T he girls district matchup between the Westwood Patriots and Negaunee Miners was one of the most anticipated matchups last season. Two of the best teams in the UP — rivals at that — in a do-or-die contest.
But many had an issue with when the game was played — on a Monday, in the opening round of the postseason. Despite the two schools distinguishing themselves as the premier teams throughout the regular season, their accomplishments had no bearing on their postseason placement, which was determined by a random draw. They were forced to meet in a district opener instead of likely facing each other on a Friday night in a district final. It was the latest example of why a change was necessary to the MHSAA’s archaic district placement system, and once again invigorated the debate about seeding in the state’s basketball tournament.