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Cleveland Hill's coach credits team's defensive effort in win over Holland.

Fall season's final Power 10 honor roll

My final Power 10 of the fall season was published today (as was the first edition of the winter Power 10). Check them out at the high school home page

Here's how tough it was to whittle things down to a top 10. There are more than 40 teams on these lists. 

Fall 2012 Power 10

High honor roll

Ellicottville girls volleyball; Orchard Park boys volleyball; Orchard Park girls volleyball; Clarence cross country; Williamsville East, Clarence, Lockport, East Aurora boys soccer; Orchard Park girls soccer, Iroquois, Williamsville North and Barker field hockey, Nichols and Williamsville North boys golf, Orchard Park and Nichols girls tennis.

Honor roll

Williamsville East, East Aurora and Nardin girls swimming; Williamsville South, Akron, Holland, Ellicottville, Sacred Heart and City Honors (14th straight city title) girls soccer; Hutch-Tech and City Honors cross country; Depew, Cleveland Hill and Ellicottville football; Lockport boys and girls cross country; Barker, Alden and St. Joe's boys cross country; Fredonia and Mount St. Mary girls cross country; Kenmore East boys golf; Lancaster girls gymnastics; Clarence boys gymnastics; Maple Grove and North Collins boys soccer.

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As always, your feedback is appreciated via any of the formats below, or through the comments section. Feel free to point out a team you think I overlooked. If I agree with you, I'll add it (after punching a hole in the wall in frustration!). 

---Keith McShea

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How The News voted (Week Four): MLK Classic is Saturday

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates 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.

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. This week's News poll is available via the high school home page.

The Buffalo Public Schools host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Classic on Saturday, including a very nice marquee matchup of Canisius and McKinley meeting at City Honors at 5:30 p.m.

There is no school Monday. 

Watch & listen a bit to part of the reason why. It's worth it:

In case that video gets taken down by youtube (it's not officially authorized but more than 1 million people have watched it), you can listen to the "I Have A Dream" speech here.

Here's last week's ballot (Week Three, Jan. 8, which followed a two-week holiday break). Previous polls: Week Two (our Christmas edition on Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Here's our final "How The News voted" post from the 2011-12 basketball season

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (7-1) [last week: 1] -- Authoritative second halves in routs of Kenmore West and Lockport.

2. Canisius (8-3) [2] -- Strong win against St. Joe's, regardless of the Marauders' lineup. At Aquinas Thursday before Saturday's showdown with ...

3. McKinley (8-1) [4] -- ... the Macks, whose 26-point home rout of Clarence elevates it over the ECIC I guys below.

St. Joe's? We'll get to them in a little bit.

4. Williamsville North (8-2) [5] -- Last week my gut was aching because it wanted to put North and Jamestown ahead of Joe's and McKinley, but North's home loss to Clarence wouldn't allow it. We've split the difference. North lost at Albany's Green Tech, a loaded charter school ranked in the state's AA top 25, as Taplin went for 31 and five threes. No shame there.

5. Jamestown (8-1) [6] -- One-loss team might be shaking its head how far it has fallen in poll. A home loss will do that, especially with this tough top six.

6. St. Joe's (12-2) [3] -- Having Jordan Glover and Jaylen Morris conk heads in the second quarter was a bummer for most in the Koessler Center Saturday, and it's a bummer for the Marauders when it comes to this ballot. As of poll time, we could certainly hazard a guess that the backcourt would be back soon, but we don't know that. As with Eckstrom last week, there is enough doubt to move them down at this moment (the buzzer-beating win at McKinley would go the other way if we rolled out the basketball when I rolled out this ballot).

If St. Joe's senior backcourt comes back and the Marauders return to playing the level of team ball it was playing, I think they certainly are able to anyone on this list, and, yes, that includes their rival. Knocking off Falls would be tough, but I'd give them a shot. 

7. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (7-5) [8] -- Impressive rout of visiting Nichols was the first of four straight wins; host Batavia Wednesday at 7 p.m. (might try and get out there before PrepTalkTV Weekly at 9).

8. Clarence (8-3) [7] -- Wins at North and at Amherst keep them solidly in top 10.

9. Kenmore West (7-3) [9] -- Quality losses, but wins don't match up with Clarence's.

10. Amherst (10-1) [10] -- Same 10th team in same top 10 from last week (although obviously some moved around).Keep racking up quality wins against something of WNY high school hoops' "mid-majors," the quality small schools of ECIC III which have been very competitive and playing good ball, but just occupy both No. 10 spots on this ballot. It's cool, we'll likely see another forceful showing at Buffalo State in A-2 and B-1.   

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Olean (10-1) [2] -- Sam Eckstrom returned (Thursday), so Huskies returned (to No. 1).

2. Silver Creek (11-0) [1] -- Suddenly a very clear No. 2 with Middle Early College's loss Friday (which was witnessed by many Black Knights and coach Rob Genco).

