by orionontv | Mar 20, 2023 | Feature Writers, High School Sports
Written Saturday March 18th at 3:00 PM
With the Girls Basketball season done, here is a recap of the season and what the future lies for each team in the OAA.
Pontiac: It was a very rough season for the Phoenix. Pontiac fell 64-22 to Waterford Kettering in the first round. They had seven freshmen in the program this season. The future looks bright even though there will still be some growing pains. Program strength will be a major concern for Coach Corray Lett. It will take some time for the Phoenix to develop their program.
Oak Park: It was a tale of two seasons for the Knights this year. They struggled early but really picked things up late. Oak Park fell 48-19 to Berkley in the first round. Coach Chantelle Corson should be better next season. It will be very interesting to see what happens this offseason with the Knights.
Ferndale: The Eagles made some strides winning eight games this season which did include an upset win over Avondale. They beat arch rival Ferndale University 58-17 in the first round but fell 68-35 to Warren Fitzgerald in the district semifinals. Coach Keith Paris needs to be at Ferndale long term for this to work. They need coaching stability to build this program. Program strength is a big time concern for the Eagles. Everything starts and ends with coaching stability when it comes to the Eagles.
Ferndale University: It was a very rough season for Coach Brianna Rowe and the Eagles. Ferndale University won two games (both were over Pontiac) and fell to Ferndale 58-17 in the first round. The Eagles should be much improved next season with the talent pool. Program strength is a concern for Rowe next season. It will be very interesting to see how Rowe does this offseason with her team.
Avondale: The Yellow Jackets had a very rough season which saw some very high expectations for them despite losing their two top players from last season. Avondale started 0-5 on the season but won three straight before going 4-11 the rest of the way. They won seven games this season. The Yellow Jackets beat Sterling Heights Stevenson 53-47 in a very competitive first round. They fell 59-17 to a very good Utica Ford II program in the district semifinals. Avondale loses Kaliyah Carroll and Kendall Cabot to graduation. They have Madison Manyweathers, Arielle Dudley, and Trenitee Carroll coming back for Coach Roy Christmon. Program strength is a concern this offseason. The Yellow Jackets should be a very interesting team to watch.
Farmington: The Falcons have done very well against the Blue but they have not fared well in the non-conference. This is something that Coach Laura Guzman needs to improve on heading into next season. Farmington beat Detroit Henry Ford 90-7 in the first round however they fell 68-33 to Farmington Hills Mercy in the district semifinals. The Falcons lose six seniors including Kennedi Jones, Clarissa Hankins, Deserre Green, Zipporah Johnson, and Yasmine Thorpe. They have EdiMari King, Anna Tornachuk, and Jayla Silver coming back. Farmington should be a team to watch this offseason.
Bloomfield Hills: The Blackhawks had an incredible season winning their first ever division crown in the Blue. Bloomfield Hills fell to Groves 54-45 in overtime in the first round. The Blackhawks lose five seniors including Makayla Paulateer to graduation but Ashley Forner, Ruby Smith, Brianna Young, and Michelle Barnett come back for Coach Kristen Massey. Program strength looks very good for the Blackhawks. Bloomfield Hills will be a team to watch next season.
Adams: The Highlanders took a lot of ups and downs this season. They were a very young team. Adams trailed 20-18 at halftime but had a rough second half and fell 57-29 to Stoney Creek in the first round. They lose four seniors to graduation including Aujuyna Howard and Taylor Green. The Highlanders have Samantha Blaine, Morgan McPherson, and Faith Zolhus coming back for Coach Joe Malburg. Program strength looks to be up and coming for Adams. They should be a team to watch this offseason.
Troy Athens: The Red Hawks had a very interesting season. Troy Athens started hot at 4-0 but they really struggled going 3-14. They fell 46-44 to Utica in the district semifinals. Injuries is what really hurt the Red Hawks this season. They lose six seniors in Skyler Emerson, Ellie Musko, Rebekah Delia, Fiona Wingblad, and Gabby Leonard. The Red Hawks have Abby Malone, Kayci Mersier, Alex Link, Ava Laurer, and Katy Keller coming back for Coach Stacie Klumpp. Program strength will be very interesting to watch next season. Troy Athens should be a team to watch this offseason.
