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Sidelines (Jan. 11): 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] 9-1 94 1

2. Park [3] 9-0 92 1

3. McKinley [2] (A-1) 10-0 78 4

4. Amherst (A-2) 10-1 75 3

5. Williamsville South (A-1) 8-3 59 5

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 4-3 45 8

7. Timon-St. Jude 5-5 31 10

8. St. Joe’s 4-6 27 6

9. Starpoint (A-2) 6-4 23 9

10. Kenmore West (AA) 8-2 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Williamsville North (AA) 5, Orchard Park (AA) 4, St. Francis 1, Cheektowaga (A-2) 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 [8] (B-1) 10-0 89 1

2. St. Mary’s [1] 8-2 79 4

3. Archbishop Walsh 10-1 68 3

4. Health Sciences (B-2) 9-2 62 2

5. Middle College (C-2) 5-4 58 5

6. East (C-1) 5-6 43 6

7. Fredonia (B-2) 7-3 34 8

8. Tapestry (C-1) 9-2 28 7

9. East Aurora (B-1) 4-5 16 9

10. Cardinal O’Hara 4-5 5 NR

Others receiving votes: Nichols 3, Randolph (C-2) 3, Dunkirk (B-1) 3, Olmsted (C-1) 1, Niagara Catholic 1, Silver Creek (C-2), Cleveland Hill (C-1) 1.

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).

GIRLS

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cardinal O’Hara [7] 12-1 70 1

2. Sacred Heart 7-2 61 2

3. Williamsville North (AA) 10-0 54 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 5-2 45 5

5. Williamsville East (A-1) 8-1 42 4

6. Lake Shore (A-2) 9-1 29 6

7. Orchard Park (AA) 8-3 15 9

8. Lockport (AA)* 7-2 14 7

8. Amherst (A-2)* 6-2 14 10

10. Kenmore East (A-1)* 7-2 13 8

10. Hamburg (A-1)* 6-4 13 10

*-Indicates tie.

Others receiving votes: Grand Island (A-1) 6, Mount St. Mary 5, Clarence 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), and Tim Lindner (reporter).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean (B-1) [5] 10-0 77 1

2. Franklinville (D) 9-1 52 2

3. All.Limestone (C-1) 8-1 50 4

4. Frewsburg (C-2) [1]* 12-0 45 5

4. East Aurora (B-1) [2]* 7-2 45 2

6. Wilson (B-2)* 8-1 42 6

6. Holland (C-2)* 8-1 42 6

8. Newfane (B-1) 10-0 27 8

9. Immaculata 9-2 24 9

10. Fredonia (B-2) 5-2 12 NR

*-indicates tie

Others receiving votes: Cleveland Hill (C-1) 7, Tapestry (C-1) 5, Depew (B-1) 5, Randolph (C-2) 3, Emerson (B-2) 2, Panama (D) 1.

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

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

Hit the links

The first annual Section VI Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 26 at Holland Hills Country Club in Colden. A shotgun start will be held at 1 p.m. The cost per player is $80, and includes lunch, dinner, cart, and 18 holes of golf with a cash bar.

The proceeds will go toward a Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A donation also will be made to a selected charity. For additional information about playing in the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact Tim Slade at tslade@e1b.org.

Coming up

• In boys basketball, McKinley and Canisius get together on Saturday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic. The two boys teams have been ranked around the top of the polls throughout the season, so this should be a very good one. It’s easily the biggest test for McKinley this season. In the other games that day in the event, East will play Sweet Home at 11 a.m., while Middle College goes up against Cheektowaga at 12:30 p.m.

Speaking of top teams, Park has a couple of games slated during the next three days. The Pioneers will host Walsh on Monday and then hit the road to play St. Francis on Wednesday.

• Can anyone stop Cardinal O’Hara in girls basketball? The Hawks have back-to-back games on the schedule this week, so maybe they’ll get a little tired. They host St. Mary’s of Lancaster on Tuesday and then take on Niagara Catholic on the road on Wednesday.

• It’s a pretty tough week for the Iroquois rifle team. The Chiefs have to go up against the two best teams in the league on back-to-back days. Iroquois will host Lancaster, No. 2, on Wednesday. Then it’s off to Alden a day later to face the No. 1 Bulldogs.

• Williamsville has been having a good season in girls hockey to date. Kenmore/Grand Island has been trying to catch them. That could make Tuesday’s matchup an interesting one. It’s at Lincoln at 7:40 p.m.

• In wrestling, some of the best in Western New York will gather in Niagara County this weekend for the Lockport Invitational. Niagara-Wheatfield was ranked No. 1 among large schools as of a few days ago, while Lockport is No. 2. It should be a fun time.

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