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Sidelines (Feb. 8): News basketball polls and more – East Aurora moves up

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] 18-2 100 1

2. Park 14-2 83 2

3. Amherst (A-2) 16-1 82 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 15-3 70 4

5. McKinley (A-1) 16-1 62 5

6. Timon-St. Jude 11-9 42 7

7. Niagara Falls (AA) 13-5 38 6

8. Jamestown (AA)* 15-4 34 9

9. Williamsville North (AA) 11-6 23 8

10. Starpoint (A-2) 11-5 6 NR

Others receiving votes: Cheektowaga (A-2) 5, Kenmore West (AA) 3, Lancaster (AA) 1, St. Francis 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 [10] (B-1) 18-0 100 1

2. Archbishop Walsh 14-4 84 2

3. St. Mary’s 16-4 80 3

4. Health Sciences (B-2) 15-3 64 4*

5. Middle College (C-2) 12-6 61 4*

6. Fredonia (B-2) 13-5 58 6

7. East (C-1) 8-10 39 8

8. East Aurora (B-1) 10-8 23 7

9. Tapestry (C-1) 13-5 11 NR

10. Panama (D) 17-2 8 10

Others receiving votes: Gowanda (B-2) 5, I-Prep (B-2) 4, Sherman (D) 3, Cleveland Hill (C-1) 2, Dunkirk (B-1) 2, Franklinville (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), Tony Pulvirenti (Cardinal O’Hara), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).

GIRLS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cardinal O’Hara [7] 19-2 70 1

2. Williamsville North (AA) 17-0 60 3

3. Sacred Heart 14-4 56 2

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 14-3 52 4

5. Lake Shore (A-2) 16-3 39 5

6. Williamsville East (A-1) 16-2 37 6

7. Lockport (AA) 11-2 17 7

8. Amherst (A-2) 10-7 13 8

9. Hamburg (A-1) 11-7 12 9 10. Orchard Park (AA) 12-6 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Kenmore West (A-1), 8, Clarence (AA) 7, Kenmore East (A-2) 4.

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. East Aurora (B-1) [6] 14-2 85 2

2. Olean (B-1) [1] 16-1 71 1

3. Franklinville (D) [1] 17-1 68 3

4. Alleg.-Limestone (C-2) 15-2 57 4

5. Wilson (B-2) 16-1 51 5

6. Fredonia (B-2) 13-4 47 9

7. Immaculata 14-4 30 7

8. Holland (C-2)* 15-3 25 6

8. Frewsburg (C-2)* 17-1 25 8

10. Cleveland Hill (C-1) 13-4 17 10

Others receiving votes: Panama (D) 10, Depew (B-1) 4, Emerson (B-2) 2, Newfane (B-1) 1, 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).

From Sunday

• Orchard Park was the big winner at the 37th annual WNY Roy Sommer Memorial High School Tournament at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, capturing both the boys’ and girls team titles. It’s the first time that two schools won both divisions. A total of 55 teams took part. Among the boys, Orchard Park finished ahead of Niagara Falls and Maryvale, while the Quaker girls defeated Frontier and Lancaster. In singles, Madison Rogacki of Maryvale had the girls high series at 591, while Alex Leader of Maryvale took the boys honors at 658.

• Noah Fox of Alden set an ECIC record with a score of 293.16 in air rifle in the Bulldogs’ match against Clarence. He tuned up for Saturday’s Section VI championships at Alden.

Coming up

• Tickets for the Canisius-at-St. Joe’s basketball game on Friday are available at both schools. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Canisius reception desk during normal office hours. Tickets are available at St. Joe’s in the Main Office between 9 AM and 3:30 PM or in the Athletic Office or by contacting the Athletic Office at 874-2224. Tickets are pre-sale only.

• East Aurora, the new No. 1 team in the girls’ small school poll, will have the chance to show off its new ranking on Tuesday. The Blue Devils will host Pioneer. East Aurora will take a 14-2 record into the game. Among the large schools, Lockport has a chance to wrap up the Niagara Frontier League title with a win on Tuesday. The Lions are 11-2, a game ahead of Kenmore West. Lockport will play at Kenmore East.

• The best bowlers in Section VI will be determined this week. The Sectional finals will be held at Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga. The boys will be competing on Wednesday, while the girls are slated to bowl on Thursday. The next step is a trip to the state finals, which will be at Airport Lanes on March 5-6.

Post-graduate news

Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse midfielder Drew Horton (East Aurora) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will continue his academic and athletic career at Sierra Nevada College beginning in the fall. Horton appeared in 15 games last season and tallied nine points, scoring seven goals.

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