Harper Woods: The Pioneers had a very interesting season in the White. They won 12 games but had a very tough district ahead of them. Harper Woods fell to St. Clair Shores Lakeview 50-41 in the district semifinals. They don’t really lose anyone to graduation this offseason. Harper Woods has Clearia Peterson, Kendall Kelsey, Tamina Montgomery, Mikyra Kelly, Autumn Trotter, and Laniyah West coming back for Coach Anthony Brown. Program strength is a concern for the Pioneers and it will be something to watch this offseason.
Royal Oak: The Ravens had a bounce back season. They won 13 games and was a serious player in the White. Royal Oak fell 45-42 to Detroit Mumford in the district semifinals. The Ravens have everyone coming back including Emilee Austin, Lydia Dickens, Anna Waterstredt, Lucy Freytag, Megan Hahn, and Maddie Lawrence for Coach Brian Sopota. Program strength looks to be on the upward swing for Royal Oak. The Ravens will be a force next season.
Berkley: The Bears had a tale of two teams this season. They struggled early but improved late in the season. Berkley fell to Detroit Renaissance 56-29 in the district semifinals after winning 48-19 in the first round over Oak Park. They lose Jillian Gomes, Sammi Withrow, Mya Jones, and Ava Beard to graduation. The Bears have Maleve Nolan, Avery Wintergarden, Haley Kirkwood, and Nadia Watt coming back. According to a very accurate source is that Coach Cody Feltner has stepped down the program. It will be very interesting to see how Berkley does this offseason especially with a new coach.
Seaholm: The Maples had a very young team that had some great moments especially in the postseason. Seaholm beat Troy 62-34 in the district semifinals at Birmingham Marian. They had a home game against Birmingham Marian because Birmingham Marian had a power outage thanks to a heavy wet snowstorm. The Maples fell 47-31 to the Mustangs in the district finals. They lose four seniors including Shay Manchester, Lola Weber, and Anne Boogerian to graduation. Seaholm has Addy Flynn, Mary Gumbis, Clara Guffey, Addy Kitzman, Emma Weber, Taylor Hartwig, and Mary Wiltgen coming back for Coach Chris Manchester. Program strength is a concern for Manchester. The Maples will be a team to watch this offseason.
Oxford: The Wildcats had a very good season for a very young team that made a ton of strides. They won 18 games which included beating Birmingham Marian and Clarkston. Their four losses were to Lake Orion and North Farmington twice. Oxford beat Lapeer 61-41 in the district semifinals but fell 66-30 to Grand Blanc in the district finals which was the third straight year the Wildcats have fallen to the Bobcats. Oxford loses Myranda Wynemeko to graduation. They have four starters in Sophie Rabb, Alison Hufsteddler, Peyton Ritcher, and Nevaeh Wood along with Braydee Elling coming back for Coach Rachel Bryer. Wood suffered an ACL injury and was out for the second half of the season. Program strength looks solid for Oxford. This is a program that is ready for the Red. They will be a team to watch this offseason.
North Farmington: The Raiders had an incredible and historic season. They won the White and went undefeated for the first time in school history going 22-0 and gained some very impressive wins throughout the season. North Farmington earned a hard fought 66-56 win over Southfield Arts and Tech in the district semifinals at home but because of a power outage the district finals was moved to Farmington where they fell 59-23 to Farmington Hills Mercy. The Raiders lose a ton of proven experience with Sela Lefler, Penelope Creary, Eliza Muller, Ashiya Jahad, Hallie Rogers, and Kelly Simpson to graduation. North Farmington has Hannah Hart coming back for Coach Jeff Simpson. Program strength is a big concern heading into the offseason. The Raiders should be a team to watch this offseason.
Troy: It was a very rough season for the Colts. Troy really struggled losing 18 straight games to close the year. They fell 62-34 to Seaholm in the district semifinals. The Colts lose Avery Allen, Katelyn Morris, and Charlotte Guillon to graduation. They have Regan Zeiter, Olivia Sprangler, and Diamond Prince coming back at the guards along with Carly Higginbottom in the interior for Coach Julius Porter. Strangler and Higginbottom were five quarter players this season. They could likely be full time next season. Program strength will be very interesting this offseason. The Colts might need a year in the White especially with Macey Zeiter coming into the program in a few years.
