High school sports quick hits from Kosmo the all-knowing Oakland Press seer.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Wonderful sight atop OAA White soccer standings
Monday, April 23, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Big April showdown at Lake Orion
There aren't many weaknesses on either team. Each has deep pitching staffs, hit the ball for both average and power and win in multiple ways, as both have shown this year in getting off to tremendous starts.
The teams will also play a doubleheader at Stoney Creek in May, so it won't be the first time they hook up. But for one Friday afternoon in April, this will be as good as it gets.
- Troy softball didn't have a good showing on Wednesday, getting swept in a doubleheader at Clarkston. However, Kosmo has no doubt that the Colts will be one of the premier teams in the area as the season goes on. The offense is too good and head coach Tom Calnen usually has his team playing its best ball at the end off the year, so never count out the Colts despite what could be a bad day or two in the regular season.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Sad demise of Pontiac track
Talk about your poetry in motion on the track.
There certainly weren't more fun and faster runners to watch than at the Pontiac schools during that time period, as both Northern and Central had the ability to turn high school meets into a version of the Olympic trials with how they ran and jumped.
It peaked in 1997, when Northern and Central finished 1-2 at the Class A state finals, and it seemed like there was no way the good times would end with how many speedsters and jumpers the city churned out.
Sadly, it appears they have.
With one combined school now, Pontiac is the fourth division of the OAA and its glory days appear to indeed be a thing of the past, which breaks the heart of Kosmo like you wouldn't believe.
Of course, the current kids and coaches are running and coaching their hearts out and giving it all they've got.
But whether it's because of families moving out of the district, the fact there's less opportunities to play sports with the closing of so many community centers and summer sports programs, or the fact so many legendary coaching figures in the community have retired, there just isn't the talent now there used to be.
Please, someone build Kosmo that time machine.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Pulling for Coach Brown
The reason is that longtime head coach Ken Brown is retiring after 30 seasons following this year, and Kosmo would like nothing better than to see such a quality coach and man go out on top.
The Eagles have been to the state quarterfinals five teams under Brown, but have yet to get to the state's final four under him.
Southfield Christian has a talented team back, especially on offense, so it's not out of the realm they can get Coach Brown to Battle Creek come June.
That is nice storyline to watch all spring, and Kosmo is certainly rooting for it to happen.
- Wednesday should be another big day of softball doubleheaders in the OAA, and two of the county's best coaches and teams will go head-to-head when Troy plays at
Clarkston. If there are two better coaches in the state than Tom Calnen and Don Peters, Kosmo doesn't know who they are.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Benefits of new bats
For those who don't know, bats have been regulated to where the sweet spot has been shortened and they are as close to wood bats as can be for an aluminum bat.
In Kosmo's eyes, this should make the game a lot more exciting.
It'll force kids to better learn fundamentals such as hitting behind a runner and having more situational approaches at the plate rather than just trying to swing for the fences all the time.
Worrying more about hitting line drives should only make hitters better.
Kids will better focus on manufacturing runs through hit and run plays or better baserunning, and they'll also really get the message now of how important defense is.
Not that they didn't know already, but this will really hammer that point home.
It'll also force coaches to become more creative on how they can put pressure on defenses, so the chess matches between coaches should be a lot better.
Yes, sometimes it might not be as exciting seeing so many home runs go over the fence, but it will also make the games better.
- There's also an argument that since bats have been regulated to the point where they are close to wood, that wood bats should just be adopted in general.
Kosmo disagrees. It would be too expensive on athletic departments and kids to replace the bats when they break, unless a bat company would offer a major discount (unlikely). Having durable aluminum bats that are close to wood bats is the best thing.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Impenetrable Troy defense
The Colts recorded yet another shutout on Thursday with a 1-0 win over Rochester, and it'll probably be news when opponents do actually score on the Colts.
Not only is there a terrific defense in place led by senior Rachel Shamoun and junior Jamie Hawkey, but the Colts also have one of the state's top goalies, junior Allison Holland.
A lot of attention is rightfully placed on the fact the Colts have maybe the state's top forward in Irene Young, who is going to Louisville.
But the big reason why Troy is ranked No. 3 in the nation according to one poll is that it is nearly impossible to score against.
Good luck, opposing offenses. You're going to need it.
- If Kosmo were Milford junior baseball player Derek Boslock, he would quit right now. Just kidding, but it certainly is going to be hard top what he did in his first varsity game on Thursday. Boslock threw a perfect game against Ann Arbor Huron in what couldn't have been a better debut.
It's likely all downhill from here since it can't get any better than that, so maybe he should quit baseball now.
Again, just kidding. Seriously, that is an unbelievable feat and Kosmo hopes there are more terrific performances in store this year and beyond for Mr. Boslock.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
While the Catholic League has always had doubleheaders under three-ball, two-strike rules, the OAA in softball went to doubleheaders three years ago and will go to doubleheaders in baseball this year in the second cycle of the league schedule.
The KLAA also has doubleheaders on the second cycle.
Kosmo wishes they would've stuck with single games.
Yes, there are some pros to playing weekday doubleheaders, such as fuel costs for buses, travel time, having to only get the kids out to play games on weekday of the week and the fact it's easier to get umpires for two games rather than one.
But there are some cons as well. For one, Catholic League teams are usually able to get their doubleheaders in because of the three-ball, two-strike rules, unlike the OAA and KLAA, which play traditional rules.
That means rarely do teams actually get the doubleheader games in before darkness sets in, even when the sun sets later in May.
Often, games don't start until 4 or 4:30 anyway, which makes it difficult to get two games in.
When that happens, teams have to come back and resume those games the next time they play, which makes it harder to get those other scheduled games in when they have to resume a previous game beforehand.
Teams should probably start playing doubleheaders at 3:30, but often can't get out of school in time.
Late doubleheaders also makes it more difficult for kids to do homework that night given they might not get home until 9:30 or 10 from a doubleheader that goes to the brink of darkness.
Everything becomes even more problematic when there's rain that postpones the two games and they have to find a makeup date that creates the frenetic, play-games-each day-schedules that doubleheaders are designed to avoid.
From a media perspective, it makes it harder to get scores online that night or in the paper the next day when coaches can't call in scores until 10 or 10:30 because everything ended so late.
Kosmo understands the rationale behind doubleheaders, especially considering the horrible spring weather we had last year. But there are too many downsides.
As far as your seer goes, it's better to play more league doubleheaders on Saturdays instead of tournaments or non-league doubleheaders, and leave the weekdays for single games.
Heck, even play doubleheaders on Sunday. Catholic League schools can clear it with the MHSAA, so why not other schools?
Monday, April 9, 2012
Springing into action
He knows many high school kids did the same and hope they came back as tan as your seer did.
Anyway, it's time to get back to the blogosphere and time to officially kick off spring sports.
Sure, they technically started a few weeks ago, but this is the week where everyone in full gets going for what should be a jam-packed month of action.
Enjoy it everyone. It's a great time of year and Kosmo will be happy to be back on this blogosphere plenty.
- Madison Heights Bishop Foley's baseball team may have gradated a ton of seniors last year, but the Ventures have already showed that they'll be one of the state's top teams, especially in Division 3.
Bishop Foley beat Lake Orion last week and almost beat the Dragons again on Saturday in the final of the Oakland County spring break tournament before falling to Lake Orion, 8-7.
Still, it showed Bishop Foley can still compete with anybody despite all it lost.