Local Sports Journal
MUSKEGON – One game earned Muskegon’s Big Reds a berth in the USA Today Super 25 boys’ high school basketball national ratings Tuesday.
The Big Reds opened their season last Friday with a 79-49 victory at non-league foe Rockford.
That allowed Muskegon to make the jump to the 25th spot from its previous ranking of 27th. Today’s edition of the USA Today sports section is expected to list the top 25 teams.
Teams rated lower than 25th are listed in a section called the Next 25, but those have been viewed only online.
Also, the picture being used on the home page for the ratings this week is Muskegon’s Deyonta Davis grabbing a rebound during the Rockford game. The picture and ratings list can be found by going to usatodayhss.com and clicking on the boys basketball ratings.
The Big Reds moved up when three teams dropped out of the Super 25 – teams from Las Vegas, Nev.; Long Beach, Calif.; and Fairfax, Va. Of those three, the teams had been ranked 15th, 22nd and 23rd. Two of those stayed in the Next 25 by taking the 37th and 43rd positions.
The teams at the top of the list stayed the same. Montverde Academy, from Montverde, Al., ran its record to 7-0 and remains No. 1. The second-place team is Wesleyan Christian (10-0) of High Point, N.C. Others in the top five are Oak Hill Academy (17-0), of Mouth of Wilson, Va.; Findlay College Prep (10-0), of Henderson, Nev.; and Roselle Catholic High School (0-0), of Roselle, N.J.
The ratings are done by a member of the USA Today sports staff and take into account, results, quality of players and strength of schedule.
Muskegon has won 29 games in a row dating back to December, 2013.