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Burney's Bites will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Heights

The Hills is MTV's hit semi-fictional docu-drama focusing on twentysomething socialites frolicking around L.A. I think one of the local cable access stations around town should create a reality television series based on the high-octane pair of boys hoops squads spawning out of Madison Heights and call it, what else but, "The Heights".
Both Madison Heights Madison and Madison Heights Lamphere play exciting brands of basketball this season and are led by electrifying star players. Madison, a steadying developing Eastside Oakland County power over the past decade, is 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the MAC-Blue and picked up a 77-72 win on Wednesday night on the road against Warren Fitzgerald. Lamphere, led by scoring machine senior gunner, Kelvin Toma, is 5-4 and notched a 'w' against Center Line at home on Wednesday.
The Eagles are spearheading by the outstanding junior backcourt of R.T. Merritt and Ashton Curd and have a new coach at the helm in Metro Detroit sideline stalwart, Steve Rhoads (formerly having led the Berkley Bears program for over 25 years). Curd scored a game 21 points, while Merritt netted 13 points and dished off eight assists in the Fitzgerald win. Also contributing to the Madison arsenal are Damon Bozeman, Tevin Washington, Tony Lowry and D.J. Larkin, Demetrius Moore, and Valdez Showers. Bozeman scored 15 points in Wednesday's game and Larkin, Showers, and Lowry were all standout players on the Eagles excellent football team back in the fall.
The Rams' Toma is one of the area's most underrated perimeter players. The 6-2 swingman averaged 15 points per game last season as an all-conference selection and this year has upped the ante significantly. Toma is currently pumping in over 25 points per game. In December he tallied a career high 43 and last night in his team's 62-57 defeat of Center Line he scored 31, connecting on 15 of 16 from the free throw line.
Augmenting Toma in Lamphere's outside attack is junior point guard, Mitch Kozlowski and junior sniper, Ryan Horvath. Kozlowski and Horvath are a great QB-WB combination on the gridiron in the fall and its flows over onto the hardwood in the winter. Although Horvath runs the show behind center calling signals on the football field, the pair switches places on the bball court where Kozlowski runs the team from his spot as the Rams' designated floor general. Horvath benefits from numerous Kozlowski "drive and kicks," and has a reputation for keeping opposing defenses honest with his dead-eye 3-point shooting.  Transfers Christian Keener and DC Davis, each recently gaining eligibility, will significantly aid's Lamphere's cause as the 2010 season heads into the proverbial "back nine."


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