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2015-16 News basketball polls

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

BOYS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Canisius [5] 4-0 77 1

2. Park [3] 5-0 74 2

3. Amherst (A-2) 6-1 61 3

4. McKinley (A-1) 5-0 59 6

5. Wmsv. South (A-1) 4-1 46 5

6. Niagara Falls (AA)* 2-3 30 4

6. Starpoint (A-2)* 4-2 30 NR

8. St. Joe’s 2-4 26 10

9. Lockport (AA) 2-1 12 NR

10. Lancaster (AA) 4-0 10 8

Others receiving votes: Timon-St. Jude 6, Kenmore West (AA) 3, Jamestown (AA) 3, Williamsville North (AA) 3.

Pollsters: Mark Simon (St. Joe’s coach), Kyle Husband (Canisius coach), Ben Drake (Jamestown coach), Zaire Dorsey (McKinley coach), Erik O’Bryan (Niagara Wheatfield coach), Benji Bluman (official), Steve Allen (official), Dave Universal (New York State Sportswriters poll), Chad Andrews (The View Centercourt Blog), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean [7] (B-1) 5-0 70 1

2. Middle College (C-2) 2-2 63 2

3. Archbishop Walsh 7-0 51 6

4. East (C-1) 1-3 46 4

5. St. Mary’s 3-1 41 3

6. Health Sciences (B-2) 4-1 38 5

7. Tapestry (C-1) 4-1 28 6

8. East Aurora (B-1) 3-4 12 10

9. Franklinville (D) 6-0 6 NR

10. Silver Creek (C-2) 3-1 5 NR

Others receiving votes: Nichols 4, Salamanca (C-2), O’Hara 1, Panama (D) 1.

Pollsters: Randall Rich (Middle Early College of the Yale Cup), Larry Jones (ECIC III/Depew), Tony Krupski (JFK/ECIC IV), Brian Koscielniak (Salamanca/CCAA II), Derek Hill (official), Chad Andrews (View From Centercourt blog), Dave Universal (New York State Sportswriters Association poll), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).

GIRLS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. O’Hara [10] 7-0 100

2. Will. North (AA) 5-0 86

3. Will. East (A-1) 4-0 62

4. Sacred Heart 2-2 56

5. Will. South (A-1) 4-2 54

6. Lake Shore (A-2) 5-1 30

7. Lockport (AA) 3-2 28

8. Hamburg (A-1) 4-1 26

9. Kenmore East (A-1) 6-1 24

10. Amherst (A-2)* 3-1 16

10. Grand Island (A-1) 7-0 16

Others receiving votes: Mount St. Mary’s 14, Kenmore West (AA) 12, Clarence (AA) 10, Frontier (AA) 6, Lancaster (AA) 4, Orchard Park (AA) 4, Iroquois (A-2) 2, Niagara Wheatfield (AA) 2.

Pollsters: Joe Dougherty (Eden/MMA), Keith Junik (St. Mary’s), Jeff Martin (Kenmore West), Mike McCarthy (Mount St. Mary), Dan McDermott (O’Hara), Rick Mihalik (Frontier), Frank Payne (Iroquois), Megan Rumschik (Starpoint), Paul Twarozek (official), Ken Zymroz (official).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Alleg.-Lime. (C-1) [4] 4-0 63

2. Franklinville (D) 6-0 59

3. East Aurora (B-1) [4] 3-1 54

4. Olean (B-1) 3-0 43

5. Holland (C-2) 5-1 36

6. Immaculata 6-1 32

7. Wilson (B-2) 5-1 30

8. Cleveland Hill (C-1)* 3-2 24

8. Frewsburg (C-2)* 8-0 24

10. Newfane (B-1) 6-0 21

Others receiving votes: Southwestern (B-2) 11, Randolph (C-2) 10, Panama (D) 8, Tapestry (C-1) 8, Barker (C-2) 6, Depew (B-1) 5, Fredonia (B-2) 4, Emerson (B-2) 2, Health & Science (B-2) 1.

Pollsters: Brian Baker (Wilson), Jeff Collver (Frewsburg), Dougherty, Al Gens (official), Junik, Frank Martin (All.-Lime.), Terri Miller (CCA), Fran Snyder (Tapestry).

Coming attractions

• Canisius has one more chance to tune up before next week’s National Jesuit Christmas Classic. The Crusaders will play at Nichols on Tuesday night. Park has a game against I-Prep at Grover on Tuesday night before taking a break for the holiday. It won’t play again until early in 2016.

• Top-ranked Allegany-Limestone takes part in the IAABO girls basketball tournament St. Bonaventure University. Portville, Chautauqua Lake and Franklinville will also take part.

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