WNY coaches polls
Small school baseball
1. Fredonia (6) 78 1
2. Olean (2) 72 2
3. Gowanda 61 3
4. Eden 55 4
5. St. Mary’s 41 5
6. Westfield 34 6
7. Tonawanda 20 8
8. Southwestern 18 NR
9. Medina 16 NR
10. Pine Valley 15 NR
Others receiving votes: Roy-Hart 14, Frewsburg 12, Akron 3, Falconer 1.
Note: Coaches large school baseball poll was not provided to The News.
Large school softball
1. Clarence (9) 89 1
2. Orchard Park (1) 76 2
3. Lancaster 74 3
4. Niagara-Wheatfield 60 4
5. Starpoint 45 5
6. Williamsville South 44 9
7. Kenmore West 33 6
8. Frontier 24 7
9. Williamsville North 21 10
10. Niagara Falls 19 8
Others receiving votes: Sacred Heart (4), Iroquois (3), Nichols (3), West Seneca East (1).
Small school softball
1. Eden (5) 59 1
2. Depew (1) 48 3
3. Fredonia 47 2
4. Olean 45 4
5. Alden 35 7
6. Catt./Little Valley 25 5
7. Falconer 20 6
8. Gowanda 19 8
9. Nichols 14 9
10. Akron 12 10
Others receiving votes: Franklinville, Roy-Hart, Westfield.
• In baseball, defending Monsignor Martin Association champion St. Joe’s hosts perennial contender St. Francis at 4:30 p.m. today at the Robert T. Scott Complex. St. Joe’s also visits Canisius at 2 p.m. Sunday at Delaware Park. Meanwhile, the regular season ends for Section VI teams Wednesday. The seeding meeting for the Section VI tournament also takes place Wednesday at Eden High School.
• Mother Nature has impacted the softball postseason as the Section VI seeding meeting originally scheduled for Monday will now take place at 7 p.m. today at Depew. In the Monsignor Martin Association, the weather delayed the quarterfinals, which took place Monday instead of Saturday, and will create a hectic finish. Semifinals are today at 4:15 p.m. at Sunshine Park in West Seneca. The date of the championship game will be determined based on who wins today as various schools already have mandatory events scheduled later this week that take priority over a softball final.
• In boys lacrosse, the Section VI tournament resumes with quarterfinal games in Classes A, B and C with the higher seeds serving as host. Semifinals are Thursday, also at the higher seed, with the championship games slated for next Tuesday at All High Stadium with the Class A final kicking off the tripleheader at 3:30 p.m.
• In girls lacrosse,The Section VI tournament resumes today with quarterfinals in Class A as Lockport visits Orchard Park and Niagara Falls visits Clarence. Semifinals are Thursday in all three classes with the higher seeds serving as host. The Monsignor Martin Association semifinals are today at Niagara University (Nardin vs. Mount St. Mary at 4:30 p.m. and Buffalo Seminary vs. Sacred Heart at 6 p.m.) with the championship game scheduled for Thursday at Niagara.
• Track & field is heading toward the home stretch as league championship meets highlight the action, with the Niagara Frontier League championships slated for Crosby Field on Wednesday and Thursday. The two-day ECIC (at Jamestown) and CCAA (at Dunkirk) meets begin Friday. The state Catholic meet is Saturday in New York City.
• In boys tennis, the Section VI championships begin at 3 p.m. today at Lancaster High School and will conclude, weather permitting, Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are rain dates. The top three finishers in singles and doubles advance to the state tournament May 29-31 in Flushing.
• In girls golf, the Section VI state qualifier is set for a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start Wednesday at Gowanda Country Club. The top nine finishers advance to the state meet June 13-15 at Delhi. Returnees from last year’s state team include defending Section VI champion Chelsea Dantonio (Lancaster), Sarah Godfrey (Depew), Marissa Del Monaco (Southwestern), Nicole Silipski (Lancaster), Kirstie Hanson (Jamestown), Alexis Kim (Clarence) and Jenna Stogsdill (Williamsville North).
Prep Talk Awards
The Prep Talk Awards, which will honor the very best of the 2013-14 high school sports year, will debut at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Buffalo Bills great Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, will be the keynote speaker of the inaugural event.
Honored will be the All-Western New York first team for football, the All-WNY first teams for boys and girls basketball, and a Prep Talk Player of the Year from more than 30 other sports The News covers. From among the invited Players of the Year, an overall Prep Talk Male and Female Athlete of the Year will be announced at the banquet. Also invited will be five finalists for the Prep Talk Coach of the Year, with the winner also announced during the banquet.
The Players of the Year for fall and winter sports will be announced and notified shortly and each will be spotlighted in a daily countdown to the first-time event. The spring winners will be announced closer to the event.
Tickets for the general public are $45. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Lisa Cislo at 849-5522 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also sponsorship opportunities available for the event; contact Ann Brooker at 849-4413 or email@example.com.
Borrelli Awards Banquet
The first Tom Borrelli Awards Banquet, presented by the Buffalo Bandits, is set for 6 p.m. June 24 at Ilio DiPaolo’s. The banquet will honor the traditional male and female Borrelli Award winners, the Ox Award winners as well as the All-Western New York first teams in boys and girls lacrosse. To become a supporting sponsor of the Borrelli Awards banquet, or to contribute to the Borrelli Scholarship Fund, contact Bob DiCesare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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