key situations.  I think with more and more practice during the summer, we can make those few plays that cost us catholic league games last year. Being that close gives me a sense of urgency that we are very close to being at the top of the catholic league."

If the Cubs are going to make the playoffs in 2011, they will need momentum early in the season.  That will not be easy though as they play Grosse Pointe South and Country Day in week 1 and 2.  Cleary described what it will mean to play these two opponents, "Those first two games will be pretty tough. They are two pretty strong defensive teams with young offenses. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Those will be good refreshers to get ready for the Catholic League schedule."

As a junior during the 2010 season Brian Cleary was elected as a team captain for the Cubs, Cleary shares what being a captain means to him, "As far as being the captain, I don't really look at it as a title or anything; it's more of an experience thing.  I've been through a lot of these tough games before, and I know what kind of leader my team needs in those circumstances.  I appreciate the respect I get from the younger guys on the team, but I have to finish the job and lead our team to a few catholic league wins before I can be proud of my years as a starter."

After the 2011 season Cleary will be lined up for a scholarship for football but Cleary maintains a 4.1 GPA and is the President for the Student Senate at University of Detroit Jesuit.  Brian Cleary was listed in our initial top 100 players in the state of Michigan for the class of 2012.  Clearly took a moment to talk about his recruiting process so far, "As far as recruiting, I've been hearing from a lot of the schools around here from the MAC and Big Ten: Central, Toledo, Eastern, Western, Northern Illinois, and Miami.  I am also from MSU, Indiana, Purdue, and Illinois.  Along with those schools, I'm pumped to go out east for camp at Ivy schools like Harvard, Princeton, Penn, and Brown. My brother played in the Ivy, so I’ve always been interested in that football atmosphere as well."

Cleary is not sure which school he will be attending or what he is looking for at the school, "to be honest I have no idea what I'm looking for. Most of it is probably based on the people I will be dealing with and the feeling I get from the campus. Test scores and random statistics say something, but that’s what will probably dictate my decision."  With Cleary hearing from plenty of schools he will have the chance to pick from a pool of schools.  Cleary mentions that he has no leaders yet, "I really don't know who my leaders are right now, I’ll have to see what happens this summer after I see the schools and the coaches see me."

May Weekly 4 Update 2011

First off I like to thank everyone who has viewed or share these recent updates.  This is the fourth and final update for the month of May.  This was the first month that I have done this and I have noticed these updates are viewed by thousands of people so far.  Which means people obvious are spreading it with others, so again I am greatly thankful.  In the coming months if there's anything you want to add/share just comment anywhere on the blog or contact me.  From the start the main goal of the site is to promote the sports, so just keep up the support and minute by minute, the state of Michigan will get more exposure.

  • First off: I was told by an Oxford booster family that the blue turf project has began.  The previous grass has been ripped out and "it's just a big sandbox right now."  The blue field turf is expected to be in place for Oxford's home opener against crosstown rival, Lake Orion in week 1.
  • Sticking on Oxford:  Today 6'7 and 240 pound offensive tackle, Collin Goetz became the second verbal commitment to the Central Michigan Chippewas for the class of 2012.  
  • The Michigan Wolverines recruiting frenzy remained on track in the past week as our #1 player in the top 100 players in the state of Michigan, Terry Richardson has committed to Michigan over: Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and USC.  Click here to view an article written by
  • The first commitment for the Central Michigan Chippewas in 2012 was Brother Rice's, Dylan Anderson.  On Thursday night of May 19th, Anderson pledged to the Chippewa's after receiving a scholarship offer within the week.  Click here to view an interview with Anderson, done with Michigan Preps.
  • Back in the first week of February we learned that Port Huron quarterback, Justin Black was moving to Florida by himself so he could pursue a chance of receiving more exposure.  Since then Black has done well in the camps and has been hearing from Northwestern but already lists an offer from Western Michigan.
  • Out of the nine finalists I listed last week for US Army All American Bowl.  Only one so far has been announced to be playing in the game.  The #2 player in our top 100, Royce Jenkins-Stone a Michigan Wolverine commit has been selected to play in the national televised game.  Teammate and #1 player in the top 100, Terry Richardson was already announced to play in the ESPN Under Armor game.
  • This week in the Columbus Elite camp, Michigan players made a splash.  2013 De La Salle Quarterback, Shane Morris was named MVP.  While Royce Jenkins-Stone and James Ross (Orchard Lake Saint Mary's) both Michigan commits, made a an impact writes ESPN.  Click here to view a compilation of quotes from Michigan players from this weekend.
  • Thanks to our sites hosts crashing two weeks ago, a few things were deleted that I edited and many posts were deleted.  I have went to work at compiling the remaining players for the class of 2012 who did not crack the initial 100 and watch list for class of 2013.  The 2014 list will be completed soon.  I noticed many people tried viewing the lists while they were deleted.  But if you were unable to view them in the past two weeks, they are back online.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Devin Church - 2012 RB

The Brother Rice Warriors in 2010 were just 1 or 2 losses away from not qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. But in week 5 things turned around and Brother Rice won 5 straight games. A big reason for the Warriors success was junior: runningback, receiver, defensive back, punt and kick returner, Devin Church.  Church provided many explosive and key plays for Brother Rice during the 2010 season.

