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2012 coaches baseball polls

State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points; records are league only.

LARGE SCHOOLS

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

1. Orchard Park (AA) [8] 9-2 98 1

2. Clarence (AA) [1] 8-3 82 4

3. Iroquois (A-1) [1] 8-1 68 5*

4. Lancaster (AA) [2] 7-3 59 3

5. St. Joe's 5-2 49 2

6. Niagara Falls (AA) [1] 7-1 43 NR

7. Frontier (AA) 7-4 40 5*

8. Albion (A-2) n/a 28 7

9. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 6-3 16 NR

9. Grand Island (A-1) 6-2 16 9*

Also receiving votes: Wmsv. East (A-1) 10, St. Francis 9, Amherst (A-2) 6, Canisius 6, Lake Shore (A-1) 3, Lockport (AA) 1, Hutch-Tech (A-1) 1.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. Tonawanda (B-1) [8] 8-0 80 1

2. Fredonia (B-2) 5-1 68 3

3. Frewsburg (C) 7-0 60 4

4. Dunkirk (B-1) 5-1 43 6

5. St. Mary's 6-4 41 5

6. Roy-Hart (B-2) n/a 35 2

7. JFK (B-2) 7-2 30 8

8. Wilson (B-2) n/a 24 NR

9. Westfield (C) n/a 21 9

10.North Collins (D) 7-0 19 10

Also receiving votes: City Honors (B-2) 17, Olean (B-1) 2.

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2012 coaches softball polls

LARGE SCHOOLS

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

1. Lancaster (AA) [9] 7-1 99 1

2. Clarence (AA) [1] 8-1 89 2

3. Hamburg (A-1) n/a 66 3

4. Lockport (AA) 8-1 63 5*

5. Wmsv. North (AA) 5-3 48 4

6. West Seneca East (A) 5-0 42 7

7. Niagara Falls (AA) 8-1 40 NR

8. Orchard Park (AA) 4-5 30 8*

9. Nia.-Wheatfield (AA) 6-3 20 5*

10.Cheektowaga (A-2) 8-2 19 NR

Also receiving votes: Kenmore West (AA) 17, Wmsv. South (A-1) 11, Wmsv. East (A-1) 8.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. Olean * (B-1) [4] 9-0 66 2

1. Dunkirk * (B-1) [3] 8-0 66 1

3. Cleveland Hill * (B-2) 7-1 47 7

3. Depew * (B-1) 7-0 47 4

5. Lackawanna (B-1) 6-2 34 8

6. Frewsburg (C) n/a 26 5*

7. Eden (B-1) 4-2 23 5*

7. Nichols 4-12 3 NR

9. Falconer (B-2) 5-3 18 3

10.Mount Mercy 2-3 99*

Also receiving votes: Cassadaga Valley (C) 6, Roy-Hart (B-2) 4, City Honors (B-2) 3, Forestville (D) 3, St. Mary's 3, Mount St. Mary 2, Akron (B-2) 2, Wilson (B-2) 1.

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Coming attractions

*This year's annual Kenmore East and Kenmore West baseball and softball games at Sheridan Park in the Town of Tonawanda will raise money for Coaches vs. Cancer. The games are Friday on adjacent diamonds, with baseball starting at 6:30 and softball at 7. Donations will be accepted at both games; there is no charge to attend.

*The Niagara Falls baseball and softball teams, both of which are in the large school top 10 this week, look to keep rolling. The Wolverines baseball team hosts Niagara-Wheatfield at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday while the softball team hosts North Tonawanda at 4:45 Thursday.

*A busy week for No. 5 baseball large school St. Joe's includes scheduled games today (vs. North Tonawanda, 4:30); Wednesday (at Nichols, 4:15); Friday (at McQuaid, 5) and Saturday (vs. Christian Central, 4). It starts off next week with a big one -- hosting rival Canisius on Monday at 4:15. No. 2 Clarence is at Williamsville North at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in ECIC I.

*Today there's a softball matchup which should settle the question, "Who's No. 1?" Dunkirk is at Olean at 4:30; they share the top spot in the small school poll. Large-school battles on Friday have Lancaster at Orchard Park at 4:45 p.m. in ECIC I and Williamsville East at Hamburg at 4:45 in ECIC II. The CCAA IV battle for first will be impacted when North Collins (6-1) plays at Ripley (6-1) today and is at Panama (7-1) on Wednesday.

*This weekend's track and field lineup includes two major meets Friday with the Falcon Invitational at Frontier and the Joe Paterniti Memorial at Strider Field in Jamestown. On Saturday, Starpoint hosts the Spartan Team Challenge.

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Class of 2012 college list

Check out The News' list of college-bound athletes at the high school home page of buffalonews.com. Athletic directors, coaches, college SIDs, parents or the athletes themselves should email kmcshea@buffnews.com with the athlete's name, high school, sport and college along with other pertinent information.

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Bulletin board

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Coaches and athletic directors of all public and private schools in Western New York are encouraged to nominate athletes from all spring sports for selection to the All-Western New York Scholar Athlete Team. Nominees must be seniors who are starters or important reserves who have a grade point average of 90 or above. Nomination forms are included in all Section VI handbooks and are available via www.section6.e1b.org. Nominations are due to the Section VI office by May 15. A scholar-athlete team picture will be printed in The News.

LACKAWANNA WALL OF FAME: The Lackawanna High School Athletic Wall of Fame selection committee is accepting nominations for the induction class of 2012. Individuals may be nominated in five categories: athlete, coach, administrator, team and honorary. To be eligible, athletes and teams must be graduated from LHS for seven years; coaches, administrators and honorary are eligible upon retirement. Send nominations to Lackawanna Athletic Director Matt McKenna at 827-6727, ext. 5 by May 18. Nomination forms are also posted at www.lackawanna.wnyric.org.

EMPIRE GAMES SCHOLARSHIP: The Empire State Games Legacy Fund, created from excess revenue generated by the 2010 Empire Games in Buffalo, will award $2,500 scholarships to one male and female who participated in the Empire State Games and demonstrated excellence and leadership in the community. Applications are due May 18, with the recipients being announced June 6. Applicants must be a resident of Erie or Niagara counties, have participated in the Empire Games as an athlete, coach or volunteer, be a full-time high school, college or graduate student, and have maintained at least a 2.0 GPA or C average. Candidates must complete an online application form at www.esgscholarship.com and then mail two reference letters, an essay and transcripts to the Empire State Games Legacy Fund, c/o Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, 617 Main St., Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14203. For information, contact Leo Kaminsky at leokaminsky@roadrunner.com.

KEN-TON GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 18th Annual Ken-Ton Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Golf Tournament is July 25 at Sheridan Golf Course. Proceeds go to scholarships for graduating seniors at Kenmore East and West. Golf is $100 per person and includes golf, dinner and prize opportunities. Golfers -- as well as businesses which want to donate prizes -- should contact Athletic Director Brett Banker at 874-8411 x4.

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