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How The News voted: Penultimate poll

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.

The 10th polls were published today as we got going with Championship Week. It should be noted that, as always, the polls were conducted before Monday's games, which will certainly have an impact in future polling. Speaking of ...

This is the final poll before the final poll. Pollsters will vote once all teams have completed their seasons -- or when they think their final top 10 is secure.

Here are links to our previous How The News voted posts: last week (Feb. 22)Feb. 15Feb. 8Feb. 1, Jan. 25, Jan. 18 (after the MLK Classic), Jan. 11 (first poll of 2011), Dec. 21 (holiday edition) and Dec. 14 (first polls). And here's this week's:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (18-1) [last week: 1] -- Nice 20-point win over a Frontier team that was playing well, nice bounce back from the loss at St. Joe's.

2. Jamestown (16-3) [2] -- Heading to Buffalo State playing very well, including impressive rout of Clarence.

3. Canisius (18-7) [4] -- Crusaders continue to look as good as they did in their win at St. Joe's two weeks ago today.

4. St. Joe's (21-5) [5] -- Marauders looking extremely good as well. Wednesday night should be a blast.

5. Williamsville South (18-1) [3] -- The top four moved on with very impressive showings. A seven-point home win over Iroquois in the quarters was enough to raise eyebrows and -- with this kind of competitive top five playing so well at this point of the year -- drop them down a couple of spots. 

6. East (15-4) [6] -- Yet another team that has roared its way to Buffalo State ...

7. Bennett (14-5) [7] -- ... and another. Their two wins over McKinley keep them ahead of the ... 

8. McKinley (17-3) [8] -- ... Macks, although you could understand some wanting them to move up after their impressive rout at North.

9. Hutch-Tech (12-7) [NR - I had them 11th in the bonus last week] -- Speaking of Yale Cup teams, the Engineers and Maurice Miles looked very good and very composed in overpowering Sweet Home. They've also got a February win over ... 

10. Riverside (13-7) [NR - 12th in the bonus last week] -- ... the Frontiers, who get this spot by a sliver over Lancaster. The Redskins' home win over Kenmore East and their trip to Buffalo State is impressive, but Riverside's extremely strong win at Maryvale, a Buffalo State regular, is more impressive to us.

In the bonus, week three:

11. Lancaster (14-5) [9] -- See aforementioned sliver. Redskins get another shot at Jamestown, and they gave the Red Raiders two pretty good ones already. 

12. Olean (15-5) [NR] -- Blowout win at Amherst separates them from the ECIC III pack and their upswing leads me to put them ahead of the ...   

13. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (17-8) [10] -- ... Tigers, who were nothing if not consistent, losing all games to teams ranked above them to the end. There was an opportunity against St. Joe's with Agbeko out and the season on the line, but the Tigers didn't play well enough as a team to take advantage.

14. Maryvale (16-3) [14] -- Every year there is a top quarterfinal that leaves a very good team away from Buffalo State.

15. Cheektowaga (16-3) [NR] -- Nice win over Lew-Port and a trip to Buffalo State gives them the nod over a muddled mass. 

 

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. International Prep at Grover Cleveland (16-3) [1] -- Nothing new here.

2. Wilson (15-4) [2] -- See No. 1. Eager to see them on Tuesday without Truesdell.

3. Newfane (16-4) [3] -- Panthers still remain attached to the Lakemen as they headed into their semifinal with ...

4. Tonawanda (16-4) [5] -- ... the Warriors, whose ECIC IV title and one-point win at Lackawanna keep them one spot ahead of ...

5. Lackawanna (12-8) [6] -- ... the Steelers, who were headed into a big semifinal Monday with Dunkirk.

6. St. Mary's (17-9) [4] -- Looked very good in erasing the loss at Walsh with a rout of Walsh and another berth for the Catholic states. You'll see the Lancers next on March 12 in the Catholic state Class B championship at Fordham University.

7. Dunkirk (19-0) [7] -- Another huge rout (40-point win over Buffalo Arts), another big game for senior standout Vinny Bomasuto (school record 47 points). Certainly was tempted to move them up as the only unbeaten, but I'm a prove-it-to-me pollster and nothing that has happened over the last few weeks has moved the needle for me. Depending on how Monday goes, I may have a email box full of "I told you so" messages ... or I may have one of my own. 

8. OTC Middle College (12-7) [9] -- Will they have something for I-Prep down at JCC on Wednesday?

9. Tapestry Charter (16-3) [10] -- Big game to beat Seneca, big game from Knight, big upcoming game and a tough crowd to do it in at JCC as they take on the ... 

10. Maple Grove (17-2) [8] -- ... Red Dragons, who drop two spots after the Scare at Silver Creek -- especially with most everyone in the poll, including OTC and Tapestry, rolling along.

Cassadaga Valley is certainly No. 11 -- it could be a big week for the Cougars. CSAT could be a No. 12 based on a nice win over a City Honors team that was on an upswing. And the game between No. 11 and No. 12 hopefully made for a good semifinal to start off Championship Week.

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below.

Or join me for our weekly chat on Wednesday night. We'll probably start up around 10 p.m. I'll be doing a live blog and a game story for the 6 p.m. Manhattan Cup championship, and we'll have PrepTalkTV coverage as well, so the start of the chat depends how the night moves along. I doubt I'll have enough time to be able to make it over to Buffalo State for the second A-1 semifinal, but who knows, we just might try it. 

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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