Courtesy of: The Rush
The 2010 season started off rough for Brother Rice as they lost to Detroit Martin Luther King, 32-19.   To start the 2011 season Brother Rice will play King again in the Big Day Prep Showdown at Eastern Michigan at 5 P.M. on August 27th.  Church described what it would mean to the Warriors to win in week 1, "Winning that first game would feel great, especially since they beat us last year.  It is almost like pay back once we win. But we're not under estimating them at all, they're a good team and we are a great team."

Brother Rice would also lose to Saint John Jesuit (Toledo, Ohio) and to De La Salle.  In between was a win against Highland Park.  If the Warriors would have lost to University of Detroit in week 5 it would of put Brother Rice in a big hole that would prevent them from playing in the Prep Bowl in week 9.  Sparked by a 91 yard touchdown reception against Detroit Jesuit by Devin Church, the Warriors went on to win 21-0.   After that game Brother Rice did not lose until week 10 to Harrison.  Church shared how that win helped the team throughout the season, "That game was definitely are turning point, from then on practices became more intense and serious."

The Warriors were unbeatable following the win over University of Detroit Jesuit they would beat Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 26-3.  Then Brother Rice beat the Eaglets again in week 9 in the Catholic League final on a goal line stand in the final minutes.  Church talked about why the Warriors were so successful against Orchard Lake Saint Mary's, "We were able to beat Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 2 times in a row by going hard in practice and it paid off. Coming into the 2nd game we didn't under estimate them because we beat them once.  So we came into the game with the same intensity and came away with a win."

Brother Rice in 2011 will again play two teams from the state of Ohio.  Church talks about what it means to win those games, "When ever you play a team out of state you always want to win. You want to show them that Michigan football is one of the toughest states to play in, so winning a game against a team from out of state is always good."  As for what game Church feels is a must win game in 2011, he had no doubt it was Catholic Central, "I would say Catholic Central because they are our rivals and that game is always jammed pack with spectators. I wouldn't want to lose in front of thousands of people."

During the 2010 season Church discussed what he got better at as the season progressed, "My ability to make big plays and when my team needed a big play, I was there."  During the off-season Church talked about what he plans to do, "Every year I plan on getting bigger, stronger, and faster."  Church also listed his goals for him and the rest of the team, "Well, a personal goal would to be have over 800 plus rushing yards along with 500 plus receiving yards. A team goal would be to become Catholic and State Champs."

Following his junior season Devin Church received scholarships from: Bowling Green State, Boston College and Toledo.  Church talks about what the offers mean to him, "To have offers is honestly a blessing. So it means a lot, it really does. But I have visited all 3 schools. I liked all 3 so I can't pick any leaders at this time."  Church also mentions other schools have been showing him interest, "Michigan, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Miami of Ohio, and Michigan State."  As for when he will make his decision, "As of now I couldn't tell you when I’m planning on making a decision."

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Class of 2013 Watchlist

  • Dvon Ballard - Ann Arbor Skyline
  • Zechariah Bostick - Blissfield
  • Jon Reschke - Brother Rice
  • Riley Norman - Cadillac
  • Cameron Dillard - Canton
  • Kenton Gibbs - Cass Tech
  • David Dawson - Cass Tech
  • Dennis Finley - Cass Tech
  • Jourdan Lewis - Cass Tech
  • Wyatt Shallman - Catholic Central
  • Derek Edwards - Catholic Central
  • Anthony Darkangelo - Catholic Central 
  • Csonte York - Chandler Park Academy
  • Berkley Edwards - Chelsea
  • Poet Thomas - Country Day
  • Jalen Dandridge - Crockett
  • Leon Johnson - Crockett
  • Desmond King - Crockett
  • Bryan Basilico - Dakota
  • Shane Morris - De La Salle (Michigan)
  • Demorria Lilly - De La Salle
  • Eli-Kevin Phillips - Detroit Cody
  • Brett Scanlon - Dowagiac Union
  • Kyle Dinkins - Ecorse
  • Joe Zerafa - Eisenhower
  • Isiah Gourdine - Farmington
  • Gerald Holmes - Flint Carman Ainsworth
  • Vince Palazeti - Flint Powers Catholic
  • Ahmed - Alaboody - Fordson
  • Andrew Chrzan - Fraser
  • Demetrius Stinson - Frederick Douglass
  • Mason Sarosi - Gabriel Richard
  • Dan Davis - Grand Blanc
  • Luke Maclean - Grand Blanc
  • Jack Doyle - Grosse Pointe South
  • Wyatt Kevern - Gwinn
  • Gairus Coleman - Harrison (Farmington)
  • Corey Willis - Holland
  • Johnny Williams - Holly
  • Chris Morgan - Holt
  • A.J. Abrams - Jackson Lumen Christi
  • Josh Crim - Lansing Eastern
  • Ben Armstrong - Linden
  • Adam Wheeler - Livonia Stevenson
  • J.J. McGrath - Lutheran High North
  • Nate Bossory - Manchester
  • Josh Blades - Manchester
  • Tyler Harris - Mendon
  • Teo Redding - Michigan Collegiate
  • Steve Elmer - Midland
  • James Henderson - Midland Bullock Creek
  • Brandon Moore - Montague
  • Marcus Smith - Muskegon
  • Nick George - Notre Dame Prep
  • Dillon Laase - Orchard View
  • Marcus Smith - Orchard View
  • Jamarl Eiland - Plymouth
  • Nate Emminger - Plymouth
  • Nate Jepperson - Portage Central
  • Sergio Jackson - Portage Northern
  • Mitch Myler - Sacred Heart Academy
  • Nick Hire - Sacred Heart Academy
  • Gally Thurstan - Saint Ignace La Salle
  • Brandon Bean - Southfield
  • John Terry - Tecumseh
  • Greg Webber - Troy
  • Nate Gaggin - University Liggett
  • Eric Ewing - University Liggett
  • Harris Vrbak - Warren Mott
  • Darrell Montogomery Jr. - Westside Christian Academy
  • Bryan Holmes - West Ottawa
  • Ato Condelee - West Ottawa
  • Nick Maher - Woodhaven

