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Sidelines (Jan. 26): News basketball polls and more

2015 News basketball polls

State classification in parentheses, first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week, NR-not ranked. *-tie in points.

BOYS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Canisius (A) [10] 11-3 100 1

2. McKinley (A-1) 12-2 88 2

3. Jamestown (AA) 10-1 80 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 12-1 70 4

5. Amherst (A-2) 9-1 58 5

6. Williamsville North (AA) 9-2 51 6

7. Nichols (A) 10-6 41 7

8. North Tonawanda (A-1) 8-2 17 NR

9. St. Joe’s (A) 7-9 15 9

10. Olean (A-2) 10-3 13 10

Others receiving votes (with points): Niagara Falls (AA) 9, Cheektowaga (A-2) 4, Starpoint (A-2) 2, Bishop Timon-St. Jude (A) 1, Kenmore West (AA) 1.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Park (B) [10] 10-1 100 1

2. St. Mary’s (B) 12-4 83 2

3. Fredonia (B-2) 10-2 79 4

4. East (B-2) 7-6 66 5

5. Middle Early College (C-2) 9-3 63 3

6. Sherman (D) 14-0 38 7

7. Salamanca (C-1) 11-2 35 6

8. Silver Creek (C-1) 9-2 29 8

9. Randolph (C-2) 7-4 18 9

10. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 12-3 17 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Tapestry (C-1) 12, Cardinal O’Hara (B) 6, I-Prep/Grover (D) 2, Burgard (B-1) 1, Walsh (B) 1.

GIRLS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cardinal O’Hara [6] 11-3 79 1

2. Sacred Heart [1] 12-2 68 2

3. Williamsville South (A-1) 8-1 65 3

4. Williamsville North (AA) 9-2 51 5

5. Mount Mercy 14-2 44 4

6. Jamestown (AA) 8-4 42 6

7. Amherst (A-2) 9-0 31 7

8. Kenmore West (AA) 10-2 28 8

9. Starpoint (A-2) 8-4 11 NR

10. Hamburg (A-1) 5-4 8 9*

Others receiving votes (with points): Wmsv. East (A-1) 7, Lockport (AA) 3, Orchard Park (AA) 2, Nardin 2, Cheektowaga (A-2) 1.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Chautauqua Lake (C-1) [6] 13-0 60 1

2. East Aurora (B-1) 11-1 52 3

3. Randolph (C-2) 14-0 48 2

4. Holland (C-2) 9-2 38 4

5. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 11-2 35 6

6. Allegany-Limestone (C-1) 9-2 24 9

7. Christian Central Academy 9-5 21 5

8. Southwestern (B-2) 9-2 16 7

9. Fredonia (C-2) 7-2 10 NR

10. Franklinville (C-2) 9-3 8 8

Others receiving votes (with points): Wilson (B-2) 7, Pine Valley (D) 6, Salamanca (C-1) 2, Sherman (D) 2, Newfane (B-1) 1.

Coming attractions

• A busy week in boys hockey begins at 6:45 p.m. Monday with a Pray vs. Pray matchup when coach Don Pray and his Grand Island Vikings take on Kenmore East – coached by his older brother Kyle Pray – at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion. Kyle earned his 200th career win earlier this year at Don’s expense when East won, 5-2. Canisius looks to avenge a 5-1 loss to St. Joe’s when they meet at 9 p.m. Thursday at Amherst Northtown Center. On Friday, four of the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation’s seven games will be played at HarborCenter with Kenmore West playing Hamburg at 6 on one rink and Lew-Port facing Amherst moments later on rink two. St. Mary’s vs. St. Francis and North Tonawanda vs. Sweet Home conclude the action on Jim Kelley Way.

• In boys basketball, an interesting week of play begins with Niagara Falls visiting Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 6:30 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., ECIC II leader Williamsville South visits rival Williamsville East. On Thursday, St. Joe’s plays the first of two games against top-ranked teams as it hosts No. 1 small school Park; on Saturday, it faces bitter rival and No. 1 large school Canisius in a 1 p.m. tilt at Canisius College’s Koessler Center.

• In girls basketball, a big week for No. 1 large school Cardinal O’Hara begins with a home league battle with No. 5 Mount Mercy at 6 p.m. with junior Summer Hemphill 14 points away from 1,000 for her career (which included 775 in at Buffalo Arts prior to transferring). O’Hara is at No. 9 Hamburg at 6 p.m. Thursday and heads to Rochester on Saturday to take on Aquinas at 1:45 pm. Also Thursday, Amherst makes a short trip for 7 p.m. tilt at Sweet Home. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Williamsville East hosts Williamsville North. Also on Saturday is a top 10 battle as Williamsville South is at Jamestown at 6 p.m.

• In wrestling, ECIC Invitational champion Jamestown takes on host Clarence at 6:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday at 9 a.m., Lewiston-Porter plays host to the annual Pete Rao Tournament.

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