One in, one out, one back in U.P. poll

HOUGHTON – One local team is in, one local team is out and one local team is back in the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association basketball polls released today.

The local team that’s in, for the first time this season, is Ewen-Trout Creek, ranked fourth in Class D boys. The Panthers enter at the expense of a Lake Linden-Hubbell team that suffered its first loss to E-TC Saturday.

The local team that’s back is the L’Anse girls, who re-enter the poll this week at No. 5 in Class ABC.

Once again this week, all five voters selected Marquette as the No. 1 girls’ team in Class ABC. MSHS made them proud Monday by knocking off No. 3 Negaunee 45-38 with help from 12 Hunter Viitala points in a game played after the poll was conducted.

Marquette, now 12-2, goes up against No. 2 Houghton next Monday in Houghton. The Gremlins are No. 2 on all ballots.

Calumet is fourth with 11 points this week, while L’Anse received the fifth-place nod from four of the five voters.

Kingsford received the other vote.

In Class D girls, only weather slowed the inexorable march of the U.P.’s undefeated trio of St. Ignace, Forest Park and Superior Central. The teams are ranked first, second and fourth respectively in the state in the most recent Associated Press poll, also released today.

St. Ignace hasn’t played a game decided by less than 30 points since Dec. 1, Forest Park hung 91 on Rapid River Thursday night and SC posted twin wins of 20-plus over Mid Peninsula and North Central last week.

After them, DeTour gets the fourth-place nod with a 10-1 mark. Bark River-Harris (10-3) was chosen for fifth with a 10-3 record and four poll points.

Ontonagon (10-2) just missed out with three votes, while Carney-Nadeau received two.

On the boys’ side in Class D, Cedarville (10-1) is now the unanimous No. 1 after sharing the top spot last week.

A place behind them is Brimley (10-2), which now has two losses to Cedarville this season after a 66-62 Cedarville home win Friday night. The Bays received 15 poll points, one ahead of Carney-Nadeau, reeling after its second home loss in as many weeks, this time to Forest Park by a 70-67 score Friday.

E-TC enters the poll with nine points this week, while Munising is fifth with a 7-2 record and seven points. Both Mustang losses are to the same opponent, Gwinn, which won the return matchup in Munising 48-44 in overtime Friday night.

Gwinn is a solid third behind Marquette and Negaunee in the ABC boys’ poll.

Marquette took down Kingsford 60-49 in Kingsford Thursday night, while Negaunee’s only game last week was a home rout of Manistique. The Miners made up a postponed game with Iron Mountain Monday and won it, too.

The Modeltowners are now third on all ballots, with Kingsford (7-3) fourth with five points.

There is a tie for fifth between Ironwood (8-3) and Sault Ste. Marie (8-4) with four points apiece.

Houghton also received two votes.