Which high school has the best girls sports program in Michigan?
Of course, there are a lot of excellent programs out there. But USA TODAY narrowed it to five finalists — Birmingham Detroit Country Day, East Grand Rapids, Grosse Pointe South, Birmingham Marian and Grand Rapids South Christian — and you can vote on the winner over the next week.
Here is USA TODAY’s reasoning for including each school:
Country Day: The Yellowjackets consistently have one of the top basketball teams in Class B, winning 17 straight regional titles and state titles in 2008 and 2009, but golf (2013), track and field (2011, 2012) and tennis (2010) have also claimed state championships in the past few seasons.
EGR: In the past six school years, the Pioneers have claimed three state titles in cross country (2008, 2009, 2011), three in swimming (2009, 2010, 2013), two in lacrosse (2012, 2013), as well as state championships in Class A volleyball (2013), Division 3 tennis (2009) and a 2009 state runner-up finish in Division 2 soccer.
GPS: Over the past four years the Blue Devils have top-five state finishes in field hockey, golf, soccer, tennis and swimming and diving. The basketball team was Class A runners-up in 2012 and 2013, but it’s track and field (state titles in 2011, 2012, 2013) and ice hockey (2011, 2012) that have dominated Division 1.
Marian: Home to the reigning Class A basketball champions and recent state champs in figure skating (2012, 2013), soccer (2009, 2010, 2012), tennis (2010, 2013), and volleyball (2009, 2010), the Mustangs also boast state finalists in swimming and diving (2007-09) and lacrosse (2009).
South Christian: Having won state titles in track and field (2006), volleyball (2007), golf (2009), tennis (2010), and soccer (2013), Sailors basketball has started to catch up with a Class B Final Four appearance in 2013 and a state runner-up finish this spring after starting the season 26-0.
And if you want to complain about schools that were omitted, do so in the comments.