There’s a pretty big men’s college basketball game in Ann Arbor tonight. At 7PM the fiercest of rivals will tip off: Michigan vs. Ohio State.
High school sports is all about rivalries. Every sport has them, both new and long standing in tradition. Some are fueled by location and others by events of the past. Teams may even develop a rivalry simply because both are successful.
Michigan high school basketball is no different. The great thing about the rivalries in this state is that they are built out of great games, respect, and often times even friendship. One factor remains constant: It’s the seniors that make the rivalries continue. They pass the experiences in these big games down to the other classes.
In honor of the big game tonight, we will look at some examples of rivalries in Michigan and a few seniors involved.
* This is not a ’best of’ just some examples of the many.
I’m lumping the PSL together as one, because let’s face it, every game in the Detroit Public School League is huge. The tradition runs deep and there’s so much talent. From Renaissance, to King, to Cass Tech, to Denby, to Pershing……they’re all big time matchups.
Ann Arbor Huron vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer
Northville vs. Novi
Kalamazoo Central vs. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Bishop Foley Catholic vs. Shrine Catholic
Caro vs. Cass City
Saginaw vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill
Lansing Sexton vs. Lansing Everett vs. East Lansing
Zeeland East vs. Zeeland West
Allendale vs. Coopersville
USA vs. Reese
Summit Academy vs. Romulus
Forest Hills Central vs. Forest Hills Northern
East Kentwood vs. Rockford
South Christian vs. Unity Christian
Ypsilanti vs. Ypsilanti-Lincoln
The do-it-all floor general having a Mr. Basketball worthy season.
The big man has been unstoppable so far this season.
He’s a top notch perimeter player on the west side of the state.
This post player showcases a lot of talent.
The explosive guard has quietly had one of the best seasons of anyone in the senior class.
He’s explosive off the dribble and can create at any time.
He has an intriguing combination of size, shooting, and ball skills.
A top 15 player in the senior class. Enough said.
He’s aggressive with the dribble and a multi level scorer.
He’s a versatile forward that plays off the ground.
(SG, Forest Hills Central)
Scholler is a premier sharpshooting guard that can take over a game.
I really like this athletic guards ability to hunt shots.
This multi level scorer is as explosive as they come.
Steffen is a solid and consistent floor general that can shoot and distribute.
It all starts on the defensive end for VanRenterghen.
He’s a top post player on the west side of the state.