Basketball

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Published February 2, 2011

Midway through division action, Utica Ford II’s boys basketball team is checking itself out in a mirror.

Sometimes, the Falcons like what they see, and other times, it becomes clear they’ve got some work to do.

Ford was 7-4 overall and 3-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division at press time.

“We need to be more consistent with our performance and shoot an even better percentage from the free-throw line,” Ford coach Mark Bray said. “We have been up and down since Christmas.”

Read More

Published February 2, 2011

Nearing the midway point of the division season, Clintondale’s boys basketball team knows it has some ground to make up.

And Dragons coach Rob Townsend knows his team has the talent to do it. They just have to continue working hard.

“I think we are working hard and getting better, but we have not performed up to my expectations,” Townsend said. “We need to take the effort in practice and apply it to games.”

Read More

Published January 26, 2011

The Utica Stevenson girls basketball team is liking its view from the top.

Besides posting a 4-0 record in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, 7-2 overall, at press time, the Titans have already eclipsed their record from last season.

Last year, Stevenson also started its season with a four-game winning streak, but then lost a close game to Grosse Pointe North. Coach Troy Marks said that’s when “the wheels fell off,” and the team finished 4-6.

Marks said the Titans are striving for consistency in games and practices.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Published January 26, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS — For the first time in a while, Frank Orlando has a Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day basketball team that many would consider anything but typical.

There’s no sure-fire All-Staters.

There are only two starters back from a year ago, and his roster is comprised of a group of girls who have spent the better parts of their careers waiting in the wings.

Read More

Published January 26, 2011

From a distance, Sterling Heights High’s boys basketball team’s record is nothing special.

But upon closer examination, the Stallions’ résumé reveals reason for excitement.

After starting the season 1-4, the team went on a four-game winning streak to kick off Macomb Area Conference Gold Division play. At press time, the squad was 5-5 overall, 4-1 in the league.

It’s not that Sterling struggled before finding its stride, but that the Stallions simply started the season against a slate of talented opponents.

Read More

Published January 26, 2011

Defense doesn’t just win championships, it also wins games.

That’s what the Mount Clemens High boys basketball team has learned.

The Battling Bathers dropped their first two games of the season before picking up their play on the defensive end.

“Our kids believe defense is the way to win,” Mount Clemens coach Kurt Wilson said. “So I am very pleased with our performance.”

Read More

Published January 26, 2011

Two things have turned out to be consistent for the Madison Heights Madison boys basketball team so far this season.

Through eight games, the Eagles have played tenacious defense. And through eight games, the Eagles haven’t lost.

After allowing an average of about 60 points a game the past two seasons, Madison has stepped things up on the defensive end, holding opponents closer to 50 points a game.

Read More

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.

Read More

Published January 26, 2011

FARMINGTON — There have been nights when Cherrish Willis seemed to score at will.

There have been other nights where the third or fourth player off the bench has outscored her while she instead concentrated on handing out assists, playing lock-down defense or being the team’s most vocal cheerleader from the sideline.

As long as the result in both instances is the same, Willis has no problem with the journey to it.

Read More

Published January 18, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — A year ago, Tim Fracassi was the head coach of the Southfield Christian girls basketball team. But when the 2009-10 season came to a close, so too did his time on the sideline.

He was ready to move on, prepared to pass the torch.

Of course, as the school’s athletic director he’d play a key role in finding the person to assume his old job.

Read More

Published January 18, 2011

C&G Newspapers

ROCHESTER HILLS — Dave Muczynski has never believed in moral victories.

He understands the concepts surrounding them and the reason some see fit to lay claim to their importance, but to him, a loss rarely gives way to the notion of celebration.

With all that said, however, the Auburn Hills Avondale girls basketball coach can’t help but have a bit of appreciation for the season-opening setback his squad endured, and more importantly, the lessons taken from it.

Read More

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.

Read More

Published January 19, 2011

WARREN — The Mount Clemens High girls basketball team is looking to battle back in its 2011 campaign under new head coach Jason Monk.

Monk moved over to the girls program after serving five years as an assistant with the boys, under coach Kurt Wilson.

“I always wanted to be a varsity coach, whether it was boys or girls,” Monk said. “When I took over the team, I told the girls that we’re going to leave it all on the floor every game. The wins and losses are going to take care of themselves.”

Read More

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.”

Read More

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.

Read More

Published January 12, 2011

CLAWSON — At Clawson High, the girls basketball team’s motto is “Good enough never is.”

That belief is pushing the squad to improve on last year’s 0-10 mark in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze.

“After what happened last year, we’re pushing ourselves to not let that happen ever again,” senior Kayla Hamby said. “We’re noticing what we did wrong and making improvements.”

Read More

Upcoming Events

Royal Oak
'Noises Off' play supports cancer survivors
2 p.m.
Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
West Bloomfield
Annual rummage sale
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hadassah Greater Detroit
Rochester Hills
Zenith Brass concert
7 p.m.
Oak Arbor Church
Grosse Pointe Woods
GPT to perform 'Rumors'
2 p.m.
University Liggett School
Mount Clemens
Meet the artists and find holiday gifts
1-3 p.m.
Anton Art Center

MORE LISTINGS

ADD AN EVENT

FULL CALENDAR

Newsroom tweets

Tweets by C & G Newspapers journalists
Reporters' opinions are their own and retweets do not equal endorsements.