2021 Football Summer Rankings

2021 Football Summer Rankings

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Monday, May 24, 2021

2021 Football Summer Rankings.

Written Monday May 24th at 11:30 PM

These are the early summer football rankings heading into the fall. This is NOT the official top 21 for football, that comes later. Anyway here are my thoughts heading into the summer for all 21 football teams.

  1. West Bloomfield: Defending Division One State Champs are loaded and looking for more.
  2. Adams: Highlanders are loaded at the skill positions but line play despite having Hassan Murray is a question mark.
  3. Clarkston: Wolves have the skill positions covered but line play despite having Cole Dellinger is a question mark.
  4. Oxford: Wildcats have a ton of experience coming back, can they put it together is the question???
  5. Lake Orion: Dragons have a ton of questions heading into this season.
  6. North Farmington: Ryan Shelby takes over at quarterback but depth is a huge concern.
  7. Southfield Arts and Tech: Hopefully the new coaching staff will rejuvenate the Warriors.
  8. Stoney Creek: Cougars likely starting over in a very tough division this season.
  9. Rochester: Falcons have experience but how will that do against tougher competition???
  10. Berkley: Something tells me that the Bears are in for a special season.
  11. Groves: Falcons have a ton of questions despite having Jaden Mangham back.
  12. Oak Park: Knights lost a ton of talent last season which could be trouble.
  13. Ferndale: Eagles bounced back last season but can they sustain it???
  14. Farmington: New coach, new division, same issues for the Falcons.
  15. Seaholm: When you have to play Lake Orion and Clarkston for the crossovers oh boy.
  16. Avondale: Yellow Jackets haven’t been able to put things together lately.
  17. Troy Athens: Red Hawks had a bounce back season last year. Can they sustain it???
  18. Troy: Colts look to be turning things around a little bit.
  19. Bloomfield Hills: Blackhawks are in a very tough place right now.
  20. Royal Oak: Ravens have only one playoff appearance not counting 2020 since 2007.
  21. Pontiac: Phoenix have a long road ahead of them, 5-73 since 2012.
Softball District Preview

Softball District Preview

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Softball District Preview.

Written Thursday May 20th at 11:15 AM

Here is my preview and projections for the upcoming softball districts that will happen in a few weeks.

District 4 @ Grand Blanc

Grand Blanc vs. Davison

Grand Blanc/Davison vs. Lapeer

OXFORD vs. Holly

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is shaping up to be an interesting district in Grand Blanc. Grand Blanc, Davison, Lapeer, and Oxford are very good teams. The Bobcats have a very talented pitcher in Kendall Klochack whom is having a stellar season. The Cardinals and Lightning have been honorable mentions in the state during the season. The Wildcats are always a stout team and they have a ton of offense to boot as well. Oxford got a great draw. They could possibly get to the district final if they get by Holly in the district semifinals. Grand Blanc, Davison, and Lapeer know each other really well being in the Saginaw Valley League. The Bobcats who is state ranked have had a very strong season with their only loss was to the Lightning and they have had some tight games with the Cardinals. I think Grand Blanc behind Klochack will get to the district finals and eventually getting them to the regionals over the Wildcats. PICK: GRAND BLANC.

District 21 @ Berkley

BERKLEY vs. SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH

FERNDALE vs. Detroit Renaissance

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is not a strong district when looking at the teams in Berkley. The favorite in this district is Detroit Renaissance with their talent and experience. Ferndale moves up to Division One after being in Division Two which resulted in two district titles but moving up in this district could pose a ton of challenges and to make things worse they play the Phoenix first in the district semifinals. Berkley is a very interesting team to keep an eye on. They have home field and a favorable district semifinal matchup with Southfield Arts and Tech. The Bears should get to the district finals. I really don’t see anyone challenging Detroit Renaissance in this district. PICK: DETROIT RENAISSANCE.

