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1999 NEWS FOOTBALL POLLS

LARGE SCHOOLS
1. St. Joe's (9) 1-099
2. Orchard Park (1) 2-086
3. Lancaster 2-076
4. Clarence 1-158
5. Timon/St. Jude 1-055
6. Niagara-Wheatfield 2-048
7 Pioneer 2-041
8. Williamsville North 2-037
9. Williamsville South 2-019
10. West Seneca East 2-011
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Lackawanna (10) 2-0100
2. Tonawanda 2-084
3. Southwestern 2-080
4. Medina 2-074
5. Salamanca 2-053
6. Maple Grove 2-043
7. John F. Kennedy 2-032
8. Albion 1-122
9. Wilson 2-014
10. Silver Creek 2-011
Also receiving votes (listed in order of points received) -- Large schools: Frontier, Jamestown, McKinley, North Tonawanda, South Park, Lockport. Small schools: Newfane, Lafayette, Cleveland Hill, Kensington, Fredonia, Seneca, Eden, Cheektowaga, Gowanda.

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 Harvard Cup 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).

Coming attractions

There is a new challenger for Pioneer in Division III of the Section VI Football Federation as Williamsville North is also unbeaten and is ranked eighth in Western New York. North hosts the Panthers at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Medina's football team has used its rushing attack to steamroll opponents so far, but fellow Division IV unbeaten Newfane stands in the way of the visiting Mustangs at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The top boys volleyball teams in WNY will be competing at the 13th annual Clarence Invitational. Orchard Park, Frontier and Eden are among the 16 entries. The best-of-3 final is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Williamsville South opens defense of its Section VI Class B field hockey championship at home at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Amherst, one of the teams expected to pose a serious threat to the Billies this season.

Defending Niagara Frontier League girls tennis champ North Tonawanda puts its 2-0 record on the line Wednesday when the Lady Lumberjacks visit Niagara Falls at Hyde Park in a 4 p.m. start.

Honor roll

The Riverside Athletic Club's Connolly Cup Committee has nominated the following football players for this year's award, based on last weekend's performances: Joe West (Lackawanna), Jeff Wolf (Williamsville East), Jason Burch (Southwestern), Antoine Horton (South Park), Sean Guyett (Alden), Robert Darnley (Niagara-Wheatfield), Brandon Munson (Albion), Jehu Carr (Clymer), Brazill Bridgers (Kensington), Nick Martone (Williamsville South).

Clarence head coach Tom Goddard is the week 1 winner of the Buffalo Bills High School Football Coach of the Week Award for the 1999 season. Goddard's Red Devils opened their season on Sept. 4 with a 26-7 victory over Jamestown.

The Award, sponsored by the Bills and the National Football League, carries a $500 weekly donation to the winning coach's program.~ Bulletin board

The Buffalo Explorer League is seeking hockey players who attend the City of Buffalo Public Schools. For information on tryouts, contact the appropriate coach for your school. They are: Bill Cline (McKinley, Bennett) 875-6831, Bob Westphal (Hutch Tech, Traditional) 875-6275 or 873-4593, Fred DiPaolo (South Park, Seneca, Burgard, Kensington) 634-7123, Allen Shubbuck (Riverside, Lafayette, Grover Cleveland, DiVinci) 875-3968, Al Calder (City Honors, Arts, Emerson) 876-8015. Goalies from outside the city schools are welcome and should contact Greg Day at 895-0831.

Mt. Mercy Academy is accepting coaching applications and resumes for varsity basketball, varsity basketball assistant, freshman basketball and varsity swimming assistant. Send resume to: Athletic Director, Mt. Mercy Academy, 88 Red Jacket Pkwy., Buffalo, N.Y. 14220.

The Park School of Buffalo is seeking a boys varsity basketball team to complete a tipoff tournament Dec. 3-4, 1999. Call Mike Dugan at 839-1242 ext. 49 or 632-8017.

(Send items of interest to Sidelines, Scholastic Spotlight, Sports Department, The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y., 14240.

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