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Published January 11, 2012

Warren De La Salle’s basketball team is out to make history this year.

In the more than 85 years since the historic and competitive league has named a champion for its top division, only once has a school won four titles in a row. Novi-Detroit Catholic Central, back when the school was actually in Detroit, finished first every year from 1949-1952.

De La Salle, the current three-time defending champions, will look to win its fourth and join the Shamrocks in the record books as the Pilots enter Catholic High School League play this week.

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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 11, 2012

Heading into a long battle, Roseville High girls basketball coach Angela Houghton did what any leader would do — she sent her team through boot camp.

Figuratively speaking, of course.

In preparation of what’s expected to be some tough Macomb Area Conference Blue Division action, the Panthers played a challenging non-league slate to open the season.

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Published December 22, 2011

The leadership and experience seniors can provide to a team is viewed as a precious commodity in the eyes of those who coach on the varsity level.

South Lake girls varsity basketball coach Shay Lewis will not be afforded any such luxuries, as the Cavaliers do not have a senior among them this season.

In fact, Lewis’ starting lineup consists of two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior.

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Published December 21, 2011

Last season was a banner one for Clintondale’s girls varsity basketball team. The Dragons finished the season 12-5 overall and went 12-2 in league play en route to a MAC Silver championship.

Despite the success they enjoyed, from the players’ perspective, there may have been one slight glitch to the 2010-2011 season: The Dragons had to share their MAC Silver title with the New Haven Rockets.

Clintondale’s goal for the 2011-2012 season is to be a little bit greedier this time around.

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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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Published December 7, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — This was intensity, defined in every way.

Three-on-three play with take backs.

No out of bounds lines, no foul calls, just wholehearted intensity from one whistle to the next.

With a quick glance, it may even be confused with chaos, and rightfully so.

But this is exactly what Michele Jackson wants.

This is exactly the way her team needs to play.

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Published December 7, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The loss of key contributors from last year’s team has led St. Clair Shores Lake Shore basketball coach Todd Stevens to implement a new style of play this season.

“We’re going to have to get out and run,” said Stevens, in his eighth season with the program. “Our tallest guys are 6 foot 2, so we’re gonna have to get up and down the floor because of a lack of size.”

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Published December 7, 2011

“Success breeds success” is a cliché commonly used in sports.

And before Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s boys basketball team has even played an official game this season, that saying seems to be true for the Lancers.

Last year, the squad won its first district title in 35 years.

At tryouts this year, coach John Haas began to see the dividends of that success pay off.

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Published November 30, 2011

With the winter sports season around the corner, East Detroit’s girls basketball team is looking forward to a bright future.

The Shamrocks have a young team and a new coach.

“We are young, small, fast and extremely aggressive,” coach Krysta Kreyger said. “We have a good balance, and every one is competing and working hard together.”

The team is eager get going and put last year’s winless season out of mind.

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Published November 30, 2011

If what he has witnessed in practice is any indication of things to come, then Lake Shore girls basketball coach Jimmy Roehm likes his team’s chances of being in the thick of things in the MAC Gold this season.

There are a couple of assets that nearly every basketball coach hopes for when they look at their roster, and Roehm will have both of them to work with when his Shorians team takes to the court in 2011-2012.

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Published November 23, 2011

TROY — Less than 30 minutes apart, and only a few miles from one another, a pair of long-time friends and former teammates took part in what had served as a lifelong dream.

For Troy High’s Karin Moss and Troy Athens’ Sinclair Russell, playing college basketball is now a reality.

The pair of senior standouts at their respective schools signed their national letters of intent Nov. 14, officially declaring themselves college basketball players.

Moss to Buffalo

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Published June 28, 2011

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Many of the area’s best recently graduated high school basketball players took part in a pair of All-Star games June 16 at Macomb Community College in Warren.

The budding event showcased the top talents the county has to offer for the second straight year.

“The All-Star games are definitely growing,” MCC women’s coach Jay Ritchie said. “We not only had great turnout from the players, we had great attendance with over 1,000 in the building for the games.”

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Published May 25, 2011

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As Gregory Kelser added an east side location to his youth basketball camp circuit last year, he wondered what the response might be.

It was so overwhelming that the former NBA player and current Detroit Pistons analyst has decided to add an additional east side camp this summer.

“We thought the response was terrific,” Kelser said.

Kelser will now hold three separate camps — at Grosse Pointe North High School July 18-22, at Grosse Pointe South July 25-29 and at Birmingham Groves July 11-15.

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Published April 18, 2011

DETROIT — Don’t label them lucky and don’t refer to them as flukes.
These Shamrocks knew how to win.

In a three-year period, the core of the East Detroit boys basketball team won 56 games.
Not exactly one-hit wonders.

And when that trio of Ethan Blackwell, Johnnie Mills and Charles Baskin were joined by Jalan Smith, C.J. Bates and Steven Lewis in prominent playing roles this season — the six seniors produced the most successful season in the past 45 years of program history.

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Published April 12, 2011

After a regular season filled with conference battles and a postseason marked with memorable runs, the Oakland Activities Association girls basketball coaches took one last grip on the winter season before spring could take over.

Some of the state’s most prolific players called the OAA home during the 2010-11 season, and those players were honored last month when the best of the best were named to the league’s All-Association team.

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Published April 6, 2011

It was a common theme from the boys basketball coaches in the Oakland Activities Association in 2011 — no easy nights.

The season came to a close and was one of the Oakland Activities Association’s most competitive years.

“From top to bottom, from the No. 1 team to the No. 9 team, believe it or not, anyone can beat anyone,” Troy High coach Gary Fralick said earlier in the year of the OAA White. “I think it’s wonderful, because we don’t have to sell the kids that (each) game is going to be tough.”

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Published April 5, 2011

As a young, aspiring coach, Tom Negoshian visited his old basketball coach, Ralph Grubb, for some advice.

Negoshian — who has led the North Farmington boys basketball program for 25 years — asked the veteran why he had coached so long and what does he enjoy about it.

“Right then, a kid walked by him and I in the hallway and said, ‘Hey coach,’” Negoshian remembered.

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Published April 6, 2011

Now that the blood, sweat and tears of another Macomb Area Conference boys basketball season have dried, it’s time to look back on the year that was and recognize the players and coaches who received All-Conference honors in their respective divisions. Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year honors were also awarded.

The MAC was loaded with talent this year, and it showed in the postseason. Eastpointe East Detroit became the first team from the conference to reach the quarterfinal round since Grosse Pointe North did it in 2005.

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Published March 30, 2011

TROY — Troy High senior Mike Sully can pinpoint the moment his basketball team made the turn.

The Colts were trailing Troy Athens by 10 points at halftime Dec. 14 in the fourth game of the year.

“Right then, during the halftime speech, we came together as a team and came back in the second half and played all out and won,” Sully said.

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