LL-H up a spot in U.P. poll

By BRANDON VEALE

bveale@mininggazette.com

HOUGHTON?- The Lake Linden-Hubbell boys moved up a spot in the fifth U.P. basketball poll of the season, released today by the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

The Lakes are fourth in the Class D?boys’ section with 10 points, behind unanimous No. 1 North Central.

LL-H is now one of three remaining U.P. unbeatens after North Central survived a showdown with previously-perfect Forest Park Friday night in Powers.

FP led 12-2 early and into the second half, but the Jets outscored the Trojans 23-10 in the fourth frame and left with a 63-50 victory.

The loss led voters to drop FP to fifth behind LL-H in this week’s poll.

Cedarville (11-1) is still No. 2 after a pair of lopsided Eastern U.P. Conference wins over Brimley and Engadine.

Munising (10-1) is No. 3. The Mustangs survived a close one (60-58) with Bark River-Harris Wednesday before blowing out Superior Central Friday.

In Class ABC, the top three remains the same on all five ballots: Marquette (10-0), Negaunee (11-1) and Ironwood (12-1). None of the three came within 13 points of defeat last week.

There was a flip-flop over the bottom two spots: Ishpeming jumped into fourth. The 9-2 Hematites, finally mostly caught up after starting their season after Christmas due to football, dumped Iron Mountain 55-34 Friday and have just two losses, at Marquette and at Negaunee.

Escanaba, which had seven poll points to Ishpeming’s eight, also has yet to lose to anyone outside of the top duo, but the Eskymos have played Negaunee twice.

On the girls’ side, a two-loss week dropped Calumet into a tie for fifth in Class ABC?with Sault Ste. Marie.

Each received two poll points, while Hancock got one.

Marquette remains No. 1. The Redettes were 15-0 going into Monday’s home win over Houghton. The Redettes have trips to Kingsford, Menominee and Houghton and a single home game with Negaunee between them and a perfect regular season.

St. Ignace (12-2) remains No. 2 on all ballots.

Houghton’s win at L’Anse Saturday solidified its hold on the No. 3 position, while L’Anse is now No. 4 on all ballots as well.

The fifth spot remains a point of contention: Sault, with which Calumet is tied, has a 9-3 record, with losses to Menominee (in early December), St. Ignace and Marquette. The Blue Devils host the Saints on Friday night.

In Class D, Forest Park remains unbeaten and No. 1 in all versions of the U.P. and Associated Press polls this season.

Superior Central (12-1) is No. 2 on all ballots, followed by Stephenson (12-1), which routed Class B Menominee 67-30 Saturday.

Brimley (10-3) is No. 4 with seven poll points and Munising No. 5 with four.

Bark River-Harris received three votes and Dollar Bay one.

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