SYRACUSE - The final girls and boys basketball rankings were released by the New York State Sportswriters Association on Monday .
Sherman leads area girls teams with a No. 8 ranking for Class D. The Lady Wildcats went 18-3 this season and captured a Section 6 title before being knocked out of the playoffs in the Far West Regional by eventual state champion Batavia Notre Dame (21-2) of Section 5.
Batavia Notre Dame sits atop the Class D poll.
Sherman girls basketball coach Mel Swanson, left, and Silver Creek boys basketball coach Rob Genco guided their respective teams to eighth- and fourth-place rankings in the final New York State Sportswriters Association polls, which were announced this week.
P-J photos by Rob Tucker (left) and Scott Kindberg (right)
Also on the Class D poll is Clymer at No. 16 after it went 16-3.
In Class C, Randolph finished the year at No. 10 behind its 19-2 mark while Frewsburg (19-2) is No. 17 and Chautauqua Lake (19-1), whose lone loss came to Frewsburg in the Class C-2 final at McElrath Gymnasium, is No. 21.
Bishop Kearney, which defeated the Lady Cardinals in the Far West Regional, is No. 1 in the Class C rankings after winning the state title.
Jamestown, a Section 6 Class AA champion that went 17-4, is No. 20.
Tops amongst boys teams was Silver Creek, the only area team to reach the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state final four.
The Black Knights, who finished No. 4, compiled an unblemished 23-0 record before falling to state runnerup and third-ranked Pine Plains of Section 9.
Lake George, which defeated Pine Plains, 55-45, in the state championship is No. 1. Fellow Class C competitor Maple Grove (18-2), meanwhile, follows with a No. 18 ranking.
Sherman is No. 5 for Class D after enjoying a 16-6 season that saw the squad clinch a Section 6 crown. Right behind the Wildcats is Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 4 champion Brocton (17-2) at No. 9 while Clymer (14-6) is an honorable mention.
Rounding out the list was the No. 20 Jamestown Red Raiders, who captured its third Section 6 title in four seasons after going 19-3 in Class AA action, and Fredonia (16-5), an honorable mention in Class B.
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Longtime Randolph coach Pat Slater moved into a tie for 27th for most wins by a football coach in New York State history, according to updated records released by the NYSSWA.
Slater, who retired at the close of the 2012 season after leading his Cardinals to the program's third state football title, finished with 213 career victories, which moved him into a tie with retired Susan Wagner (of the Public Schools Athletic League in New York City) coach Al Paturzo.
At No. 12 on the list is Gene Masters, who compiled 248 victories during stretches with Brocton and Grand Island before retiring in 2000.
Also on the list are current and former coaches Bob Krenzer (186), Bill Race (174), Curt Fischer and Joe Sanfilippo (170 each), George Whitcher (167), Tim Bergan (161), Wally Huckno (159), Jack Keeney (154), Howard McMullin (152) and Dave Ball (144).