District 22 @ Sterling Heights

Warren Mott vs. ROYAL OAK

Warren Mott/ROYAL OAK vs. Warren Cousino

Sterling Heights vs. Warren Regina

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is not a strong district in Sterling Heights but there is a powerhouse program in Warren Regina. Warren Cousino could pose some trouble. I really don’t see anyone challenging the Satellites in this district. PICK: WARREN REGINA.

District 26 @ Livonia Stevenson

Novi vs. Livonia Stevenson

Novi/Livonia Stevenson vs. Farmington Hills Mercy

NORTH FARMINGTON vs. FARMINGTON

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is going to be a very interesting district in Livonia. Farmington Hills Mercy, Novi, and Farmington have great chances to win this district. The Wildcats have a really good and talented pitcher in Reganne Bennett. Pending if they get by the Spartans then they would play the Marlins in the district semifinals. The Falcons have had a really good and surprising season. They are on the verge of winning the Red. Farmington takes on North Farmington in the district semifinals which is very interesting. The Marlins have had a very good season under a first year coach. I think Farmington Hills Mercy will get past Novi and Farmington to get to the regionals PICK: FARMINGTON HILLS MERCY.

District 27 @ Waterford Mott

Waterford Kettering vs. CLARKSTON

Waterford Mott vs. AVONDALE

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is not a very strong district when looking at the teams at Waterford Mott. Clarkston is a slight favorite despite having a very rough season. The Wolves are very young but they are still Clarkston which is a proven powerhouse program. Avondale and Waterford Kettering could give fits especially the Captains. Until anyone gives the Wolves fits, this is Clarkston’s district to lose. PICK: CLARKSTON.

District 28 @ Groves

SEAHOLM vs. WEST BLOOMFIELD

GROVES vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is shaping up to be a very interesting district in Beverly Hills. Bloomfield Hills and Groves are favored in this district however they will see each other in the district semifinals which will be very interesting. Seaholm has been picking things up lately and is a possible spoiler and darkhorse. West Bloomfield is also improved and is ready to make some noise. They will play each other in the district semifinals. The Maples should get past the Lakers and meet Bloomfield Hills in the district finals. I think the Blackhawks to move onto the regionals because of experience. PICK: BLOOMFIELD HILLS.

District 29 @ Stoney Creek

LAKE ORION vs. STONEY CREEK

ROCHESTER vs. ADAMS

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is a very interesting district at Stoney Creek. Lake Orion is a mystery team to figure out but so has been Adams and Rochester. The Dragons and Highlanders are starting to peak at the right time. The Falcons have also been having a really good season. The Cougars have been very good throughout the season and features a standout in Emily Flynn. This one is a tough district to choose as all four teams have great shots to win this district. With what happened recently, Lake Orion is starting to get it’s act together which is not a good thing for the field.  PICK: LAKE ORION.

District 30 @ Troy

TROY vs. Utica

Utica Eisenhower vs. TROY ATHENS

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is shaping up to be a very interesting district at Troy. I see three teams having great chances to win this district in Troy, Troy Athens, and Utica Eisenhower. The Colts have been very inconsistent. The Red Hawks have been playing much better Utica Eisenhower has had a good season. The Eagles are peaking at the right time heading into this district. I think Troy should get past Utica in the district semifinals but the other game should be very interesting and tight. I’m looking at a Utica Eisenhower/Colts district finals with the Eagles moving onto the regionals. PICK: UTICA EISENHOWER.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Boys Golf Regional Projections.

Written Thursday May 13th at 10:20 AM

Here are my projections for the boys golf regionals.

Top Three Go to States. BOLD: Projected Team Regional Champions.

Region 2 @ Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course

CLARKSTON

OXFORD

Alpena

Davison

East Lansing

Fenton

Flint Carman Ainsworth

Flushing

Grand Blanc

Grand Ledge

Lansing Holt

Lansing Sexton

Lapeer

Midland

Midland HH Dow

Okemos

Saginaw Heritage

Swartz Creek

Traverse City Central

Traverse City West

TEAMS I SEE GOING TO STATES: CLARKSTON, Lapeer, and Traverse City Central.

