I've been on the air here 42 years-- and I'm asked about the best high school teams and programs. Who are the gold standard programs? This comes up now because the Grand Ledge girls go after their fifth straight state title March 9-10 in Grand Rapids. And Grand Ledge is almost a lock to win again. The Comets have 72 straight dual meet victories and more if you include their broader competitions.
Grand Ledge of course is a knockout in gymnastics and baseball, the latter sport led by coach Pat O'Keefe who is second all time with 1,000 career victories. St. Johns wrestling goes into that group and the Red Wings should repeat as state champs this season. Let's add DeWitt football, Okemos lacrosse and Williamston girls soccer. Not all of these programs go back for years, but in recent vintage each school's team has been terrific and contended for state honors. Others are good and others will provide suggestions on other teams they believe are of "gold standard" quality but these are the programs that come to my mind with Grand Ledge gymnastics about to join St. Johns wrestling as state titleists again.