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Sidelines (Dec. 12): The first basketball polls of the season & more

Buffalo News polls
State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *–tie in points, LW – Last week.

Team (Class ) Record Points
1. Park [3] 2-0 82
2. Canisius [5] 2-0 80
3. Williamsville South (A1) 2-0 72
4. North Tonawanda [1] (A1) 3-0 49
5. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 0-0 44
6. Niagara Falls (AA) 1-2 37
7. McKinley (A1) 1-0 24
8. Cheektowaga (A2) 1-2 21
9. Maryvale (A2) 2-0 20
10. Amherst (A2) 3-0 16
Others receiving votes: St. Joe’s 14, St. Francis 13, Olean (A2) 12, Kenmore West (AA) 6. Jamestown (AA) 5.
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 (View from Centercourt blog), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).

Team (Class) Record Points
1. Health Sciences [9] (B2) 5-1 99
2. East Aurora [1] (B1) 2-1 90
3. East (C2) 1-2 55
4. Cardinal O’Hara 1-1 51
5. Lackawanna (B2) 3-0 45
6. Dunkirk (B1) 2-1 39
7. Chautauqua Lake (C1) 2-0 25
8. Burgard (B1)* 2-0 23
8. Gowanda (B2)* 2-0 23
10. Middle Early College (B2) 0-1 20
Others receiving votes: Ellicottville (D) 18, MST-Seneca (B1) 12, Newfane (B1) 9, Nichols 9, St. Mary’s 9, Silver Creek (C2) 8, Medina (B2) 5, Depew (B1) 4, Walsh 3, Franklinville (D) 2, Tapestry (B2) 1.
Pollsters: Randall Rich (Middle Early College coach), Larry Jones (Depew coach/ECIC III), Tony Krupski (JFK coach/ECIC IV), Brian Koscielniak (Salamanca coach/CCAA II), Derek Hill (official), Tony Pulvirenti (Cardinal O’Hara coach), Brett Sippel (Wilson coach/Niagara-Orleans), Universal, Andrews, Rodriguez.

Team (Class) Record Points
1. Cardinal O’Hara [8] 3-2 80
2. Lake Shore (A2) 3-0 51
3. Orchard Park (AA) 3-0 42
4. Sacred Heart 2-0 41
5. Wmsv. South (A1) 1-2 39
6. Lockport (AA) 1-1 30
7. Amherst (A2) 1-1 26
8. Kenmore East (A2) 3-1 23
9. Hamburg (A1) 1-0 17
10. Frontier (AA) 1-1 15
Others receiving votes: Clarence (AA) 14, Olean (A2) 14, Williamsville North (AA) 12, Lancaster (AA) 7, Mount Mercy 6, Grand Island (A1) 3, Mount St. Mary’s 5, Jamestown (AA) 1, Iroquois 1.
Pollsters: Joe Dougherty, Jeff Martin, Mike McCarthy, Dan McDermott, Richard Mihalik, Frank Payne, Paul Twarosek, Tim Lindner, Dennis Sarow, John Glose.

Team (Class) Record Points
1. East Aurora (B1) [6] 2-1 60
2. Franklinville (D) 2-0 50
3. Ellicottville (D) 4-0 34
4. Wilson (B2) 3-1 32
5. St. Mary’s* 5-0 30
5. Frewsburg* (C2)* 1-2 30
7. Fredonia (B1) 1-0 16
8. Depew (B1)* 3-2 14
8. Cleveland Hill (C1)* 2-1 14
10. Albion (B1) 2-1 12
(Records may not be complete)
Others receiving votes: Newfane (B1) 10, Allegany-Limestone (C1) 6, Panama (D) 4.
Pollsters: Brian Baker, Jeff Collver, Dougherty, Andrea Drabik, Al Gens, Kevin Klumpp, Lindner, Frank Martin, McCarthy, Fran Snyder.

Back to work

The basketball season is in full swing, which means it's time to get back to the business of determining the identity of the top teams. Therefore, the first polls are out.

Not all of the teams have come close to playing the same number of games, and opponents for nonleague games come from a variety of sources. So the list of records in the top 10 are a bit odd. But it's easy to guess that there will be shuffling in the early weeks of play.

The first argument centers around the top boys large school, as Park leads Canisius by a couple of points. Health Sciences was close to unanimous among boys schools, and Cardinal O'Hara and East Aurora were everyone's choice on the girls side.

Honor roll

• The Niagara Frontier League has announced its all-league selections for girls soccer for 2016. Here is the first team:

Forwards: Madisyn Pezzino, Grand Island; Kerstin Crum, Lewiston-Porter; Jordan Johnson, Niagara-Wheatfield; Tyra Burch, Niagara Falls; Isabella Finley, North Tonawanda. Midfielders: Marcy Barberic, Grand Island; Grace Stranahan, Grand Island; Madison Evarts, Niagara-Wheatfield; Samantha Hanes, North Tonawanda; Anna Kromer, Lewiston-Porter. Defense: Alexa Chiarenza, Grand Island; Bridget Wilson, North Tonawanda. Goalie: Katelin White, Lewiston-Porter.

The best for now

Cardinal O’Hara came up short on Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the Best of New York Tournament in the Syracuse area. The Hawks lost to Jamesville-Dewitt, 60-54.

O’Hara was led by Anndea Zeigler, who had 12 points, and Cori Dickson, who finished with 11. Meg Hair of J-D led all scorers with 15 points. Jamie Boeheim, the daughter of Syracuse men’s coach Jim Boeheim, had seven points.

The Hawks have a 3-2 record after the loss to the defending state champions.

Coming attractions

• The East Aurora girls basketball team has gotten off to a very impressive start. The Blue Devils have only one game on the schedule this week. They will play at Starpoint on Tuesday. Sacred Heart plays at Nardin on Monday and hosts Williamsville South on Thursday.

• The boys swimming schedule is a little different than other winter sports, as the slate is rather compressed. The playoffs begin in late January. Therefore, teams already are heavily into the schedule. Jamestown, for example has a couple of home meets coming up this week. The Red Raiders host Frontier and Pioneer this week. Williamsville East heads to Williamsville North on Tuesday and will swim against at St. Joe’s on Friday at Buffalo State College.

• There are a couple of wrestling tournaments coming up this weekend. The 31st annual Southern Tier Wrestling Officials Holiday Classic will be held on Friday and Saturday at Seneca Allegany Community Center. Last year, Olean won the three heaviest weight classes as the Huskies edged Falconer for the championship. On Saturday, the Jon Vesper Duals will take place at Clarence. Lockport won the 2015 title.

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