 

Region 4 @ Fieldstone Golf Course

AVONDALE

BERKLEY

GROVES

SEAHOLM

LAKE ORION

BLOOMFIELD HILLS

ROCHESTER

ADAMS

STONEY CREEK

SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH

TROY

TROY ATHENS

Detroit Cass Tech

Detroit Renaissance

Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit

Detroit Western International

Livonia Churchill

Livonia Franklin

Livonia Stevenson

TEAMS I SEE GOING TO STATES: LAKE ORION, BLOOMFIELD HILLS, and ADAMS.

 

Region 11 @ Huron Meadows Golf Course

FERNDALE

Armada

Birmingham Brother Rice

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood

Croswell-Lexington

Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Eastpointe

Goodrich

Holly

Imlay City

Madison Heights Lamphere

Marysville

North Branch

Orchard Lake St Marys

Brandon

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

St. Clair

St Clair Shores Lake Shore

Warren Woods Tower

Yale

TEAMS I SEE GOING TO STATES: Birmingham Detroit Country Day, Birmingham Brother Rice, and Orchard Lake St. Marys.

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Girls Soccer District Preview

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Girls Soccer District Preview.

Written Sunday May 16th at 11:30 AM

Here is my preview for the girls soccer districts.

District 6 @ Lapeer

Lapeer vs. Davison

CLARKSTON vs. LAKE ORION

OXFORD vs. Waterford Kettering

OXFORD/Waterford Kettering vs. Grand Blanc

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is a very tough district when looking at the teams at Lapeer. I think there are three teams that have great chances and are state ranked. Grand Blanc has been there and done that. Lake Orion has had a very good season. Davison has been playing well as of late. Keep an eye on Oxford and Clarkston both teams are sleepers in this district. I think the Bobcats should do just enough to get to the regionals. PICK: GRAND BLANC.

 

District 7 @ Waterford Mott

Waterford Mott vs. Walled Lake Western

Milford vs. Walled Lake Northern

WEST BLOOMFIELD vs. Lakeland

WEST BLOOMFIELD/Lakeland vs. Walled Lake Central

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is a wide open district when looking at the teams that are here. I think West Bloomfield has a shot to win this district but Walled Lake Central could be a very tough out and they are the top seed coming into this district. Lakeland, Waterford Mott, and Walled Lake Northern are darkhorses. I like the Vikings to get to the regionals. PICK: WALLED LAKE CENTRAL.

 

District 8 @ Northville

NORTH FARMINGTON vs. Farmington Hills Mercy

FARMINGTON vs. Novi

Northville vs. South Lyon

Northville/South Lyon vs. Livonia Stevenson

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: It’s going to be very tough for the teams that are in this district especially when the defending Division One State Champions are in this district in Novi. Livonia Stevenson and Northville could give the Wildcats some trouble in this district. Novi really haven’t missed a beat and look primed for another long postseason run yet again. PICK: NOVI.

 

District 13 @ Berkley

SEAHOLM vs. GROVES

BERKLEY vs. TROY

ROYAL OAK vs. SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH

ROYAL OAK/SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is shaping up to be an interesting district at Hurley Field with four teams at or over 500 in the Michigan Percentage Rankings index. When looking at this district, Seaholm despite having the third most in the MPR looks to be the favorite but they will certainly be challenged. Troy has really picked it up as of late and is gaining some confidence to go along with Bloomfield Hills whom is also gaining confidence as well. Royal Oak and Groves are wildcard teams to keep an eye on in this district. I think the Maples will overcome and move on in this district. PICK: SEAHOLM.

 

District 14 @ Warren Cousino

St. Clair Shores Lakeview vs. Warren Cousino

Roseville vs. TROY ATHENS

Sterling Heights vs. Sterling Heights Stevenson

Fraser vs. Warren Mott

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is shaping up to be an interesting district in Macomb County. Sterling Heights and Sterling Heights Stevenson could make some noise in this district. I just don’t see anyone touching Troy Athens especially with the experience they have. PICK: TROY ATHENS.

