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Sidelines (May 23): Baseball and softball polls and more

2016 coaches polls

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


No. Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Canisius [10] 20-1 100

2. Lancaster (AA) 17-2 87

3. St. Francis 16-6 74

4. Orchard Park (AA) 15-5 70

5. Williamsville East (A-1) 14-6 42

6. St. Joe’s 17-7 40

7. Grand Island (A-1) 14-4 38

8. Hamburg (A-1) 15-6 35

9. Niagara Falls (AA) 13-6 22

10. Maryvale (A-2) 15-5 15

Others receiving votes: Williamsville South (A-1), Kenmore West (AA), Williamsville North (AA).


No. Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Gowanda (B-2) [6] 17-4 78

2. Roy-Hart (B-2) [2] 16-5 70

3. Fredonia (B-2) 13-6 54

4. Alden (B-1) 14-3 52

5. Olean (B-1) 17-2 44

6. Springville (B-1) 11-6 41

7. East Aurora (B-1) 14-4 36

8. St. Mary’s 12-9 18

9. Westfield (D) 13-4 11

10. Eden (B-1) 12-5 10

Also receiving votes: Maple Grove (C), CSAT (B-1), Wilson (B-2), Frewsburg (C), North Collins (D).


Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Lancaster (AA) [11] 15-5 110

2. Frontier (AA) 13-7 79

3. Orchard Park (AA) 13-8 61

4. Williamsville East (A-1) 15-4 58

5. West Seneca East (A-1) 16-3 56

6. Clarence (AA) 10-8 53

T7. Williamsville North (AA) 10-9 30

T7. Niagara Wheatfield (AA) 11-6 30

9. Amherst (A-2) 13-4 23

10. Lew-Port (A-2) 13-2 16

Others Receiving Votes: Sacred Heart (8), Williamsville South (AA) (6), Grand Island (1).

Sunday’s games

Canisius finished off a two-game sweep of St. Mary’s of Lancaster in the Georgetown Cup baseball tournament. The Crusaders picked up a 14-0 victory on Sunday. Nate Mascellino threw a three-hitter in earning a complete-game win. Andrew Vincent had three hits and drove in three runs.

St. Joe’s and St. Francis aren’t done yet, as the Marauders evened the series with an 11-0 win. Anthony Brophy threw a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts, while Jake Ravicich drove in four runs and Will Frank added a two-run homer. They will finish the series Monday at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joe’s.

The finals will be played at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. and on Saturday (if necessary) at 2 p.m.

Coming attractions

• It might be the best week of the year for local baseball, as the Section VI tournament continues in a variety of classes. Almost all of the top seeds have reached the quarterfinals, which take place on Monday in four locations. They are hoping to reach Saturday’s final at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls. In Class A-1, the four top teams will play in the semifinals in hopes of reaching Thursday’s final. Class A-2 has a party-crasher in No. 6 Kenmore East in Monday’s semifinals. In B-1 play, No. 2 East Aurora is the top seed left as it plays sixth-seed Springville in the semifinals on Monday. The finals are in Gowanda on Thursday. In B-2, Fredonia and Roy-Hart hope to reach a 1 vs. 2 final on Thursday with home wins on Monday. Class C and D stage quarterfinals on Monday, with the finals coming on Saturday in Jamestown.

• It’s a similar story in softball. The Msgr. Martin finals will be held on Wednesday at Sunshine Park; the four top seeds are still alive. The Class AA division has the top eight seeds squaring off on Monday for the chance to reach Wednesday’s semifinals. In Class A-1, Williamsville East and West Seneca East are the two top seeds and will try to meet in Wednesday’s final in Depew. In A-2, Starpoint (No. 6) looks to pull another upset on Monday when it goes against No. 2 Amherst. In B-1 and B-2, the title games will be played in Dunkirk. The top three seeds are all still alive in those classes entering Monday’s semifinals. In Class C, top-rated Olmsted goes up against Allegany-Limestone on Monday in a quarterfinal game. In Class D, the top eight seeds will be reduced to four survivors on Monday.

• The boys lacrosse tournament gets going this week. It won’t take long to get to the finals there. Only one quarterfinal is slated in Class A for Tuesday, as Lockport goes to Frontier. Then we’ll be down to the semifinals on Thursday. The field is more crowded in Class B, with four quarterfinals taking place on Tuesday. Class C also will match the top eight seeds in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

• In girls lacrosse, Nichols will host the Msgr. Martin Association semifinals on Tuesday. No. 1 Mount Mercy plays No. 4 Buffalo Seminary. In Section VI action, the quarterfinals start Tuesday.

• It’s quite exciting when local high school athletes are playing for a trip to New York City. That will be at stake throughout the week when the Section VI boys tennis tournament takes place. It will be held from Monday to Friday at Lancaster High School, starting at 3 p.m. The top three players will be off to Flushing Meadows for the state championship.

• It’s championship week in track, with several area conferences holding meets.


Cassie Serafin of Depew was omitted Sunday from the list of double winners at the Girls Classic meet. She won the high jump and triple jump.

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