Lady Panthers Remain No. 1
SYRACUSE — Panama remains No. 1 in Class D as the New York State Sportswriters Association released its latest girls basketball rankings Thursday afternoon.
The Panthers (9-0, 2-0) beat CCAA Division 2 West foe Frewsburg, 56-29, on Tuesday night and will host Clymer tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Lurking for Panama is a likely postseason matchup with fourth-ranked Franklinville (8-0, 2-0), which beat CCAA Division 2 East foe North Collins on Wednesday night and will travel to Cattaraugus-Little Valley for another league game Friday.
Southwestern stayed at No. 4 in Class B, and the Trojans (11-0, 5-0) gave pollsters no reason to drop them after edging Chautauqua Lake in CCAA Division 1 West action Tuesday night. They will host league foe Fredonia on Friday night.
Newfane (11-1, 6-0 Niagara-Orleans League) is No. 18 in Class B, which is led by Section I Irvington.
Allegany-Limestone (8-1, 3-0) is No. 13 in Class C and after beating CCAA Division 1 East opponent Portville on Wednesday night will host league foe Randolph on Friday.
Section IV Bainbridge-Guilford, which beat Panama in the NYSPHSAA Class D volleyball final, is No. 1 in Class C.
Orchard Park, which beat Kenmore West at home on Wednesday night, is No. 20 in Class AA. The Quakers (11-0, 3-0 ECIC D1) will visit Jamestown on Friday night for a matchup with the Red Raiders (5-6, 2-2).
Christ the King of the Catholic High School Athletic Association is No. 1 in Class AA.
In Class A, Williamsville South is No. 17 and Iroquois is No. 23 while Amherst is an honorable-mention selection. Section III Jamesville-Dewitt is No. 1 in Class A.
In boys rankings released Wednesday, Franklinville is No. 4 in Class D. The Panthers (9-2, 4-0) beat CCAA Division 2 East opponent North Collins, 85-52, on Tuesday night and will host Cattaraugus-Little Valley tonight.
Ellicottville (10-1, 3-1 CCAA D2 East) is No. 10 in Class D, and after beating Pine Valley, 67-45, on Tuesday night will host North Collins tonight.
East (8-3, 6-1 Buffalo) is No. 5 in Class D, which is led by Section VII Moriah.
Chautauqua Lake (8-4, 3-2 CCAA D1 West) is No. 14 in Class C, and after losing Southwestern, 61-56, on Wednesday night, will host Class B honorable-mention Dunkirk on Friday in Mayville.
Silver Creek (11-1, 3-0 CCAA D1 East) is No. 19 in Class C, and after beating Salamanca, 81-42, on Tuesday night will host Gowanda tonight.
Tapestry (9-3) is No. 8 in Class C, which is led by Section II Lake George.
Ranked along with Dunkirk in Class B are No. 2 Health Sciences, No. 8 Olean, No. 16 St. Mary’s of Lancaster, No. 23 Middle Early College and No. 24 Niagara Catholic. Section II Mekeel Christian is No. 1 in Class B.
Canisius is the top team in the state in Class A, followed by No. 11 Park, No. 13 West Seneca West and No. 23 Timon-St. Jude. Honorable-mention selections include McKinley, North Tonawanda, St. Francis and Williamsville South.
Lockport and Niagara Falls are both honorable-mention choices in Class AA, which is led by Section I Mount Vernon.
In team wrestling rankings, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley is tied for No. 20 in the Small School rankings. Pioneer is No. 15 and Iroquois is No. 17 while Newfane and Olean are honorable-mention selections. Section VIII Locust Valley is No. 1.
Among Large Schools, Lancaster is No. 13 and Grand Island is tied for No. 20 while Niagara-Wheatfield and Clarence are all listed under honorable mention. Section IX Minisink Valley is No. 1.
Team rankings take on added importance this season because the NYSPHSAA will hold the first ever Dual Meet State Championships. The Large School and Small School winners of this Saturday’s Section VI Dual Meet Championships at Lancaster will advance to the finals on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the SRC Arena and Events Center on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.