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Posted on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 5:59 a.m.

Pioneer boys, Dexter girls hold on to top spot in power rankings, while Huron girls move into top five

By Kyle Austin


Dexter's Makenzie Svirha plays defense against Ypsilanti last week.

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The top three stays the same in Week 2 of the Washtenaw County Boys Basketball Power Rankings, but those teams could be in for more of a challenge this week.

Pioneer stays in the top spot after a convincing win over Monroe last week. Our next two teams also retain their rankings, after recording wins by 15 or more points.

Huron came off of its Christmas holiday to win in convincing fashion, by 23 points over Saline on Saturday, to move into the fourth spot and move Saline down to No. 5.

Other standings climbers include Whitmore Lake, which had a 2-0 week after a 1-5 start, and Willow Run, which earned its first win of the season.

This week’s schedule features a showdown between top five teams in Pioneer and Huron on Friday in the Game of the Week, while Ypsilanti will take on No. 6 Lincoln.

Washtenaw County Boys Basketball Power Rankings
Rank, School (Record), Latest Result (last week's ranking)

  1. Pioneer (6-2), def. Monroe, 67-51 Friday (1)
  2. Ypsilanti (5-1), def. Dexter, 48-31 Friday (2)
  3. Milan (6-1), def. New Boston Huron, 55-33 Friday (3)
  4. Huron (4-2), def. Saline, 60-37, Saturday (5)
  5. Saline (5-3), lost to Huron, 60-37 Saturday (4)
  6. Lincoln (4-5), def. Adrian, 66-44 Friday (6)
  7. Greenhills (5-1), def. Warren Macomb Christian, 63-17 Friday (7)
  8. Skyline (2-4), lost to Temperance Bedford, 60-51 (OT) Friday (8)
  9. Father Gabriel Richard (3-5), def. Dearborn Divine Child, 70-61 Friday (9)
  10. Dexter (2-4), lost to Ypsilanti, 48-31 Friday (10)
  11. Chelsea (2-6), def. Tecumseh, 48-47 Friday (14)
  12. Whitmore Lake (3-5), def. Sand Creek, 55-49 Friday (15)
  13. Washtenaw Christian (4-2), lost to Livingston Christian, 58-54 Friday (11)
  14. Arbor Prep (4-3), def. Dearborn Henry Ford, 55-49 Friday (12)
  15. Rudolf Steiner (5-4), lost to Detroit Davis Aerospace, 58-51 Saturday (13)
  16. Willow Run (1-6), def. Detroit Henry Ford, 73-49 Friday (17)
  17. Manchester (0-6), lost to Napoleon, 64-47 Thursday (16)
  18. Calvary Christian (0-5), lost to Newport Lutheran South, 52-42, Friday (18)
Records not available: Central Academy, Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy

Dexter girls stay No. 1

No shake-up at the top here, either, as Dexter easily dispatched the No. 4 team in our rankings, Ypsilanti, 54-26 Friday night, to keep its hold on the top of the rankings.

Lincoln fell to an Inkster team receiving votes in the Associated Press Class A rankings, but won its other two games this week to move up to No. 2. Manchester, meanwhile, continues to plow through the Cascades Conference and stays at No. 3.

Chelsea moves up to the No. 4. spot in the rankings after a convincing win over Tecumseh, and will take on rival Dexter Friday night.

Huron, coming into the week with a three-game losing streak, held Saline to 21 points and won by 21. It displaces previous No. 5 Pioneer, which fell to Holt by 15 and squeaked out a win over Monroe. Pioneer and Huron face off Friday.

Washtenaw County Girls Basketball Power Rankings
Rank, School (Record), Latest Result (last week's ranking)

  1. Dexter (9-1), def. Ypsilanti, 54-26 Friday (1)
  2. Lincoln (8-2), def. Adrian, 43-25 Friday (2)
  3. Manchester (9-1), def. East Jackson, 66-38 Friday (3)
  4. Chelsea (5-3), def. Tecumseh, 53-28 Friday (6)
  5. Huron (4-4), def. Saline, 42-21 Saturday (7)
  6. Pioneer (6-2), def. Monroe, 37-35 Friday (5)
  7. Ypsilanti (5-2), lost to Dexter, 54-26 Friday (4)
  8. Skyline (5-5), lost to Temperance Bedford, 53-49 Friday (8)
  9. Saline (4-5), lost to Huron, 42-21 Saturday (9)
  10. Arbor Prep (7-3), def. Dearborn Henry Ford, 78-31 Friday (10)
  11. Rudolf Steiner (5-0), def. Marshall Academy, 51-14 Friday (11)
  12. Greenhills (3-4), def. Sterling Heights Parkway, 49-38 Friday (12)
  13. Willow Run (3-4), def. Detroit Henry Ford, 58-33 Friday (13)
  14. Milan (2-6), def. Dearborn Advanced Tech, 45-11 (14)
  15. Whitmore Lake (2-7), lost to Sand Creek, 68-43 Friday (15)
  16. Father Gabriel Richard (2-6), def. Allen Park Cabrini, 56-49 Friday (16)
  17. Washtenaw Christian (2-4), def. Livingston Christian, 49-24 Friday (17)
Record not available: Central Academy, Calvary Christian

Game of the Week

Rudolf Steiner at Arbor Prep has taken an early lead in our Game of the Week. Voting is open until Saturday.

Kyle Austin covers sports for He can be reached at or 734-623-2535. Follow him on Twitter @KAustin_AA.



Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

Just curious as how Ypsilanti Arbor Prep drops 2 spots after they win on the road? Did you rate them to highly in your first poll and are now adjusting them accordingly? Thanks!

Kyle Austin

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:52 p.m.

It was a good week for quite a few area teams against non-area teams, so the rankings had to be adjusted accordingly.