REMAX-UNITED POWER POLL (FEBRUARY 21) (District-by-District Rankings here)
1-Godwin Heights 17-0 (10-0) LW: 1
The Wolverines cruised to another pair of OK Silver wins, this time over Hopkins and Belding. (Did you see this dunk by Lamar Norman?!) This week, #1 Godwin will travel to Lee and host Northpointe Christian with the OK Silver wrapped up.
2-Muskegon 17-0 (10-0) LW: 2
The Big Reds defeated Grand Rapids Union in their only game this past week. This week, they host Reeths-Puffer before travelling to Jenison on Friday, whom can split the OK Black crown with Muskegon in the event of a Friday night win.
3-Grand Rapids Christian 15-0 (10-0) LW: 3
The Eagles handily defeated Middleville in their lone encounter last week. This week, they hit the road for a pair as they visit Wyoming and East Grand Rapids, and a win in either will clinch the OK Gold crown.
4-West Ottawa 16-1 (10-0) LW: 4
With their wins over East Kentwood and Grand Haven last week, the Panthers clinched the outright OK Red title. This week, they will travel to Grandville and host Caledonia in their final league contests of the season.
5-Wayland 15-3 (8-2) LW: 6
The Wildcats defeated Middleville and Wyoming last week to improve their win total to fifteen. Though the OK Gold championship appears out of reach (would need 2 GRC losses), they have a pair of winnable contests against EGR & FHE.
6-Grand Haven 13-4 (7-3) LW: 5
The Buccaneers split their games this past week, as they defeated Hudsonville but they could not knock off West Ottawa. This week, they wrap up play in the OK Red with a road bout against Rockford, and a home game against Grandville.
7-Unity Christian 14-3 (11-0) LW: 8
The Crusaders are one of the hottest teams in West Michigan, as they are now winners of twelve straight games. They will attempt to extend their streak as they host West Catholic and travel to Zeeland East with the OK Green title all wrapped up.
8-Grand Rapids Catholic Central 14-3 (9-1) LW: 7
The Cougars drop a spot after their slip up against Allendale on Friday. This loss leaves the OK Blue up for grabs as they will host Coopersville on Tuesday night. Then, Covenant Christian comes into town to play on Friday.
9-Coopersville 13-4 (8-2) LW: NR
The Broncos make their debut in the poll after defeating Mona Shores and Spring Lake to take sole possession of second place in the OK Blue. If the Broncos win at Catholic Central on Tuesday, there will be a tie atop the conference.
10-Kelloggsville 13-3 (8-2) LW: NR
The Rockets reappear in the poll after a one week absence. They handily defeated Lee and Northpointe last week, and this week they wrap up OK Silver play hosting Hopkins on Tuesday and Belding on Friday.
REMAX-UNITED POWER POLL (FEBRUARY 14) (District-by-District Rankings here)
1-Godwin Heights 15-0 (8-0) LW: 1
The Wolverines continued their undefeated season by defeating Calvin Christian and #10 Kelloggsville. They will continue their pursuit of perfection in a pair of road league games, as they visit Hopkins on Tuesday and Belding on Friday.
2-Muskegon 16-0 (9-0) LW: 2
The Big Reds stay put in the second spot in this week’s poll after a trifecta of road wins over Fruitport, Kenowa Hills and Ypsilanti Community. This week, the Big Reds host Grand Rapids Union on Tuesday, and they have the rest of the week off.
3-Grand Rapids Christian 14-0 (9-0) LW: 3
On Tuesday, the Eagles dominated a tired Wayland team 94-61, before handily topping South Christian 70-49 on Friday night. This week, the Eagles will host Middleville on Friday in their lone action.
4-West Ottawa 14-1 (8-0) LW: 4
The Panthers had a solid week as they defeated league foes Hudsonville and Rockford with a pair of strong third quarters. This week, they hit the road twice as they will face #5 Grand Haven and East Kentwood in OK Red battles.
5-Grand Haven 12-3 (6-2) LW: 6
The Buccaneers won their lone contest this week as they avenged an earlier loss to East Kentwood by knocking them off 60-54. A big pair of games await the Buccaneers this week, as they will host #4 West Ottawa on Tuesday, and Hudsonville on Friday.
