We're at the halfway point for both the girls and boys basketball season, and Kosmo has been impressed with some teams that have fared better than Kosmo thought they would at this point of the year.
Here are the most pleasant surprises so far this season, although this is definitely subject to change since there is still more than half a season to be played. It's broken down by 3 boys and 3 girls teams.
Farmington Hills Harrison - The Hawks may be the surprise team of the entire OAA, let alone the Blue Division. Harrison is 9-2 on the year and recorded wins against Lahser and Seaholm last week. A heck of a job by head coach Jason Pickett and his boys.
Walled Lake Central - Well, so much for this being a transition year for the Vikings with a new head coach. Central is in first place in the KLAA North following an overtime win over league favorite Waterford Mott last week. Lots of credit to first year coach Chuck Spolsky.
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep - Speaking of teams that lost a lot to graduation and had a new head coach, the Fighting Irish were in that boat to at the start of the season. Following a slow start, there aren't many teams in the area hotter than Notre Dame Prep, which is now 6-3 on the season.
Novi - As Kosmo has said many times, if there is a more underrated head coach than Bill Kelp, he doesn't know who it is. The Wildcats didn't seem to have a stacked team going into the season, but here they sit with a 10-1 record.
Holly - Sure, the Bronchos fell short at Fenton the other day. However, it doesn't diminish the fact Holly is off to maybe its best start in school history and is a bona fide contender in the Flint Metro. The Bronchos are 9-2.
Ferndale - Don't look now, but the Eagles are 9-2 overall and 6-0 in OAA Blue play under first year head coach Eric Lloyd.