Class A state champ Western, Class B state runnerup Ford named PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Western International and Henry Ford formed a Detroit Public School League dynamic duo in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state tournament and have been named PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Week.

CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP WESTERN 62, SAH 59 673In showcasing PSL basketball as two of just eight teams playing on the final day of the season, Coach Derrick McDowell’s Cowboys completed a perfect 26-0 season by winning the Class A title, the first state championship in Western history, while Coach Ken Flowers’ Trojans (21-6) also made school history, finishing as Class B runners-up after reaching the state championship game for the first time.

class b finals ford loses 221The PSLer of the Week distinction coincides with a slew of accolades the Cowboys and Trojans have received since season’s end.

Western seniors Josh McFolley and Gerald Blackshear and junior Brailen Neely are on multiple All-State teams, as are Ford senior Josh Davis and Trojans junior James Towns. McDowell and Flowers have also been acknowledged with Coach of the Year honors by several media outlets.

 The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators




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