6-Wayland 13-3 (6-2) LW: 5
The Wildcats suffered their third loss, again to #3 Grand Rapids Christian, but this time it was far worse (94-61). They will try to bounce back when they face Middleville on Tuesday and host Wyoming on Friday in two OK Gold matchups.
7-Catholic Central 13-2 (9-0) LW: 7
The Cougars remain in the seventh spot as a result of inferior competition in the OK Blue, as they have had little trouble in their nine wins in league play (outside of Spring Lake). This week, they will host West Catholic on Tuesday before visiting Allendale.
8-Unity Christian 12-3 (9-0) LW: 8
The Crusaders have continued their hot streak as their win streak is now up to ten as they defeated Hamilton and Byron Center last week. This week, they will play the two Holland schools, as they travel to Holland Christian and host Holland.
9-Wyoming 11-4 (7-2) LW: 9
The Wolves handily defeated the bottom of the OK Gold last week, defeating Middleville and Forest Hills Eastern by a combined 154-116. This week, things get tougher as after Tuesday’s game against South Christian, a Friday night trip to Wayland awaits.
10-Lowell 11-5 (7-1) LW: NR
The Red Arrows make their debut in the Remax-United Power Poll after defeating Ottawa Hills and Zeeland West, and they now have won ten of their last eleven games to extend their OK White lead to two games. This week, Northview and Northern await.
REMAX-UNITED POWER POLL (FEBRUARY 7)
1-Godwin Heights 13-0 (6-0) LW: 3
The Wolverines flashed their muscle and showed why they are the top team in Class B in a very impressive 84-73 win over Detroit Edison on Saturday. This week, the top-rated team in West Michigan will host OK Silver foes Grandville Calvin Christian and Kelloggsville.
2-Muskegon 13-0 (7-0) LW: 2
The Big Reds stay put in the second spot in this week’s poll after handily defeating Mona Shores 87-45 on Tuesday. They will hit the road for three games against Fruitport on Tuesday, Kenowa Hills on Friday and Ypsilanti Community on Saturday.
3-Grand Rapids Christian 12-0 (7-0) LW: 1
After defeating Forest Hills Eastern handily on Friday, the Eagles battled with Lawrence North on Saturday night. They slip in this week’s rankings as a result of the dominant showings by the Big Reds and Wolverines over the past few weeks. They have a chance to prove themselves as they host Wayland on Tuesday and South Christian on Friday.
4-West Ottawa 12-1 (6-0) LW: 4
The Panthers had a strong showing on Friday and Saturday, as they dominated Northview and handily defeated Detroit Old Redford to balloon their winning streak to nine. This week, they will host two OK Red foes in Hudsonville (Tuesday) and Rockford (Friday).
5-Wayland 12-2 (6-1) LW: 5
When your only two losses are to the #1 and #3 team in the poll, you’ve had a pretty solid start to the season. Pair that with an impressive win against Detroit Cornerstone on Saturday, and the Wildcats have a solid hold on the fifth ranking. This week, they will have a chance to redeem one of their losses as they travel to Grand Rapids Christian on Tuesday, and on Friday they will venture up to Jenison to take on the Wildcats.
6-Grand Haven 11-3 (5-2) LW: 7
The Buccaneers won their lone contest this week at home against Caledonia 87-66. This week is another short week as they travel to East Kentwood on Tuesday in their only contest, a game in which they will try to avenge one of their three losses, a 63-54 loss back in early January.
7-Catholic Central 11-2 (7-0) LW: 6
The Cougars suffered a tough defeat at home against East Kentwood on Tuesday, and then they bounced back Friday with a 67-51 road win over Sparta. This week, Catholic Central will travel to Spring Lake and host Comstock Park.
8-Unity Christian 10-3 (7-0) LW: 8
The Crusaders have continued their hot streak as their win streak is now up to eight as they defeated Cedar Springs and Zeeland West by an average of twenty points, with both contests on the road. This week, they will host Hamilton on Tuesday, before travelling to Byron Center on Friday.
9-Wyoming 9-4 (5-2) LW: 10
The Wolves snapped their two game skid by picking up a pair of wins over Forest Hills Central and East Grand Rapids in the past week. This week brings two more winnable games for the Wolves as they travel to Middleville and host Forest Hills Eastern, two teams that they defeated earlier in league play.
