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We’re into the second day of the final weekend of the 2021-22 sports school year, and today’s edition includes previews of the Girls Soccer, Softball and Baseball Finals and coverage of Thursday’s Semifinals. We also highlight an all-stater whose final high school goal clinched last weekend’s Division 1 girls lacrosse championship.
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AROUND THE STATE
This weekend’s Girls Soccer Finals field includes two of the winningest champions in MHSAA history, and two teams hoping to celebrate the ultimate prize for the first time. Hudsonville Unity Christian with 10 Finals titles and Marian with nine trail only Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s 12 on the list of most MHSAA girls soccer championships.
The team with the second-longest winning streak in MHSAA baseball history, and the appearances of three likely high-round Major League Baseball draft picks are among several intriguing storylines as we head into this weekend’s Baseball Finals at Michigan State University’s McLane Stadium.
The roster for this weekend’s MHSAA Softball Finals at Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium makes for a power-packed lineup. The 16 teams playing for four championships have combined to claim 28 Finals titles in the past. Unionville-Sebewaing and Stevensville Lakeshore are among those sitting second in MHSAA history with seven championships won – and with opportunities to tie the record of eight Saturday.
As much as he tried to keep it out of his mind, it became nearly impossible for Ada Forest Hills Eastern senior pitcher Jacob Pallo to do so late in his team’s Division 2 Semifinal against Goodrich. Pallo was four outs away from a no-hitter Thursday, but then a bloop single with two outs in the sixth ended that hope of him making history.
Things were not going according to plan for Allen Park early in Thursday morning’s Division 1 Semifinal at Secchia Stadium. Mattawan, fresh off an upset of top-ranked South Lyon on Tuesday, came out in giant-killer mode again, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead against the No. 2-ranked Jaguars. “Those nerves, they got us early, but we came back to play,” said third-year Allen Park coach Michael Kish.
Trenton and Essexville Garber are not used to making long runs in softball. In fact, most of the players on both teams weren’t even born the last time their schools reached the Softball Semifinals. The newcomers put on a show Thursday on the state’s biggest stage, with Trenton holding off Garber, 2-1, in a classic pitcher’s duel at sunny, windswept Secchia Stadium.
Up until there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning of its Division 4 Semifinal on Thursday, Riverview Gabriel Richard was winning with an unusual formula. At that point, the Pioneers had three more errors (5) than hits (2), but still found themselves up a run as they looked for some insurance. After the first two batters made outs, the Pioneers found insurance, and then some.
Boose finished her senior season Saturday with one of the most memorable moments in Brighton girls lacrosse history. Her overtime goal gave the Bulldogs a 12-11 victory over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern/Eastern and the Division 1 championship after the they had finished runners-up the previous three seasons.
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Written Saturday June 18th at 7:15 PM
Updated Sunday June 19th at 12:05 PM
Hello all, hope all is well. The MHSAA hasn’t released the boys and girls basketball districts as of yet. Now I did like a projection list of teams that could be the districts.
THESE ARE NOT THE OFFICIAL DISTRICTS, these are my projections. If you have any questions please comment on the comments, DM, or tweet me. I will gladly explain.
I used my early district projections along with the volleyball and MHSAA divisions lists for the 2022-2023 seasons which included the Co-Op’s and the teams that moved up.
Hopefully these are the districts. Here are my projections for Divisions one and two. It took me a few hours so here goes.
