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Sidelines (May 4): Polls, big games and more

2015 coaches baseball and softball polls

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

*-tie in points.

BASEBALL

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Orchard Park (AA) [9] 11-0 99 2

2. Canisius (MMA) [1] 10-3 86 1

3. St. Joe’s (MMA) 10-4 77 3

4. Lancaster (AA) 9-1 75 4

5. Hamburg (A-1) 6-1 50 8

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 8-4 36 NR

7. Williamsville East (A-1) 5-3 23 5

8. Olean (A-2) 6-2 22 9

9. Starpoint (A-2) 4-3 18 5

10. Williamsville South (A-1) 8-6 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Williamsville North (AA), St. Francis (MMA), Kenmore East (A-1), Pioneer (A-2), Frontier (AA), Grand Island (A-1).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Fredonia (B-2) [8] 9-2 85 1

2. Gowanda (C) 7-3 72 3

3. Medina (B-1) [1] 8-3 67 2

4. Springville (B-1) 8-3 62 5

5. East Aurora (B-1) 10-1 51 4

6. Tonawanda (B-1) 6-1 38 7

7. Westfield (D) 10-2 37 6

8. Maple Grove (D) 10-4 21 8

9. Newfane (B-1) 5-3 20 10

10. JFK (B-2) 5-3 15 NR

SOFTBALL

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Lancaster (AA) [8] 10-1 115 1

2. Starpoint (A-2) [1] 10-2 94 2

3. Niagara Falls (AA) [3] 9-0 84 4

4. Clarence (AA) 9-4 75 8

5. Orchard Park (AA) 6-4 58 3

6. West Seneca East (A-2) 8-4 49 5

7. Frontier (AA)* 7-5 34 6

7. Iroquois (A-2)* 7-2 34 9

9. West Seneca West (AA) 6-5 23 7

10. Olean (A-2) 10-2 19 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Williamsville North (AA) 18, Sacred Heart (MMA) 16, Williamsville South (A-1) 13, Grand Island (A-1) 8, Kenmore West (AA) 7, Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 7, Amherst (A-2) 4, Williamsville East (A-1) 3.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Eden (B-1) [7] 5-2 87 1

2. Depew (B-1) [3] 9-2 84 2

3. Alden (B-1) 10-2 64 3

4. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 7-1 59 4

5. Roy-Hart (B-2) 11-0 57 8

6. Fredonia (B-2) 7-3 32 5

7. Maryvale (B-1) 5-2 27 7

8. Akron (B-2) 8-4 21 10

9. Gowanda (C) 8-1 17 6

10. Pine Valley (D) 6-1 14 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Westfield (D) 10, Chautauqua Lake (C) 9, Immaculata (MMA) 6, Newfane (B-1) 5, Southwestern (B-2) 3.

Take ‘em to school

• Former St. Joe’s hockey star Dennis Gilbert, who played junior hockey last season in the USHL and is expected to be an NHL Draft pick this June, signed his letter of intent to play at Notre Dame last Thursday during a signing ceremony at St. Joe’s.

• Lake Shore’s Calvin Butlak made it official last Thursday and signed his letter of intent to run cross country at Division I University at Albany. Classmate Darian Evans committed to D’Youville for softball and basketball.

Cleve Hill honoree

• Cleveland Hill will induct Shamus O’Connor, Class of 1956, into its athletic hall of fame during the school’s 64th Annual Varsity Sports Night Banquet on Tuesday, June 9. O’Connor won varsity letters in football, wrestling and track and field. He played two seasons of football as a center/guard. During his three seasons as a wrestler, he co-captained the squad to an 8-3- 1 finish and a league championship. He also set the shot put record during two seasons of track and field. For additional information, dinner time and tickets, contact athletic Jason Przybysz at 836-7200, ext. 8350.

Upcoming

• A challenging week of boys lacrosse for Canisius begins at 4:30 Monday at its Stransky Athletic Complex in West Seneca when the Crusaders host Nichols in a clash between Monsignor Martin Association contenders.

On Wednesday, Canisius visits rival and first-place St. Joe’s for a 5 p.m. tilt.

Also on Wednesday, Orchard Park visits Clarence for a 7 p.m. showdown between bitter rivals. Clarence won the first meeting of the season at OP two weeks ago. On Friday, the game of the year for local lacrosse fans as No. 1 Akron visits No. 4 Clarence at 7 p.m. in an intriguing nonleaguer between last year’s Section VI Class C champion and Class A runner-up. On Saturday, St. Joe’s hosts Syracuse Christian Brothers at 3 p.m.

• In girls lacrosse, Clarence visits Frontier at 5 p.m. Monday. Lancaster visits Orchard Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday, then hosts Hamburg at 5 p.m. Friday in a match between defending Section VI champions (Lancaster, Class A; Hamburg, Class B).

• A big week in softball commences Monday with Mount Mercy facing Sacred Heart at Shoshone at 4:15 p.m., No. 3 Large School Niagara Falls at Niagara-Wheatfield at 4:45 p.m., and No. 6 West Seneca East at Williamsville South at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, ECIC IV should start to get a little clearer with contender and No. 3 Small School Alden visiting No. 4 Cleveland Hill at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, News No. 1 Small School Eden hosts Alden at 10 a.m. Eden beat Alden earlier in the season but lost to fellow league contender Cleveland Hill.

• In baseball, No. 4 Lancaster visits Clarence in a rematch of last year’s Section VI Class AA final at 4:45 p.m. Monday. Cheektowaga hosts rival Maryvale at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. On Friday, defending sectional champion Lancaster hosts unbeaten No. 1 Orchard Park at 5 p.m.

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