9 area basketball teams make first set of U.P. high school basketball rankings

Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Basketball Polls

First place votes listed in parentheses

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GIRLS

Class ABC W-L Pts Pvs

1. Negaunee (3) 9-0 29 —

2. St. Ignace (3) 7-0 28 —

3. Marquette (1) 8-0 24 —

4. Ishpeming 7-1 14 —

5. Westwood 7-2 5 —

Others receiving votes: West Iron County (6-2) 4, Kingsford (6-4) 1

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Class D W-L Pts Pvs

1. Munising (3) 6-1 28 —

2. Chassell (4) 5-1 25 —

3. Bark River-Harris 8-1 23 —

4. Cedarville 6-1 12 —

5. Ewen-Trout Creek 5-1 10 —

Others receiving votes: Jeffers (5-2) 3, Pickford (6-2) 3, North Dickinson (5-2) 1

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BOYS

Class ABC W-L Pts Pvs

1. Escanaba (3) 6-1 29 —

(tie) Iron Mountain (3) 6-0 29 —

3. Marquette (1) 3-3 24 —

4. Gladstone 4-2 11 —

5. Ishpeming 3-2 5 —

Others receiving votes: Norway (3-2) 3, Kingsford (3-2) 2, West Iron County (3-3) 1, Negaunee (4-4) 1

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Class D W-L Pts Pvs

1. Rapid River (4) 7-0 31 —

2. Ewen-Trout Creek (1) 7-0 26 —

3. Dollar Bay (2) 5-0 21 —

4. North Central 5-1 13 —

5. Munising 4-1 6 —

Others receiving votes: Cedarville (6-2) 3, Forest Park (4-2) 2, Wakefield-Marenisco (6-1) 2, Bark River-Harris (4-2) 1

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IRONWOOD — The area was quite well represented in the first high school basketball polls released by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association today.

Five girls teams and three boys teams cracked the top-five rankings, with a fourth boys team also getting votes.

The area’s dominance was most apparent in girls Class A-B-C with four of the five teams from Marquette County.

With voting taking place before Monday night’s 59-45 win posted by Negaunee over Marquette, the voters must’ve had a premonition and voted the Miners (9-0) No. 1 while giving them three of the seven first-place votes.

St. Ignace (7-0) was a single vote back of Negaunee, also getting three first-place votes, while Marquette (8-0) was third with one first-place vote.

Ishpeming (7-1) was fourth and Westwood (7-2) fifth.

In Class D girls, Munising (6-1) is No. 1 among a group of five schools in that ranking each with a single loss.

For the boys, Marquette (3-3), despite its .500 record, was ranked third and got one first-place vote, while Ishpeming (3-2) came in fifth. Negaunee (4-4) also earned one overall vote to make the “honorable mention” list.

And in Class D boys, Munising (4-1) was fifth, trailing three undefeated teams and a 5-1 North Central squad.

Associated Press state voting, also released today, took place only for girls teams this week as its boys voting will start next week.

Three area teams made the lists. Munising is ranked sixth in Class D, Negaunee ninth in Class C and Marquette is in the others receiving at least 12 votes list in Class A.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal. net.