Southfield Arts and Tech: The Warriors had a very interesting season which saw a ton of ups and downs. They fell 66-56 to North Farmington in the district semifinals. Southfield Arts and Tech lose Jaylin Austin to graduation. They have Kamaria Page, Christen Banks, Jordyn Ushery, and Jamyra Fritz coming back for Coach Shaquita Coltrane. Program strength is a major concern for the Warriors. They should be a team to watch this offseason.
Groves: The Falcons had a very interesting season which saw a ton of ups and downs Groves fell 30-29 to Birmingham Marian in the district semifinals after dominating the game throughout but they let the Mustangs hang around and that happened. The Falcons lose seven seniors including Lilly Gallagher and Kaitlyn Sanders to graduation. They have Jacey Roy, Nevaeh Cochran-McCay, Cameron Little, and Cira Racco coming back for Coach Allison Hidey. Program strength is a major concern next season for Hidey. The offseason will be very interesting to watch.
Clarkston: The Wolves had a very young team that saw a ton of ups and downs this season. They won 13 games which included wins over Stoney Creek and Rochester and were very competitive in most others. Clarkston blew out Waterford Mott 59-25 in the district semifinals but fell 54-52 to Lake Orion in the district finals. They lose five seniors in Ava Hernandez, Anna Thomas, Mia Zorski, Eleonoro Spano, and Kierra Tolmie to graduation. The Wolves have Emily Valencia, Kierra Zorski, Lauren Fishtaller, Ella Morgner, Ellery Hernandez, Marley Mazur, Claire Walker, and Elliana Robak coming back for Coach Aaron Goodnough. Program strength looks to be solid. Clarkston should be a force to be a recon with next season.
Stoney Creek: The Cougars had a very young team in the always tough and competitive Red this season. They won 17 games which included wins over Lake Orion, Clarkston, and Rochester. Stoney Creek beat Adams 57-29 in the first round but they fell 43-39 to Rochester in the district semifinals. The Cougars lose Lily Solek, Kaeli Butcher, and Mia Carson to graduation. They have Merrick Schlawbach, Sarah LaPrarie, Erin Flynn, and Izzy Ivezaj coming back for Coach Kellen James. Program strength looks solid for Stoney Creek. The offseason will be very interesting to watch for the Cougars. They should be very good next season.
Rochester: It was a very strong year for the Falcons which saw them back to the Red after a few years away from it. Rochester was an honorable mention in Division One and won 18 games this season which included wins over Macomb Dakota, Clarkston, Stoney Creek, and Lake Orion. The Falcons beat Stoney Creek 43-39 in the district semifinals and snapped their four year district final drought by beating Utica Eisenhower 44-33 for the second straight year on their home floor. It was their first district crown since 2008. They battled tough but fell 61-41 to West Bloomfield in the regional semifinals. Rochester loses Ava Williams, Stevie Norgrove, Abbey Pleasant, Alana Webb, and Sammi Glover to graduation. The Falcons have their two top interior players in Alice Max and Kylie Robinson coming back. Watch for Lucy Cook to make some noise next season for Coach Bill Thurston. Program strength looks solid as well. Rochester’s size will be a problem for everyone next season. They will be back that is for sure.
Lake Orion: The Dragons had an incredible season with a ton of ups. They made a ton of noise in their first season back in the Red for the first time since 2017 and was an honorable mention in Division One. Lake Orion won 20 games and made the regional finals for the first time since 2009. They beat Oxford twice, Clarkston three times including a 54-52 victory in the district finals, Rochester, Stoney Creek, and Howell. The Dragons also won back to back district crowns for the first time since 2010 and won their first regional game since 2009 when they beat Howell in that epic 47-44 win in the regional semifinals. They fell to West Bloomfield 48-30 in the regional finals. That game was closer than the score indicated. Lake Orion loses nine seniors in Maddie Ebbert, Chloe Wiegers, Grace Sullivan, Taylor Dinda, Jodie McCaffery, Kylie Heck, Alison May, Fontana Blackney, and Audrey Wischmeyer to graduation. They also lose Rocco Garcia and Carmen Huetras as they were foreign exchange students. The Dragons will be a different team next season but they have Izzy Wotlinski, Charlotte Peplowski, Alana McGinnis, and Ryan Pawlacyzk coming back for Coach Bob Brydges. Wotlinski missed most of the season with an ACL injury while Peplowski had an ankle injury which kept her out of the postseason. Program strength is strong for Brydges. The Dragons should be a very interesting program to watch this offseason.
