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Posted on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 2 p.m. Team of the Week poll has tough act to follow

By Kyle Austin

We have five new Team of the Week candidates, and they’ve got a tough act to follow.


The Ypsilanti boys track team is one of our five Team of the Week choices. file photo

Last week’s Team of the Week poll, which closed Friday, drew more than 3,200 votes to mark our largest prep sports poll of the year. Twelve hundred of those votes went to the Saline High School girls track and field team, which will be the focus of our coverage this week.

Our poll for the week of May 6-11 opens today and we’re hoping for another big turnout as fans choose between five teams: Dexter softball, Father Gabriel Richard girls soccer, Lincoln softball, Pioneer boys golf and Ypsilanti boys track.

The poll will remain open until noon on Friday.

Believe it or not, we’re only two weeks away from postseason play in lacrosse, tennis and track and field. So if you haven’t cast a vote yet for Team of the week, now is your chance.


Kyle Austin

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 2:03 p.m.

Well I can give you a general overview of how I choose the nominees each week: I look at the week's schedule first and pick out teams playing mostly competitive games within the county. That usually produces a list of about 10 or so, and from there I whittle it down to five, trying to provide a good mix between the different sports and schools.

Charley Sullivan

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 3:08 a.m.

SO, usually, one would give a reason WHY each team is nominated . . . just sayin'.


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 1:25 a.m.

Ypsi was crushed by Chelsea in a boys track dual meet! How can they be team of the week nominee???

Kyle Austin

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 2:08 a.m.

Ypsilanti's not going to win many dual meets because dual meets reward depth, which the Phoenix doesn't have. What Ypsilanti does have is some of the best top-end talent in the county, as evidenced by their frequent high finishes at the state meet -- thus their inclusion in the poll.