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SIDELINES
NEWS AND NOTES FROM AREA HIGH SCHOOLS

BASEBALL LARGE SCHOOLS

No. Team (Class) RecordPts
1. Orchard Park (AA) [7] 3-0 95
2. Canisius [2] 2-0 85
3. Wmsv. North * (AA) 2-1 62
3. Wmsv. East * (A) [1] 3-0 62
5. Sweet Home (AA) 2-1 49
6. Timon/St. Jude 4-1 47
7. Wmsv. South (A) 3-0 32
8. Pioneer (A) 3-0 27
9. Albion (A) n/a 26
10. St. Joe's 1-1 20

Others receiving votes: West Seneca East (A), Clarence (AA), Lew-Port (A), Cheektowaga (A), Maryvale (A), Tonawanda (A), Kenmore East (AA), West Seneca West (A).
Note: The small school baseball poll will begin next week.

SOFTBALL LARGE SCHOOLS

No. Team (Class) RecordPts

1. Williamsville South (A) [4] 2-0 67
2. Clarence (AA) [3] 3-0 66
3. Williamsville North (AA) 3-0 46
4. Kenmore West (AA) 1-0 36
5. Maryvale (AA) 2-0 31
6. Depew (A) 3-0 28
7. Hamburg (AA) 1-1 27
8. Niagara Falls (AA) 1-0 22
9. Amherst * (A) 2-1 19
9. Lake Shore * (A) 3-0 19

SOFTBALL SMALL SCHOOLS

No. Team (Class) RecordPts
1. Falconer (B) [6] 8-3 84
2. Cassadaga Valley (C) [2] 14-079
3. JFK (C) [1] 9-1 57
4. Medina (C) 9-1 47
5. Sacred Heart 6-0 42
6. Wilson (B) 6-0 28
7. Holy Angels 6-0 24
8. Frewsburg (C) 12-219
9. Cleveland Hill (B) 12-218
10. Dunkirk (B) 10-216

Others receiving votes: Hinsdale (D), Eden (B), Ripley (D), Mount Mercy, Barker (D), Brocton (D), City Honors (B), Fredonia (B), Immaculata, Maple Grove (C), Alden (B), Pine Valley (D).

2005 small school softball pollsters: Dan Edholm (East Aurora), Dave Hehr (Cleveland Hill), Charlie Hund (Eden), Mike Injaychock (Sacred Heart), Kaine Kelly (Forestville), Mark Kruzynski (Medina), Dave Polechetti (Fredonia), Scott Reynolds (Pine Valley), George Teague (Barker), Craig Underwood (Sherman).

State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-tie in points; records are entering Monday's games.

Coming attractions

* Two of the best softball teams in Western New York meet today when No. 2 large school Clarence visits top-ranked and defending Class A state champion Williamsville South at 4:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a major meeting in ECIC III has No. 5 large school Maryvale hosting No. 6 Depew. North Tonawanda's Lady Jacks Tournament will conclude with games all day Saturday while the Immaculata Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday at Walden Pond Park.

* Orchard Park, ranked first in the initial large school poll for baseball, is scheduled to battle at North Tonawanda today at 4:30 before heading south to take on small school power Dunkirk at 4 p.m. Wednesday. No. 2 Canisius takes on familiar foe No. 10 St. Joe's for the first time this season at 4 p.m. today at Delaware Park. The Crusaders then play at St. Mary's -- which knocked off St. Joe's last week -- at 4 p.m. Thursday. Co-No. 3 Williamsville East hosts defending Class AA champion Sweet Home today at 4:30 p.m.

* Private and public powers in boys lacrosse collide when St. Francis plays at Williamsville East today at 4:30 p.m. Also today, Amherst plays at undefeated Section V power Penfield. Hamburg takes its undefeated mark up against top out-of-area competition when it plays at Webster Schroeder of Section V on Thursday and hosts Section IV's Horseheads at 1 p.m. Saturday. Also Saturday, the Independent Lacrosse Conference will hold its inaugural midseason tournament at Gow, an all-day event starting at 9:30 a.m.

* Two of Western New York's traditional powers in girls lacrosse meet when Nichols plays at Lancaster at 4:30 p.m. today. Nichols makes it back-to-back meetings with local powers when it plays at Amherst at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

* Some of the area's best track and field teams will spend Saturday at the sixth Bears-Lady Bears Early Bird Invitational at JFK, site of this year's Section VI championships. Also on Saturday is the sixth Kenmore Invitational, which features a field of 16 girls and 16 boys teams, at Crosby Field, while many Southern Tier schools will head to the Olean Invitational.

Honor roll

* HOCKEY: Sophomore forward Vinny Scarsella and freshman defenseman Nick Bailen of St. Francis were named to the Midwest Prep League all-star team. Scarsella had 57 points (28 goals, 29 assists) while Bailen had 31 points (11-20) for the Red Raiders, who have eight underclassmen returning next season.

Bulletin Board

* FOOTBALL: The WNY Chapter of the National Football Foundation will sponsor the third annual high school junior football recruiting combine at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse at Ralph Wilson Stadium on May 7 at 6 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the WNY Football Coaches Association and is open to all juniors who will be entering their senior year in the fall of 2005. Athletes will test in bench press, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle run and the 20- and 40-yard dashes. Preregistration is $5. High school coaches should have registration forms. Contact Eric Jantzi (807-3600, ext. 1553), Chuck Funke (655-1473) or Denny Lynch (648-0316).

* GIRLS GOLF: The inaugural BuffaloGolfer.Com high school girls open invitational will be held May 15 at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Akron. The 18-hole stroke play event for high school-aged girls in Western New York and Southern Ontario will start at 1:15 p.m. and will be limited to the first 32 applicants. Visit www.buffalogolfer.com for more information or e-mail buffalogolfer@buffalogolfer.com for an application.

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