Teams To Watch


    Last season ended abruptly and COVID took the Championship dreams of a number of teams away with it.  Detroit Edison was looking to make it 4 in a row while other teams were looking to avenge tournament losses from the prior season.  There are no "defending" 2020 Champions and everyone has a clean slate.  This will be a "wild" and compressed season.  Teams will have to build their conditioning and chemistry at a rapid pace if they have any hope of challenging for a State Title.  Some teams return their core starters from last year, while others will rely on young ones to enhance their chances of competing for the Finals.  A few teams will be mentioned here to kick things off, but this list is far from exhaustive - other teams will make themselves known as the season progresses.  Be sure to click the "Shop Talk" button on the menu tab to share your thoughts and/or to simply add some teams that aren't mentioned here. I repeat, PLEASE share names of schools that should be on the radar, especially in Division 4.

    East Grand Rapids (Division 1) - they have the Brown sisters, Alli Carlson and that ain't all.  They are loaded and well coached.  They will be a tough out.

    East Kentwood  (Division 1) = loaded!  They are talented, deep and will be a tough out for anyone! Hallman and Tillman are long and dangerous.  This team is poised to make a run.

    Saline (Division 1) - This team is capable of beating anyone in Division 1.  Well coached and led by Ella Stemmer, this group made noise last year.  Her younger sister Kate will be a nice addition to their roster.  

    Birmingham Marian (Division 1) - They were poised to play in the Regional Finals before COVID shut things down.  They are talented, well coached and balanced.  Sarah Sylvester and Shannon Kennedy are quite the duo.  

    Detroit Renaissance (Division 1) - They return their core, minus Taylor Anderson, and were looking like the favorite to win it all before COVID put a stop to the season.  Nika Dorsey, Shannon Wheeler and Kailee Davis are formidable.  They are back and they are hungry and Coach Lawal always has his team ready and fired up.

    Hudsonville (Division 1) - Shooters galore!  The only team to defeat East Grand Rapids last year.  Alaina Diaz, Jaci Tubergen and Maddie Petroelje can all fill it up.  This group will be in the hunt!

    Wayne Memorial (Division 1) - Strong guard play and a ferocious inside presence equals trouble at the high school level.  Coach Mitchell has both.  Alana Micheaux is a beast inside and Lachelle Austin can be deadly.  They will be a problem.

    Byron Center (Division 1) - This team is well coached and has talent.  The Zeinstra Sisters can fill it up!  YThey are in the same District as East Grand Rapids and East Kentwood this year -- what a District!

    Midland Dow (Division 1) - Talented, experienced and well coached.  All 5 returners from a team that advanced to the Regional Finals.  They have one of the most underrated guards in the class in Jada Garner.  They will not sneak up on anyone this year and are as capable as any team around.

    West Bloomfield (Division 1) - One of the most talent laden rosters in Michigan. They are deep and fun to watch.  They are capable of beating anyone.  Division 1 signee Logan Lewis and Sydney Hendrix are a problem and the problems get bigger when you factor Myana Hooper and the Davis Twins into the equation.

    Port Huron (Division 1) - This team is good, they are deep, and they are well prepared.  They can make a long run this year.

    Saginaw Heritage (Division 1) - First year coach Eugene Seals has a lot of talent to work with.  The trio of Gunn, Mitchell and McCree can fill it up.  They also have athleticism inside and on the wings. 

    East Lansing (Division 1) - This isn't the first time that East Lansing lost a ton of talent.  Coach Smith knows how to get the most out of his players and the cupboard isn't bare in Trojan land.  Ella Miller, Bre'Naya Lane and Soraya Timms will be joined by young and hungry underclassmen.  They may not be the favorites this year, but take them lightly at your own peril.

    Holt (Division 1) - Janae Tyler had one of the most impressive freshmen campaigns in recent memory.  She is a handful inside and she has teammates that are capable of hurting you from the perimeter.  Ella Barker and Claire Groenewoud are tough.  A well coached group that will be a threat come tournament time.

    Flint Carman-Ainsworth (Division 1) - This group is young and lost a lot of talent to graduation.  But their first year head coach, Tonya Edwards, is a legend and knows a thing or two about winning championships.  She has a strong inside presence in Armoni Strozier and a tough/do it all guard in "De De" Smith.  This group will improve weekly.

    Birmingham Groves (Division 1) - In addition to being a sentimental pick, this group has one of the best coaching minds around leading the way in first year coach Ant'Juan Simpkins.  They also have a versatile and capable Sophomore in Kaitlyn Sanders.  Kaitlyn Quinn, Nevaeh Otis and Jordan Peterson will also cause problems for opponents.  If Coach Simpkins has time to prepare for an opponent ...he tends to give them problems.

    Detroit Edison (Division 2) - Monster talent and experienced Senior PG leadership in "De De" Hageman.  Ruby Whitehorn is a national talent and there are no shortage of young guns at Edison.  Coach Brown will pick up where she left off and this group will be poised to make another run at a title.

    Chandler Park Academy (Division 2)- They are experienced and play at a breakneck pace.  Plus, they have Emaia O'Brien -- she is a dynamo that is capable of taking over any game.

    Frankenmuth (Division 2) - They're a problem ... write it down. Lexi Boyke is an inside/outside threat.

    Grass Lake (Division 3) - Oh boy.  Bargesser and Lutchka.  Good luck Division 3.

    Kent City (Division 3) - One of the top teams in Division 3 and they last year -- they will be better this year.  Kenzie Bowers is a big-time player and she is looking to finish her high school career with a bang.

    Arbor Prep (Division 3) - They are loaded this year and they return an assassin, Mya Petticord.  Get your popcorn ready.

    Bryon (Division 3) - Good luck dealing with Makenna Clement inside.  Sarah Marvin is also a baller.  Tough team!

    St. Ignace  (Division 3)- I don't care who they graduated or what the preseason prognosis is.  This team always makes a deep run -- winners "win." 

    Maple City Glen Lake (Division 3) - Always tough and this year will be no different.  They are experienced and will be ready come playoff time.

    Hart High School (Division 3)- Division 3, take notice.  Don't get caught slipping against this team....or you will be going home.

    Brooklyn Columbia Central (Division 3) - Zoandria Bamm and Tadassa Brown are a handful.  They will be tough!

    Lenawee Christian (Division 3) - This team won two straight Division 4 Titles.  Although their roster isn't the same, they still have Bree Salenbien.  When you have a history of winning and a dynamic player ... you will always be in the hunt.

    Bellaire (Division 4) - Always tough.  They were prepared to play in the Regional Finals last year before COVID interrupted their season.  Keep an eye on them.

    Waterford Our Lady Of The Lakes (Division 4) - Brooklyn Robak is a baller and this Program is accustomed to success.  Always a team to watch in Division 4.

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