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2011-12 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. Canisius (A) [9] 18-6 99 2

2. McKinley (A-1) [1] 16-2 81 3*

3. St. Joe's (A) 19-4 75 1

4. Niagara Falls (AA) 14-4 73 3*

5. Jamestown (AA) 16-2 59 5

6. Kenmore West (AA) 16-2 52 6*

7. Timon-St. Jude (A) 15-9 43 6*

8. Riverside (A-2) 14-4 31 8

9. Frontier (AA) 15-3 21 9

10. Hutch-Tech (A-1) 12-6 11 10

Also receiving votes: Williamsville South (A-1) 5.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. Olean (B-1) [10] 17-1 100 1

2. OTC Middle Col. (C-1) 15-3 86 2

3. St. Mary's (B) 18-6 84 4

4. Archbishop Walsh (B) 17-5 65 3

5. Tonawanda (B-1) 17-1 48 5*

6. Depew (B-1) 12-6 41 5*

7. Dunkirk (B-1) 16-2 34 8

8. MST Seneca (C-2) 15-3 30 7

9. Silver Creek (C-2) 17-1 24 9

10. East (B-1) 9-9 18 10

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Cleveland Hill (B-2) 7, Maple Grove (C-2) 4, Newfane (B-1) 4, City Honors (B-2) 2, Wilson (B-2) 2, Oracle Charter (C-1) 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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On the Web

At buffalonews.com/highschools:

*Watch the latest from PrepTalkTV, which was at Timon last Thursday for Canisius' overtime win while we had highlights and interviews from big victories by McKinley and Williamsville South on the final major day of the regular season. PrepTalkTV will be back in the gyms for Quarterfinal Friday.

*The weekly live chat returns Wednesday night around 9 with a video start as Keith McShea and Lauren Mariacher take your questions before McShea continues with the traditional chat.

*Our winter scoreboard page includes daily basketball, hockey, wrestling, bowling, swimming and rifle schedules and results.

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2011-12 girls basketball polls

LARGE SCHOOLS

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

1. Lancaster (AA) [4] 17-1 73 1

2. Lockport (AA) [2] 15-3 72 3

3. Grand Island (A-1) [2] 14-2 63 4

4. Holy Angels 20-4 54 2

5. Sacred Heart 16-5 47 5

6. Jamestown (AA) 14-4 41 6

7. Kenmore West (AA) 14-4 29 7

8. Hamburg (A-1) 15-3 26 8

9. Nardin 14-10 14 10*

10. Iroquois (A-1) 15-3 12 9

Also receiving votes: Pioneer (A-2) 2, Clarence (AA) 2, Lake Shore (A-2) 2, Frontier (AA) 1.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. Cardinal O'Hara [8] 18-3 80 1

2. Southwestern (B-2) 16-2 69 3

3. Frewsburg (C-2) 15-3 60 4

4. Clymer (D) 17-1 47 6

5. Randolph (C-2) 15-3 45 2

6. Roy-Hart (B-2) 15-3 37 5

7. Immaculata 13-8 24 9

8. Portville (C-2) 13-5 22 7

9. Wilson (B-2) 13-5 19 10

10. Chautauqua Lake (C-2) 13-2 17 8

Also receiving votes: Olean (B-1) 7, Allegany-Limestone (B-2) 4, Springville (A-2) 4, Eden (B-1) 3, Medina ((B-1) 1, St. Mary's 1.

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Coming attractions

*The Section VI boys basketball tournament tipped off Monday but it really gets going with 21 prequarterfinals on Wednesday. That will set the lineup for 32 games on Quarterfinal Friday, with those games determining who will take part in Championship Week at Buffalo State and Jamestown Community College. The Monsignor Martin Association's Manhattan Cup playoffs begin with Thursday's qualifier between No. 9 Nichols and No. 8 Cardinal O'Hara at 7 p.m. at St. Joe's. The winner advances to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Canisius on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Canisius hosts two quarterfinals while St. Joe's also hosts a doubleheader.

The boys brackets will be analyzed in Keith McShea's Prep Talk column on Wednesday.

*The 37th annual Section VI girls basketball tournament tips off today with 11 prequarterfinal games. This year's first three rounds are being played out over a week instead of a possible three games in five days or two games in three days.

"Our committee felt it gives the teams more time to prepare," said Section VI chairman Chris Durr of Williamsville East. "We used to have that week between the finals and the Regionals, and now we're playing on that Tuesday. No one wants to take a week off at a time when you want to be playing your best basketball."

*The Federation hockey playoffs continue with two semifinals games in Division II tonight. West Seneca West plays Williamsville East at 6 followed by the Sweet Home versus Kenmore East game at 8:30. Williamsville East is the defending Section VI Division II champion and state runner-up, while Kenmore East has reached at least the Fed semifinals in each of coach Kyle Pray's five seasons. This weekend is Super Sunday at First Niagara Center. There are Federation games scheduled for 3 p.m. (Division I), 5 p.m. (Division II) and 7 p.m. (Catholic). Canisius plays St. Francis for the Catholic title. The three club games are at 9 a.m. (Mixed Division), 11 a.m. (large schools) and 1 p.m. (small schools).

*The New York State Wrestling Championships are Friday and Saturday at the Albany Times Union Center. Besides sending a representative in each class, Section VI also secured 22 at-large bids (11 large, 12 small). Wrestling starts on Friday at 10 a.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m.

The only top seed from Section VI among the Division I/large schools is senior Jim Kloc of Iroquois, the defending state champion at 145 pounds. Senior Max Antoine of Niagara-Wheatfield is the No. 2 seed at 220. In Division II/small schools, senior Ben Haas of Salamanca, last year's state champion at 145, is the top seed at 152. Senior Tony Lock of Pioneer, runner-up last year at 171, is tops at 182. Senior Nick Mitchell of Frewsburg is the favorite at 171. See the list of the team on Page D5.

*It's the last week of the regular season in Federation girls hockey. Kenmore plays at Frontier/Orchard Park tonight at 8 at the Lincoln Ice Arena and on Wednesday Lancaster plays Frontier/Orchard Park at the West Seneca Ice Rink at 4 p.m.

All three rounds of the playoffs will be at the Northtown Center beginning with three quarterfinals games Feb. 27.

*Thursday is the Section VI Indoor Track and Field Championships starting at 9 a.m. at Fredonia State College.

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