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Sidelines (Feb. 15): Basketball polls and more

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] 19-2 100 1

2. Park 17-3 86 2

3. Amherst (A-2) 19-1 81 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 17-3 70 4

5. McKinley (A-1) 19-1 62 5

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 15-5 43 7

7. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 11-9 39 6

8. Jamestown (AA) 15-5 30 9

9. Williamsville North (AA) 13-7 26 9

10. Starpoint (A-2) 14-6 6 10

Others receiving votes: Kenmore West (AA) 3, Lancaster (AA) 2, St. Joe’s 1, South Park (A-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).

BOYS SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean [7] (B-1) 20-0 70 1

2. Archbishop Walsh 15-4 63 2

3. St. Mary’s 17-4 56 3

4. Fredonia (B-2) 15-5 43 6

5. Health Sciences (B-2) 16-3 42 4

6. Middle College (C-2) 13-7 41 5

7. East (C-1) 9-11 22 7

8. East Aurora (B-1) 11-9 16 8

9. Cleveland Hill (C-1) 15-5 11 NR

10. Panama (D) 17-3 8 10

Others receiving votes: Gowanda (B-2) 7, Tapestry (C-1) 3, I-Prep (B-2) 2, Medina (B-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 [6] 20-2 60 1

2. Williamsville North (AA) 19-0 54 2

3. Williamsville South (A-1) 15-3 45 4

4. Sacred Heart 16-5 41 3

5. Lake Shore (A-2) 15-4 34 5

6. Williamsville East (A-1) 16-2 30 6

7. Lockport (AA) 13-6 17 7

8. Kenmore West (A-1) 15-5 15 NR

9. Orchard Park (AA) 14-6 12 10

10. Amherst (A-2) 11-9 9 8

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

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).

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. East Aurora (B-1) [5] 15-2 67 1

2. Olean (B-1) [1] 18-1 56 2

3. Alleg.-Limestone (C-2) [1] 17-2 47 4

4. Wilson (B-2) 17-1 42 5

5. Fredonia (B-2) 15-4 39 6

6. Franklinville (D) 18-2 28 3

7. Immaculata 15-4 26 7

8. Frewsburg (C-2) 19-1 24 8

9. Holland (C-2) 17-3 19 8

10. Cleveland Hill (C-1) 16-4 15 10

Others receiving votes: Panama (D) 7, Emerson (B-2) 4, Depew (B-1) 4, Newfane (B-1) 2, Tapestry (C-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

Three area wrestlers were winners in the State Catholic Wrestling Championships at Holy Trinity School (Long Island). The top honor went to Hector Colom of St. Francis, who was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after his win by pin in the finals of the 132 class. Tim Colom of St. Francis took the 120 division, and Garrett House (St. Joe’s) won a decision in the final at 152. Mike Gruttolori (St. Francis), Abraham Baker (St. Joe’s) and Freddie Nixon (St. Joe’s) lost in the finals.

Coming up

• The week starts with a bang. If one basketball game between Canisius and St. Joe’s is fun, how enjoyable would three games be? The tripleheader at St. Joe’s begins with the freshmen at 2 p.m., the junior varsity teams at 3:30 p.m., and the varsity rivals at 5.

• Predicting high school basketball winners is almost as tough as getting them right in college, thanks to the “one and done” format. No matter – the Section VI playoffs are about to begin. The action for the boys and girls begins on Tuesday and goes each day through Friday.

The next level

Grayson Taylor of Cleveland Hill High School has signed a national letter of intent. He’ll be playing football next fall at Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa.

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