March Madness might not begin on the collegiate level until later this week, but we have been enjoying the madness at the high school level for a couple of weeks.
Only one week of madness remains for the state’s high school girls, who hit the quarterfinal round Tuesday needing only one victory to reach East Lansing and the Breslin Center for semifinal games Thursday and Friday, leading to Saturday’s four championship games.
The boys have survived district play and begin regional play today, and regional championship trophies will be handed out Wednesday.
Here is a class-by-class look at each of the tournaments as we head down the stretch:
Class A: The regionals begin with a bang tonight at 7 at Macomb Dakota when No. 5 Dakota attempts to beat No. 9 Clarkston for the second time this season and No. 2 Grand Rapids Christian faces always-tough Muskegon at Caledonia. No. 1 U-D Jesuit should advance to the quarters unless defending champ Detroit Western gets to the regional final and plays a perfect game. There are other dangerous teams like No. 3 Ypsilanti, No. 4 East Lansing, No. 7 North Farmington and No. 10 Kalamazoo Central. But don’t ignore unranked Warren De La Salle.
Class B: Defending champ and No. 1 Wyoming Godwin Heights survived a district-opening scare from No. 5 Wayland and faces No. 9 Williamston, which knocked off No. 3 Lansing Catholic. No. 2 Onsted advanced with two tremendous performances by Michigan signee Austin Davis, who had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in the district opener, then had 42 points, 19 rebounds and six blocked shots in the final. No. 7 River Rouge should be waiting for Onsted in the regional final.
Class C: The big news in Class C was No. 2 Detroit Allen’s flameout in the district opener against No. 6 Detroit Loyola, and then No. 3 Negaunee and No. 4 Iron Mountain losing in the district. Loyola faces No. 8 Monroe St. Mary CC in the top regional opener. Defending champ and No. 1 Flint Beecher could have what might prove to be the state championship game in the regional final where it should meet No. 5 Southfield Christian, a team that has played a difficult schedule.
Class D: No. 2 Hillman, a one-point loser to Onaway, is the only ranked team not to survive the district. No. 1 Powers North Central will have to beat No. 6 Lake Linden Hubbell and No. 4 Crystal Falls Forest Park just to advance to the quarterfinals. A team under the radar is 15-6 Adrian Lenawee Christian, which has played the toughest Class D schedule in the state.
Class A: The top-three ranked teams are long gone, and No. 4 Ann Arbor Huron and No. 6 Detroit King are the lone top-10 teams remaining. They will meet in the 5 p.m. Southfield quarterfinal game. The biggest regional upset came when St. Johns defeated No. 1 Saginaw Heritage. In a sense, the biggest surprise is the presence of 19-6 East Lansing. But this is not the same East Lansing team that began 2-5. That part of the record came before Michigan State point guard signee Taryn McCutcheon and her family moved from West Virginia to East Lansing. In the regional final, she scored 16 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Class B: No. ranked Birmingham Detroit Country Day is an overwhelming favorite to repeat as state champion. No. 2 Bay City Glenn, which has an inside game difficult to match, must get through No. 8 Manistee and the winner of the No. 4 Grand Rapids Catholic Central and No. 9 Marshall quarterfinal game.
Class C: No. 1 Ypsilanti and No. 2 Flint Hamady seem destined for another semifinal showdown. Defending Class D champ St. Ignace was bumped up to Class C and faces No. 10 Traverse City St. Francis in a quarterfinal battle.
Class D: No. 1 Pittsford was the runner-up last season and is the favorite this time, although Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, which always seems to be playing its best in March, could be a semifinal opponent. No. Newberry, which benefited from St. Ignace’s elevation to Class C, is the U.P. favorite to meet up with a powerful No. 8 Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart or Gaylord St. Mary.
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