 

District 15 @ Adams

Utica vs. Romeo

ROCHESTER vs. ADAMS

Utica Eisenhower vs. Utica Ford

Utica Eisenhower/Utica Ford vs. STONEY CREEK

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This is likely the toughest district in the State. There are five teams that are more than capable to winning this district. Stoney Creek, Rochester, Adams, and Romeo are currently or have been ranked in the State. Utica Eisenhower is not that far behind. Utica Ford II and Utica are also solid teams that could play spoiler. Whoever wins this district should have a deep postseason run in my opinion. I think the Cougars are in a better position to win this district but don’t be surprised if the Falcons, Highlanders, or Bulldogs win this district. This is going to be a tough district for sure. PICK: STONEY CREEK.

 

District 25 @ Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood

Holly vs. AVONDALE

FERNDALE vs. Madison Heights Lamphere

Holly/AVONDALE vs. Birmingham Marian

FERNDALE/Madison Heights Lamphere vs. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood

INSIGHT/PROJECTION: This should be a very interesting district in Bloomfield Hills. The favorite has to be Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood. The Cranes have home field and a very talented team. Birmingham Marian should be their toughest challenger in this district although Avondale, Holly, and Ferndale could have strong says despite seeing the two seeded teams in the district semifinals. I think that the Mustangs will get past the Cranes on their home field to get to the regionals. PICK: BIRMINGHAM MARIAN.

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Baseball District Preview

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Baseball District Preview.

Written Sunday May 16th at 12:00 PM

Here is my preview and projections for baseball districts that will happen in a few weeks.

District 21 @ Livonia Franklin

Livonia Churchill vs. Redford Thurston

Livonia Churchill/Redford Thurston vs. Livonia Franklin

Livonia Stevenson vs. FARMINGTON

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This should be a very interesting district in Livonia. I see two teams that could do very well in Farmington and Livonia Stevenson but they will see each other in the district semifinals. The Spartans have been solid this season. The Falcons have improved as the season has gone on. Livonia Franklin is the darkhorse as is Livonia Churchill. This district should go down to the wire but end of the day I got to give the edge to Livonia Stevenson but very slightly. PICK: LIVONIA STEVENSON.

 

District 22 @ Birmingham Brother Rice

NORTH FARMINGTON vs. Birmingham Brother Rice

NORTH FARMINGTON/Birmingham Brother Rice vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS

SEAHOLM vs. WEST BLOOMFIELD

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is an interesting district at Birmingham Brother Rice. The Warriors look to be the best team on paper but Seaholm, North Farmington, and West Bloomfield have shown that they are more than capable of getting things done. Bloomfield Hills is always a darkhorse. This should be a competitive district but when in doubt go with the home team. PICK: BIRMINGHAM BROTHER RICE.

 

District 23 @  TBA

Detroit Mumford vs. Detroit Renaissance

Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit vs. SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is not as strong of a district as many would think but the two top teams are Detroit Renaissance and Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit. I see these two teams in the district finals but end of the day the Cubs should move on. PICK: DETROIT UNIVERSITY-DETROIT JESUIT.

 

District 24 @ Royal Oak

ROYAL OAK vs. BERKLEY

ROYAL OAK/BERKLEY vs. GROVES

Warren Mott vs. FERNDALE

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This should be a fun district when looking at the teams. Berkley and Groves really stand out but Ferndale is a darkhorse. The Falcons have been struggling a little bit and the Bears have gotten better. I think this is shaping up to be a Groves/Ferndale district final but end of the day I see the Falcons moving on because of pitching and experience. PICK: GROVES.

 

District 29 @ Adams

ADAMS vs. STONEY CREEK

ADAMS/STONEY CREEK vs. Romeo

ROCHESTER vs. Utica Eisenhower

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is shaping up to be a very good district at Adams. There are two state ranked teams in Stoney Creek and Romeo. Adams and Utica Eisenhower are darkhorses. Rochester might be on the outside looking in but they are still very dangerous. I see this district going either way with the Cougars and Bulldogs but Stoney Creek has struggled a little bit heading into the final stretch of the season. I think the Bulldogs will move on to the regionals over the Eagles. PICK: ROMEO.