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Class of 2012 Watch List

Novason Norfolk - Adrian - LB
Anthony Brilla - Allen Park - DL
Michael Bouchard - Brother Rice - LB
DeShaun Young - Chesaning - RB
James Wezensky - Clare
Kyle Tiller - Dearborn Edsel Ford
Yaser Hamdan - Star International Academy, located in Dearborn Heights
Chris Addison - Detroit Central
Edward Remy - Dexter
Mike Mioduszewski - Dexter
David Drummond - East Grand Rapids
Travis Palmer - East Grand Rapids
Chris Perry - Eisenhower
Austin Young - Escanaba
Donovan Jackson - Ferndale
Rayshawn Adams - Finney
Reginold Van Hook - Flint Beecher
Shahid Muhammad - Flint Carman Ainsworth
Luke Jones - Flint Northwestern
Chavoris Russell - Flint Northwestern
Mohamed Berry - Fordson - TE
Travis Lasley - Forest Hills Eastern
Travis Davis - Frankenmuth - LB
Tyler Steele - Garden City
Zach Sweet - Goodrich
Alton Yarbrough - Grand Blanc - WR
Corey Arnouts - Grand Ledge
Brandon Haan - Grand Rapids South Christian
Alex Kish - Groose Ile
Vince Berardi - Grosse Ile
Marty Moesta - Grosse Pointe South
Rob Kish - Grosse Pointe South
Lamarr Marshall - Harrison (Farmington)
Kim Spurlock - Henry Ford (Detroit)
Scott Tackett - Holland
Justin Bouma - Holland Christian
Luke Brower - Holland Christian
Alvin Mingo - King
Lapeer Ramsey - King
Nate Cole - Lahser
Tyler Roth - Lahser - LB
John Gall - Lake Orion
James Bush - Lake Shore
L.J. Wilson - Lansing Eastern - RB
Jaleel Canty - Lansing Everett
Anthony Goodman - Lansing Sexton
Jordan Martin - Lansing Waverly
Roland Rance - Lawton
Brock LaVergne - Lincoln Alcona
Ren Osborne - Lowell
Joe Vieau - Midland
Tyler Kuehne - Midland - DB
Connor Collins - Millington
Mike Zawacki - Monroe
Jake Natario - Monroe
Omar Akins - Mumford
Angelo Corona - Muskegon - LB
Jacob Buddy - Muskegon
Ra'Male Roundtree - Muskegon
John Waller - North Muskegon
Jacob Romeo - Notre Dame Prep
Mike Jocz - Novi
Zach Masserant - Novi
Jake Widmer - Novi Catholic Central
Steven Spears - Onsted
Chris Woolen - Orchard Lake Saint Mary's
Joe Eroyan - Orchard Lake Saint Mary's - LB
Justin Hunter-Smith - Orchard View
Corbin Fuller - Ontonagon 
Justin Mezsets - Ortonville
Dante Curry - Ottawa Hills
Jacob Gewritz - Ovid-Elsie
Austin Maynard - Parma Western
Nicholas Action - Pennfield - QB
Matt Rennell - Parma Western
Jon Conklin - Plainwell
Bill Roberts - Plymouth
Mark McCormack-Reamer - Plymouth
Nelson Smith - Plymouth Christian Academy
Jeffery Johnson - Pontiac
Chris Norrils - Renaissance
Kendall Jackson - Renaissance - DB
Maurice Bostic - River Rouge - DB
Brian Roth - Romeo
Ryan Nicley - Romeo
David McPhearson - Royal Oak
Mason Sauls - Saint Johns - LB
Roland Rance - Saginaw Arthur Hill
Demarcus Lee - Southeastern
James Schmitke - Southfield Christian
Mercedes Williamson - Southeastern
Patrick Allen - South Haven
Bradley Mitchell - South Lake - RB
Marcus Anderson - South Lake
Colin Parks - Southfield Lathrup
Devon Bailey - Stevensville-Lakeshore
Hunter Hurt - Temperance Bedford
Ben Bartnowak - Troy Athens - QB
Josh White - Ubly
David Hughes - U of D Jesuit
K.J. Shultz - Walled Lake Central
Jarin Bryant - Walled Lake Western
Jamel Lockett - Warren Mott - WR
Jalen Campbell - West Bloomfield
Anthony Stout - Whitehall
Jalen Lloyd - Willow Run
Myshaun Marks - Willow Run
DeShawn Gohl - Willow Run
Tyler Dunn - Wyandotte Roosevelt
Dante Barnett - Ypsilanti
Devon Thompston - Ypsilanti
Josh Blanton - Zeeland West

