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SIDELINES

2001 NEWS BASKETBALL POLLS

BOYS LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Timon/St. Jude (8) 22-1 80
2. Niagara Falls 20-0 72
3. Jamestown 19-1 63
4. Seneca 18-2 54
5. Williamsville East 17-3 51
6. Grover Cleveland 14-6 26
7. St. Joe's 15-7 25
8. St. Francis * 15-8 18
8. McKinley * 13-7 18
10. Canisius 9-11 8
*-Indicates tie in point totals.

Also receiving votes (with points): Orchard Park 7, Kenmore East 6, Grand Island 5, Iroquois 3, Hutch-Tech 3, Lockport 1.
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Traditional (8) 18-2 80
2. Turner/Carroll 14-7 71
3. East Aurora 17-3 65
4. Salamanca 19-1 53
5. Lackawanna 13-7 42
6. Fredonia 13-7 40
7. Southwestern * 15-5 20
7. Ellicottville * 18-2 20
9. Medina 13-7 15
10. City Honors 12-8 13
Also receiving votes (with points): Niagara Catholic 9, Portville 5, Sherman 5, Olean 2.
GIRLS LARGE SCHOOLS
1. Kenmore East (8) 20-080
2. Williamsville East 18-270
3. Iroquois 17-365
4. Pioneer 16-454
5. Jamestown 16-451
6. Clarence 15-536
7. Grand Island 15-528
8. Hamburg 14-622
9 West Seneca West 13-720
10. Kenmore West 11-9 6
Also receiving votes (with points): Sweet Home 4, Tonawanda 2, N. Tonawanda 2.
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Holy Angels (8) 19-180
2. Traditional * 19-166
2. Sacred Heart * 18-466
4. Nardin 16-553
5. Nichols 17-349
6. Mt. Mercy 14-836
7. Olean 15-530
8. Cassadaga Valley 18-226
9. East Aurora 17-317
10. Sherman 18-212
Also receiving votes (with points): Gowanda 4, Wilson 1.

Coming attractions

The 25th Section VI girls basketball tournament begins with prequarterfinal games tonight and continues with quarterfinals Thursday. Semifinals in the seven classes are at neutral sites on Saturday.
Boys basketball begins its sectional tournament Wednesday's prequarterfinals and Friday's quarterfinals. Semifinal action will be held at Buffalo State and Jamestown Community College next week.
The Ilio DiPaolo Wrestling Spotlight is on the Section VI tournament this weekend at Kenmore West, where Salamanca's Vic Arena enters competition just one victory away from tying the all-time Western New York mark of 215 set by Lockport's Bill Morello last year. Preliminaries begin at 4 p.m. Friday. Saturday's action begins at 9 a.m.; finals begin at 6:30 p.m.
Williamsville North, the top-ranked large school hockey team in the state, takes on St. Joe's for the WNY Federation champ-ionship at 6 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo State.
The Section VI Swimming and Diving Championships are Thursday (preliminaries, 5 p.m.), Friday (diving prelims, 5 p.m.) and Saturday (finals, 10 a.m.) at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center.
The indoor track and field sectionals are Sunday at Fredonia State at 9 a.m.
Transit Lanes is the site for this year's Section VI boys and girls bowling championships. The Lancaster girls look to defend their title on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. The boys finals are scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. LaSalle won last year's boys title. Thruway Lanes will host the ECIC Rolloffs: the girls compete today at 3 p.m. and the boys get rolling on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Signings

All-state and All-WNY field hockey player Lauren Bruce of Amherst, has signed a national letter of intent with the University of New Hampshire. Bruce set the Amherst record for most points in a career with 59 goals and most assists with 51.
(Send items of interest to: Scholastic Spotlight, Sports Department, The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y., 14240.) Or e-mail: mmonnin@buffnews.com or kmcshea@buffnews.com.

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