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State-Ranked Jamestown, Orchard Park To Meet Tonight

Pine Valley, Salamanca and Jamestown all made minor jumps during this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association boys basketball rankings released Tuesday.

Jamestown (10-1, 8-0) moved up a spot to No. 19 in Class AA with wins over Clarence and Park School on Friday and Saturday last week. The Red Raiders also beat Hamburg on Monday night and will host No. 13 Orchard Park (10-0, 7-0) in an Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 showdown at McElrath Gymnasium tonight.

“When you’re in a battle, 1 vs. 2, it’s important to defend your home court,” Red Raiders coach Ben Drake said after Monday’s win. “We’re looking forward to it. I think it should be a great game. It should be a battle.”

Pine Valley (10-1, 4-0 CCAA East Division) moved up one spot from No. 19 to No. 18 in Class D, ahead of its 62-49 victory over No. 13 Panama (6-4, 2-3 CCAA D2 West) last night in South Dayton. Panama, No. 10 Clymer (11-1, 5-1 CCAA D2 West) and No. 5 Westfield (13-1, 7-0 CCAA D2 West) all remained in their same spots from a week ago. The Pirates beat Frewsburg 50-39 on Tuesday night.

On Thursday, Pine Valley returns to action at home against Ellicottville; Panama hosts Chautauqua Lake and Westfield hosts Brocton. The Pirates host Sherman on Saturday afternoon while Westfield will host Forestville that same afternoon.

In Class C, Salamanca (10-2, 4-0 CCAA D1 West) moved up to No. 8 from No. 10 after beating Depew in its latest game Sunday afternoon at Jamestown Community College. The Warriors return to action Thursday when they travel to Class B No. 7 Olean (10-0, 4-0 CCAA D1 West) for a first-place showdown in Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 West action.

Randolph (12-1, 6-0 CCAA Central Division) remained No. 9 in Class C after beating Silver Creek last Thursday. The Cardinals beat Southwestern 66-42 in nonleague action last night and will return to action Thursday at home against Gowanda.

Transit Tech of New York City’s Public Schools Athletic League is No. 1 in Class A while Canisius is No. 14. Amherst, St. Joe’s, Health Sciences, Niagara Wheatfield, St. Francis and Williamsville East are honorable-mention selections.

In Class B, Section II Tamarac is No. 1 with Timon-St. Jude at No. 5, Nichols is No. 14 and St. Mary’s is No. 21. Allegany-Limestone, Riverside, Lackawanna and Tapestry are honorable-mention choices.

Cardinal Hayes of NYC’s Catholic High School Athletic Association is No. 1 in Class AA, Section VII Moriah is No. 1 in Class C and Section V Avoca/Prattsburgh is No. 1 in Class D.

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Randolph moved back into the Class C rankings at No. 25 and Frewsburg moved down a spot to No. 22 in this week’s girls rankings.

The Cardinals (9-3, 2-1 CCAA D1 West) beat Sherman on Saturday afternoon and then beat Pine Valley on Monday night. They return to action tonight at Panama, which moved up to No. 16 in Class D this week. Randolph finishes its week Friday at Olean.

Panama (8-4, 3-1 CCAA D2 West) beat Westfield/Brocton on Friday night before topping Maple Grove on Monday night. After tonight’s matchup with Randolph, the Panthers will travel to No. 19 Clymer (10-2, 3-1 CCAA D2 West) on Friday.

The Pirates lost to Sherman last Friday and will not play again until this Friday’s showdown with Panama.

Section V Fillmore is No. 1 in Class D and Section IV Newark Valley is No. 1 in Class C while Portville is No. 17.

South Shore of NYC’s Public Schools Athletic League is No. 1 in Class AA, Lancaster is No. 2, Cardinal O’Hara is No. 4 and St. Mary’s of Lancaster is No. 22.

In Class A, St. Joseph by the Sea of NYC’s Catholic High Schools Athletic Association is No. 1, Hamburg is No. 11, Sweet Home is No. 12, Williamsville South is No. 14, Iroquois is No. 17 and North Tonawanda is No. 19.

Section I Hastings is No. 1 in Class B while Depew is No. 3 and Lewiston-Porter is No. 14.

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