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Sidelines for Sept. 10: News, notes and the 2013 football polls

2013 News football polls

State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week;

*-tie in points.



Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Canisius [10] 1-0 100

2. St. Joe’s 1-0 83

3. Orchard Park (AA) 1-0 75

4. Jamestown (AA) 1-0 72

5. Sweet Home (A) 1-0 68

6. Frontier (AA) 1-0 45

7. West Seneca East (A) 1-0 39

8. Grand Island (A) 1-0 25

9. Lockport (AA) 1-0 12

10. McKinley (A) 1-0 11

Others receiving votes (with points): Lancaster (AA) 6, Williamsville East (A) 4, Timon/St. Jude 3, Williamsville South (A) 3, North Tonawanda (A) 1, West Seneca West (AA) 1.

2013 large school pollsters: Mark Adair (WNY Football Weekly), Sean Bruso (Alden assistant), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Tom Langworthy (Jamestown, Class AA), John Lewis (Connolly Cup), Brian Madej (official), Rich Robbins (Canisius, Msgr. Martin Association), John Rutkowski (official), Dean Santorio (Grand Island, Class A), Keith McShea (The Buffalo News).


Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Alden (B) [8] 1-0 93

2. Depew (B) 1-0 90

3. Cleveland Hill (C) 1-0 67

4. Randolph (D) 1-0 56

5. Burgard (B) 1-0 39

6. Cheektowaga (B) 1-0 34

7. St. Mary’s 1-0 31

8. Fredonia (C) 1-0 27

9. Eden (B) * 1-0 25

9. Akron (C) * 1-0 25

Others receiving votes (with points): Lackawanna (C) 21, Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (D) 19, Albion (B) 7, Medina/Lyndonville (B) 7, Salamanca (C) 5, Springville (B) 2, Lew-Port (B) 1, Southwestern (C) 1.

2013 pollsters: Mark Adair (WNY Football Weekly); Sean Bruso (Alden assistant); Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports); Sibby Constantino (Trench Trophy); Charlie Jufer (retired Wilson coach, Class C); Dennis Sarow (Connolly Cup Chairman); Angelo Sciandra (Msgr. Martin, O’Hara), Ed Sciera (Trench Trophy); Jay Sirianni (Southwestern, Class C); The Buffalo News.

How The News voted

Want to see why The News voted some schools ahead of others? Keith McShea explains his large and small school ballots in the weekly How The News voted post at the Prep Talk blog at

Coming attractions

• Week Two of football kicks off Friday highlighted by Tonawanda’s first home game at the new Clint Small Stadium, which is on the grounds of the high school, when it hosts Class C North newcomer and longtime power Lackawanna at 7 … Also Friday, Lockport is at Orchard Park at 7 while Canisius heads to Rochester for the second straight week when it takes on longtime power and defending Section V Class AA champion Aquinas. On Saturday its a meeting between Section VI and the Monsignor Martin Association, and it will be under the lights: St. Joe’s plays at Clarence at 7 p.m.

• The 19th West Seneca Cross Country Invitational is Saturday at Sunshine Park in West Seneca. A field of 42 from Section VI, Section V, private schools, as well as Canada and Pennsylvania will compete over the 3.1-mile grassy trail course. The first of eight races answers the gun at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The East Aurora boys and girls will defend their small school titles while the Iroquois girls return as last year’s large school champs.

Also Saturday is the Sixth Red Dragon Invitational at Long Point State Park in Bemus Point. The 5,000 meter course is a combination of woodland trails and rolling lakeside lawn. The small school girls race is at 10:45 a.m., large school girls at 11:15 a.m., small school boys at 11:45 a.m. and large school boys at 12:15 p.m.

• For the first time in the school history, the St. Joe’s volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the WNY Coaches poll. Its program started in the late-1990s. The Marauders were the last team to be eliminated in last weekend’s Eden Pan-Am Tournament … . Two of this year’s top Class B teams meet on Thursday when No. 4 Eden is at Hamburg at 7 p.m. On Wednesday No. 10 Lancaster hosts Hamburg at 6 p.m. … No. 8 Orchard Park hosts two ranked teams this week in matches starting at 7 p.m. The Quakers play No. 7 West Seneca West on Thursday and No. 10 Lancaster on Friday. … Cheektowaga will host a tournament on Saturday.

Football honor roll

• CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week Nine top performers are: Anthony Buono (Depew), Nigel Davis (St. Joe’s), Garrett DiStefano (Eden), Jason Hellwig (Medina/Lyndonville), Weston Ley (Fredonia), Phalla Musall (Ellicottville/West Valley), Brandon Sireika (Lackawanna), Brian Stoldt (Alden), Paul Sukmanowski (Grand Island), Pete Szlapak (Akron), Ed Wolfe (Albion), Chris Woodward (North Tonawanda).

Coaches are encouraged to send players to be seen via email to:

• TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week One are: James Empfield (Lancaster),

Lucas Lugen (Dunkirk), Kevin Gault (Sweet Home), Kevon Perry (Burgard) and Steven Stauss (Albion).

Coaches wishing to nominate players should contact Carl Kuras of the Trench Trophy Committee via: Coaches of nominees throughout the season are asked to call Kuras at 698-1893 or send game tapes to the committee.

• UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week One are: sophomore quarterback Mike McCarthy of St. Joe’s (offense) and junior linebacker Coyote Sokolski of Iroquois (defense).

• COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week One NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is Dennis Gilbert of St. Joe’s. The Marauders handed St. Anthony’s a 20-14 loss. The Long Island visitors entered the season ranked second in the state in the MaxPreps preseason Fab 5.

The 2013 Coach of the Week committee is: Ken Stoldt (Section VI Football Federation co-chairman), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Mark Adair (publisher, Football Weekly), Denny Lynch (Buffalo Bills), Preston Teague (Buffalo Bills, non-voting), Kevin Kelleher (Ad Pro Team Sports), Dennis Sarow (Connolly Cup chairman) and Mary Jo Monnin (Buffalo News).


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