1920 Detroit Northwestern showcased
a stellar defense and defeated Detroit Northern, 17-13, for the
Class A crown before a packed house at Waterman Gym in Ann Arbor
in pre-MHSAA tournament play. The Colts jumped out to a 6-0 lead,
but Northern rallied to pull within two, 9-7, at the end of the
half in this rough and penalty-marred contest. Kirker finished
with 9-of-13 free throws for Northern, while Carty led Northwestern
with 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.
At Michigan Agricultural
College gymnasium in East Lansing, St. Joseph emerged with an
8-7 win over Hillsdale to take the Class B tourney for schools
with enrollment of less than 251.
Tied 14-14 with less than a minute to play, Emanuel Fishman stole
the ball underneath his own basket, headed down court then fired
the winning basket -- a long one-handed shot -- that gave Detroit
Northern its first Class A cage title, 16-14, over Kalamazoo Central.
Fishman, playing with injured ankles, was held to three points
in the contest by the strong guard play of Kalamazoo's John Bosma.
Don Ashen and Douglas Greig finished with four points apiece to
lead Northern in the final year that the tournament was held at
Olympia Stadium in Detroit.
defeated Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 31-25, for the Class B crown
in one of the top games of the entire tournament. Led by forwards
George Rudeness and Ralph Lindstrom, the Upper Peninsula squad
roared back to tie the game 21-21 at the end of three periods,
after trailing 10-5 at the end of the first period and 14-11 at
the half. The lead changed four times in the final stanza before
the Negaunee squad pulled away in the final two minutes of play.
For the first
time in tournament history, two parochial schools squared off
in an MHSAA Final, as Kalamazoo St. Augustine thumped previously
unbeaten Lansing St. Mary, 40-9, for the Class C crown. St. Augustine
displayed an impressive passing game while junior Chuck Muth tallied
18 points, including 10 from the free-throw line. It was the first
defeat in 25 games for St. Mary, and the first time that a team
had scored over 20 points vs. that squad.
Floyd Norcutt's game-winning
basket with 10 seconds to play gave Clarksville the Class D title
over U.P. entry, Rock. Steve Rabideau scored 16 points, including
a bucket in the game's final three minutes of play to put Rock
in the lead, 23-22, for the first time in the contest. However,
an attempt to stall failed as Norcutt picked off an errant pass
and scored from under the basket to give Clarksville a 24-23 win.
Flint Northern downed Dearborn Fordson, 28-17, becoming the first
Class A team to repeat since Detroit Southwestern in 1925 and
1926. A record crowd of 7,500 witnessed the tournament's return
to the Michigan State campus. The games were hosted at the school's
new million-dollar athletic plant, Jenison Field House, after
alternating between Flint and Grand Rapids for six seasons.
held the Tractors scoreless through the first 11 minutes of action
and never trailed, extending its streak to 29 consecutive victories.
Bob Holloway scored a game-high 10 points to lead the way for
Class B, Traverse City's Jack Hensel put on an outstanding display
as underdog Trojans defeated Detroit St. Theresa, 26-23. Hensel's
pinpoint passes shredded the Pirates troublesome zone defense.
The guard added 10 points to pace the Traverse City attack. All-State
center Don Osterman scored 12 points for St. Theresa boosting
his tournament total to 97 in six contests.
Floyd Eby, a senior at nearby
Michigan State, coached Williamston to its first-ever MHSAA title
with a thrilling 37-35 win over Keego Harbor in Class C. With
three seconds to play, sophomore guard Dick Hagerman launched
a desperate shot from 35 feet out that broke a 35-35 deadlock.
Ace forward Ronnie Stover canned 18 points, including 16 in the
first half, as Williamston opened up a 26-11 lead in the third
period. But Keego Harbor, unbeaten in 21 games, battled back,
to knot the game on Eddie Hanes' shot with 50 seconds to go, setting
up Hagerman's heroics.
coach Russell Newell led Weidman to a 30-21 win over Peck in Class
D. Orville Bellinger and Jim Cole combined for 23 points to pace
the Upper Peninsula tourney hosted at Northern State Teachers
College, hometown favorite Marquette Graveraet ended a 24-year
tournament drought with a thrilling 28-27 victory over Escanaba
in Class B play. The final moments saw a classic showdown between
Graveraet's captain Jack Frisk and Escanaba's Don Pfotenhauer,
as each netted his team's final four points down the stretch.
Chambers and his Crystal Falls squad wrapped up a third consecutive
U.P. Class C title with a 36-23 victory over L'Anse. Dick Guenther,
Bob Shemky and Albert Sartoria all finished in double figures
for Crystal Falls.
charity shooting cost National Mine a U.P. Class D title, as the
Miners missed 7-of-10 shots from the free throw line, losing for
the first time in 16 starts to Hermansville, 24-23. S. Machalk
finished with 15 points for the winners, including a pair of baskets
midway through the final frame to seal the contest.
