Royal Oak will have a new Football Coach This Fall

Royal Oak will have a new Football Coach This Fall

Around the OAA.

This is a blog that is devoted to the OAA. We cover 23 schools from Oakland County to Wayne County. From Oxford to Harper Woods. This blog will give insight and projections around the OAA.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

By Sammy Taormina

Royal Oak will have a new Football Coach This Fall.

Written Wednesday January 12th at 10:10 AM

The Ravens will have a new football coach this fall.

Royal Oak Coach Ray McMann has stepped down from the program according to a very accurate source.

McMann has coached the Ravens since 2013. He was 25-49 in his eight years coaching at Royal Oak with two postseason appearances.

McMann was a huge part of bringing football to Royal Oak especially in the youth levels despite the wins and losses. He has also been a positive influence with his players as well leading them to life lessons every day.

Royal Oak finished 2-7 last season. It will be very interesting who the Ravens find as their new coach. There is a lot of talent coming back with running back Michael Jenkins, quarterback Hudson Siddle, and linemen Ellie Finch and Jordan Wood. They have some talent coming back.

Whoever the new coach is will have a very tough job ahead of him. Program strength will be the key for the new coach. There are also a ton of questions on the varsity especially in the defensive secondary and depth will also be a huge question mark heading into 2022.

Stay tuned to OAA Now for the latest on this developing story.

Royal Oak will have a new Football Coach This Fall

Schroeder and Lake Orion Part Ways

Around the OAA.

This is a blog that is devoted to the OAA. We cover 23 schools from Oakland County to Wayne County. From Oxford to Harper Woods. This blog will give insight and projections around the OAA.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021


Schroeder and Lake Orion Part Ways.

By Sammy Taormina

Written Wednesday December 22nd at 10:00 AM

Lake Orion and Coach Joe Schroeder are parting ways.

Schroeder stepped down on Tuesday morning in a move which shocked the boys basketball world.

Jose Andraedas was named the interim coach. He was an assistant at Stoney Creek and Lake Orion along with coaching at Seaholm and Almont.

Schroeder finished with a 21-22 record in his two and a half years coaching the Dragons. He went 11-5 last season which included a share of the Blue. Lake Orion was 2-3 this season prior to the school and Schroeder parting ways. The Dragons fell to 2-4 falling 63-54 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep on Tuesday night.

“I enjoyed coaching at Lake Orion but it was the right time to step away. I want to thank all of my players, the administrators, and members of the community that supported me in my two plus seasons here” Schroeder said to MIPrepZone’s Scott Burnstein.

Lake Orion football coach and athletic director Chris Bell mentioned to Burnstein that he is wishing for him nothing but the best moving forward. “I appreciate everything Joel did with our boys basketball team. He accomplished a lot and did right by us. There was no major incident that led up to this, there was some stress in the program and it’s just best for everyone involved to move on.”

Lake Orion is off until the New Year when they host Lapeer on Tuesday January 4th.

The Dragons have been through a lot in the last few weeks however their goals are still in front of them. It’s important for them to stay together in this very difficult time.

Andraedas brings a ton of coaching experience which helps. He led the Dragons in their opening night win over Rochester Lutheran Northwest to kick off the season.

It will be up to Andraedas to fix Lake Orion’s issues. This has been a program with a ton of questions coming into the season. Program strength is a big concern and still is right now.

It’s going to be very important especially next season whoever the coach is to build and address program strength.

Stay tuned to OAA Now for the latest on this developing story.


Here is the column from Burnstein.

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Our final edition for the 2021 calendar year leads off with the announcement of an exciting opportunity to support Oxford as a statewide sports community. We also look back at the week in girls and boys basketball, celebrate competitive cheer in “Title IX at 50” and discuss an important issue in officiating as we move into a new year.

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Michigan Schools to Designate February for Statewide ‘Oxford Strong’ Support

Schools across Michigan will be dedicating February to “Oxford Strong” in support of Oxford Community Schools as the district continues to mourn the deaths of four students during a shooting at the high school Nov. 30. The Oakland Activities Association – of which Oxford is a member – as well as the Kensington Lakes Activities Association and Detroit Catholic High School League, with merchandise vendor E.A. Graphics, have been primary organizers of this effort.

Breslin Bound: 2021-22 Girls Report Week 3

How last season ended can affect how next season begins – and among trends this season are a number of girls basketball programs picking up again after strong finishes last winter. That’s also a theme among headliners in our Breslin Bound report this week, as we cruise into a holiday break that will slow things down for some – but still include a number of notable matchups, as we’ve also covered here.

Breslin Bound: 2021-22 Boys Report Week 2

No school for the next two weeks hardly means no basketball for many teams across the state. Holiday showcases, classics, tournaments, etc., canceled last season because of the COVID-related late start are returning to close this calendar year, and they’ll surely clue us in more on the teams to watch once we return and turn to 2022.

