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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kosmo 3 stars for Wednesday night

We are down to the district finals now for girls basketball teams and for some hockey teams, regional finals after another thrilling night of action on Wednesday. Strange that a Wednesday is so busy with stuff other than wrestling, but that must mean the playoffs are in full swing. Got to love it. Here are your seer's 3 stars for Wednesday. Third star Micaela Ellis, Ferndale Somewhere, the late and great Joe Mahan is smiling. His Eagles made it to a district final thanks in large part to Ellis, who scored 27 points in an easy win over Detroit University Prep. Second star Jacob Howard, Troy hockey - It is one thing to score the game-winning goal, but it is quite another to do it in a playoff game with no time left on the clock to give your team a win. Must have been quite a celebration for Howard and the Colts. First star Sammy Nardicchio, Orchard Lake St. Mary's hockey - Hopefully Nardicchio is given a nice ovation in class on Thursday because he is the biggest reason OLSM is still playing. He had two assists and scored the game-winning goal late in the third period to give the Eaglets a 4-3 win over Brother Rice.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

3 stars for district opening night

Could have there been a better opening night to a state basketball tournament than that? Kosmo certainly doesn't think so, especially as it relates to his 3 stars for the night. In fact, this might be the best group of 3 stars EVER. If Kosmo had to rank a 3 stars for his 3 stars, this would be the first star going away. Why you ask? Read below Third star Mackenzie Harbort, Birmingham Seaholm Harbort was sensational once again in a double OT win over Bloomfield Hills, scoring 33 points and hitting clutch free throws down the stretch. By the way, did we mention she is just a freshman? This would have been worthy of a first star performance on another night, except ..... Second star Shannon Wilson, Bloomfield Hills Harbors arguably wasn't even the best player on the floor at Marian because of Wilson, who was amazing in what turned out to be her final high school game. She did it all, scoring 40 points, pulling down 17 rebounds and collecting seven steals. Boy will she be missed. This would have been worthy of a first star performance on another night, except ..... First star Erika Davenport, Clarkston If you want a definition of single-handedly leading her team to victory in an elimination game, Davenport provided it by scoring 48 points and pulling down 23 rebounds in a double OT win over Rochester Adams. It is official: Davenport is better than a lot of boys players. Dan Fife should put her on his team.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

3 stars for Friday night

Kosmo apologizes for not being on this blog all week, but a little vacation to warmer pastures made Kosmo have other things on his mind besides blogging. Yes, he did his picks column but that was mostly channeling the Krystal ball from a distance, which sapped all of his energy for work on his vacation. Anyway, Koz is back in the wild, cold yonder and ready to give his 3 stars for Friday night. Third star Ben Line, Oxford wrestling - It isn't often Kosmo gets to give love to wrestlers, but this is a good chance to do so. Line came through when his team needed him in the final match of a state quarterfinal against Grandville, as he recorded a pin to send Oxford to the semifinals. Second star Jake Daniels, Holly - Has this guy been any good this year or what? He is flirting with 30 points seemingly every game and he did it again on Friday, scoring 27 points for the Bronchos to help them best Fenton and clinch the Flint Metro title outright. First star Lauren Hung, Waterford Mott - Kosmo was glad he could provide Hung and the Corsairs motivation by picking Canton to win the KLAA title game at Mott. Hung told Kosmo where to stick it by doing what great players do, which is carry her team in the biggest of games. She scored 28 points and as a result, Mott is the KLAA champ.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day 3 stars

It was a day full of love everywhere, but Kosmo doesn't need Valentine's Day to offer up love. He does it after each big basketball night, but since the latest one fell on Valentine's Day itself, the love Kosmo shows tonight with his 3 star selections will have extra meaning. Cupid eat your heart out. Third star Mackenzie Harbort, Birmingham Seaholm - Kosmo has heard some good things about this freshman for the Maples, and no doubt Oak Park saw firsthand her talents on Friday. She scored 24 points to help Seaholm earn the OAA Blue title and complete an impressive turnaround from last year. Second star Kerri McMahan, Novi - At some point Kosmo will stop showing McMahan so much love, but it will be hard if she keeps achieving feats. She scored her 1,000th career point and finished with 21 points against Plymouth. More importantly, her team won in overtime to advance to the KLAA Kensington Conference title game against Canton. First star Mike Nicholson, Clarkston - Boy, this 6-foot-8 center with great potential is really coming into his own at the right time for the Wolves. He had 33 points and 15 rebounds against Adams and if he can keep up that same level aggressiveness the rest of the year, the sky is the limit for him and Dan Fife's bunch.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Feb. 11 3 stars