West Bloomfield: It has been an incredible season for the Lakers. West Bloomfield had two very tough losses to South Bend Washington, Indiana and Ypsilanti Arbor. They managed to overcome a lot to make it back to the Division One State title game. They fell 40-36 to Rockford in a very low scoring defensive game to the Rams. The Lakers have been dominant this postseason winning by an average of 29.5 points which held until the Rockford game. West Bloomfield loses two proven seniors in Sydney Hendrix and Jada Vaughn to graduation. They have Kendall Hendrix, Destiny Washington, Indya Davis, and Summer Davis. Ava Lord, Gabrielle Hale, or Sheridan Beal coming back for Coach Darrin McAllister next season. Depth will be a concern for the Lakers next season. Program strength is also a concern in the future for McAllister. West Bloomfield should be very good next season but the next few years looks very concerning.
by orionontv | Mar 20, 2023 | Feature Writers, High School Sports
Written Saturday March 18th at 2:45 PM
Updated Sunday March 19th at 11:00 AM
The Rockford Rams were on a mission to not make the same mistake that happened last season to them. In a tight defensive game, the Rams held West Bloomfield, a team that had won their postseason games by 29.5 points per game to their lowest point total of the season as Rockford stunned the Lakers 40-36 on Saturday afternoon in the Division One State Finals at Michigan State.
West Bloomfield won 66-63 over Rockford in the Division One State Semifinals which led them to the Division One State crown last season but the Rams had a very good game plan to play at their pace and not West Bloomfield’s.
The Rams took advantage of West Bloomfield’s foul situation and lack of depth. They got the Hendrix sisters into foul trouble. The foul trouble allowed Rockford to pay more attention toward the Davis twins.
Kendall Hendrix had 12 points while Sydney Hendrix had 10 points. The Rams held the Davis twins to 12 total combined points (Indya had eight while Summer had four points.)
The Lakers held Grace Lyons whom torched them with 21 points (five threes) last season to five points but those five points were in very critical moments and in the fourth quarter.
She got a steal and then hit a contested three pointer off very good ball movement from the Wypych sisters causing the defense to collapse leading to the three with 40 seconds left. The three by Lyons proved to be the dagger in the fourth quarter which gave Rockford the 38-36 lead. West Bloomfield would try to get the ball up the court but turned the ball over with 33 seconds left giving it back to the Rams.
West Bloomfield still had a chance to tie the game after a free throw miss by Rockford. They got the ball to Summer Davis whom was fouled. Davis missed both free throws which the second was missed intentionally but was wiped off by a lane violation giving the ball to the Rams and Lyons sealed it with with two free throws.
“We came up short a few plays and Rockford is a great team, great coached team and they made plays when it counted and they walked away. And I’ll say this, today they were the better team, today. They were the better team, they walked away. And they are champions. And I respect that” said Coach Darrin McAllister during his press conference to MIPrepZone and the Oakland Press’s Matt Mowery.
Anna Wypych had 20 points (five threes) while Alyssa Wypych had nine points for Rockford. The big three for the Rams combined for 34 of Rockford’s 40 points on the night.
The 36 points were the lowest the Lakers had scored this season. They scored 48 against Lake Orion which was their previous lowest prior to the game.
West Bloomfield finished the season with a 26-3 record. They lose Sydney Hendrix and Jada Vaughn to graduation but they have both Davis twins, Kendall Hendrix, Gabrielle Hale, Ava Lord, Sheridan Beal, and Destiny Washington coming back.
The Lakers should be motivated to get the Division One State crown back and they should be with four starters coming back plus two more off the bench. They do have a few questions to address particularly program strength.
More will be talked about this game on the podcast on Monday so stay tuned to OAA Now.
by orionontv | Mar 7, 2023 | Feature Writers, High School Sports
Written Sunday March 5th at 10:30 AM
When Athletic Directors put in for regionals to the MHSAA and it’s granted. They tend to feel that their team can get to the regional where they would host.
Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.
It’s very rough for the losing team in districts and knowing that their opponent is heading to your regional in your own gym.
The reward for some schools is that they get to host their regional.
Lake Orion, Macomb Dakota, Coldwater, Dearborn Fordson, Frankenmuth, Yale, Saline, Sandusky, Madison Heights Bishop Foley, Dansville, Petersburg Sumfield, Athens, and Kingston will host their respective girls basketball regionals and their team are playing in their regionals throughout the State.
