Gabriel Richard student section a finalist for best in Michigan and other prep basketball notes and leaders
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Father Gabriel Richard’s student section has been named a finalist for the MHSAA’s 2013 Battle of the Fans contest, the MHSAA announced this week.
Gabriel Richard was chosen as one of five finalists from 27 schools that submitted applications to this year’s contest. Applications included a video of their cheering section in action.
The winner will be chosen based on the results of Facebook vote Feb. 18-21 and a vote of the MHSAA’s Student Advisory Council. Every finalist will also be visited during the judging process -- Gabriel Richard will be visited during its Feb. 5 game against Madison Heights Bishop Foley.
The contest winner will be announced Feb. 22.
Freshman in name only
Ypsilanti guard Corey Allen may have a 9 next to his name, in the column labeled “grade.” But his coach, Steve Brooks, doesn’t consider him the typical freshman.
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“He’s been in our program since our 04-05 team,” Brooks said. “He knows the offense and everything. We’ve just been waiting on him.”
Allen earned the rare chance to start for the Phoenix as a freshman, and he hasn’t disappointed. He’s averaging 12.6 points per game, and has scored in double digits in five of seven games. That included a 10-point performance Tuesday night against Skyline.
The biggest thing he needs to work on, Brooks said, is adding size, But there’s plenty of time to do that.
“He’s really trying to buy in, and that’s all you can ask for,” Brooks said. “He’s just trying to get stronger and better.”
Varsity eighth grader
When your total school enrollment is 71, sometimes you have to get creative to fill out a roster.
Such is the case with Washtenaw Christian forward Jurnee Tipton, an eighth grader who finds herself playing varsity basketball this year thanks to an MHSAA rule that allows low-enrollment high schools to dress middle-schoolers.
Tipton scored a season-high six points Friday against Livingston Christian. For the season, she has 22 points, fourth-most on the team.
“She is holding her own out there at the wing position,” Washtenaw Christian coach Bob Trevino said. “She has an extremely bright future.”
Tipton is merely the youngest player on a young Washtenaw Christian team. Kara Ross and Michaela Donat, the Wildcats’ two leading scorers, are both sophomores.
Name, School, Games, Points, PPG
|Jackie Oestreich, Greenhills||8||222||27.8|
|McKenna Erkfitz, Manchester||10||158||15.8|
|Arie Cargor, Lincoln||11||160||14.5|
|Desiree Cougill, Pioneer||7||100||14.3|
|Jennifer Fichera, Pioneer||9||122||13.6|
|Grace Sauers, Chelsea||9||122||13.6|
|Riley Singleton, Chelsea||9||120||13.3|
|Janae Sims, Skyline||9||119||13.2|
|Taylor Manders, Manchester||10||130||13.0|
|Nastassja Chambers, Arbor Prep||11||140||12.7|
Name, School, Games, Points, PPG
|Jason Houle, Gabriel Richard||8||188||23.5|
|Mathias Donat, Washtenaw Christian||7||127||18.1|
|Jibreel Hussein, Pioneer||8||142||17.8|
|C.J. Turnage, Milan||8||137||17.1|
|Kamari Davis, Gabriel Richard||7||116||16.6|
|Reece Dils, Saline||7||106||15.1|
|Evan Fosha, Gabriel Richard||8||118||14.8|
|Adrian Harrison, Arbor Prep||8||115||14.4|
|Jake Korican, Manchester||7||100||14.3|
|Daquanta Brown, Willow Run||5||70||14.0|
Martin Luther King Day Tournaments
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored on the holiday named after him on Monday, but area basketball teams aren't waiting until then to honor him with several high school basketball tournaments being held on Saturday in celebration of the holiday.
The Huron boys team will take on Detroit Renaissance at 6:40 p.m. at the third annual Freedom Classic at Warren Fitzgerald High School. Fans of high school hoops might want to stick around after the Huron game as Detroit Pershing, the No. 1 ranked team in Class A, take on Flint Beecher, the defending state champs and ranked No. 1 in Class C .
On the girls side, Arbor Prep is hosting The MLK Shootout with JV and varsity games scheduled all the way from 9:45 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. The host Gators will play Benton Harbor, Gabriel Richard will play Southfield and Ypsilanti will play Inkster.
Game of the Week underdog
Despite a combined enrollment of 461 students of both of the schools involved, the Rudolf Steiner at Arbor Prep boys game has led from Day 1 in our Game of the Week for Jan. 22-25. The two small schools are beating out five schools with more than double their combined student population and three (Huron, Lincoln and Skyline) with more than 1,000 more students in their respective schools than the two have combined.
Have you noticed more than the standard three striped referees uniforms present at high school basketball games of late? This isn't a new fashion trend, there is one more person the MHSAA decided should be in uniform this year: the official scorer.
The scorer's table can be a confusing place at a high school basketball game. There are often stat keepers for each team, announcers, athletic directors and the occasional annoying sports reporter seated there, to name a few. It can make it difficult for a referee to know who he should be speaking to when he needs clarification from the official scorekeeper.
In order to make it easy to identify who is in charge of the official scorebook, the MHSAA is requiring official scorekeepers to wear striped referee uniforms.
- Pete Cunningham contributed to this article.