 

District 30 @ Waterford Mott

Waterford Kettering vs. Waterford Mott

Waterford Kettering/Waterford Mott vs. AVONDALE

TROY ATHENS vs. TROY

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is an interesting district at Waterford Mott. Waterford Kettering looks solid but Troy Athens has played really well thus far. Avondale is a darkhorse and has a victory over Oxford in the regular season. This is a pretty even matched district but I think the Red Hawks should move on to the regionals over the Yellow Jackets. PICK: TROY ATHENS.

 

District 31 @ Lapeer

Davison vs. CLARKSTON

Davison/CLARKSTON vs. OXFORD

LAKE ORION vs. Lapeer

INSIGHT/PREDICTION: This is shaping up to be an interesting district at Lapeer. The best teams are in Oakland County with Lake Orion, Clarkston, and Oxford. Lapeer and Davison have really struggled and could be in some trouble. The Dragons got the best draw not seeing either the Wildcats or Wolves until the district finals. I think Lake Orion is in a good spot then others to move on to the regionals. PICK: LAKE ORION.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Basketball Districts Released and Thoughts.

Written Sunday March 14th at 11:30 AM

Here are my thoughts on the brackets released earlier this morning.

Boys 

Boys Basketball Districts article from September.

https://sammy-taormina.blogspot.com/2020/09/boys-basketball-districts-are-out-2020.html

District 26 @ Detroit Renaissance

 

ROYAL OAK vs BERKLEY

ROYAL OAK/BERKLEY vs Detroit Renaissance

 

Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit vs Detroit Mumford

Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit/Detroit Mumford vs OAK PARK

 

THOUGHTS: I didn’t understand how Oak Park earned the bye while Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit has to play Detroit Mumford on that Tuesday but thanks to the Clarkston Basketball Twitter page for helping me understand this issue it was that they did not play eight games before the bracket came out which was why the Knights got the bye and not the Cubs. Royal Oak and Berkley is going to be very interesting with the winner playing the hosts from Detroit Renaissance which neither team matches up with. Until proven otherwise Detroit University-Detroit Jesuit should win this district over Detroit Renaissance.

 

District 25 @ Birmingham Brother Rice

 

SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH vs GROVES

SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH/GROVES vs Birmingham Brother Rice

 

SEAHOLM vs FARMINGTON

SEAHOLM/FARMINGTON vs NORTH FARMINGTON

 

THOUGHTS: This should be a competitive district at Birmingham Brother Rice. The Warriors are young, talented, well coached, and have home court. Birmingham Brother Rice better be careful of Groves whom is gaining a ton of confidence should they get by Southfield Arts and Tech. On the other side of the bracket North Farmington is overwhelming favored to get to the district finals. I don’t see either Seaholm or Farmington touching the Raiders. It’s going to come down to North Farmington vs either Birmingham Brother Rice or otherwise.

 

District 30 @ Troy Athens

 

Sterling Heights vs Chippewa Valley

Sterling Heights/Chippewa Valley vs TROY ATHENS

 

Utica Ford vs Sterling Heights Stevenson

 

THOUGHTS: Troy Athens is in a very difficult spot despite being the host in the district. If they can get by either Chippewa Valley or Sterling Heights in the district semifinals which looks very doable despite the Red Hawks falling to Chippewa Valley last season then they could be on a collision course with Sterling Heights Stevenson whom should be the favorite in this district. The Titans have a ton of options to go too and have had impressive wins over Macomb Dakota and other Macomb Area Conference Red division foes. Troy Athens and Margaret have a very dangerous path in this district.