The common theme is that each of these teams won their district in an opposing gym. That is the biggest motivation is to host their own regional.
Rochester, Detroit Cass Tech, Grosse Pointe North, Redford Westfield Prep, Detroit Edison, Dearborn Divine Child, Hart, West Iron County, Oscoda, Grass Lake, Dansville, Hanover-Horton, Blissfield, Riverview Gabriel Richard, New Lothrup, Fowler, Petersburg Summerfield, Gaylord St. Mary, Au Gres Sims, St. Charles, Fruitport Calvary Christian, Climax Scott, and Athens all won girls basketball districts on their home floors.
It happens in any sport.
Having home court this late in the season is very important. Those teams are familiar with the gym and the surroundings. Now all these teams won’t make it past regionals but that feeling of playing at home is very rewarding to those who have gotten this far.
Like I said before, sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t that’s the bottom line.
by orionontv | Mar 7, 2023 | Feature Writers, High School Sports
Written Saturday March 4th at 11:00 PM
These are the final Boys Basketball Top 23 for the regular season.
- North Farmington (19-1): Raiders rolling with confidence into the postseason.
- Ferndale (14-8): Eagles gearing up for hopefully a run in Division Two.
- Adams (13-8): Highlanders have some momentum despite loss to North Farmington.
- West Bloomfield (15-6): Lakers have a really tough test looming in the postseason.
- Groves (16-6): Marc West has done a very good job with the Falcons in his first year back.
- Troy (16-6): Colts better beware of Utica in the district semifinals.
- Oak Park (11-7): Knights struggling a little bit heading into a very tough district.
- Bloomfield Hills (15-7): Blackhawks have a really tough test looming in the postseason.
- Harper Woods (15-7): Pioneers have a very interesting matchup with Grosse Pointe North looming.
- Clarkston (13-9): Wolves should be fine in their district.
- Lake Orion (11-11): Dragons have played a tough schedule this season.
- Seaholm (12-10): Maples won the Blue with a strong 2023.
- Oxford (13-9): Wildcats have some confidence heading into the postseason.
- Troy Athens (11-9): Red Hawks have no momentum heading into the postseason.
- Berkley (14-8): Bears staring at Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit in the district semifinals.
- Royal Oak (13-8): Ravens have a very tough matchup with Detroit Renaissance looming.
- Stoney Creek (3-18): Cougars have no momentum heading into the postseason.
- Rochester (5-17): Max Mohl has been very impressive lately.
- Farmington (6-15): Falcons are in a very tough spot without Jaden Turner.
- Southfield Arts and Tech (9-13): Warriors have no momentum heading in the postseason.
- Avondale (10-12): Yellow Jackets are a wildcard in their district.
- Ferndale University (9-12): Eagles have been inconsistent heading into the postseason.
- Pontiac (3-18): Phoenix have really struggled heading into the postseason.
by orionontv | Feb 28, 2023 | Feature Writers, High School Sports
Written Sunday February 26th at 6:45 PM
Here is the Top 23 for Boys Basketball for the week.
- North Farmington (17-1): Raiders loaded lineup is ready for the postseason.
- Ferndale (12-7): Eagles starting to turn the corner and just in time too.
- Oak Park (10-6): Knights need to bounce back and quick.
- Adams (12-7): Highlanders guards are gaining experience and confidence right now.
- West Bloomfield (14-5): Donnie Watts has been a great addition for the Lakers.
- Groves (14-6): Josh Gibson and Josh Simpson are future stars in the making.
- Troy (15-5): Colts riding the proven experience into the postseason.
- Bloomfield Hills (14-6): Noah Adamcyzk needs to be on college scouts radar now.
- Troy Athens (11-7): Red Hawks are 8-1 in their last nine games.
- Clarkston (12-8): Wolves have lost three straight which is very unusual.
- Lake Orion (10-10): Quay Fly has had some monster games lately.
- Harper Woods (12-7): Pioneers have the Gold all but locked up.
- Seaholm (10-10): Maples are 10-5 since the New Year started.
- Berkley (13-7): Tamir Runkenvich is going to need to be huge for the Bears this postseason.
- Royal Oak (12-7): Everyone needs to click for the Ravens to make some noise in the postseason.
