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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] 12-0 100 1

2. Jamestown (AA) 9-2 90 2

3. Wmsv. South (A-1) 11-1 79 3

4. St. Joe's (A) 14-4 71 5

5. Canisius (A) 12-6 48 4

6. McKinley (AA) 9-1 46 6

7. Timon-St. Jude (A) 12-3 39 7

8. Bennett (A-1) 8-3 28 9

9. East (A-2) 8-3 18 10

10. Riverside (A-2) 7-4 11 NR

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Maryvale (A-2) 8, Lancaster (AA) 6, Wmsv. North (AA) 5, Kenmore West (AA) 1.

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>SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. I-Prep at Grover (C) [10] 9-3 100 1

2. St. Mary's (B) 8-10 83 2

3. Wilson (B-2) 10-4 71 6

4. Maple Grove (C) 11-1 70 4

5. Newfane (B-1) 9-4 57 3

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

7. Dunkirk (B-1) 11-0 52 7

8. Tapestry Charter (C) 10-1 30 8

9. Tonawanda (B-1) 10-3 25 9

10. Panama (D) 11-2 6 NR

Also receiving votes (with points): JFK (B-1) 3, Archbishop Walsh (B) 2, Portville (C) 2, Cassadaga Valley (B-2) 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) [7] 13-0 88 1

2. Sacred Heart 13-1 73 3

3. Jamestown (AA) [2] 13-0 69 2

4. Lockport (AA) 10-1 62 4

5. Nichols 9-4 57 5

6. Pioneer (A-2) 13-1 47 6

7. Nardin 14-4 33 7

8. Kenmore East (A-1) 11-2 29 8

9. Wmsv. North (AA) 8-5 17 9

10. Hamburg (A-1) 7-5 7 t10

Also receiving votes (with points): East Aurora (A-2) 6, Williamsville East (A-1) 5, Depew (A-2) 1, Olean (A-2) 1.

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>SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. St. Mary's [7] 12-5 96 1

2. Immaculata 13-5 81 2

3. Wilson (B-2) [3] 12-1 76 3

4. Portville (C) 10-0 72 4

5. All.-Limestone (B-2) 8-3 64 5

6. Frewsburg (C) 9-3 52 6

7. Randolph (C) 9-4 29 8

8. Southwestern (B-2) 8-3 23 7

9. Pine Valley (D) 10-3 19 9

10. Sherman (D) 11-3 13 NR

Also receiving votes (with points): Eden (B) 10, Cardinal O'Hara 9, Roy-Hart (B-1) 3, Clymer (D) 2, Ellicottville (D) 1.

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Coming attractions

*It's a busy week of league showdowns in boys basketball. A lineup of more than 40 games tonight includes Jamestown visiting Frontier in ECIC I, JFK at Lackawanna in ECIC IV and Dunkirk hosting Southwestern in CCAA I. On Wednesday, St. Mary's is at Bishop Timon-St. Jude in a matchup of ranked Monsignor Martin teams. Thursday includes a major showdown in Yale Cup Division I as McKinley heads to East; East's only league loss came at the Macks. Friday's usual busy lineup features Jamestown heading to Lancaster in ECIC I and Canisius playing at Timon-St. Jude; also in action: Frontier at Clarence in ECIC I and Niagara Falls at North Tonawanda in the Niagara Frontier League.

*The Basketball Coaches Association of New York's Coaches vs. Cancer week includes fundraisers at many boys and girls games this week. Tonight, Depew hosts a girls-boys doubleheader (girls vs. Springville at 6 p.m.; boys vs. Amherst) in which the school will honor Caryn Brown, a 1992 Depew grad and elementary teacher at Cayuga Heights who has been battling cancer for 3 1/2 years. The teams have had a free-throw fundraiser and all proceeds from tonight's games will be donated to the American Cancer Society in Brown's name.

*The Pioneer girls basketball team will be presented a check for $5,000 tonight by a representative of MaxPreps.com for its winning video in memory of the late Janet Payne. The Panthers tip off against East Aurora at 7 p.m. Wilson senior guard Ashley Smith is three three-pointers shy of 100 in her career. The Lakewomen's next game is tonight at Akron at 7 p.m. On Thursday it's No. 4 Lockport hosting No. 8 Kenmore East in the Niagara Frontier League at 7 p.m. The top four teams in ECIC I are in action on Friday as No. 2 Jamestown is at Orchard Park and Williamsville North visits Clarence.

*Saturday's indoor track schedule includes the Varsity Select Meet No. 3 at the Lancaster Fieldhouse starting at 12:30 p.m.

*Saturday's Section VI Wrestling Class Tournaments are Friday and Saturday. The Class AA meet is at Lockport, Class A at Starpoint, Class B at Albion, Class C at Falconer and Class D at Chautauqua Lake. The top five place finishers in Classes AA and A (large schools) and the top four in Classes B, C and D (small schools) earn berths to the Section VI championships.

*The City Honors swimming team will be chasing its 12th consecutive Syracuse Cup at Thursday's All-High Championship at City Honors starting at 4 p.m. The field will include all the co-ed teams from the Buffalo Public Schools.

*The Williamsville North hockey team, ranked No. 2 in the state among Division I schools, plays Clarence on Thursday at Northtowns at 9 p.m. It will be the first start for junior forward Jake Rosen since breaking the school record for most points with 89. Canisius (13-10-1) travels to V-McQuaid on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. game that could have ramifications for seeding the Catholic State tournament.

*The Maryvale (10-0) girls bowling team will clinch the ECIC III title today with a win against Cheektowaga (9-1) at Airport Lanes at 4 p.m. In the Niagara Frontier League, leader North Tonawanda hosts second place Niagara Falls today at 4 p.m. at the Tonawanda Bowling Center.

*The Cheektowaga (8-2) boys bowling team can clinch a tie for the ECIC III crown with a win against Maryvale at Airport. The Warriors would clinch the title outright if Amherst beats Pioneer today, also at Airport. In the race for the NFL title, co-leaders Niagara Falls and Niagara-Wheatfield are both on the road today at 4 p.m. The Falls is at the Tonawanda Bowling Center taking on North Tonawanda while the Falcons are at South Transit against Lockport.

*The 32nd Roy Sommer Memorial Bowling Tournament is Saturday at Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga. A field of 30 boys and 30 girls teams will compete starting at 9 a.m. The Niagara Falls boys and the Frontier girls are the defending champions.

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Bulletin board

LACROSSE: Holy Angels has an immediate opening for a girls varsity lacrosse coach. Contact Kathy Hartrick, Director of Athletics, at 834-7120 ext. 337 or e-mail: khatrick@holyangelsacademy.org.

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