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STATE CHAMPS! final Michigan small-school boys basketball rankings: Beecher and Hanover-Horton maintain top spots, Charlevoix enters top 10

By: TJ KELLEY, March 9, 2020, 2:18 pm

The final small school rankings of the 2020-’21 season have many of the same teams from December’s initial rankings, as everyone prepares for the postseason, where everything — the rankings, records — go out the window. (Scroll down to the bottom for links to the district pairings, as well as a link to the STATE CHAMPS! fearless postseason predictions.)

Here’s a look at the final small-school rankings of the season:

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1 FLINT BEECHER (18-2, 14-0 1st GAC) — D3

The Bucs are seeking their sixth state championship since 2012. Beecher dropped a game to No. 6 overall Grand Blanc last week and have Vassar at home on March 9 in the district opener.

(Last ranking: 1)

2 HANOVER-HORTON (19-1, 14-0 1st Cascades Conference) — D3

The Comets are conference champs and have a 16-game win streak. They will face Jonesville at Concord on March 9.

(Last ranking: 2)

3 DETROIT EDISON (15-4) — D3

A six-game win streak is the momentum the Pioneers are looking for as they will look to win their second state title in three years. Edison will face Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett on March 9 in the first round of playoff action.

(Last ranking: 4)

4 SCHOOLCRAFT (20-0, 12-0 1st SWAC Valley) — D3

The Eagles need eight more wins for an undefeated season and their first state championship since 2011. Their path starts at home on March 11 vs. Kalamazoo Hackett.

(Last ranking: 5)

5 PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA (19-1, 15-1 1st CMAC) — D3

CMAC Champs and an 18-game win streak, the road to the Division 3 repeat starts on March 9 vs. Saranac.

(Last ranking: 6)

6 SOUTHFIELD CHRISTIAN (16-4, 10-0 1st MIAC-Blue) — D4

The defending Division 4 champs’ only losses are to Division 1 schools which includes last week’s one-point loss to No. 4 overall River Rouge. The Eagles will look for their sixth state championship since 2012, starting at Bloomfield Hills Roeper on March 11 vs. West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy.

(Last ranking: 7)

7 IRON MOUNTAIN (19-1, 10-1 1st West PAC East) — D3

The Mountaineers dropped their final game of the season by a point to Negaunee since the last rankings were released. The path back to the Breslin for last year’s state runner-ups starts at home on March 9 vs. Norway.

(Last ranking: 3)

8 CHARLEVOIX (17-3, 12-2 2nd Lake Michigan Conference) — D3

Winners of nine in a row, including a Feb. 28 win over LMC winner Traverse City St. Francis.  March 11 at St. Ignace is their first playoff matchup.

(Last ranking: N/R)

9 TRAVERSE CITY ST. FRANCIS (17-3, 13-1 1st Lake Michigan Conference) — D3

Lake Michigan Conference Champs.  They rebounded with a in over Petoskey after a loss to conference rival Charlevoix. March 11 vs. Elk Rapids starts St. Francis’ state playoffs.  

(Last ranking: 8)

10 DETROIT LOYOLA (15-4, 5-1 No. 1 CHSL-AA) — D3

Losses to CHSL runner-up, Detroit U-D Jesuit, and PSL champs, Detroit Cass Tech, were followed by double-digit wins over Detroit Cornerstone and Detroit Cristo Rey. The Bulldogs host a district and start off on March 9 vs. Madison Heights Madison. 

(Last ranking: T9)

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The boys basketball district pairings:

Division 1: [CLICK HERE]

Division 2: [CLICK HERE]

Division 3: [CLICK HERE]

Division 4: [CLICK HERE]

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For our fearless postseason predictions, CLICK HERE.

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CLICK HERE for the overall top 25 rankings update from March 2

CLICK HERE for the small-school top 10 rankings from Feb. 24

CLICK HERE for the overall top 25 rankings update from Feb. 17

CLICK HERE for the small-school top 10 rankings from Feb. 10

CLICK HERE for the small-school top 10 rankings from Jan. 27

CLICK HERE for the preseason list of top teams.

CLICK HERE for the preseason list of top players.