Detroit Edison’s bid for fourth straight state championship derailed due to COVID
Detroit Edison’s run for a fourth straight girls’ basketball championship ended Friday when head coach Monique Brown announced that her team would be stepping down from the tournament due to COVID issues.
“After months of safety and intelligence on behalf of our student athletes, one of our girls’ basketball team members tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” Brown said in a statement Friday night. “In order to ensure the safety of the rest of the team and the employees, we have decided to get out of the state basketball tournament.”
“Our pioneers have been unbeaten in the past two years, but of course we understand that the safety of our students and the community is most important. The team has won 34 games in a row and we are very proud of what we have achieved together. While our girls are disappointed, they pride themselves on doing their part to protect the community and look forward to getting back to the gym and seeing their friends as soon as it is safe. “
Detroit Edison attempted to win four direct championships to match Flint Northern’s run of four direct Class A titles (1978–81).
Edison’s chance of a fourth straight title was wiped out when the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season with regional finals in March last year.
And again, COVID was the only thing standing in the way of Edison’s run of history this year.
Edison started the week 10-0 and finished 1st in The News Super 20, beating Grass Lake No. 5, East Grand Rapids No. 8, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep No. 13 and West Bloomfield No. 18 twice . Farmington Hills Mercy, Champion of the 19th and Catholic League, and Detroit Cass Tech # 20, along with Detroit Renaissance, The News Preseason # 1, ranked team.
“I’m looking forward to the playoffs, a little nervous, I preach to my girls to stay home and say away from people,” Brown said a week ago. “It’s crazy and it just seems that it won’t go away.”