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For Division 1 The D Zone takes a look at the State Finals history for the remaining teams
The West Ottawa Panthers recently made history by winning their first district title and beating Rockford twice in a row for the first time in 20 years.
Clarkston won two state championships in 2013 and 2014. They would beat Catholic Central comfortably the first year before a gutsy 33-25 win over Saline. In the past 2 years Clarkston was knocked out by Romeo.
Where do we even begin with the legendary CHSL program, Catholic Central? The Shamrocks hold 10 state championships since the MHSAA formed the playoffs in 1975 as well as a "mythical" state championship in 1942. CC won their first in Class A in 1979 followed by 5 Class AA titles before Division 1 was formed in 1999. CC is the only Division 1 program to win 3 Division 1 titles in a row (2001-2003). Catholic Central has finished 2011-2013 and 2016 as runner-ups in Division 1, since 1987 CC had 7 runner-up appearances.
Canton has appeared once in the Division 1 state finals where they lost to Rockford in 2005. Canton has only appeared in 3 semi-finals and this week vs. Catholic Central they're 0-5 all-time against the Shamrocks.
Cass Tech is in the middle of living, breathing - juggernaut as they've reached the semi-finals each season since 2010. All of Cass Tech's wins in the state finals have come vs. Catholic Central (2011, 2012, and 2016) while they lost a great game to Romeo in 2015 as their other appearance.
In the early 2000's was the time where Chippewa Valley was at their best as they won the Division 2 title in 2001. They have appeared in 2 other semi-finals, in Division 2 (2000) and since 2002 the Big Reds have been a Division 1 program. They lost to Catholic Central in the 2003 semi-final.
Eisenhower has appeared in 4 Division 1 finals, but have been on the losing end in all 4. Eisenhower has 2 semi-final losses to Cass Tech and 2 to Catholic Central.
West Bloomfield won their first district championship this past week.