Turn Back the Clock: McGregor, Kann Lead Mio to Historic 1989 Class D State Championship

MISportsNow is turning back the clock and looking back at some of northern Michigan’s greatest high school boys basketball teams. The series features interviews from past coaches and players, as well as highlights from the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s archives. This is the first in a multi-part series.

Behind a combined 56 points from Ty McGregor and Dennis Kann, coach John Byelich’s Mio squad capped off a perfect 28-0 season by winning the 1989 MHSAA Class D state championship.

Facing a Beal City team that was making its second straight state finals appearance, Mio won its first-ever state title with a 78-67 win at Michigan’s Crisler Arena.

McGregor, who would go on to join Kann in the professional ranks, registered a game-high 32 points in the win. A 1989 Mr. Basketball finalist, Kann added 24 points.

“We had a saying we won’t be beat type of thing,” Kann said. “The very first game in the locker room, we counted it out: Game number one. When we finished, we were 28-0.”

McGregor has since returned in recent years and taken over the coaching reins at Mio.

“We created memories for our community, for our school, for ourselves that will last a lifetime,” McGregor said. “I always thank the Lord for putting us all together and creating those memories.”

Mio reached the Class D state finals once again in 1998, falling to Southgate Aquinas.

Beal City was making its second straight appearance in the Class D state title game after falling to Northport the previous year.

Todd Schafer paced the Aggies for a second straight year on the final day of the season with 24 points.

Mio’s Road to the 1989 Finals
Twining Arenac Eastern, 84-29 – District
Hale, 110-50 – District
Fairview, 100-62 – District Final
Central Lake, 101-58 – Regional
Northport, 86-69 – Regional Final
Manton, 91-80 – Quarterfinal
Covert, 94-83 – Semifinal
Beal City, 78-67 – Final

Beal City’s Road to the 1989 Finals
Fowler, 64-57 – District
Ashley, 83-74 – District Final
Port Hope, 74-61 – Regional
Bay City All Saints, 74-62 – Regional Final
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, 75-66 – Quarterfinal
Eben Junction Superior Central, 80-71 – Semifinal
Mio, 67-78 – Final

To view more highlights from the 1989 MHSAA Class D state final, visit here.

Categories: Boys Basketball