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Marquette, Baraga move slightly in Upper Peninsula basketball polls

UPSSA Basketball Polls

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BOYS

Divisions 1-3 W-L Pts Pvs

1. Iron Mountain (6) 13-0 30 1

2. Negaunee 12-1 24 2

3. Marquette 12-3 17 4

4. Escanaba 10-5 11 3

5. Westwood 8-5 4 5

Others receiving votes: Munising (13-1) 3, Norway (9-4) 1

Division 4 W-L Pts Pvs

1. Dollar Bay (6) 13-0 30 1

2. Pickford 10-1 24 2

3. Rudyard 10-2 18 3

4. Rapid River 9-3 11 4

5. Chassell 11-2 5 5

Others receiving votes: Carney-Nadeau (8-5) 2

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GIRLS

Divisions 1-3 W-L Pts Pvs

1. Menominee (6) 15-0 30 1

2. Westwood 13-1 22 2

3. Sault Ste. Marie 13-1 20 3

4. Negaunee 12-3 8 4

5. Escanaba 9-5 6 5

Others receiving votes: Calumet (11-3) 4

Division 4 W-L Pts Pvs

1. St. Ignace (6) 12-2 30 1

2. Ewen-Trout Creek 13-1 24 2

3. Baraga 14-2 14 4

4. Pickford 12-2 11 3

5. North Dickinson 13-2 8 5

Others: L’Anse (12-4) 3

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MARQUETTE — Marquette and Baraga were the only area schools that moved at all in this week’s Upper Peninsula basketball polls voted upon by select members of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and released today.

The Marquette boys improved one spot, from fourth to third, in Divisions 1-3 after the Redmen won both their games last week, 61-47 over No. 5 Westwood and 75-43 over Great Northern Conference rival Menominee.

The Patriots remained at No. 5, as did Negaunee at No. 2. Westwood also defeated Manistique 51-31 while the Miners won their only game, 71-48 over Gwinn.

And Munising is still just on the outside looking in, one vote behind Westwood at 13-1, after beating Bark River-Harris 66-42.

On the other hand, the Marquette girls lost their status in the “others receiving votes” category in Divisions 1-3 after suffering their fourth straight loss, a close 53-49 setback to No. 2 Westwood.

The Redettes, who are now 9-6, have also recently lost to No. 1 Menominee, Divisions 1-3 vote-getter Calumet and No. 3 Sault Ste. Marie.

The Patriots and No. 4 Negaunee held their positions. Westwood also knocked off Houghton 67-52 last week, while the Miners downed Gladstone 50-42.

In Division 4, the Baraga girls (14-2) moved up a spot to No. 3 after posting a 60-35 win over Jeffers and 64-31 victory over Chassell.

The L’Anse girls remained in the others category after splitting two games last week, falling to Calumet 57-52 and downing Watersmeet 69-52.

The leaders are all unanimous in the four polls, the Iron Mountain boys and Menominee girls in Divisions 1-3 and Dollar Bay boys and St. Ignace girls in Division 4.

The Negaunee boys remain the only area team ranked in the Associated Press’ state polls, which are also released on Tuesdays.

The Miners are eighth in Division 3.

Also from the U.P. in the state rankings are the Menominee girls, fifth in Division 2; Iron Mountain boys, second in Division 3; St. Ignace girls, third in Division 4; Ewen-Trout Creek girls, 11th in Division 4; Dollar Bay boys, third in Division 4; Pickford boys, sixth in Division 4; and Rudyard boys, eighth in Division 4.

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