Divided into two sessions at Jenison Field House, a crowd of 7,764
witnessed the 'B' and 'D' afternoon Finals, while 12,480 packed
the facility for the evening contests. The total of 20,244 established
a new MHSAA Finals attendance record.
Kalamazoo Central repeated
as Class A titlists with a 64-50 victory over Port Huron. The
64 points set a tournament record, topping 55 scored by Class
D Mass in 1948. George Heinrich finished with 20 points for the
victorious Maroon Giants, while Bob Topp bagged 15 and Ron Jackson
added 11. Wally Fox notched 18 for the Big Reds, who lost in the
Finals for the second time in three years.
Ishpeming downed Grand Rapids
Godwin in Class B, 43-31, holding Wolverine center Art Spoelstra
to four points in the first half and 14 overall. Spoelstra scored
28 points in three periods of play in the semifinals. Tom Sullivan
topped the winners with 14, while Don Doney added 12 for Ishpeming.
Dave McLaughlin and Dave Nash combined for 59 of the Pioneers'
points as East Grand Rapids rolled to a 64-48 victory over Saginaw
SS Peter and Paul in Class C. Swaney's 27 points included 12 field
goals, while McLaughlin scored 10 of his 13 points in the first
the outstanding play of brothers George and Leon Fox, Fowler rolled
up a 22-15 lead over Brimley at the half. But the Eskimos battled
back with a 10-2 run to open the third quarter, then held on for
a 37-30 win and their first-ever MHSAA title in Class D. With
two titles on the day, the Upper Peninsula matched a feat last
accomplished in 1926. Captain Maurice LeBlanc and Ed Waishkey
each finished with 11 points, including seven points apiece in
the second half.
Northern State Teacher's College in Marquette one week prior,
defending Class E champion Alpha trounced Michigamme, 52-28. Alpha
topped a field of 15 Upper Peninsula teams in the classification
reserved for schools enrolling 75 students or less. Led by Eugene
Skibo's four field goals and 12 free throws, the Mastodons opened
up a 33-19 lead at the end of three quarters.
Lansing Sexton successfully defended its Class A title with a
60-56 victory over Pontiac Central. Bob Davis, hero of Sexton's
thrilling 1959 championship contest with Hamtramck, finished with
a game-high 18 points, including four free throws in the final
40 seconds to ice the game.
Bill Chmielewski scorched the nets for 32 points and pulled down
18 rebounds as Detroit Holy Redeemer grabbed its first cage title,
a 78-60 victory over Grand Rapids Godwin. Chmielewski, the Lions'
6-10 all-state center, brought the crowd to its feet late in the
Class B contest with a dunk on a breakway. Redeemer Guard Bob
Horvath added 16, mostly on breakaways following steals.
Peter Gent netted 21 points
as Bangor upended top-rated Grand Rapids Lee in the Class C Final,
57-45. Bangor rallied for 16 points in the final frame to shatter
a 41-41 third-quarter deadlock. Doug Greenwold finished with 27
points for Lee, but was the Rebels only source of offense in the
crucial fourth period. Gent later starred at Michigan State and
played pro football with the Dallas Cowboys before authoring numerous
books, including "North Dallas Forty."
Baraga blew a 14-point, third
quarter lead as Bath defeated the Upper Peninsula squad, 61-59,
in Class D. The Vikings led 44-30 when 6-1 center Tom Clisch was
forced to the bench with four personal fouls. Bath had battled
to within five, 48-43, when Clisch returned to the lineup. His
stay was short-lived as he picked up his fifth and final foul
10 seconds later. Gary Morrill's tie-breaking bucket with 22 seconds
remaining sealed the win for the Fighting Bees.
In the Upper Peninsula title
game held one week earlier at the Northern Michigan College fieldhouse,
Hermansville downed Perkins, 72-50, to win the 'final' Class E
Final. Richard Polazzo topped his 21-per-game average with 29
points while teammate Irwin Scholtz tallied 27 to pace the Redskins.
The season finale at Jenison Field House marked the end of the
tournament's three-week, two-day final-round extravaganza. The
format of the
playoffs was altered to span four weeks in 1971, with the Semifinals
played on one weekend and the Finals on the following Saturday.
his final high school contest, Detroit Pershing coach Will Robinson
and his Doughboys pulled off a stunning upset of previously unbeaten
Pontiac Central, 86-81. Robinson, a legend in high school circles,
had accepted the head coaching position at Illinois State University.
