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SIDELINES

2001 NEWS BASKETBALL POLLS

BOYS LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Timon/St. Jude (8) 20-1 80
2. Niagara Falls 18-0 72
3. Jamestown 18-1 63
4. Seneca 17-2 56
5. Williamsville East 15-3 48
6. St. Joe's 13-6 38
7. Grover Cleveland 14-5 28
8. St. Francis 14-7 15
9. McKinley 12-7 10
10. Grand Island * 14-4 7
10. Orchard Park * 11-7 7
*-Indicates tie in point totals.

Also receiving votes (with points): Hutch-Tech 6, Bennett 6, Kenmore East 2, Canisius 1, Hamburg 1.
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Traditional (8) 17-2 80
2. Turner/Carroll 12-7 71
3. East Aurora 15-3 65
4. Lackawanna 13-5 53
5. Salamanca 18-1 48
6. Fredonia 11-6 31
7. Southwestern 11-6 23
8. Ellicottville 17-2 22
9. City Honors * 11-8 14
9. Medina * 12-6 14
Also receiving votes (with points): Sherman 8, Portville 6, Niagara Catholic 2, Newfane 2, Olean 1.
GIRLS LARGE SCHOOLS
1. Kenmore East (7) 18-070
2. Iroquois 16-162
3. Williamsville East 16-157
4. Pioneer 14-447
5. Jamestown 15-343
6. Grand Island 14-434
7. Hamburg 12-526
8. Clarence 12-521
9 West Seneca West 11-613
10. Sweet Home 9-810
Also receiving votes (with points): Amherst 2, Kenmore West 2, Starpoint 2, North Tonawanda 1, Tonawanda 1.
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Holy Angels (8) 18-180
2. Sacred Heart 17-462
3. Traditional 17-158
4. Nardin * 14-557
4. Nichols * 14-257
6. Mt. Mercy 14-734
7. Olean 13-526
8. Cassadaga Valley 16-220
9. East Aurora 15-317
10. Gowanda 14-314
*-Indicates tie in point totals.

Also receiving votes (with points): Sherman 12, Allegany-Limestone 1, Christian Central Academy 1, Wilson 1.

Coming attractions

The fields for the Section VI boys and girls basketball tournaments will be announced Saturday. The tournaments begin Tuesday, Feb. 20 (girls) and Wednesday, Feb. 21 (boys) with prequarterfinal games.
Williamsville East is at Sweet Home in a heated ECIC II boys basketball rivalry while St. Francis is at Timon/St. Jude tonight at 7:30. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Timon heads to St. Joe's while Jamestown seeks an ECIC I sweep at Williamsville North.
The 19th annual Lockport girls basketball tournament begins Friday with No. 1 small school Holy Angels playing No. 2 large school Iroquois at 6 p.m. The Lady Lions play Nardin in the nightcap. The winners play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the consolation is at 6. In another great late-season matchup of top teams has No. 1 large school Kenmore East at No. 3 large school Williamsville East Friday night at 7:30.
The Kenmore West girls basketball team is doing its part to recognize National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Thursday. The Blue Devils varsity will be at Roosevelt Elementary School on Washington Ave. in Kenmore for an exhibition and clinic for girls in grades 3-5. Hundreds of girls and women across the country take part in NGWDS activities to call attention to the positive influence of sports participation.

The ECIC boys swimming meet is Thursday-Saturday at Clarence. Saturday's ECIC AA finals begin at 10 a.m. while the ECIC A finals begin at 1:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Niagara Frontier League meet is Thursday-Saturday at Niagara Falls.
Wrestling's class tournaments are Friday and Saturday: Class AAAA is at Jamestown, Class AAA at Albion, Class AA at Eden and Class A at Chautuaqua Lake.
The Indoor Track League Championships are Saturday at Fredonia starting at 9 a.m.
The WNY Federation hockey playoffs get underway this week, with the semifinals at 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo State.

College Night at Lancaster

Any Western New York high school athlete interested in continuing his/her career at the college level is encouraged to attend a College Night seminar on March 1 between 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Lancaster High School. The event is not necessarily geared toward Division I scholarship athletes, but is also for those hoping to play on the NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college levels. Representatives from surrounding colleges will be present. Admission is free.

Signings

Mark Burley, an All-WNY linebacker from Williamsville South, has received a Congressional appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Burley was named first team all-state, All-Western New York and earned the 2000 Shane Conlan award.
Two-time All-Western New York field hockey player, Kristi Reed of Iroquois, has signed a national letter of intent with Central Michigan.

Bulletin board

Amherst is looking for a boys varsity tennis coach. Send resume to: Nancy Riccio, Amherst Central, 55 Kings Highway, Amherst, N.Y. 14226.
St. Mary's needs a girls track coach and JV girls soccer coach. Send resumes to: Kevin Kelleher, athletic director, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster, 14086 or call 683-4824.
(Send items of interest to: Scholastic Spotlight, Sports Department, The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y., 14240.) Or e-mail: mmonnin@buffnews.com or kmcshea@buffnews.com.

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