Rochester Adams and Hartland will meet in a regional baseball semifinal on Saturday at Hartland, and there's a unique side to this game people might not know about.
It involves Tony Annese.
As people might remember, Annese was the best football player for Adams last Fall, a terrific quarterback and safety who signed a scholarship with Central Michigan in February. Last spring, Annese also played baseball for Adams, stealing over 30 bases as the team's lead-off hitter.
This came a year after he transferred from Hartland.
Because of a technicality with his credits towards college and full admittance into Central, Annese had to transfer back to Hartland for the second semester this year and did so in January.
Annese is not playing baseball for Hartland this spring.
Before Kosmo moves on, he's not throwing mud at anybody or accusing anyone of foul play. Kosmo is not an admissions officer for a university and doesn't know what type of credits are needed at a particular school, especially when a full-ride scholarship is involved. There very well could've been some complications from the transfer to Adams and Annese needed to make sure his college future was in order from a credits standpoint.
Some might disagree with Kosmo, but draw your own conclusions. It's already happened anyway and there seem to be too many competent administrators who dotted their I's and crossed their T's on this matter to ensure it wasn't anything shady.
What Kosmo is eyeing is how all this affects the game on Saturday.
Are Hartland players picking the brain of Annese to find out what the strengths of the Adams hitters are? Are Adams players trying to get back in touch with Annese to do the same about Hartland? Or is absolutely nothing like that going on from either side with Annese and Kosmo is making something out of nothing?
Definitely and interesting side note indeed to Saturday's game.