3. East (7-4) [9] -- Overtime victory over Middle Early College earns them the spot that MEC had been in much of the year. That game wasn't the prettiest, but I think we'll see better ball from both teams, especially come postseason. Now that East has righted itself with big wins like this one, throw in a quality loss like the close one to McKinley, and they deserve this spot. Early losses came without Percy Bryant in the lineup.

4. Nichols (10-3) [4] -- Tough loss at Timon, home loss at Aquinas. 

5. St. Mary's (8-4) [5] -- Considered moving them past Nichols but held off. Still very much looking forward to this pair's league meetings.

6. Middle Early College (6-2) [3] -- Kats need to be better than they were Friday vs. East. We get another chance to see them Saturday vs. East Aurora. 

7. Cleveland Hill (9-1) [8] -- Golden Eagles still rolling after opening with two-point loss to Nichols. Holding off on moving them higher than this for now.

8. Maple Grove (8-1) [7] -- Tough to tell where they fit in. Win over East was early on without Bryant. Next Tuesday Red Dragons are at rival Randolph, which MG beat by 20 early but the Cardinals hung with Silver Creek in a high-scoring deal (Bryce Morrison 39 and nine -- !!! -- threes). 

9. Lackawanna (6-2) [6] -- Keeping them here for now. Only losses to Batavia and Cleveland Hill.

10. East Aurora (6-3) [10] -- Five-game win streak includes one over CSAT (which won recently at Newfane) and one over Maryvale (avenging earlier loss, and Maryvale just beat Depew), enabling it to box out quite a few contenders for this spot. 

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below (it's back with a few new bells & whistles -- please let us know what you think of it), as are our Twitter, Facebook & email addresses. And we'll have our live chat Wednesday evening following our second 2013 episode of PrepTalkTV Weekly. 

---Keith McShea

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Fundraiser for Depew Boys & Girls Club Feb. 9

The Depew Boys & Girls Club is holding a fundraiser to support its rebuilding fund after its club sustained major damage in a New Year's Day fire.

Countless basketball players, coaches and officials have made their way through the club, which offers many other activities to area youth.

Depew/Lancaster Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Dave Hoch, who is also one of Western New York's top basketball officials, said the Depew club will be rebuilding on the original site.

The fundraiser is Feb. 9 at St. Mary's High School's fieldhouse. The $25 ticket includes food, beer, soda and music; doors open at 5:30 with the event running from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be raffles, check presentations as well as an update on the rebuilding of the club.

To make a donation to the rebuilding fund, to purchase tickets or for more information, contact the club at 683-6755 or 683-1485 or email Hoch at dhoch1115@aol.com.

More fundraiser-specific information on fundraisers are on the club's web site.

---Keith McShea

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Live from Canisius College: Canisius 77, St. Joe's 65 (with video interviews)

Hello from Canisius College for the first meeting of Canisius and St. Joe's: A rivalry so big they moved both of the regular season meetings to the Koessler Center this season.

I'll have updates from games in the live blog below; I'll also have periodic #preptalkscores updates on Twitter that will appear in the blog. 

If you want to chime in on the games -- or if you are out at another high school contest (of any sport) -- your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores will appear in the live blog as well. 

Check our scoreboard page after the game for a box score, as well as all of today's other action.

Here are my interviews after the game with Canisius coach Kyle Husband and seniors Matt MacDonald and Adam Weir as well as St. Joe's coach Mark Simon. I asked most about how the absence of St. Joe's seniors Jordan Glover and Jaylen Morris affected the game.

---Keith McShea

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Video: East 61, Middle Early College 52

East defense stands out in win over Middle Early College.

PrepTalkTV: St. Joe's 5, Canisius 2 (Hockey)

Sophomore Dominic Perna leads team with three goals in rivalry matchup.

PrepTalkTV Weekly makes 2013 debut & spotlights rivalry week; postshow chat talks hoops & city football proposal

PrepTalkTV Weekly makes its 2013 debut tonight at 9.

Lauren Mariacher and myself will host, and our guests will include St. Joe's basketball seniors Jordan Glover and Dylan Hall and excellent Western New York basketball blogger and News pollster Chad "Centercourt" Andrews. Among several topics to be discussed is rivalry week for St. Joe's and Canisius, which includes the teams' first hockey meeting Thursday and their first basketball meeting Saturday at 2 at Canisius College. We'll also talk about my column from today on the possible downsizing of the Buffalo Public Schools' football program.

Just as we did in the fall with PrepTalkTV Sunday, I'll have a live chat following the show. Tune in to the show at the buffalonews.com home page, or right here. The chat will follow shortly after the show in the window below.

The exact start time for the chat depends on how long the live video show goes. Let us know what you thought of the show. Anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it -- is up for discussion.

As always, please just ask questions once. I promise I'll get to them. If you can't make the chat, you can ask questions via my email, Twitter account, our Facebook page or the comments section below.

---Keith McShea

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How The News voted (Week Three): Happy 2013

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates 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.

It's Baby New Year with a basketball (or something we found on google image search).This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll.

This week's News poll is available via the high school home page.