Sault Ste Marie
Traverse City Central
Traverse City West
Muskegon Mona Shores
Muskegon Reeths Puffer
Bay City Central
Bay City Western
Saginaw Arthur Hill (Boys Only)
Holland West Ottawa
Grand Rapids Northview
Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
Grand Rapids Union
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central
East Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
Richland Gull Lake
Battle Creek Harper Creek
Battle Creek Central
Battle Creek Lakeview
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
South Lyon East
Ann Arbor Pioneer
Ann Arbor Skyline
Ann Arbor Huron
Romulus (Boys Only)
Riverview (Girls Only)
Novi Detroit Catholic Central
Detroit Henry Ford
Dearborn Heights Crestwood
Westland John Glenn
Detroit Cass Tech
Detroit Martin Luther King
SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH
Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit
Grosse Pointe North
Grosse Pointe South
St. Clair Shores Lakeview
Warren Woods Tower
Warren De LaSalle
Birmingham Brother Rice/Birmingham Marian
Orchard Lake St. Marys/Farmington Hills Mercy
Sterling Heights Stevenson
Macomb L’Anse Creuse
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North
St. Clair Shores LakeShore
Utica Ford II
Port Huron Northern
Flint (Boys Only)
Flint Carman Ainsworth
Walled Lake Western
Walled Lake Central
Walled Lake Northern
Remus Chippewa Hills
Midland Bullock Creek
Muskegon Orchard View
Howard Tri County
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern
Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Grand Rapids West Catholic
Grand Rapids Christian
Grand Rapids South Christian
Grand Rapids West Aviation Academy
Kentwood Grand River Prep
Wyoming Godwin Heights
Hudsonville Unity Christian
Comstock (Boys Only)
Coloma (Boys Only)
Battle Creek Pennfield
Lake Odessa Lakewood
Jonesville (Boys Only)
New Boston Huron
Riverview (Boys Only)
Romulus Summit Academy North
Romulus (Girls only)
Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard
Dearborn Divine Child
Dearborn Star International
Dearborn Advanced Tech
Dearborn Heights Annapolis
Dearborn Henry Ford Academy
Dearborn Heights Robichaud (Boys Only)
Detroit Cesar Chavez
Detroit Lincoln King
Redford Westfield Prep
Detroit Collegiate Prep
Detroit University Prep
Detroit University Prep Arts and Design
Detroit University Prep Science and Math
Detroit Denby Tech
Detroit East English
Harper Woods Chandler Park
St. Clair Shores South Lake
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood
Detroit Country Day
Orchard Lake St. Marys (Girls Only)
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Wixom St. Catherine Sienna Academy
Macomb Lutheran North
Madison Heights Lamphere
Warren Michigan Collegate
Flint (Girls Only)
Bay City John Glenn
Saginaw Swan Valley
Saginaw Arthur Hill (Girls Only)
Written Saturday June 4th at 8:00 PM
By Sammy Taormina
Bloomfield Hills performed very well on Friday afternoon at the Division One State Tennis Finals at Western Michigan University. The Blackhawks had 10 State Finalists and eight State Champions but it wasn’t enough as they scored 32 points which was good for second place. Ann Arbor Pioneer took home the State title with 33 points.
The OAA was well represented in Kalamazoo besides the Blackhawks. Troy was third with 22 points, Clarkston was seventh with 12 points, Stoney Creek was tied for eighth with 10 points, Adams was tied for 15th with four points, Troy Athens and Lake Orion were tied for 19th with three points, and Farmington was tied for 22nd with one point.
Groves, Berkley, and Seaholm were in the Division Two State finals which took place on Saturday afternoon at Hope College. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern took the crown with 34 points. The Maples finished second with 30 points. Groves tied for fourth with 17 points. Berkley was tied for 12th with six points.
The OAA should be strong again next season in girls tennis.
Written Saturday June 4th at 9:15 PM
By Sammy Taormina
Here is my insight previewing the Girls Soccer regionals this week.
Region 2 @ Novi
LAKE ORION vs BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Farmington Hills Mercy vs Hartland
THOUGHTS/INSIGHT: This is a rematch of a 4-0 Blackhawks victory over the Dragons a few weeks ago. Bloomfield Hills is fresh off their first district title since 2019 after winning over Walled Lake Northern 3-0 at West Bloomfield. The Blackhawks played with 10 players with one getting a red card in the district finals. Lake Orion won their second straight district title with a 1-0 victory over a red hot Oxford program that had been rolling. It’s a clash of different styles at Novi and whose style wins out heads to the regional final. On the other side of the bracket, it’s an interesting matchup between defending State Champs Hartland and proven Catholic League power Farmington Hills Mercy.
PICK: It’s going to be a tough chore for whoever wins the Dragons/Blackhawks matchup. Hartland is the defending State Champs. The Dragons played the Eagles really tough in the regional final last season but Hartland’s size was too much for them. Bloomfield Hills will give Lake Orion a ton of problems. I don’t really see anyone beating the Eagles. Hartland should head to the State Semifinals riding with a lot of confidence.
Region 4 @ Adams
ROCHESTER vs New Baltimore Anchor Bay
TROY ATHENS vs Fraser
THOUGHTS/INSIGHT: This is a very interesting regional. Rochester remains unbeaten after winning a hard earned district by beating three State ranked teams in Adams, Romeo, and Stoney Creek. Their reward is another test against a very good New Baltimore Anchor Bay squad in the regional semifinals. Both the Falcons and Tars have wins over Troy Athens whom won their district with a pair of 1-0 games over Troy and Seaholm. Fraser really wasn’t tested until the district finals where they won 3-1 over St. Clair Shores Lakeview but the Ramblers have a huge test awaiting them against the Red Hawks.
