1999 NEWS FOOTBALL POLLS
1. St. Joe's (6) 1-087
2. Clarence (3) 1-084
3. Orchard Park 1-063
4. Lancaster 1-059
5. Timon/St. Jude 1-049
6. Lockport 1-033
7. Niagara-Wheatfield 1-030
8 Pioneer 1-022
9. Williamsville North 1-021
10. *Jamestown 0-111
10. *Williamsville East 1-011
1. Lackawanna (10) 1-0100
2. Tonawanda 1-074
3. Southwestern 1-069
4. Medina 1-059
5. Salamanca 1-051
6. Gowanda 1-046
7. Maple Grove 1-043
8. Eden 1-034
9. John F. Kennedy 1-017
10. Silver Creek 1-014
* -- indicates tie in point total.
Also receiving votes (listed in order of points received) -- Large schools: Williamsville South, West Seneca East, Iroquois, Frontier, St. Francis. Small schools: Newfane, Fredonia, Albion, Allegany-Limestone, St. Mary's, Seneca, Wilson, Burgard.
The top 10 teams in each division of The Buffalo News High School Football Poll are determined by a panel of area high school coaches and officials. First-place votes are in parentheses, followed by overall records and total points. Points are awarded on a scale of 10-1, with 10 for a first-place vote, continuing in descending order.
The 1999 panels: Large Schools -- Dave Anastasi (North Tonawanda), Paul Fitzpatrick (Timon/St. Jude), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Mike Kelly (Williamsville South), Larry Michael (official), Jerry Obstein (retired coach), Mike Pasquarella (Connolly Cup committee), Bob Schreck (official), Paul Trzybinski (official), Mary Jo Monnin (Buffalo News). Small Schools -- Joe Decerbo (Big 30), Paul Gagliardi (official), Charlie Jufer (Wilson), Bill Moore (Lackawanna), Mike Retchless (Southern Tier), Bill Russell (Riverside), Bruce Schmelzer (Connolly Cup committee), Dick Schwede (official), Angelo Sciandra (St. Mary's of Lancaster), Mary Jo Monnin (Buffalo News).
* An early-season power struggle is looming in Division I of the Section VI Football Federation as the Orchard Park Quakers pay a visit to the Jamestown Red Raiders at 2 p.m. Saturday at Strider Field.
* The Lackawanna football team puts its 27-game winning streak on the line at home at 2 p.m. Saturday against the Clarence Red Devils, who opened last weekend with a victory over Jamestown.
* Some of the top high school basketball players from the United States and Canada will be compete in the Can-Am/PAL Basketball Tournament Friday through Sunday at Niagara University. The action begins at 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 283-3991.
* Two-time defending Class A state girls volleyball champion North Tonawanda will open its season at 6 p.m. today with a non-league match against Clarence.
* The Riverside Athletic Club's Connolly Cup Committee has nominated the following football players for this year's award, based on performances from last weekend. They are: Sandro DeAngelis (St. Joe's), Bob Hoffman (Lancaster), Will Maher (Frontier), Rick Primerano (LaSalle), Brian Wise (Newfane), Jason Burch (Southwestern), Chris Buczek (JFK), John Carr (Clymer), Bill Prince (Frewsburg) and Adam Fatzinger (Williamsville North).
* Armand Cacciatore, the legendary retired football and wrestling coach at Niagara-Wheatfield, will be honored at a testimonial dinner and roast Oct. 17 at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. There will be a cash bar at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 with tickets $25 each. For tickets, call Paula Lovelace 731-4089 or Ruth Guerin at 731-7355 or 215-3112.
* Ice hockey coaches are needed for the 1999-2000 season at freshman, junior varsity and varsity levels. Mail resume to: Hockey Director, St. Joe's Collegiate Institute, 845 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14223. Deadline to apply is Sept. 20. For more information call 874-4024 ext. 125.
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