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Christian Davis

C&G Staff Reporter – C & G Sports


Sports Editor Christian Davis has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2005 and attended Michigan State University before graduating from Oakland University.

Published January 22, 2016

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TROY — North Farmington boys basketball traveled to Troy Athens Jan. 22 and came away with a victory.

Forcing nearly 20 turnovers, the Raiders cruised to a 72-40 win in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division tilt.

Midway through the second quarter, the Red Hawks trailed by one point before a timeout by North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian.

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Published January 22, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley wrestling coach Berney Gonzales had considered the prospect for a few years.

His Ventures had struggled to fill a full lineup, and he was looking for a way to increase his numbers.

“For last 10 to 12 years, we’ve gone into matches with six voids,” Gonzales said. “That’s 42 points off the bat you’re giving up.”      

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Published January 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It was following a match just after the start of January that Southfield High first-year wrestling coach Eric Moon was paid a compliment by a referee.

The official had also worked the Blue Jays’ first meet of the season and noted a “night-and-day difference” between the performances.

Moon said most of his wrestlers are getting their first taste of the sport or at the very most are only a couple of years in, noting that there is a lack of a youth or middle school program.

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Published January 19, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Christian boys basketball made the short trip to Southfield High and left with a 82-79 victory Jan. 19.

It wasn’t without a scare.

After leading the vast majority of the contest by double digits, Southfield made a run in the last two minutes of the game, outscoring the Eagles 11-4 to make it a one-possession contest.

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Published January 19, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — New to Rochester Adams this year, senior Taylor Smith didn’t know what to expect when it came to the Crosstown Showdown Jan. 15 with rival Rochester High.

It’s an annual event, now in its 10th year, that brings both the boys and girls basketball teams from each school, along with a throng of fans, to Oakland University.

“I didn’t realize it was such a big deal. The crowd was real big,” Smith said.

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Published January 18, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The wrestling room is tucked around the corner by the entrance to the gym at Madison Heights Lamphere.

Adorning the four walls are plaques with the names of grapplers who made their mark on the program.

From state placers and qualifiers to team recordholders and wrestlers who earned 100 or more wins in their careers, they’re all there.

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Published January 15, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — What started out literally going the wrong way, ended in a victory for Rochester Adams boys basketball.

The Highlanders took on Rochester High in the 10th annual Crosstown Showdown and earned the 57-45 victory Jan. 15 at Oakland University.

To start the game, the referees pointed each team off in the wrong direction and when Adams scored off the tip, the two points went to Rochester, starting an 11-1 run for the Falcons.

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Published January 15, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s the second year in a row that West Bloomfield High football coach Ron Bellamy has received the award, and it’s one that he happily shares with the entire program.

Bellamy was named the Region 16 Coach of the Year.

“The coaches on the staff, the players, those guys put in the time,” Bellamy said. “My name is on it, but it represents our entire football program.”

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Published January 12, 2016

ROCHESTER — “Scientific” and “chess” are words that an average wrestling fan may not associate with the sport, but ones that Rochester Adams coach Mike Holtz uses to help describe his senior grappler Sam Addy.

“He’s very scientific with his approach to competing. Sam has plans, contingency plans,” Holtz said.

Before every match, Holtz reminds his wrestler, “It’s chess, not checkers.”

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Published January 12, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — It’s a simple formula — one that new Troy Athens coach wrestling Matt Rawlik believes in.

“I really just want the kids to wrestle hard for six minutes. That’s what I was taught when I wrestled. To me, that’s the most important thing,” he said. “A lot of it is just putting in the effort.”

     Rawlik has spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the program. He’s also coached football at the school for four years.

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Published January 11, 2016

FERNDALE — Ferndale High junior Kobie Davis remembers just two short years ago when a night like this, Jan. 6 at Birmingham Groves, wouldn’t have been possible.

The varsity wrestling team handled North Farmington 45-24 and then beat the host team 53-18 to move to 3-0 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

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Published January 8, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park High boys basketball coach Brandon Barrett isn’t willing to make any predications, because frankly, he doesn’t know what’s in store for his team.

The Vikings’ top six players include three sophomores, a freshman, a junior and a senior.

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Published January 6, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Ferndale High wrestling took hold of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division after winning both of their divisional matches Jan. 6 at Birmingham Groves to move to 3-0. Last season, Ferndale finished second in the Blue.

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Published December 31, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — With the calendar turned to 2016, the boys basketball season is beginning to dive straight into division play.

There’s been some movement among the teams in the Oakland Activities Association. Here’s a look at where each squad calls home and how some of the coaches see the season playing out.

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Published December 21, 2015

It was the 56th annual Oakland County Wrestling Tournament, and just like the prior six gatherings, Novi Catholic Central once again was crowned king Dec. 18-19.

The Shamrocks finished with 330 points, earning their seventh straight title. In all, Catholic Central earned four individual titles in the 14 weight classes at Lake Orion HIgh.

Clarkston High took second with 264.5 points; Oxford High was third with 255; Walled Lake Central came in fourth with 190; and Rochester Adams rounded out the top five with 175.5.

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