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Sidelines for Dec. 19: Basketball polls, news and notes

Buffalo News basketball polls

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



Team (Class )           Rec.    Pts.     LW

  1. Park [7] 3-0 97       1
  2. Canisius [3] 3-0 88       2
  3. Wmsv. South (A1) 3-0 74       3
  4. Timon-St. Jude 2-0 73       5
  5. St. Francis 4-1 55       NR
  6. McKinley (A1) 2-0 38       7
  7. Niagara Falls (AA) 2-5 34       6
  8. N. Tonawanda [1] (A1) 4-1 24       4
  9. Maryvale (A2) 3-0 23       9
  10. Jamestown (AA) 1-1 12       NR
  11. St. Joe’s 3-2 12       NR

Others receiving votes: Amherst (A2) 8, Olean (A2) 6, Cheektowaga (A2) 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 (View from Centercourt blog), Miguel Rodriguez (The Buffalo News).


Team (Class )           Rec.    Pts.     LW

  1. Health Sciences [10] (B2) 6-1 100     1
  2. East Aurora (B1) 3-1 88 2
  3. East (C2) 2-2 63       3
  4. Lackawanna (B2) 3-0 43       5
  5. Cardinal O’Hara 2-2 42       4
  6. Chautauqua Lake (C1) 5-0 40       7
  7. Dunkirk (B1) 2-2 39       6
  8. Ellicottville (D) 4-1 28       NR
  9. Depew (B1)* 4-0 16       NR
  10. Middle Early College* (B2) 1-2 16

Others receiving votes: MST-Seneca (B1) 14, St. Mary’s 14. Nichols 13, Newfane (B1) 7, Walsh 5, Gowanda (B2) 5, Silver Creek (C2) 5, Franklinville (D) 1, Barker (C2) 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 )           Rec.    Pts.     LW

  1. Cardinal O’Hara [7] 3-2 70       1
  2. Lake Shore (A2) 4-0 56       2
  3. Wmsv. South (A1) 3-3 51       5
  4. Sacred Heart 3-0 37       4
  5. Frontier (AA) 3-1 33       10
  6. Amherst (A2)* 2-2 25       7
  7. Clarence (AA)* 4-0 25       NR
  8. Orchard Park (AA) 4-1 22       3
  9. Kenmore East (A2) 4-1 19       8
  10. Lockport (AA) 3-1 15       6

Others receiving votes: Olean (A2) 12, Lancaster (AA) 10, Williamsville North (AA) 5, Hamburg (A1) 4, Kenmore West (AA) 1.

Pollsters: Joe Dougherty, Jeff Martin, Mike McCarthy, Dan McDermott, Richard Mihalik, Frank Payne, Paul Twarosek, Tim Lindner, Dennis Sarow, John Glose.


Team (Class )            Rec.    Pts.     LW

  1. East Aurora (B1) [6] 4-0 60       1
  2. Franklinville (D) 3-0 52       2
  3. Ellicottville (D) 5-0 33       3
  4. St. Mary’s 5-0 31 5
  5. Fredonia (B1) 1-1 30       7
  6. Wilson (B2) 5-1 28       4
  7. Cleveland Hill (C1) 3-1 23       8
  8. Frewsburg (C2) 3-2 22       5
  9. Depew (B1) 3-3 15       8
  10. Medina (B1)* 5-0 7          NR
  11. Mt. St. Mary* 4-3 7          NR

(Records may not be complete)

Others receiving votes: Buffalo Arts (B2) 6, Panama (D) 6, Chautauqua Lake (C1) 5, Allegany-Limestone (C1) 2, Newfane (B1) 2, Olmsted (B2) 1.

Pollsters: Brian Baker, Jeff Collver, Dougherty, Andrea Drabik, Al Gens, Kevin Klumpp, Lindner, Frank Martin, McCarthy, Fran Snyder.

Honor roll

-- Columbia first-year runner Kenny Vasbinder will represent Team USA during the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge on Jan. 7 in Scotland. The former East Aurora state champion runner and Prep Talk Awards Cross Country Runner of the Year is one of six from the United State who will run in the 6K junior race.

“I am honored to be representing the red, white, and blue of Team USA at the 2017 Great Edinburgh Challenge,” Vasbinder said. “It is incredibly humbling to be given this opportunity to compete alongside some of the best young runners our country has to offer, and I cannot describe what it means to be able to put on the Team USA uniform. I hope to represent Columbia, my friends and family, and most of all our country to the best of my ability.”

Vasbinder is the first Columbia freshman to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championship meet. He took 14th at the NCAA Northeast Regional. He also earned second team All-Ivy League accolades.

-- Two members of the Eden girls volleyball team were recently honored by the New York Volleyball Coaches Association. The honorees include coach Stephen Pierce and last year’s state Gatorade Player of the Year Sam Burgio. Pierce guided the Raiders to their eighth straight state title in his final season as coach. The state’s all-time winningest coach with 995 wins recently stepped down from the position having guided Eden to 13 state titles during his 28 seasons. Burgio, the University of Maryland commit, capped her career having won a state title during each of her six seasons and recorded 687 kills with a .418 hitting percentage.

-- Kenmore/Grand Island hockey star Olivia Smith, a key contributor to the team’s five straight Section VI championships, became the program’s all-time leading scorer last Tuesday. She recorded three goals and three assists in a 9-4 win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew to pass Emily King’s mark of 107 career points. After that contest, Smith had 113.

Sunday action

-- In a nonleague contest between perennial title contenders, Canisius defeated Kenmore East 4-3 in Western New York Varsity Boys Hockey Federation action Sunday. William Cooley’s second goal of the day proved to be the game-winner for the Crusaders (2-1-1).

-- Williamsville North improved to 6-1 by blanking Hamburg 7-0 as Andrew Bruno had a goal and two assists for the defending Section VI Division I champions in this Federation nonleaguer against the small-school Bulldogs. Brett Sardina and Anthony Trigilio each scored twice for the Spartans, who face defending state Catholic champion St. Joe’s in the two Original Eight Federation rivals’ annual Thursday-night-before-Christmas contest at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northtown Center in Amherst.

-- Orchard Park followed Friday night’s win over St. Joe’s by blanking Lancaster, 2-0. Ryan Riter and Zach Biasillo scored for the Quakers (4-2-1), while Tom Held earned the shutout.

Coming attractions

-- The action heats up before Christmas with several marquee clashes on the hardwood and on the ice.

-- In girls basketball, No. 1 Small School East Aurora hits the road to face ninth-ranked Depew at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Later this week, No. 4 Small School St. Mary’s of Lancaster hosts ninth-ranked large school Kenmore East at 7 p.m. Thursday.

-- In boys basketball, The Depew Holiday Tournament tips off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with City Honors facing St. Mary’s. The other game pits ECIC III rivals Cheektowaga and Depew. The tournament concludes on Friday. On Thursday, a big showdown between ranked large schools takes place on McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo as No. 3 Williamsville South visits fourth-ranked Bishop Timon-St. Jude in clash of unbeaten teams. Also Thursday, a Section VI Class A-1 semifinal rematch takes place with McKinley hosting Yale Cup I rival South Park.

-- In girls hockey, unbeaten Williamsville (6-0-1) has a big week. Williamsville visits defending Section VI champion Kenmore/Grand Island at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday at Lincoln Park. At 4 p.m. Friday at Northtown Center, Williamsville meets Monsignor Martin.

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