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STATE CHAMPS! picks the fifth-round playoff games, as we close in on state championships

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, January 15, 2021, 2:17 pm

We’re getting closer to the finish line. The 8-player postseason will conclude on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Legacy Center Brighton with a pair of games, while we will find out the lineup headed to Ford Field on Jan. 22-23 for the 11-player finals after this weekend’s semifinals in those brackets.

Below are the selections made by host/co-producer Lorne Plant,  digital managing editor Matthew B. Mowery, multimedia producer Chuck Pellerito and social media manager David Bodine. The results from the previous three rounds are at the bottom of the file.

If you want to see how we’ve fared so far in our picking, scroll to the bottom of the file to see the running standings, as well as the leaderboard from Round 4.

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11-PLAYER SEMIFINALS

DIVISION 1

BODINE: Davison, West Bloomfield

MOWERY: Davison, Belleville

PELLERITO: Rockford, West Bloomfield

PLANT: Davison, Belleville

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DIVISION 2

BODINE: Muskegon Mona Shores, Oak Park

MOWERY: Muskegon Mona Shores, Oak Park

PELLERITO: Muskegon Mona Shores, Oak Park

PLANT: Muskegon Mona Shores, Warren De La Salle

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DIVISION 3

BODINE: Muskegon, River Rouge

MOWERY: DeWitt, River Rouge

PELLERITO: Muskegon, River Rouge

PLANT: DeWitt, River Rouge

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DIVISION 4

BODINE: Edwardsburg, Detroit Country Day

MOWERY: Edwardsburg, Detroit Country Day 

PELLERITO: Edwardsburg, Detroit Country Day

PLANT: Edwardsburg, Detroit Country Day

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DIVISION 5

BODINE: Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Frankenmuth

MOWERY: Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Frankenmuth

PELLERITO: Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Frankenmuth

PLANT: Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Frankenmuth

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DIVISION 6

BODINE: Montague, Clinton

MOWERY: Montague, Clinton

PELLERITO: Montague, Clinton

PLANT: Montague, Clinton

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DIVISION 7

BODINE: Cass City, New Lothrop

MOWERY: Cass City, New Lothrop

PELLERITO: Cass City, New Lothrop

PLANT: Cass City, New Lothrop

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DIVISION 8

BODINE: Johannesburg-Lewiston, (Centreville by forfeit)

MOWERY: Johannesburg-Lewiston, (Centreville by forfeit)

PELLERITO: Johannesburg-Lewiston, (Centreville by forfeit)

PLANT: Johannesburg-Lewiston, (Centreville by forfeit)

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8-PLAYER FINALS

DIVISION 1

BODINE: Adrian Lenawee Christian

MOWERY: Adrian Lenawee Christian

PELLERITO: Adrian Lenawee Christian 

PLANT: Adrian Lenawee Christian

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DIVISION 2

BODINE: Powers North Central

MOWERY: Portland St. Patrick

PELLERITO: Portland St. Patrick

PLANT: Portland St. Patrick

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Here’s how we’ve done so far:

Round 4 results

Mowery: 26 of 33 (78.8 percent)

Bodine: 25 of 33 (75.8 percent)

Plant: 24 of 33 (72.7 percent)

Pellerito: 20 of 33 (60.6 percent)

Running score (through 4 rounds)

Mowery: 412 of 498 (82.7 percent)

Plant: 406 of 498 (81.5 percent)

Bodine 385 of 498 (77.3 percent)

Pellerito 371 of 498 (74.5 percent)

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For all of the Week 1 picks, CLICK HERE.

For all of the week 2 picks, CLICK HERE.

For all of the Week 3 picks, CLICK HERE.

For all of the Week 4 picks, CLICK HERE.