10-Kelloggsville 11-2 (6-1) LW: NR
The Rockets make their debut in the Remax-United Power Poll for this basketball season after racking up their eleventh win in a 63-54 victory over Calvin Christian. A very tall task awaits the Rockets this week however as Tuesday brings along a trip to #1 ranked Godwin Heights Wolverines, who defeated them 114-75 earlier in the season. This is followed up by a Friday night road trip to rival Wyoming Lee.
REMAX-UNITED POWER POLL (JANUARY 31)
1-Grand Rapids Christian 10-0 (6-0) LW: 1
The Eagles remain on top of the poll after defeating Wyoming and East Grand Rapids at home. This week, they will travel to Forest Hills Eastern on Friday, then play Lawrence North (IN) in the Union Redhawk Showcase on Saturday.
2-Muskegon 12-0 (6-0) LW: 2
The Big Reds also stay put in the second spot in this week’s poll after handily defeating Reeths-Puffer and Jenison. Conference play continues with games against Mona Shores and Fruitport, two teams they beat by an average of 51 points.
3-Godwin Heights 12-0 (6-0) LW: 3
The Wolverines remain in the third spot yet again after two blowout conference wins over Wyoming Lee and Northpointe Christian. Godwin’s only game is Saturday against Detroit Edison in the Union Redhawk Showcase.
4-West Ottawa 10-1 (6-0) LW: 4
If not for the three unbeaten ahead of them, the Panthers would hold the top spot as a result of a perfect first half of league play. This week bring’s two nonleague games, Friday against Northview and Saturday against Detroit Old Redford in the Union Redhawk Showcase.
5-Wayland 9-2 (5-1) LW: 5
When your only two losses are to the #1 and #3 team in the poll, you’ve had a pretty solid start to the season The Wildcats will be busy this week, hosting Byron Center on Tuesday, travelling to South Christian on Friday, and then taking on Detroit Cornerstone Health/Technology with Marquette commit Jamal Cain in the Union Redhawk Showcase on Saturday.
6-Catholic Central 10-1 (6-0) LW: 6
In a short week last week, the Cougars went on the road and defeated Coopersville in a narrow 75-73 win. This week, they will host East Kentwood on Tuesday, before travelling to Sparta on Friday.
7-Grand Haven 10-3 (4-2) LW: 7
The Buccaneers won a pair of OK Red games this past week, defeating Rockford and Grandville. In a short week this week, Grand Haven will have Tuesday off before hosting Caledonia on Friday.
8-Unity Christian 8-3 (6-0) LW: 9
The Crusaders have continued their hot streak as their win streak is now up to six after a close win over Zeeland East last week. This week, they will be on the road twice, first to Cedar Springs and then they will be off to face Zeeland West.
9-Forest Hills Northern 11-2 (4-2) LW: NR
The Huskies make their season debut in the Remax-United Power Poll after a strong week in which they defeated Ottawa Hills and Holland Christian to expand their win streak to five. They have a chance to avenge one of their previous losses this week as they will travel to Forest Hills Central on Friday.
10-Wyoming 7-4 (4-2) LW: 8
The Wolves had a tough week last week, as they gave Christian a valiant run (lost 61-70), and then lost at the buzzer against Hudsonville (50-53). This week, they try to snap a three game skid as they host Forest Hills Central and visit East Grand Rapids.
REMAX-UNITED POWER POLL (JANUARY 24)
1-Grand Rapids Christian 8-0 (4-0) LW: 1
The Eagles earned two road wins last week over Thornapple Kellogg and Catholic Central. This week, they will host Wyoming and then host East Grand Rapids in two OK Gold matchups.
2-Muskegon 10-0 (4-0) LW: 2
Last week, the Big Reds went on the road and topped Grand Rapids Union, before defeating Detroit Loyola at home on Friday. This week, they travel to Reeths-Puffer on Tuesday, before hosting Jenison on Friday.
3-Godwin Heights 10-0 (4-0) LW: 3
The Wolverines scored 81 points in both of their home conference wins last week (Belding and Hopkins). The OK Silver leaders will face two more conference foes this week, hosting Lee on Tuesday, then travelling to Northpointe Friday.
4-West Ottawa 8-1 (4-0) LW: 4
West Ottawa continued their hot start to the year by topping Grand Haven and Kentwood at home, broadening their lead to two games in the OK Red. This week, they host Grandville on Tuesday and travel to Caledonia on Friday.
