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Sidelines / Polls and More (Jan. 18): Canisius, O’Hara lead the way

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 [7] 11-1 97 1

2. Park [3] 11-0 93 2

3. Amherst (A-2) 11-1 79 4

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 10-3 67 5

5. McKinley [2] (A-1) 12-1 60 3

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 8-3 50 6

7. Timon-St. Jude 7-6 43 7

8. Starpoint (A-2) 8-4 17 9

9. Williamsville North (AA) 7-2 16 NR

10. St. Joe’s 5-7 13 8

Others receiving votes: Kenmore West (AA) 5, Jamestown (AA) 4, Cheektowaga (A-2) 3, Lancaster (AA) 1, Orchard Park (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), Tony Pulvirenti (Cardinal O’Hara), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean [9] (B-1) 14-0 99 1

2. St. Mary’s [1] 11-2 90 2

3. Archbishop Walsh 11-2 79 3

4. Middle College (C-2) 7-5 66 5

5. Health Sciences (B-2) 10-2 64 4

6. East (C-1) 6-7 47 6

7. East Aurora* (B-1) 7-6 33 9

7. Fredonia* (B-2) 9-4 33 7

9. Tapestry (C-1) 9-3 22 8

10. Cardinal O’Hara 5-7 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Olmsted (C-1) 2, Nichols 1, Dunkirk (B-1) 1, 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 [4] 14-1 40 1

2. Sacred Heart 8-2 36 2

3. Williamsville North (AA) 11-0 32 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 8-3 28 4

5. Lake Shore (A-2) 11-1 24 6

6. Williamsville East (A-1) 8-2 19 5

7. Lockport (AA) 9-2 13 8

8. Amherst (A-2)* 7-3 7 8

8. Kenmore East (A-1)* 8-3 7 10

10. Hamburg (A-1) 7-4 6 10

*-Indicates tie.

Others receiving votes: Orchard Park (AA) 4, Grand Island (A-1) 2, Kenmore West (A-1) 1, Clarence 1.

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] 11-0 68 1

2. Alleg.-Limestone (C-1) 9-1 54 3

3. Franklinville (D) 10-1 47 2

4. Wilson (B-2) 10-1 41 6

5. Frewsburg (C-2) [1] 13-0 40 4

6. East Aurora (B-1) [1] 8-2 38 4

7. Holland (C-2) 10-1 36 6

8. Immaculata* 10-3 18 9

8. Newfane (B-1)* 11-1 18 8

10. Fredonia (B-2) 6-2 14 10

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

More honors

Congratulations to Buffalo News Player of the Year and record-setting South Park quarterback Tyree Brown, who was named state co-Player of the Year in Class A along with Sayville junior signal-caller Jack Coan.

Here is the list of Niagara-Orleans girls soccer players who received honorable mention recognition at the end of the season:

Emily Winney, Bailie Murty and Allie Norton of Akron; Ellen Narburgh, Ally Page and Isabella Prest of Albion; Lindsey Williams, Sara Gendrue and Mallory Gross of Barker; Heather Sisson and Jenelle Gurbacki of CSAT; Hannah Adams, Martha Gardner, and Ashlee Howell of Medina; Adelyn Burns, Halie Hambruch and Ashley Clack of Newfane; Amber Vellella, Kaleign Kuzma and Madison Fry of Roy-Hart; and Lauren Couturier, Leah Herman and Racehl Senek of Wilson.

Coming up

• We’ve been waiting for Canisius and Park to meet on the basketball court. The date is almost here. The two teams will play on Saturday afternoon at Park at 3. The host Crusaders are coming off a very impressive win over powerful McKinley, while the Pioneers have had some close calls but keep winning. Canisius and Park have a second meeting on February 3.

• Cardinal O’Hara’s team in girls basketball has a busy weekend coming up. On Friday, the Hawks will play Nichols. A day later, it’s off to Erie, Pa., to face Villa Maria Academy. That school is ranked No. 22 in the nation by MaxPreps and No. 25 by USA Today. It’s a good way to see how the Hawks rank on a very big stage.

• The two top averages among ECIC teams in girls bowling belong to a pair of Frontier athletes. Brittany McAndrews and Katie Good average more than 200 per game. On Thursday they will travel to Hamburg to take on the Bulldogs.

• In indoor track, a team challenge in Fredonia for Monday has been cancelled. Therefore, athletes will have to wait until Saturday for some good competition. The Battle of the West, featuring Section V vs. Section VI, will be held at the Houghton Pegula-Kerr Fieldhouse, starting at 10 a.m. Each section will be allowed 20 individuals per event, and entries must submitted to Yen Timing by 8 p.m. Monday night.

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