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Sidelines (Jan. 4): Polls and more

2015-16 News basketball polls

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

BOYS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Canisius* [5] 7-1 94 1

1. Park* [4] 7-0 94 2

3. Amherst (A-2) 8-1 77 3

4. McKinley (A-1) [1] 8-0 75 4

5. Williamsville South (A-1) 6-2 59 5

6. St. Joe’s 4-4 45 7

7. Lockport (AA) 7-2 37 6

8. Niagara Falls (AA) 4-3 35 8

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

10. Timon-St. Jude 4-4 6 NR

Others receiving votes: Kenmore West (AA) 5, St. Francis 3, Lancaster (AA) 2, Jamestown (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).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean [10] (B-1) 8-0 100 1

2. Health Sciences (B-2) 6-1 86 2

3. Archbishop Walsh 8-1 74 3

4. St. Mary’s 7-1 64 5

5. Middle College (C-2) 3-4 63 4

6. East (C-1) 2-6 52 6

7. Tapestry (C-1) 7-2 37 7

8. Fredonia (B-2) 6-2 28 10

9. East Aurora (B-1) 4-5 23 8

10. Nichols 5-6 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Franklinville (D) 5, Cardinal O’Hara 4, Olmsted (C-1) 3, Dunkirk (B-1) 2, Randolph (C-2) 1.

Pollsters: Randall Rich (Middle Early College of the Yale Cup), Larry Jones (ECIC III/Depew), Tony Krupski (JFK/ECIC IV), Tony Pulvirenti (Cardinal O’Hara/Msgr. Martin Assn.), 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).

GIRLS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Cardinal O’Hara [6] 8-0 60

2. Sacred Heart 3-1 50

3. Will. North (AA) 6-0 46

4. Will. East (A-1) 6-0 39

5. Will. South (A-1) 5-2 29

6. Lake Shore (A-2) 7-1 25

7. Lockport (AA) 5-2 18

8. Kenmore East (A-1) 6-1 14

9. Orchard Park (AA) 6-3 11

10. Amherst (A-2)* 5-1 9

10. Hamburg (A-1)* 4-3 9

Others receiving votes: Clarence (AA) 7, Jamestown (AA) 6, Grand Island (A-1) 3, Kenmore West (AA) 3. Mount St. Mary 2.

Pollsters: Joe Dougherty (Eden/MMA), Jeff Martin (Kenmore West), Mike McCarthy (Mount St. Mary), Dan McDermott (O’Hara), Rick Mihalik (Frontier), Frank Payne (Iroquois), Paul Twarozek (official), Michael Hammer (Cleveland Hill), and Tim Lindner (reporter).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Olean (B-1) [2] 8-0 42

2. East Aurora (B-1) [2] 6-1 35

3. Franklinville (D) [1] 8-1 34

4. All.-Limestone (C-1) 6-1 31

5. Frewsburg (C-2) 11-0 25

6. Wilson (B-2)* 6-1 24

6. Holland (C-2)* 6-1 24

8. Newfane (B-1) 8-0 16

9. Immaculata 6-1 13

10. Cleveland Hill (C-1) 7-2 11

* - tied in standings

Others receiving votes: Tapestry (C-1) 5, Fredonia (B-2) 4, Randolph (C-2) 3, Emerson (B-2) 3, Southwestern (B-2) 2, Medina (B-1) 2, Panama (D) 1.

Pollsters: Brian Baker (Wilson), Jeff Collver (Frewsburg), Dougherty, Al Gens (official), Frank Martin (All.-Lime.), Fran Snyder, Andrea Drabik (Immaculata), Tim Lindner (Reporter).

Note: Records for girls’ teams may not be complete.

Diamond gem

Amherst sophomore catcher Hannah Bardeen has been selected to participate in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North on Saturday and Sunday at Kent State in Ohio.

The event is the largest fast-pitch showcase in the country with more than 360 athletes selected out of more than 2,400 applicants based on various criteria – including ability, potential and academics.

Bardeen, a first-team ECIC II selection at first base last year while playing behind All-WNY catcher Maddie Aston, batted .500 for the Tigers. She also plays travel softball for the Amherst Lightning, leading the team in RBIs, home runs and batted .526 with runners in scoring position. She caught 231 innings for that team.

Old rivals

Canisius will host St. Joe’s in basketball on Friday night at the Kennedy Field House. The freshmen play at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the two schools during the school day this week. There will be no tickets sold at the door.

Honor roll

Grand Island’s Troy Brady and East Aurora’s Noah Thompson are among nine boys soccer players to earn all-state honors. Brady earned first-team Large School honors, while Thompson earned first team Small School laurels. Both Brady and Thompson also earned All-Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Brady recorded 27 goals and 15 assists in helping Grand Island reach the state Class A semifinals. Thompson, a career 50-goal scorer, helped EA reach the state Class B final.

Others to receive all-state honors include:

Large schools: Third team – Parker Shelton (Lancaster). Fourth team – Joey Keem (Sweet Home), Donald Minderler (St. Joe’s). Sixth team – Will Smith (Hamburg).

Small Schools: Second team – Ali Shawish (Lackawanna). Fourth team – Bailey Higby (Allegany-Limestone). Fifth team – Matthew Ess (Alden).

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