HOUGHTON - The Lake Linden-Hubbell boys moved up two spots in this week's U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association poll.
In addition, the Lakes can lay claim to a notable title: The last remaining unbeaten boys' basketball team in the Upper Peninsula.
The Lakes find themselves behind a pair of one-loss teams tied at the top: Carney-Nadeau and Cedarville each received two first-place votes and 18 poll points in the third poll of the season, released today. The voting panel normally consists of five members, but the fifth member was ill and unable to vote.
C-N (8-1), the solo No. 1 in the first two votes of the year, lost its first game of the season last Monday night at home against Munising. The Mustangs held on 40-37 after Wade Schetter's shot at the buzzer missed.
Cedarville (9-1) defeated Harbor Light Christian and Pickford last week. The Trojans' only loss came at Frankfort on Dec. 28.
Though Frankfort is undefeated, Cedarville is ranked three spots ahead of it at third in the Associated Press state poll released today. C-N is 10th, while LL-H was three points behind to lead the 'others receiving votes' category.
1. Marquette (4) 8-1 20
2. Negaunee 9-1 16
3. Kingsford 7-2 11
4. Gwinn 8-3 7
5. Sault Ste. Marie 6-3 5
Others receiving votes: Ironwood (7-3) 1.
t1. Carney-Nadeau (2) 8-1 18
t1. Cedarville (2) 9-1 18
3. Lake Linden-Hubbell 9-0 8
4. Brimley 9-1 6
5. Munising 7-1 4
Others receiving votes: Bessemer (9-1) 3, North Central (6-2) 2, Ewen-Trout Creek (7-2) 1.
1. Marquette (4) 10-2 20
2. Houghton 10-1 16
3. Negaunee 9-1 11
4. Calumet 8-2 9
5. Kingsford 7-3 3
Others receiving votes: L'Anse (8-3) 1.
1. St. Ignace (4) 11-0 20
2. Forest Park 12-0 16
3. Superior Central 12-0 12
4. North Central 8-3 8
t5. Bark River-Harris 8-3 2
t5. DeTour 8-1 2
LL-H (9-0) now knows it will be undefeated until at least Friday, when it hosts Dollar Bay, because tonight's scheduled home game against Ewen-Trout Creek has been postponed due to the extreme cold gripping the area. The Lakes have eight poll points.
Brimley, at 9-1, is No. 4 with six points after surviving a 35-33 game at DeTour Thursday.
Munising (7-1) is No. 5 with four points and hasn't lost since its opener, a 52-42 defeat at Gwinn Dec. 4.
Bessemer (three), North Central (two) and Ewen-Trout Creek (one) also received votes.
Marquette remains the top Class ABC team with all four first-place votes. MSHS (8-1) routed Ishpeming 71-48 Tuesday in its only game of the week.
Negaunee stays at No. 2 after wins over L'Anse and Norway last week. The Miners had a big test at Iron Mountain booked tonight before the deep freeze set in.
Kingsford is up to No. 3 this week. The Flivvers (7-2), who had 11 points, beat cross-town rivals Iron Mountain 57-43 Tuesday and country cousins North Dickinson Thursday. After losing back-to-back games to Escanaba and Negaunee early in the season, the Flivvers have rattled off six wins in a row.
Gwinn falls a spot to No. 4. Though they looked elite in routing Houghton Saturday, the Modeltowners (8-3) got penalized for a 60-55 fall at Gladstone Tuesday night. They have seven points.
The No. 5 team this week is Sault Ste. Marie. The Blue Devils (6-3), who handed Marquette their only loss this season, got five poll points.
Marquette also leads on the girls' side at 10-2 with all four first-place votes, followed by Houghton (10-1).
Negaunee moved up a spot to No. 3. The 9-1 Miners haven't lost since their trip to L'Anse in December.
The Miners, with 11 poll points, leapfrogged Calumet (nine), which fell to fourth after its road loss at Houghton last Tuesday.
After an 0-2 week, L'Anse fell out of the poll in favor of Kingsford (7-3), which received three votes. Houghton plays at Kingsford Friday night.
L'Anse retained a single vote.
In Class D, the top four remains the same on all ballots: St. Ignace, Forest Park, Superior Central and North Central.
The closest anyone came to disrupting that order was Friday in Powers, where FP escaped with a 46-44 win over North Central.
DeTour (8-1) took its first loss Wednesday vs. Rudyard and now shares fifth with Bark River-Harris (8-3).