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Westfield boys finish year at No. 12 in Class C, Fredonia is No. 17

Aaron Fuller, center, and the Westfield Wolverines finished No. 12 in the final Class C boys basketball rankings, just behind Randolph at No. 11 in the polls by the New York State Sportswriters Association. OBSERVER File Photo

Four area high school basketball teams reached the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships and all suffered the same fate of defeat in the semifinal game. However, it was the Frewsburg girls basketball team that earned the highest spot locally in the New York State Sportswriters Association final rankings, taking the No. 3 spot in Class C. The Bears finished their season with a 21-4 record and lost to state finalist Duanesburg (21-6) of Section II, 54-51.

State champion Moravia of Section IV finished atop Class C with a 23-3 record, Frewsburg’s Far West Regional opponent Dundee/Bradford of Section V was No. 4 with a 23-2 record, Randolph (15-7) ranked No. 13, Ellicottville (14-9) finished No. 20 and Holland (16-6) was No. 22.

The Southwestern (18-8) girls were next highest, finishing fourth in the Class B state rankings after falling to Section II’s Albany Academy for Girls (22-4) in the semifinals. State champion Utica Notre Dame (24-3) finished atop the rankings, Southwestern’s Far West Regional opponent Hornell (21-4) of Section V finished No. 5, Portville (17-7) ranked No. 11, Wilson (19-4) at No. 20 and Salamanca (17-5) took No. 23.

The Salamanca (20-6) boys finished just outside the top four at No. 5 in the Class B rankings, while state champion Stillwater (27-1) of Section II finished on top. The Warriors’ Far West Regional opponent Avon (22-2) of Section V finished No. 6, Newfane (20-3) was No. 6, Fredonia (15-7) No. 17 and Akron (18-4) at No. 20.

Jamestown (21-4) was the only local team to lose to the eventual state champion, however the Red & Green finished No. 15 in the Class AA rankings. Elmont Memorial (23-4) finished highest among public schools as the state champion, but in the overall rankings took No. 8 as Epic South finished at No. 1 out of the Public School Athletic League in New York City.

The Fredonia boys basketball finished the season as the No. 17 team in Class B as voted by the New York State Sportswriters Association. OBSERVER File Photo

Jamestown’s Far West Regional opponent Victor (16-9) finished at No. 18, crossover opponent Health Sciences (20-4) ended at No. 17 and Orchard Park (17-5) No. 30.

The Panama (10-13) girls reached the Far West Regional and finished below .500, but still received a top 10 ranking at No. 8 in Class D. Section X’s Hammond (23-3) repeated as state champion and took the top spot, Panama’s Far West Regional opponent Elba (21-5) finished No. 4, Sherman (16-6) ranked No. 13 and Clymer (17-4) ended at No. 15.

The Randolph (21-3) boys reached the Class C Far West Regional again, but this time fell to Section V’s Lyons (23-3) and in the final ranking the Cardinals were slotted No. 11. Lyons lost in the state semifinals and finished No. 3 and state champion Moravia (23-3) of Section IV finished at No. 1.

Westfield (20-3) finished just behind Randolph at No. 12, while Panama (20-3) ranked No. 15.

Pine Valley (11-12) also reached the Far West Regional as the Section VI champion, however the Panthers were left off the final Class D rankings receiving just an Honorable Mention. State champion North Warren (22-4) of Section II finished atop the ranks and the Panthers’ Far West Regional opponent Avoca/Prattsburgh (14-10) ranked No. 3.

Rounding out the rest of the rankings, Section II’s Glens Falls (27-0) took the top spot in Class A boys, while Section VI’s Williamsville South (16-9) ended at No. 9. The first Class AAA boys ranking ended with Long Island Lutheran (21-4) of the Association of Independent Schools at No. 1, state champion Green Tech (20-6) of Section II finished No. 4 and Section VI’s Niagara Falls (16-7) ended at No. 18.

In Class AAA for girls, Long Island Lutheran (21-1) again took the top spot, while state champion Our Lady of Lourdes (25-1) of Section IX finished at No. 4. Section VI’s Lancaster (18-5) ended the year at No. 13.

Class AA ended with state champion Albertus Magnus (24-4) of Section I on top as Section VI’s Starpoint (21-2) finished at No. 6. In Class A, Dalton School (26-0) of AIS was No. 1 with state champion Catholic Central (25-1) of Section II at No. 2 and Section VI’s Lewiston-Porter (21-4) at No. 7.

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