Little movement in UPSSA voting

MARQUETTE — There wasn’t much movement among area teams in the second week of voting for the top high school basketball teams in the Upper Peninsula.

Released today, the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association polls have the same four teams leading as last week, plus one — Forest Park (6-2) moved into a tie with Baraga (7-1) for the No. 1 spot among Class D girls teams.

In Class A-B-C girls, Munising (8-0) moved from third place into a tie for second with Norway as each received two of the seven first-place votes.

There definitely would’ve been some shifting in the A-B-C boys poll if voting hadn’t taken place before Negaunee and Marquette locked horns at the Redmen gym on Monday night.

No. 3 Marquette, 7-1 before playing Monday, came back for a 57-53 victory over No. 1 Negaunee (7-0) to insure a shakeup will be in order next week. Neither, though, moved during the past week.

In addition, the Marquette girls (9-1) stayed put at No. 4 in the Class A-B-C rankings, while Ishpeming (7-1) earned votes but remained out of the top five in the same poll.

In the first state Associated Press boys polls of the season, which were also released today, Negaunee opened in No. 3 in Class C and was the only area team listed.

In the girls rankings, three area teams coincidentally received the same number of votes — 13 — and missed the top 10 in their respective rankings. Marquette is 13th in Class A, Munising 15th in Class C and Baraga 13th in Class D.

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