T he first Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Poll won’t be released until Jan. 8, but I figured we can start breaking teams down with early-season rankings. Those that followed my work at the Daily Mining Gazette will be familiar with this weekly column.
For those of you that are new, I would rank the local teams in our coverage area 1-5 for the boys and girls. But now with covering the entire UP, I’ll rank the Division 1-3 boys and girls teams 1 through 5 and do the same for Division 4. Since I’m one of the voters in the UPSSA poll, the column will essentially serve as my reasoning for how I voted. People will disagree, and that’s fine, but I think transparency is important.
The boys season is two weeks in and the girls just finished its opening week, here’s my first edition of the early-season rankings: