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The News' basketball polls for Jan. 23

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

BOYS BASKETBALL
LARGE SCHOOLS
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1 Park [6] 10-2 95 1
2 St. Francis [3] 10-3 90 5
3 Williamsville South (A) 9-2 69 2
4 Timon-St. Jude 7-3 67 3
5 Amherst (A) [1] 12-2 66 6
6 Canisius 7-5 59 4
7 Niagara Falls (AA) 8-5 25 9
8 North Tonawanda (A)* 10-3 24 8
9 Olean (A) 11-2 19 10
10 Jamestown (AA) 8-3 13 7
Others receiving votes: McKinley (A1) 11, Cheektowaga (A) 8, Lancaster (AA) 5, Lockport (AA) 4, Grand Island (A) 2.
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).

SMALL SCHOOLS
Team (Class ) Rec. Pts. LW
1 Health Sciences [10] (B) 13-2 100 1
2 East Aurora (B) 11-3 84 2
3 Cardinal O’Hara 10-5 80 4
4 Chautauqua Lake (C) 11-2 69 3
5 East (C) 8-5 42 5
6 Ellicottville (D) 11-2 37 7
7 Middle Early College (B) 7-4 31 NR
8 Franklinville (D) 8-3 29 10
9 St. Mary’s 9-3 26 NR
10 Dunkirk (B)* 7-5 21 8
Others receiving votes: Archbishop Walsh 14, Depew (B) 7, Randolph (C) 5, Sherman (D) 3, Olmsted (B) 2.
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.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
LARGE SCHOOLS
Team (Class ) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Cardinal O’Hara [7] 13-2 70 1
2. Wmsv. South (A) 9-3 62 3
3. Lake Shore (A) 10-1 50 2
4. Frontier (AA) 9-4 45 6
5. Amherst (A) 7-3 39 5
6. Clarence (AA) 11-1 35 4
7. Kenmore East (A)* 11-2 18 8
7. Olean (A)* 9-2 18 9
7. Sacred Heart* 7-3 18 7
10. Orchard Park (AA) 6-6 7 10
Others receiving votes: Mt. St. Mary 4, Lockport (AA) 3, Mercy 2, Lancaster (AA) 2, Hamburg 1.
Pollsters: Jeff Martin, Mike McCarthy, Dan McDermott, Richard Mihalik, Frank Payne, Paul Twarosek, Tim Lindner, Dennis Sarow, John Glose.

SMALL SCHOOLS
Team (Class ) Rec. Pts. LW
1. East Aurora (B) [6] 11-1 60 1
2. Franklinville (D) 10-1 50 2
3. Fredonia (B) 9-4 45 3
4. Frewsburg (C) 11-2 36 4
5. Medina (B) 11-1 34 4
6. Ellicottville (D) 12-1 27 6
7. Depew (B) 10-5 23 8
8. Wilson (B) 9-2 21 7
9. St. Mary’s 11-3 12 10
10. Cleveland Hill (D) 11-2 10 9
Others receiving votes: Panama (D) 9, Allegany-Limestone (C) 1, Buffalo Arts (B) 1, Albion (B) 1, Tapestry (C) 1.
Pollsters: Brian Baker, Jeff Collver, Andrea Drabik, Kevin Klumpp, Lindner, Frank Martin, McCarthy, Fran Snyder.

NOT SO UNANIMOUS

Finally, there's been a difference in opinion.

The boys' large school polls had a split decision at the top. Park finished first once again, but St. Francis received three first-place votes and moved up to second. The Msgr. Martin Athletic Association is in for quite a ride down the stretch, based on the poll.

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