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Bessemer finally ranked in last UPSSA poll

March 5, 2013
By Keith Shelton - Sports Editor ( , Daily Press

On the final week of the boys poll, Bessemer finally got its due. Unranked for nearly the entirety of the season with a sparking record but a weak schedule, No. 5 Bessemer (15-3) finally broke through after sweeping the season series with Ewen-Trout Creek (16-4).

No. 1 Negaunee (19-1) and No. 1 Cedarville (19-1) both secured all five first-place votes and have held their respective top spots for much of the season. No. 2 Marquette (16-3), which held the No. 1 spot earlier this season after a victory over Negaunee, clung to the No. 2 spot after a surprising road loss to Houghton (12-7) last week. The defeat didn't seem to dampen the Redmen's postseason chances as they dispatched Petoskey Monday night in their Class A district opener.

Elsewhere, Class D No. 3 North Central (17-3) took care of Mid Peninsula for the third time in nine days, ousting the Wolverines 87-65 and bringing to a close the wondrous career of Brett Branstrom who is likely to be named an All-State player for the second consecutive year.

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Record Pts.

No. 1 Negaunee (5) (19-1)25

No. 2 Marquette (16-3) 19

No. 3 Ironwood (17-3)16

No. T-4 Gwinn (14-6) 7

No. T-4 Kingsford (14-5) 7

Others receiving votes:?Iron Mountain (14-6) 1.


Record Pts.

No. 1 Cedarville (5) (19-1) 25

No. 2 Carney-Nadeau (17-3) 19

No. 3 North Central (17-3) 16

No. 4 Brimley (17-3) 6

No. 5 Bessemer (15-3) 5

Others receiving votes: Munising (15-4) 3, Ewen-Trout Creek (16-4) 1.


First-place votes follow team name. Voting conducted by five-member panel for the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.



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