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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] 8-1 100 1

2. Clarence (AA) 6-1 83 3

3. St. Joe’s (A) 6-5 80 7

4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (A) 5-4 66 2

5. Williamsville North (A-1) 5-2 57 4

6. McKinley (A-1) 4-1 49 5

7. Jamestown (AA) 3-3 44 6

8. Amherst (A-2) 5-1 36 9

9. Kenmore West (AA) 6-2 15 8

10. Sweet Home (A-1) 3-3 11 NR

Others receiving votes (with point): Lockport (AA) 6, Cheektowaga (A-2) 2, North Tonawanda (AA) 1.

BOYS SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Record Pts. LW

1. East (B-2) [3] 5-0 97 2

2. Olean (B-1) [6] 7-1 93 1

3. St. Mary’s (B) 4-3 78 3

4. Nichols (B) 7-3 67 5 5. Middle Early College (C-1) 5-2 51 4

6. Park (B) 4-7 50 7

7. Fredonia* (B-1) 5-3 36 6

7. Silver Creek* (C-1) 5-2 36 8

9. Barker (C-1) 6-0 18 9

10. Sherman (D) 6-0 13 10

Others receiving votes (with points): Cleveland Hill (B-2) 6, CSAT (B-2) 3, Health Sciences (B-2) 2.

GIRLS LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Record Pts. LW

1. Cardinal O’Hara [10] 8-0 100 1

2. Jamestown (AA) 8-1 77 2

3. Frontier (AA) 5-0 70 5

4. Lockport (AA) 4-1 68 3

5. Hamburg (A-1) 3-1 59 4

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 5-1 44 t6

7. Sacred Heart 4-2 40 8

8. Nardin 4-4 25 t6

9. Williamsville North (AA) 1-4 16 9

10. Iroquois (A-2) 5-3 14 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Amherst (A-2) 9, Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 8, Orchard Park (AA) 8, Williamsville South (A-1) 5, McKinley (A) 4, Clarence (AA) 2, Maryvale (A) 1.

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Record Pts. LW

1. Tapestry (C-1) [3] 6-2 75 2

2. Chautauqua Lake (C-2) [4] 5-1 73 3

3. Randolph (C-2) 6-2 65 1

4. Wilson (B-2) [1] 4-2 46 4

5. Immaculata 5-3 43 7

6. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 7-0 42 6

7. Fredonia (B-1) 5-0 35 5

8. Pine Valley (D) 4-1 24 9

9. Silver Creek (C-1) [1] 5-0 22 NR

10. Christian Central 7-2 20 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Tonawanda (B-1) 19, Allegany-Limestone (C-1) 14, Sherman (D) 7, Salamanca 4, Clymer (D) 3, Olean (B-1) 2, Panama (D) 1.

Coming attractions

• As was the case for their two meetings last year at Canisius College’s Koessler Athletic Center, a sellout crowd is expected Saturday for this season’s first boys basketball meeting between Canisius and St. Joe’s. The Crusaders are the No. 1 large school while St. Joe’s moved up to No. 3 this week. The varsity game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets are available at both schools: Reserved seating is $7 while general admission is $5; contact St. Joe’s at 874-2224 or Canisius at 882-0466.

• While the start of this week will be affected by the snowstorm, the latter half has some compelling matchups in boys basketball. On Thursday, ranked small schools meet when Silver Creek travels to Fredonia at 7:30. On Friday, there’s a great large school nonleague clash as McKinley hosts Williamsville North at 6 while Bishop Timon heads to Nichols in Monsignor Martin action at 6:30.

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.

• In girls basketball, No. 1 ranked large school Cardinal O’Hara puts its 8-0 record on the line Thursday when it travels to Nichols at 6 p.m No. 4 Lockport hosts No. 6 Niagara Falls on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. … Pioneer will be the site of the Waste Management Tournament on Friday and Saturday. In the first round, Mount Mercy plays the Panthers at 4 p.m. while Immaculata takes on St. Mary’s at 5:30 p.m. The consolation and finals are 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

• The 21st Lockport Boosters/Sunrise Optomists Wrestling Tournament is Saturday. Clarence is the defending champion. … Falconer will host the 14th Patrick Morales Wrestling Invitational.

• Indoor track’s Dartmouth Relays are Friday and Saturday in Hanover, N.H. Competition begins each day at 9 a.m. There is also a Varsity Select Meet at 4:30 p.m. at Buffalo State. The ninth and 10th grade championships are Saturday at Fredonia State at 9 a.m.