    Luginbill on Columbus's Elite 11 Prospects

    "QB Shane Morris (De La Salle HS, Mich.)
    Morris was one of the more impressive prospects in attendance regardless of class and the left-hander really made some impressive throws with accuracy and confidence. He has good height and is going to continue to add inches and bulk to his late-bloomer's frame. What stood out about Morris was the velocity and power and the manner in which he delivered the ball. Many lefties can really have a long, drawn out delivery that is more ¾ or sidearm, but not Morris. He had a quick stroke, was very accurate and threw as well on the run to both sides as any prospect on Friday. He is a definite Watch List candidate."

    Morris attended the Columbus Elite 11 and earned MVP honors, the quote above was from ESPN recruiting director Tom Luginbill.

    He also said this about other Michigan prospects.

    "Better late than never, ILB James Ross and CB Terry Richardson arrive just in time and were both very impressive."

    "ILB Royce Jenkins-Stone did not make it either. Terrific player."

    "2013 QB Shane Morris is an impressive lefty with a quick stroke."

    The ESPN 150 will be released on June 8th.  Hoping Urban Meyer is part of the choosing process.

    Warren Michigan Collegiate Cougars 2011 Football Schedule

    The Cougars went 11-2 in 2010.  In Michigan Collegiate's second full season, they reached the playoffs again.  During the playoffs they beat: Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, Shrine and Our Lady Of the Lakes before getting knocked out by Division 7 state champion, Hudson, 52-6.

    *Represents non Charter School Conference games
    (W#) or (L#) Represents the winning or losing streak against that opponent.

    August 26 - Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest* 
    September 2 - Old Redford Academy (W1)

    September 9 -  Cesar Chavez Academy (W1)
    September 16 - Romulus Summit Academy (W2)
    September 23 - Plymouth Educational Center Prep (W1)
    September 30 - Detroit University Prep (W1)
    October 7 - Southfield Bradford Academy (W1)
    October 14 - Chandler Park Academy (L2)
    October 21 - Capac*

    Come here to discuss the schedules, news or anything related.

    Class of 2014 Watchlist

    • Kyle Aldrich - Akron-Fairgrove
    • Ty Rollin - Beal City
    • Brian Walker - Brother Rice
    • Deon Drake - Cass Tech
    • Johnny Miggins - Cass Tech
    • Will White - Cass Tech
    • Thomas Jones - Chandler Park Academy
    • Nick Matich - Clarkston
    • Kieran Ronan - Clawson
    • Trent Grimes - Fenton
    • Demarcus Collins - Flint Northwestern
    • Dontevian Bell - Fordson
    • Hamzah Farhat - Fordson
    • Lorenzo Collins - Harrison (Farmington)
    • Nakin Scott - Highland Park
    • Nicholas Padla - Lakeshore
    • Charlie Roth - Livonia Franklin
    • Malik McDowell - Loyola
    • Travon Godfrey - Loyola
    • Drew Dowding - Michigan Center
    • Brandon Franks - Oscoda
    • Chance Stewart - Sturgis
    • Byron Bullough - Traverse City Saint Francis
    • Jake Khoury - Traverse City Saint Francis
    • Connor Hayes - Traverse City West
    • Damon Webb - University of Detroit Jesuit
    • Matt Okaiye - Waterford Kettering
    • Derek Brown - Yale
    • Jordan Van Dort - Zeeland West

    Charter School Conference 2011 Football Schedules

    MAC Baseball Rankings Week 7, 2011

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

    Vote for MAC All Star team HERE.

    Friday, May 20, 2011

    Detroit Western Throws No-Hitter and Wins League Title

    On Thursday night the first Perfect Game was thrown in Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.  Detroit Western International beat Detroit Renaissance 8-0.

    Todd Phelps (5-3) threw only 77 pitches in 7 innings.  Phelps struck out 12 of the minimum 21 batters faced.  It was the first complete game for Phelps all year.  It is also believed to be the first perfect game thrown in the PSL baseball final.

    With the Western win, they have successfully defended the title for four years in a row.

    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    Detroit Public School League-1 2011 Football Schedules

    Cass Tech Technicians 2011 Football Schedule

    The Cass Tech Technicians went 12-1 in 2010.  After beating Crockett in the city championship, the Technicians beat: Southeastern, Fordson and Dakota before losing 24-21 on the last play of the game to Lake Orion in the semi-finals.  In 2010 Cass Tech beat their rivals: Southeastern twice.  In 2009 Southeastern beat Cass Tech twice, the second time eliminated Cass Tech.  Cass Tech also has rivals, Detroit King two weeks after Southeastern.

