The Lansing area had several high school teams make history in November with strong showings in state tournament competition.
And several of those teams are in the running to be the Lansing State Journal’s latest team of the month winner.
The following teams are the November candidates for team of the month. Voting is open until 5 p.m. Wednesday.
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CORUNNA BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Led by individual state champion and Wisconsin-bound Noah Jacobs, the Cavaliers pulled off an upset at the Division 2 finals to capture a state title. Corunna had three runners place in the top 25 while finishing seven points ahead of top-ranked Fremont to win the state championship.
OKEMOS BOYS WATER POLO: The Chiefs registered their top finish in school history by taking second at the Michigan Water Polo Association state championships. Okemos suffered a 9-8 loss to Rockford in the championship match. Okemos posted wins over Zeeland and Ann Arbor Huron to reach the state final.
PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Bryce Thelen finished seventh overall to lead the way as the Pirates captured the Division 4 state title. It was the first cross country title for P-W, which finished 13 points ahead of runner-up Harbor Springs.
PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA FOOTBALL: After finishing as the state runner-up in 2015, the Pirates ended this fall with the school’s first ever state football title. Second-ranked P-W knocked off the No. 5, No. 4, No. 3 and No. 1-ranked teams in Division 7 on its way to the championship. Pewamo-Westphalia defeated No. 5-ranked Detroit Loyola in the championship game.
PORTLAND ST. PATRICK VOLLEYBALL: The Shamrocks made their deepest run in school history, capturing their first ever regional title on their way to the Class D quarterfinals. St. Patrick’s strong season came after winning just 11 games in 2015.
PAST TEAM OF THE MONTH WINNERS
October: Lansing Catholic boys soccer