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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 February 16, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — There are two important things on the North Farmington High boys basketball warm-up shirts.

The first is a number, 32. It represents the amount of minutes in a game and the amount of time the Raiders full-court press.

Then there is the word “tradition,” which is there to remind each passing class that they are a part of something larger than a single team.

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Published February 15, 2011

 

Hazel Park High wrestling fell to Dearborn Crestwood in a Division 2 regional final Feb. 16 at home.

 

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Published February 15, 2011

FERNDALE — Ferndale High senior running back Anthony Garland knew that one day the countless hours of work would pay off.

That day came Feb. 2, when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Central Michigan University.

Garland finished his senior campaign by breaking the school’s single-season rushing total (1,941 yards). His 3,050 career-yards total is the most in at least 60 years at the school.

“It was a little surprising, but the hard work showed and accumulated into what I did,” Garland said.

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Published February 9, 2011

ROCHESTER HILLS — On Feb. 4, the Cougars played a complete game and beat Ferndale High, one of the Oakland Activities Association White Division’s top teams, in an away game.

It was exactly what Rochester Hills Stoney Creek boys basketball boys coach Steve Norgrove was searching for all season.

“That’s a very good win for our program, and we won because we shared the ball, we played team defense, and we had a lot off passion and a lot of energy,” Norgrove said of the 71-64 victory. “We need to continue that.”

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Published February 9, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Southfield-Lathrup boys basketball coach Mike Avery knows his team is close.

The Chargers are 5-6 overall, 2-5 in the highly competitive Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

“Our spirits are high because we know we’re not a 5-6 ball club,” Avery said Feb. 3. “We approach every game like we can win the game, which I believe we can. It’s just the little things that we have to follow through and complete the game.”

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Published February 9, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — As Madison Heights Bishop Foley wrestling coach Berney Gonzales put it, this is the time of the year when things get a bit more serious.

“This is when we turn it up,” he said Jan. 31 during practice. “Because if you don’t bring it, it’s over; see you next year. So we’re hoping our horses get through, and we know our younger wrestlers are going to fight.”

Gonzales’ “horses” are seniors Alex Binno and Colton Gillies, and juniors Brenton Pippin and Bryan Durbrow.

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Published February 9, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — There are times during a match when Birmingham Seaholm coach Neil Tuomi looks over and expects to see his friend, Mike Hessling, sitting next to him.

Tuomi was an assistant coach under Hessling, who he affectionately called “Hess,” since they both came to Seaholm 1990.

That changed this summer when Hessling passed away July 15 at the age of 54.

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Published February 9, 2011

It’s the halfway point of the boys basketball regular season, and West Bloomfield High coach Jeremy Denha likes what he sees.

“I think we’re a little ahead of where I expected us to be,” he said Feb. 1. “The kids are picking it up faster than I thought, and we still have an opportunity to have a special regular season.”

The Lakers still have a chance for a special season because they put themselves right in the middle of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division Race.

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Published February 8, 2011

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Orchard Lake St. Mary’s boys basketball coach George Porritt knows it won’t be easy when Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day comes to town at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the annual David Vorhees Trophy game.

“It’s fun, and a trophy game between two schools that are rivals and played against each other for a long time,” Porritt said. “We’ll put everything we have into that game.”

At press time, St. Mary’s was 8-6 overall; Country Day was 13-2 overall.

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Published February 3, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Though it was a loss, Southfield High boys basketball coach Gary Teasley knew the experience would pay off.

The Blue Jays fell to defending Class B state champion Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day 79-59 Jan. 25 at home and allowed DCD’s 6-foot-10-inch center Amir Williams to score 28 points.

“We just have to continue to work and stay on course,” Teasley said following the game. “It was wonderful to have a team like Country Day come to us with a player like Amir, who is an exceptionally talented player inside.

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Published February 3, 2011

ROCHESTER — At first glance, it’s an opportunity of enjoyment for the 30-or-so athletes that lace up the shoes and charge onto the court.

But, with a closer look, this spectacle is an event celebrated by players, coaches, parents, students, fans and the entire community alike, one that continues to grow from one year to the next.

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Published February 2, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — When Farmington High 119-pounder Kevin Kennerly put the finishing touches on his match at Farmington Hills Harrison Jan. 26 and officially secured the 52-22 victory, the Falcons’ bench erupted.

The pin sealed the victory against the Hawks and gave the Falcons the city championship and Oakland Activities Association White Division dual-meet championship.

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Published February 2, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS — A Southfield High guard drove the paint Jan. 25 at home against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day and put up a shot that senior Amir Williams promptly spiked down.

The paint is where the Country Day senior unapologetically makes his home.

“I think that’s something that’s a real asset for Amir,” Country Day coach Kurt Keener said. “Off the court, he’s kind of a meek, mild young man, but when he steps in between the lines and you come to the basket, be ready.”

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Published January 27, 2011

TROY — Troy High boys basketball coach Gary Fralick knew it had to be better this time around.

Last season, whatever could go wrong, did just that. Whether it was injuries or an illness, the Colts struggled along to an unlikely 6-15 record.

“Last year was just a tough year,” the coach said during a break from practice Jan. 20. “It was really a Catch-22.”

Fast-forward to this past summer, and Fralick saw signs that things would be better. The Colts won 15 of their 20 scrimmages against tough competition.

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Published January 27, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield High junior Darius Durrett admits he feels the nerves and even a bit of fear before heading into a match.

The heavyweight admits they are still there when he warms up and even when he enters the circle, face to face with his opponent.

But then, it clicks, and the self-doubt and worries fade.

“The nerves go away when I put my hands around a kid,” Durrett said. “It’s like a shark that smells blood.”

And Durrett has certainly thrashed the competition this season.

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