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Sidelines (Feb. 1): Polls and more – No changes at the top

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 [10] 14-2 100 1

2. Park 13-1 88 2

3. Amherst (A-2) 13-1 80 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 13-3 68 4

5. McKinley (A-1) 14-1 62 5

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 11-4 46 6

7. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 10-7 42 7

8. Williamsville North (AA) 11-5 32 8

9. Jamestown (AA) 12-4 19 9

10. Cheektowaga (A-2) 9-6 6 9

Others receiving votes: Starpoint (A-2) 5, Lancaster (AA) 1, Kenmore West (AA) 1.

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 [9] (B-1) 17-0 90 1

2. Archbishop Walsh 13-3 78 2

3. St. Mary’s 14-4 73 3

4. Health Sciences* (B-2) 13-3 59 4

4. Middle College* (C-2) 9-6 59 5

6. Fredonia (B-2) 12-4 40 6

7. East Aurora (B-1) 9-7 39 6

8. East (C-1) 7-9 19 9

9. Cardinal O’Hara 7-11 9 NR

10. Panama (C-1) 14-2 8 NR

Others receiving votes: Tapestry (C-1) 7, Olmsted (C-1) 5, Cleveland Hill (C-1) 4, Dunkirk (B-1) 2, Franklinville (D) 1, I-Prep (B-2) 1, Medina (B-1) 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), Tony Pulvirenti (Cardinal O’Hara), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).

GIRLS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cardinal O’Hara [7] 15-2 70 1

2. Sacred Heart 11-2 62 2

3. Williamsville North (AA) 13-0 57 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 11-3 47 4

5. Lake Shore (A-2) 12-2 36 5

6. Williamsville East (A-1) 11-2 34 6

7. Lockport (AA) 11-3 25 7

8. Amherst (A-2) 7-4 14 8

9. Hamburg (A-1) 8-5 10 10

10. Kenmore East (A-1) 10-4 9 8

Others receiving votes: Clarence (AA) 7, Kenmore West (A-1) 6, Orchard Park (AA) 4, Grand Island (A-1) 1, Mount St. Mary 1.

Pollsters: Joe Dougherty (Eden/MMA), Jeff Martin (Kenmore West), Mike McCarthy (Mount St. Mary), Dan McDermott (O’Hara), Rick Mihalik (Frontier), Frank Payne (Iroquois), Paul Twarozek (official), and Tim Lindner (reporter).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean (B-1) [6] 15-0 69 1

2. East Aurora (B-1) [1] 11-2 57 2

3. Franklinville (D) 15-1 54 4

4. Alleg.-Limestone (C-1) 14-2 44 3

5. Wilson (B-2) 14-1 42 6

6. Holland (C-2) 14-1 41 5

7. Immaculata 13-4 21 7

8. Frewsburg (C-2) 15-1 19 9

9. Fredonia (B-2) 10-3 17 8

10. Cleveland Hill (C-1) 10-4 9 NR

Others receiving votes: Panama (D) 7, Newfane (B-1) 5, Tapestry (C-1) 1.

Pollsters: Brian Baker (Wilson), Jeff Collver (Frewsburg), Dougherty, Al Gens (official), Frank Martin (All.-Lime.), Fran Snyder, Andrea Drabik (Immaculata), Michael Hammer (Cleveland Hill), Tim Lindner (Reporter).

Coming up

• Tickets are still available for the rematch between defending state Federation champions and Monsignor Martin rivals Park and Canisius. The game is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Canisius. Tickets can be purchased at the main office at Canisius High School during school hours. Tickets cost $4. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. The Crusaders beat Park on Jan. 23, 56-53, at the Pioneers’ home behind a 28-point performance by Stafford Trueheart. A standing-room only crowd of more than 350 attended that contest.

• The Section VI girls hockey playoffs wrap up this week with the first of two semifinal games slated to start at 4 p.m. Monday at Northtown Center at Amherst. The second semifinal starts at 5:30 p.m. or whenever the first game ends. The championship game is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Northtown Center. The champion advances to the state tournament, which begins Friday in Albany.

• In wrestling, it’s Class Tournament Saturday at Lancaster (Class AA), Starpoint (Class A), Cheektowaga (Class B), Falconer (Class C) and Maple Grove (Class D). The tournaments begin at 9 a.m. with finals expected to start around 5:30 p.m. Winners and various placers advance to the Section VI State Qualifier on Feb. 13.

• In coed swimming, the All High Championship meet will be contested at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (boys meet) and Wednesday (girls) at City Honors.

Hall of Fame honors

The Niagara Falls School District Athletic Hall Fame inducted its Class of 2016 during halftime of Friday night’s Niagara Falls boys basketball win over North Tonawanda.

Those inducted into the hall include the LaSalle 1994-95 and 1995-96 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A championship teams coached by Pat Monti; soccer, basketball and softball standout Regina Renae Austin (Niagara Falls Power Cats, Class 1989) who was the first female in school history to score 1,000 career points. She had a standout collegiate career at Buffalo State. Also: Niagara Falls wrestling standout and 1977 junior college national champion Willie Moore, and the late Charles Augustino, a football, basketball and baseball star at Niagara Falls during the 1960s.

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