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2004 News football polls


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. St. Francis [8] 7-2 89 1
2. Orchard Park (AA) [1] 9-1 82 3
3. St. Joe's 7-2 65 4
4. North Tonawanda (AA) * 8-2 62 2
4. Iroquois (A) * 8-2 62 5
6. Lew-Port (A) 6-4 31 6
7. West Seneca West (AA) 7-2 27 7
8. Sweet Home (A) 7-2 23 8
9. Lake Shore (A) 7-3 22 NR
10. Hutch-Tech 8-2 11 NR
Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Hamburg (A) 7, Lancaster (AA) 6, Niagara Falls (AA) 3, Williamsville North (AA) 3, Kenmore West (AA) 2.


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Southwestern (B) [9] 9-1 90 2
2. Olean (B) [8] 8-2 78 1
3. Tonawanda (B) 7-2 66 3
4. Falconer (C) 9-1 64 4
5. Albion (B) * 7-2 45 6
5. Ellicottville (D) * 9-1 45 7
7. Portville (C) 8-2 39 4
8. Alden (B) 7-3 18 NR
9. Springville (B) 7-2 16 8
10. Riverside 6-3 11 10
Also receiving votes: Maple Grove (D) 8, Randolph (D) 6, Pine Valley (D) 5, Walsh 2, Cassadaga Valley (C), Burgard 1.
State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points.

Coming attractions

* Three Section VI teams are headed to Cortland State this weekend for the state final four in girls volleyball. Lancaster (Class AA), Starpoint (A) and Eden (B) will participate in Friday's pool play with hopes of advancing to Saturday's championship matches.

* The state championships in cross country are Saturday at Chenango Valley State Park, located about 12 miles outside Binghamton.

* The Section VI boys gymnastics team, which has posted most of the state's best scores (see leaders on Page D5), heads to the state championships at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brockport State.

* The Section VI championships in boys soccer start today with a doubleheader at Olean's Bradner Stadium (Class D at 5:30 p.m., C at 7:30). Lew-Port's Elia Stadium hosts the three larger classes Wednesday, starting with Class B at 3:30 p.m., followed by Class A (5:30) and AA (7:30). Winners play at Lew-Port on Friday (Class D at 5:30, AA at 7:30) and Saturday (Class C at 10 a.m., A at noon, B at 2 p.m.) in the Far West Regionals, taking on the Section V champions for the right to advance to the state final four.

* The Monsignor Martin Association soccer champions will participate in the state Catholic playoffs this weekend. Nardin will face an opponent from traditionally strong downstate at 11 a.m. Saturday at the West Seneca Soccer Complex. Canisius will compete in the state final four Friday and Saturday at St. John's University.

* Section VI's girls soccer champions -- Clarence (Class AA), Grand Island (A), Fredonia (B), Portville (C) and North Collins (D) -- will face their Section V counterparts this weekend. Friday's games are at Wheatland-Chili at 5 (Class B) and 7 p.m. (D). Saturday's games at Albion are at noon (C), 2:30 (A) and 5:30 (AA).

* Section VI titles will be decided in boys volleyball Wednesday at Eden. Hamburg, ranked first in the Western New York coaches poll, plays West Seneca West in the Class A match at 6 p.m. East Aurora will battle defending champion Eden, ranked third in Western New York, in the Raiders' gym in the Class B final at 8.

* The Section VI field hockey champions will be determined at Medina's Veteran's Park today and Wednesday. Today's 5:30 p.m. Class C game pits Akron (11-3-1) and Holland (13-6) while the Class B final at 7:30 has Amherst (15-3-1) meeting Roy-Hart (11-2-2). The Class A teams own the Wednesday stage at 7:30, as defending champion and top-seeded Williamsville North (16-1-1) meets second-seeded Orchard Park (16-2) at 5:30 p.m.

* Ralph Wilson Stadium will host the Monsignor Martin Association's football championship doubleheader Wednesday as top-ranked large school St. Francis meets No. 3 St. Joe's in the League AA final at 7 p.m. St. Mary's and Walsh play the League A final at 5. The champions of Sections VI and V stop by Friday (Class D final at 5 p.m.) and Saturday (four finals, the first at 10 a.m.).

* The Harvard Cup Football Sorrento Cheese Game of the Week on WJJL (1440 AM) is Saturday's semifinal doubleheader at All High Stadium. The 2 p.m. game between McKinley and Riverside will be broadcast live, followed by the 4 p.m. tape delay of the 10 a.m. contest between Hutch-Tech and South Park.

* The Section VI girls swimming championships are Thursday-Saturday at Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center. Thursday is the swimming preliminaries at 5 p.m. Friday is the first round of diving and Saturday is the finals in all events starting at 11 a.m. The Flickinger Center will also host the Monsignor Martin Association's All-Catholic Championships on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m.

Football honor roll

* CONNOLLY CUP: The Riverside Athletic Club Connolly Cup Committee's honor roll for Week 10 includes: Tyler Dunne (Ellicottville), Kevin Emley (Randolph), Jake Graci (Lake Shore), Curt Jones (Falconer), James Mallory (Kenmore West), Steve Mancari (Southwestern), Brian Nitsche (Portville), Andy Pace (Orchard Park), Cody Spicer (Falconer) and Darrell Thomas (Lafayette). The 10 finalists for this year's Connolly Cup will be announced Nov. 20. The committee asks that coaches e-mail information on candidates to

* COACH OF THE WEEK: The NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week for Week 10 is Jay Siranni of Southwestern. The Trojans beat Class B rival Olean, for their first Section VI football championship Saturday.

* UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Ten are Riverside junior wide receiver Mike Williams (offense) and Falconer junior defensive back Cody Spicer (defense).

Bulletin Board

* BASKETBALL: Grand Island is looking for a boys junior varsity coach to start immediately. Coaching certifications are required. Call Athletics Director Jon Roth at 773-8812.

* SOCCER: The annual WNY Exceptional Senior Soccer Games are Sunday at noon (girls) and 3 p.m. (boys) at Medina High School. The showcase event will be attended by 60 to 80 college coaches. For information on the competition or about contributing to the event, call Gary (433-0296) or Bob (633-2522).

Spotlight's season ends

This is the final Scholastic Spotlight of the fall season. The News will continue to follow teams throughout the playoffs and the Spotlight will return Dec. 7 with the boys basketball preview.
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