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It isn’t often that the Son of Swami is speechless, but that was the case Saturday night at the Motor City Casino.
No, the All-Knowing One didn’t have a bad run at the black jack table, he was there for the latest induction class of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
SOS was able to attend the event the only way he could possibly get into a Hall of Fame ceremony – with a ticket.
This class was spectacular and SOS was thrilled to see Mike O’Hara, who reportedly used to work for a small daily paper in southeastern Michigan, and Harry Atkins, the former Michigan Associated Press sports editor, inducted.
But SOS was most pleased because of the induction Dan Fife, Diane Dietz, Morris Peterson and Allison Schmitt.
After a brilliant career at Clarkston and Michigan, starring in baseball and basketball, Fife returned home and became a brilliant basketball coach. He is the third winningest coach in state history and he is one of the few guys who could beat you with his team or take your team and beat you with them.
SOS first met Schmitt at Canton High School, where it had to redo its swimming record board every other week because of all of the records she kept breaking. Back then, SOS had no idea she would go on to win eight Olympic medals and she may not be finished yet.img itemprop="url" src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/10/06/PDTF/24c6d833-e5ff-4d0c-a55d-09d5d93e8f53-100519_HallofFame_AMB_004.JPG?width=540&height=&fit=bounds&auto=webp" alt="Inductees Allison Schmitt, Morris Peterson and Diane Dietz are interviewed during 2019 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at MotorCity Casino Hotel, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019." width="540" data-mycapture-src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/10/06/PDTF/24c6d833-e5ff-4d0c-a55d-09d5d93e8f53-100519_HallofFame_AMB_004.JPG" data-mycapture-sm-src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/10/06/PDTF/24c6d833-e5ff-4d0c-a55d-09d5d93e8f53-100519_HallofFame_AMB_004.JPG?width=500&height=315"">>
Inductees Allison Schmitt, Morris Peterson and Diane Dietz are interviewed during 2019 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at MotorCity Casino Hotel, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (Photo: Anntaninna Biondo, Detroit Free Press)
Peterson was a diamond in the rough when SOS first spotted him at Flint Northwestern. He, too, exceeded SOS’s expectations, first as a Flintstone at Michigan State and then 11 years in the NBA.
Dietz played in the first girls basketball game SOS ever covered well over 40 years ago, but unlike SOS she has aged remarkably well. If she and her Farmington Hills Mercy teammates hadn’t been such serious athletes who knows when the Free Press would have decided to make high school girls athletics such a priority.
SOS had a ball at the induction ceremony and the afterglow parties until Schmitt’s twin sisters – Kari and Sara, who were all-state basketball players and played hockey at Ohio State, cross check the All-Knowing One out of the joint and into the parking lot, telling him to get back to picking high school football games, and here we are with this week’s top games.img itemprop="url" src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/ef9acb1d3af99c5a1b398ec85bf039f6b6b1bd1d/c=0-47-289-264/local/-/media/2015/10/22/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/635811318191942994-DFP-McCabe-Cartoon-1-1-1FBNRTBU-L664864884.JPG?width=540&height=405&fit=crop" alt="Son of Swami" width="540" data-mycapture-src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2015/10/22/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/635811318191942994-DFP-McCabe-Cartoon-1-1-1FBNRTBU-L664864884.JPG" data-mycapture-sm-src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/50117b4bfe181f32492ec4d414638d7c08e560e6/r=500x400/local/-/media/2015/10/22/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/635811318191942994-DFP-McCabe-Cartoon-1-1-1FBNRTBU-L664864884.JPG"">>Buy Photo
Son of Swami (Photo: DFP)
Detroit Mumford (4-2) at Detroit Renaissance (4-2), 4, Friday. This will decide the PSL’s Division 1 seeding for next week’s playoffs. Well, it will if Renaissance wins, which would make the Phoenix the No. 1 seed and Cass Tech No. 2. If Mumford knocks off Renaissance, well, then they go to the tie-breaker and it’s anybody’s guess how that turns out. Another spectacular performance from Renaissance quarterback RaeQuan Beal could make that a moot point.
Renaissance Center 23, Jemele Hill High 19.
South Lyon (6-0) at Walled Lake Western (5-1), 7, Friday. Last season, the Lions shocked the Lakes-Valley Conference when it knocked off Western on its way to an unbeaten regular season. Western came back and beat the Lions in the district final, but the Lions haven’t lost since. South Lyon has had some terrific defensive performances and it will need another one if it is going to contain Western’s Abdur-Rahmann Yaseen, who has caught 38 passes for 850 yards and seven TD’s.
The Jungle 25, Best Western 23.
Zeeland East (5-1) at Byron Center (6-0), 5, Friday. A Byron Center win can basically lock up the OK Green title. East will have to contain running backs Brody Baker and Michael Allen, who can help keep East's potent offense on the bench. Once East’s offense does hit the field, quarterback Ethan Houghtaling can beat you with his arm and his legs and give defensive coordinators headaches.
Lord Byron 31, Zeeland’s Least 26.
St. Clair (6-0) at Marine City (6-0, 7, Friday. The winner gets custody of the Bell Trophy, which SOS understands is no relation to the Taco Bell trophy, or else it would be filled with toasted cheddar chalupas, which would be a trophy worth going to war to win. If the Mariners hope to get the trophy back, its defense, which has been lights out lately, will have to make sure St. Clair quarterback Brady Gleason isn’t the most efficient quarterback in Macomb County.
Marine Biology 21, Lake St. Clair 18.
Maple City Glen Lake (6-0) at Kingsley (6-0), 7, Friday. Welcome to basketball on grass. Last week, Kingsley defeated Benzie Central, 67-40. Do you know how many basketball games SOS covered that ended 67-40? Too many to mention. Not to be outdone, Glen Lake hung 59 points on Elk Rapids. Are Fred Schramski and Don Miller coaching these teams? SOS thinks it is a shame that Glen Lake finally got to No. 1 and it has to run into Kingsley.
Schramski High 39, Maple Syrup 31.
Source : https://www.freep.com/story/sports/high-school/2019/10/10/michigan-high-school-football-picks-week-7/3929855002/3958