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Sidelines (Sept. 12): Polls, news and more

Buffalo News polls

State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *–tie in points, LW - Last week.



No. Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Canisius [8] 2-0 80 1

2. Lancaster (AA) 2-0 65 T3

3. Wmsv. North (AA) 2-0 60 2

4. Orchard Park (AA) 1-1 54 T5

5. St. Francis 0-1 46 T5

6. St. Joe’s 1-1 32 3

7. Bennett (A) 2-0 27 7

8. North Tonawanda (A) 2-0 13 NR

9. South Park (A) 1-1 9 NR

10. Timon/St. Jude 0-2 8 T8

Others receiving votes (with points): Clarence (AA) 6, Iroquois (A) 4, West Seneca East (A) 4, Grand Island 4, Hutch-Tech (AA) 2, Kenmore West (AA) 2, Niagara Falls 2.

Voters: Mark Adair, Sean Bruso, Sibby Constantino, Dick Gallagher, Tom Langworthy, John Lewis, Rich Robbins, Dennis Gilbert, Dennis Sarow, Rick Coburn, News’ Miguel Rodriguez.


Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cheektowaga (B) [9] 2-0 90 1

2. Alden (B) 2-0 76 3

3. Maple Grove (D) 2-0 69 4

4. Maryvale (B) 2-0 52 7

5. Burgard (B) 2-0 51 T5

6. Medina (B) 2-0 50 8

7. Springville (B) 1-1 46 2

8. Frank./Ell. (D) 2-0 14 9

9. JFK* (C) 2-0 11 NR

9. Cleveland Hill* (C) 2-0 11 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Pioneer (B) 9, Silver Creek/Forestville (D) 8, Southwestern (C) 8, East Aurora/Holland (B) 1.

Voters: Adair, Bruso, Constantino, Gallagher, Lewis, Sarow, Angelo Sciandra, Ed Sciera, Jay Sirianni, News’ Miguel Rodriguez.

Honor roll

• This year The Buffalo News is selecting a Prep Talk football athlete of the week, as selected from those who were honored as the list of Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports top performers. The Week Two winner is Todd Thompson of Pioneer. He ran 35 times for 253 yards and four touchdowns, returned a kickoff for a score, and had three two-point conversions to finish with 36 points. It helped the Pioneers take a wild 50-43 win over East Aurora/Holland.

The other ADPRO SPORTS standouts were: T.J. Allen, Williamsville East (242 yards rushing); James Bailey, JFK (completed 10 of 13 passes for 127 yards and two scores); Jake Beaver, Randolph (14 pass completions for 208 yards and a TD); Brad Benson, Maple Grove (209 rushing yards and three TDs); Joe Dotterweich, North Tonawanda (30 carries for 175 yards and a TD); Skakur Harris, South Park (135 yards rushing and two TDs); Anthony Maniscalco, Williamsville North (three interceptions in first half); Connor Kelly, Williamsville North (six tackles on first eight plays); Rashad Law, Maryvale (180 yards rushing on only 10 carries); Jamir Lynch, Kenmore West (101 yards rushing and two TDs); Ryan Mansell, Lancaster (guided Legends to school record 56 points); Devin Pope, Chautauqua Lake (269 passing yards and 92 rushing yards); Noah Radack, Silver Creek/Forestville (threw for 270 yards and 3 TDs); and Reid Tomowski, Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton (187 passing yards and a TD).

Coaches are encouraged to nominate players for this honor. Send an email to

• The Trench Trophy has announced the nomination of six players for Week Two: Nathan Emer, Iroquois; Daniel Kubik, Orchard Park; Shaerod Rodgers, Lake Shore; Jarod Sanfilippo, Frewsburg; Trevor Wilson, Lancaster; and Ammari Wooten, Cleveland Hill. They are now eligible to be finalists for the season-ending award that goes to the area’s top lineman.

• The Section VI Football Character Athletes of the Week, setting the example in speech, conduct, love, faith and integrity of the game, sponsored by Intense Milk and Cross Training Athletics:

Haseen Pruitt, Niagara Falls; Noah Seneca, Silver Creek/Forest.; Matt Chrzanowski; Williamsville South; Andrew Pumford, Jamestown; Tim Wright, Frewsburg; T.J. Southwick, Cattaragus/L.V.; Jeff Rashko, JFK; Jason Robillard, Lockport; Kolby Parks, CSP; Joe Dotterweich, North Tonawanda; Brett Beetow, Lancaster; Mitch Padilla, Maple Grove; Griffin Chudy, Frank./Ell./WV; and Reed Greiner of Akron.

Another weekly winner

This year, The News will honor a boys and girls high school athlete of the week in addition to its weekly football selection. Coaches can nominate a player by sending a name and details of the week’s accomplishments to by Saturday night.

Coming attractions

• The Clarence girls soccer team has been in top form against Western New York competition so far. The Red Devils play Grand Island on Wednesday and Frontier on Friday.

• The Canisius volleyball team certainly wants to make up for its first loss of the season this weekend. The Crusaders have three road matches coming up: Starpoint on Tuesday, St. Mary’s of Lancaster on Thursday and McQuaid of the Rochester area on Friday.

• In girls tennis, Fredonia moves into its second week of the season with a couple of matches. The Hillbillies will play at Maple Grove on Tuesday and host Southwestern on Thursday.

• The village of Williamsville always seems to have plenty of talent in field hockey, and that makes any matchup between schools there attractive. Williamsville North goes up against Williamsville South on Wednesday. North will also play at Sweet Home on Monday.

• Several top cross country teams from Western New York are headed to Ontario, N.Y., for the Wayne Invitational on Saturday. The event is northeast of Rochester.

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