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2011 final baseball polls

State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points.

LARGE SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts

1. Clarence (AA) [9] 17-5 99

2. Orchard Park (AA) 15-8 86

3. Canisius [1] 18-7 67

4. Iroquois (A-1) 21-6 65

5. Hamburg ((A-1) 12-9 63

6. St. Francis 19-6 53

7. Kenmore East (A-1) 13-8 34

8. Lake Shore (A-1) 15-6 27

9. Albion (A-2) 22-1 21

10. Lockport (AA) 7-6 12

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Williamsville North 10, Timon/St. Jude 8, St. Joe's 2. Hutch-Tech 2.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts

1. Dunkirk (B-1) [8] 17-7 80

2. Fredonia (B-2) 18-5 68

3. Frewsburg (C) 15-8 67

4. Tonawanda (B1) 13-3 48

5. Pine Valley (D) 11-7 44

6. Westfield (C) 14-4 29

7. Newfane (B-1) 12-3 28

8. JFK (B-1) 12-1 25

8. North Collins (D) 17-4 15

10. Gowanda (B-2) 13-6 10

Also receiving votes: Cattaraugus/Little Valley (C) 5, City Honors (B-2) 4.

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2012 coaches softball poll

LARGE SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts

1. Clarence (AA) [8] 2-0 88

2. Lancaster (AA) [1] 2-0 72

3. Nia.-Wheatfield (AA) 60

4. Hamburg (A-1) 3-0 48

5. Wmsv. East (A-1) 3-0 44

6. Kenmore West (AA) 1-0 38

7. Wmsv. North (AA) 1-1 35

8. Frontier (AA) 2-1 34

9. Cheektowaga (A-2) 2-2 18

10. Grand Island (A-1) 16

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Williamsville South (15), Lockport (7), West Seneca East (5), Amherst (3), Maryvale (3), Orchard Park (3), Iroquois (2), Niagara Falls (2).

2012 large school softball pollsters: Kelly Ambrose (Lancaster, ECIC 1), Todd Banaszak (Clarence, ECIC 1), Rick Bubar (Williamsville North, ECIC 1), Mike Chatelle (Amherst, ECIC III), Matt Chimura (Kenmore West, Niagara Frontier League), Julie Murphy (Williamsville South, ECIC 2), Tracy Poole (Maryvale, ECIC III), Melanie Proefrock (Niagara-Wheatfield, NFL), Debby Schruefer (Frontier, ECIC 1), Mike Terlecky (Umpire).

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2011 final coaches softball poll

LARGE SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts

1. Nia.-Wheatfield (AA)[9] 15-2 93

2. Clarence (AA) 14-4 83

3. Wmsv. East (A-1) 13-4 73

4. Lancaster (AA) 11-6 67

5. Wmsv. North (AA) 13-4 62

6. Depew (A-2) 14-4 57

7. Wmsv. South (A-1) 16-3 51

8. Amherst (A-2) 12-5 21

9. Kenmore West (AA) 13-3 16

10. Hamburg (A) 9-6 11

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Orchard Park 6, West Seneca East 6, Cheektowaga 2, Niagara Falls 1, Olean 1.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

There was no small school softball poll in 2011.

Coming attractions

*The Clarence baseball team hosts Orchard Park on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. The teams shared the ECIC I title last year with 9-2 records. St. Mary's hosts St. Francis today at 4:15 in the Monsignor Martin Association opener. The Niagara Frontier League opens today. Defending league champion Kenmore East is at Niagara-Wheatfield today at 4:45 p.m. and hosts Lockport on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. Three-time defending Georgetown Cup champion Canisius plays on three consecutive days this week, all starting at 4:15 p.m. On Wednesday the Crusaders host Cardinal O'Hara at Delaware Park, play at Christian Central on Thursday and travel to O'Hara on Friday.

*Clarence grabbed the No. 1 spot with eight of nine first-place votes in the first WNY coach softball poll, released today. The Red Devils host Orchard Park today at 4:30 p.m. and host Williamsville North at 4:45 p.m. It's a busy week for No. 3 Niagara-Wheatfield as they are at Kenmore East today at 4:45, host Lew-Port on Thursday at 4:45 and host host Sweet Home on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Niagara-Orleans League Softball Showcase is Saturday with four games being played at Albion. Barker plays Roy-Hart at 10 a.m., Newfane takes on CSAT at 1 p.m., Wilson plays Medina at 4 p.m. and Albion and Akron square off at 7 p.m. Williamsville South will honor the late Gerry Gentner prior to the Billies' home game with Williamsville East on Monday at 4 p.m. Gentner, who coached South for 14 seasons, died Jan. 27 after a four-year battle with cancer.

*The season's first set of boys lacrosse ranking have been released by the New York State Sportswriters and include nine local teams. In Class A, Orchard Park (4-0) is No. 11 and Clarence (3-1) is No. 19. In the game of the week, Orchard Park hosts Clarence on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Then Clarence travels to Victor of Section V at Saturday. Timon/St. Jude (1-1) is an honorable mention. On Monday, Niagara-Wheatfield (3-1) is at Orchard Park at 5 p.m.

In Class B, Hamburg is the only ranked team checking in a No. 7. The Bulldogs (5-1) host North Tonawanda tonight under the lights at 7. They hit the load on Thursday playing at Williamsville North at 5 p.m. North, Lake Shore and Niagara-Wheatfield are honorable mentions.

In Class C Silver Creek is No. 2 with a 3-0 record while Wilson is an honorable mention at 3-0.

*The New York State track and field dual meet season starts today.

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Signings

A pair of Mount Mercy softball players signed national letters of intent with NCAA Division II programs located in Erie, Pa on Monday at the school. 2B Kayla Larson will play at Mercyhurst. In three Monsignor Martin Assocation playoff games last year she had four extra base hits among her five hits.

Pitcher Alison Benz signed with Gannon University. She had two shutouts in three games in the MMA playoffs. The Magic is the defending MMA playoff champions and was the only team to advance to the Catholic states championship. They lost in the final to Bishop Malloy to finish the season 13-5.

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Honors

Frewsburg won titles on and off the basketball court as it captured CCAC II and also was winner of the NYSPHSAA Scholar/Athlete Team State Champion Award. Collectively the team carried a 97.79 average, the highest among all teams in the state regardless of Class.

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