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SIDELINES

2001 NEWS BASKETBALL POLLS
BOYS LARGE SCHOOLS
1. Timon/St. Jude (7) 23-1 79
2. Niagara Falls (1) 21-0 73
3. Jamestown 20-1 63
4. Seneca 20-2 53
5. Williamsville East 18-3 51
6. St. Francis 16-8 29
7. McKinley 15-7 24
8. Bennett 12-1016
9. Grover Cleveland 14-7 14
10. Canisius 11-1312
*-Indicates tie in point totals.

Also receiving votes (with points): St. Joe's 10, Orchard Park 7, Hutch-Tech 6, Lockport 3.
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Traditional (8) 19-2 80
2. Turner/Carroll 14-7 72
3. East Aurora 18-3 64
4. Salamanca 20-1 53
5. Fredonia 15-7 46
6. Southwestern 17-5 30
7. Lackawanna 14-8 25
8. Ellicottville 19-2 15
9. Burgard 8-14 14
10. Sherman 20-1 11
Also receiving votes (with points): City Honors 10, Portville 10, Niagara Catholic 5, Riverside 2, Olean 1, Westfield 1, Medina 1.
GIRLS LARGE SCHOOLS
1. Kenmore East (7) 22-070
2. Iroquois 19-360
3. Williamsville East 20-259
4. Pioneer 18-449
5. Clarence 17-539
6. Grand Island 17-631
7. Lockport 10-1327
8. Jamestown 16-517
9. North Tonawanda 13-1013
10 Sweet Home 12-10 8
Also receiving votes (with points): Tonawanda 4, W.S. West 4, Kenmore West 3, Amherst 1.
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Holy Angels (8) 23-180
2. Sacred Heart 20-468
3. Traditional 21-167
4. Nardin 18-654
5. Nichols 17-339
6. Olean 17-535
7. Mount Mercy 15-1027
8. Cassadaga Valley 20-225
9. Sherman 20-218
10. East Aurora 19-315
Also receiving votes (with points): Gowanda 5, Salamanca 5, Ellicottville 2.

Coming attractions

The Msgr. Martin Association boys and girls basketball teams head into the semifinal playoff rounds this week. At Villa Maria on Thursday, four girls teams ranked in the Buffalo News small school poll square off. No. 2 Sacred Heart plays No. 4 Nardin at 6 p.m. followed by No. 1 Holy Angels vs. No. 7 Mount Mercy. The boys will be at Buffalo State on Sunday with No. 2 small school Turner/Carroll playing No. 6 large school St. Francis at 1 p.m. No. 1 large school Timon/St. Jude plays No. 10 large school Canisius at 3 p.m.
The 41st annual New York State Swimming and Diving Championship are Friday and Saturday at the Erie Community College Flickinger Aquatic Center. Section VI hasn't won the state team title since 1995 when it was also held in Buffalo.
The Ilio DiPaolo Wrestling Spotlight focuses on two events this week: the New York State championships at Syracuse's Onondaga War Memorial on Friday and Saturday, and on the North-South All-Star Meet at Springville-Griffith Institute's Middle School Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The WNY Wrestling Coaches-sponsored event will include the area's top seniors who aren't headed to states.
The Section VI girls gymnastics team looks to defend its title at Saturday's New York State Championship at New Hyde Park on Long Island. Section VI won the title last year by six-tenths of a point over Section XI. Section VI offers gymnastics in the fall, but the state competition isn't until winter.
The Section VI girls bowling team looks to defend its title on Saturday at the New York State Championship at Sayville Lanes on Long Island. Mary Etta Lewis of Niagara-Wheatfield and Lindsay Baker of Sweet Home are back from last year's championship team. The Maryvale boys and the Niagara Falls girls are the team qualifiers from Section VI.
Section VI will travel to Central Square on Saturday with designs on defending its Regional Rifle Championship. Kenmore East won this year's sectional title.
The Super Sunday club hockey finals are Sunday at Buffalo State with the Western New York Club championship being decided at noon, the Explorer Club at 2 p.m. and the Southtowns Club at 4 p.m.
The 16th annual Cleveland Hill Powerlifting Championships at Saturday beginning with weigh-ins at 10 a.m. The weight classes are unlimited, 220, 200, 188, 178, 168, 158, 148, 136, 126, 116 and female. Trophies are awarded for the first three places. Entry fee is $15.

Football signings

Luis Espinosa, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman from Medina, has signed with the University of Texas at El Paso. The Miners are an NCAA I-A program in the Western Athletic Conference.

Vaughan Gordon, a second-team All-WNY running back for Timon/St. Jude, has signed a partial scholarship with Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa. Lackawanna was ranked among the top 10 programs in the country last year.

Bulletin board

St. Francis needs a JV lacrosse coach. St. Francis is also seeking varsity and JV baseball games and boys tennis matches. Contact Tom Pasternak 627-2359.
(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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