The 2021-22 high school athletic year is now complete in the state of Michigan with the completion of the baseball, softball, and girls soccer finals this past weekend at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

All told, we had eight area teams win state championships in the 21-22 school year.  And many other schools ended up runner-up.

It was an exciting fall season as we had a pair of (almost three) area teams win state titles in football.  We had an area team win a crown in boys soccer.  We also a couple of near-misses in boys cross-country and one in girls cross-country.  There were also a couple of high finishes in girls golf.  An another team had a near-miss at the boys tennis finals.

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In the winter, we had a prominent boys and girls basketball team win state titles at the Breslin Center in March.  We also had a runner-up finish in girls bowling and gymnastics.

In the spring, we had a girls soccer champion, a boys golf champion, and a boys track and field champion.  We also had a semifinalist in baseball, as well as a semifinalist in girls lacrosse.  And finally a runner-up finish in girls track and field.

Here's a look at the list of team state champions in the 2021-22 school year:

FALL

Lansing Catholic - Division 5 Football - 2nd title in the last 3 years.

Pewamo-Westphalia - Division 7 Football - 4th title in the last 6 years

Okemos - Division 1 Boys Soccer - First state title ever

WINTER

Williamston - Division 2 Boys Basketball - Undefeated at 27-0

Fowler - Division 4 Girls Basketball - Back-to-Back state champions

SPRING

Lansing Christian - Division 4 Boys Golf - Runners-up last season

Williamston - Division 3 Girls Soccer - First state title ever

Lansing Catholic - Division 3 Boys Track and Field - First state title since 2012

 

Congratulations to all of the area state champions this season!!!

Michigan State's Protected Rivalries In A Divisionless Big Ten

There's much speculation among the media that the Big Ten will abandon it's division-based format for football in the 2023 season.

If/When that happens, each team will likely have three opponents that are protected. That means that that those specific games will be played each season.

With that in mind, we've come up with some choices for Michigan State's three protected games in a divisionless Big Ten.