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STATE CHAMPS! Michigan small-school girls basketball rankings for Feb. 24: E-TC hits top 10, Hamady, Calumet, Ubly join top 25

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, February 24, 2020, 3:43 pm

This version of the small-school top 25 has a distinct Upper Peninsula flavor, with five top 25 teams. 

Ewen-Trout Creek moves into the top 10 at No. 9, joining St. Ignace (No. 4) there, while Ishpeming Westwood (No. 17) and Pickford (No. 20) are still in the top 25, and Calumet (No. 24) jumped in to join them from the ranks of the honorable mentions. Negaunee, Felch North Dickinson, Carney-Nadeau and Baraga were on the edge of making the honorable mention list, as well. 

A group of teams — Michigan Center, Ithaca, Hemlock and Brooklyn Columbia Central — took advantage of slides by another handful of teams to move from the 20s into the teens in the poll, while Ubly makes its debut, and Flint Hamady returns. 

Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart was one of the teams that slid, taking its first loss against Division 2 Clare, while Manton and Maple City Glen Lake each took another loss against a ranked team. 

Here are the small-school rankings for Feb. 24, 2020: 

1 KENT CITY (18-1, MPR: 0.626) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat No. 15 Morley Stanwood (42-30), beat Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills (74-34), beat Hesperia (71-35). 

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Holton on Feb. 28.

Last ranking: 1

2 BELLAIRE (18-0, MPR: 0.627) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat HM Gaylord St. Mary (37-31), beat Johannesburg-Lewiston (47-39), beat Onaway (53-18), beat Pellston (60-6).

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Lake City Feb. 24, at Indian River Inland Lakes Feb. 25.

Last ranking: 2

3 LAKE CITY (18-1, MPR: 0626) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat McBain Northern Michigan Christian (63-29), beat No. 6 Manton (36-26), beat McBain (40-29), beat Beal City (61-33).

Regular-season games remaining: at No. 2 Bellaire Feb. 24.

Last ranking: 4

4 ST. IGNACE (15-2, MPR: 0.687) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Cedarville (76-30), beat Rudyard (69-25), beat T25 No. 15 Goodrich (54-40).

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Newberry Feb. 24, vs. Cheboygan Feb. 27.

Last ranking: 5

5 KINGSTON (16-1, MPR: 0.634) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Marlette (50-30), beat Dryden (43-22), beat Peck (57-36).

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Caseville Feb. 24, at Genesee Feb. 26, vs. International Academy of Flint Feb. 28.

Last ranking: 8

6 NILES BRANDYWINE (18-0, MPR: 0.598) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Constantine (57-42), beat Comstock (58-21), beat Three Oaks River Valley (58-21), beat Buchanan (73-38).

Regular-season games remaining: at Gobles Feb. 25, vs. Parchment Feb. 28.

Last ranking: 9

7 CENTREVILLE (17-1, MPR: 0.631) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Bloomingdale (58-53), beat Marcellus (40-26), beat Decatur (50-45), beat Bangor (59-27).

Regular-season games remaining: at Athens Feb. 24, at Mendon Feb. 25

Last ranking: 10

8 ALLEN PARK INTER-CITY BAPTIST (15-2, MPR: 0.644) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Lost to T25 HM Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (52-44), beat Plymouth Christian (54-41 and 42-33), beat Clarkston Everest Collegiate (78-47), lost to T25 No. 6 Adrian Lenawee Christian (60-29)

Regular-season games remaining: at Wixom St. Catherine Feb. 25, at Taylor Feb. 27, vs. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian Feb. 28.

Last ranking: 3

9 EWEN-TROUT CREEK (18-1, MPR: 0.609) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Ontonagon (43-40), beat Dollar Bay (64-16), beat Baraga (46-42), beat Bessemer (60-18), beat Painesdale Jeffers (63-31).

Regular-season games remaining: at Dollar Bay Feb. 27.

Last ranking: 14

10 MANTON (17-2, MPR: 0.633) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Roscommon (75-33), lost to No. 4 Lake City (36-26), beat Houghton Lake (54-37).

Regular-season games remaining: at LeRoy Pine River Feb. 26.

Last ranking: 6

11 SPRINGPORT (16-2, MPR: 0.631) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Homer (64-30), beat Bronson (54-33), beat Eaton Rapids (61-53), beat Jonesville (55-27).

Regular-season games remaining: at Reading Feb. 25, at Union City Feb. 28.

Last ranking: 19

12 MT. PLEASANT SACRED HEART (17-1, MPR: 0.566) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Merrill (52-49), beat Coleman (63-48), lost to Clare (42-32), beat Blanchard Montabella (50-19).

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Beaverton Feb. 25, at Carson City-Crystal Feb. 27.

Last ranking: 7

13 MICHIGAN CENTER (15-3, MPR: 0.616) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Napoleon (56-13), beat Hanover-Horton (74-18), beat East Jackson (58-18). 

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Williamston Feb. 25, at Addison Feb. 27.

