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Sidelines (Sept. 21): The News’ football polls, honor roll, coming attractions & more

Buffalo News polls

First-place votes in brackets; *-tie in points.


Team (Class) Record Points

1. Canisius [9] 3-0 99

2. Orchard Park [1] (AA) 3-0 91

3. South Park (A) 2-1 67

4. Lancaster (AA) 2-1 63

5. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 3-0 51

6. St. Francis 2-1 50

7. West Seneca East (A) 3-0 40

8. Jamestown (AA) 2-1 38

9. Williamsville North 2-1 24

10. Starpoint (A) 3-0 12

Others receiving votes: North Tonawanda (A) 10, St. Joe’s 5.

Pollsters: Mark Adair (WNY Football Weekly), Sean Bruso (Springville), Sibby Constantino (Trench Trophy), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Tom Langworthy (Jamestown), John Lewis (Connolly Cup), Rich Robbins (Canisius), Dennis Gilbert (St. Joe’s), Dennis Sarow (Connolly Cup), Rick Coburn (Trench Trophy), The Buffalo News.


Team (Class) Record Points

1. Cheektowaga [6] (B) 3-0 96

2. Bennett [4] (C) 2-1 91

3. Springville (B) 3-0 80

4. Alden (B) 3-0 67

5. Cleveland Hill (C) 3-0 66

6. Dunkirk (B) 2-0 46

7. Lackawanna (C) 3-0 29

8. East Aurora (B) 2-1 23

9. Maple Grove/CL (C) 2-1 20

10. Depew (B) 2-1 15

Others receiving votes: St. Mary’s 7, Randolph (D) 4, Burgard (B) 4, Franklinville/Ellicottville/West Valley 3, Fredonia (B) 1, Medina B) 1.

Pollsters: Adair, Bruso, Constantino, Gallagher, Sarow, Bill Atlas (Wilson), Angelo Sciandra (O’Hara), Ed Sciera (Trench Trophy), Jay Sirianni (ex-Southwestern coach), The News.

Honor roll

CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO SPORTS Week Three top performers are: Tajay Amhed (Starpoint), Ian Baker (Springville), Dennis Broad (West Seneca West), Brady Collver (Frewsburg), Javon Ford (Lockport), Matt Foster (Williamsville South), Jason Dowell (Hutch Tech), Blake Haubeil (Canisius), Joe Padilla (Williamsville North), Ryan Paolini (Orchard Park), Dominic Prince (Burgard), Anthony Robinson (Starpoint), Zack Samborski (Lancaster), Cody Sikora (North Tonawanda), and Zach Woodard (North Tonawanda). Coaches are encouraged to send players they like to have looked at via email to

TRENCH TROPHY: Here are Week Three’s Trench Trophy nominees: Triston Bulluck-Watson, Hutch Tech; Jai Hunter, Burgard; Brandon Parker, Orchard Park; Jeyden Schrantz, Dunkirk; Andrew Stoltman, Timon; and Steve Walek, West Seneca West.

CHARACTER AWARDS: The Section VI Football Character Athletes of the Week, setting the example in Speech, Conduct, Love, Faith and Integrity of the Game, are sponsored by Intense Milk:

Khyligye Newsome (Bennett), Tyler Tanevski (Orchard Park), Niko Pannes (Southwestern), Ian Baker (Springville), Jon Phillips (Sweet Home), Tyler White (Kenmore West), Christian Fachko (Hamburg), John Dolac (West Seneca East), Vine Lallama (Williamsville East), Owen Nadrowski (Kenmore East). Mario Taylor (Niagara Falls), Kesean Fisher (McKinley), Marcel Jackson (Jamestown), Zack Sambromski (Lancaster), Marquez Lofton (Lackawanna), Jacob Mitchell (Wilson), Robbie Gugino (Westfield/Brocton) and Josh Peterson (Frewsburg).

Coming attractions

• Tuesday is the biggest day of the work week for local cross country runners. The biggest event of the day might be at the Delaware Park Rose Garden in Buffalo, the starting point for a competition involving the city schools. A total of 16 schools will take part during the course of the day. Other meets are on Tuesday’s calendar as well. East Aurora, the top-ranked boys and girls small school, faces Springville. On the boys side, top-ranked Orchard Park will go up against Lancaster. The No. 1 large school, Clarence, heads to Central New York Saturday to run in the Baldwinsville Invitational.

Speaking of Saturday, East Aurora hosts its Invitational meet then. The boys varsity runners start at 10:30 a.m., while the girls get going at 11.

• Nine days ago, the Eden Boys Volleyball Tournament was held at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca. Coming up this Saturday is the girls’ tournament at the same facility. The event starts at 8 a.m. and runs through the afternoon.

It’s not too early for a bit of a showdown in the Msgr. Martin Association’s girls volleyball league. Two undefeated teams in league competition, Nardin and Sacred Heart, will square off in Nardin’s gym at 6 Monday. Both squads are 2-0. Nardin then goes to play another 2-0 team, St. Mary’s of Lancaster, on Thursday. The Lancers play Eden on Monday.

• Getting back to boys volleyball, Williamsville South and Williamsville East are both undefeated in ECIC II play. Throw in the fact that the schools are only a few miles apart, and you have the makings for a good matchup. The Billies and Flames will square off Monday at 5 at Williamsville East.

• Mckenna Rushford of Amherst is the leading scorer in ECIC Division III field hockey. She has seven goals, and will get three chances to add to that total in the coming week. The first will be Monday night, as the Tigers head off for a match at Williamsville East.

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