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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.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Ticker

Six foot-eleven inch Birmingham Detroit Country Day starting center, Amir Williams, will miss the rest of the month with a sprained knee suffered in the Yellowjackets win on Friday night over Roseville.  The highly-recruited junior will not need surgery but it appears he will be out of the line-up for Saturday night's much-ballyhooed match-up with Detroit Pershing (ranked number two in the state in Class A). As it turned out, the injury was far less serious than it originally appeared when Williams was rolled into by one of his teammates when they were taking a charge. Some feared the injury could have been a tear and thank goodness for the 'Jackets Class B title hopes, it wasn't. Expect to see the Country Day's "Big Smooth" - who has been really coming into his own as of late and showing flashes of "Dwight Howard/Amare Stoudamire"-type brilliance in the post in his first year as a starter - back on the floor at the start of February.
Ex-'Jackets 3-point specialist, Jordan Dumars (a member of DCD's 2007 state championship), made it official last week - his future on the hardwood will be in Ann Arbor. Dumars, who left South Florida after less than three months, enrolled in classes at the University of Michigan this past Monday and has already started practicing with the team. He will be eligible to suit up next winter, yet will most likely be scholarship-less..aka…donning "preferred walk-on status" until further notice – the 6-6 sharpshooter had accepted a full athletic scholarship to SFU in the fall of 2008.    
Even though they took the loss, the Troy Athens Red Hawks boys hoop squad should get a hardy pat on the back for their defensive work on OC scoring machine, Richaud Pack of Birmingham Seaholm last Friday. Coming off back-to-back games of 45 and 56 points respectively, the Maples "Pac-Man" was scorching hot coming into the unfriendly confines of the Athens gymnasium and thanks to a near-suffocating defensive scheme designed by Red Hawks head coach, Bill Gerbe, left significantly cooled off. Athens held Pack to just four total field goals – as opposed to 20 in his previous outing – and "only" 21 points on Friday.
Don't look now, but Waterford Mott is looking mighty nice this boys hoops season and appear perfectly poised to start making some serious noise. The Corsairs are off to a 5-1 start. Three year-starter, John Schaefer, is the catalyst and Devontay Green is an able bodied "wingman", as in, just like Schaeffer, able to go off for 25 on any given night . Jake Wardach and Emmanuel Simpson, both returning starters, take care of the dirty work around the basket. Sophomore Chris "Rip City" Dewberry, an athletically-gifted transfer from Oak Park with a year of varsity experience already under his belt, joins the mix next week when becomes eligible and that will only make Mott more formidable than they already are. It looks like the Corsairs and Walled Lake Central will be battling it out for the KLAA North crown over the next two months.


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