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Ishpeming climbs to top of UPSSA Big Five football rankings

September 25, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Picking up all five first place votes, the Ishpeming High School football team has climbed into the top spot in the weekly Big Five Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association poll, while falling to No. 3 in the statewide Michigan Associated Press Division 7 poll.

In a vote of select UPSSA members, the Hematites (5-0) of head coach Jeff Olson - after crushing Norway 45-6 last Friday - are a unanimous selection with 25 points.

In the AP poll, the Hematites pulled in 42 points, just one back of No. 2 Saginaw Nouvel and four back of No. 1 Detroit Loyola. The Hematites garnered 39 points last week, which was good for No. 2 behind Loyola.

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IHS hosts Laona-Wabeno (Wis) Friday, needing just one more win to clinch a state postseason playoff berth.

Kingsford (4-1) moved up a notch in the poll after a 14-13 win over previously second-ranked Menominee (4-1). The Flivvers picked up 20 UPSSA points to 14 for now No. 3-ranked Menominee. KHS is ranked No. 6 in the Division 5 AP poll while Menominee fell to No. 10.

Negaunee, the only other Big Five team besides Ishpeming to be undefeated (5-0), holds down the No. 4 spot. Coach Paul Jacobson's Miners, who trampled Gwinn 49-6 last week, sport 11 points. The Miners are No. 5 in the AP's Division 6 poll.

Fact Box

Michigan AP prep football poll

The top 10 teams in the Associated Press high school football poll, with records in parentheses.

Totals are based on 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 for second, etc.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has determined playoff qualifiers in eight divisions based on enrollment. The divisions in this poll are unofficial.

Division 1

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Clarkston (4)(5-0)49

2. Lake Orion (1)(5-0)46

3. Flint Carman-Ainsworth(5-0)36

4. Detroit Cass Tech(4-1)34

5. Livonia Churchill(5-0)27

6. Monroe(5-0)26

7. Warren Mott(5-0)22

8. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley(4-1)19

9. Detroit Catholic Central(3-2)3

10. Rockford(3-2)2

Others receiving votes: 10, Canton 2. 10, Holland West Ottawa 2. 10, Utica Eisenhower 2. 10, Traverse City West 2. 15, Grand Ledge 1. 15, Hartland 1. 15, Saline 1.

Division 2

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Muskegon (4)(5-0)49

2. Birmingham Brother Rice (1)(4-1)46

3. Midland(5-0)39

4. Lowell(4-1)36

5. Lansing Everett(5-0)22

6. Bay City Western(5-0)18

T7. East Lansing(4-1)12

T7. Farmington(4-1)12

9. Oak Park(5-0)9

10. Wyandotte Roosevelt(5-0)7

Others receiving votes: 11, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central 6. 11, Lansing Eastern 6. 13, Mattawan 4. 14, Traverse City Central 3. 15, Muskegon Mona Shores 2. 15, Farmington Hills Harrison 2. 17, Warren De La Salle 1. 17, Swartz Creek 1.

Division 3

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Orchard Lake St. Mary (5)(4-1)50

2. Zeeland East(5-0)45

3. Grand Rapids Christian(4-1)40

4. Stevensville Lakeshore(5-0)35

5. Fruitport(5-0)30

6. Auburn Hills Avondale(5-0)20

T7. Dewitt(4-1)13

T7. Linden(4-1)13

9. Milan(5-0)10

10. Lapeer West(3-2)7

Others receiving votes: 11, Mason 5. 12, St. Clair 3. 12, St. Johns 3. 14, Lansing Waverly 1.

Division 4

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (5)(5-0)50

2. Battle Creek Pennfield(5-0)44

3. Croswell-Lexington(5-0)41

4. Paw Paw(5-0)34

5. Grosse Ile(4-1)29

6. Detroit Country Day(4-1)23

7. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep(5-0)22

8. Comstock Park(4-1)16

9. Saginaw Swan Valley(4-1)7

10. Cadillac(4-1)4

Others receiving votes: 11, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 3. 12, Goodrich 2.

Division 5

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Flint Powers (4)(5-0)49

2. Jackson Lumen Christi (1)(5-0)45

3. Muskegon Oakridge(5-0)41

T4. Frankenmuth(5-0)28

T4. Dowagiac Union(5-0)28

6. Kingsford(4-1)22

7. River Rouge(5-0)17

8. Grayling(5-0)16

9. Portland(5-0)13

10. Menominee(4-1)6

Others receiving votes: 11, Lansing Catholic 5. 12, Freeland 3. 13, Reed City 1. 13, Saginaw Valley Lutheran 1.

Division 6

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Ithaca (4)(5-0)49

2. Schoolcraft (1)(5-0)46

3. Shelby(5-0)37

4. Constantine(4-1)28

5. Negaunee(5-0)27

6. Clinton(5-0)26

7. Hillsdale(5-0)18

8. Millington(5-0)14

T9. Michigan Center(5-0)7

T9. Warren Michigan Collegiate(4-1)7

Others receiving votes: 11, Hemlock 6. 12, Montague 5. 12, Watervliet 5.

Division 7

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Detroit Loyola (3)(5-0)46

2. Saginaw Nouvel (2)(4-1)43

3. Ishpeming(5-0)42

4. Reese(5-0)38

5. Mancelona(5-0)26

6. Lawton(5-0)24

T7. Hartford(5-0)14

T7. Royal Oak Shrine(4-1)14

9. Union City(4-1)10

10. Decatur(4-1)6

Others receiving votes: 11, Marlette 3. 11, Lake City 3. 11, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 3. 14, Waterford Our Lady 2. 15, Whittemore-Prescott 1.

Division 8

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Mendon (4)(5-0)46

2. New Lothrop(5-0)44

3. Beal City (1)(5-0)38

4. St. Ignace LaSalle(5-0)29

5. Crystal Falls Forest Park(5-0)25

6. Climax-Scotts(5-0)21

7. Harbor Beach(4-1)13

T8. Iron Mountain North Dickinson(5-0)12

T8. Fowler(4-1)12

10. Pickford(5-0)11

Others receiving votes: 11, L'Anse 9. 12, Muskegon Catholic Central 7. 13, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart 3. 13, Marcellus 3. 15, St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic 2.

The Marquette Senior High School Redmen (4-1) of coach Dave L'Huillier are ranked fifth with five points. MSHS, with an eight-game schedule this season, can gain an automatic playoff berth with a win over host Kingsford on Friday.

In the Little Five, St. Ignace (5-0) - behind a 54-0 victory over Rogers City - is ranked No. 1 with two top votes and 22 UPSSA points.

Coach Mark Leaf's L'Anse Purple Hornets (5-0) hold down the No. 4 slot with nine points.

 
 

 

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