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Negaunee boys, Baraga girls continue to tumble in U.P. basketball polls

UPSSA Basketball Polls

(1st-place votes listed in parentheses)

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BOYS

Class ABC W-L Pts Pvs

1. Norway (7) 12-0 35 1

2. Marquette 10-1 27 2

3. Iron Mountain 11-1 22 T3

4. Gladstone 7-2 8 T5

5. Sault Ste. Marie 11-0 7 T5

Others receiving votes: Negaunee (8-3) 5, Munising (10-1) 1

Class D W-L Pts Pvs

1. N. Central (7) 11-0 35 1

2. Bark River-Harris 9-3 20 2

3. Carney-Nadeau 8-3 14 4

4. Brimley 9-3 11 3

5. Ewen-Trout Crk. 8-4 8 5

(tie) Dollar Bay 7-2 8 —

Others receiving votes: Pickford (8-3) 7, Jeffers (8-3) 2

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GIRLS

Class ABC W-L Pts Pvs

1. Houghton (4) 13-0 31 1

2. Munising (1) 12-0 25 2

3. Norway (2) 12-0 24 3

4. Marquette 12-1 18 4

5. Sault Ste. Marie 9-3 4 —

Others receiving votes: Ishpeming (10-2) 3

Class D W-L Pts Pvs

1. Forest Park (7) 10-2 35 1

2. Cedarville 10-2 21 2

3. Jeffers 9-4 18 4

4. Baraga 10-2 14 3

5. Pickford 11-3 8 —

Others receiving votes: Engadine (8-3) 4, Ewen-Trout Creek (8-2) 3, Chassell (9-3) 1, N. Central (7-6) 1

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MARQUETTE — A pair of high school teams at the summit of Upper Peninsula basketball just two weeks ago continue to tumble in today’s latest polls released by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

The Negaunee boys have taken the biggest hit, falling from unanimous No. 1 Class ABC team on Jan. 17 to out of the top five today.

The Miners lost three straight games, but those game were against the current top three in their poll — No. 1 Norway (12-0) by 12 points, No. 2 Marquette (10-1) by four points and No. 3 Iron Mountain (11-1) also by four points.

After a bounce-back win over Manistique last week, Negaunee ended the losing string but has slipped to sixth in votes. No. 5 Sault Ste. Marie received seven votes while the Miners got five.

Munising (10-1), which was in the “others” in the first poll, again received a vote this week.

The Baraga girls (10-2) are in similar straits as the Negaunee boys, having gone from a share of No. 1 in Class D two weeks ago to falling to No. 4 today. That’s despite the Vikings having won three of their past four games.

In Class ABC girls, No. 2 Munising (12-0) and No. 4 Marquette (12-1) held onto their spots in that poll.

In state Associated Press polls also released today, for the girls, Baraga moved up to a tie for eighth place in Class D, Munising moved into the top 10 in ninth place, and Marquette missed by 10 votes of making the top 10 in Class A.

Among Class C boys, Negaunee is no longer mentioned after falling out of the list of teams receiving at least 12 votes.

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