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High school sports quick hits from Kosmo the all-knowing Oakland Press seer.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Kosmo's 3 stars for Tuesday

Kosmo is sorry for the delay in his 3 stars for the opening day of the baseball, softball and soccer state tournaments on Tuesday, but with all the postponements due to rain, Kosmo thought he would just do a combined Tuesday/Wednesday 3 stars. Unfortunately, more rain pushed things back further, so Kosmo will just go with the limited action from Tuesday for his 3 stars. Here they are. Third star Madison Duncan, Avondale soccer - It wasn't easy for Avondale, but the Yellow Jackets survived Farmington, winning 4-3 behind two goals from Duncan. Second star Alex Carpenter, Lake Orion softball - While the baseball team was nearly no-hit, Carpenter teed off on Waterford Kettering pitching, collecting three doubles and a triple in a 12-1 Lake Orion rout. She also had two runs and three RBI. First star Avery Dudek, Waterford Kettering baseball - So how many had a 13-19 Kettering team beating state-ranked Lake Orion in the first round? The biggest reason the upset happened was Dudek, a lefty who was incredible on the mound, tossing a 2-hit shutout and taking a no-hitter into the last inning in a 1-0 win over Lake Orion.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

5 stars for May 19

It didn't rain! Kosmo is sorry for being absent last week, but the fact everything not under the sun (get the pun?) was postponed due to awful weather. But there were plenty of sunny skies and great individual performances under perfect weather on Monday so Kosmo here to offer his 5 stars. 5th star Jordan Ewald, Farmington Hills Mercy softball - In a Mercy lineup full of young stars it is still nice to have a veteran glue player. Ewald sure is that, as she had two hits and five RBI in an 11-4 win over Ladywood in the Catholic League A-B final. 4th star John Van Hoef, Troy Athens baseball - Call him the area's king of walk-off grand slams. Van Hoef hit his second walk-off grand slam of the year to finish off a 13-2 win over Bloomfield Hills in the second game of a doubleheader. As a result, Athens is in first place in the OAA Blue. 3rd star Allie Barsh, Wixom St. Catherine softball - Obviously more attention should be paid to this program that won its first ever Catholic League C-D title. Barsh was a big reason why, hitting a 2-run single in the 6th inning to provide the winning runs. 2nd star Amelia Denison, Southfield Christian softball - A powerful bat for a small school, Denison had quite a day in the first game do a DH sweep over Parkway Christian, collecting four hits and 7 RBI. No wonder a university was named after her. 1st star Jim Crosby, Birmingham Groves baseball - No doubt former player Pat Caputo is proud. One of the pillars of high school baseball in the state recorded his 700th win on Monday with a win over Cranbrook. Everyone say "Hey! Hey!" In salute.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

3 stars for Monday

Given the NHL playoffs are going full force, one would think this wouldn't be the first edition of Kosmo's 3 stars for the spring. But Kosmo overslept from a nap, and who in this world hasn't done that? No worries though because your seer is here to make it up to people. In fact, here are 5 stars from Monday, not 3. Fifth star Joe Alsup, Lakeland - Yes this is a coach, but there is no way Kosmo can't mention him since he earned his 1,000th career win on the diamond yesterday. Truly a legend in the high school softball ranks. Fourth star Sally Muller, Troy - Forget a hard out, Muller was an impossible out for Troy's softball team. She went 6-for-6 in a doubleheader sweep of Stoney Creek. Third star Mackenzie Norton, Waterford Kettering softball - Norton sure showed that she is ready for Wednesday's showdown with Lakeland, as she homered twice and had 5 RBI in a rout of Brighton. Second star Michael Busse, Rochester - Kosmo wouldn't shoot a 173 on the South Course at Oakland Hills, let alone a 73. But that was what Busse did in not only winning the Next Tee invite as an individual, but helping Rochester win the team title. First star Josh Bays, Lake Orion - A senior pitcher who must like pitching on Mondays. After shutting out Clarkston last Monday, Bays was even more dominant in a game against Rochester, throwing a no-hitter and striking out 14. It was like there was a mini-hurricane in Lake Orion with all the swings and misses.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Big milestone for Alsup

