LL-H lands in U.P. boys’ hoops poll

HOUGHTON – Lake Linden-Hubbell secured representation for the Copper Country in the second U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association basketball poll, released today.

The Lakes, now one of only two undefeated boys’ teams left in the entire U.P., entered the poll at No. 5 this week in Class D.

LL-H is firmly behind the other remaining unbeaten, Carney-Nadeau, which continues to lead the Class D poll. The Wolves (7-0) secured a tough road win at Mid Peninsula Thursday behind a near-effortless 34 points from Wade Schetter. MP, which was ranked third going into the game, was missing starter Evan Winkelbauer, which threw the Wolverines’ offense out of sync. Star post Brett Branstrom had just 12 points.

However, their stay at the top may be over soon as C-N?suffered an upset loss to Munising Monday night after the poll was taken.

C-N has all five first-place votes, while Cedarville is second on all ballots.

The Trojans beat Harbor Springs and St. Ignace last week. They are also a spot behind C-N in fifth in the first Associated Press Class D poll of the season, also released today, two spots ahead of Frankfort, which beat Cedarville in December.

Brimley (8-1) is third in the poll with 11 points. The Bays’ only loss is to Cedarville on Dec. 6.

Mid Pen (5-2) is fourth with eight points, followed by the Lakes with seven. LL-H is also ranked in the state poll, grabbing the 10th spot.

Bessemer (three) and Ewen-Trout Creek (one) also received points.

In Class ABC, Marquette remains No. 1 despite losing to Sault Ste. Marie Wednesday night. MSHS has four first-place votes and 24 poll points.

Rival Negaunee got the other first-place vote and is second in the poll with 21 votes.

Gwinn moved up a spot to No. 3 with 12 points after Mid-Peninsula Conference wins over Westwood and previously-ranked Iron Mountain last week. The Modeltowners’ (6-2) only defeats are road losses to IM and Negaunee.

West Iron County jumped into fourth spot with a 6-1 record. The poll was taken before the Wykons lost at Houghton Monday. Before that, WIC’s only previous defeat was a 30-point thumping at Escanaba Dec. 27.

Kingsford takes over the fifth spot and is on a four-game win streak after starting 1-2 with losses to Esky and Negaunee.

Houghton (three), Ironwood, Iron Mountain and Sault Ste. Marie (one apiece) also received votes.

The ABC girls’ poll sorted itself out a little this week, but the top two spots remain the same.

Marquette, which was idle, is No. 1 on four of five ballots with 24 points, while Houghton has the remaining first-place vote and is second with 19 points.

Calumet is now solo in No. 3 with 13 points, followed by L’Anse in fourth with 11.

Negaunee, which was tied for third with Calumet last week, is now fifth with eight points.

No. 2 meets No. 3 in Houghton tonight, while 4 and 5 square off at Lakeview Gym in Negaunee.

In Class D girls, the top three teams are the same on all ballots: St. Ignace, Forest Park and Superior Central.

After that, North Central takes up fourth with seven points. At 7-2, the Jets are the only team in the D poll with a loss, but those losses were to Forest Park in the opener and a one-point defeat Friday night to SC.

DeTour, also unbeaten, is fifth with five points.

Bark River-Harris also received votes.