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Houghton girls officially No. 1

February 12, 2013
By Brandon Veale - DMG Sports Editor (bveale@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - For the first time since 2009, the Houghton Gremlins are the No. 1 girls' basketball team in their classification in the U.P.

The vote was made official with the release of this week's U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association poll today.

The Gremlins earned the position by defeating Marquette 56-47 in Houghton last Monday night, then confirming it with a win over Ontonagon Thursday.

Regardless of the result, Monday's game at Calumet did not figure into the decision, as voting had already been submitted.

Houghton was last No. 1 in Class ABC at the end of the 2008-09 season, a campaign in which the Gremlins had just one loss (they're currently 17-1) and in which they took the title by force, in that case winning a 1-vs.-2 game at Kingsford Jan. 29, 2009. The following poll on Feb. 2 also marks the last time the top spot in the ABC girls poll changed hands in mid-season.

Houghton, Marquette and Calumet are 1-2-3 on all ballots, followed by Kingsford, with eight poll points, and Negaunee with seven.

Fact Box

U.P. Poll No. 6

Boys ABC

1. Marquette (5) 13-1 25

2. Negaunee 14-1 20

3. Gwinn 11-4 13

4. Kingsford 10-3 11

5. Ironwood 12-3 5

Others receiving votes: Houghton (9-3) 1.

Boys D

1. Cedarville (5) 14-1 25

2. Brimley 13-2 20

3. Ewen-Trout Creek 12-2 13

4. North Central 11-2 9

5. Carney-Nadeau 10-3 4

Others receiving votes: Superior Central (10-4) 3, Bessemer (12-1) 1.

Girls ABC

1. Houghton (5) 16-1 25

2. Marquette 13-3 20

3. Calumet 13-2 15

4. Kingsford 11-4 8

5. Negaunee 11-3 7

Girls D

1. St. Ignace (5) 16-0 25

2. Superior Central 17-0 20

3. Forest Park 16-1 15

4. DeTour 14-1 9

5. Bark River-Harris 14-4 6

In the Class D girls' poll, St. Ignace remains No. 1 followed by Superior Central and Forest Park on all ballots.

DeTour (14-1) is fourth with nine points, followed by Bark River-Harris (14-4) with six.

On the boys' side, there was only one minor change, with Sault Ste. Marie's losses to Pickford and St. Ignace triggering their exit.

Marquette (13-1) remains No. 1 in Class ABC and Negaunee (14-1) two on all five ballots. The neighbors will clash for a second time Thursday night in Negaunee.

Gwinn, at 11-4, is No. 3, followed by Kingsford (10-3) and Ironwood.

Houghton received a single vote.

In Class D, the Eastern U.P. Conference duo of Cedarville (14-1) and Brimley (13-2) are 1-2 on all ballots, with Ewen-Trout Creek in third with 13 poll points.

North Central (11-2) is fourth with neighbor Carney-Nadeau fifth.

 
 

 

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