PICK: I see a rematch of sorts but it will be Troy Athens vs New Baltimore Anchor Bay. Rochester and the Tars will be a heck of a regional semifinals but they have the deep postseason experience which should be the difference. I think the Red Hawks get revenge and move onto the State Semifinals.
Written Saturday June 4th at 9:30 PM
By Sammy Taormina
This my preview on the Softball Regionals that take place this weekend.
Region 6 @ Farmington Hills Mercy
BERKLEY vs St. Clair Shores Lakeview
Farmington Hills Mercy vs Grosse Pointe North
THOUGHTS/INSIGHT: This is shaping to be a very interesting regional at Farmington Hills Mercy. Three teams haven’t allowed a run in their respected districts which that is expected to change. Berkley was the only team in this regional that allowed some runs. They won their district over Royal Oak and Ferndale by a combined 24-5. St. Clair Shores Lakeview won their district over Warren Cousino and Warren Mott by a combined 31-0. Farmington Hills Mercy won their district over Farmington and Seaholm by a combined 25-0. Grosse Pointe North won their district over Detroit Western and Detroit Cass Tech by a combined 34-0.
PICK: Farmington Hills Mercy has home field in this regional and it should pay dividends. I like Berkley to get to the regional final over St. Clair Shores Lakeview. I see the Marlins winning this regional over the Bears because of pitching.
Region 7 @ Oxford
NORTH FARMINGTON vs Walled Lake Northern
ADAMS vs LAKE ORION
THOUGHTS/INSIGHT: This is a very interesting regional at Oxford where the Red, White, and the second best teams in the White and Lakes Valley Conference. Lake Orion has been rolling. They won their district with their high octane offense. The Dragons outscored Waterford Kettering and Clarkston by a combined 30-10 including a stunning 11-5 win over a very good Wolves program in the district finals. Adams has been playing very good softball. The Highlanders beat Avondale and Stoney Creek by a combined 15-3 in their district. North Farmington has also been playing very well coming into the regional. The Raiders have been rolling in their district outscoring both West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills by a combined 21-6. Walled Lake Northern has been battle tested. The Knights beat Milford 5-2 in the district semifinals and earned a 2-0 district final victory over Lakeland.
PICK: This is an interesting district. I think Lake Orion gets by Adams with their high octane offense. I see Walled Lake Northern and North Farmington being a tight game with the Knights moving on to the regional finals. I think the Dragons have just too much hitting and should move onto the State Quarterfinals.
Region 14 @ Hazel Park
HARPER WOODS vs Center Line
Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy vs Detroit Mumford
THOUGHTS/INSIGHT: This is an interesting regional at Hazel Park. Three of the four teams that are in this regional just had to play a district final including Harper Woods. The Pioneers won 18-3 over Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy on the road. Center Line is the only team in this regional to play two different district opponents. The Panthers won their district by outscoring Eastpointe and Hazel Park by a combined 30-4. Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy won 21-3 over Detroit Martin Luther King in their district finals. Detroit Mumford had to survive Detroit Lincoln in a high scoring game 15-11. This regional has a ton of storylines to watch.
PICK: Center Line has been very dominant. I see no reason why the Panthers shouldn’t win this regional with ease over Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy.
Written Saturday June 4th at 9:15 PM
By Sammy Taormina
Here is my insight on the Baseball Regional matchups.
Harper Woods vs Grosse Isle @ Trenton: The Pioneers have been rolling. They really didn’t have much competition in their district outscoring both Detroit East English Village Prep and Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy by a combined 37-0. Grosse Isle will prove to be a much bigger challenge for Harper Woods. It’s going to be a tough one for the Pioneers. The winner will head to Livonia Franklin to play either Jackson Northwest or Milan in the next round.
Groves vs Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit @ Troy Athens: The Falcons pulled off the stunning district victory at Troy Athens. They outscored Warren Mott and Royal Oak by a combined 23-2 in their district semifinals and finals. Groves should be tested against Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit. The Cubs won their district with ease shutting out Ferndale 12-0 in the district finals. It’s going to be a very tough matchup for the Falcons. The winner heads to Detroit at Wayne State to take on Warren De LaSalle or Grosse Pointe North in the next round.
Adams vs Lake Orion @ Rochester: This is a rematch of the Red title series with the Highlanders taking the Red and two of three from the Dragons. Lake Orion has been on a roll. They outscored Waterford Mott and Oxford by a combined 27-4 in their postseason run. Adams has outscored Romeo and Utica Eisenhower by a combined 11-3 in their district. This is a rematch a lot of people are looking forward but the winner will likely see Orchard Lake St. Marys at Novi in the