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2013-14 News basketball polls

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

BOYS LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Record Pts. LW

1. Canisius (A) [10] 11-2 100 1

2. McKinley* (A-1) 6-2 77 3

2. St. Joe’s* (A) 7-6 77 5

4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (A) 8-6 71 4

5. Williamsville North (AA) 7-3 53 6

6. Jamestown (AA) 6-3 50 7

7. Clarence (AA) 8-2 44 2

8. Amherst (A-2) 8-1 36 8

9. Kenmore West (AA) 9-2 21 10

10. Lockport (AA) 8-3 10 NR

Others receiving votes (with point): North Tonawanda (AA) 1.

BOYS SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Record Pts. LW

1. Olean (B-1) [7] 10-2 97 2

2. East (B-2) [3] 9-2 93 1

3. St. Mary’s (B) 10-3 80 3

4. Middle Early College* (C-1) 5-4 62 6

4. Park* (B) 7-7 62 5

6. Nichols (B) 7-6 49 4

7. Fredonia (B-1) 9-3 44 7

8. Silver Creek (C-1) 9-3 30 8

9. Barker (C-1) 9-0 20 9

10. Sherman (D) 11-0 12 10

Others receiving votes (with points): Health Sciences (B-2) 1.

GIRLS LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Record Pts. LW

1. Cardinal O’Hara [10] 13-1 100 1

2. Frontier (AA) 9-1 89 3

3. Jamestown (AA) 10-1 77 2

4. Niagara Falls (AA) 8-1 70 4

5. Lockport (AA) 6-3 52 5

6. Hamburg (A-1) 5-3 37 7

7. Nardin 6-6 27 6

7. Williamsville North* (AA) 5-5 27 *10

9. Sacred Heart 7-4 22 9

10. Williamsville South (A-1) 7-2 19 *10

Others receiving votes (with points): Iroquois (A-1) 8, East Aurora (A-2) 6, Orchard Park (AA) 6, Mount Mercy 4, Starpoint (A-2) 3, Kenmore West (AA) 2, Williamsville East (A-1) 1.

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Record Pts. LW

1. Chautauqua Lake (C-2) [4] 8-1 84 1

2. Randolph (C-2) 9-2 72 3

3. Tapestry (C-1) [4] 7-2 71 2

4. Fredonia (B-1) 8-1 59 4

5. Wilson (B-2) [1] 8-2 56 5

6. Pine Valley (D) 9-1 39 7

7. Christian Central 8-3 22 8

8. Allegany-Limestone (C-1) 7-3 18 NR

9. Immaculata 4-4 16 6

10. Silver Creek (C-1) 7-2 12 10

Others receiving votes (with points): Holland (C-1) 11, Newfane (B-1) 9, Cleveland Hill (B-2) 8, Tonawanda (B-1) 7, Salamanca (B-2) 5, Clymer (D) 2, Eden (B-1) 2, Panama (D) 2.

How The News voted

Want to see why The News voted some schools ahead of others? Keith McShea explains his large and small school boys basketball ballots in the weekly How The News voted post at the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com.

Coming attractions

• There are several boys basketball top 10 games tonight, including Olean at St. Mary’s (7:30), Park at Bishop Timon-St. Jude (7) and Clarence at Jamestown (7:30). … A challenging week for St. Mary’s also includes a visit to Cleveland Hill Thursday and a trip to Iroquois Friday (both 6:30). … Also Friday, major league showdowns have Kenmore West at Lockport at 6:30 and Jamestown at Clarence at 7. … Canisius hosts Nichols at 3 p.m. Saturday. … On Monday, Timon is at Canisius at 7, the same tip-off time for East at Middle Early College. Meanwhile, Cheektowaga is at Amherst in ECIC III action at 7:30.

• In girls basketball, No. 1 large school Cardinal O’Hara, last week ranked as the third-best team in the Class A state poll, hosts Section V (Rochester area) power Penfield at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Penfield was the highest ranked Section V team in the state’s Class AA poll at No. 18. … Niagara Falls looks to continue its standout season when it hosts Kenmore East at 6:30 tonight and heads to Niagara-Wheatfield at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

• Thursday’s boys hockey lineup at the Northtown Center in Amherst features longtime rivals St. Joe’s and Williamsville North meeting at 9 p.m. St. Joe’s won the first meeting, 3-2. … On Saturday, top small schools Lew-Port and West Seneca East meet at the at Hockey Outlet in North Tonawanda at 4 p.m. while Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Orchard Park battle in a Division I meeting at the Northtown Center at 5.

• In wrestling, there are two major league meets between top five large schools. On Wednesday at 5 p.m., No. 3 Niagara-Wheatfield is at No. 2 Lockport. On Friday at 6, it is the annual Border Brawl as No. 1 Clarence heads to No. 4 Lancaster. … The Salamanca Invitational begins Friday and concludes with Saturday’s finals.

• In indoor track, Section VI’s third varsity select meet is at 5 p.m. Friday at Lancaster. … On Saturday morning, one of the top local events in the sport takes place at 9 a.m. with the Rock N Roll Throwoffs. The sixth annual event will include throwers (shot put and weight throw) from local teams as well as athletes from throughout the state, Georgia and Ontario.

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