 

District 29 @ Stoney Creek

 

Utica vs ROCHESTER

Utica/ROCHESTER vs STONEY CREEK

 

Utica Eisenhower vs TROY

 

THOUGHTS: Stoney Creek has went from almost favorites to pretty much the favorite in the district. Troy has really struggled lately however to their defense they have not had a lot of practice time due to being in COVID protocol but it’s not an excuse for their recent struggles, now could they find that magic in the postseason???, it’s very possible. Rochester and Utica is very interesting along with Utica Eisenhower and the Colts. I see this being a Stoney Creek/Troy district final because I don’t see anyone touching the two seeded teams.

 

District 6 @ Bloomfield Hills

 

WEST BLOOMFIELD vs AVONDALE

WEST BLOOMFIELD/AVONDALE vs Orchard Lake St Marys

 

PONTIAC vs Waterford Mott

PONTIAC/Waterford Mott vs BLOOMFIELD HILLS

 

THOUGHTS: I think could be more competitive than people think. Orchard Lake St. Marys is talented and loaded but West Bloomfield can match them athletically despite the rough season the Lakers are having. On the other side of the bracket Bloomfield Hills has home court and should get to the district final but Pontiac could be a challenge but not sold on their league only schedule. I think this is shaping up to be a Blackhawks/Eaglets district finals. Could an upset be in the making??? We’ll see.

 

District 5 @ Oxford

 

Waterford Kettering vs LAKE ORION

Waterford Kettering/LAKE ORION vs CLARKSTON

 

OXFORD vs Romeo

OXFORD/Romeo vs ADAMS

 

THOUGHTS: This should be a very competitive district. Clarkston is favored on paper but Adams and Lake Orion could very well give the Wolves problems in this district. Lake Orion if they can get by a very good Waterford Kettering team that features a very good and talented player in Bennie Krenshaw could be in line to face the Wolves in the district semifinal. The Dragons are a darkhorse although they are lettered A, they would had been the third seed if the MHSAA seeded everyone. On the other side of the bracket there is Adams. The Highlanders should be well motivated and hungry despite getting the bye.  They will get either Romeo or Oxford. Neither team hasn’t had the brightest of seasons but they could make up for it come in the postseason. This should be a fun district at Oxford

 

District 58 @ Ferndale

 

Detroit Henry Ford vs FERNDALE UNIVERSITY

 

Hazel Park vs FERNDALE

 

THOUGHTS: This district should be no problems for Ferndale. The Eagles should pass this district with flying colors. They have home court, best team, and the best matchup. I don’t see anyone touching Ferndale in this district.

 

Girls

Girls Basketball District article from September.

https://sammy-taormina.blogspot.com/2020/09/girls-basketball-districts-are-out-2020.html

District 27 @ Detroit Renaissance

 

Warren Fitzgerald vs Detroit Renaissance

 

OAK PARK vs Detroit Mumford

OAK PARK/Detroit Mumford vs Warren Mott

 

THOUGHTS: Could Oak Park get to the district finals??? It certainly looks possible with how the draw looks. I haven’t been really impressed with either Detroit Mumford or Warren Mott this season. The Marauders have the bye with the two seed which means Coach Peggy Evans-Carr’s team will have to play the Mustangs on Monday. I think the Knights have played very well throughout the season. Do I think they will win this district??? likely not especially when the host school is loaded, experienced, talented, well coached, and have home court to boot as well. If Oak Park can get to the district final then that would be a success.

 

District 26 @ Royal Oak

 

SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH vs GROVES

 

ROYAL OAK vs SEAHOLM

ROYAL OAK/SEAHOLM vs BERKLEY

 

THOUGHTS: This district could be very interesting when looking at the teams that are in this district. The good news for this district was that Birmingham Marian whom was supposed to be in this district went north and is with West Bloomfield in another district. The early favorite has to be Groves with what they have done this season along with playing a very tough non league schedule but Berkley and Royal Oak could have strong says. The Ravens lost twice to Southfield Arts and Tech last season but beat the Warriors in the district semifinals. Royal Oak has home court will have to go through Berkley pending should they get by Seaholm. The Bears should be motivated despite not being very deep and getting a bye to the district semifinals. On the other side of the bracket the Falcons are no strangers with Southfield Arts and Tech. Also assistant coach Jereica Hughes knows the Warriors players since she was an assistant last season and played for Coach Michelle Marshall at Southfield-Lathrup. Groves beat Southfield Arts and Tech twice in the regular season but the last game went double overtime. It is never easy beating a team three times in a season. I think this is likely going to be a Falcons/Ravens district final with the slightest of edges favoring Groves but just barely.

