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2012 coaches baseball polls

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


No. Team (Class) PtsLW

1. Orchard Park (AA) [7] 951

2. Niagara Falls (AA) [2] 823

3. Lancaster * (AA) [1] 752

3. Clarence * (AA) 754*

5. St. Francis [1] 496

6. Wmsv. East (A-1) 4610

7. Grand Island (A-1) 37NR

8. St. Joe's 279

9. Albion (A-2) 248

10.Iroquois (A-1) 124*

Also receiving votes: Amherst (A-2) 9, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 7, Canisius 3, Lockport (AA) 2, Williamsville South (A-1) 2, Hutch-Tech (A-1) 1, Frontier (AA) 1.


No. Team (Class) PtsLW

1. Fredonia (B-2) [4] 763

2. Frewsburg (C) [4] 712

3. Olean (B-1) 606

4. Dunkirk (B-1) 574

5. Tonawanda (B-1) 471

6. Roy-Hart (B-2) 465

7. St. Mary's 218

8. Depew (B-1) 18 9

9. North Collins (D) 1710

10.Portville (C) 10NR

Also receiving votes: Pine Valley (D) 8, Westfield (C) 7, Alden (B-2) 1, Wilson (B-2) 1.

2012 coaches softball polls


No. Team (Class) PtsLW

1. Clarence (AA) [8] 801

2. Hamburg (A-1) 633*

3. Nia.-Wheatfield (AA) 598

4. Lancaster (AA) 542

5. Wmsv. North (AA) 469

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 415

7. Lockport (AA) 333*

8. Iroquois (A-1) 21NR

9. Orchard Park (AA) 196*

10.West Seneca East (A) 126*

Other votes: Sacred Heart 6, Lew-Port (A-2) 5, Cheektowaga (A-2) 2.

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

> Coming attractions

* It is championship week on the Section VI baseball diamonds. The semifinals in classes AA, C and D are this afternoon. The AA final four has two highly anticipated games as Niagara Falls hosts Orchard Park and Lancaster hosts Clarence; both games are at 5 p.m.

There are four title games today, including Grand Island and Williamsville East meeting for the A-1 title at Orchard Park at

5 p.m. The A-2 final has Maryvale meeting Albion at 5 p.m. at Lew-Port. There is a Class B championship doubleheader at Dunkirk today. In B-1, CCAA I rivals meet at 4 p.m. as Dunkirk plays Olean -- both teams knocked off ECIC foes in Friday's semifinals. The B-2 game is one that saw the top two seeds hold as second-seeded Roy-Hart tries to take down top-seeded Fredonia at 7:30 p.m.

The overall Class A and B finals, as well as the AA championship, are Thursday at sites to be announced. The Class D (4 p.m.) and C (7) title games will be Thursday at Jamestown's Diethrick Park. The five Section VI champions will advance to the Far West Regionals on June 5 against the Section V (Rochester area) champions.

* The Georgetown Cup baseball semifinals are this afternoon at Amherst's Northtown Center, and both feature surprise teams that scored upsets in the quarterfinals. No. 5 seed St. Mary's meets No. 2 St. Joe's at 3 p.m. with No. 6 Christian Central taking on No. 1 St. Francis at 6. The winners advance to the Georgetown Cup championship series, a best-of-three affair that begins Monday at Coca-Cola Field. Game Two is June 5 and, if necessary, a Game Three would be June 6. All games are at 4 p.m.

* It's a huge week in Section VI softball. The final four of AA takes place today, with Niagara-Wheatfield trying for its second big win over an ECIC I power when it plays at top-seeded and No. 1 large school Clarence at 4:45 p.m. The Falcons won at Lancaster in Friday's quarterfinals. Top-seeded Niagara Falls beat Orchard Park in the quarterfinals and it also goes for another ECIC I victory when it hosts Williamsville North at 4:45.

There are also championships beginning this afternoon at Niagara Falls with the Class A games. The A-1 final at 5:30 has Hamburg going for its first sectional title in program history when it takes on Iroquois. The A-2 game starts at 4:30 with second-seeded Albion meeting No. 5 Lew-Port, which is coming off a win over top-seeded Cheektowaga.

Also today, Sacred Heart competes downstate in the state Catholic championships.

The class championships within Class B take place Wednesday at Dunkirk. The B-2 final between seventh-seeded Gowanda and top-seeded Cleveland Hill is at 5 with the showdown of season-long top-five teams Dunkirk (seeded second) and Depew (first) meeting at 7. The winners, along with Wednesday's C and D semifinal winners, will advance to the Section VI championship tripleheader at Dunkirk on Saturday. The D game starts at 2:30, followed by C (4:30) and B (7).

The Section VI championships in A (4 p.m.) and AA (6) are Friday at Niagara Falls. The five Section VI champions will meet their counterparts from Section V (Rochester area) on June 5 for the right to advance to the state championships next weekend in Queensbury.

* It's sectional championship weekend in track and field as Lew-Port hosts the Section VI championships at noon on Friday and Saturday.

* The state championships in boys tennis are Thursday through Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Flushing. The Section VI team includes singles players Mike Kranz of Lancaster, Mike Rusk of Williamsville East and Brian Chowaniec of Lancaster and the doubles teams of Kevin Layer and Joey Gentile of Clarence, Sawyer Dina and August Bruno of Orchard Park and Jacob Hofmar-Glennon and Tyler Moore of Amherst.

* The Section VI boys lacrosse finals are Wednesday at All High Stadium. The winners advance to Saturday's Far West Regionals at Hamburg. Today's Monsignor Martin championship is at 5 p.m. with the winner advancing to Saturday's state Catholic final at St. Anthony's on Long Island.

* The Section VI girls lacrosse finals are this afternoon and evening at All High Stadium, behind Bennett High School. Winners will return there Saturday to take on the Section V (Rochester area) champions in the Far West Regionals.

* The New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in boys golf are Saturday through Monday at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca. The Section VI team consists of champion Ryan Kaufmann, an Iroquois senior, as well as senior Andrew Romano of Depew, sophomore Kevin Borowicz of Grand Island, junior David Berkun of Williamsville North, eighth-grader Nolan Ditcher of Randolph, junior Nick Ortiz of Frontier, freshman Brad Belote of Lancaster, eight-grader Ben Reichert of Williamsville North and sophomore Wil Bathurst of Olean.

* In rowing, top crews from Western New York will compete against the best from North of the border Friday and Saturday at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association National Championships at St. Catharines.

> Class of 2012 list

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

> On the Web

Go to for:

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

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

The 2012 All-Western New York basketball teams.

The 2011 All-Western New York football team.

Fall season highlights, including coaches 2011-12 All-Western New York soccer, volleyball and field hockey teams.

Winter season highlights, including the Federation boys and girls hockey all-star teams.

The 50th anniversary all-time All-Western New York teams for boys basketball and football.

All of the episodes of PrepTalkTV.

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