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Friday, January 25, 2008

Upset Thursday

Just when you think you know what's going to happen in high school sports, along comes a night like Thursday for area girls basketball teams.
Southfield lost at home to Troy last Tuesday, so conventional wisdom and Kosmo's crystal ball for sure saw a loss to state powerhouse North Farmington.
It didn't work out that way, as the Bluejays recorded a swift and stunning 56-43 win over the Raiders.
If only that was the only surprise.
Just when it appeared a foregone conclusion that Lake Orion would go unblemished in OAA III, the Dragons suffered an overtime loss at Oak Park (50-47), a colossal upset.
Not the way the Dragons wanted to go into Saturday's game at Birmingham Detroit Country Day.
Finally, Troy, after winning at Southfield, turned around and could only muster 22 points in a five-point loss to Troy Athens.
Go figure.
The upset bug nearly affected unbeaten Rochester, which needed a late run to hold off a West Bloomfield team.
All the upsets likely will be a prelude to what happens in the state playoffs. As Kosmo's main man Marvin always says before the playoffs, "Someone's goin down!"
— With Donnavan Kirk eligible to return for Saturday's game against Lake Orion after transferring from Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, we should get a gage on just how good defending Class B state champ Birmingham Detroit Country Day is. The 6-foot-8 Kirk is one of the top 60 players in the nation in the 2009 class and should form a lethal frontcourt combination with 6-foot-11 Da'Shonte Riley, a top 20 player nationally in the Class of 09.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

No surprises in OAA girls hoops

Kosmo is always one to gloat whenever possible about his spies, and he'll gladly take this opportunity to praise his spies once again.
During the Oakland Press' scintillating girls basketball preview, Kosmo's spies pointed out the teams to beat in the OAA.
It's never an exact science, as almost assuredly one of those team's the OP puts a bulls-eye on falls.
Well, so far this year, that hasn't happened.
The spies pegged Rochester as the favorite in OAA I, and the Falcons haven't disappointed, given they all but clinched the OAA I crown with a win over Pontiac Northern last Friday.
Not only that, but the Falcons still haven't lost and are arguably the top team in the state.
Kosmo main spy and Rochester alumn Keith D. is practically foaming at the mouth.
In OAA II, North Farmington was thought to be the team to beat.
Well lo and behold, look who's on top of OAA II with an unbeaten league record? None other than North Farmington, which is ranked in the Class A state poll.
Ditto for Lake Orion, which is unbeaten and cruising in OAA III.
Which team did the OP say would win OAA III at the start of the season? Oh yeah, Lake Orion.
Finally, Hazel Park was thought to be the favorite in OAA IV.
The Vikings have proven to be exactly that, starting off the season 4-0 in OAA IV after a win over Royal Oak on Friday.
So there you have it.
Sometimes, it's unwise to doubt the K-Man's spies, at least as it relates to the OAA.
- In last Friday's Kosmo, the K-Man said he would give a shout out to any player, boys or girls, who scored 25 points in a game.
Well, kudos to David Mansfield of Novi Franklin Road Christian. Xander Strek of Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood was close with 24 points, while Dustin DeShais of Ortonville Brandon had 23.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Pontiac Schools should play at OU

So this is the world of blogging, huh? Not bad.
It’s past Christmas, yet a miracle is happening in that Kosmo is entering the 21st century.
He’ll do so a couple of times a week, and if you’re reading this, you’re reading history because it’s Kosmo’s first ever blog.
Hopefully, it won’t be the last (just kidding, OP bosses).
Anyway, with Pontiac Central and Pontiac Northern about to meet for the first time on Jan. 17 at Northern, one thing keeps popping up into your seer’s mind.
Why don’t the Huskies and Chiefs play a game at Oakland University?
As Kosmo writes this, Rochester and Rochester Adams are scheduled to play a boys-girls doubleheader on Jan. 11.
It was a successful event last year, as roughly 2,000 fans packed OU’s arena for an overtime game between the two city rivals that was a showcase event for the Rochester community.
Your seer is no betting man, but he’d be willing to wage his whole cave that Northern and Central would sell out OU’s arena if they played there once a year.
Whenever the teams meet at Central or Northern, tickets have to be sold for what’s a sold-out game, which means hundreds, if not thousands, of citizens had to be turned away in a quest to watch Oakland County’s best sports rivalry.
With a game at OU, that wouldn’t be a problem.
Not only that, but the players could get exposed to what a college campus is like and what playing for a college program would be like (always an incentive to work harder on the court and in the classroom), and the university could better promote itself to a community in its back yard.
If that’s not a win-win situation all-around for everybody involved, then Kosmo doesn’t know what is.
Yes, it’s hard for a team to give up a home game. But just set it up where whichever school is hosting a district, that school gives up a regular-season home game because they’re likely getting a home game in the playoffs anyway.