MARQUETTE - As long as the best high school basketball teams in the Upper Peninsula keep winning, not much will change at the top of the weekly polls conducted by the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
None of this week's four leaders has yet to lose a game this season, including the Marquette Senior High School boys and girls teams, so they all again were unanimous No. 1 picks in the rankings released today.
Though the Redettes were reported as 14-0 last week, they were actually 13-0 at the time and picked up their 14th win without a blemish against Menominee on Friday to stay atop the Class ABC girls rankings.
Zane Radloff, left, of No. 2-ranked Negaunee attempts to block a shot by Larry Burnette of No. 1-ranked Marquette on Dec. 19 in?Negaunee. Both the Redmen and Redettes are undefeated heading into the final week of January and unanimous No. 1s in the UPSAA polls. (Journal file photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Left, Destiny Beckwith (34) of No. 1 Marquette dribbles around Amber Salo of unranked Westwood on Dec. 23 in Marquette. Both the Redmen and Redettes are undefeated heading into the final week of January and unanimous No. 1s in the UPSAA polls. (Journal file photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
St. Ignace (12-2) is a consensus No. 2 with L'Anse (10-1) remaining at No. 4.
Forest Park won twice last week to improve to 13-0 and continues to head the Class D girls poll.
Superior Central (12-1) also won twice last week, and combined with the first loss of the season suffered by Stephenson (10-1), moved up from third to second in Class D. Despite losing the only game it played last week at Newberry, Munising (8-3) was able to hold onto the No. 5 ranking.
UPSSA Basketball Polls
1. Marquette(5) 9-0 25 1
2. Negaunee 10-1 20 2
3. Ironwood 11-1 15 3
4. Escanaba 7-3 8 4
5. Ishpeming 7-2 7 5
1. North Central (5) 11-0 25 1
2. Munising 8-1 15 2
t3. Cedarville 9-1 13 3
t3. Forest Park 9-0 13 5
5. LL-Hubbell 11-0 9 4
Class ABC W-L Pts Pvs
1. Marquette (5) 14-0 25 1
2. St. Ignace 12-2 20 2
3. Houghton 13-1 14 3
4. L'Anse 10-1 11 4
5. Calumet8-1 5 5
Class D W-L Pts Pvs
1. Forest Park (5) 13-0 25 1
2. Superior Central 12-1 20 3
3. Stephenson 10-1 14 2
4. Brimley 8-3 7 4
5. Munising 8-3 6 5
Others receiving votes: Dollar Bay (8-3) 3.
On the boys side, Marquette (9-0), Negaunee (10-1) and Ishpeming (7-2) won all their games last week to hold onto the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 slots, respectively, in Class ABC.
In Class D, Munising (8-1) stayed second behind unanimous No. 1 North Central (11-0) despite splitting games last week. That was probably because those Mustangs' home contests included a win over former Class ABC top-five team Gwinn by seven points and a loss to Class ABC leader Marquette by eight points.
Munising remains rated ahead of the only two undefeated teams in the U.P. that aren't ranked No. 1 - third-place Forest Park (9-0) and fifth-ranked Lake Linden-Hubbell (11-0).
In the statewide Associated Press poll also released today, the SC girls moved up a spot to fourth this week as Forest Park kept a stranglehold on the top spot.
In addition, Marquette is listed first among others receiving votes in Class A, effectively 12th with 11 teams making the top 10. Oddly, though, every team listed ahead of the undefeated Redettes has at least one loss.
Munising is also in the others list in Class D and overall is tied for 17th in votes.
For the boys, Negaunee held steady at No. 5 in Class C, though its vote total increased by three.
The Marquette boys are in an identical position to their girls, listed first in the others list in Class A, or 12th overall with 11 teams in the top 10. Only two Class A schools in that top 10 are undefeated like the Redmen.
In Class D, Munising is second on the others list and 13th overall, but is only four votes shy of cracking the top 10.
All of the scheduled area games involving ranked teams playing each other in the next week involve girls teams. On Thursday, L'Anse is at Calumet; on Saturday is a makeup game with Houghton at L'Anse; and on Monday, Houghton plays at Marquette.