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Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:59 a.m.

Skyline boys, Saline girls make moves up in basketball power rankings

By Kyle Austin


Amanda Zylstra and Saline moved up three spots in this week's rankings.

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Our top team, Pioneer, cemented its top ranking by topping rival Huron, No. 4 in last week’s rankings, by 17 Friday.

But for the teams below them, it was tough sledding. Of our teams ranked 2-6, four suffered losses in their most recent games.

Skyline is the biggest beneficiary of that, moving from No. 8 to No. 5 after playing a close game against Ypsilanti Tuesday and topping Saline Friday.

Second-ranked Ypsilanti lost on a last-second jumper to a tough Detroit East English Village team Saturday, but after beating Skyline and Lincoln earlier in the week holds on to its number two ranking.

Milan continues to prove its might in the Huron League to stay at No. 3 overall, and can prove plenty a Friday showdown against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, 8-0 overall.

Huron couldn’t build any momentum off of a big win over Saline last Saturday, losing to Pioneer and Detroit Renaissance. But given its tough schedule and the struggles of the teams around it, it stays in the top five.

Saline falls out of the top five after its second straight loss in SEC Red play.

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

  1. Pioneer (8-2), def. Huron, 64-47 Friday (1)
  2. Ypsilanti (7-2), lost to Detroit East English Village, 75-73 Saturday (2)
  3. Milan (8-1), def. Flat Rock, 64-39 Friday (3)
  4. Huron (4-4), lost to Detroit Renaissance, 80-66 Saturday (4)
  5. Skyline (3-5), def. Saline, 53-47 Friday (8)
  6. Saline (5-4), lost to Skyline, 53-47 Friday (5)
  7. Lincoln (4-6), lost to Ypsilanti, 55-42 Friday (6)
  8. Greenhills (7-1), def. Lutheran Westland, 52-50 Friday (7)
  9. Dexter (3-5), def. Chelsea, 54-46 (OT) Friday (10)
  10. Father Gabriel Richard (3-6), lost to Detroit Loyola, 85-62 Friday (9)
  11. Chelsea (2-7), lost to Dexter, 54-46 (OT) Friday (11)
  12. Whitmore Lake (3-7), lost to Petersburg Summerfield, 47-29 Friday (12)
  13. Arbor Prep (5-4), def. Washtenaw Christian, 52-43 Friday (14)
  14. Rudolf Steiner (7-4), def. Battle Creek Calhoun Christian, 56-33 Friday (15)
  15. Washtenaw Christian (5-3), lost to Arbor Prep, 52-43 Friday Friday (13)
  16. Willow Run (1-8), lost to Detroit Allen, 68-54 Friday (16)
  17. Manchester (0-10), lost to Vandercook Lake, 75-64 Friday (17)
  18. Calvary Christian (0-7), lost to Taylor Baptist Park, 59-35 Friday (18)
Records not available: Central Academy, Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy

Girls top five cruise

Nobody in the area has slowed down Dexter, as the Dreadnaughts took care of Adrian and Chelsea last week to move to 11-1 and stay atop our rankings.

Our top five went 8-1 on the week, and the only loss was when No. 4 Chelsea lost to No. 1 Dexter Friday night, so the top of the rankings remain unchanged going into this week.

Below that, though, we’ve got some movement. Saline beat two teams above it in last week’s rankings, Skyline and Pioneer, and moves to within one spot of our top five.

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

  1. Dexter (11-1), def. Chelsea, 44-28 Friday (1)
  2. Lincoln (10-2), def. Ypsilanti, 43-40 Friday (2)
  3. Manchester (10-1), def. Napoleon, 43-23 Thursday (3)
  4. Chelsea (6-4), lost to Dexter, 44-28 Friday (4)
  5. Huron (6-4), def. Pioneer, 60-37 Thursday (5)
  6. Saline (6-5), def. Skyline, 49-31 Friday (9)
  7. Pioneer (6-4), lost to Huron, 60-37 Thursday (6)
  8. Ypsilanti (5-4), lost to Lincoln, 43-40 Friday (7)
  9. Skyline (5-7), lost to Saline, 49-31 Friday (8)
  10. Arbor Prep (9-3), def. Benton Harbor, 59-53 Saturday (10)
  11. Rudolf Steiner (6-1), def. Battle Creek Calhoun Christian, 45-29 Friday (11)
  12. Greenhills (5-4), def. Lutheran Westland, 56-42 Friday (12)
  13. Willow Run (3-6), lost to Detroit Allen Academy, 34-27 Friday (13)
  14. Milan (2-9), lost to SMCC, 50-21 Thursday (14)
  15. Whitmore Lake (2-9), lost to Petersburg Summerfield, 41-24 Friday (15)
  16. Father Gabriel Richard (1-8), lost to Southfield, 38-25 Saturday (16)
  17. Washtenaw Christian (2-5), lost to HAACH, 40-33 Monday (17)
Record not available: Central Academy, Calvary Christian

Game of the Week

Votes have been slow coming in on Day 1 of this week’s Game of the Week poll, but Lincoln’s girls basketball game at Dexter Friday has taken the early lead. Voting stays open until noon Saturday.

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