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2010-11 boys basketball polls

State classification is in parentheses;

first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week;

>LARGE SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts / LW

1. Niagara Falls (AA) [10] 4-0 100 1

2. Jamestown (AA) 2-19 0 4

3. Wmsv. South (A-1) 3-1 77 2

4. Canisius (A) 3-2 66 3

5. Riverside (A-2) 3-1 53 5

6. East (A-2) 2-0 37 7*

7. Wmsv. North (AA) 3-0 35 7*

8. Timon-St. Jude (A) 3-0 33 6

9. St. Joe's (A) 3-2 21 9*

10. Frontier (AA) 5-0 17 NR

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): McKinley (AA) 16, Wmsv. East (A-1) 3, Maryvale (A-2) 2.

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>SMALL SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts / LW

1. I-Prep at Grover (C) [6] 2-1 99 1

2. OTC Middle Coll. (C) [2] 2-2 90 2

3. Wilson (B-2) 3-2 81 3

4. St. Mary's (B) 3-3 70 4*

5. Newfane (B-1) 2-1 55 6

6. Tapestry Charter (C) 5-0 49 8

7. Lackawanna (B-1) 2-3 34 4*

8. Maple Grove (C) 3-1 26 7

9. Tonawanda (B-1) 4-0 13 10*

10. Dunkirk (B-1) 2-0 10 NR

Also receiving votes (with points): Portville (C) 9, Westfield (C) 8, MST Seneca (C) 2, Cassadaga Valley (B-2) 1, JFK (B-1) 1, Panama (D) 1.

Note: Salamanca coach Brian Koscielniak is the 10th small school voter.

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How The News voted

See how The News filled out its large and small school boys polls on the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com/highschools.

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Spotlight on holiday

This is the last Scholastic Spotlight of 2010. The page resumes Jan. 11. The News will continue to bring you the happenings from Western New York's athletic arenas during the holiday break.

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Girls basketball polls

>LARGE SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts

1. Grand Island (A-1) [1] 5-0 61

2. Nichols [2] 3-0 58

3. Jamestown (AA) 5-0 56

4. Lockport (AA) [4] 3-0 52

5. Sacred Heart 6-1 39

6. Kenmore East (A-1) 4-0 36

7. Pioneer (A-2) 4-1 19

8. Wmsv. North (AA) 3-3 17

9. Hamburg * (A-1) 2-1 10

9. Nardin * 4-1 10

Also receiving votes (with points): Orchard Park (AA) 8, Williamsville East (A-1) 7, Clarence (AA) 5, Lew-Port (A-2) 5, Starpoint (A-1) 1, Mt. St. Mary 1.

2010-11 voters: Jack Blanch (Kenmore East/Niagara Frontier League), Joe Dougherty (Nardin/Msgr. Martin), Matt LaRoach (Sweet Home, ECIC II), Sister Maria Pares (Sacred Heart/Msgr. Martin), Ken Ricker (Jamestown/ECIC I), Frank Payne (Iroquois, ECIC II), Darrell Slisz/Mike Talluto (officials), Fran Snyder (Holy Angels/Msgr. Martin).

Three coaches or officials are needed to serve on the large school poll. E-mail: mmonnin@buffnews.com.

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>SMALL SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts

1. St. Mary's [7] 4-1 78

2. Wilson (B-2) 4-0 75

3. Immaculata [2] 6-2 68

4. Randolph (C) 2-1 65

5. Frewsburg (C) [1] 1-1 57

6. All.-Limestone (B-2) 1-1 55

7. Southwestern (B-2) 2-1 32

8. Pine Valley (D) 3-2 22

9. Portville (C) 2-0 21

10. Eden (B-1) 2-2 20

Also receiving votes (with points): Cardinal O'Hara 12, Silver Creek (C) 8, Sherman (D) 8, Salamanca (C) 7, Fredonia (B-2) 13, Clymer (D) 3, Medina (B) 2, Roy-Hart (B-1) 2, Franklinville (C) 1.

2010-11 voters: Brian Baker (Wilson/Niagara-Orleans League), Frank Martin (Allegany-Limestone/CCAA I), Jeff Collver (Frewsburg/CCAA II), Rich Norton (Silver Creek/CCAA II), Nate Cornell (Franklinville, CCAA III), Mel Swanson (Sherman, CCAA IV), Jeff Costello (Barker/Niagara-Orleans League), Rich Hill (official), Keith Junik (St. Mary's/Msgr. Martin), Dan McDermott (Cardinal O'Hara/Msgr. Martin), Joe Badzszewski (Immaculata, independent).

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Coming attractions

*There are two key early ECIC I matchups in boys basketball over the next two days as No. 7 large school Williamsville North heads to Orchard Park tonight and No. 10 Frontier plays at No. 2 Jamestown on Wednesday. Tonight in the Niagara Frontier League, No. 1 Niagara Falls hosts Kenmore West. On Wednesday the basketball version of T-NT has No. 10 small school Tonawanda heading to North Tonawanda. Thursday has an early Christmas present for hoop fans with the rescheduled final two games of the ADPRO Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge at St. Mary's in Lancaster: Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs. Amherst at 6 and Canisius-Sweet Home at 7:30 p.m.

*In girls basketball tonight, Jamestown hosts Orchard Park, Lockport is at Niagara-Wheatfield and Holy Angels travels to Wilson. On Wednesday, Hutch-Tech is at City Honors at 5:30 p.m. in a battle of two of the top teams in the Canisius Cup. Lancaster is at Sweet Home at 7:30 p.m.

*Thursday is a big day in Federation hockey. Williamsville North plays St. Joe's at 7 p.m. at the Northtowns Center. Defending Federation small school champion Amherst plays West Seneca East at 7 p.m. at Northtowns. An intriguing large schools vs. small school matchup is Niagara-Wheatfield against Kenmore East at 9 p.m. at Northowns.

*The wrestling season resumes the weekend of Dec. 28-29 with the Joe Shifflet Tournament at Sweet Home, the Maryvale Invitational and the Olean Invitational Duals.

*The indoor track season resumes with meets at Fredonia State on Dec. 27, 28 and 29.

*The Grand Island boys bowling team is at defending Niagara Frontier League champion Niagara Falls today at Bowl-O-Drome at 4:30 p.m. Both teams are 3-1.

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Bulletin board

SIGNING: Julia Suriani of West Seneca East will sign a national letter of intent to play Division II lacrosse at LeMoyne next fall. The signing is Monday at 11 a.m. at the high school.

Suriani is a two-time All-Western New York first team pick. She led the Trojans to the Section VI Class B title scoring five goals in the championship game against Williamsville North. She finished the season with 63 goals and 30 assists and enters her senior year as the Trojans' all-time leading scorer.

HALL OF FAME: Starpoint named for former athletics and one former coach to its eighth annual Sports Wall of Fame class to be honored on Jan. 21 before the boys varsity basketball game against Williamsville South.

The Class includes: Dave Elliott (1974), Colleen Sowinski (1987), Kurt Hollasch (1988), Rob Fraass (1989) and coach Larry Kus. A reception for inductees and their guests will be held in the high school cafeteria prior to the event with the ceremony beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

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