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Sidelines (May 2): Baseball and softball polls, big games and more

2016 coaches polls

State classification in parentheses; First-place votes in brackets; Asterisks indicate a tie in points.

BASEBALL LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Canisius [8] 12-1 97

2. St. Francis [1] 12-1 88

3. Lancaster (AA) [1] 7-1 82

4. Orchard Park (AA) 9-2 67

5. Niagara Falls (AA) 10-1 52

6. St. Joe’s 10-6 48

7. West Seneca West (AA) 8-2 42

8. Grand Island (A-1) 6-2 25

9. Hamburg (A-1) 5-4 17

10. Williamsville South (A-1) 6-5 10

Others receiving votes: Maryvale (A-2), Starpoint (A-2), Williamsville East (A-1), Amherst (A-2), Williamsville North (AA), City Honors (B-1).

BASEBALL small SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Gowanda (B-2) [7] 9-2 70

2. Olean (B-1) 6-1 63

3. Eden (B-1) 7-0 56

4. Roy-Hart (B-2) 8-3 43

5. St. Mary’s 2-3 35

6. Alden (B-1) 5-0 33

7. Albion (B-1) 5-2 29

8. Silver Creek (C) 4-4 22

9. Westfield (D) 4-2 17

10. Brocton (D) 6-2 13

Others receiving votes: Fredonia (B-2), JFK (B-2), Frewsburg (C), Tonawanda (B-1).

SOFTBALL LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Orchard Park (AA) [4] 9-5 102

2. Lancaster (AA) [2] 9-4 92

3. Frontier (AA) [2] 6-4 86

4. West Seneca East (A-1) [3] 10-2 72

5. Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 5-2 65

6. Williamsville East (A-1) 9-3 41

7. Clarence (AA) 4-5 40

8. Hamburg (A-2) 4-4 35

9. Kenmore West (AA) 8-3 30

10. Amherst (A-2) 8-3 15

Others receiving votes: Williamsville South (A-2) 15, Williamsville North (AA) 6, Lew-Port (A-2) 5, West Seneca West (AA) 5, North Tonawanda (A-1) 4, Iroquois (A-2) 3, Sacred Heart (3).

SOFTBALL SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Alden (B-1) [4] 11-1 49

2. Depew (B-1) [1] 11-2 46

3. Eden (B-2) 8-2 37

4. Fredonia (B-2) 8-1 35

5. Olean (B-1) 9-3 31

6. Akron (B-2) 9-1 24

7. Gowanda (B-2) 9-2 23

8. Southwestern (B-2) 6-2 12

9. Pine Valley (D) 6-3 9

10. Cleveland Hill (C) 6-4 5

Others receiving votes: City Honors (B-1) 3, Chautauqua Lake (C) 2, Roy-Hart (B-2) 2, Franklinville (D) 1.

Stepping up

Three members of the Lewiston-Porter High School football team will be continuing their sport careers in college. Taylor Gibson, an offensive lineman, will play at Cortland. Donald Allender, a quarterback, will head west to the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and defensive lineman Matthew Spira has committed to play at Brockport.

Coming up

Canisius is off to a strong start in its baseball season, and the Crusaders have a very busy week coming up. Canisius has two games with Nichols on Monday and Wednesday and a Friday date with Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Then comes a fine matchup with Orchard Park, the No. 4 team in this week’s poll. Maryvale hopes a little home cooking will help in its matchup with Amherst on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Each team has a 7-1 record in ECIC III and are tied for first place. In the first meeting between the teams this season, Amherst knocked off Maryvale, 2-0.

In softball, Orchard Park finds itself on top of the latest poll. Williamsville North comes to the Southtowns for a game on Wednesday. Then the Quakers go to Frontier on Friday.

Akron hopes to bounce back from a shocking one-sided boys lacrosse loss to Gowanda/Silver Creek last week. The Tigers have three games coming up: Salamanca on Wednesday, East Aurora on Friday and Eden on Saturday.

It’s a busy week in track and field, with several good meets coming up. On Friday, the Falconer Invitational and the Rodiek Relays (Hamburg) are on the slate. A day later, the Sweet Home Panther Invitation begins.

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