Posted On: 10/12/21 3:01 PM

The biggest prep tournament in Michigan each year is set to take place this weekend.

The 2021 Beast of the East will be held at St. Joe’s Mercy Elite Sports Complex in Livonia and it’s where you want to be if you’re a fan of the sport.

A total of 32 teams make up this year’s field with eight pools of four teams being established. The top two from each pool will advance to the gold bracket, a 16-team single-elimination tournament to crown the champ.

Here’s a closer look at each pool and my thoughts on how the day will play out.

Pool A

Teams: Notre Dame Prep, Byron Center, Portage Central, Allen Park

Breakdown: Notre Dame Prep is playing as well as anyone in the state and is unbeaten for a reason. The Irish are balanced across the board and don’t appear to have a real weakness that they haven’t proven to be able to overcome. Byron Center and Portage Central have split two matches already this year, but Byron Center seems to be playing more consistent as of late.

Predicted order of finish: NDP-Byron Center-Portage Central-Allen Park

Pool B

Teams: Marian, Lowell, Mattawan, L’Anse Creuse North

Breakdown: Marian’s

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