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The News' boys and girls high school basketball polls (Feb. 27)

Buffalo News polls
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. Wmsv. South [7] (A1) 18-3 97 1
2. St. Francis [2] 20-5 87 2
3. Amherst [1] (A2) 18-3 66 3
4. Olean (A2) 19-2 59 6
5. Canisius 17-9 58 7
6. Park 17-6 50 5
7. Timon-St. Jude [1] 18-7 46 4
8. Kenmore West (AA) 15-6 27 9
9. South Park (A2) 17-4 24 8
10. Niagara Falls (AA) 13-8 13 NR
Others receiving votes: Lancaster (AA) 9, McKinley (A1) 6, Jamestown (AA) 4, North Tonawanda (A1) 4.
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 (Buffalo News).

SMALL SCHOOLS
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. East Aurora [8] (B1) 18-3 98 1
2. Health Sci. [2] (B2) 17-4 92 2
3. St. Mary’s 17-8 75 3
4. East (C2) 14-7 61 4
5. Medina (B2) 17-4 52 7
6. Chautauqua Lake (C1) 18-3 50 5
7. Franklinville (D) 17-4 35 9
8. Nichols 14-13 27 NR
9. Randolph (C2) 17-4 18 NR
10. Ellicottville (D) 16-3 16 10
Others receiving votes: Cardinal O’Hara 10, Olmsted (B2) 6, Middle Early College (B2) 6, Newfane (B1) 3, Burgard (B1) 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] 20-5 80 1
2. Wmsv. South (A) 18-3 72 2
3. Lake Shore (A) 20-1 64 3
4. Amherst (A) 16-4 53 4
5. Clarence (AA) 18-2 41 5
6. Sacred Heart 16-6 36 6
7. Frontier (AA) 13-7 33 8
8. Kenmore East (A) 19-2 29 7
9. Olean (A) 17-2 15 10
10. Mt. St. Mary 18-5 8 9
Others receiving votes: Lockport (AA) 2, Orchard Park (AA) 1.
Pollsters: Jeff Martin, Dan McDermott, Richard Mihalik, Frank Payne, Paul Twarosek, Tim Lindner, Dennis Sarow, John Glose, Michael McCarthy.

SMALL SCHOOLS
Team (Class ) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Depew (B) [4] 16-5 49 1
2. East Aurora (B) 17-4 36 T5
3. Wilson (B) [1] 18-3 35 T3
4. Fredonia (B)* 16-6 33 T3
4. Franklinville (D)* 17-3 33 T5
6. Frewsburg (C) 17-2 32 2
7. Ellicottville (D) 19-1 24 T5
8. Panama (D) 16-5 10 9
9. St. Mary’s 19-5 9 8
10. All-Limestone 13-8 6 10
Others receiving votes: Medina (B) 4, Chautauqua Lake (C) 4, Olmsted 1.
Pollsters: Brian Baker, Jeff Collver, Andrea Drabik, Kevin Klumpp, Lindner, Frank Martin, Fran Snyder.

The scoop: The top teams from last week are the top teams from this week in both the boys and girls basketball polls. The biggest scramble is in the girls small school poll, where teams in the No. 2 to No. 7 range were all over the ballots. That could lead to some exciting competition in the next several days as the Section VI playoffs climax.

This is the last weekly poll of the season. The final poll will be released with the All-Western New York selections later this year.

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