2015-16 News basketball polls
State classification in parentheses, first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week, NR-not ranked. *-tie in pts.
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Canisius  5-0 67 1
2. Park  6-0 65 2
3. Amherst (A-2) 6-1 55 3
4. McKinley (A-1) 6-0 49 4
5. Williamsville South (A-1) 5-1 43 5
6. Lockport (AA) 7-0 36 9
7. St. Joe’s 3-4 24 8
8. Niagara Falls (AA) 3-3 21 6
9. Starpoint (A-2) 4-3 12 6
10. Lancaster (AA) 7-0 9 10
Others receiving votes: Timon-St. Jude 3, Kenmore West (AA) 1.
Pollsters: Mark Simon (St. Joe’s coach), Kyle Husband (Canisius coach), Ben Drake (Jamestown coach), Zaire Dorsey (McKinley coach), Erik O’Bryan (Niagara Wheatfield coach), Benji Bluman (official), Steve Allen (official), Dave Universal (New York State Sportswriters poll), Chad Andrews (The View Centercourt Blog), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Olean  (B-1) 5-0 70 1
2. Health Sciences (B-2) 5-0 60 6
3. Archbishop Walsh 7-0 55 3
4. Middle College (C-2) 3-4 47 2
5. St. Mary’s 5-1 43 5
6. East (C-1) 1-5 36 4
7. Tapestry (C-1) 5-2 27 7
8. East Aurora (B-1) 4-5 14 8
9. Franklinville (D) 7-0 9 9
10. Fredonia (B-2) 4-2 7 NR
Others receiving votes: Nichols 4, Dunkirk (B-1) 3, Silver Creek (C-2) 2, O’Hara 2, Olmsted (C-1) 2.
Pollsters: Randall Rich (Middle Early College of the Yale Cup), Larry Jones (ECIC III/Depew), Tony Krupski (JFK/ECIC IV), Brian Koscielniak (Salamanca/CCAA II), Derek Hill (official), Chad Andrews (View From Centercourt blog), Dave Universal (New York State Sportswriters Association poll), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).
The girls polls will resume next week.
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• A holiday road trip is on the schedule for Canisius. The Crusaders will play Regis in the National Jesuit Christmas Classic in the Washington area. Canisius will play games on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. Speaking of tournaments, Amherst will play East Islip on Long Island on Monday night. The contest will be held at Center Moriches High School. McKinley stays in Buffalo for its next game, hosting Nichols at its own gym on Tuesday. Park has some time off before entertaining Bishop Kearney of the Rochester area on Saturday.
• In girls basketball, Olean heads to Hornell on Wednesday for an intersectional game. The Huskies get back to Section VI play next week.
• Allegany-Limestone and Olean are two of the best girls basketball teams in the region among small schools, and they played in the same tournament on Sunday – a couple of hours apart. A-L beat Bradford (Pa.), 59-33, in the IAABO Holiday Classic at St. Bonaventure, while Olean knocked off Randolph, 59-44. Sara Pfeiffer had 25 points to lead the Huskies. The winners are scheduled to play on Monday.
• In the boys portion of the IAABO Holiday Classic, Franklinville won a 54-52 thriller from Allegany-Limestone. Warren (Pa.) knocked off Jamestown, 63-57. Olean defeated Bradford, 62-34. The Huskies will play Warren on Monday for the large school championship. Chautauqua Lake earned a 74-71 win over Portville. Carter Davidson had 30 points for the Thunderbirds, who play Franklinville at 6 p.m. on Monday. Sean Harris scored 29 points for Portville.
• In WNY Federation hockey, Kenmore East notched a 5-0 shutout of Hamburg. The Bulldogs received two goals each from Anthony Tulipane and Chad Diaz, while Chase Ford had 19 saves in the shutout. In a non-league game, Kenmore West defeated Greece-Arcadia of Section V, 5-2. Alex Militto had two goals for KW. In the Cortland Tournament, Cazenovia-III defeated Frontier, 6-4. Ryan Piniewski and Jake Watkins of the Falcons were selected to the event’s all-tournament team.
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