    * Represents PSL-1 Conference game
    (W#) or (L#) Represents the winning or losing streak against that opponent.

    August 27 - FH Harrison (8 P.M. @ EMU)
    September 2 - Detroit Central (W5)
    September 9 - Detroit Southeastern (W2)
    September 16 - Detroit Cody* (W5)
    September 23 - Detroit King* (W1)
    September 30 - Crockett* (W1)
    October 7 - Mumford* (W4)
    October 14 - 
    October 21 - 

    Come here to discuss the schedules, news or anything related.

    Detroit Cody Comets 2011 Football Schedule

    The Comets went 6-4 in 2010.  Cody was eliminated by Grosse Pointe South 17-14 in the opening round of the playoffs.

    * Represents PSL-1 Conference game
    (W#) or (L#) Represents the winning or losing streak against that opponent.

    August 26 - 
    September 2 - Southeastern* (W1)
    September 9 - Detroit Central* (L1)
    September 16 - Cass Tech* (L5)
    September 23 - Renaissance* (W3)
    September 30 - Mumford* (W1)
    October 7 - Crockett* (L6)
    October 14 - 
    October 21 - 

    Come here to discuss the schedules, news or anything related.

    Detroit Crockett Tech Rockets 2011 Football Schedule

    The Rockets went 11-2 in 2010, Crockett was in PSL-2 in 2010 but with a perfect division and only loss during the regular season, Cass Tech.  Crockett reached the semi finals before they lost to Williamston 33-13.  Crockett defeated: Old Redford Academy, Country Day and Detroit Central.

    * Represents PSL-1 Conference game
    (W#) or (L#) Represents the winning or losing streak against that opponent.

    August 26 - Catholic Central (Toledo, Ohio)
    September 2 - King* (W1)
    September 9 - Renaissance (W5)
    September 16 - Mumford* (W3)
    September 23 - Detroit Central (W8)
    September 30 - Cass Tech* (L1)
    October 7 - Cody* (W6)
    October 14 - 
    October 21 - 

    Come here to discuss the schedules, news or anything related.

    Martin Luther King Crusaders 2011 Football Schedule

    The Crusaders went 7-4 in 2010.  King lost to Grosse Pointe South 37-21 in week 11 after beating East Detroit in week 10.

    * Represents PSL-1 Conference game
    (W#) or (L#) Represents the winning or losing streak against that opponent.

    August 27 - Brother Rice (5 P.M. @ EMU) (W1)
    September 2 - Crockett* (L1)
    September 9 - Mumford* (W10)
    September 16 - Renaissance* (W2)
    September 23 - Cass Tech* (L1)
    September 30 - Detroit Central* (W1)
    October 7 - Southeastern (W1)
    October 14 - 
    October 21 - 

    Come here to discuss the schedules, news or anything related.

    Mumford Mustangs 2011 Football Schedule

    The Mustangs went 5-5 in 2010.  Mumford lost to Catholic Central in week 10, 42-6.  

    * Represents PSL-1 Conference game
    (W#) or (L#) Represents the winning or losing streak against that opponent.

    August 26 - 
    September 2 - Renaissance (W3)
    September 9 -  King (L10)
    September 16 - Crockett* (L3)
    September 23 - Southeastern (W1)
    September 30 - Cody (L1)
    October 7 - Cass Tech* (L4)
    October 14 - 
    October 21 - 

    Come here to discuss the schedules, news or anything related.

    Terry Richardson Commits to Michigan

    #1 ranked prospect from the state of Michigan, Cornerback, Terry Richardson from Detroit Cass Tech has verbally committed to Michigan today.  With friends and teammate: Royce Jenkins-Stone and James Ross (Orchard Lake Saint Mary's already committed to the Wolverines, Richardson followed along.

    Richardson choose Michigan over: Alabama, LSU, USC and Notre Dame. ranks Richardson as #10 CB in the country and a 4* ranks Richardson as a 4* and #195 player in the country

    You will be able to see Royce Jenkins-Stone and Richardson during 2011 as Cass Tech aims to defend their PSL-1 and City Championship.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    May Weekly 3 Update 2011

