Here are some of the state’s most competitive and entertaining Class B districts for the MHSAA tournament, which opens Monday.
Class B is weak overall, so when you have a couple decent Detroit PSL teams likely meeting in one semifinal though Osborn is 9-10 and Denby 11-7 they’d be the favorites in a lot of places. The other semifinal will probably be 16-3 St. Clair Shores South Lake and 12-6 Chandler Park Academy. Both have all-state candidates, Chandler Park’s 6-3 senior Jalen Martin and South Lake’s junior guard Ricky Dixon.
Lansing Catholic is led by 6-7 senior all-state candidate Tony Poljan, 17-1 and in the semifinals will look to avenge last year’s district upset to Fowlerville. 16-3 Williamston has all-state candidate senior guard Riley Lewis with an opening round bye. Monday’s opening game features a young Sexton team that has taken its lumps all year and 10-9 Perry.
This district has some of the best looking records in Class B, as 16-4 Yale opens with 16-3 Richmond, with the winner facing 17-3 Imlay City. Yale and Richmond split in the regular season; Yale and Imlay City also split; while Imlay City swept Richmond. Yale has the best player in the gym, senior all-state candidate guard Cody Kegley.
Grand Rapids South Christian
The district championship will really be played at 7:30 Monday, with a state semifinal-caliber matchup of 17-2 Wayland and 17-3 Godwin Heights, the defending Class B champion. They played a terrific game in last year’s districts, at Godwin. 6-7 Wayland junior Zack Niewkoop will be a tough cover for the shorter Wolverines, while Godwin Heights has the advantage in depth. There are a couple of point machines in the backcourts, with Wayland junior Avery Hudson and Godwin sophomore Lamar Norman.
The host school is 18-2 and has a high school Ben Wallace in 6-8 senior Dylan Patton and an athletic senior shooting guard Zac Latter. The open with 11-9 Olivet, with breakout 6-2 junior Delbert Redfield. Eaton Rapids will play that winner, while the other semifinal is 15-5 Stockbridge against one-win (!) Lumen Christi.
Guard play will be the call of the day in one semifinal where 16-3 Dowagiac awaits 14-4 Benton Harbor. At 6-10, senior Braden Burke is the matchup with no answer here from 12-7 Stevensville Lakeshore.