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Final Buffalo News boys basketball polls for 2017-18

State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting

Large Schools

Team Record Points LW
1. Park [11] 25-5 110 2
2. Canisius 23-3 96 1
3. West Seneca West (A-1) 24-1 85 5
4. Niagara Falls* (AA) 19-5 72 4
4. Williamsville South* (A-1) 19-4 72 3
6. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 19-6 54 6
7. South Park (A-2) 14-10 45 NR
8. Williamsville North (AA) 15-8 28 7
9. McKinley* (A-1) 17-6 16 9
9. St. Francis* 13-13 16 10

Others receiving votes: North Tonawanda (A-1) 5, Jamestown (AA) 4, Cheektowaga (A-2) 2.

Pollsters: Dennis Hartnett (Official), Steve Allen (Official), Gabe Michael (Williamsville South coach/ECIC II), Mark Simon (St. Joe's coach/Msgr. Martin), Kyle Husband (Canisius coach/Msgr. Martin), Erik O'Bryan (Niagara Wheatfield coach/Niagara Frontier League), Zaire Dorsey (McKinley coach/Yale Cup), Pete Hudecki (South Park coach/Yale Cup), David Universal (New York State Sportswriters Association), Chad Andrews (View from Centercourt), Miguel Rodriguez (Buffalo News).

Small Schools

Team Record Points LW
1. Health Sciences [5] (B-2) 21-5 95 1
2. East [5] (D) 20-6 92 4
3. Olean (B-1) 22-2 83 2
4. Franklinville (D) 19-4 55 5
5. Middle Early College (B-2) 16-6 54 3
6. Niagara Catholic 17-7 48 7
7. Tapestry (C) 17-7 43 9
8. Ellicottville (D) 19-3 27 10
9. Cardinal O'Hara 14-11 24 6
10. Newfane (B-1) 17-6 12 NR

Others receiving votes: St. Mary's of Lancaster 8, Sherman (D) 3, Randolph (C) 2, Allegany-Limestone (C) 2, Lackawanna (B-1) 2.

Pollsters: Andrews, Universal, Rodriguez, Brett Sippel (Wilson), Rob Genco (Silver Creek), Derek Hill (Official), Larry Jones (Depew), Tony Pulvirenti (Cardinal O’Hara), Sil Dan (Official), Tony Krupski (JFK).

Final Buffalo News girls basketball polls for 2017-18

Park School and Canisius were the only teams to hold the No. 1 spot in The Buffalo News' Large Schools boys basketball poll throughout the season. So, it's fitting they finished 2017-18 ranked 1-2 in the final poll, with Park earning one more title to cap perhaps its best season ever.

The Pioneers (25-5) ended Canisius' three-year reign as large schools poll champion. They did it in unanimous fashion, receiving all the first-place votes from News pollsters.

It's Park's second poll title in four years but first in the large schools division. The Pioneers captured News Small Schools Poll honors in 2015 after winning the Federation Class B state championship.

This time, the Pioneers all but wrapped up the No. 1 spot when they ended the Crusaders' three-year reign as Manhattan Cup Class A champion.

The Pioneers then captured the New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association title to further solidify their grasp on the top spot.

Park secured the right to be called undisputed champion of New York in Class A when it defeated Albany Academy in the state Federation Tournament of Champions final.

The Pioneers finished the season on a 10-game winning streak and won 17 of their final 18 games (the lone loss in that span at Canisius in February).

Three times this season the News' No. 2 large school defeated No. 1. Each of those games involved Park and Canisius with the Pioneers winning twice – including the 62-54 decision in the Manhattan Cup final.

Despite not winning a postseason championship, the Crusaders (22-3) received lots of respect in the News and state polls. In addition to finishing second in the area poll, they were ranked third in New York, behind Park and Albany Academy but ahead of other teams that made a state final four.

Park and Georgia state runner-up St. Pius X Catholic were the only teams to beat Canisius, which defeated six teams that at least reached their respective state tournament's final four during the season. That included wins over Park and Class A semifinalist Irondequoit, which defeated West Seneca West during the state quarterfinals.

That also included a win over state Class B semifinalist Health Sciences, which edged state Class D champion East for the top spot in the News' Small Schools poll, 95-92.

Health and East each split the 10 first-place votes. Three pollsters, however, voted Health Sciences and Class B-1 champion Olean 1-2 on their ballots ahead of East.

That enabled Health Sciences, which beat East during the regular season by three points, to capture its second straight small schools poll title. Health went wire to wire as No. 1.

Class D teams received plenty of respect in this poll as three of them finished ranked in the top eight. Franklinville, the Class D sectional runner-up, came in ranked fourth. Ellicottville, which nearly knocked off East in the sectional semifinals and split the regular-season series with Franklinville, finished ranked eighth.

Polls throughout the 2017-18 season

Final NYSSWA rankings

Click here for the complete lists

Class AA

27. Niagara Falls

Class A

1. Park
3. Canisius
10. West Seneca West
12. Williamsville South
23. Bishop Timon-St. Jude
Honorable Mention: McKinley, North Tonawanda, South Park, St. Francis, Sweet Home.

Class B

6. Health Sciences
7. Olean
17. Middle College
22. Niagara Catholic
Honorable Mention: Cardinal O'Hara, Lackawanna, Newfane, St. Mary's of Lancaster.

Class C

6. Tapestry
15. Allegany-Limestone
Honorable Mention: Chautauqua Lake, Randolph.

Class D

1. East
4. Franklinville
5. Ellicottille
17. Sherman

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