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Sidelines (May 16): Baseball and softball polls and more

2016 coaches polls

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


Team (Class) Record Points

1. Canisius [9] 17-1 90

2. Lancaster (AA) 13-1 81

3. St. Francis 14-3 63

4. Orchard Park (AA) 15-5 62

5. St. Joe’s 16-6 50

6. Grand Island (A-1) 12-2 40

7. Hamburg (A-1) 11-6 31

8. Williamsville East (A-1) 12-5 30

9. Niagara Falls (AA) 12-5 14

10. Will South (A-1)* 10-6 13

10. Maryvale (A-2)* 13-5 13

Others receiving votes: Amherst (A-2), Kenmore West (AA) Starpoint (A-2).


Team (Class) Record Points

1. Olean (B-1) [7] 15-1 70

2. Gowanda (B-2) 15-4 63

3. Roy Hart (B-2) 13-5 46

4. Eden (B-2) 10-4 42

5. Fredonia (B-2) 12-5 41

6. Alden (B-1) 12-3 34

7. East Aurora (B-1) 11-4 24

8. St. Mary’s 11-5 23

9. Westfield (D) 12-3 11

10. North Collins (D) 11-4 6

Others receiving votes: Maple Grove (C) 1, Albion (B-1) 1, JFK (C-1 ), City Honors (B-1) 1.


Team (Class) Record Points

1. Lancaster (AA) [10] 14-5 118

2. Frontier (AA) 13-7 80

3. Orchard Park (AA) [1] 11-8 72

4. Kenmore West (AA) 14-4 71

5. Williamsville East (A-1) 14-4 67

6. West Seneca East (A-1) 16-3 66

7. Clarence (AA) 10-8 60

8. Niagara Wheatfield (AA) 11-5 33

9. Amherst (A-2) 12-4 27

10. Williamsville North (AA) 9-9 25

Others receiving votes: Lew-Port (A-2) 21, Sacred Heart 10, Hamburg (A-1) 5, Maryvale (A-2) 3, Williamsville South (A-1) 2.

SOFTBALL small schools

Team (Class) Record Points

1. Alden (B-1) [5] 16-2 76

2. Depew (B-1) 15-3 68

3. Fredonia (B-2) [2] 14-1 63

4. Eden (B-2) [1] 14-3 61

5. Olean (B-1) 15-3 51

6. Akron (B-2) 18-1 40

7. Southwestern (B-2) 10-3 23

8. Franklinville (D) 14-3 19

9. Gowanda (B-2) 12-5 16

10. Pine Valley (D) 10-4 8

Others receiving votes: Cassadaga Valley (C), City Honors (B-1), Roy-Hart (B-2), Portville (C). DeRose defends All-Catholic title

Ross DeRose made it two in a row as the Nichols sophomore defended his All-Catholic boys singles tennis title Sunday at Southtown Tennis Center in Orchard Park. DeRose defeated Canisius’ Alex Dashaoff in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, to complete the season 13-0 against Monsignor Martin Athletic Association competition.

Regular season team champion Canisius captured the spots in the doubles final with the team of Kingman Bassett and Michael Ferrick defeating Braham Brooks and Matt Dukarm, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, for the title.

Bassett and Ferrick complete the season 12-0.

St. Joe’s among four to row to titles

St. Joe’s had a fine weekend at the New York State Rowing Championships in Saratoga.

The Marauders came out winners in the men’s varsity four race plus coxswain. They led a 1-2-3-4 finish by Western New York boats in that race as the crew of Charlie Ivancic, Charlie Kwitchoff, Eric Seaner, Charlie Pratt and Eric Szafranski posted a winning time of 5 minutes, 32.7 seconds. Canisius’ boat crossed the finish line at 5:37.149, followed by Nichols and West Side Rowing.

St. Joe’s also won the Novice Four-plus coxswain race in a boat that included Michael Boland, Alan Zdon, Garrett Zito, Jack Westner and Mark Potempa. City Honors placed seventh in this race.

Canisius’ men’s varsity pair boat also experienced victory, while the Crusaders’ Novice Eight finished first in the second heat of its event final.

In the women’s novice eight, West Side took first in 5:10, followed by Nardin (5:10.789), while City Honors captured the women’s freshmen four race in 6:01.5. Nardin took third in that race, while Buffalo Seminary finished ninth.


Maryvale junior Anthony Hernandez broke the school record for hits in a career by collecting his 80th during Wednesday’s game at Depew. He has 30 hits through 18 games and is batting .469 with 21 RBIs.


• It’s time for the postseason. But before that, coaches gather for seeding meetings in softball and baseball Monday and Tuesday night, respectively. The Section VI boys golf championships/state qualifier kicks off the tournament action at 9 a.m. Monday at River Oaks Golf Course in Grand Island.

The 27-hole event features the top 69 golfers in the area. The top nine finishers advance to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association tournament at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones course June 3-6. The field includes five golfers who qualified for states last year, including defending Section champion Ben Reichert of Williamsville North. Others with state-tourney experience include Reichert’s teammates Mike Kessler and Mike Wells, Williamsville East’s Chris Yustin and Randolph’s Nolan Ditcher.

• The Section VI girls golf championships/state qualifier begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Gowanda Country Club. The top nine finishers advance to the state tournament June 4-5 at Bethpage. Those in the field who qualified for states last year include Sarah Godfrey (Depew), Elena Lopez (Clarence), Alexis Kim (Clarence), Emily Isaacson (Jamestown), Samantha Gaffney (Williamsville East), Marina Kessler (Fredonia), Simone Riter (Williamsville East) and Marissa DelMonaco (Southwestern).

• The two-day ECIC tennis championship tournament begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Lancaster.

• The Section VI softball tournament begins Wednesday with higher seeds serving as hosts.

• The Section VI and Georgetown Cup baseball playoffs begin Thursday with the highest-seeded teams serving as hosts for games.

• The Section VI boys lacrosse tournament seeds will be unveiled Wednesday night.


Section VI 195-pound Division I wrestling champion Zach Breeden has signed to continue wrestling at Division II Mercyhurst.

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