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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A move up for Bishop Foley?

Kosmo couldn't be happier for the Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball program, which did something no team in state history did on Saturday by becoming the first team to ever win three straight state championships. As has been reported, odds are great for a four-peat since the Ventures return just about everybody, which is why Kosmo is here to pose a question. Why doesn't Bishop Foley voluntarily move up to Division 1 or 2? The last three years Bishop Foley has been good enough to win those Divisions and they likely will again next year. Now that history has been made, there certainly is nothing left to achieve or prove in Division 3. In that case, a move up might be something to think about. There usually aren't many teams good enough to pull off a move like that, but this Bishop Foley baseball team sure is one of them.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Kosmo's 5 stars for championship Saturday

The 2012-13 high school sports season is officially over following a thrilling series of championship games on Saturday. While it wasn't as many championships brought home by Oakland County teams as Kosmo thought, the Troy girls soccer team and the Madison Heights Bishop Foley team sure did the area proud by winning state championships to cap off incredible seasons. There were a ton of great individual performances, but Kosmo is here to narrow it down a bit. Koz usually takes 3 stars, but today he'll name 5 stars Fifth star Alex Kleckner, Lakeland golf - Man, does Kleckner and the Eagles program have a lot to be proud about. Klecker shot a 69 at a brutal Forest Akers West course on Saturday to finish in a tie for medalist honors at the Division 1 state tournament. Even though he lost the playoff, Kleckner shooting that score and getting that far was a terrific performance. Since he's only a junior, there could be more next year. Fourth star Billy Malak, Bishop Foley baseball - A senior rock for the Ventures at the plate offensively and behind the plate at catcher, Malak saved his best for last on Saturday, going 2-for-2 with three RBI and a huge bases-loaded double for the Ventures in a 12-5 win over Grandville Calvin Christian in the Division 3 state final. Third star Dalton Greyerbiehl, Brother Rice baseball - What a horrible fate for Greyerbiehl that he was the losing pitcher in Saturday's 1-0 Division 1 state final loss to Bay City Western, because he pitched his heart and did an outstanding job. He only allowed two hits in almost five innings of relief, but unfortunately one of them produced the only run of the game. Still, he is a winner in Kosmo's book forever for such a terrific performance. It was major case of bad luck. Second star Kayla Porter, Troy soccer - Porter forever made herself an answer to a big trivia question in the history of Troy athletics. She scored the game-winning goal in the second half to lead Troy to a 2-1 win over Grandville in the Division 1 final, bringing the Colts their first state title since 2003 and helping them avenge losses the previous two years in the state championship game. First star Garrett Schilling, Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball - First on Friday, Schilling tossed a three-hit shutout in a semifinal win over Bridgman. Then on Saturday, he had two hits, two RBI and two runs in the win over Calvin Christian that helped Bishop Foley become the first team in state history to win three straight state baseball titles. By the way, he is an incredible 31-0 as a starter in his career and could go into the record books next year.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dreaming the dream matchups

On Tuesday, those who follow high school baseball around the area will finally get to see the game they have been waiting to see, as two of the state's best programs, Lake Orion and Brother Rice, will meet in a baseball state quarterfinal. It's been a long time since the Dragons and Warriors have met so it should be quite an event for the baseball community. It also got Kosmo to thinking of some dream matchups he wants to see in other sports as well. Here are a few of them. Clarkston or Lake Orion vs. Brother Rice, Orchard Lake St. Mary's or Catholic Central in football - Anyone of these combinations would work. In 2009 it was nearly Clarkston and Catholic Central in the state football final before poor judgement by referees ruined in the matchup. Maybe Clarkston or Lake Orion could play the Catholic League superpowers in a non-league game at some point, or maybe they would play in a playoff game. Whatever the case, one of those games is a dream matchup. Classic OAA vs. Catholic League. Clarkston vs. Country Day in boys basketball - Kosmo remembers these teams playing at some time in the 1980's, but doesn't believe they have since. Two of the state's best programs each year, it would be a neat sight to see Country Day visit Clarkston's gym or Clarkston visiting Country Day. Even with Country Day coach Kurt Keener now gone to Arizona, it would still be an awesome game to watch.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Lots of stars on Super Preps Saturday

Once again, the busiest day of the year has come and gone, and once again, "Super Preps Saturday" proved to be a day like no other on the calendar. All across the state and in every sport there were exciting finishes and contests, making it truly memorable. It was so big that Kosmo for one day is expanding his 3 stars. The day was so good that 10 stars are more appropriate. 10th star Mother Nature - It looked for sure like the area was going to get pelted with thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, but the weather held up, allowing everything to be held as scheduled. Everyone should look upward and say thank you. Ninth star Cranbrook tennis team - Boy, this squad certainly took any drama out of the Division 3 state finals by actually clinching the title after the first day. Can't get more dominating than that. Eighth star Conor Bowers, Orchard Lake St. Mary's baseball - The Eaglets won a 10th district title in 11 years mainly because of Bowers, who followed up a shutout of Andover on Wednesday by allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings against Notre Dame Prep just three days later in the district final. Seventh star Taylor Schmidt, Troy softball - She certainly didn't pitch like a freshman in two district wins, tossing a 2-hitter against Troy Athens and then a no-hitter against Rochester Adams for the Colts. Sixth star Maddie Moote, Rochester soccer - Kosmo almost wished he would've left his cave for that dramatic soccer final at Rochester on Saturday. Two goals in the final 1:57 to force OT? Are you kidding me Falcons? Moote ended up scoring both of them, including the tying one with 7 seconds remaining in regulation. Fifth star T.J. Carey, Lake Orion track and field - Photo finishes are always incredible to watch, and Carey provided one at the state track finals, winning the 1,600 run by tracking down Grant Fisher at the very end to win. Fourth star Mollie Fox, Lahser tennis - Fox has been one of the state's best players the past four years, and Kosmo couldn't be happier that she finally got her state title, winning the individual crown at No. 1 singles in Division 2. Third star Kendal Baisden, Birmingham Detroit Country Day track - It seems like yesterday that Baisden was a freshman and everyone talked about how great she would be. Now, she is done with high school after living up to the hype and more. She once again won the 200 and 400 dashes at the Division 2 state meet and is now on to UCLA. Second star Erin Finn, West Bloomfield track - Speaking of legendary careers on the track, Finn wrapped up one herself by breaking the state meet record in the 3,200 run, coming in with a time of 10:08. Kosmo is sad he won't get to acknowledge her anymore but knows she'll do well in college. First star Cullen Prena, Walled Lake Central track - Kosmo could live for another 100 years and not see another discus thrower in the county like Prena. He certainly is one a kind not only within the county and state, but the nation. His throw of 210-feet-one-1 inch not only obliterated the state record, but it was one of the top throws in the country for this year. Oh, and Prena also won the state title in the shot put. Oregon, you are getting one heck of a thrower and maybe we'll see Prena in the Olympics one day.