- Stoney Creek (3-16): Welcome back Peyton Rummler.
- Oxford (10-9): Jake Champagne and company need to make some noise late in the season.
- Farmington (6-13): Greg Grays is going to be a star in the making.
- Southfield Arts and Tech (8-12): Warriors have been up and down this season.
- Avondale (9-11): Yellow Jackets have a shot to beat Waterford Mott but they have to play well.
- Rochester (5-15): Falcons have been up and down lately.
- Ferndale University (9-11): Eagles will be a very interesting team to watch.
- Pontiac (3-16): Phoenix are really struggling right now.
by orionontv | Feb 28, 2023 | Feature Writers, High School Sports
Written Saturday February 25th at 5:00 PM
Here are the district likelihoods heading into the last week of the season.
Pontiac: The Phoenix have had a very difficult season. They will be the B team in District Six. Pontiac has a very interesting matchup with Waterford Kettering in the pre-district. If the Phoenix were to get past the Captains then they would play Clarkston in the district semifinals which is a very tough matchup. Either way it’s a tough path for Pontiac in the postseason.
Ferndale University: The Eagles have a tough path ahead of them. They are the B team in District 59 which means they will see Hazel Park in the pre-district and if they win that game they would see arch rival Ferndale in the district semifinals. With where they are at with the MPR this will be the likely outcome for Ferndale University.
Avondale: The Yellow Jackets have had things very rough as of late. They made a coaching change mid-season which can always be tough. Avondale is the A team in District Six. They would play Waterford Mott in the district semifinals. The Yellow Jackets have a really tough path this postseason for sure.
Harper Woods: The Pioneers will be second seed for District 30. Harper Woods would play Grosse Pointe North in the district semifinals. Roseville and St. Clair Shores Lakeview are locked into play each other in the pre-district with the winner getting Grosse Pointe South in the district semifinals. It will be very interesting to see how the Pioneers handle this at Grosse Pointe North.
Southfield Arts and Tech: The Warriors have been up and down this season. Southfield Arts and Tech will be C team in District 26. They will play Livonia Stevenson in the pre-district. If they can get by the Spartans they would play North Farmington in the district semifinals. The Warriors have a tough path that is for sure.
Royal Oak: The Ravens have been improving as a program but the postseason is another animal where this program needs to take the next step. Royal Oak will be the D team in District 25 which means they would have a really difficult matchup with Detroit Renaissance in the pre-district. If they somehow get by the Phoenix then they would play Oak Park in the district semifinals. It’s going to be a tough path for Royal Oak but if they are executing at a high level then maybe there is always a chance.
Troy Athens: The Red Hawks kept the second seed in District 28 which means they would play Sterling Heights Stevenson in the district semifinals. The Red Hawks have the better draw with Sterling Heights Stevenson even though it is a road game technically but it’s the better side of the draw. The winner of that game could see either Utica or arch rival Troy in the district finals. A lot to play for Troy Athens right now.
Seaholm: The Maples will have it very tough in the postseason. They are the B team in District 27 which means they would play arch rival Groves in the pre-district. If Seaholm can get by Groves then they would see Birmingham Brother Rice whom is the top seed and Catholic League champs in the district semifinals. This is a very tough path for the Maples if they want to make some noise in this district.
Oxford: The Wildcats have a very difficult path ahead of them going back to Genesee County. They are the C team in District Four. Oxford will play Lapeer in the pre-district with the winner playing top seed and host Grand Blanc in the district semifinals. It’s going to be a very tough path for sure for the Wildcats.
Berkley: The Bears have been a very odd team to figure out. They will be the A team in District 25 which means they would play Detroit Mumford in the pre-district. If Berkley gets by the Mustangs they would play Detroit-University-Detroit Jesuit in the district semifinals. It will be a tough matchup for the Bears but they have home court which helps. Berkley is the wildcard in this district that is for sure.
Rochester: The Falcons are in a very interesting spot in District Five. Rochester is the B team and play Lake Orion which is a much tougher matchup for them. The Falcons are struggling a little bit right now which is a concern going forward.
Stoney Creek: The Cougars have had a really rough year with injuries, a brutal non conference, and a tough transition period. Stoney Creek will be the C team in District Five which means they will play Romeo in the pre-district. If they beat the Bulldogs they would play Utica Eisenhower in the district semifinals. It’s a very tough road for the Cougars that is for sure going against the heart of Macomb County.