5-Wayland 7-2 (3-1) LW: 5
The Wildcats continue to be one of the better teams in the area, topping Wyoming and Thornapple-Kellogg this past week. Two more league games await Wayland as they host East Grand Rapids before travelling to Forest Hills Eastern.
6-Catholic Central 8-1 (4-0) LW: 6
The Cougars posted a 2-1 record last week, as they won two league games over West Catholic and Allendale, but they lost to Grand Rapids Christian on Saturday. This week, Catholic will travel to Coopersville on Tuesday.
7-Grand Haven 8-3 (2-2) LW: 7
The Buccaneers were knocked off by West Ottawa this past week, but they recovered to top Hudsonville on Friday. This week, Grand Haven will host Rockford on Tuesday, before travelling to Grandville on Friday.
8-Wyoming 7-2 (4-1) LW: 8
The Wolves split last week, as they topped South Christian, but then they lost a close one at home to Wayland. This week is a huge week for Wyoming as they travel to #1 Grand Rapids Christian Tuesday and then Hudsonville on Friday.
9-Unity Christian 7-3 (5-0) LW: NR
The Crusaders have reeled off five straight wins since league play started, including wins against Holland and Holland Christian. This week, the Crusaders will aim to keep their league record unblemished against Zeeland East.
10-Grand Rapids Union 7-2 (3-1) LW: 10
The Redhawks lost to Muskegon on Tuesday, but they responded on Friday with a 100-18 win over Fruitport (no typo!) This week, Union will host Jenison on Tuesday, and then travel to Mona Shores on Friday.
REMAX-UNITED POWER POLL (JANUARY 17)
1-Grand Rapids Christian 6-0 (3-0) LW: 1
The Eagles remain atop the Remax-United Power Poll after two solid wins in OK Gold play, on the road against Wayland and South Christian. This week, the Eagles will be off until Friday, when they travel to Middleville. On Saturday, they will face Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
2-Muskegon 8-0 (3-0) LW: 2
Staying at number two, the Big Reds had a solid week dominating Fruitport 85-14, before topping Kenowa Hills on Friday. On Saturday, they knocked off Ottawa Hills on the road. This week, Muskegon will travel to Grand Rapids Union Tuesday before hosting Detroit Loyola on Friday.
3-Godwin Heights 8-0 (3-0) LW: 3
This week, Godwin Heights did all they could to make their case as the top team in Class B. After handily beating Class C State Finalist Calvin Christian, the Wolverines put up 114 points in a win over previously unbeaten Kelloggsville. This week, Godwin Heights will host Hopkins and Belding in two OK Silver matchups.
4-West Ottawa 6-1 (2-0) LW: 5
With their only loss being a tough battle against #1 Christian, the Panthers have started off their season tremendously. After defeating Hudsonville and Rockford, West Ottawa is 2-0 in league play headed to Tuesday’s showdown with #7 Grand Haven. On Friday, the Panthers will wrap up their week hosting East Kentwood.
5-Wayland 5-2 (1-1) LW: 4
This past week, the Wildcats suffered a setback at the hands of #1 Grand Rapids Christian, but they bounced back with a 61-24 win over Zeeland West on Friday night. #5 Wayland will have two road tests this week as they travel to Middleville on Tuesday, and then will face Wyoming on Friday night.
6-Grand Rapids Catholic Central 7-0 (3-0) LW: 9
The Cougars move up three spots in the rankings after they swept the week, including a win over then-ranked #7 Spring Lake and a road victory over Comstock Park. The OK Blue leaders will travel to West Catholic on Tuesday night before hosting Allendale on Friday.
7-Grand Haven 7-2 (1-1) LW: 6
The Buccaneers played just one contest this past week, and they suffered a loss to East Kentwood. This week, they will attempt to bounce back, but the schedule does not do them any favors as they will travel to #4 West Ottawa on Tuesday and then travel to Hudsonville on Friday.
8-Wyoming 6-1 (3-0) LW: NR
The Wolves make their debut in the Remax-United Power Poll as they collected their sixth straight win on Friday night, defeating Forest Hills Eastern. After Tuesday’s road trip to against South Christian, Wyoming will have a huge chance to prove their legitimacy as they host #5 Wayland.