    • State Champs was awarded an Michigan Emmy award for their Brother Rice vs Catholic Central preview.  For their 50th meeting, the two powerhouses collided on the field at Wayne State.  Click here to view the multimedia.
    • The only but big commitment last week came from Catholic Central.  #12 player in the state of Michigan, became the 11th commitment for the Wolverines in the class of 2012.  Matt Godin had this to say about about playing on defense for the Wolverines, "I just go hard 100%. I just want to destroy people."
    • The #1 player in the class of 2012, Terry Richardson listed a top 5 this week, "USC, Michigan, Alabama, Notre Dame and LSU."  Richardson originally was going to have a press conference on Thursday at 11:45 at Cass Tech but the CB's family will be unable to attend.  Today he announced on twitter, he will announce his decision online at 8 A.M.  
    • After writing the previews for The Big Day Prep Showdown for the games I will be attending on Saturday.  I was informed they wanted me to write previews for the other four games.  Click here to view all 8 previews, for the three day event.
    • Nine players from the state of Michigan were nominated for the US Army All Star game.  Of those nine all were included in the initial top 100 players in the state of Michigan.  All 9 were high on the list.
    • Plymouth all conference defensive back, Ali Shahine has decided not to transfer back to Plymouth where he helped the Wildcats on defense as they reached the Division 1 finals in 2010.  The junior will play for Rancho Bernardo in California for his senior season.
    • Shahine was a top 100 player but I was aware there was a chance he would be unable to return, so I upon his decision, I fixed the new top 100 in the state.  Since he will not be back for the 2011 season.  Was it a former teammate who took over the honor?
    • In the NFL draft only three players were drafted, article.
    • 1. Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram from Flint Southwestern Academy.  Who was drafted by the Saints in the first round from the University of Alabama.   The runningback was ranked as a 3* and #58 RB coming out of high school according to scout.  Boy did they get that one wrong (starting as a freshman in SEC).
    • 2. Former Cass Tech offensive lineman, Joe Barksdale was drafted from LSU to the Oakland Raiders in the third round.  Scout listed Barksdale at as 5* defensive tackle and the #4 overall tackle. 
    • 3. Ronald Johnson the wide receiver from USC was the third player taken.  The San Francisco 49ers took RoJo in the 6th round.  Johnson will be forever known for choosing USC over Florida, where he missed on two national titles, playing with a Heisman QB and never lived up to his potential.  Scout had the WR as the #2 CB and off course a 5* prospect.
    • Many players around the state have received offers this past week.  These are the ones I am aware of, any more you want to add in, comment below.
    • #39 player in the state, WR - Danny Larkins from Madison Heights, had a busy week as he picked up offers from: Toledo and Buffalo.
    • #45 player in the state, DT - Daron Brown from Mumford took an offer from Buffalo.  It was Brown's first offer.
    • The 29th player in the state, Darryl Goldsmith was offered by Toledo.
    • The rising linebacker from Wyandotte Roosevelt, #52 in the state, Hunter Matt was offered by Akron.
    • The #37 and quickly rising star, QB - Cooper Rush from Lansing Catholic Central was offered by Central Michigan.
    • Offensive lineman and #66 player in the state, Kodi Keiler from Gibraltar Carlson was offered by Minnesota.
    • Brother Rice offensive tackle, Dylan Anderson was offered by Central Michigan.
    • Brother Rice football and lacrosse star, Joe Warner was offered by Buffalo for tight end.  Also for lacrosse he has an offer from the University of Detroit.
    • Sophomore quarterback, Nate Bossory a rising star at Manchester.  Has been receiving letters from Duke, Wisconsin, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Middle Tennessee.
    • If you have not noticed or unaware, Blogger (web host) was down last week for about a day.  All comments and posts were temporarily down or completely gone.  Posts of mine were deleted such as watch lists.  So feel free to mention players as I work on re-searching the players.  I probably will add others and miss on others.  Do not take it personally.   Also its not as bad as other websites from the hosts, reports of deleted blogs have surfaced.

    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Big Day Prep Showdown Game Preview 2011

    9 Players Nominated for US Army Bowl

    On January 7th 2012, The US Army All American Bowl will take place, in that game 9 players from the state of Michigan have been selected to play in the game.

    On my top 100 these are the players and where they are ranked.

    #1 Terry Richardson - CB - Cass Tech
    #2 Royce Jenkins-Stone - LB - Cass Tech
    #3 James Ross - LB - Orchard Lake Saint Marys
    #4 Aaron Burbridge - WR - Harrison (Farmington)
    #5 Danny O'Brien - DT - Flint Powers Catholic
    #10 Mario Ojemudia - DE - Harrison (Farmington)
    #15 Kelby Latta - OL - Battle Creek Harper Creek
    #25 Juwuan Lewis - RB - Muskegon
    #36 Efe Scott-Emaukpor - WR - East Lansing

    *The list will be updated in July*

    Novi vs Chelsea Football Preview 2011

    At 8 P.M. on Friday August 26th,  the Novi Wildcats and the Chelsea Bulldog will rekindle their rivalry.  It has been since 2006 since theses rivals last met.

    The Wildcats are coming off of a 5-4 season in which they were unable to reach the playoffs for a second straight season.  The Bulldogs on the other hand went 6-4 and have reached the Division 3 playoffs for a 13th straight year.

    In 2010 Novi won 4-5 KLAA-Central games but fell short of their goal.  Chelsea also won 4-5 Southeastern-White games, even dropping their last two games against Ann Arbor Pioneer and Saline.  Battle Creek Harper Creek extended their losing streak to 3 games with a 31-3 win in week 10 against Chelsea.  

    In 2010 Novi scored 185 points an average of 20 points per game while allowing 14 points per game.  Chelsea scored 226 points in 2010 an average of 22 points per game.  The Bulldogs gave up 195 points per game, an average of 19 points per game.

    Chelsea is currently on a 1 game winning streak over Novi, that win came in 2006, 28-14.  In 2005 Novi won 14-7.  All the time series is tied at 10-10.  Chelsea won the first meeting in 1969, 15-0 as well as the next three games.  For the most part the games are usually by a touchdown, 8 points or less.  11 games games were decided under that margin.

