Prep basketball: Marquette Redmen, Redettes lead UPSSA polls
MARQUETTE – They both played just one game apiece last week, which they won.
In doing so, the Marquette Senior High School boys and girls basketball teams not only are still undefeated this season, but continue to lead the Upper Peninsula Class ABC poll this week.
Coach Brad Nelson’s Redmen (10-0) again picked up all five No. 1 votes cast by select members of the U. P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association for 25 points and the poll lead.
MSHS also cracked the statewide Michigan Associated Press Class A poll at No. 10 with 21 points, just edging out Grand Ledge.
Negaunee (11-1), whose lone loss was to MSHS on Dec. 19 and who will travel to Marquette for a rematch scheduled for Feb. 13, is again ranked second in the UPSSA poll with 20 points. Coach Mike O’Donnell’s Miners are also ranked No. 5 in the AP Class C poll.
Ishpeming (8-2) moved up a notch to fourth place. Coach Jeff Olsen’s Hematites collected eight points.
In Class D, the Munising Mustangs (10-1) of coach Dan Waterman dropped a rung to No. 3 in the UPSSA balloting. The Superiorland club garnered 15 poll points.
The Marquette girls, meanwhile, are still ranked No. 1 in Class ABC. Coach Ben Smith’s Redettes (15-0) are again a unanimous pick with 25 points. MSHS also earned 23 points in the AP poll to finish just outside the top 10 in Class A at No. 11.
Coach Scott Lloyd’s L’Anse Purple Hornets (11-2), hold down the No. 4 spot again this week despite a 45-43 loss to Houghton on Saturday.
Class D sports a pair of Superiorland teams ranked in the top five: Superior Central (12-1) at No. 2 and Munising (9-3) at No. 5.
The Cougars of coach Greg Trowbridge collected 20 points to trail unanimous leader Forest Park (14-0) by five points; coach Matt Mattson’s Mustangs, scheduled to play at SC on Feb. 13, picked up four points.
Superior Central is No. 3 in the Class D AP poll with Forest Park also holding the No. 1 spot there.