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2012 coaches baseball polls

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

LARGE SCHOOLS

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

1. Orchard Park (AA) [6] 11-3 93 1

2. Lancaster (AA) [1] 11-3 83 2

3. Niagara Falls (AA) [2] 13-1 72 5

4. Clarence (AA) * 11-3 67 3

4. Iroquois (A-1) * 10-2 67 4

6. St. Francis [1] 11-23 6 NR

7. Amherst (A-2) 10-2 28 9

8. Albion (A-2) 13-1 19 NR

9. St. Joe's 9-5 18 6

10. Wmsv. East (A-1) 9-3 16 6

Also receiving votes: Grand Island (A-1) 12, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 11, Canisius 10, Lockport (AA) 9, Hutch-Tech (A-1) 3, Frontier (AA) 3.

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SMALL SCHOOLS

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

1. Tonawanda (B-1) [8] 14-0 80 1

2. Frewsburg (C) 12-0 67 3

3. Fredonia (B-2) 10-2 66 2

4. Dunkirk (B-1) 9-3 42 5

5. Roy-Hart (B-2) 11-3 40 4

6. Olean (B-1) 8-4 39 8

7. JFK (B-2) 9-3 33 6

8. St. Mary's 6-5 22 7

9. Depew (B-1) 8-4 18 NR

10. North Collins (D) 12-0 10 9

Also receiving votes: Wilson (B-2) 6, Maple Grove (C) 3.

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2012 coaches softball polls

LARGE SCHOOLS

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

1. Clarence (AA) [9] 11-1 99 1

2. Lancaster (AA) [1] 9-3 88 2

3. Hamburg (A-1) * 12-0 69 3

3. Lockport (AA) * 12-2 69 4

5. Niagara Falls (AA) 12-2 42 6

6. Orchard Park (AA) * 8-4 38 5

6. West Seneca East (A) * 9-3 38 7

8. Nia.-Wheatfield (AA) 10-4 37 9

9. Wmsv. North (AA) * 7-5 31 8

10. Cheektowaga (A-2) 10-2 15 10

Other votes: Wmsv. East (A-1) 12, Ken West (AA) 4, Wmsv. South (A-1) 4, Frontier (AA) 2, Gr. Island (A-1) 2.

Note: The small school softball poll was not submitted to The News.

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Coming attractions

*The Section VI baseball playoffs continue today with pre-quarterfinal games in Classes AA, C and D. The quarterfinals for A-1, A-2, B-2 and B-1 are also today. On Thursday there are quarterfinals games in AA, C, and D. The semifinals for A-1, A-2, B-1 and B-2 are Friday. All games are at the higher seed.

*It's championship week in track and field. The All-High Championships start with the trials today at 4:30 p.m. and the finals Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at All High Stadium. The Niagara Frontier League Championships are Wednesday and Thursday at Lew-Port, site of this year's sectionals. The ECIC Championships are Friday and Saturday at Depew's Constantino Complex. The CCAA League meet is Friday and Saturday at Southwestern.

*The Section VI Tennis Championships are today and Wednesday at Lancaster. The first two rounds will be played today starting at 3 p.m. The semifinals and finals are Wednesday with the final expected to start at 4:30 p.m. Sixteen singles teams and 16 doubles teams will compete.

*The Section VI boys lacrosse tournament continues today with a quarterfinal game in Class A and four quarterfinal games in both Class B and C. Defending Class A champion Clarence hosts Frontier in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Last year's Class B champ Niagara-Wheatfield hosts Lake Shore today at 5 p.m. Defending Class C champion Silver Creek hosts either Gowanda or Lew-Port today at 5 p.m.

*The Section VI girls lacrosse tournament plays two Class A quarterfinals games today followed by semifinal games Thursday at No. 1 seed Frontier and No. 2 Lancaster. There are four Class B quarterfinals games today with the winners playing in the semifinals Thursday. Class C is down to its final four with semifinals games Thursday. The finals in all three classes will be played May 29 at All High Stadium, behind Bennett High School.

In the Monsignor Martin Association, No. 1 seed Mount St. Mary will be chasing its eighth straight title when it hosts St. Mary's in the semifinals at Phillip-Sheridan. Sacred Heart and Nardin meet in the other semifinal at the old Buffalo Soccer Club. The final is Thursday at 4 p.m. at Nichols.

*A field of 29 golfers from 10 schools will participate Wednesday at the sixth annual Section VI girls golf championships and state qualifier at Gowanda Country Club with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Clarence senior Cat Peters is the defending champion and also placed fourth at states. She will continue her career at Michigan in the fall. Other notable players are freshman Sarah Singleton-Godfrey from Depew, freshman Chelsea Dantonio from Lancaster, junior Jackie Kim of Clarence and junior Marley Weinstein of Williamsville East.

*The Monsignor Martin Association softball champion will be played Wednesday at Sunshine Park. The Section VI Championships get under way in earnest with four prequarterfinal games in Class AA and quarterfinals in Class A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2. Class C is playing four prequarterfinals today while Class D will plays is quarterfinals on Friday.

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Honors

The St. Mary's School for the Deaf girls track team recently won the ESDAA (Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association) Championship in Maryland. Earlier this year they won the ESDAA Basketball Championship, and were later named the Co-Deaf Team of the Year.

It was the first time the team has taken the track title.

With 139 points, St. Mary's prevailed over a field of nine teams. New Jersey placed second with 95 points. Senior Crystle Marion of Buffalo broke the ESDAA shot put record with a throw of 36-7.25.

She also placed first in the discus. Shakenya Ward-Brassell of Niagara Falls also had two first places finishes in the high jump and 100 hurdles. Senior Sarah Flowers of Cheektowaga placed first in the 3,200 and Monica Burger of Lackawanna placed first in the 1600. The team was coached by Bryan Booke and Heather Albenasi, both from Amherst.

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Signings

Lancaster girls basketball's Sam Wozniak has signed a national letter of intent to attend Daemen College on a partial academic and athletic scholarship. The second team All-WNY guard finished her career with a school record 973 points. She plans a biology/Pre Med major.

An archive of all of this season's Scholastic Spotlight stories.

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On the web

Go to buffalonews.com/highschools for:

*Our spring scoreboard page, which includes daily baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and tennis schedules and results.

*The 2012 All-Western New York basketball teams.

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