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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. Niagara Falls (AA) [7] 10-1 97 1

2. Canisius (A) [3] 11-3 93 2

3. Williamsville North (AA) 11-2 72 5

4. St. Joe's (A) 14-4 68 4

5. Jamestown (AA) 11-2 64 3

6. McKinley (A-1) 9-3 53 6

7. Timon-St. Jude (A) 9-7 40 7

8. Amherst (A-2) 12-1 26 10

9. Clarence (AA) 10-4 24 9

10. Kenmore West (AA) 9-4 6 8

Also receiving votes: North Tonawanda (AA) 3, Sweet Home (A-1) 3, Iroquois (A-1) 1.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Olean (B-1) [10] 12-1 100 1

2. Silver Creek (C-2) 13-0 90 2

3. East (B-2) 9-4 73 3

4. Nichols (B) 13-3 65 4

5. Middle Early College (C-1) 8-4 59 5

6. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 11-1 45 6

7. Oracle Charter (C-1) 14-1 40 NR

8. Lackawanna (B-1) 11-2 28 8

9. St. Mary's (B) 10-6 26 7

10. Maple Grove (C-2) 10-1 14 9

Also receiving votes: East Aurora (B-1) 6, 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 visits from coach Sister Maria Pares and seniors La'Trice Hall and Hannah Rehbaum of Sacred Heart girls basketball.

2013 News girls basketball polls

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Sacred Heart [8] 16-0 98 1

2. Lockport (AA) [2] 10-1 88 2

3. Jamestown (AA) 11-2 80 3

4. Hamburg (A-1) 10-1 73 4

5. Lancaster (AA) 8-3 52 5

6. Iroquois (A-2) 9-4 40 6

7. Holy Angels 9-7 26 7

8. Grand Island (A-1) 7-5 19 NR

9. Frontier (AA) 6-6 18 8

10. Nardin 6-6 15 9

Also receiving votes (listed by points): Williamsville East (A-1) 8, Kenmore West (AA) 6, Orchard Park (AA) 6, Lake Shore (A-2) 5, Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 5, Williamsville North (AA) 5, Mount St. Mary 2, Niagara Falls (AA) 2, Pioneer (A-2) 2.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cardinal O'Hara [10] 15-0 100 1

2. Frewsburg (C-2) 12-1 82 2

3. Chautauqua Lake (C-2) 11-0 72 3

4. Olean (B-1) 10-2 66 4

5. Randolph (C-1) 10-3 54 5

6. Wilson (B-2) 11-1 53 6

7. Immaculata 12-4 36 7

8. Clymer (D) 10-2 31 8

9. Sherman (D) 12-1 30 9

10. Tonawanda (B-1) 10-1 10 10

Also receiving votes: (listed by points): Allegany-Limestone (C-1) 7, Newfane (B-1) 4, Christian Central Academy 2, Dunkirk (B-1) 1, Ellicottville (D) 1, Holland (C-1) 1.

Coming attractions

• It's a tremendous week in boys basketball. Today marks a major rematch in ECIC I and top five large school action as No. 5 Jamestown plays at No. 3 Williamsville North, which won on the road in the teams' first meeting Jan. 5 (63-49). Also tonight is an ECIC III clash as East Aurora heads to Amherst.

On Thursday, St. Joe's is at Nichols in a clash of fourth-ranked large and small schools while in ECIC IV, there's a top 10 small school clash as Cleveland Hill tries to sweep a season series at Lackawanna. A loaded Friday night includes more top 10 meetings as McKinley plays at Middle Early College in Yale Cup I action and Canisius heads to South Buffalo to take on Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Also on Friday, Olean travels to East High of Rochester to take on the Orientals during an impressive lineup of the RAP Invitational. That event continues Saturday as three top local teams take on three top Section V (Rochester area) teams: Canisius vs. Fairport (5:15 p.m.), Niagara Falls vs. Webster Schroeder (7 p.m.) and Timon at East (8:45 p.m.). On Super Bowl Sunday, there's a top matchup in Rochester as well as Falls plays at Bishop Kearney at 2:45 p.m.; Falls won the teams' first matchup at home in what was the season opener for both teams.

• In girls basketball, No. 1 large school Sacred Heart (16-0) plays at Mount St. Mary on Wednesday on 6:30 p.m. No. 2 large school Lockport visits Kenmore West at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Wilson puts its 8-0 record in the Niagara-Orleans League on the line when it hosts Albion at 7 p.m., also on Wednesday. No. 5 large school Lancaster is at No. 3 Jamestown on Friday at 7:30. The Red Raiders are undefeated in ECIC I. No. 4 large school and ECIC II leader Hamburg hosts West Seneca East on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

• The ECIC and Niagara Frontier Leagues will hold their boys swimming championships this weekend. The ECIC Diving Championships are Friday at Sweet Home at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Sweet Home will host the ECIC small school meet at 10 a.m. followed by the large schools at 2 p.m. The NFL Diving Championships are at Grand Island on Friday. The swimming finals are Saturday, back at GI. … The All-High Championships are Thursday at City Honors starting at 4 p.m.

• The St. Joe's hockey team (10-1) , which clinched its second consecutive large school Division II title on Sunday, gets its next start on Thursday against Williamsville North at Northtowns at 7 p.m. … Frontier (13-4) goes for its fourth win in a row on Thursday against Clarence at the Northtowns Center at 7 p.m.

• It's Class Championship week in wrestling. There are two large school tournaments and three small, all being contested on Saturday. The Large school Class AA are at Lockport, Large school Class A are at Starpoint. Small school, Class B is in East Aurora, Small school Class C is at Eden and Small school Class D is at Portville. Clarence is the No. 1 ranked large school and Falconer is the No. 1 small school. The event is a qualifier for the Section VI championships the following Sunday at UB.

• Indoor track will have a Varsity Select Meet on Saturday at Lancaster at 9 a.m.

• Halls of Fame

• Lancaster is seeking nominations for its Athletic Hall of Fame. Nominees must be 15 years removed from graduation. The Class of 2013 will be recognized in a June ceremony. Send biographical information to Len Jankiewicz.

• Pioneer is seeking nominations for its Athletic Wall of Fame Nomination forms are available at the Pioneer Athletic Office, or contact Jen Tatko 716-492-9061. Nominees must be a Pioneer graduate between 1970-2008. Deadline is March 18.

• The Maryvale Athletic Wall of Fame's Class of 2013 will be recognized at a banquet on March 23. The inductees are: Marty Bochinski, Mark Monaco, Holly Filarecki, Tim Lawler, Jon Bednasz, Garrett Kensy, the 1993 softball team and the 1998 boys soccer team. Contact Jerry Collins at 683-6199 or Beverly Capozzi at 631-7479.



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