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Benton Harbor’s Carlos Johnson was selected as Michigan’s Mr. Basketball this year, as well as the 2020 Male Herald-Palladium Athlete of the Year.

Benton Harbor’s Carlos Johnson highlighted 2020 in local high school sports by winning Michigan’s Mr. Basketball, but the year will be remembered more for what he never got the chance to do.

Johnson had led Benton Harbor to a 20-2 record and the No. 1 ranking in Division 2 when the COVID-19 pandemic brought a premature end to the state tournament just before the district championship round. That denied him the chance to repeat his 2018 heroics, when he made the winning shot in the Class B state championship game.

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Benton Harbor’s Carlos Johnson was selected as Michigan’s Mr. Basketball this year, as well as the 2020 Male Herald-Palladium Athlete of the Year.

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Bridgman’s Mikaela Owen was named the 2020 Herald-Palladium Female Athlete of the Year. 

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Lakeshore head coach Denny Dock talks with Treyjen Keim during the first half of a Sept. 18 game against Portage Northern at Lakeshore High School, after the opening of the 2020 season had been delayed. The Lancers are still waiting to close out their season.

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