The 13th state rankings for the 2017 the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut. ** Released on Tuesday, prior to crossover games. This week, I've included any teams that are potential opponents of our locally ranked teams this weekend.
Niagara Falls #21
St. Francis #15
North Tonawanda #23
Williamsville South #24
LaSalle Academy #3
East Aurora #11
Health Sciences #19
Northstar Christian #2
Chautauqua Lake #6
CG Finney #5
** According to the rankings...
- If you win the section, you become a ranked team in the state. After a season of 'No teams ranked' in Class AA, Niagara Falls is in at #21. Next stop, the state's highest ranked public school (#3) from Fairport.
- North Tonawanda is on the board in the state for the first time all season. The Jacks debuted at #23 in NYS Class A. They await the winner of Wayne vs. Irondequoit on Thursday night. If they draw Irondequoit, they'll get a shot at Class A's #1 ranked team in NYS, after taking down WNY's #1 ranked team.
- Canisius went from unranked to #12 in NYS Class A after winning the Manhattan Cup.
- Williamsville South fell to #24 in NYS Class A after losing in the Class A1 Final to North Tonawanda, while Olean snd Timon fell out of the top 25 completely after semifinal losses in the postseason.
- St. Mary's plays for a CHSAA Class B state championship on Saturday against NYS Class B #3 LaSalle Academy. The Lancers remain unranked in NYS Class B.
- Health Sciences will have to win a second straight game against a team ranked ahead of them in the state in order to advance to the state final four in Class B. The Falcons knocked off #11 East Aurora in the B1/B2 Crossover on Tuesday and now face #12 Mynderse this Saturday.
- Chautauqua Lake moved up to #6 in NYS Class C and will need to pull off an upset in the Class C Far West Regional to get to the state final four. The Thunderbirds await the winner NYS Class C #2 Northstar Christian vs. #4 Cuba-Rushford.
- Franklinville is all the way up to #3 in NYS Class D and will face the winner of #5 CG Finney or unranked Elba on Saturday.
Click HERE for complete NYSSWA State Rankings.