Here's the Week Two ballot (it was our Christmas edition on Dec. 18 -- the poll took a two-week holiday break) and Week One. Here's a link to our final "How The News voted" post from last basketball season

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (5-1) [last poll: 1] -- Still deserve top spot based on their season-opening overtime win over Bishop Kearney (with Obokoh). Host Ken West tonight.

2. Canisius (6-3) [2] -- Right behind despite their emphatic win over Bishop Kearney (without Obokoh). Senior Adam Weir is 24 points away from 1,000 entering Wednesday night's home game with St. Mary's. Saturday at 2 at Canisius College it is Chapter One of Crusaders vs. ... 

3. St. Joe's (9-1) [5] -- ... the Marauders, who we're giving this spot based on its a fine record and a fine schedule, including big home wins over Middle Early College and Aquinas. 

There's two ways to go at this point of the poll. You go with the Marauders & the Macks or you go with the ECIC teams. For now, I've gone the former. Itwasthisclose. I like the Aquinas win. The only loss for St. Joe's is on a neutral court to Jamestown.

4. McKinley (5-1) [6] -- Stay tucked behind St. Joe's after losing to Marauders in home buzzer-beater. 

I just wish we could get an ECIC-St. Joe's/McKinley crossover ... oh, well would you look at this: Clarence at McKinley at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

5. Williamsville North (7-1) [4] -- Home loss to Clarence a head-scratcher, especially because they bounced back with a very big win at the ... 

6. Jamestown (6-1) [3] -- ... Red Raiders. My gut is aching because my gut feeling is to put North and Jamestown ahead of Joe's and McKinley, but that North home loss to Clarence (along with a very strong resume from St. Joe's) just doesn't allow me to do that. The Clarence win is too recent. 

7. Clarence (8-2) [9] -- Very strong win at North -- to split the teams' season series -- keeps them attached to their two leaguemates. North had won by double digits on the road. Other loss is double digits at home to Jamestown. Also owns win over Amherst.

8. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (3-5) [7] -- Strong win Monday night at home over Nichols, making them 3-2 vs. WNY (beating Ken West, Fredonia and Nichols; losing at Jamestown and to McKinley in opener). 

9. Kenmore West (6-2) [8] -- Six straight wins after opening with losses to St. Joe's and Timon.

10. Amherst (8-1) [10] -- Lone loss to Clarence. Racking up solid wins in ECIC III over solid small school teams.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Silver Creek (9-0) [3] -- Couldn't vote for Olean with Eckstrom still not back. Too much doubt. If he's back, they're back at No. 1, but we're not there yet. Couldn't vote for Nichols here because of other results, including an OT win at Park. Who won big at Park? Smooth Silver Creek. The schedule might not be the toughest, but the Black Knights have many back from a great team last year, they're undefeated -- doing so by winning big -- and playing very, very good team ball from all reports I've gotten. Very worthy of this spot this week, all things considered.

2. Olean (8-1) [1] -- Pretty much explained above. Eckstrom did not play Monday night.

3. Middle Early College (5-1) [2] -- Certainly will be in the mix at the top of this poll and the top of Class C all year. After seeing the Kats lose at a very good St. Joe's team, I decided to go with Silver Creek.

4. Nichols (9-1) [7] -- Win over Olean at Bona the biggest win for Vikings since one of the best team's I've ever covered won the Federation. 

5. St. Mary's (7-3) [6] -- Keeping them tucked right behind Nichols. Those games should be fun.

6. Lackawanna (5-1) [4] -- Lone loss is at Section V top small school Batavia.

7. Maple Grove (6-1) [NR] -- My bad (chest tap). Should have had them here last week for beating East early on. 

8. Cleveland Hill (7-1) [NR] -- Great start for Golden Eagles. After opening with two-point loss to Nichols, seven straight wins included win over Maryvale to win Flyers' tournament, which puts the Hill a notch ahead of the ECIC III toughies.  

9. East (5-4) [9] -- Doing that thing they do where they start slow, play large schools tough in Yale Cup, and then (probably) end up with a fine postseason run. We'll see. 

10. East Aurora (4-3) [NR] -- Avenged early-season loss to Maryvale as part of three-game win streak, which included win over CSAT (which just won at Newfane). Two-point loss to Amherst came before three-game run. Gives them edge over Maryvale and Depew (which beat EA by 1 before the Amherst loss), for now. 

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below (it's back with a few new bells & whistles -- please let us know what you think of it), as are our Twitter, Facebook & email addresses. And we'll have our live chat Wednesday evening following our first 2013 episode of PrepTalkTV. 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Canisius-St. Joe's hoops Saturday at Canisius College

This year's basketball rivalry games between Canisius and St. Joe's will be played at Canisius College -- and Chapter One is rapidly approaching this Saturday. 

The varsity game -- which follows freshman and junior varsity games -- is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Tickets are $6 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. Tickets are available at each school from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additional information can be found by calling St. Joe’s at 874-2224 or calling Canisius at 882-0466.

The teams' second meeting will be on Feb. 16. 

---Keith McShea

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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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