    Hartland vs Ann Arbor Skyline Football Preview 2011

    On Friday August 26th at 5 P.M. at Rynearson Stadium, The Day Prep Showdown will put Hartland up against Ann Arbor Skyline.  In 2010 Ann Arbor Skyline began their first football team, they finished 0-9 but return one of the states best wide receivers, Jordan Woods and best quarterbacks, Andrew Copp.  For Hartland it will be another team from Kensington Lakes Conference.

    In week 1 of 2010, the Hartland Eagles defeated the Ann Arbor Skyline Eagles 64-26.  The Southeastern-Red conference is a tough division that featured Temperance Bedford, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Saline and Monroe.  Hartland finished 2010 with a 6-4 record, Hartland defeated their biggest test in 2010, Howell but lost to Milford and Grand Blanc.

    With Skyline returning their leading rusher and passer, Andrew Copp and top WR in the state, Jordan Woods.  They return second leading rusher: Khalil Madoula-Bey who was a sophomore in 2010.  Skyline also returns receivers: Marquis Wesley, Kelvontae McKinney, Jack Clark, Theron Wilson and Nelson Hansen.

    The Hartland Eagles will have to replace, quarterback: Dan Richmond, runningback: Chad Hunt, receivers: Ryan Conway, Josh Domke, Josh Miller, Shane Felix and Aaron Matthyssen.

    Hartland returns its leading tackler Trey Conner, the returning receiver with the most action is sophomore: Anthony Villar who had 7 catches for 101 yards and 1 touchdown in 2010.

    Hartland scored 277 points in 2010 an average of 27 points per game while allowing 245 points an average of 24 points allowed per game.

    Ann Arbor Skyline scored 198 points in their first season, an average of 22 points per game. The Eagles allowed 454 points in 2010 an average of 50 points allowed per game.  Four of the nine games, their opponents exceeded the average.

    MAC All Star Voting

    You the fans are given your chance to speak up and vote for the best players in the MAC conference.  The rules are simple comment below with a full team of players.  Please do not name just 1 player or a few players.  Take a moment to write a full lineup with a pitchers. Voting will end sometime after state finals.

    Just copy this and fill in the blanks, in the comments right below this.

    C -
    1B -
    2B -
    SS -
    3B -
    OF -
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    P -
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    Howell vs Stevenson Football Preview 2011

    Capping off the first day of the Big Day Prep Showdown on August 25th at 8 P.M. at Rynearson Stadium.  Will be Howell vs former state powerhouse Stevenson.   The Stevenson Titans once were guaranteed to be in the playoffs but in 2010 Rick Bye was no longer on the sidelines for the Titans.  After an incredible 35 years of taking the Titans to the top of the charts in the top division in the state, Division 1.  

    The first game in 2010 without Bye would be last year on the same day/place against Howell.  Howell won that game 35-0.  In the past Stevenson shows this trend of having 2-4 good years then going to 2-7, before they come back the following year with a great record.  For Howell they tasted success in the 90's but since 2006 the Highlanders have successfully reached the playoffs.

    In 2010 Stevenson finished 2-7 and Howell finished 8-4, their only Kensington Lake West loss to Hartland but Howell still won division.

    The Titans scored 165 points in 2010 an average of 18 points per game while allowing a school record 285 points an average of 31 points per game.  

    The Highlanders put up 292 points an average of 24 points per game which was a school record.  Howell allowed 185 points which was an average of 18 points allowed per game.

    Howell returns junior quarterback: Greg Cauley, leading receiver: Jon Melanson and third leading receiver: Josh Gardner

    Howell losses its top 3 rushers: Matt Sullivan, Derrick Palma and Jim Dobson.  The Highlanders also lose leading tackler Anthony Patritto

    Stevenson will lose its starting quarterback: Connor Harvey, leading rusher: Mike Kirksey, leading receivers: Brad Plec, Dylan Cooper, Jeremy Waak, Rob Marshall, and Mike Kirksey.  On the defensive side of the ball the Titans lose: Jon Sulek, Eugene Pratt and Mike Muszynski.

    The top returning players for the Titans are: Va'ness Vaughn, John Strong and Lance Gross.

    2010 was the first year Stevenson and Howell have ever met.

    Clinton vs Manchester Football Preview 2011

    Kicking off the Big Day Prep Showdown for the second year in a row will be the Clinton Redskins against the Manchester Flying Dutchmen at 5 P.M. Thursday August 25th at Rynearson Stadium.  In 2010 the Flying Dutchmen beat Clinton 38-23, Manchester's Devin Jones was awarded the most outstanding player award.

    Both schools were placed in the division 6 playoffs if they were to reach it in 2010.  The Redskins fell short of the playoffs however with a 5-4 record.  With the Redskins not reaching the playoffs it snapped a streak of four straight years of making the playoffs.  In 2009 Manchester dealt Clinton their only loss of the season before, Clinton lost to Manchester again, this time in the second week of the playoffs.