Groves: The Falcons have had a very good season. They are the A team in District 27 which means they would play arch rival Seaholm in the pre-district. If they win over the Maples they would play top seed and Catholic League champions Birmingham Brother Rice in the district semifinals. It’s going to be a tall order for Groves but they could be a dangerous team for Birmingham Brother Rice in the district semifinals for sure.
Farmington: The Falcons are much better than their record indicates. They have an up and coming star in Greg Grays and despite what they have been going through Farmington is much improved than last season. Their district should be very interesting. They are the A team in District 26 which means they would play Detroit Henry Ford in the district semifinals. If they can win that game then they would have a rematch with arch rival North Farmington in the district finals. Farmington is in a very interesting spot right now.
Lake Orion: The Dragons are in a very complex spot when it comes to the postseason. They will be the A team and play Rochester in the pre-district with the winner playing Adams in the district semifinals. The Dragons beat the Falcons earlier in the season but Rochester had a great fourth quarter in that game. Lake Orion is in a very interesting spot with a ton to play for just for confidence.
West Bloomfield: The Lakers have had a big turnaround this season. The district could be a very tall task for West Bloomfield. They are the D team in District 27. The Lakers will play Bloomfield Hills in the pre-district. West Bloomfield won at Bloomfield Hills earlier in the season. If they can win over the Blackhawks they would play Orchard Lake St. Marys in the district semifinals. I like this path for the Lakers if they can knock off Bloomfield Hills which they have already done on their home floor. I’m not real trustworthy of the Eaglets in the postseason because of the distractions off the court.
Bloomfield Hills: The Blackhawks have been up and down lately. Bloomfield Hills is in a very tough district despite having home court. They are the C team in District 27 which means they will rematch with arch rival West Bloomfield in the pre-district. If they beat the Lakers in the pre-district then they would play Orchard Lake St. Marys in the district semifinals. West Bloomfield beat the Blackhawks earlier in the season at Bloomfield Hills. They could if they win over West Bloomfield and beat Orchard Lake St. Marys which they have a chance they would play top seed and Catholic League Champion Birmingham Brother Rice in the district finals on their home floor. Like West Bloomfield, I like the Blackhawks path pending if they can get by the Lakers in the pre-district. It’s really hard for me to trust the Eaglets this postseason with their distractions off the court. Expect Noah Adamcyzk to make a ton of noise on his home court.
Troy: The Colts have the top seed in District 28 all but locked up. Troy will likely see either Utica Ford II or Utica in the district semifinals. If they can win that matchup they could see either Sterling Heights Stevenson or arch rival Troy Athens in the district finals. The Colts matchup very well in this district. Troy is in a great position to do well although Utica could be an issue but not likely at the moment.
Adams: The Highlanders will have the top seed in District Five. Adams will play either Rochester or Lake Orion in the district semifinals. The Falcons beat the Highlanders earlier in the season but that was without Brady Prieskorn while the Dragons were without DJ Morrow and Nate Havrilla in their loss to Adams. The Highlanders will be a very interesting team to watch in the postseason.
Clarkston: The Wolves have home court in District Six and have the top seed all but locked up. If this were the case they would play either Waterford Kettering or Pontiac in the district semifinals. They should have that likely rematch with Waterford Mott in the district finals. I don’t really see Clarkston getting jumped by Waterford Mott like they were but then again Wolves fans know what happened last season.
Oak Park: The Knights will be the second seed in District 25. They hold that seed at the moment which means they would play Detroit Renaissance or Royal Oak in the district semifinals. This is a program that wants Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit in the worst way possible. Could this be the year that the Knights get the Cubs??? We’ll see.
Ferndale: The Eagles postseason path looks very secure with where they are at in the MPR. They would be locked into the top seed in District 59. Ferndale would play either Ferndale University or Hazel Park in the district semifinals. They would see Detroit Old Redford in the district finals. Either way this is a great path for the Eagles in the postseason.
North Farmington: The Raiders are the top team in the MPR, have home court, and have the top seed locked up in District 26. There likely won’t be any changes which means they would see either Southfield Arts and Tech or Livonia Stevenson in the district semifinals and if they win that they could see Detroit Henry Ford or Farmington in the district finals. North Farmington is in a really good spot to make some noise in the postseason.