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Sidelines (for May 18): Polls, big games and more

2015 coaches baseball and softball polls

State classification in parentheses, first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week, NR-not ranked.

BASEBALL

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Orchard Park (AA) [10] 17-0 100 1

2. Canisius (MMA) 16-4 86 3

3. St. Joe’s (MMA) 16-5 76 2

4. Lancaster (AA) 13-4 72 4

5. Hamburg (A-1) 13-2 63 5

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 13-5 42 6

7. Olean (A-2) 16-2 35 7t

8. Iroquois (A-2) 11-9 22 7t

9. Williamsville South (A-1) 12-8 16 10

10. Williamsville North (AA) 8-4 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Williamsville East (A-1), St. Francis (MMA), Grand Island (A-1), Lew-Port.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Fredonia (B-2) [3] 14-4 81 1

2. Gowanda (C) [1] 14-3 77 2

3. Medina (B-1) [1] 15-4 74 3

4. East Aurora (B-1) [1] 14-2 68 5

5. Springville (B-1) 12-5 46 4

6. Tonawanda (B-1) 11-4 41 6

7. Westfield (D) 14-2 32 7

8. St. Mary’s (MMA) 16-8 18 NR

9. Newfane (B-1) 9-5 12 9

10. Alden (B-1) 9-5 9 NR

Others receiving votes: Southwestern, Eden, City Honors.

SOFTBALL

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Lancaster (AA) [2] 15-4 108 1

2. Starpoint (A-2) [4] 17-2 100 3

3. Orchard Park (AA) [4] 11-6 99 4

4. Niagara Falls (AA) [2] 12-2 90 2

5. West Seneca West (AA) 12-6 44 8

6. West Seneca East (A-2) 13-7 37 6

7. Clarence (AA) 10-8 33 5

8. Iroquois (A-2) 11-5 31 9

9. Williamsville North (AA) 11-8 30 NR

10. Grand Island (A-1) 14-4 17 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Frontier (AA) 14, Olean (A-2) 13, Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 11, Kenmore West (AA) 8, Sacred Heart (MMA) 8, Amherst (A-2) 7, Williamsville East (A-1) 7, Williamsville South (A-1) 3.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Depew (B-1) [6] 16-3 75 1

2. Alden (B-1) [1] 15-3 72 2

3. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 10-3 57 4

4. Roy-Hart (B-2) [1] 16-0 56 5

5. Eden (B-1) 11-4 51 3

6. Fredonia (B-2) 12-5 32 6

7. Gowanda (C) 11-3 23 7

8. Falconer (B-2) 11-4 21 8

9. Tonawanda (B-1) 11-5 17 NR

10. Maryvale (B-1) 9-6 8 10

Others receiving votes (with points): Akron (B-2) 7, Pine Valley (D) 5, Maple Grove (D) 4, City Honors (B-1) 3, Westfield (D) 2, Chautauqua Lake (C) 1, Franklinville (D) 1.Sister Maria send off

The Friends of Sister Maria will hold a retirement/send off party in honor of Sister Maria Pares from 7-11 p.m. June 13 in the cafeteria at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, 3860 Main St., Eggertsville.

Pizza, wings, antipasto, dessert, beer, wine, iced tea, lemonade and coffee will be provided. Cost is $25 (cash or check) and can be paid at the door. However, RSVPs for the event are due by June 3 for purchase of food and beverage ordering. RSVP through facebook at Sr. Maria Pares Retirement Party or by calling Maureen O’Connor Barry (883-7823) or Sister Pat (836-5610). Attendees can also RSVP via email to Beth Lawrence Lucia at BethL71683@aol.com or Marcie Spiess Kudoda at spiesskukoda@yahoo.com. The event includes an “open mike” forum to toast and salute Pares, the former Sacred Heart coach who is currently an assistant coach with the Villa Maria College women’s program.

Signings

St. Joe’s announced the following baseball players have signed letters of intent:

Tyler Howard (Niagara), Matt Ruggiero (Gannon), Bryce Donovan (Pace) and Dominic Teoli (Corning Community College). Derek Penman will play at John Carroll.

Others who will compete with Division III programs include cross country runner Phil Martin (St. John Fisher), soccer player Henry Frome (Claremont McKenna, Calif.) and wrestlers Jon Tabor (Alfred State), Richie Jones (Ohio Northern) and Eessa Abdur-Rahman (Brockport State).

Upcoming

The spring season is entering the final stretch as the postseason has either begun or will start in most sports.

• In boys lacrosse, the postseason began for Section VI teams late last week but the Monsignor Martin Association Tournament begins Monday at 5 p.m. No. 1 St. Joe’s hosts No. 4 Nichols. Defending champion and No. 3-seed Bishop Timon-St. Jude visits second-seeded Canisius at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca. Winners advance to the title game later this week (either Wednesday or Thursday depending on the winner of Timon-Canisius). The Section VI tournament resumes in all classes with quarterfinal action. Semifinals are Thursday at higher seeds. The finals are Tuesday, May 26, at Grand Island High School.

• Softball’s postseason began in the Monsignor Martin Association on Saturday and resumes with semifinal action at 4 p.m. Monday at Sunshine Park in West Seneca. The final is at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Sunshine Park with the winner earning a trip to the Catholic state tournament. The Section VI tournament unveils seeding for its postseason Monday with the tournament beginning Tuesday for some classes and Thursday for others. The Section VI finals are May 30 at a still to be determined site with Section V hosting Far West Regionals on Friday, June 5, for Classes AA, A and B and Dunkirk the site for Classes C and D.

• Girls lacrosse’s postseason begins with Section VI prequarterfinals in Class B on Monday and resumes with tournament games in all classes on Tuesday and Thursday. The championship tripleheader at All High Stadium begins at 3:30 p.m. May 28.

• In baseball, before playoffs can begin there remains some unsettled business in the Monsignor Martin Association as current regular-season title contenders Canisius and St. Joe’s close the season with a home and home series Monday and Tuesday. Canisius, the defending Georgetown Cup champions and unbeaten in the league, host Monday’s game at Delaware Park while St. Joe’s, last year’s playoff runner-up, hosts Tuesday’s contest. St. Joe’s suffered its first league loss last Saturday at St. Mary’s. The Georgetown Cup playoffs begin Saturday with quarterfinal action with the high seeds serving as hosts. The Georgetown Cup best-of-three championship series is June 2-4 at Coca-Cola Field.

The Section VI Tournament begins Thursday with qualifiers and prequarterfinal games on Friday. May 30 is championship Saturday for baseball with seven finals on the docket. June 1 will be the overall Class A and B finals to determine who will advance to regionals.

• The Section VI boys’ golf state qualifier begins at 9 a.m. Monday at River Oaks on Grand Island. A field of 68 players will play 27 holes hoping to earn one of nine spots from Section VI into the state tournament, which is May 31 and June 1 at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones Course.

• The Section VI girls’ golf state qualifier starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Gowanda Country Club. Defending sectional champion and state runner-up Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster will be among the golfers trying to earn one of nine spots into the state tournament June 13-14 at SUNY Delhi.

• The Section VI boys tennis championship begins at noon Tuesday at Southtowns Tennis Club in Orchard Park before shifting to Lancaster High School on Wednesday. The tournament runs through Friday (3 p.m. start each day) with the top three finishers in singles and doubles earning spots in the state tournament May 28-30 at the USTA National Tennis Center in New York City.

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