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Archrivals swap spots atop high school baseball state rankings for April 24

There are always big doings in small-school rivalries.

And neighboring foes Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart and Beal City are always dueling to get the edge on each other.

So the change at the top of the latest high school baseball state rankings is no small matter. In a dramatic move, Sacred Heart leapfrogged Beal City to land the No. 1-ranking in Division 4 in the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association poll.

Beal City is the reigning state champion and was the preseason favorite. But after a doubleheader split with Sacred Heart, the Aggies saw their status fall from No. 1 to No. 3 – and watched the Irish soar from No. 3 to No. 1.

It’s not hyperbole to say these two have battled from the beginning. After all, Sacred Heart won the first MHSAA baseball state championship in 1971 and Beal City won the last one in 2023. Expect this small-school battle to rage on all season – and beyond.

There was one other change at the top in this week’s poll as Birmingham Brother Rice supplanted Northville as the No. 1-ranked team in Division 1. Flint Powers remains the top-rated team in Division 2 while Algonac holds onto its top billing in Division 3.

Here is a look at the MHSBCA state rankings for April 24, 2024.


1. Birmingham Brother Rice

2. Northville

3. Bay City Western

4. Zeeland East

5. West Bloomfield

6. Detroit Catholic Central

7. Rockford

8. Mattawan

9. Allen Park

10. Saline

11. Jenison

12. Novi

13. Birmingham Groves

14. Portage Northern

15. Sterling Heights Stevenson

16. Birmingham Seaholm

17. Battle Creek Lakeview

18. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

19. Forest Hills Central

20. Anchor Bay


1 Flint Powers

2. New Boston Huron

3. Forest Hills Eastern

4. Adrian

5. Freeland

6. Stevensville Lakeshore

7. Allendale

8. Coopersville

9. Spring Lake

10. Pontiac Notre Dame

11. Petoskey

12. Williamston

13. Standish-Sterling

14. Southgate Anderson

15. North Branch

16. Saginaw Swan Valley

17. Portland

18. DeWitt

19. Grand Rapids South Christian

20. Armada


1 Algonac

2. Detroit Edison

3. Clinton

4. North Muskegon

5. Ottawa Lake Whiteford

6. Bridgman

7. Brooklyn Columbia Central

8. Watervliet

9. Traverse City St. Francis

10. Onsted

11. Ecorse

12. Charlevoix

13. Montrose

14. Pewamo-Westphalia

15. Niles Brandywine

16. Grass Lake

17. Laingsburg

18. Gladstone

19. Kingsley

20. Lansing Catholic Central


1. Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart

2. Fowler

3. Beal City

4. Plymouth Christian

5. Muskegon Catholic Central

6. Kalamazoo Hackett

7. Riverview Gabriel Richard

8. Rudyard

9. East Jordan

10. Indian River Inland Lakes

11. Marine City Cardinal Mooney

12. Norway

13. Merrill

14. Ubly

15. Gaylord St. Mary

16. Portland St. Patrick

17. Maple City Glen Lake

18. Painesdale Jeffers

19. Johannesburg-Lewiston

20. Unionville-Sebewaing

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