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Munising boys take over top spot in Class D

January 24, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Munising boys head up a list of four ranked area teams and a fifth that received votes in today's high school basketball polls released by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

The 9-0 Mustangs took over the No. 1 spot in the boys Class D poll, just one vote ahead of 8-0 Cedarville as both teams received two first-place votes.

The two teams, each a winner in its lone game last week, flip-flopped spots from the previous ratings while Superior Central fell out of the voting after losing two of its three games in the past week.

After posting a win last week, Negaunee solidified its hold on second in the Class A-B-C boys rankings behind Sault Ste. Marie. Both teams are 8-1, though the Blue Devils earned four first-place votes and the Miners one.

In the girls polls, Superior Central (11-1) is third in Class D, falling from a tie for the top spot after suffering its first loss last week, 67-49, by the new unanimous No. 1 team, Bark River-Harris (10-1).

And in the Class A-B-C rankings, Marquette (9-4) stayed in fourth despite two losses last week as undefeated St. Ignace (11-0) continues to be the unanimous No. 1 pick. L'Anse (10-1) also received votes but didn't crack the top five.

Voting took place before Monday's abbreviated schedule was played.

In the state Associated Press polls also released today, the Munising boys are fourth in Class D, one spot behind Cedarville, and Negaunee is eighth in Class C. Superior Central joined three other U.P. teams in receiving a handful of votes but not cracking the top 10.

For the girls, Superior Central is seventh in Class D, one place behind Bark River-Harris. St. Ignace is No. 3 in Class C.

Several intriguing matchups are scheduled for this week, with the most on the line in the boys Class A-B-C rankings as No. 2 Negaunee hosts No. 4 Iron Mountain at 7:45 p.m. today at Lakeview Memorial Gym.

Tonight, Class D No. 1 Munising hosts Ishpeming and Class D No. 5 Carney-Nadeau welcomes Superior Central. On Friday, the Mustangs go to Gwinn.



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