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2013 News boys basketball polls

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

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Canisius (A) [10] 19-4 100 1

2. Niagara Falls (AA) 15-3 90 2

3. Jamestown (AA) 16-2 78 3

4. St. Joe’s (A) 19-5 70 4

5. Wmsv. North (AA) 15-3 57 5*

6. McKinley (A-1) 15-3 52 5*

7. Amherst (A-2) 17-1 35 7*

8. Clarence (AA) 14-4 34 7*

9. Timon-St. Jude (A) 10-13 19 9

10. Wmsv. South (A-1) 14-4 8 10

Also receiving votes (listed by points): Sweet Home (A-1) 4, Lockport (AA) 2, Kenmore West (AA) 1.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean (B-1) [10] 17-1 100 1

2. Silver Creek (C-2) 18-0 90 2

3. Oracle Charter (C-1) 17-1 65 5

4. Middle Early College (C-1) 13-5 61 7

5. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 16-1 59 6

6. East (B-2) 12-6 50 4

7. St. Mary’s (B) 17-6 42 10

8. Nichols (B) 16-6 35 3

9. Lackawanna* (B-1) 15-3 22 9

9. Maple Grove* (C-2) 17-1 22 8

Also receiving votes (listed by points): CSAT (B-2) 4.

How The News voted

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

PrepTalkTV Weekly

• News Reporters Lauren Mariacher and Keith McShea host PrepTalkTV Weekly live each Wednesday at 9 p.m. at buffalonews.com. Watch highlights, interviews, analysis and take a look ahead. Last week’s episode included a visit from Section VI football chairman Ken Stoldt.

2013 News girls basketball polls

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Lockport (AA) [9] 16-2 99 1

2. Sacred Heart [1] 21-2 91 2

3. Hamburg (A-1) 17-1 75 3

4. Jamestown (AA) 15-3 74 4

5. Lancaster (AA) 11-7 45 5

6. Wmsv. North (AA) 9-8 38 9

7. Holy Angels 15-9 33 7

8. Iroquois (A-2) 12-6 32 6

9. Nardin 13-9 19 8

10. Lake Shore (A-1) 14-4 12 NR

Also receiving votes (listed by points): Niagara Falls (AA) 10, Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 9, Orchard Park (AA) 4, Starpoint (A-1) 4, Frontier (AA) 2, Pioneer (A-2) 2, Williamsville South (A-1) 1.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cardinal O’Hara [7] 25-0 70 1

2. Frewsburg (C-2) 16-2 52 2

3. Olean (B-1) * 15-3 44 4

3. Randolph (C-1) * 15-3 44 5

5. Chautauqua Lake (C-2) 16-0 42 3

6. Wilson (B-2) 17-1 35 6

7. Immaculata 16-4 29 7

8. Clymer (D) 16-2 20 9

9. Sherman (D) 16-2 18 8

10. Christian Central 17-5 10 NR

Also receiving votes: (listed by points): Tonawanda (B-1) 8, Medina (B-2) 7, Holland (C-1) 4, Allegany-Limestone (C-1) 2.

Coming attractions

• It’s playoff time in boys basketball, with the Section VI tournament tipping off with first-round games today, prequarterfinals Wednesday and a full lineup of games with a lot on the line on Quarterfinal Friday.

• The Monsignor Martin Association’s Manhattan Cup playoffs begin with a play-in game tonight, followed by two quarterfinal doubleheaders on Thursday at St. Joe’s and Canisius, with the highlight game between top 10 small schools St. Mary’s and Nichols at Canisius at 6:30 p.m. The Manhattan Cup semifinals are Sunday at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at Canisius College.

• The Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball playoffs tip off on Saturday with four quarterfinals games starting at 10 a.m. at Canisius College. A field of eight teams, six from the North Division and two from the South will complete for the title, which has been won the past three years by Sacred Heart. The four winners advance to the semifinals on Feb. 26.

• In hockey, the Federation semifinals for the Catholic schools are tonight at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston. At 6:30 No. 1 seed St. Joe’s plays defending champion and No. 4 seed St. Francis at 6:30 p.m. No. 2 Timon-St. Jude faces No. 3 Canisius at 8:30 p.m. The winners advance to the finals on Monday at 8 p.m. at First Niagara Center.

The small school semifinals are tonight beginning at the Northtown Center in Amherst as No. 2 Williamsville East faces No. 3 Hamburg at 6 p.m. That game will be followed by No. 1 West Seneca West taking on No. 5 Sweet Home at 8:30 p.m. The winners advance to the championship game on Monday at 6 p.m. at First Niagara Center.

The large schools final is scheduled for Monday at 4 p.n. in the First Niagara Center. The Federation large and small school champions will host Regional games on March 2 at the Northtown Center.

• The Section VI Indoor Track and Field Championships are at 9 a.m. Thursday Fredonia State.

• The New York State Wrestling Championship are Friday and Saturday at the Albany Times-Union Center.

Bulletin board

The Ninth Western New York Wrestling Coaches’ Association Luncheon of Champions is March 3 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell.

The event will include Hall of Fame inductions, Coaches’ and Special Awards and recognition of the Section VI and Catholic state wrestlers. The Class of 2013 Hall of Fame inductees will include: Joe Zito (Lancaster), Bobby Jackson (Sweet Home), Jim Guizzotti (Maryvale), Bill Schoenle (Williamsville South), Bob Jackson Sr. (wrestler/coach-Amherst/Kenmore West).

Tickets are $20 and reservations must be made by Feb. 26 by sending check or money order to: WNY Wrestling Coaches’ Association, 7230 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127 or calling (716) 208-7302. The eternal plaque recognizing past classes of inductees into the Western New York Wrestling Coaches’ Assocation Hall of Fame is located in the foyer of DiPaolo’s Restaurant.