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Final Buffalo News girls 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. Cardinal O’Hara [10] 21-7 100 1
2. Williamsville South (A-1) 19-6 89 2
3. Sacred Heart 20-9 75 3
4. Orchard Park (AA) 22-2 71 4
5. Amherst (A-2) 17-7 63 5
6. Iroquois (A-2) 19-4 31 8
7. East Aurora (A-2) 18-4 28 6
8. Lake Shore (A-2) 16-6 22 7
9. Frontier (AA) 10-13 19 NR
10. Clarence (AA) 13-9 18 NR

Others receiving votes: Mount St. Mary 16, Hamburg (A-1) 6, Lancaster (AA) 6, Lockport (AA) 3, St. Mary’s of Lancaster 3.

Pollsters: John Glose (Mount Mercy), Tim Lindner, Jeff Martin (Kenmore West), Mike McCarthy (Cardinal O’Hara assistant), Dan McDermott (retired Cardinal O’Hara coach), Rich Mihalik (Frontier), Frank Payne (Iroquois), Dennis Sarow, Fran Snyder (Mount St. Mary), Paul Twarosek (Official).

Small Schools

Team Record Points LW
1. Franklinville [9] (D) 25-1 90 1
2. Allegany-Limestone (C) 23-2 78 4
3. Panama (D) 21-2 67 2
4. Fredonia (B-1) 13-13 65 10
5. Southwestern (B-2) 21-3 60 5
6. Newfane (B-1) 20-2 35 3
7. Holland (C) 20-3 29 6
8. Wilson (B-2) 15-8 24 9
9. Chautauqua Lake (C) 15-7 19 7
10. Olmsted (B-2) 17-4 11 8

Others receiving votes: Dunkirk (B-1) 8, Nardin 5, Eden (B-2) 4.

Pollsters: Jeff Angeletti (Panama), Brian Baker (Wilson), Joe Dougherty (Eden), Kevin Klumpp (Newfane), John Lewis (Maryvale JV coach), Lindner, Frank Martin (Allegany-Limestone), Scott Neckers (Clymer), Sarow, Snyder.

Final Buffalo News boys basketball polls for 2017-18

The top spots in The Buffalo News girls basketball polls are both unanimous for the first time this season.

It’s nothing new for Cardinal O’Hara, which finished atop the large schools poll for the third year in a row and fourth time in the last five years.

O’Hara received every first-place vote last season and earned 101 of 103 in 2017-18. The Hawks collected seven of eight No. 1 votes in the first poll on Dec. 18 and nine of ten on Christmas Day. No. 4 Orchard Park received those other two top votes.

The Hawks beat No. 2 Williamsville South, No. 3 Sacred Heart three times and No. 5 Amherst on the way to running their unbeaten streak against Western New York competition to 89. Their 52-48 win over St. Anthony's in the Catholic state playoffs is believed to be the first Class AA semifinal win by any private or public school in Western New York.

O’Hara, Williamsville South, Sacred Heart, Orchard Park and Amherst were ranked among the top five in Western New York all season long, and they distanced themselves in the final poll. They were the only teams to appear on all 10 final ballots.

Williamsville South was ranked second in all 11 polls. Sacred Heart was ranked third seven times, including the last six of the season. Orchard Park was ranked third four of the first five polls. Amherst opened the season fourth and was that high once more on Feb. 5.

No. 9 Frontier cracked the top 10 for the first time this season after losing in the Section VI Class AA final for the second straight year. The Falcons were honorable mention six times during the regular season.

No. 7 East Aurora appeared on nine ballots, No. 6 Iroquois on eight and No. 8 Lake Shore on seven.

No. 10 Clarence and honorable mention Mount St. Mary each received one fifth-place vote. Amherst was ranked sixth by both of those pollsters.

Eight teams from the first large schools poll are in the final one. Iroquois and Frontier replaced Mount St. Mary and Kenmore East.

Seven teams from last year’s final large schools polls are the same: Cardinal O’Hara, Williamsville South, Sacred Heart, Amherst, Lake Shore, Frontier and Clarence.

Orchard Park, Iroquois and East Aurora (a small school last season) replaced Olean, Kenmore East and Mount St. Mary.

Franklinville received the most first-place votes in each of the 11 small schools polls this season but was beat out by Panama for No. 1 in the opening poll on Dec. 18. Franklinville claimed the top spot in the final 10 polls, however, and received 79 of the 100 total first-place votes this season.

Panama was voted first 17 times, Newfane twice, Southwestern and Chautauqua Lake once.

Franklinville, Allegany-Limestone, Panama, Fredonia and Southwestern were in the top five on every final ballot. No. 6 Newfane and No. 7 Holland were on each between sixth and ninth.

No. 2 Allegany-Limestone was voted second in seven final polls, third in one and fourth in another. Beloved coach Frank Martin unexpectedly passed away on March 21, just days after coaching the Gators in the NYSPHSAA Class C semifinals. He was a voter on the small schools poll.

No. 3 Panama also received a second-place vote, as did No. 5 Southwestern. Limestone was ranked fifth the first eight polls and fourth the final two of the regular season.

No. 4 Fredonia, which received votes every week but hadn’t been ranked higher than 10th all season, made the biggest rise after defending its Section VI Class B title. The Hillbillies were 10th for three weeks and honorable mention for seven before the final poll.

No. 8 Wilson and No. 9 Chautauqua Lake were both on eight of the nine final ballots. No. 10 Olmsted was on seven.

Dunkirk was rewarded with a sixth- and eighth-place vote for reaching the Class B-1 final. Monsignor Martin Class B champ Nardin was voted sixth by one pollster and Eden seventh by another.

Nine teams from the first small schools poll remained in the final one. Fredonia essentially took the spot of St. Mary’s of Lancaster, which was moved to a large school starting Dec. 25.

Half the schools from last year’s final small schools poll are the same: Fredonia (which was No. 1), Panama, Wilson, Franklinville and Allegany-Limestone.

Southwestern, Newfane, Holland, Chautauqua Lake and Olmsted replaced East Aurora, Frewsburg, Depew, Ellicottville and Medina.

Polls throughout the 2017-18 season

Final NYSSWA rankings

Click here for the complete lists

Class AA

9. Cardinal O'Hara
16. Orchard Park
Honorable Mention: Frontier.

Class A

6. Williamsville South
7. Sacred Heart
Honorable Mention: Amherst.

Class B

24. Fredonia
25. Southwestern

Class C

4. Allegany-Limestone
16. Holland

Class D

2. Franklinville
4. Panama

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