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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kosmo's 3 stars for Monday

As far as Kosmo is concerned, the spring sports season has finally begun. All your seer can see is sunshine from out of his cave, so the Bears are up and it must mean spring sports teams can finally enjoy some deserved time outside. In light of that, Kosmo is ready to give out his 3 stars more regularly, so keep reading this blog each night. Here are the 3 best performances from Monday's games. Mike Thomas, Troy baseball - Kosmo doesn't feel Thomas got enough credit last season because he quietly was one of the top pitchers in the county. He showed why against Auburn Hills Avondale on Tuesday, allowing just one hit in five brilliant innings of work. Jen Semaan, Stoney Creek softball - Semaan might be one of the most unheralded players in the county despite playing for a team that has struggled in recent year. Case in point was in Monday's sweep of Auburn Hills Avondale, when Semaan had four hits, including a home run, in the doubleheader. Drew Miller, Walled Lake Central baseball - The Vikings had an important game against a solid Grand Blanc team and came out victorious thanks in large part to Miller, who went 3-for-3 with an RBI to help Central improve to 7-1 on the season.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kosmo's 3 stars for Tuesday

Another day, another dreary afternoon in the cave that pretty much makes Kosmo want to take an all-day nap. The good news is that the weather also feels like February to the neighboring bears, so at least they are still hibernating. But Kosmo isn't and even though it's later than he usually likes to, your seer wants to give out his 3 stars for Tuesday's prep action. Third star Sofia Farah, Rochester girls soccer - Farah was all the offense the Falcons needed against Lake Orion, as she scored both goals for Rochester in a 2-0 win over the Dragons. She might as well live in water because she excelled in all the rain. Second star Kyle Harris, Novi Franklin Road Christian baseball - Franklin Road and Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest are two of the area's best small schools, so their game on Tuesday had lots of meaning. Harris ensured the Warriors would come out on top, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. First star Angie Mastromatteo, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes softball - There aren't many better hitters in the Catholic League, particularly among the smaller schools. Mastromatteo was at it again on Tuesday, going 4-for-6 with three RBI for the Lakers.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Another idea to help spring sports

Kosmo knows there is a lot of frustration right now for spring sports athletes given they have trained all offseason just to see their games get canceled due to awful weather. Solutions are definitely not easy to find in all this mess, but Kosmo is here to offer one, and it has to do with Spring Break. Many school districts have a policy that prevents coaches from punishing players who go away on Spring Break with families, which is something the fall or winter sports seasons don't have to deal with. The spring season is short enough as it is, so school districts that have these policies need to get rid of them. There will be other chances to go on April vacations with the family in the future. You are only in high school sports one time in your life and being around the team and showing commitment over spring break is a great thing not only for the present, but it's a good life lesson. Future employers and colleges love seeing such commitment, and again, there's always time for vacations. At the very least, this would lead to more games and not having athletes essentially start over once they get back from Spring Break.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

3 stars for Tuesday's prep action

Kosmo knows he has been gone for a while from this blog, but that's only because most teams have been gone as well so far this spring. Of course, they haven't been gone by their choice but rather have had to postpone games because of the hideous weather we've had. Fortunately, all that changed on Tuesday. We finally had some good weather, so Mother Nature is the ultimate star. But since Kosmo is here to honor high school athletes and give them the credit, here are the 3 stars for Tuesday's prep action in addition to Mother Nature. Third star Aidan Cullen, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep baseball - A doubleheader proved to be two chances for Cullen to dominate, as he hit a home run in the first game of a doubleheader against Macomb Lutheran North and then went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the second game to help lead the Fighting Irish to a sweep. Second star Jenny Goethals, Rochester soccer - Kosmo isn't sure whether this is an uncharacteristic down year for a typically solid Berkley program, but no matter, scoring four goals and adding and assist is an impressive performance. That's what Goethals did for the Falcons in an 8-0 win over the Bears. First star Joe Plaskey, Brother Rice lacrosse - What a scene it must have been a Brother Rice on Tuesday. Having not lost to an in-state opponent in over 10 years, the Warriors were on the ropes in overtime against Novi Detroit Catholic Central. But the streak lived on thanks to Plaskey, who scored the game-winner to lift the Warriors to a heartstopping victory.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rough start to the spring

While last year's unexpected warm weather to start the spring turned out to be a bad thing for farmers around the state who saw crops ruined because of things blooming too early and re-freezing over, it obviously was heaven for spring sports teams. Just about everyone got a 2 to 3 week head start on the season because they were able to be outside on the first day of tryouts the second week of March. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has gotten revenge this year. It's a safe bet teams haven't had more than 5 days outside so far this season, which right now appears to be setting the shortest of the three preps seasons back even further. Kosmo was shocked to see a golf result on MIPrepZone this morning because the ground has to still be as hard as a rock, although the golf season will likely still have to wait a while to get going in full swing. Baseball and softball teams have had to delay starts to their season because of weather and even the sports that play in bad weather, track, soccer and lacrosse, have been affected. Lightning forced an early end to Tuesday's Stoney Creek-Troy game while even track teams have had to postpone meets because runners simply haven't gotten outside enough to condition and coaches rightfully don't want to risk injury. So far this spring, unfortunately the score is Mother Nature 1 month, spring sports teams 0.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Remembering a pair of legends

Kosmo wants to say sorry to those who had checked this blog over the past two weeks to find nothing, but your seer needed a little vacation from blogging and with little going on, figured it was as good of a time as any. But the K-Man is back and ready to pay tribute to a couple of coaching legends in the area, one who retired and one who was taken from us too soon. Of course, what can Kosmo say about legendary Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes football coach Mike Boyd? He can write a whole novel on who Boyd was the face of the not only the athletic program, but the school. Kosmo thought he might make it to 50 years as head coach, but Boyd instead decided to call it quits after 46 remarkable years that left him third on the state's all-time wins list. Boyd evidently took well to retirement life in Florida and decided that he could coach down there instead of coming back to Michigan for three months in the Fall to coach the Lakers. Kosmo says good for him and hopes Boyd makes the impact down in Florida that he did here. The other legend to pay tribute to is Denny Davis of Lake Orion, who sadly died of a heart attack on Sunday morning. Whether it was softball at the high school or other middle school sports, Davis was a fixture for so many kids and teams for over three decades at Lake Orion. He was a gracious man and a heck of coach and obviously will be sorely missed.