It’s hard to go unbeaten
Lake Linden-Hubbell High School’s boys basketball team is enjoying a special distinction today.
With Munising’s 40-37 win over previously unbeaten Carney-Nadeau last Monday, LL-H is the lone remaining boys team in the Upper Peninsula without a loss this season to date.
The campaign is reaching the halfway mark. It’s a little surprising no other U.P. squad is still unbeaten. There are some good teams out there.
Several teams – including Superiorland’s Marquette and Negaunee – have been defeated once. But LL-H stands alone.
The Lakes face a couple of tough opponents down the road: Ewen-Trout Creek (6-2) at home Tuesday and on the road Feb. 5; and Houghton (6-1) at home Feb. 12 and on the road Feb. 19.
Whether the Lakes can run the table is, of course, to be determined.
But if they do, they’ll be the first boys U.P. squad to go undefeated in the regular season since E-TC in 2008-09.
That, to me, is an amazing fact. With all the good U.P. boys teams the last few years, you’d think at least one or two would go undefeated.
I guess that means there’s some parity among teams in the peninsula. Either that or the thought you have to be prepared to give your best every game lest you suffer defeat is true.
Marquette found that out the hard way. The Redmen, 6-0 at the time, lost a 59-52 home decision to-then 1-4 Sault Ste. Marie on Jan. 9.
The girls are another story. As of today, three teams – Superior Central, St. Ignace and Forest Park – have yet to taste defeat at the season’s halfway mark.
In 2011-12, St. Ignace was the lone girls squad to not lose a regular season game. In 2010-11, it was Watersmeet.
The previous two seasons, there were no unbeaten girls teams.
It’s not easy to go undefeated. Injuries, travel, finals week and having a bullseye on your back can make it tough to win every game.
You can play at some hostile environments on the road, where a vast majority of the spectators want to see you lose. They’ll make you know it, too.
A team can also suffer a bad shooting night where no one can find the hoop with any regularity. Its foe might also use a tight defense that limits offensive production.
We’ll have to see how it plays out the rest of the regular season, whether LL-H’s boys, and the SC, Forest Park and St. Ignace girls, stay unbeaten.
But if any of them do, it’ll be something special.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.