U.P. Poll: Gremlins notch top ranking

There was some shakeup but little drama upon release of the UPSSA basketball poll Tuesday morning.

As expected the Houghton girls claimed the top-ranking in Class A-B-C after their 56-47 victory over previously ranked-No. 1 Marquette on Feb. 4. The Gremlins (16-1) were a unanimous No. 1, while voters unanimously voted Marquette (13-3) No. 2.

On Monday night, the Gremlins cememented their No. 1-ranking with a 64-62 victory over No. 3 Calumet (13-2). Houghton escaped by hitting two free-throws with 3/10ths of a second remaining.

The Gremlins’ tough week continues Thursday night when the Redettes will have a shot at redemption as they host Houghton for a rematch.

The remainder of the poll was unchanged. No. 4 Kingsford (11-4) fell 75-63 to Marquette but was not overtaken by No. 5 Negaunee (11-3).

Also this week Negaunee is set to take on Gladstone (9-6) Wednesday night on the road.

It was status quo in Class D as the undefeated No. 1-ranked St. Ignace Saints (16-0) and No. 2-ranked Superior Central Cougars (17-0) kept rolling toward perfection. The Cougars vanquished what was possibly their last hurdle Thursday night, handling No. 5 Bark River-Harris (14-4) 71-58. The Broncos remained where they were despite the defeat, with no other teams garnering a vote.

An interesting matchup is on tap this week as No. 4 DeTour (14-1) is set to face Class B Escanaba (3-13) on the road Saturday afternoon.

The Boys Class A-B-C poll had little movement as five of the six teams continued to roll. The exception was last week’s co-No. 5 Sault Ste. Marie (9-5) which fell 61-41 to St. Ignace Friday night. There remained dispute on who to rank No. 3, though for the third week in a row, Gwinn (11-4) edged No. 4 Kingsford (10-3) 13 points to 11.

The premiere game this week will be Thursday night when the No.-1 ranked Marquette Redmen (13-1) head down the road to face No. 2 Negaunee (14-1). Marquette won the first meeting 59-43 early in the season on Dec. 13.

Also this week, tonight Kingsford travels to Iron Mountain (11-4) and No. 5 Ironwood (12-3) hosts Class D Bessemer (12-1).

In Class D, where the boys poll mirrored last week, No. 4 North Central (11-2) is set for a rematch at North Dickinson (4-8) tonight. The Nordics gained the upset victory in the first matchup, winning 70-66 in double overtime on Jan. 7.