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Prep football: Ishpeming, Negaunee, Munising finish ranked in final UPSSA polls

Hematites go wire-to-wire as unanimous No. 1 in statewide Division 7 AP poll

October 29, 2013
By Journal Sports Staff (sports@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Superiorland teams Ishpeming, Negaunee and Munising made the top 5 in the final Upper Peninsula prep football poll of the season.

Ishpeming (9-0) picked up two No. 1 votes and 22 poll points from select members of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, but it wasn't enough to unseat Menominee for the top spot in the Big Five balloting.

The Maroons, also 9-0, collected three No. 1 votes and 23 poll points. Negaunee (8-1), meanwhile, finished third with 14 points.

In the final Michigan Associated Press state-wide poll, Ishpeming completed a wire-to-wire run as the unanimous No. 1 team in Division 7, receiving all five first place votes in every poll released this season.

Negaunee closed the year ranked No. 7 in the state's Division 6 poll.

Ishpeming will host Mancelona at 1 p.m. Saturday in a Division 7 contest in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs, while Negaunee will entertain Indian River Inland Lakes at 1 p.m. Saturday in a Division 6 game.

Fact Box

UPSSA Football Poll

Oct. 29, 2013

FINAL

(First-place votes in parentheses)

BIG FIVE

W-L Pts

1. Menominee (3)9-0 23

2. Ishpeming (2) 9-0 22

3. Negaunee 8-1 14

4. West Iron Co. 9-0 11

5. Kingsford 7-2 2

Others: Houghton 6-3, 1; Marquette 5-3, 1; Sault Area 6-3, 1.

LITTLE FIVE

W-L Pts

1. Forest Park (5) 9-0 25

2. North Central 7-2 17

3. N. Dickinson 6-2 14

4. St. Ignace 7-2 13

5. Munising 6-3 5

EIGHT MAN

W-L Pts

1. Rapid River (5) 9-0 25

2. Cedarville 8-1 20

Michigan AP prep football poll at a glance

Division 5

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Menominee (3) (9-0) 47

2. Portland (2) (8-1) 45

3. Muskegon Oakridge (8-1) 43

4. Reed City (9-0) 32

5. Marine City (8-1) 30

6. Livonia Clarenceville (9-0) 24

7. Olivet (8-1) 22

8. Frankenmuth (8-1) 16

9. Clinton Township Clintondale (9-0) 10

10. Almont (8-1) 2

Others receiving votes: 11, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard (7-2) 1. 11, Clare (7-2) 1. 11, Kingsford (7-2) 1. 11, Newaygo (8-1) 1.

Division 6

School Total Points

1. Ithaca (4) (9-0) 49

2. Jackson Lumen Christi (1) (9-0) 46

3. Montrose (9-0) 40

4. Clinton (9-0) 33

5. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (8-1) 31

6. Madison Heights Madison (9-0) 26

7. Negaunee (8-1) 18

8. Grass Lake (8-1) 14

9. Shelby (8-1) 8

10. Watervliet (9-0) 5

Others receiving votes: 11, Michigan Center (8-1) 3. 12, Millington (7-2) 1. 12, Jonesville (7-2) 1.

Division 7

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Ishpeming (5) (9-0) 50

2. Detroit Loyola (9-0) 45

3. Saginaw Nouvel (8-1) 38

4. West Iron County (9-0) 26

5. Pewamo-Westphalia (8-1) 25

(tie) Lake City (8-1) 25

7. Hudson (8-1) 24

8. Carson City-Crystal (9-0) 15

9. Lincoln-Alcona (9-0) 8

10. Marlette (9-0) 6

(tie) Homer (8-1) 6

Others receiving votes: 12, Lawton (8-1) 3. 12, Reese (8-1) 3. 14, Southfield Christian (8-1) 1.

Division 8

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Beal City (3) (9-0) 46

2. Mendon (1) (9-0) 45

3. Harbor Beach (1) (8-1) 38

4. New Lothrop (9-0) 36

5. Crystal Falls Forest Park (9-0) 31

6. Climax-Scotts (8-1) 24

(tie) Muskegon Catholic Central (7-2) 24

8. Fowler (7-2) 11

9. Iron Mountain North Dickinson (6-2) 8

10. St. Ignace LaSalle (7-2) 6

Others receiving votes: 11, Waterford Our Lady (7-2) 5. 12, L'Anse 1 (8-1).

Marquette (5-3), which will face host Midland at 1 p.m. Saturday in Division 2 playoff action, gained an honorable mention poll spot with one point.

Munising, which guaranteed itself a playoff berth with a 17-10 victory over L'Anse Friday, is ranked No. 5 in the Little Five with five points.

The Mustangs will play at 7 p.m. Friday at North Central in postseason play.

 
 

 

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