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Lodi takes over top spot in the AP Medium Schools' prep football poll

Dennis Semrau covers Prep Sports for 100.5 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com

MADISON, Wisc. -- Defending Division 4 state champion Lodi moved into first place in the Associated Press Medium Schools poll rankings released on Tuesday.

Lodi (4-0) received six of nine first-place votes to move up one spot in the rankings after the previous top-ranked team, Waukesha Catholic Memorial (3-1), lost to Muskego last week in Classic 8 Conference play and fell to fourth place in the poll.

Medium-School rankings are for schools with enrollments of between 301 and 899 students.

Mount Horeb/Barneveld (3-1) fell two spots to 10, while Lake Mills and McFarland received honorable mention.

Waunakee (4-0), the defending Division 2 state champion, received one No. 1 vote and moved back into second place in the Large Schools’ Division (enrollment 900 and up). The Warriors have outscored their opponents 180-14 this season.

Fond du Lac (4-0) received eight No. 1 votes to retain the top ranking.

Monona Grove (4-0) dropped one spot to ninth place. Big Eight Conference leader Madison Memorial (4-0) received honorable mention.

Defending Division 6 state champion Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (4-0) received eight of nine first-place votes to remain ranked first in the Small Schools’ Division (300 and lower). Belleville (4-0) moved into 10th place in the poll.

The poll includes first-place votes in parentheses, season record and total points, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers. Teams are arranged in three divisions of equal size based on current enrollments.

Large Division (enrollment 900 and up)

School Record Points Last Week

1. Fond du Lac (8) 4-0 89 1

2. Waunakee (1) 4-0 77 3

3. Brookfield Central 4-0 66 2

4. Kimberly 3-1 62 4

5. Muskego 4-0 56 5

6. Franklin 4-0 45 6

7. Bay Port 4-0 24 7

8. Neenah 4-0 22 T8

9. Monona Grove 4-0 18 T8

10. Marquette University 4-0 14 10

Others receiving votes: Madison Memorial 11. Mequon Homestead 7. Menasha and Hudson 2.

Medium Division (301-899)

School Record Points Last Week

1. Lodi (6) 4-0 85 2

2. St. Croix Central 4-0 76 3

3. New Berlin Eisenhower (2) 4-0 75 4

4. Waukesha Catholic Memorial (1) 3-1 67 1

5. Racine St. Catherine's 4-0 46 7

6. Amherst 3-1 39 6

7. Rice Lake 4-0 29 9

8. Green Bay Notre Dame 3-1 25 5

9. West De Pere 4-0 16 T10

10. Mount Horeb-Barneveld 3-1 12 8

Others receiving votes: Little Chute 8. New Berlin West 4. Bloomer 3. Greendale Martin Luther, Lake Mills Plymouth and Spencer/Marshfield Columbus 2. Omro and McFarland 1.

Small Division (300 and lower)

School Record Points Last Week

1. Fond du Lac Springs (8) 4-0 89 1

2. Bangor 4-0 73 2

3. Edgar 4-0 69 T3

4. Lake Country Lutheran (1) 4-0 68 T3

5. Iola-Scandinavia 4-0 57 5

6. Black Hawk 3-0 40 6

7. Eau Claire Regis 4-0 32 8

8. Grantsburg 4-0 18 10

9. Fall River 4-0 17 9

10. Belleville 4-0 8 NR

Others receiving votes: Johnson Creek 6. Hilbert 4. Fall Creek, Pecatonica/Argyle, Racine Lutheran and Stratford 3. Living Word Lutheran 2.