MSHS, Miners ranked No. 1 in UPSSA poll

MARQUETTE – It’s a matter of one school and its two teams moving in different directions this week in the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association high school basketball poll.

While the Marquette Senior High School boys fell a notch in Class ABC in favor of Negaunee, the MSHS girls moved up over previously No. 1-ranked Houghton in Class ABC balloting.

Coach Ben Smith’s Redettes (16-3) used a 58-55 non-conference win over Houghton last Thursday to climb into the top spot with 23 poll points.

The Gremlins (17-2) picked up 22 points from a select group of UPSSA voters.

Coach Brandon Sager’s Negaunee Miners (15-3), who clinched the Mid-Peninsula Conference title with a 37-31 triumph over Westwood Friday, moved up two notches to No. 3 with 11 points.

In Class D, St. Ignace (18-0) still leads the Superior Central Cougars (18-0) of coach Greg Trowbridge by a 25-20 count in the balloting.

Negaunee’s boys team, meanwhile, picked up all five No. 1 votes to move back into the top spot. The Miners (16-1) of head coach Mike O’Donnell collected 25 poll points.

Marquette, which lost to Negaunee 55-35 last Thursday, slips into the No. 2 slot. Coach Brad Nelson’s squad picked up 20 points.

Coach Darren Sinnaeve’s Gwinn squad (12-5) falls into a fourth-place tie with Iron Mountain (12-4) this week. Both have six points in the voting.

In Class D, Cedarville (15-1) is ranked No. 1 with a unanimous 25 points.

In the statewide Associated Press polls also released this morning, the Superior Central girls are ranked No. 2 in Class D behind St. Ignace.

The Negaunee boys sit at No. 6 in the AP’s Class C poll.