The Drive For Five – The Five best State Championship teams from 2015-2016Multi-Sport  |
With the 2015-2016 Year officially in the books, it's time to take a look back at the FIVE best State Championship Teams from the past year.
5. (Tie) Detroit Catholic Central Hockey – The Shamrocks won their third straight Division 1 Hockey title last winter with their third different coach in three years. Catholic Central has proven to be the model of consistency over the past few years and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down anytime soon.
5. (Tie) Birmingham Brother Rice Boys Lacrosse – 12 Straight MHSAA Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Titles? Not much more needs to be said than that. The Warriors are an MHSAA Dynasty and every single year, including this year, Brother Rice continually replaces top tier players and never misses a beat. It wouldn’t be surprising if this dynasty lasts for at least another 10 years, that’s just how dominant this program has been and still is.
4. Farmington Hills Mercy Softball – For starters, the Marlins were nearly unbeatable from start to finish in the 2016 season, compiling a 43-2 record along with a Division 1 state championship. Add in that Mercy had the single season home run record holder and the Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year in Abby Krzwiecki and a dominant pitcher in Andrea Elmore, the Marlins had the look of an elite team from the start of the season this year.
3. Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard Volleyball – The Fighting Irish finished the 2015 season with an unblemished 42-0 record, but not only did they not lose a single match this season, they only lost six out of 108 sets they played this year. That’s about as dominant as it gets. Gabriel Richard didn’t lose a single set in the entire Division 2 Playoffs, cruising its way to its first state championship since 1991.
2. Detroit Martin Luther King Football – Loaded with Division 1 talent from the state’s best receiver, Donnie Corley to one of the state’s best power backs, Martell Pettaway or several other key Division 1 players like Leon Page and Armani Posey, King entered 2015 as the team to beat and played like it every step of the way, until arguably the most memorable finish in a state championship game when Corley caught the game-winning touchdown with no time left in the D-2 Final as King finished 2015 with a perfect 14-0 record.
1. Detroit U-D Jesuit Boys Basketball – This team was without a doubt the best team that the state of Michigan had to offer last year. Led by a Division 1 point guard, Cassius Wintson, two dominant, Division 1 caliber, 6-foot-9 forwards in juniors Ike Eke and Greg Eboigbodin and a host of other players who could see Division 1 offers coming down the road, the Cubs were as good as it gets in 2015-2016. A perfect 28-0 record which included convincing wins over Macomb Dakota and North Farmington in the Class A semifinals and finals.
The Best of the Rest (Alphabetical Order):
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central Boys Soccer
Powers North Central Boys Basketball
Stoney Creek Girls Soccer
Warren Cousino Girls Basketball