If you are wondering where Kosmo has been, let's say he has been taking a nice nap. Anyway, your seer is back up and ready for the last 6 weeks of this year's prep sports calendar, starting today with what could be a nice milestone for a legendary coach. Lakeland softball coach Joe Alsup will be going for his 1,000th career win against Howell today, which obviously would be an incredible feat. Whether Alsup gets it today or another time, it will happen and hopefully set off a nice celebration.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kosmo's 3 stars for Tuesday

Wow, it actually happened. Kosmo figured there was a decent chance Marian and Mercy would make it to the semifinals and play each other, but until the reality sets in it is hard to believe. The reality did set in with both destroying their quarterfinal opponents and the dream all-county matchup is set. It is always rare when league rivals in close proximity to each other play so deep in the playoffs and not in districts or regionals, so it will be a special scene on Friday in East Lansing. But before focusing on Friday, Kosmo looks back to Tuesday and offers his 3 stars. Third star Lucia Westrick, Clarkston Everest Collegiate Pretty amazing that Westrick turned into the player she did despite never playing basketball before her junior year. She capped two unreal seasons by collecting 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in a quarterfinal loss to Cardinal Mooney. No shame at all given how unlikely Westrick's development was and how far the team went. Second star Taylor Jones/Candace Leatherwood, Farmington Hills Mercy - This two-headed monster combined for nine more points than the entire team of Romulus, as each had 18 points in a Mercy demolition. First star Brittany Gray, Birmingham Marian- Name a category and Gray produced in a rout of Port Huron Northern. She had 13 points, six rebounds, three blocks and played her typical great defense to help lead the Mustangs back to the final four.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kosmo's regional final forecast

Stay tuned on this blog later tonight or tomorrow for Kosmo's 3 stars from the girls quarterfinals. Until then here are your seer's picks for Wednesday's regional finals unless they are snowed out. Clarkston vs. Bloomfield Hills at Southfield-Lathrup, 5:30 p.m. - Note the early start time so you know to leave even earlier. The old adage that it is hard to beat a team three times in one season won't apply. Pick: Bloomfield Hills by 5. Birmingham Detroit Country Day vs. Detroit Douglass at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep - This could be Country Day's toughest test of the season, but it will pass thanks to the toughest point guard around Edmond Sumner. Pick: Country Day by 3. Mt. Clemens at Madison Heights Bishop Foley - - There would be nothing better than to see Bishop Foley rise up and beat a Macomb County on its home floor. Too bad it won't happen. Pick: Mt. Clemens by 10. Southfield Christian vs. Allen Park Inter-City Baptist at West Bloomfield - Evan Kraatz has had one incredible career for Inter-City Baptist. Too bad it will end here with the way Southfield Christian is playing. Pick: Southfield Christian by 10.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kosmo's 3 stars for Friday

Excuse Kosmo for being a little late with his 3 star selections for Friday, but all this warmer weather stirred up the bears in his cave, so your seer had some other things on his mind needless to say. But better late than never and bears or no bears, here are Kosmo's 3 stars for Friday. And prayers to the Grandville community, hockey team and family of the hockey player who died in his sleep before Friday's semifinals. Our thoughts are with you. Third star Nick Pepin, Madison Heights Bishop Foley - There may have been some surprised that the Ventures beat Southfield Bradford, but never count them out on their home court. That was evident again in a 57-55 win that was keyed by Pepin's 26 points. Now, Bishop Foley gets to play regionals at home too. Second star Ja'Christian Biles, Oak Park - Kosmo is surprised Oak Park hadn't won a district since 2005, but he is not surprised Biles scored 23 points to lead the Knights to a 66-62 win over Lathrup and the school's first district title since then. First star Ernie Righetti, Birmingham Roeper - Yes he is a coach and was the losing coach in a district final against Our Lady of the Lakes, but Kosmo wants to give him props for 32 years at the helm as coach of the Roughriders. He announced his retirement as boys coach after the game and Kosmo wishes him nothing but the best.