Title IX at 50: Competitive Cheer Gives Michigan Plenty to Cheer About

From its start in 1994, competitive cheer has given tens of thousands of athletes an opportunity to present an impressive array of athleticism, stunts and enthusiasm in a competitive format, while being cheered by hundreds of thousands during one of the MHSAA’s best attended tournament sports.

Zeeland Brings Back Full Lineup for Another Title Pursuit

The Zeeland girls bowling team fell short in its bid for back-to-back Division 1 championships last season. However, Zeeland isn’t short on talent this winter as it returns everyone from March’s run to the quarterfinals. “I think having everyone back is great, and also having a full season,” said Zeeland coach Tony DiLaura, whose team lost to eventual runner-up Belleville at the Finals after qualifying fourth to match play.

Freshman Flynn Has Harbor Springs Hoops Taking Flight Again

Kalkaska and the rest of the Lake Michigan Conference may not know much of the basketball family history of Harbor Springs point guard Olivia Flynn. But likely they know all of her high school basketball history. Flynn, just a freshman for the Rams, has already racked up three 30-point plus performances – over just five career games – entering tonight’s LMC game at home with the Blazers.

The Official View: The Crossroad We Face

It’s time to call it what it is … a major crossroad and tipping point. For more than a decade, the numbers of registered MHSAA officials have steadily declined from a high of about 13,000 to, today, around 7,700. While the COVID pandemic has certainly exacerbated those figures over the last two seasons, two of the top reasons officials give for leaving the avocation remains adult spectators and coach behavior.

Be the Referee: Ball Over Backboard

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials. Here is this week’s segment – Ball Over Backboard – Listen


Girls Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 19
Boys Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 19
Team Wrestling · Finals: Feb. 25-26
Boys Skiing · Finals: Feb. 28
Girls Skiing · Finals: Feb. 28
Boys Bowling · Finals: March 4-5
Girls Bowling · Finals: March 4-5
Girls Competitive Cheer · Finals: March 4-5
Individual Wrestling · Finals: March 4-5
Girls Gymnastics · Finals: March 11-12
Boys Swimming & Diving (LP) · Finals: March 11-12
Ice Hockey · Finals: March 12
Girls Basketball · Finals: March 19
Boys Basketball · Finals: March 26


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Around the OAA: Brother’s Tribute to the Myre Family

Around the OAA: Brother’s Tribute to the Myre Family

Around the OAA.

This is a blog that is devoted to the OAA. We cover 23 schools from Oakland County to Wayne County. From Oxford to Harper Woods. This blog will give insight and projections around the OAA.

Monday, December 6, 2021


Brother’s Tribute to the Myre Family.

Written Monday December 6th at 8:00 PM

Trent, Ty, and Tate: My tribute to Tate Myre and the entire Myre Family

By Anthony Taormina

One night in September, as Lake Orion and Oxford played each other in a JV Football contest in Oxford, at halftime, there was a group of Oxford Football Players playing football, having fun with each other. One of those kids was Tate Myre. I watched them all play, thinking, this is what football is about, this is what friendship is all about. At 0-3, that team could have pouted but they didn’t, they stayed together, as a result, they were able to get into the playoffs and win a playoff game. My brother wrote a wonderful article about Oxford Football, an article I bet Tate read, I look back to those group of kids playing, yeah that same group of brothers, playing for each other, playing for nothing to lose.

I remember watching Tate along with his brothers Trent and Ty, all of them very successful student athletes, each of them great academic scholars, football players, wrestlers but even better men, well loved, honest, willing to do anything, really can’t ask for a better trio of brothers. Tate very much looked up to his brothers, you could tell in his football play, his twitter posts, often retweeting one or both of his brothers, their play, personalities, very similar. A lot of credit goes deservingly so to Mr. and Mrs. Myre, they raised three wonderful kids, each of them, star football players, star wrestlers, loved their friends, and community, in many ways, the Myres, all of them represent Oxford proud and will continue to represent the town proud. I know there has been talk about naming the football stadium after Tate but I think they should name after all the Myre’s, Tate very much learned from his brothers, each of them learned from their parents, you can’t ask for better than that.

As a Dragon, I had the pleasure to watch all the Myres play football, despite always wanting to beat Oxford year in and out, it has been a treat to watch them all play, their hard work, their competitiveness but also their overall personalities are what I’m most impressed with, putting their team, their community, their student body, putting all of that first over self. I knew that many young ones at Oxford look up to all the Myres and no doubt they will continue to. Their personalities, how they care about everyone they come across, going to bat for others, this is how I will always remember the Myres. When it comes to Oxford Football, five names stand out (sorry Coach (Billy) Keenist even though from an 06 perspective that would be you) Rowley, Line, Brown, Carpenter, and Myre, those names stand out and should always stand out.

