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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 27, 2011

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PONTIAC — The night before his first game, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep boys basketball coach Brandon Jezdimir felt nervous and excited.

Jezdimir had spent the last two years with the freshman team, and this was his first leading the Fighting Irish varsity.

“I just told him we’d take care of him, and it’d be all right,” senior captain Danny Dulape said.

The reassurance he got from his players made things a bit easier.

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Published January 26, 2011

FERNDALE — Watching film from the previous night’s game, Ferndale High boys basketball coach Tom Staton took a second to admire a drive to the hoop and bucket.

“That’s what we call the ‘give it to them and take it away,’” he said with a laugh Jan. 19.

The Eagles have been doing a lot of giving and taking this season. Ferndale was 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division, at press time. It won its first three games, lost the following three and has won the last three.

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Published January 26, 2011

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park High boys basketball coach Geri Fuhr has seen just how good her team can be.

In the fourth game of the season, against Farmington High, Fuhr saw her Vikings put on a display in the first quarter like none other.

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Published January 19, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — The North Farmington High wrestling team jogged in place, and when commanded, dropped to the floor and scrambled back up again as quickly as they could.

The conditioning drill lasted until every grappler made 100 drops and then was topped off with each wrestler having to score two takedowns on a teammate.

It’s their way of finishing practice.

Senior John Davis, who captains the team along with Courtney Drew, James Huang and Jordan Russell, said the drill is plenty worth it.

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Published January 19, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Following the game with Hazel Park High Jan. 7, Royal Oak High boys basketball coach Gary Sharpe said he saw exactly what he was looking for — a spent team.

It was a team that had expended every ounce of energy in the game just played.

“That’s the way it should be,” Sharpe said during practice Jan. 12. “Hopefully, they learn how hard you have to play to win.”

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Published January 18, 2011

FERNDALE — Dave Scott has seen his share of success with the Troy Athens girls basketball program, including an Oakland Activities Association championship.

Now in his first season with the boys, he knows the style of play may be different, but there’s still one main ingredient for success.

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Published January 18, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS — First-year Birmingham Groves boys basketball coach Scott Scheckell sees it as a clean slate.

With no returning starters from a squad that finished 3-18 last season, and only four players back with varsity experience, Scheckell is starting his program from scratch.

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Published January 17, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Just as every team huddle has ended since practice began in November, the Jan. 6 Royal Oak Shrine boys basketball practice ended with one word shouted in unison by the players: “trust.”

“We think trust is one of the most important things that a team can have,” coach Mike Massucci said. “In any relationship, the foundation is trust.”

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Published January 17, 2011

As boys basketball teams dive into division action across the Macomb Area Conference, Utica High knows it will have its work cut out for it.

The Chieftains play in the MAC White Division — a league that is quickly being tabbed as one of the most competitive and deep around.

“It seems no matter who you talk to, every coach from every division is stating how talented the White Division is,” Utica coach Gerry Kraemer said.

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Published January 17, 2011

At first, West Bloomfield High boys basketball coach Jeremy Denha threw it out there half-jokingly.

Learning that he had gotten the job to lead the Lakers, Denha called his old high school coach, Jim Barker, and asked him to join the staff.

Denha played for Barker, a Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame coach, in the late 1990s at Utica Ford II.

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Published January 17, 2011

ROCHESTER — One thing Rochester High wrestling coach Frank Lafferty is certain about is that it’s going to take a good team to beat his squad.

The Falcons bring a balanced lineup with experience and talent from the lighter to the heavier weights.

How far that combination takes Rochester, though, is the question.

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Published January 13, 2011

BERKLEY — Berkley High senior Terrell Porter admits that sometimes it’s tough not to just sit back and enjoy the show.

When the center for the boys basketball team pulls down a rebound or blocks a shot, his next move is to kick it out to a guard and the fast break begins, which often culminates in an easy basket.

“Most of our offense in our games comes from our defense. When we get a stop, we push it up,” Porter said during practice Jan. 12. “I just throw it up the floor, and sometimes I’ll watch. I enjoy that.”

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Published January 12, 2011

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — At 5 p.m. Jan. 11, Bloomfield Hills Andover basketball coach Jeff Rubin was finishing up practice in a gym he’s grown quite familiar with.

As the boys varsity team departs, he begins his work as the girls coach. He welcomes referees for the upcoming girls JV game and gets the opposing team situated.

It’s just another day in Rubin’s basketball world.

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Published January 12, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — For the first time in over 30 years, there’s a county wrestling champion walking the halls of Farmington Hills Harrison.

Senior James Roberts won the title Dec. 18 at The Silverdome in Pontiac.

“It was just a great feeling, and I was shocked that it happened, especially with a pin,” Roberts said.

The 140-pounder beat Riley Hanson of Novi Catholic Central by fall in the second period.

In fact, Roberts won all five of his matches in the tournament by pin, using the cradle.

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Published October 27, 2010

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