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Lodi head coach Dave Puls prepares for the start of a Capitol North Conference football game against Columbus at Fireman's Park in Columbus, Wis., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

The Lodi football team created even more buzz heading into Friday’s Capitol North Conference showdown at Lake Mills, earning the No. 1 ranking among medium-sized schools in this week’s Associated Press state poll.

The Blue Devils (4-0) received seven of a possible 11 No. 1 votes and 103 of a possible 110 points to claim the No. 1 spot, after former poll leader Waukesha Catholic Memorial lost to Muskego last week.

Lodi begins its Capitol North season with a 7 p.m. game against Lake Mills (4-0), which remained in the No. 6 spot in the medium-school rankings (for programs with enrollments of 301 to 900).

Mount Horeb/Barneveld (3-1) was ranked ninth and Clinton (4-0) earned honorable mention.

Waunakee (4-0) retained the No. 3 ranking among large schools (901 enrollment and larger), and remains the highest-ranked school that is expected to compete in Division 2 of the WIAA playoffs.

Sun Prairie (4-0), the sole leader in the Big Eight Conference, was ranked fourth and 2016 Division 2 state runner-up Monona Grove (4-0) was ninth.

Four-time defending state champion Kimberly (4-0), which has won 60 consecutive games, was a unanimous No. 1 pick among large schools. Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (4-0) was a unanimous No. 1 pick for the small schools (enrollment 300 and smaller).

Bangor (4-0) was ranked third, Black Hawk (4-0) fourth, Pecatonica/Argyle (3-1) ninth and Fall River (3-1) tied for 10th.


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ASSOCIATED PRESS WEEKLY STATE RANKINGS

The Associated Press high school football poll, including first-place votes in parentheses, season record, total points and last week’s ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers, Teams are arranged in three divisions of equal size, based on current enrollment.

LARGE SCHOOLS (Enrollment 901 and greater)

Rank, school; W-L; Pts.; LW

1, Kimberly (11); 4-0; 110; 1

2, Franklin; 4-0; 95; 2

3, Waunakee; 4-0; 84; 3

4, Sun Prairie; 4-0; 76; 4

5, Brookfield Central; 4-0; 67; 5

6, Fond du Lac; 3-1; 52; 6

7, Waukesha West; 4-0; 38; 7

8, Brookfield East; 4-0; 32; 8

9, Monona Grove; 4-0; 21; 9

10, Menomonie; 4-0; 20; 10

Others receiving votes: Mequon Homestead 5, Racine Horlick 3, Eau Claire Memorial 1, Hartford 1.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS (Enrollment 301 to 900)

Rank, school; W-L; Pts.; LW

1, Lodi (7); 4-0; 103; 2

2, Green Bay Notre Dame (1); 4-0; 99; 3

3, St. Croix Central; 4-0; 76; 4

4, Waukesha Catholic Memorial (1); 3-1; 71; 1

5, Amherst (1); 3-1; 68; 5

6, Lake Mills; 4-0; 58; 6

7, Rice Lake; 4-0; 50; 7

8, Racine St. Catherine’s (1); 4-0; 37; 9

9, Mount Horeb/Barneveld; 3-1; 21; 8

10, Kewaskum; 4-0; 12; 10

Others receiving votes: Clinton 2, Laconia 2, Berlin 2, Bloomer 2, Bonduel 1, Kiel 1.

SMALL SCHOOLS (Enrollment 300 and smaller)

Rank, school; W-L; Pts.; LW

1, Fond du Lac Springs (11); 4-0; 110; 1

2, Edgar; 4-0; 98; 2

3, Bangor; 4-0; 85; 3

4, Black Hawk; 4-0; 71; 4

5, Stanley-Boyd; 4-0; 61; T5

6, Grantsburg; 4-0; 56; T5

7, Wild Rose; 4-0; 48; 8

8, Hartland Lake Country Lutheran; 4-0; 31; 9

9, Pecatonica/Argyle; 3-1; 12; 10

10 (tie), Fall River; 3-1; 6; NR

10 (tie), Eau Claire Regis; 3-1; 6; NR

10 (tie), Iola-Scandinavia; 3-1; 6; 7

Others receiving votes: Fond du Lac Winnebago Lutheran 4, Dodgeland 4, Stratford 2, Colby 1, Howards Grove 1.

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Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.