U.P. poll: Local teams penalized for losses

HOUGHTON – Both local girls’ basketball teams in the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association U.P. Class ABC girls’ basketball poll were penalized for losses last week.

After Marquette defeated Houghton Thursday night for a season split between the consensus top two teams in the division, three of the five panelists chose to return things to the way they were before their first meeting Feb. 4: Marquette 1, Houghton 2.

The Redettes (16-3) received three first-place votes and 23 poll points. Houghton (17-2) got two first-place votes and 22 points.

Marquette has more losses overall, but two were to downstate teams in December, and both those teams (Brighton and Petoskey) are 16-2.

Both teams have a chance to take home a trophy, as UPSSA awards Team of the Year in both Class AB and Class C, but voting will not take place until after the conclusion of the postseason.

After its close loss to Houghton and letdown defeat at West Iron County, Calumet fell from three to five in this week’s poll.

Negaunee (15-3) moved up a spot to three with 11 points, followed by Kingsford (13-4) with 10 and the Copper Kings (13-4) with nine.

The Miners and Redettes are scheduled to meet at Lakeview Gym tonight.

There was little change in Class D, where St. Ignace, Superior Central and Forest Park remain 1-2-3 on all ballots.

DeTour’s Eastern U.P. Conference loss at Pickford Thursday didn’t cost the Raiders the No. 4 spot in the poll, possibly because they recovered to win at Class B Escanaba Saturday afternoon.

Bark River-Harris remains fifth with six poll points to DeTour’s eight. Pickford received a single vote.

On the boys’ side, Negaunee forcefully took over the No. 1 spot after whipping Marquette 55-35 in their second matchup of the season. Tyler Jandron posted 23 points and five steals in the win. The Miners haven’t lost since their defeat in Marquette in December and are now 16-1.

Marquette (14-2) remains No. 2 on all ballots.

Ironwood (15-3) is up a spot to No. 3 with 13 points, followed by Iron Mountain and Gwinn. The Modeltowners (12-5) fell from third after a 42-40 loss at Ishpeming Friday night.

Cedarville (15-1) unanimously leads the pack in Class D, but previous No. 2 Brimley is down two spots after losing 53-47 at home against Engadine Friday night.

A tie of Ewen-Trout Creek and North Central jumped in to take their place, though the poll was taken before E-TC lost at home to Bessemer and Munising beat North Central 63-56 Monday.

Brimley (14-3) is fourth with nine poll points, followed by 12-3 Carney-Nadeau with seven.