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Pine Valley moves into boys Class D rankings

Pine Valley became the newest local team to enter the New York State Sportswriters Association basketball rankings Tuesday.

The Panthers (7-1) became the fourth local Class D boys team in the poll when they debuted at No. 19. Last week, Pine Valley beat North Collins 72-51 as Wayne Libby scored 25 points and Kordell Oakes added 20. The Panthers return to action Thursday at Forestville before hosting honorable-mention Franklinville on Saturday morning. Franklinville is led by Section VI’s third-leading scorer Blake Frank, who is averaging 31 points per game.

Westfield (11-1) stayed at No. 5 in Class D after easily beating Falconer last week. The Wolverines also beat Chautauqua Lake on Tuesday evening. Westfield wraps up this week by hosting No. 13 Panama on Thursday and traveling to Sherman on Saturday.

Panama (6-2) moved down from No. 11 last week after losing to No. 10 Clymer 49-42. Panama’s game against Brocton on Tuesday was postponed.

Clymer (9-1) remained at No. 10 after beating Panama and Brocton last week. The Pirates then beat Falconer on Tuesday evening and will host Chautauqua Lake on Thursday.

In Class C, Randolph (10-1) moved from No. 10 to No. 9 after beating previously seventh-ranked Salamanca 52-43 on Saturday evening. Drew Hind had 25 points, including five 3-pointers, in that game. The Cardinals then beat Cassadaga Valley on Tuesday evening and will travel to Silver Creek on Thursday.

Salamanca (8-2) fell to No. 10 with its loss to Randolph. The Warriors return to action Thursday at home against Allegany-Limestone and will take on Depew on Sunday afternoon at Jamestown Community College.

In Class AA, Jamestown (7-1) moved up a spot to No. 20 after beating Frontier, Lancaster and West Seneca West last week. The Red Raiders then beat Williamsville North on Tuesday evening. Jamestown wraps up this week at Clarence on Friday and against Park at Jamestown CC on Saturday night.

Cardinal Hayes of New York City’s Catholic High School Athletic Association remains No. 1 in Class AA while Orchard Park is No. 15.

In Class A, Transit Tech of NYC’s Public Schools Athletic League is No. 1 while Canisius is No. 10 and St. Francis is No. 20. Amherst, St. Joe’s and Williamsville East are honorable-mention selections.

Section II Tamarac is No. 1 in Class B with Nichols at No. 6, Olean at No. 7, Timon-St. Jude at No. 8 and St. Mary’s at No. 21. Allegany-Limestone, Riverside, Lackawanna, Lewiston-Porter and Tapestry are honorable-mention choices.

Section VII Moriah is No. 1 in Class C and Section V Avoca/Prattsburgh is No. 1 in Class D.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Portville (9-2) moved into the Class C girls rankings this week after beating previously 12th-ranked Frewsburg 49-46 last Tuesday. The Panthers then beat Cassadaga Valley on Friday and topped Maple Grove last night.

Frewsburg (9-2) fell to No. 21 after its loss to Portville and a win over Gowanda last week. The Bears then beat Falconer last night, but won’t play again until Monday at home against Dunkirk.

Randolph (6-3) fell out of the rankings after beating Fredonia and losing to Southwestern last week. The Cardinals opened this week with a win over Dunkirk last night. They will host Allegany-Limestone on Friday evening and Sherman on Saturday afternoon.

In Class D, Clymer (9-1) moved up a spot to No. 11 with its victories over Silver Creek and Chautauqua Lake last week. The Pirates returned to action last night with a win over Westfield/Brocton and will travel to Sherman on Friday evening.

Panama (5-4) remained No. 19 after beating Sherman on Friday in a rematch of last season’s Section VI Class D championship game. The Panthers also had a Tuesday victory over Chautauqua Lake turn into a forfeit loss. Panama returns to action tonight at Silver Creek and will host Westfield/Brocton on Friday.

South Shore of NYC’s Public Schools Athletic League is No. 1 in Class AA with Lancaster No. 4, Cardinal O’Hara No. 5 and St. Mary’s of Lancaster No. 15.

In Class A, St. Joseph by the Sea of NYC’s Catholic High School Athletic Association is No. 1. Hamburg is No. 11, Iroquois is No. 13, Sweet Home is No. 15, Williamsville South is No. 16 and North Tonawanda is No. 20.

Section I Hastings is No. 1 in Class B. Depew is No. 3 and Lewiston-Porter is No. 17.

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

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