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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] 11-0 100 1

2. Jamestown (AA) 9-2 90 2

3. Wmsv. South (A-1) 10-1 80 3

4. Canisius (A) 10-5 68 4

5. St. Joe's (A) 11-4 52 6

6. McKinley (AA) 8-1 44 5

7. Timon-St. Jude (A) 10-3 35 8

8. Wmsv. North (AA) 7-2 25 9

9. Bennett (A-1) 7-3 20 NR

10. East (A-2) 7-3 17 10

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Riverside (A-2) 14, Wmsv. East (A-1) 2, Frontier (AA) 1, Kenmore West (AA) 1, Maryvale (A-2) 1.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. I-Prep at Grover (C) [10] 8-3 100 1

2. St. Mary's (B) 7-4 86 2

3. Newfane (B-1) 8-3 75 3

4. Maple Grove (C) 10-1 63 4

5. OTC Middle Coll. (C) 7-4 54 6

6. Wilson (B-2) 8-4 47 5

7. Dunkirk (B-1) 10-0 46 8

8. Tapestry Charter (C) 10-1 45 7

9. Tonawanda (B-1) 9-3 15 10

10. Cassadaga Valley (B-2) 9-2 8 9

Also receiving votes (with points): Panama (D) 6, JFK (B-1) 2, Westfield (C) 2, Seneca (C) 1.

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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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McShea chats Wednesday night

High school sports reporter Keith McShea holds his weekly live chat at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Prep Talk blog.

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Girls basketball polls

LARGE SCHOOLS

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

1. Grand Island (A-1) [8] 12-0 89 1

2. Jamestown (AA) [1] 12-0 73 4

3. Sacred Heart 12-1 72 3

4. Lockport (AA) 9-1 63 2

5. Nichols 8-4 58 5

6. Pioneer (A-2) 12-1 48 6

7. Nardin 10-4 27 7

8. Kenmore East (A-1) 10-2 21 8

9. Wmsv. North (AA) 7-5 20 9

10. Hamburg (A-1) * 7-4 7 10

10. East Aurora (A-2) * 9-3 7 NR

Also receiving votes (with points): Williamsville East (A-1) 6, Holy Angels 3, Iroquois (A-1) 1.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. St. Mary's [9] 12-3 99 1

2. Immaculata 12-5 84 2

3. Wilson (B-2) [1] 10-1 82 4

4. Portville (C) 9-0 73 3

5. All.-Limestone (B-2) 7-3 55 6

6. Frewsburg (C) 9-3 51 5

7. Southwestern (B-2) 8-3 28 8

8. Randolph (C) 7-4 26 7

9. Pine Valley (D) 10-2 23 t9

10. Clymer (D) 7-3 8 NR

*-indicates tie in points

Also receiving votes (with points): Eden (B) 7, Cardinal O'Hara 6, Sherman (D) 6, Medina 1, Ellicottville (D) 1.

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Coming attractions

*It is exam week, resulting in a lighter-than-usual schedule in boys basketball, but there are still plenty of must-see matchups. Ranked schools small and large collide in the Monsignor Martin Association as Bishop Timon-St. Jude visits St. Mary's at 7:30 p.m. today. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Niagara Falls plays at a Kenmore West team that played them to within three points in early December. Friday's lengthy lineup includes: a Niagara-Orleans small-school top 10 showdown of Newfane at Wilson; Williamsville North at Lancaster in ECIC I; Maryvale at Amherst in ECIC III, with host Tigers coach Chris Kensy shooting for his first win over his dad, Maryvale coach Mark; and an ECIC II cross-town rivalry game with Williamsville East at Williamsville South -- that game is the tipoff for the Basketball Coaches Association of New York's Coaches vs. Cancer week (Jan. 31-Feb. 4). On Saturday, rivals St. Joe's and Canisius meet for the first time this season at 5 p.m. at Canisius.

*The Sherman girls basketball team is at defending state champion Clymer on Thursday. Clymer won the first meeting, 32-31, on Dec. 17. On Friday, Holy Angels is at Villa Maria to take on No. 3 large school Sacred Heart at 6:30 p.m. in the Monsignor Martin Association First place in the Canisius Cup is on the line when McKinley plays at Hutch-Tech on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

*The undefeated Clarence wrestling team puts its 7-0 record in ECIC I on the line Friday when it hosts neighboring Lancaster in the seventh annual Border Brawl starting at 6:30 p.m. Lancaster won last year's match, 26-22, to move to 6-0 in the series. Lancaster is 5-1 with its loss coming to Williamsville North. "They are amazing in the lightweights with Steven Michel, Eric Lewandowski and Tim Schaffer," said Clarence coach Jason Chase. "Both teams are pretty banged up. It's going to make a big difference who's actually healthy by Friday and can wrestle at this point."

*Saturday's wrestling tournaments include the second Iroquois Dual Meet Tournament, the Ken-Ton Invitational Tournament at Kenmore West, the Lew-Port Lancers Pete Rao Memorial Invitational, the Depew Wildcat Tournament, the Niagara-Orleans Tournament at Akron and the 18th Salamanca Invitational.

*The Niagara Frontier League individual bowling tournament is Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls. Each team will enter six boys and six girls in singles. Doubles pairings will also be made according to average. If the tournament ends with a shoot-out, one boy and one girl from each team will compete for the Lou Marcantonio Awards as Shoot-Out Champions.

*The Orchard Park (5-0) boys swimming team looks to finish undefeated in ECIC I when it hosts Clarence (4-1) on Friday at 5 p.m. Clarence's loss is to Williamsville North. OP senior diver Pat Ring just broke the school and pool records with 271 points last week against Williamsville East. Andy Duszynski and Spencer Bray are undefeated in five events each. On Monday, City Honors (8-0) hosts Hutch-Tech (8-0) at 3:30 p.m. with both teams looking to finish undefeated in the Syracuse Cup regular season.

*Thursday's Section VI Federation hockey schedule is highlighted by the St. Joe's vs. Canisius game at 7 p.m. at the Northtown Center. That game will be followed by the Orchard Park vs. Niagara-Wheatfield game at 9 p.m. On Saturday, Williamsville North, ranked No. 2 in the state among Division I schools, plays Canisius at 1 p.m. at Northtown. Canisius is the defending Catholic champion while North is the defending large school Section VI champ.

*Saturday's indoor track meets include the Varsity Team Challenge at Fredonia State College starting at 9 a.m. and the RIT Track Classic in Rochester starting at 10 a.m.

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Bulletin board

HONORS: The Tritown Under-16 Panthers won the Kick-It 3V3 Girls Soccer title at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Walt Disney World Resort. The Panthers beat teams from Texas, New Jersey, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. The team was led by high school players from five local schools: Claire Badhorn (Clarence), Jennifer Colvin (Iroquois), Aurora May (Clarence), Alexis Moreland (Newfane), Christina Reville (Hamburg) and Danielle Zale (Lancaster). Badhorn and Moreland led the team in scoring with eight goals each. The team was coached by Ed Badhorn and Dave Zale.

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