Jason Carmel Davis

C&G Staff Reporter – C & G Sports

Published January 11, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — A change in personnel isn’t enough to sway Mount Clemens High School boys basketball coach Kurt Wilson’s thinking that his team can repeat as champions of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

“We have scorers this year, guys who can get us points even when their jumper isn’t falling and guys who can jump over the rim,” said Wilson, in his sixth year with the Bathers.

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Published January 10, 2012

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore wrestling coach Dominic Zombo admits he was surprised by his squad’s second-place finish last season in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division — its first in the league.

“Moving from the Gold to the Blue, I figured we’d be a middle-of-the-pack team,” said Zombo, whose team finished 6-1 in league matches in 2010-11, one match behind division champ Marysville High School. The Lake Shore coach said he expects Marysville to be a tough out this year, too.

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Published January 9, 2012

Two-time USA Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza will teach softball players the fundamentals in hitting, base running, defense, strength and agility training, and nutrition during a one-day softball clinic set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at Wixom’s Total Sports Complex.

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Published January 9, 2012

MADISON HEIGHTS — The dedication of a second-year coach to bring his alma mater back to prominence has Madison High School wrestling coach Phil Coleman optimistic about his squad’s 2011-12 campaign.

One reason for that positive outlook is an increased interest in the program.

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Published December 29, 2011

Hometown Warriors

Published December 29, 2011

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Boys basketball division breakdown
Red
• Chippewa Valley
• Macomb Dakota
• Utica Eisenhower
• Utica Ford II
• L’Anse Creuse North
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Published December 29, 2011

YPSILANTI — Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy’s lack of size was exposed in a Dec. 28 69-52 loss to Detroit Consortium College Prep High School, but Eagles head coach Derrick Walton didn’t see his team’s shortcomings as the major problem leading to the loss.

“It starts with effort,” Walton said. “We’re never going to always be the biggest or the fastest, but we need to make sure we’re the ones making all the hustle plays — diving for loose balls and things like that.”

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Published December 22, 2011

WARREN — As a full-time nurse, Warren Cousino High School competitive cheer coach Tina Brown sees a variety of heartbreaking things on a daily basis.

Her philanthropic instincts kicked in even more three years ago when she established the Cheer for Charity event — a now-annual happening that benefits various local charities. This year’s event, which took place Dec. 17, brought in about $4,500, according to Brown. That money will go to Wigs 4 Kids, a group that provides wigs for children who suffer hair loss as a result of a number of illnesses and diseases.

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Published December 21, 2011

TROY — Instead of building a pyramid made of people, members of the three Troy High cheerleading squads, once they finish shopping, will have a pyramid of presents for local families they’ve adopted this Christmas.

A five-year tradition continued, according to Colts coach Beth Campbell, as the freshman, JV and varsity squads each adopted needy Troy families with the hopes of bringing those families some added holiday cheer.

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Published December 20, 2011

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Richmond High School Blue Devils used solid performances from a number of wrestlers to win the 38th annual Macomb County Wrestling Invitational in dominant fashion.

With 292.5 points, Richmond outscored the second-place team, Macomb Dakota (178 points), by 114.5 points.

Three Blue Devils grapplers took home individual titles: 125-pounder Dustin Pitcel, 152-pound grappler Jake McKiernan and 171-pound John Gaffney.

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Published December 19, 2011

CLAWSON — Ask Clawson High School boys basketball coach Billy Shellenbarger about this year’s team and he doesn’t mince words.

“We’ve got the guys to be an up-tempo team,” said Shellenbarger, in his fourth year with the Trojans. “We’re gonna take a look at running a lot of transition on offense because our kids are really athletic and skilled, and they can get up the floor and finish.”

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Published December 19, 2011

WARREN — Each of the Warren Cousino High School girls’ basketball teams will, for the fourth straight year, give an assist to local residents through an adopt-a-family project established by varsity head coach Mike Lee.

“It’s all a part of the ‘pay it forward’ mentality,” said Lee, a former JV coach with the Patriots. “We have been a successful program on the court … but the smiles, tears and warmth that gets shared (when gifts are delivered) are far bigger than anything I can teach them on the court.”

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Published December 19, 2011

WARREN — There’s very little unfamiliarity when rookie Warren Woods Tower High School boys basketball coach Nick Evola walks into the gym to start practice on a given day.

Evola, in his sixth year with the Titans, previously coached 12 of the 14 players on his varsity roster while they were members of the school’s freshman and JV squads.

“(Players) knowing me and how I coach has made things a little easier,” said Evola.

“Things are going well so far. Guys are working hard and giving a lot of effort.”

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Published December 19, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — Everyone would have understood if players who had just won their first game in more than a year felt like celebrating after hearing the final buzzer.

But for the players on Lamphere High School’s boys basketball team, the Dec. 7 win over Hamtramck led to a different emotion.

“It was a big relief,” senior forward Jay Junkin said of the Rams’ 29-27 win, which came in the squad’s season opener.

“It felt like we got a huge gorilla off our back. It was good to get it out of the way early on, too.”

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Published December 15, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Clinton Township Clintondale boys basketball coach Rob Townsend said that because of the style of play he is implementing, all 14 guys on his depth chart will see the floor in each of the squad’s games.

“We’re going to press 50 to 75 percent of the time, so we’re going to need all of our guys to be ready,” said Townsend, in his fifth year as the Dragons head coach. “We’re going to try to get offense from our defense, from traps and presses, depending on the situation.”

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