 

District 25 @ Novi

 

Novi vs Farmington Hills Mercy

 

NORTH FARMINGTON vs Livonia Stevenson

NORTH FARMINGTON/Livonia Stevenson vs FARMINGTON

 

THOUGHTS: This district looks to be Farmington Hills Mercy’s to lose but I think they could run into some problems. I don’t see Novi challenging the Marlins despite having home court for their first round matchup. North Farmington if they can find some scoring could give opponents fits with their pressure trap defense but Livonia Stevenson is a very tough program and could give the Raiders some fits in the opening round game. Whomever wins that game will play Farmington in the district semifinals. The Falcons have played a difficult non league schedule to get them ready for the postseason. I see this district being a Farmington Hills Mercy/Farmington district final but end of the day I see Farmington Hills Mercy winning this district.

 

District 29 @ Rochester

 

Utica Eisenhower vs STONEY CREEK

 

TROY ATHENS vs ROCHESTER

TROY ATHENS/ROCHESTER vs TROY

 

THOUGHTS: Stoney Creek has been rolling on all cylinders as of late which is a good sign going forward. The Cougars should be motivated after losing to Utica Eisenhower in the district semifinals at home last season. Rochester and Troy Athens should be a very interesting game. The winner will play Troy in the district semifinals. The Colts have been struggling as of late which is not a good sign. The postseason failures in the last two years have to be in the mind of the Troy ladies. Stoney Creek is the early favorites but don’t give up on Troy especially if the Colts can find their first half of the season magic.

 

District 4 @ Grand Blanc

 

OXFORD vs Grand Blanc

 

Lapeer vs Flint Kearsley

Lapeer/Flint Kearsley vs Davison

 

THOUGHTS: Wow, Oxford has a very tough matchup on the horizon going north into Genesee County. The Wildcats get to play Grand Blanc at their home court in the district semifinals. The Bobcats are loaded with talented players and Oxford doesn’t matchup with them at all. On the other side of the bracket Davison has a great chance to get to the district finals. It’s going to be a challenge to say the least for the Wildcats.

 

District 6 @Waterford Mott

 

Waterford Mott vs WEST BLOOMFIELD

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS vs AVONDALE

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/AVONDALE vs Birmingham Marian

 

THOUGHTS: This has the makings of a great district final between West Bloomfield and Birmingham Marian whom are two of the top teams in the State. This district in general is not very strong when looking at these teams. I don’t see Bloomfield Hills, Avondale, or Waterford Mott making any serious case to the top two seeds in this district. The Lakers and Mustangs is set to be a classic in the making.

 

District 5 @ Romeo

 

Waterford Kettering vs CLARKSTON

 

ADAMS vs Romeo

ADAMS/Romeo vs LAKE ORION

 

THOUGHTS: If I’m Adams BEWARE. Romeo has played well at home this year and they are coming off COVID quarantine. Lake Orion has had injuries to their top two players but their young core has stepped up which is a good sign. The Dragons will certainly be a team to watch as they earned the two seed and the bye. Clarkston is the heavy favorite in this district because of their experience. I don’t know if I see anyone touching the Wolves right now.

District 58 @ Host Sites

 

Warren Lincoln at Hazel Park

 

Warren Regina at FERNDALE UNIVERSITY

THOUGHTS: Warren Lincoln has to be the favorite in this district of host sites. Ferndale University if they can get by Warren Regina whom is very experienced might add could get a district finals matchup with Warren Lincoln. Although the Abes are favored in this district watch for the Eagles. They are gaining confidence with their time in the OAA.

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