These are the last trophies until the state finals, regional championships on the line throughout Michigan on Wednesday. Here are the most likely to be competitive and entertaining. Class A
Lansing Everett 22-2 vs. Kalamazoo Central 23-1 @ Holt: These teams met after Christmas and K Central defended its home court 60-54. Everett has had to be sharper in the post season thus far, coming out of a tough Okemos district then beating 20-3 Ann Arbor Huron in the regional semis 82-77. This should be a fun game between two potentially explosive offenses and D1 talent on both sides.
Muskegon 22-1 vs. Hudsonville 16-7 @ West Ottawa: Amongst the ingredients of the Westside's new-found swag is the knowledge that on Muskegon's 2014 state title run the only real game they got was from Hudsonville in the regional final, before steamrolling the non-West Michigan competition the rest of the way. A healthy Mason Opple gives Hudsonville the athletic and blue-collar edge they'd lacked, and allows senior Brent Hibbitts to show what makes him the most versatile 6-8 upperclassman in Michigan. But the real onus could fall on continually improving junior guards Riley Costen and Bryce Elliott against the Big Reds pressure. Muskegon is fresh from dispatching of previously unbeaten Forest Hills Central, showing their state championship pedigree with Deyonta Davis playing above the rim and Joeviair Kennedy hitting from all three levels.
Clarkston 23-0 vs. Macomb Dakota 21-2 @ Troy: Clarkston hasn't lost all season. Dakota hasn't lost since the first week of the season -- to Clarkston 52-37. Only two other teams have held them under 60, and that was before Mt. Clemens transfers Charles Penn and Jermaine Jackson were eligible, and more recently Tariq Jones.
Romulus 18-5 vs. Ypsilanti 18-4 @ Gibraltar Carlson: A couple mid-major guards in this one, senior Jaylin Walker who will go from Romulus to Kent State, and Ypsi junior Corey Allen. Class B
Otsego 21-3 vs. Benton Harbor 18-6 @ Comstock: This is a rematch from 2014, which Benton Harbor won. Otsego has the advantage and size and talent, bu far ... but this group must show they have it where it counts, and show fight and pride when the Tigers inevitably punch them in the mouth and go on a run.
Milan 22-2 vs. Onsted 19-4 @ Chelsea: If you like your posts beefy, old school and highly productive, gotta check out Buffalo-bound Nick Perkins of Milan and Onsted's high-major recruit, 6-10 junior Austin Davis. This game is ironically played at Chelsea, the new home of Josh Tropea. He coached Milan to last year's Class B state championship.
Detroit Henry Ford 17-5 vs. Detroit Consortium 17-5 @ Robichaud: Consortium seems to have survived the post-Josh Jackson era, with a district title despite moving up from Class C to B. Like Henry Ford, they benefit from a tough regular season schedule in what is overall a weak and wide open Class B division. Class C
McBain 21-2 vs. Beaverton 24-0 @ Manton: Two hall of fame coaches in this one, the state's No. 2 all-time in wins Beaverton's Roy Johnston and a guy who is as good as anyone in March McBain's Bruce Koopman.
Iron Mountain 21-2 vs. Boyne City 19-5 @ Marquette: This is as far as Boyne has reached in the postseason since Jason Rozycki's senior season. Corey Redman is their first D1 recruit since then, but amazingly the Ramblers got through the district and Monday's win over Ishpeming with the CMU recruit on the bench injured. The run is especially gratifying to the team as two projected starters waited until after football season to announce they weren't playing.
Shelby 22-1 vs. Laingsburg 21-2 @ Beal City: These two programs just keep winning. Shelby can grind out wins on the defensive end and yes, there's another Beckman. Laingsburg hasn't lost a step despite long-time coach Greg Mitchell now at Hope College. They're trying to join their girls' team at Breslin and has a veteran guard for the task senior Ryan Wade.
Detroit Edison 17-5 vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 21-3 @ Whitmore Lake: Edison has the top freshman point guard in Class C, David DeJulius, while SMCC has the top senior point guard, Bryce Windham.
Flint Beecher 22-1 vs. Southfield Christian 21-3 @ Sandusky: These have been two of the elite small school programs, with Southfield Christian being bumped to Class C. Beecher's lone loss was to Detroit Henry Ford, which is still alive in Class B, while all three of Southfield Christian's losses were to Class A schools. Beecher had a one year respite from Breslin but is back with a typically small but scrappy squad led by 6-2 senior Cedric Moten, soph point guard Malik Ellison, his backcourt partner senior Sammy Toins, and versatile 6-3 junior Aquiavius Burks. At Southfield Christian, 6-3 soph Brock Washington is emerging as the next all-state talent. Class D
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 23-0 vs. Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 20-4 @ West Bloomfield: No this is the right season, Waterford Lakes has state title potential and it's not football or softball. To have two players with the size and guard skills of WOLL senior Nick Robak and junior Andrew Kline would be a luxury at even a lot of larger schools. ICB is the Detroit area parochial school we're more used to seeing here, especially when there's another Kraatz in the mix, junior guard Garrett who had a school-record 43-point (11 three-pointer) game early this season.
Boyne Falls 21-2 vs. Frankfort 22-1 @Traverse City West: While tweener status leaves some question marks when projecting them to the next level, there's no denying that Frankfort's all-time leading scorer, senior David Loney, and Boyne Falls' eventual all-time scorer, junior Marcus Matelski, are great high school players.
St. Ignace 14-9 vs. Hillman 22-1 @ Pellston: After a pedestrian regular season, St. Ignace is peaking at the right time and broke Cedarville's death grip on the Eastern UP with Monday's semifinal win. They have one of the best guards in the division, junior Gage Kreski, as does Hillman with senior Mason VanPamel.
Lake Linden-Hubbell 23-0 vs. Powers North Central 23-0 @ Negaunee: This is the state's only matchup of two undefeated teams. Coming off a win over a one-loss Munising team in the semifinal, Powers North Central is the favorite to remain clean.