Phil Paige's 13 points in the second quarter helped Pershing rebound
from an early 10-4 deficit for a 39-34 lead at the half. The margin
had dwindled to two points, 76-74, with 2:02 to play, when Bob
Hawkins nailed both ends of a one-and-one foul situation. Hawkins
added a tip-in seconds later for an 80-74 Doughboy lead. Hawkins
finished with 28 points while junior Calvin Harper added 24. Pontiac's
Campy Russell led the Chiefs with 23 points.
River Rouge snagged its 10th
Class B title with a 76-66 thriller over Saginaw Carrollton. The
Panthers had opened up a 50-33 lead early in the third period
when four personal fouls sent Rouge's top ballhandler, Marvin
Dunson, to the bench for a rest. Suddenly, the shooting of Carrollton's
Don Kubiak and Red Jones and an impenetrable defense rallied the
Cavaliers to a 64-63 lead midway through the fourth. Then, as
quickly as it started, the momentum shifted again, as the Panthers
went on a 15-2 run, including eight points by Al Boswell and six
by Malcolm Moulton. Moulton finished with 27, establishing a new
Rouge single-season scoring mark of 537 points. Kubiak ended the
contest with 19, while Jones scored 15 for Carrollton.
West Michigan Christian won its fourth Class C crown in 13 years
with a 52-51 heart-stopping victory over St Ignace. The Warriors
opened up a seemingly insurmountable 39-27 lead as the Saints
scored only two points during a 12:45 span in the second and third
quarters. Incredibly, St. Ignace caught fire in the final frame,
and eventually pulled to within a point with nine seconds left,
but that's how the game would end. Tom VanderLaan led the Warriors
with 20 points.
was tinged with sadness for Flint Holy Redeemer fans in Class
D. A victim of consolidation, the Flyers went out in their final
season with a bang, downing Kingsley, 62-60. Bob Hooks emerged
as the hero, nailing a 25-foot bucket from near the top of the
key as time expired. One of the Flint area parochial schools closed
to create Flint
Powers Catholic. Redeemer ended with a 22-2 mark.
31-year veteran coach Paul Cook emerged with his first MHSAA title
as top-ranked Lansing Eastern downed Highland Park, 64-53, in
Class A. It was the school's first cage title since 1934. High-scoring
Sam Vincent was kept in check, but still notched 16 points to
lead Eastern. Sophomore Renardo Brown netted 12 of his game-high
20 points for the Polar Bears in the first half.
Ypsilanti Willow Run turned
back Saginaw Eisenhower in the Class B championship, 77-68. The
Flyers received balanced scoring as four players finished in double
figures. John Bailey topped the cast with 21 points on 10-of-13
shooting from the field.
City became just the fourth team in MHSAA history to end a season
with 28 victories. With its 71-58 victory over Grand Rapids South
Christian in the Class C Final, the Coyotes capped a perfect season
with their first title in 42 years. Todd Brower led the way with
17 points, Bruce Jones added 16, Chuck Holmquist 15 and Barry
East Catholic retained the Class D crown by defeating Muskegon
Western Michigan Christian, 88-64, in a rematch of the 1979 championship
game. James Ross pumped in 35 points -- the third highest total
in Class D Finals history -- to lead the victorious Chargers.
Teammate Anthony Grier added 20.
MHSAA Finals moved to The Palace of Auburn Hills and attracted
a record 59,504 fans to the event. Detroit Southwestern ended
a long courtship with the Class A crown, finally pulling down
a title with a 67-54 win over Saginaw. Despite the absence of
starting center Elton Carter, who went down with injury in the
Semifinals. Southwestern dominated the inside. Jalen Rose led
Southwestern with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Garland Mance
added 18 points seven boards. Marcus Buckley topped Saginaw
with 21 points, including six from three-point range. The Prospectors
and coach Perry Watson had been to the finals in seven of the
previous eight seasons, always finishing as a runner-up.
Class C champs Detroit Country Day grabbed a Class B crown with
a 59-53 victory over Saginaw Buena Vista. A 32-point performance by the Knight’s Toriano Smith went for naught. Smith canned seven three-pointers in the game, including four in the fourth quarter.
Saginaw Nouvel scored 17 unanswered points late in the third quarter
and rolled to a 78-59 win over Ishpeming in Class C. Aaron Knieper
had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Panthers. Brandon Sager
tallied 18 for Ishpeming.
Dave Soules notched his sixth MHSAA title as his Chargers from
Detroit East Catholic downed Covert, 72-58, in Class D. Andre
Mitchell led the Chargers with 20 points. Anthony Whitfield kept
Covert in the game, scoring 11 first-half points and 18 overall.
-- Ron Pesch