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How The News voted: Ahh, the postseason is here

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls, which are published in today's Scholastic Spotlight.

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.

Here are our previous blogs: last week (Feb. 11), Feb. 4Jan. 28Jan. 21, Jan. 14, Jan. 7; and our first ballot (there was no blog after the second poll as I was on vacation). Here's last year's final poll

And -- as we head into the postseason (today for Section VI, Saturday for Manhattan Cup) -- here's this week's ballot: 

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How The News voted: Valentine, schmalentine -- the sweetest day is the 15th

By Keith McShea

BasketballheartEvery week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls, which are published in today's Scholastic Spotlight.

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.

Here are our previous blogs: last week (Feb. 4), Jan. 28Jan. 21, Jan. 14, Jan. 7; and our first ballot (there was no blog after the second poll as I was on vacation). Here's last year's final poll

And -- as we blow by Valentine's Day to Section VI Selection Saturday, where this year's playoff brackets will be set -- here's this week's ballot (note: this vote, just like all votes, was put together before Monday's games). 

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How The News voted: Sectionals two weeks away

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls, which are published in today's Scholastic Spotlight.

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.

Here are our previous blogs: last week (Jan. 28), Jan. 21, Jan. 14, Jan. 7; and our first ballot (there was no blog after the second poll as I was on vacation). Here's last year's final poll

And here's this week's ballot (note: this vote, just like all votes, was put together before Monday's games). When next week's poll rolls around, we'll be five days from Selection Saturday:

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How The News voted: Polar Vortex edition

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls, which are published in today's Scholastic Spotlight.

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, which debuts this week. It returns next week before taking a one-week break for the holidays. 

Here's our ballot from the first poll of the season (there was no blog last week as I was on vacation, but team's previous spot in the poll is noted as always); and here's last year's final poll

With the Polar Vortex pulling a Dikembe Mutombo on tonight's would-be lineup of games, it looks like this might be all the hoops we have until the snow clears:

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How The News voted: Tipping off 2013-14

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls, which are published in the Scholastic Spotlight.

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, which debuts this week. It returns next week before taking a one-week break for the holidays. 

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As you may have seen, I wrote an expanded version of this blog as today's boys basketball outlook. There is also a story on Howard Washington of Canisius and a list of returning All-WNY players.

Here's a link to last year's final poll, and here's this year's first shot:

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How The News voted: Week Nine

By Keith McShea

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted. The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls, which are published each Tuesday in the Sidelines section of the Scholastic Spotlight.

Here are our previous ballots: Week Eight, Week SevenWeek SixWeek Five, Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

And here our versions of this week's top 10s:

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How The News voted: Week Eight

By Keith McShea

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted. The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls, which are published each Tuesday in the Sidelines section of the Scholastic Spotlight.

Here are our previous ballots: Week SevenWeek SixWeek Five, Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

And here our versions of this week's top 10s:

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How The News voted: Week Seven

By Keith McShea

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted. The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls, which are published each Tuesday in the Sidelines section of the Scholastic Spotlight.

Here are our previous ballots: Week SixWeek Five, Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

And here our versions of this week's top 10s:

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How The News voted: Week Five

By Keith McShea

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted. The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls, which are published each Tuesday in the Sidelines section of the Scholastic Spotlight.

Here are our previous ballots: Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

And here our versions of this week's top 10s:

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How The News voted: Week Four

By Keith McShea

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted. The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls, which are published each Tuesday in the Sidelines section of the Scholastic Spotlight.

Here are the previous polls: Week Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason top 10s

Here are our two top 10s:

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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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