Archive for the ‘Independent’ Category

Left to right, Chris Hutton, Damon Franklin and Nate Cox.

Last week, we took a look at how Flint area kids are doing at the JUCO level. Here’s the list of updates on kids at the NAIA and Division III level. If any have been left off, feel free to add names in the comments and I’ll at them into the story. (more…)


Left to right, Vince Adams, Ryan Hickoff, Syrus McDonald and Shaquille Smith.

I’ve been contributing some articles to Michigan Preps, the state’s Rivals-owned, subscription-based high school sports page, throughout the last month or so, and they’re online if anyone has a pays to subscribe and wants to check them out. Here are excerpts from a few recent ones: (more…)

The weekly updates to the Flint area standings and scoring leaders are posted through last Friday’s games. Send any corrections or omissions to patrickhayes13(at)gmail(dot)com or leave them in the comments.

— Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops

Darius Wilson has excelled because of his work ethic and through allowing himself to be coached.

FLINT, Michigan — They simply don’t exist for him.

The thought of Darius Wilson having a bad practice seems foreign to his longtime coach at International Academy of Flint, on the city’s south side.

And, to be sure, a city coach knows what one looks like. (more…)

The top two scorers in the Flint area will  square off tonight in a battle of former class D foes. Burton Genesee Christian, still class D, has had its share of great games with International Academy of Flint. Tonight, the rivalry game will match Darius Wilson, the Flint area’s scoring leader, against Justin Denney, the silver medalist thus far.

And, in a strange twist, IAF’s coach, Tim Tenneriello, actually played in some of those rivalry games. The weird part is that he played for GCS. I’d have to check this out, but Tenneriello has to be the youngest head coach in Michigan.

The game starts at 7 p.m. at GCS.

I don’t think anyone was surprised to see that Buctown took down Saginaw Buena Vista last night in a clash of two of the state’s best teams in class C. What should surprise you, however, is how they did it.

The Bucs fought back from an 11-point deficit in the first half AND gave up 41 points to senior guard George Goodman on their way to the win. Goodman, one of the state’s best and least-known players, shot 7-for-9 in the first half alone.

For the Bucs, it was a young man the Flint Journal called an “unlikely hero” that gave them the extra boost in the second half to get the win, 89-82.

(Jequarius) French, the second player off of Beecher’s bench, scored 12 of his career-high 22 points in the third quarter as the second-ranked Buccaneers beat the fifth-ranked Knights, 89-82, Wednesday night in a battle of state Class C powers at Beecher.

French’s previous career best was 11 points. He averaged 6.6 points before Wednesday’s game.

Beecher coach Mike Williams called French, a 6-foot-3 junior who played junior varsity ball last season, “one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached.”

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

Tuesday night I took in a double feature of Belsay Road’s finest with Burton Genesee Christian/Lansing Christian and Burton Bentley/New Lothrop. Both games were fairly competitive from what I could tell — I didn’t stay to see the end of either one because I was a little worried with the weather and wanted to somewhat take them both in.

While the games were fine, in and of themselves, one thing that stood out to me was the overall lack of talent. It’s not a shot at these programs, but something I’ve been struggling with overall in Genesee County. We used to always have killer class A and B teams, and our smaller area schools always had a few diamonds in the rough that could play for anyone.

Just a few years ago, this same double-header would have featured college level players like GCS’s Scott Soldan and Kevin Payne, LCS’s Peter Bunn, DeOndra Callahan, Mickey DeVries and Jonah Hatt, Bentley’s Joey Jerisk, Patrick Ellison and Jermaine Wyatt, and New Lothrop’s Ryan Praski, Brian Sheridan and Jason Knieper, just to name a few.