Mustangs make moves in U.P. poll

IRONWOOD – Munising is the big mover – in fact, just about the only mover – among all the schools in this week’s Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters polls released this morning.

The Mustang girls, who beat Big Bay de Noc 57-16 Monday night after voting in this poll was completed, moved up two spots to third in the Class D poll, leapfrogging Forest Park and Stephenson.

Nearly all other teams in the girls polls remained in place, including No. 3 Marquette and No. 4 Negaunee in Class A-B-C and No. 1 Newberry in Class D.

The one exception was Hancock in Class A-B-C, which moved from fifth into a tie for fourth with Negaunee.

The big change for the Indians was going from a one-point edge over Bark River-Harris to becoming the unanimous top U.P. team in Class D. That happened after Munising beat the Broncos and Newberry picked up a rare win over St. Ignace last week.

In the boys polls, Munising moved into fifth place in Class D, the first time the Mustang boys have received any votes in the U.P. poll all season. They knocked Wakefield-Marenisco out of the top five.

Every other boys team held its position, including No. 1 Negaunee and No. 5 Ishpeming in Class A-B-C.

In the state Associated Press polls also released this morning, the Negaunee boys remained No. 1 in Class C, one first-place vote and two points ahead of Flint Beecher, which it had been tied with for three weeks until moving ahead of the Bucs just last week.

In the girls polls, Newberry moved up one spot to second in Class D, knocking previous No. 2 BR-Harris down to fourth, while Marquette in Class A and Munising in Class D are just outside the top 10. The Redettes are 11th in A, while the Mustangs are tied for 11th in D.

Two games involving area teams both ranked in the U.P. top five take place tonight – the Negaunee girls play at Marquette, while the Munising boys are at North Central.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is