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The News boys and girls basketball polls for Jan. 30

State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *–tie in points, LW – Last week.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Large Schools
Team (Class ) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Park [10] 11-2 100 1
2. Wmsv. South (A1) 11-2 88 3
3. St. Francis 11-4 78 24
4. Canisius 10-5 62 6
5. Amherst (A2) 13-3 59 5
6. Timon-St. Jude 9-4 51 4
7. N. Tonawanda (A1) 11-3 32 8
8. McKinley (A1)* 10-4 15 NR
8. Olean (A2)* 13-2 15 9
10. Jamestown (AA) 9-4 13 10
Others receiving votes: Cheektowaga (A2) 10, Lockport (AA) 9, Kenmore West (AA) 7, Lancaster (AA) 2, Williamsville North (AA) 1, Maryvale (A2) 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 (View from Centercourt blog), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).

Small Schools
Team (Class ) Rec. Pts. LW
1. East Aurora [5] (B1) 12-3 94 2
2. Health Sci. [4] (B2) 14-4 88 1
3. Mid. Early Col. [1] (B2) 9-4 81 7
4. Chautauqua Lake (C1) 13-2 69 4
5. St. Mary’s 10-4 53 9
6. Cardinal O’Hara 10-6 45 3
7. East (C2)* 9-5 43 5
7. Ellicottville (D)* 12-2 43 6
9. Burgard (B1) 8-6 11 NR
10. Franklinville (D) 10-4 7 8
Others receiving votes: Randolph (C2) 4, Olmsted (B2) 2, Medina (B2) 2, Salamanca (C1) 1.
Pollsters: Randall Rich (Middle Early College coach), Larry Jones (Depew coach/ECIC III), Tony Krupski (JFK coach/ECIC IV), Brian Koscielniak (Salamanca coach/CCAA II), Derek Hill (official), Tony Pulvirenti (Cardinal O’Hara coach), Brett Sippel (Wilson coach/Niagara-Orleans), Universal, Andrews, Rodriguez.

Girls basketball
Large schools
Team (Class ) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Cardinal O’Hara [8] 15-4 80 1
2. Wmsv. South (A) 10-3 72 2
3. Lake Shore (A) 12-1 58 3
4. Amherst (A) 10-3 55 5
5. Frontier (AA) 8-4 41 4
6. Sacred Heart 9-3 38 T7
7. Clarence (AA) 12-2 34 6
8. Kenmore East (A) 13-2 25 T
9. Olean (A) 11-3 13 7
10. Orchard Park (AA) 7-6 10 10
Others receiving votes: Mount St. Mary 9, Orchard Park (AA) 4, Lockport (AA) 3, Lancaster (AA) 2, Hamburg (A) 1.
Pollsters: Jeff Martin, Mike McCarthy, Dan McDermott, Richard Mihalik, Frank Payne, Paul Twarosek, Tim Lindner, Dennis Sarow, John Glose.

Small schools
Team (Class ) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Franklinville (D) [2] 13-1 59 2
2. East Aurora (B) [1] 11-2 53 1
3. Depew (B) [3] 12-5 52 7
4. Fredonia (B) [1] 10-4 51 3
5. Frewsburg (C) 12-2 46 4
6. Medina (B) 11-1 37 5
7. Ellicottville (D) 14-1 24 6
8. Wilson (B) 10-2 22 8
9. St. Mary’s 14-3 20 9
10. Cleveland Hill 11-3 8 10
Others receiving votes: Panama (D) 8, Albion (B) 2, Olmsted (B) 1, Tapestry (C) 1.
Pollsters: Brian Baker, Jeff Collver, Andrea Drabik, Kevin Klumpp, Lindner, Frank Martin, McCarthy, Fran Snyder.

The Scoop: It was business as usual for the large schools, change at the top of the small schools.

Among boys, Park is still on top with all 10 ballots. The Pioneers head the list of four teams from the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association in the top six. It's a split decision among small schools, as East Aurora has slipped into the top spot. Three teams received first-place votes.

In the girls rankings, Cardinal O'Hara remains the overwhelming choice among large schools. Williamsville South is everyone's pick for second. But, it's a mad scramble among small schools. East Aurora' s injury problems have hurt the Blue Devils, and four teams picked up first-place votes. Franklinville leads the field at the moment, but the top five is very close.

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