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

Monday, March 30, 2009

Short season

The fact that spring sports is the shortest preps season of the year is obvious to most, but even this is ridiculous for those who play sports in the spring.
Both the football and basketball seasons ended a week later than last season, but the spring's last state finals will actually be EARLIER than last year.
That means there's virtually no transition time between seasons for athletes who a winter and spring sport. Even worse, with spring break right around the corner, that means many teams won't get into full swing until mid-April.
By then, there will only be roughly only a month of season remaining for teams to play their games.
And Kosmo isn't even taking account bad weather which assuredly wipes out games during the course of the season.
It's unfortunate, but that's the way the calander crumbles this spring.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sellout at Breslin?

OK, the title of that blog might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but people might be able to rob a bank in Clarkston on Friday.
That's because a majority of the town could very well be up in East Lansing watching the long overdue appearance of the boys basketball team in the state semifinals.
It's been a long time coming, so Kosmo would not be surpised at all to see Clarkston people fill up 2/3 of the Breslin Center.
Heck, with the amount of former players for head coach Dan Fife who have waiting to see this and the community members who have been wanting this so badly, it wouldn't be a complete shock to Kosmo if Breslin Center is sold out.
That's a bold statement, but then again, this is as bold of an athletic occurance to ever happen in Clarkston.
All Kosmo can say is for East Lansing to get ready for Clarkston nation.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

All-State travesty

Of late, Kosmo's spies say they have been taking some calls from frustrated coaches and players regarding the recent all-state selections for girls basketball.
On behalf of he and his spies, all Kosmo can say to those people is that you couldn't be more right.
It's an absolute joke that Lauren Robak of Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes and Bethany Watterworth of Lake Orion didn't receive ANY all-state recognition.
Watterworth is a Division I collegiate player who's headed to Oakland University. She was arguably the best player in Oakland County this year, but evidently the 10-person all-state panel didn't know much about her.
Hopefully with her 28-point performance in the state semifinals against Benton Harbor, those people know who she is now and feel a foot-tall for leaving her off of the list.
Same goes for Robak, a sophomore who averaged 23 points per game this year in helping lead the Lakers to the Class D quarterfinals.
Robak is a future Division I player even though she plays at a small school.
It's too bad the system has to be so flawed and leave such deserving players devoid of all-state recognition when they clearly deserve it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Good signs for spring sports

During the last few days, Kosmo drove around Oakland County in his K-Mobile and noticed a good site throughout area schools. Since the weather has been so nice, Kosmo has seen a bevy of spring sports teams outside getting good work in.
Baseball and softball teams have actually been able to get out onto the field. Soccer and lacrosse teams have been able to practice in shorts and T-shirts. Track teams have been able to get out on the track.
All this certainly beats training inside, which should make all these teams better prepared when their seasons start within the next two weeks.
If there was bad weather recently, it could've made for some problems with the teams having to start so early in late March.
There still could be some bad weather next week, but at least there's been some sort of suitable training conditions for those spring teams.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Get ready for state title No. 10

All season long, Kosmo had been gearing up for what was supposed to be the game of the year in the high school girls basketball season. It seemed a mortal lock that Birmingham Detroit Country Day and Detroit Community, probably the most talented teams in the state regardless of class, would meet in a Class B semifinal in Ypsilanti on Friday.
The teams met in the state final last year with Country Day winning, 46-40. Community was without a doubt Country Day's biggest roadblock to a 10th state title in school history.
Well, looks like the road to No. 10 is as clear as plastic wrap. Shockingly, Community was upset in a regional final by Dearborn Divine Child on Thursday. Divine Child got rocked by Birmingham Marian in the Catholic League final, yet somehow pulled off one of the bigger upsets in recent memory with a 48-46 win over Community.
As a result, look for Country Day to have little opposition on its way to another state crown. Then again, given what happened to Community, maybe Kosmo is speaking too soon.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wide open road to Ypsilanti

Next Tuesday is a Class A state quarterfinal at Grand Blanc, and for the entire season, Kosmo would've bet his whole cave and Koz-mobile on Birmingham Marian playing Saginaw Arthur Hill in that game.
All the K-Man can say is that it's a good thing he's not a betting man.
First, Arthur Hill gets knocked out in districts by Flushing. Then came a shocker of all shockers, as Marian not only got beat, but trounced, by Romeo on Tuesday in a regional semifinal.
With those two perennial powers out, there's a golden opportunity for a program to make history by advancing to the state semifinals.
Either Romeo, Lake Orion, Flushing or Traverse City West will make it to the Final Four.
Kosmo isn't sure any of those programs have ever made it to the semifinals or not.
Regardless, the opportunity door is wide open for any one of those teams to achieve something special with two wins.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Springing into action

As it should be, pretty much all the focus on Monday will be the start of the boys basketball playoffs around the state. There aren't many times of the year better, so everyone should be thrilled the road to the Breslin Center will officially begin.
However, Monday also marks another important day on the preps sports calander. Believe it or not, practices for all spring sports start on Monday. Who knows, with the weather becoming a little warmer the last few days, maybe baseball and softball teams will actually be able to start outside rather than fight basketball teams for space in the gym. Regardless, it's good to see spring really is around the corner with spring sports teams finally opening up. All the attention should still be on March Madness, but it's good to know once it's over there will be something after that to look forward to as well.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Too much madness

Through the grapevine, Kosmo has heard the Michigan High School Athletic Association has considered expanding to four or five seasons to help move girls basketball up a few weeks so the playoffs for girls hoops can be played completely separate from the boys. The K-Man doesn't mind seeing girls and boys playoff game taking place at the same time, but given what's taking place this week not only for basketball, but all high school sports, maybe a little separation would be something to consider. There aren't many busier weeks in any preps season than the next week. Not only is there the district round of the state tournament for boys basketball teams and the regional round for girls teams, but also the hockey quarterfinals/semifinals/finals, the boys state swimming finals and also the individual state wrestling finals. It makes for great coverage and a great time of year for high school sports, but it's all also a little overwhelming as well. As long as a reasonable plan can be worked, maybe moving the girls basketball season up a few weeks, as well as some other sports, isn't such a bad idea.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

There is such a thing as a good loss

Kosmo's good friends in Clarkston probably won't want to hear what he has to say right now, but too bad.
In the wake of Clarkston dropping its first game of the season in double overtime at West Bloomfield on Tuesday, the K-Man has one thing to say: Good.
This is the BEST thing that could've happened to the Wolves as they hope to finally advance to the state's final four.
It's nearly impossible to go through an entire season unbeaten, so if the basketball gods weren't going to catch up to the Wolves by the end of the regular season, they would've during the playoffs, probably before or in the quarterfinals.
Sure, it would've been nice to go unbeaten, but this loss should take a burden off of the Wolves and gives coach Dan Fife something to harp on them about at the right time.
- The latest update on the continuing soap opera at Oak Park. After a two-week suspension, Knights head coach George T. Ward returned to the bench in a win over Southfield on Tuesday. Seems funny that Ward is allowed to come back just as the playoffs start, but whatever. One player not coming back is K'Allante Miller, who used to be signed with Central Michigan. That was until CMU revoked his scholarship after Miller and another Oak Park student robbed three classmates at gunpoint last week over a game of dice.