On Sunday, Tate decided to befriend me on twitter, I have befriended a lot of his Oxford brothers and like I do for my Lake Orion kids, I will check up on Oxford kids as well and talk to Oxford Coaches. After Tate befriended me, I said to myself that I would befriend Trent, Ty, and their Dad, it will be up to them if they want to follow me or not, after Tate followed me, I reached out, I thought at first that he wanted to follow my brother since he writes the OAA blog so I direct messaged him and thanked him for following me on Twitter, he told me that he appreciated it. That meant a lot, it is something I will value forever. I had truly hope to check up on him from time to time and see how he was doing, no doubt my best friend the late great Steven Crowder will do that for me now.

The next time I go to Oxford and look at that football field, a lot of emotions will come out, one of a beautiful family that has devoted their lives to Oxford Football, Oxford Wrestling, and Oxford Athletics, how two wonderful parents raised three boys, not just to become great athletes but even better men, it shows in the Oxford Community. Together, will be Oxford Strong but also Myre Strong.

#42 #OxfordStrong

Royal Oak will have a new Football Coach This Fall

Around the OAA: Two Communities Always Linked

Around the OAA.

This is a blog that is devoted to the OAA. We cover 23 schools from Oakland County to Wayne County. From Oxford to Harper Woods. This blog will give insight and projections around the OAA.

Friday, December 3, 2021


Two Communities Always Linked.

Written Saturday December 4th at 12:00 AM

This blog will be updated.

Tragedy usually bring communities and rivals together.

Lake Orion and Oxford are two communities that are very passionate especially their athletic programs where your either green and white or blue and gold.

Lake Orion and Oxford will always be linked.

They have done several projects together including the Orion-Oxford FISH drive, numerous fundraisers, youth leagues, and clubs. Both communities are very similar, blue collar, hard working, strong positives, friendly, you name it.

Lake Orion was very instrumental in bringing Oxford into the OAA in 2010.

They have continued to support Oxford in several ways.

Both communities have come together this past after tragedy struck at Oxford on Tuesday.

One instance that this reminds me of is April 27th 2011 when an E-F4 tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Tuscaloosa is the home of the University of Alabama and their proud football program. 64 people including six Alabama students lost their lives that day.

Days later, Alabama’s arch rival Auburn came to help. Former football Coach Gene Chizik had his players, coaches, and administration go to Tuscaloosa to help those in need and clean up the damage caused by the tornado putting their athletic rivalry aside.

Lake Orion has been tremendous in helping the Oxford community heal through this terrible tragedy. They have had vigils, donations dedicated to the Oxford community, there is blue and gold ribbons across the town, and also businesses and the schools are using the #OxfordStrong.

Lake Orion and Oxford may never get to the rivalry of the Iron Bowl but everyone knows everyone and when they are together and help one another great things do happen.


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Royal Oak will have a new Football Coach This Fall

Around the OAA: Boys Basketball Top 23

Around the OAA.

This is a blog that is devoted to the OAA. We cover 23 schools from Oakland County to Wayne County. From Oxford to Harper Woods. This blog will give insight and projections around the OAA.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Boys Basketball Top 23.

Written by Sammy Taormina

Sunday December 12th at 1:00 AM

Here is my top 23 for the week. Records are up to date right now.

  1. Clarkston (2-0): Zach Austin, Nathan Steinman, and Keegan Waslik have become scoring machines as of late for the Wolves.
  2. Ferndale (0-1): Eagles were very competitive despite falling in double overtime to Warren DeLaSalle.
  3. North Farmington (2-0): Ryan Hurst has been a difference maker for the Raiders.
  4. Adams (1-0): Gunner Walters is back and making his name known for the Highlanders.
  5. Oak Park (1-0): Knights still worry me a little bit.
  6. Rochester (2-0): We’ll know a lot about the Falcons on Tuesday.
  7. Bloomfield Hills (2-0): Blackhawks using their balance to win games.
  8. Berkley (2-0): Bears sent a statement by beating Troy.
  9. West Bloomfield (1-0): The Lakers might be better than first thought.
  10. Lake Orion (1-1): Dragons need to find secondary scoring and fast.
  11. Oxford (0-0): Wildcats deserve pass for everything that they have endured.
  12. Troy (1-1): Colts got some momentum after winning over Troy Athens on Friday.
  13. Troy Athens (1-1): Red Hawks need to address interior concerns going forward.
  14. Groves (1-1): Falcons had a really tough loss to West Bloomfield. They should be fine.
  15. Stoney Creek (0-1): Ah what happened against Utica, Cougars????
  16. Harper Woods (0-1): New coach, new system, new league. It will take some time for the Pionners to adjust.
  17. Southfield Arts and Tech (1-1): Warriors had a uneasy game with Livonia Franklin after a rough one with Detroit Cass Tech.
  18. Seaholm (1-1): Maples had a split week with a win over Royal Oak and a loss to Bloomfield Hills.
  19. Royal Oak (1-1): Dylan Hoffman is the key to the Ravens success.
  20. Ferndale University (0-3): Eagles have been very competitive in their three losses.
  21. Avondale (0-2): Yellow Jackets really struggling right now.
  22. Farmington (0-2): Falcons really struggling right now.
  23. Pontiac (0-0): Phoenix not playing until January really concerns me.