Negaunee boys, Newberry girls lay claim to No. 1

IRONWOOD – Two area high school basketball teams have moved into No. 1 positions in several media polls that were released this morning.

On the boys side, Negaunee High School spent the past three weeks sharing the No. 1 position in the state Associated Press Class C poll with Flint Beecher. But now the Miners have taken sole control of the top spot over the Bucs.

Apparently, one voter changed his or her No. 1 team as previously, Beecher had received three first-place votes and Negaunee two. Those first-place vote totals have reversed, which in itself is enough to give the Miners the two-point advantage, 73-71, that they now enjoy.

And at 15-0, Negaunee continues to be the unanimous No. 1 team in Class A-B-C in the polls conducted weekly by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

For the girls, Newberry gained one more first-place vote in the weekly Class D poll conducted by the UPSSA, enough to leapfrog undefeated Bark River-Harris for the top spot by one vote, 32-31.

The Broncos had spent at least three weeks with a narrow lead on the Indians.

However, in state AP Class D rankings, BR-H is second to Newberry’s third.

At the other end of the spectrum, Munising slipped two spots in the U.P. girls Class D poll from third to fifth after splitting its games last week.

In the state AP poll, the Mustangs made a move upward, going from 13th to 11th but still just missing the top 10 in Class D.

Two other girls teams didn’t take a hit in the A-B-C rankings after also splitting last week – Marquette remained third and Negaunee fourth, though the Redettes fell out of the top 10 in the state AP Class A ratings and now reside 11th, just one vote out of 10th.

Two other area teams also received votes in the U.P. polls this week. Ishpeming remained fifth among A-B-C boys after winning twice and losing by six points to top-ranked Negaunee, while Marquette continued to receive one vote in the same poll after its only scheduled game last week was postponed.

Among the games this week involving area teams that may greatly affect these polls, the Marquette boys are at Ishpeming tonight.

On Thursday, the Redmen host Negaunee, while for the girls, Newberry entertains Class A-B-C No. 2 St. Ignace.

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