Prep Basketball Season Has Arrived!

Jeffrey Cottrell

Basketball season is upon us. The champions have hung their banners while other teams have worked hard in hopes of hanging their own banner after this season. We have moved into the first week of games and teams might still be working out the bugs. So make your way over to the local gym, pay the few bucks to get in, and cheer on your local team!

Class A

Saginaw High

While Draymond Green and Daniel West have moved on to major college basketball programs after winning back to back state titles, Coach Lou Dawkins can’t be too worried. In the City of Saginaw, basketball coaches reload every year. Senior Mike Green is the elder statesman for the Trojans played lights-out in the state championship last season. Dawkins had two players move back to Saginaw from out of state that will contribute as well. In Draymond’s absence, 6’8” sophomore Tommy McCune should step into a starting role. This team will be young but has a firey coach in Dawkins who is not afraid to sit his best player for not doing what he is supposed to do. They may not have the success in season that they have enjoyed the past two seasons, but never count out a Saginaw team when it comes to the playoffs. The last three state titles are housed less than five miles apart (Saginaw High 08 and 07, Arthur Hill in 06). Muskegon County may dominate football, but Saginaw County dominates basketball with Buena Vista, Nouvel, Saginaw High, and Arthur Hill all within its borders.

Class B

Lansing Catholic

After capturing the Class B title in a dramatic fashion last season, Coach Darren Zwick is hoping to keep the momentum going. They were able to win the title game in the last 13 seconds. Many of his players got playing time during their run and now have experience. Their top player may very well be Austin Nichols, a 6’1” guard. He is also the only returning starter for the team. It will be important for Cougars to develop quickly and keep their momentum going from last season.

Class C

Kalamazoo Christian

Last season, Kalamazoo Christian Comets were able to get into the state finals and take home the trophy with their win over Flint Beecher. Now, most of those players have moved on. Gone is 6’8” center Stephen Gould and the team is filled with players without huge pedigrees, but play well as a team. The main player for the Comets this season could be 6’0” guard Ryan Herder. He has a knack for hitting three point shots. If it’s not Herder, then it’s Travis Hilton. Hilton is the only starter back from last season’s state title team. Over the past two seasons, KCC has a record of 50-3.

Class D

Muskegon Western Michigan Christian

I would love to get some help with this team. As of now, I have no information about them. If anyone can help me out, please email us!

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