    In 2010 the Flying Dutchmen had a record of 7-3, they also were led by sophomore quarterback, Nate Bossory, who led all sophomores and many upperclassmen in passing yards and touchdowns thrown.  The Flying Dutchmen finished second in the Cascades Conference, their only conference loss was to Michigan Center who swept the conference and their remaining two games.  Manchester fell in the first road to Ypsilanti Willow Run, 28-26.

    For Clinton they will lose tight end, Nate Dreslinksi to the Air Force Academy, senior QB - Hayden Craig (leading passer and second leading rusher), leading receiver - Josh Sanborn, leading tackler - Joe Hill and kicker - Derrick Burmis.  The Redskins do return: second leading rusher, Kevin Cook and sophomore Ben Dreslinski who played quarterback, defensive-back and wide receiver in 2010.  Clinton also returns their defensive tackle, Jack Mowery who was the teams third leading tackler in 2010. 

    The Flying Dutchmen in 2010 will lose wide receiver - Brandon Casey (led team in yards,  touchdown receptions and finished with 6 interceptions), Dylan Neff (led team in tackles on the defensive line and had 10.5 sacks) and linebacker - Chris Margraves (second leading tackler).  The Manchester Flying Dutchmen return a wealth of talent in 2010, they return two kickers/punters, defensive end - Josh Blades, runningback/linebacker - Bennett Ridenour, runningback/linebacker - Nick Cozart (sophomore) and Devin Jose who plays wide receiver/cornerback.  

    The most noticeable returner is sophomore quarterback: Nate Bossory.  Bossory finished 2010 with nearly 2,500 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and 6 rushing touchdowns.  Bossory struggled in the final game against Willow Run, as he tossed 4 interceptions while throwing for one.  Bossory finished with over 200 yards and completed 16/32 passes, although they lost by 2 points.

    In 2010 Clinton scored 284 points which was an average of 31 points per game, while allowing 204 points an average of 22 points per game.  Manchester scored 281 points in 2010 an average of 28 points per game, while allowing only 191 points an average of 19 points allowed per game.

    Manchester has won the last four meetings, one being the playoffs.  Manchester has won 8 of 10 meetings.  Manchester leads the all time series: 29-32-1 since 1950.  Overall Manchester and Clinton have met in the playoffs only two times, Manchester won both (2009 and 1991).  They have played week 1 since 1983.

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    MAC Baseball Rankings Week 6, 2011

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

    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Eddie Kidd - 2012 CB

    The Brother Rice Warriors are one of the most successful programs in the state of Michigan.  In 2010 the Warriors started off slow as they lost three of their first four games but turned things around in week 5, after beating University of Detroit Jesuit 21-0.  That would be the start of a five game winning streak in which the Warriors defeated Orchard Lake Saint Mary's in the final seconds on a goal line stand.  Eddie Kidd a 2012 corner-back described what it is like playing in the Prep Bowl and winning the game against the Eaglets, "That was one of the best games to ever play/witness. The game was all around exciting, but those last few seconds to make a goal line stand was the best feeling ever. Prep bowl is very important to us, Brother Rice class of 2012 has always been CHSL champs since we were freshman, and we plan to repeat this year."

    The following day it was announced that Brother Rice would play Farmington Harrison in week 10.  The Warriors season would come to end with a 37-27 loss to the Hawks in week 10.  Kidd shared his thoughts on the Harrison game, "It was a great game played by two good teams, I felt that we should of have won, but I was happy for those guys they worked hard and earned States."

    To start this 2011 season the Brother Rice Warriors will play the Martin Luther King Crusaders at 5 P.M. on August 27th at the University of Eastern Michigan.  In 2010 King defeated Brother Rice 32-19.  Asked if this game will be a grudge match against King, Kidd does not believe it is, "I mean no, I would not say a grudge match, this will just be the game that we will set rhythm for our season. This year we don't look at any game, as it’s just another game, we take every game very seriously to reach our goals which is an undefeated season and a state championship."  To avoid the results of 2010, Kidd talks about what it will take to win this year, "We must work as one and we must execute on every play possible"

    The event of the Big Prep Showdown features many D1 athletes and potential state champions.  Kidd talks about what it means to play on the stage, "That's going to be a great atmosphere with so many D-1 athletes playing in one day. This year I was able to establish a relationship with the players from Cass Tech, Harrison and King, so it will be exciting to see us perform that day."

    With the Warriors goals of going undefeated in 2011, Kidd describes what he wants to work on, "My speed and quickness."  With the Warriors winning the league and Prep Bowl in 2010, they are figured to be the team with the target on their backs.  Kidd described if the Warriors had any certain games circled on their schedule as either rematch/grudge or rivalry games, "I mean like I said earlier we look at every game as a must win game, but Brother Rice and Catholic Central is always going to be a top rivalry game."

    The Catholic League Central division appears to have many great teams in for the 2011 season.  Asked if Brother Rice will win the division and why, Kidd responded, "Oh yeah, most definitely. I feel that all the work we are putting in during the offseason will be rewarded in the season with championships and this is just one of them."

    Kidd closed by sharing his recruiting situation since he will playing college football after he graduates from Brother Rice, "As of now I have not received an offer but colleges interested: Cincinnati, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Central Michigan, Indiana, Akron and Michigan State."