Tuesday was another action-packed night of rivalry games and league tournament games, so if you are not sniffing the playoffs then Kosmo thinks you need to get a sense of smell. Lots of great performances went along with those important games, but as always, Kosmo will narrow it down to 3. Third star Demonta Hood, Troy - The Colts needed a win to stay in the thick of the OAA White and they got a big double OT win over Lake Orion thanks to Hood, who scored 19 points. Second star Renee Fischer, Madison Heights Bishop Foley - Kosmo admits he didn't think Bishop Foley would be in the Catholic League finals, but that is exactly where the Ventures will be following a win over Riverview Gabriel Richard that put the Ventures in Sunday's C-D final. Fischer led the way, scoring 18 points for the Ventures. First star Alex Breeden, Birmingham Seaholm - It sounded like quite an atmosphere at Seaholm for the latest battle of Birmingham against Groves on Tuesday. A close game throughout was punctuated late by an alley-oop by Breeden, who also finished with a game-high 19 points to lead his team to a 49-44 win in this classic.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Kosmo's 3 stars for Friday

Believe it or not we are nearing the end of the regular season for basketball. The girls state tournament starts in two weeks and the boys have league tournaments starting next week. This is the peak time and obviously there are plenty of peak performances to match. Here are the 3 best from Friday night. Third star Walter Kesler, Walled Lake Central - It is one thing to score 17 points. It is another to do that and also hit the game-winning shot to give your team a share of a league title, but that was what Kelser did in a 52-50 OT win over Waterford Mott to give Central a share of the KLAA North. Second star Carter Drazga, South Lyon - Salem hadn't lost a league game in the KLAA Central before Friday, but that sure changed thanks to Drazga, who scored 20 points in a 65-45 Lions win over the Rocks. Hear him roar. First star Kerri McMahan, Novi - There is nothing Kosmo loves more than seeing a team's best players play their best in the biggest games, and that is what McMahan did on Friday. The Wildcats won another KLAA Central title, beating second place Livonia Stevenson by four points because of McMahan, who scored 32 points and willed her team to a title. The definition of senior leadership.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

3 stars for Feb. 4

In the midst of all this signing day mania, Kosmo hasn't forgotten about Tuesday's basketball games and the fact the season is actually winding down. Here are Kosmo's 3 stars for Tuesday's games. Third star Jerald Booker, Walled Lake Western - All of a sudden it is a three-team race in the KLAA North and Western is in the thick of it thanks to Booker, who scored 31 points in a win over Mott. Kosmo told you he would have a good game and he made your seer look good. Second star Erika Davenport, Clarkston - For a moment there on Twitter, Kosmo thought the Wolves were in trouble against Stoney Creek. But Clarkston got out of its deficit thanks to this force in the paint, who had 31 points and 12 rebounds in another dominating effort. First star Shannon Wilson, Bloomfield. Hills - Does it get any better than the way Wilson willed her team to a win over Troy? Uh, no. It is one thing to control the game in every phase, but it is another to collect 31 points, 13 steals and 11 rebounds in an unreal triple-double to help her team win a big game. Fantastic stuff.

Monday, February 3, 2014

All-star mistake

It might be the heart of basketball season but this week will mark two important dates for high school football, which both somewhat coincide with each other in the thought process of Kosmo. The obvious and most important one is signing day on Wednesday, while on Saturday the Michigan roster for June's Michigan-Ohio all-star game will be announced in East Lansing. Kosmo isn't a big fan of the new all-star game for two reasons. One, it is 44 less kids from the state who will participate from the old format of an all-Michigan all-star game. Two, there no longer is the rule that only one player from a school can be chosen. When signing day happens on Wednesday and schools such as Clarkston, Southfield, Brother Rice and Cass Tech have loads of signees, it will be a reminder that it will essentially be those four schools combined taking on Ohio in June. Hopefully this new all-star format is just a one year deal.