Last ranking: 21

14 ITHACA (17-1, MPR: 0.591) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat St. Louis (53-11), beat St. Charles (37-22), beat Carrollton (48-25), beat Saginaw Nouvel (33-26). 

Regular-season games remaining: at Hemlock Feb. 25, vs. Bullock Creek Feb. 28.

Last ranking: 22

15 HEMLOCK (16-2, MPR: 0.605) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary (59-54, 2OT), beat Saginaw Nouvel (46-39), beat Bullock Creek (59-36), beat Carrollton (63-33).

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Ithaca Feb. 25, vs. Millington Feb. 28.

Last ranking: 23

16 MAPLE CITY GLEN LAKE (16-3, MPR: 0.652) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Buckley (86-37), beat Frankfort (74-46), lost to Kingsley (50-38), beat Leland (52-27). 

Regular-season games remaining: at Onekama Feb. 25.

Last ranking: 12

17 ISHPEMING WESTWOOD (16-2, MPR: 0.607) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat iron Mountain (73-44), beat Manistique (66-35), beat Gwinn (38-37), lost to HM Negaunee (43-33). 

Regular-season games remaining: vs. West Iron County Feb. 25, vs. Gwinn Feb. 27.

Last ranking: 11

18 BROOKLYN COLUMBIA CENTRAL (17-2, MPR: 0.637) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Jackson Lumen Christi (61-27), beat Blissfield (45-17), beat Hudson (53-14).

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Erie Mason Feb. 25.

Last ranking: 24

19 MARTIN (17-1, MPR: 0.582) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Byron Center Zion Christian (59-33), beat Lawrence (63-14), beat Constantine (54-41), beat Fennville (51-38).

Regular-season games remaining: at Watervliet Feb. 25, vs. Gobles Feb. 28.

Last ranking: 20

20 PICKFORD (14-3, MPR: 0.596) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: beat Mackinaw City (64-34), beat Brimley (64-33), lost to Cedarville (66-59).

Regular-season games remaining: at DeTour Feb. 24, at Rudyard Feb. 27.

Last ranking: 13

21 SCHOOLCRAFT (16-2, MPR: 0.635) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Kalamazoo Hackett (41-32), lost to Kalamazoo Christian (54-45), beat Bronson (56-48), beat Galesburg-Augusta (63-25).

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Constantine Feb. 25, vs. Benton Harbor Feb. 27.

Last ranking: 16

22 CAMDEN-FRONTIER (18-2, MPR: 0.599) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Hillsdale Academy (45-37), lost to Athens (50-38), beat North Adams-Jerome (45-17), beat No. 18 Pittsford (56-46), beat Jackson Christian (55-38).

Regular-season games remaining: None.

Last ranking: 17

23 FLINT HAMADY (D3, 18-2, MPR: 0.595) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Bentley (59-12), beat Beecher (60-28), beat Arthur Hill (43-35), beat Morrice (63-54, 2OT)

Regular-season games remaining: None.

Last ranking: N/R

24 CALUMET (15-3, MPR: 0.642) — D3

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat HM Negaunee (59-55 OT), beat West Iron County (64-63 and 53-46), beat Houghton (68-35)

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Lake Linden-Hubbell Feb. 28.

Last ranking: HM

25 UBLY (17-1, MPR: 0.607) — D4

How they fared since Feb. 10: Beat Capac (50-25), beat Harbor Beach (57-39), beat Sandusky (42-31), beat Brown City (50-24).

Regular-season games remaining: vs. Bad Axe Feb. 24, vs. Marlette Feb. 25.

Last ranking: HM

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DROPPED OUT:

No. 15 Morley Stanwood (D3, 15-3, MPR: 0.584), No. 18 Pittsford (D4, 16-3, MPR: 0.569), No. 25 Fruitport Calvary Christian (D4, 16-3, MPR: 0.559)

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HONORABLE MENTION: 

St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran (D4, 16-1, MPR: 0.575); Gobles (D3, 16-2, MPR: 0.552); Traverse City St. Francis (D3, 15-3, MPR: 0.596); Deckerville (D4, 16-3, MPR: 0.618); Gaylord St. Mary (D4, 14-4, MPR: 0.580); Oscoda (D3, 17-3, MPR: 0.571); Stockbridge (D3, 16-3, MPR: 0.594); Athens (D4, 16-2, MPR: 0.577); Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (D4, 12-7, MPR: 0.583); Kalamazoo Hackett (D3, 14-4, MPR: 0.610); Midland Calvary Baptist (D4, 14-0, MPR: 0.548).

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PREVIOUS SMALL-SCHOOL RANKINGS:

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CLICK HERE for Jan. 27 rankings update.

CLICK HERE for Feb. 10 rankings update.

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PREVIOUS TOP 25 RANKINGS:

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CLICK HERE for Dec. 24 rankings update.

CLICK HERE for Jan. 6 rankings update.

CLICK HERE for Jan. 20 rankings update.

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CLICK HERE for Feb. 17 rankings update.