UPSSA prep basketball poll: Marquette retains top-ranking

Editors note: Records are as of Monday afternoon.

The Marquette Redmen received their first loss at the hands of a streaking Sault Ste. Marie team, but UPSSA voters still found them worthy of retaining the No. 1 ranking in the boys basketball poll, released Tuesday.

For the second straight week, Marquette has claimed the top spot in both polls, though Negaunee garnered one first place vote in the boys poll.

The top-ranked Redmen (7-1) will be tested again this week with a visit to Ishpeming (3-2) tonight. No. 2 Negaunee (7-1) will play at L’Anse (3-4) tonight before hosting Norway (3-4) on Thursday.

Moving up to the No. 3 slot was Gwinn. The Modeltowners (6-2) handed Iron Mountain (6-2) its second loss this week, dropping them out of the rankings. Also dropping out was Ironwood (5-2).

In the Class D boys poll, Carney-Nadeau (7-0) retained the top spot as one of two remaining undefeated teams. The Wolves were a unanimous No. 1 after rolling to victories over No. 4 Mid Peninsula (4-2) and Big Bay de Noc (1-4) but the good times came to an end Monday night. The Wolves suffered their first defeat of the season as they fell to Munising (4-1) 40-37 at home. Carney will host Republic-Michigamme (2-4) Thursday.

No. 3 Brimley (8-1) rose two spots in the poll with victories over Engadine (1-5) and Burt Lake last week. The Bays take on Alanson tonight before a showdown with DeTour (5-3) Thursday.

No. 5 Lake Linden-Hubbell (7-0) made its first appearance in the poll this week, boosted by a victory over Painesdale-Jeffers (4-2) last week.

In the girls A-B-C poll, the top-ranked Redettes (8-2) continued their tear through the Great Northern Conference, dispatching Escanaba (2-7). Marquette will take on Gladstone (5-3) tonight and Escanaba again on Thursday, both at home.

The rest of the poll remained largely unchanged as well, though No. 4 L’Anse (7-1) and No. 5 Negaunee (7-1) did switch places.

This week, No. 3 Calumet (8-1) takes on No. 2 Houghton (8-1) on the road tonight while L’Anse takes on Negaunee, also tonight.

In the Class D girls poll, the St. Ignace Saints (9-0) had little problem retaining the top spot. No. 2 Forest Park (10-0), No. 3 Superior Central (10-0) and No. 5 DeTour (7-0) all remained undefeated, though the Cougars had a close call Friday night, narrowly escaping No. 4 North Central (7-2) with a 45-44 victory.

Forest Park will travel to North Central Friday night, Superior Central will play at Brimley (4-1) on Saturday and DeTour hosts Rudyard (6-3) Wednesday before traveling to Brimley Friday night.