Class A District Playoff Preview

8 Mar

In the Class A top ten entering the playoffs, there are four undefeated teams, and three squads only have one loss.  Muskegon captured Class A last year.  However, the Big Reds will have plenty of competition on the west side before a potential return to the Breslin Center.

Contenders: Western (19-0), Muskegon (19-1), Clarkston (20-0), East Kentwood (20-0), Kalamazoo Central (19-1), Macomb Dakota (18-2), U of D Jesuit (17-3), Saginaw Arthur Hill (17-3)

Sleepers: Lansing Everett (18-2), Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (17-3), Walled Lake Western (19-1), Ann Arbor Huron (18-2), Romulus (14-5), East English Village (14-4), North Farmington (17-3).

Best District:

Walled Lake Central

Teams: White Lake Lakeland, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Walled Lake Western, Walled Lake Central, Walled Lake Northern, West Bloomfield.

Outlook: Walled Lake Western hopes to continue what has been a magical season.  For the first time since 2000, the Warriors captured a conference championship, and first KLAA North, Lakes, and Association titles in school history.

Western’s half of the bracket is not as strenuous compared to rival Central’s.  If Central (15-5) defeats Northern Monday, the Vikings meet West Bloomfield (18-2) for the right in all likelihood to meet Western Friday night.    West Bloomfield has been a ranked since the pre-season, and feature one of the best dual-sport athletes in the state in Trishton Jackson.  Central will counter with junior guard Walter Kelser, who is quietly one of the best 2016 guards in Michigan.

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