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Elite Eight - The Top Eight Teams from the 2016-2017 High School Sports Year

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Elite Eight - The Top Eight Teams from the 2016-2017 High School Sports Year

8. Warren De La Salle Hockey

A state championship run that very few saw coming as the Pilots had never even played in a hockey state championship game before 2017. But under new head coach Craig Staskowski, the Pilots turned in a dominant run through the postseason that ended with a 6-3 win and the program’s first title, officially putting De La Salle hockey on the map.

7. Pittsford Girls Basketball

The Wildcats made three straight trips to the Class D basketball finals, which included back-to-back state titles in 2016 and 2017. Pittsford was led by the all-time winningest players in MHSAA Girls Basketball history in Class D Player of the Year Maddie Clark and Jaycie Burger, who dominated in the semifinals and finals to lead the way for the Wildcats.

6. Novi Volleyball

The Wildcats have been the definition of dominant over the past two years as they’ve claimed back-to-back Class A state championships with this year’s four set win over Rockford. But the success won’t stop here for the Wildcats. Expect another deep playoff run in 2017 as Novi should enter the season as the favorites to win the state title once again.

5. Saline Baseball

When you list off perennial baseball powers in the state of Michigan, Saline is almost always at the top of that list despite never winning a state championship. But on their sixth state finals appearance in 20 years, the Hornets finally reached the mountain top with a 5-2 win over Northville in the Division 1 final to earn the program’s first ever title and the first title for longtime coach Scott Theisen.

4. Detroit Cass Tech Football

There were few teams that made it look as easy as the Technicians did in 2016 and aside from a close call against upset-minded Saline in the playoffs, Cass Tech rolled through the competition and to its third state title since 2011. After coming up short against Romeo a year ago, the Technicians were on a mission throughout 2016 and led by a talented senior class, Cass Tech won its first title since 2012.

3. Clarkston Boys Basketball

Clarkston waited far too long to raise a boys basketball banner and this past winter, the Wolves finally got it done for their longtime coach, Dan Fife. Many believed that if Clarkston was going to finally win that elusive title, the 2016-17 season was the time to do it and with the help of Foster Loyer, Dylan Alderson, Taylor Currie and C.J. Robinson, the Wolves finally raised the wooden mitten.

2. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Softball

Nobody in the state has had a better three year run than the Kestrels as they wrapped up their run with a third straight Division 3 state championship. Led by 2017 Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year Meghan Beaubien and several key returners from last year’s team, St. Mary C.C. squeaked past Shepherd in the semifinals before routing Napoleon in the final to compete the 3-peat.

1. Detroit King Football

Few expected the Crusaders to win the state title for a second straight year in Division 2, but King played inspired football all season long in honor of their late coach, Dale Harvell, who passed away over the summer after leading the Crusaders to the D-2 title in 2015. With the guidance of first year head coach, King proved a lot of doubters wrong every step of the way and the Crusaders did it in convincing fashion with a shutout win over Walled Lake Western in the state championship game.