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Sidelines (Sept. 26): 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 [10] 4-0 100 1

2. Lancaster (AA) 4-0 88 2

3. Orchard Park (AA) 3-1 81 3

4. South Park (A) 3-1 48 10

5. Starpoint (A) 4-0 45 9

6. Clarence (AA) 4-0 43 NR

7. St. Joe’s 2-2 35 7

8. Wmsv. North (AA) 3-1 31 4

9. St. Francis 0-3 19 5

10. Bennett (A) 3-1 18 6

Others receiving votes (with points): Bishop Timon/St. Jude 12, Grand Island (A) 8, West Seneca East (A) 6, North Tonawanda (A) 3, McKinley (A) 2, Iroquois (A) 2, Hutch-Tech (AA) 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) [10] 4-0 100 1

2. Medina (B) 4-0 85 2

3. Maple Grove (D) 4-0 80 3

4. Maryvale (B) 4-0 71 5

5. Olean (B) 4-0 50 NR

6. Cleveland Hill (C) 3-1 46 8

7. Alden (B) 3-1 37 7

8. Franklin./Ellic. (D) 4-0 31 10

9. Springville (B) 2-2 20 4

10. Burgard (B) 2-2 12 6

Others receiving votes (with points): JFK (C) 9, Silver Creek/Forestville (D) 7; Southwestern (C) 4, Randolph 1.

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

Honor roll

• This year The Buffalo News is selecting a Prep Talk football athlete of the week from among those who were honored as the list of Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports top performers. The Week Four Winner is Conner Buzby of Grand Island, who filled in for injured sophomore Cam Sionko at quarterback and threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns in a win over previously undefeated North Tonawanda.

The other ADPRO SPORTS standouts were: Eric Bartnik of Cheektowaga (170 passing yards and a TD; 117 rushing yards and a TD); Erriono Giarardina of Kenmore West (113 yards and three TDs); Max Giordano of Lancaster (140 receiving yards, two TDs and a field goal); Joe Harrison of Bishop Timon/St. Jude (232 rushing yards and four TDs; eight tackles and a sack); Kenyatta Huston of Canisius (151 rushing yards and two TDs); Lawrence Jenkins of Lake Shore (215 yards rushing; ran and threw for a TD); Zane Johnson of Grand Island (109 receiving yards and two TDs, and a game-winning field goal); Cordell O’Brien of Frewsburg (117 receiving yards and four TDs); Stephan Parker of Cheektowaga (97 receiving yards); Izaiah Rhim of Medina (201 passing yards), Zach Samborski of Lancaster (104 rushing yards and two touchdowns); Nick Schaefer of South Park (161 passing yards, seven tackles); Christian Snell of Alden (134 rushing yards and a TD; 87 receiving yards and two TDs); Mark Worthy of Williamsville South (five touchdowns and five tackles).

• The Trench Trophy has announced the nomination of five players for Week Four: Chauval Black of Dunkirk, Jeremy Bush of Jamestown, Travis Porterfield of Williamsville South, Tyler White of Kenmore West, JB Wilkes of Grand Island.

They are now eligible to be finalists for the season-ending award that goes to the area’s top lineman.

• 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: Morgan Smith (Akron), Isaiah McDuffie (Bennett), Marquez Benefield (Burgard), Tariq Whitaker (Cheektowaga), Manny Al-Hemyari (Cleveland Hill), Colt Miller (Clyer-Sherman-Panama), CJ Perillo (Iroquois), Vince Matteson (Lew-Port), Nick Costanzo (Maryvale), Eugene Hicks (McKinley), Connor Hill (Newfane), Dylan Vincent (Olean), Ronnie Lott (Portville), Jacob Dekay (Salamanca), Nick Schaefer (South Park), Erik Johnson (Southwestern), Andrew Lazarus (Springville), Noah Ray (Tonawanda).

• Jim Kelly’s Camp Top Underclassmen for Week Three are, on offense, junior wide receiver Zane Johnson of Grand Island, and on defense, junior linebacker Joe Andressen of Lancaster.

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.

Saluting the greats

• Tom Rowley, Frank Prezioso and Gene Bunker have been elected to the Tonawanda High School Athletic Wall of Fame. The induction ceremonies will begin at the October 14 football game at 6 p.m. at Clinton Small Stadium. The three will be honorary captains and their plaques will be displayed inside the school. After the game a “Meet and Greet” will be held at the Eldredge Club on Broad Street. On Oct. 15, a banquet will be held at the Tonawanda Pavilion on the Niagara River. An open bar will start the festivities at 3 p.m. with dinner and awards set for 3:45 p.m. The cost is $25; call 694-7670 or 693-9407.

• The Harvard Cup Hall of Fame committee has announced its Class of 2016: Frank Palladino, Kevin Bennett and Dennis Browning of Grover Cleveland; Henry Alford of Hutch-Tech; Joseph Granata, Richard Dread and Anthony Truilizio (coach) of Lafayette; Martin Latko and Matthew Balash of Seneca; Ben Cammarano and Tim Delaney (coach) of South Park; Frank Perillo of Technical; and football officials Richard Andrzejewski and Michael Binkowski. The induction ceremony will be held on Oct. 1 at Pettibone’s Grille in Coca-Cola Field. Tickets are $50; call David B. Thomas at 533-6604.

Coming attractions

• Pioneer was ranked No. 1 in the WNY Coaches’ Poll in field hockey last week, while Iroquois was third. That will mean nothing when the two teams get together on Monday. The game starts at 5 p.m. on the Chiefs’ home field.

• Thursday features a rematch from the top two girls soccer teams in the area according to last week’s poll. Clarence and Orchard Park meet again; the Red Devils won the first meeting on the road earlier in the season. This time they’ll play in Clarence.

• The Thruway will be filled with buses containing cross country teams on Saturday. That’s because the 52nd McQuaid Invitational will be held at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester.

The top teams have had time to settle down for a few weeks, so this is a great way to see who the favorites are in the postseason later in October.

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