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Sidelines (Jan. 25): No change at the top of polls

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 [10] 12-1 100 1

2. Park 12-1 88 2

3. Amherst (A-2) 12-1 80 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 12-3 69 4

5. McKinley (A-1) 13-1 62 3

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 9-4 43 6

7. Timon-St. Jude 8-7 42 7

8. Williamsville North (AA) 10-5 24 NR

9. Jamestown* (AA) 9-4 14 NR

9. Cheektowaga* (A-2) 7-6 14 NR

Others receiving votes: St. Joe’s 8, Starpoint (A-2) 5, 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).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean [9] (B-1) 15-0 90 1

2. Archbishop Walsh 12-2 81 3

3. St. Mary’s 12-4 62 2

4. Health Sciences (B-2) 11-2 61 5

5. Middle College (C-2) 9-6 60 4

6. East Aurora* (B-1) 9-6 42 7

7. Fredonia* (B-2) 11-4 31 7

8. Niagara Catholic 9-7 15 NR

9. East (C-1) 7-9 14 6

10. Tapestry (C-1) 10-4 12 9

Others receiving votes: Cardinal O’Hara 11, Cleveland Hill (C-1) 8, Olmsted (C-1) 3, I-Prep (B-2) 3, Dunkirk (B-1) 2.

Pollsters: Randall Rich (Middle Early College of the Yale Cup), Larry Jones (ECIC III/Depew), Tony Pulvirenti (Cardinal O’Hara), 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] 15-2 70 1

2. Sacred Heart 11-2 62 2

3. Williamsville North (AA) 13-0 57 3

4. Williamsville South (A-1) 11-3 47 4

5. Lake Shore (A-2) 12-2 36 5

6. Williamsville East (A-1) 11-2 34 6

7. Lockport (AA) 11-3 25 7

8. Amherst (A-2) 7-4 14 8

9. Hamburg (A-1) 8-5 10 10

10. Kenmore East (A-1) 10-4 9 8

Others receiving votes: Clarence (AA) 7, Kenmore West (A-1) 6, Orchard Park (AA) 4, Grand Island (A-1) 1, Mount St. Mary 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) [6] 13-0 77 1

2. East Aurora (B-1) [2] 10-2 61 6

3. Alleg.-Limestone (C-1) 9-1 57 2

4. Franklinville (D) 12-1 51 3

5. Holland (C-2) 11-1 47 7

6. Wilson (B-2) 12-1 45 4

7. Immaculata 12-3 29 8

8. Fredonia (B-2) 8-2 21 10

9. Frewsburg (C-2) 13-1 19 5

10. Newfane (B-1) 13-1 12 8

Others receiving votes: Cleveland Hill (C-1) 8, Panama (D) 8, Depew (B-1) 2, Tapestry (C-1) 2, Emerson (B-2) 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.

A Marauders’ win

In hockey, St. Joe’s moved to 14-1 on the season with a 3-1 win over Canisius in WNY Federation play. Jack Lalley, Nick Carbone and Brad Herlan scored for the Marauders.

Coming up

• How will Canisius react to its big win over Park? The No. 1 team among large schools will have plenty of chances to find out this week, with three games on its schedule. The Crusaders play Walsh on Tuesday. Then they are taking on a pair of Section V teams: Aquinas on Thursday and Greece-Athena on Saturday.

Lancaster got a rare win in Jamestown when the teams met earlier in the season. On Monday the squads will play again, and the Legends would love to make it two straight wins after losing 36 straight games. The matchup of winning teams also has some implications in the sectional seedings.

• Cardinal O’Hara’s girls team stepped way up in class in losing to a nationally ranked opponent, Villa Maria of Erie, Pa., on Saturday. Now comes a different sort of test. The Hawks will play Sacred Heart at home on Wednesday night. Sacred Heart is ranked second among the large school teams, so that will be a pair of No. 1 vs. No. 2 games in basketball in less than a week. (Canisius and Park were at the top of the rankings when they met Saturday.)

Olean, the top-ranked small school in girls basketball, had a tough time with a pesky Southwestern team much earlier in the season. Now we’ll see how the teams have developed since then. The two teams get together for a rematch on Thursday.

• Apparently no one could wait an extra day for a wrestling match between two of the best teams in Western New York. Lockport and Niagara Wheatfield will meet on Tuesday at 5 p.m. It had been set for Wednesday. The NFL title could be decided in this one.

• The rifle season is heading toward its conclusion, with only a couple of matches on the schedule left before the playoffs begin. Alden and Lancaster are scheduled to compete on Friday. Alden is at Orchard Park and Lancaster shoots at Holland.

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