9-Spring Lake 6-2 (1-1) LW: 7
The Lakers started their first OK Blue Conference season by taking on perennial power Grand Rapids Catholic Central and they lost by a respectable three points on the road. After topping Sparta, Spring Lake is 6-2, and they have three home games this week. On Tuesday, they host Allendale, Coopersville comes to town on Friday, and then Saturday the Lakers will host Muskegon Western Michigan Christian.
10-Grand Rapids Union 6-1 (2-0) LW: NR
The Red Hawks have had a strong start to the 2016-17 season as they have defeated six of their first seven opponents, including two blowout league wins last week. This week, Union will host #2 Muskegon on Tuesday before hosting Fruitport on Friday.
REMAX-UNITED POWER POLL (JANUARY 10)
1-Grand Rapids Christian 4-0 (1-0)
The Eagles are amongst the best teams in the state as they boast two Division I senior commits in James Beck (Oakland) and Mr. Basketball candidate Xavier Tillman (Michigan State). Last week, the Eagles defeated Forest Hills Eastern 66-22. This week, they will travel to #4 Wayland Tuesday and conference foe South Christian on Friday.
2-Muskegon 5-0 (1-0)
A perennial power, the Big Reds have another large pool of talent this season. Senior Jermayne Golidy led the way this weekend as the Big Reds defeated Mona Shores and Whitney Young (IL). This week, Muskegon will host OK Black foes Fruitport and Kenowa Hills before travelling to Ottawa Hills on Saturday to play in the Floyd Mayweather Classic.
3- Godwin Heights 6-0 (0-0)
The Wolverines have an explosive offense led by senior guard Christian Rodriguez and junior Lamar Norman that averages 74.6 points per contest. Last week, Godwin defeated Zeeland East by 11, and they will begin pursuit for yet another OK Silver title this week as they travel to both Calvin Christian and Kelloggsville.
4- Wayland 4-1 (1-0)
The Wildcats are led by a pair of future Davenport Panthers (Zach Nieuwkoop and Avery Hudson), who have only lost to #3 Godwin Heights by two this year. After topping South Christian 72-53, this week Wayland will host #1 Grand Rapids Christian and then host Zeeland West in a non-league contest.
5-West Ottawa 4-1 (0-0)
The Panthers are one of the newfound success stories this season as they have looked strong in all five of their games, including a close loss to #1 Grand Rapids Christian. Jake VanTubbergen and West Ottawa defeated Stevensville-Lakeshore 65-34 last Friday night, and they will begin league play this week as they travel to Hudsonville and Rockford.
6-Grand Haven 7-1 (0-0)
Another strong OK Red team, the Buccaneers have beaten six opponents by double digits, pulled out an overtime win over #7 Spring Lake, and only lost at #2 Muskegon by eight. After defeating #10 Caledonia last week by ten, the Buccaneers will host East Kentwood on Tuesday in their second league game of the year.
7-Spring Lake 5-1 (0-0)
The Lakers in their debut run in the OK-Blue are a one-point overtime loss to #6 Grand Haven away from an undefeated start. They will be tested immediately in their first league game as they travel to #9 Grand Rapids Catholic Central Tuesday, before another road game at Sparta on Friday.
8-Hudsonville 5-2 (1-0)
The Eagles are coming off a season in which they lost in the state quarterfinals in double overtime. Despite losing some strong seniors, they return Jack Mandryk and Brady Boothe and have rattled off five straight wins, including a one-point win over Rockford on Friday. This week, Hudsonville will host #5 West Ottawa on Tuesday before travelling to Grandville on Friday night.
9-Catholic Central 5-0 (1-0)
The Cougars have played five games, four of which were at home, and they have had their way with all five opponents. After last week’s 67-43 win over Sparta, Catholic Central is 1-0 in the OK Blue, and they will face a strong Spring Lake team (#7) at home Tuesday before travelling to Comstock Park on Friday night.
10-Caledonia 4-2 (0-1)
While a handful of teams could deserve this tenth spot by playing a challenging schedule, the Scots have three road wins including at Byron Center, and their two losses were against #4 Wayland and #6 Grand Haven. This week, they will travel to Grandville on Tuesday, then host East Kentwood on Friday in search of league wins in their first campaign in the OK Red.