Marquette joins area teams receiving UPSSA votes

NEGAUNEE — Marquette Senior High School’s schedule is apparently getting respect from voters in the weekly Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association high school football polls.

Despite still having a modest 2-3 record, the Redmen received two votes in the Big Five poll, missing Calumet’s fifth-place position by just two votes.

The poll was released this morning by the UPSSA.

MSHS has won twice in the past three weeks, winning at Class A Petoskey 27-26 on Friday and at Class B Sault Ste. Marie two weeks before that.

Its losses have come to Big Five No. 2 Escanaba, large Class A school Traverse City Central and the No. 1 team in the state in Division 6, Traverse City St. Francis.

Meanwhile, L’Anse (4-1) was the only one of three other ranked schools from the area to move up in the polls. All three — the Purple Hornets, Westwood (4-1) and Newberry (3-2) — get mention in the Little Five.

L’Anse moved from a three-way tie for fourth into third place alone after winning 20-18 at Hurley, Wisconsin, on Friday.

Westwood held its No. 2 position behind consensus No. 1 Norway after a 34-0 shutout of Iron Mountain, though the Patriots received five more votes this week and became the unanimous No. 2 pick by voters.

Newberry, 34-20 losers at Lake Linden-Hubbell on Saturday, fell out of the top five by one vote behind No. 5 Bark River-Harris.

Ishpeming, meanwhile, was an “honorable mention” the previous week but didn’t receive any votes this time around after a 20-8 home loss to Big Five No. 4 Gladstone on Friday.

While no area teams made The Associated Press statewide polls, also released this morning, a number of other U.P. teams did.

In Eight Player, Stephenson is No. 1 in both the UPSSA and AP polls, while U.P.-ranked Rapid River and Pickford are in the AP top five.

Ontonagon and Forest Park are among the AP’s others receiving votes.

Little Five No. 1 Norway is eighth in the AP Division 8 poll and Big Five No. 3 Kingsford is 10th in AP’s Division 5.

Not cracking the top 10 but earning at least one AP vote are Escanaba in Division 4 and Menominee and Gladstone in Division 5.

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