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2012-13 News boys basketball polls

State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets. *-tie in points.

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Niagara Falls (AA) [10] 2-1 100 1

2. Canisius (A) 2-1 87 2

3. Jamestown (AA) 3-0 82 3

4. St. Joe’s (A) 4-1 67 5

5. Wmsv. North (AA) 3-0 60 6

6. McKinley (A-1) 3-1 53 4

7. Kenmore West (AA) 1-2 23 7

8. Timon-St. Jude (A) 2-4 22 NR

9. Amherst (A-2) 3-1 20 9

10. Wmsv. South (A-1) 5-1 13 NR

Also receiving votes: Clarence (AA) 7, Cheektowaga (A-2) 4, Sweet Home (A-1) 4, Riverside (A-2) 3, Frontier (AA) 3, Hutch-Tech (A-1) 2.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean (B-1) [10] 4-0 100 1

2. Middle Early Coll. (C-1) 3-0 86 3

3. Silver Creek (C-2) 6-0 75 2

4. Lackawanna (B-1) 4-0 67 7

5. Newfane (B-1) 2-0 52 4

6. St. Mary’s (B) 3-2 44 5

7. Nichols (B) 4-1 27 8

8. East (B-2) 2-2 26 10

9. Depew (B-1) 2-2 19 9

10. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 1-0 13 NR

Also receiving votes: (listed by points received): Maple Grove (C-2) 7, Maryvale (B-1) 5, Portville (C-2) 5, Fredonia (B-2) 4, East Aurora (B-1) 2.

How The News voted

Keith McShea explains the News’ large and small school ballots in the weekly How The News voted post at the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com.

2012-13 News girls basketball polls

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Sacred Heart [5] 4-0 75

2. Lockport (AA) [2] 1-1 70

3. Holy Angels 3-2 54

4. Hamburg (A-1) 3-0 43

5. Jamestown (AA) [1] * 1-1 39

5. Nardin * 3-0 39

7. Lancaster (AA) 2-1 32

8. Iroquois (A-2) 2-2 18

9. Frontier (AA) 1-1 17

10. Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 0-1 14

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Grand Island (A-1) 11, Niagara Falls (AA) 10, Starpoint (A-2) 9, Wmsv. East (A-1) 4, Mt. St. Mary 2, Mount Mercy 1, Wmsv. North (AA) 1, Wmsv. South (A-1) 1.

2012-2013 pollsters: Joe/Karen Catalano (Lancaster/ECIC I), Rick Mihalik (Frontier.ECIC I), Frank Payne (Iroquois, ECIC II), Joe Dougherty (Nardin, Msgr. Martin Association), Jeff Martin (Kenmore West, Niagara Frontier League), Sister Maria Pares (Sacred Heart, Msgr. Martin Association), Fran Snyder (Holy Angels, Msgr. Martin Association), Paul Twarozek (official).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Cardinal O’Hara [6] 2-0 69

2. Olean (B-1) [2] 1-0 68

3. Wilson (B-2) 3-0 54

4. Frewsburg (C-2) 4-1 53

5. Chautauqua Lake (C-2) 3-1 47

6. Randolph (C-1) 3-1 28

7. Allegany-Limestone (C-1) 2-0 27

8. Sherman (D) 2-0 22

9. Immaculata 3-3 20

10. Clymer (D) 3-1 11

Also receiving votes: (listed by points received): Dunkirk (B-1) 9, Portville (C-2) 7, Maryvale (B-1) 6, Newfane (B-1) 6, Medina (B-2) 6, Frewsburg (C-2) 4, Akron (B-2) 2, Tapestry (C-2) 1.

2012-2013 pollsters: Joe Badaszewski (Immaculata assistant), Brian Baker (Wilson, Niagara-Orleans League), Meghan Hilelein (Gowanda, CCAA I), Frank Martin (Allegany-Limestone, CCAA I), Jeff Collver (Frewsburg, CCAA II), Nate Cornell (Franklinville, CCAA III), Scott Neckers (Clymer, CCAA IV), Dan McDermott (Cardinal O’Hara, Msgr. Martin Association).

• Pollsters needed: Coaches or officials interested in voting on this year’s girls basketball polls should email Mary Jo Monnin at mmonnin@buffnews.com.

Coming attractions

• There is a major showdown in boys basketball tonight as No. 2 large school Canisius hosts Section V private school power Bishop Kearney of Rochester at 7 p.m. Kearney, which features Syracuse signee Chinoso Okboho and national recruit sophomore Thomas Bryant, lost at Niagara Falls in overtime in its opener. ... On Thursday, there is a top five small school vs. large school battle as No. 4 large school St. Joe’s hosts No. 2 small school Middle Early College at 7.

• The St. Joe’s (5-0-1) hockey team plays Williamsville North on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Northtown’s feature rink. The teams played two close ones last year skating to a 2-2 and St. Joe’s winning the second game, 3-2.

• Wrestling takes a break this weekend from its tournament schedule, but comes back strong with the Joe Shifflet/Sweet Home Invitational on Dec. 29.

• Some of the top bowlers and bowling teams will compete Dec. 27 at the Festival of Lights Tournament at Thruway Lanes starting at 9 a.m.

• In indoor track, there will be a Division C/E meet on Friday at Lancaster at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday Fredonia will host a Division B/F meet starting at 8 a.m. and a Division A/D meet at 2 p.m.

Akron to induct three

• The 45th Akron Holiday Wrestling Tournament is Dec. 29 starting at 9 a.m. and will feature 19 public and private schools from across Western New York.

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. each day. At approximately 5 p.m., three men will be inducted into the Akron Wrestling Wall of Fame. This year’s class includes Bill Freeman of the Class of 1968, Robert Cummings of the Class of 1990 and Daric Brege of the Class of 1992. Former Akron coach Jerry Drayer will be the presentor.

He will also present the Jerry Drayer Most Outstanding Wrestler Award at the conclusion of the wrestling event.

Officials present awards

• The Western New York and Southwestern Chapters of the NYS Association of Certified Football Officials has announced the winners of its inaugural Sportsmanship Award. The two groups partnered with the Cross Training Football and presented the awards at a recent banquet.

The winners were Burgard, coached by Jason Kolb, and Jamestown, coached by Tom Langworthy. The two groups initiated this award to help bring a greater emphasis on sportsmanship and playing for the integrity of the game.

Spotlight dims

This is the final edition of the Scholastic Spotlight in 2012. The News will continue to follow all of the winter action over the next few weeks. Next week, The News will preview wrestling. Continue to send items of interest to: mmonnin@buffnews.com., mail: P.O. Box 100, Buffalo 14240 or fax 849-4587.