UPSSA poll: A new No. 1?

There may be a new No. 1 in the girls Class A-B-C poll next week. The Marquette Redettes hung on to the top spot for the fifth week in a row but their reign will likely come to an end after Monday night’s defeat at the hands of No. 2 Houghton.

The Gremlins (14-1), by virtue of a balanced scoring effort dethroned the Redettes (12-2) 56-47.

The fifth-ranked Negaunee Miners (11-3) hung around in the poll despite losing twice last week. The Miners dropped games against Marquette and Norway (8-6). Kingsford entered the poll at No. 4 after knocking off Forest Park (14-1), ranked No. 3 in Class D, from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Finally, No. 3 Calumet (11-2) capitalized, moving up from No. 4.

Kingsford will travel to Marquette Thursday night.

Forest Park traded places with No. 2 Superior Central (15-0) after suffering its first loss. The rest of the Class D girls poll remained unchanged. The five ranked Class D girls’ teams appear to be the strength of the Upper Peninsula with the top four teams also being ranked at the state level. No. 5 Bark River-Harris received 12 votes in the AP poll.

This week, No. 1 St. Ignace (14-0) hits the road to take on Sault Ste. Marie Thursday night. The Saints are coming off a 60-19 thrashing of Manistique Monday night.

In Class D boys, the North Central Jets (9-2) re-entered the poll at No. 4 after taking care of No. 5 Carney-Nadeau (9-3) at home last week 52-49. The Wolves, who once held the top-ranking, have dropped three of their last five.

On tap this week, Lake Linden-Hubbell (11-1) will travel to No. 3 Ewen Trout-Creek (10-2) tonight.

The Class A-B-C boys poll remained the same though votes did shift somewhat. Kingsford remained No. 4 but received twice the support after edging Escanaba (4-8) 72-69 Friday night. Meanwhile, No. 3 Gwinn (9-4) didn’t move, despite falling to No. 2 Negaunee (12-1) last week.