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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Big regular season events coming up

Another day in Kosmo's cave, and another day where loads of prep games have been cancelled because of this horrible spring weather.
The K-Man certainly hasn't seen anything like it, and he sure feels sorry for spring coaches everywhere and the AD's who have to re-schedule game after game.
The good news though is that finally, some big regular season events are coming up for spring sports.
On Saturday, the annual Michigan Stars tournament will be held at Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc. Arguably the best regular season tournament in the state, the 48-team field annually features some of the state's best teams who travel from far distances.
Also on Saturday, the West Bloomfield track and field invitational will be held. Like the Stars tournament is for softball, the West Bloomfield Invite is the first big invite of the season that features some of the state's best.
Finally on Monday, Birmingham Seaholm golf coach Leon Braisted will conduct the Holiday Inn Express tournament at Orchard Lake Country Club, a field that should be loaded with state powerhouses such as Brother Rice and Catholic Central.
Even though the weather doesn't indicate it, these upcoming events at least signal that spring is heating up.
- In other news, three Waterford Kettering football players will sign next week to play in college. Danny Egres, Andrew Micovich and Chet Sadowski will ink to play at Concordia University.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Storch passing the torch and what it means

It's been a few days since the announcement that shook up many in the high school coaching community when Troy Athens soccer coach Tim Storch, who is to his sport what Al Fracassa or John Herrington is to football, announced that he is leaving the program and school district at the end of the season to pursue opportunities in Alpena.
Kosmo certainly was taken back by the news, and Storch is a true living legend who'll be missed.
Not only is he a successful coach, but he's as classy an individual as there is.
In light of this news, there's two big things that Kosmo thinks will happen, but will obviously have to wait and see if those predictions will come true.
The first prediction is that Athens will win the state girls soccer title in June. Already a talented bunch, the Red Hawks will have more motivation than they could've possibly dreamed of as they hope to send Storch out on top.
The second prediction is that Kosmo believes the successor to Storch, who has been the only soccer coach the school has known since 1981, will be Todd Heugh.
Yes, there'll be a huge line of people hoping for that job, but if the K-Man were to guess, it'd be Heugh's job if he wants it.
Heugh not only played at Athens and was a member of the 1989 state championship team, but he's an accomplished coach at the club and high school level. He coached the boys team at Rochester to a state title in 2002 and the girls team at Rochester to a state runner-up finish in 2007.
Again, it's just a prediction from your seer. We'll see what actually happens.

Friday, April 22, 2011

First of Harrison's "Big Three" commits

There has been a lot of fanfare over recent months and likely will continue to be fanfare until next February over Farmington Hills Harrison's "Big Three" football standouts that are highly coveted by Division I programs.
For now though, one is off the board.
Making it a very Good Friday for him indeed, Harrison tight end Devin Funchess gave a verbal commitment to Michigan.
Funchess had a horde of scholarships offers to choose from, including Michigan State, Nebraska and Virginia.
Now, the question will be where the other two members of Harrison's "Big Three" will land.
Wideout Aaron Burbridge is one of the top players in the nation at his position, as is defensive lineman Mario Ojemudia.
Funchess will no doubt try to convince those two to join him at Michigan. If he does, that will mark quite a stellar first recruiting class for new U-M head coach Brady Hoke.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pitching will be at more of a premium

Another week, and yet another batch of canceled sporting events in the high school sports season.
At this point, teams can pretty much forget about having practices now. Once May arrives, it'll likely be all games/meets due to all the canceled events that'll have to be made up in May.
Of all the sports, Kosmo is most interested to see how this affects baseball teams in the area.
Without question, this will make the teams that have depth in their pitching staffs even harder to beat.
With so many games, teams might have to use 6-10 pitchers a week, so those that already have that amount of good pitchers will be OK.
Those that don't will have to develop them faster than they'd like. If that means bringing up more kids from JV or freshman teams to throw them into the fire, then so be it.
Arms are going to have to saved and preserved for the playoffs, so the fast development of younger pitchers is going to be essential.
- Kosmo wants to wish the best to Southfield volleyball coach Alisha Love, who stepped down as coach recently. She did a nice job putting a school not known for volleyball on the map, and hopefully she'll have fun watching her daughter, Amanda, play in college. Amanda Love was a standout on the varsity team the last four years.

Monday, April 18, 2011

More spring misery this week

As Kosmo writes these words from his northern Oakland County cave, there supposedly is 2 to 4 inches of snow falling outside, although since there are no windows, Kosmo can't see for sure.
Still, he hears the weather forecast this week and extends yet more sympathy to spring sports teams in the county.
Already the shortest season of the three high school sports season, this terrible start to spring weather-wise will only make it shorter.
With snow and rain in the forecast for much of the week, many games will be postponed or canceled.
Since next week is the last week of April, that means there will be three weeks to a month left before the state playoffs begin for spring sports, and teams basically haven't gotten there season started.
It's sad and it's more evidence that the spring sports season needs to be pushed back. End the seasons at the end of June. The whole summer vacation argument is bogus because football players are asked to stick around for summer camps and fall sports start practice the first week of August.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

OAA Red as good as ever

Wednesday was the first league day of the season for baseball teams in the OAA Red, which annually is one of the top leagues in the county and the state.
However, judging by the games on Wednesday and the returning talent in the league, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better league in the area this year.
Sorry, Catholic League Central Division.
From top to bottom, the OAA Red is simply loaded with teams that have ace pitchers and top-notch hitters.
Lake Orion and Rochester Adams played a wild 9-8 extra-inning game on Wednesday (won by Lake Orion) and are two of the heavyweights capable of making a deep run in the state tournament. Same goes for Clarkston, which has most if its team back from a squad that made a regional final last season.
Troy Athens might have the best team its ever had, while Rochester and Auburn Hills Avondale are also good teams.
Stoney Creek, Oxford and Troy have the ability to compete as well, so in other words, there literally won't be an easy game in the OAA Red this season.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring finally into full gear

Sorry for the delay between blogs, but Kosmo has been on a spring break of his own. Anyway, technically the spring sports season started a couple of weeks ago, but the unofficial opening to the spring sports season is this week.
Not only is the weather finally starting to get better, but a majority of schools are back from Spring Break and ready to start the league portions of their schedule.
Rust will likely be an issue for some teams due to the spring break and all the horrid weather that forced cancellations galore in the week or so before the break, but eventually the teams will warm up just like the weather.
Spring is a glorious time, and it's finally here.
- Kosmo wishes the best of luck to Shrine coach Mike Massucci, who announced his retirement as coach at Shrine following 16 successful seasons. Massucci was a class act who will be missed, but he deserves more admiration for admitting that he simply didn't have the passion for it anymore and that it was time to step aside.
Not all coaches would admit that, so it was a fitting end to a career for a class coach.