The fate of regional football games between Section VI and Section V champions now lies in the hands of Section VI administrators.
A postcard ballot of athletic directors, superintendents and school principals with a June 9 deadline will determine if Section VI will play its Rochester counterparts this fall.
The Section VI Athletic Council voted down a similar proposal, 12-6, in March. Section V Football Federation officials received approval from their athletic council last fall and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association approved the games between the two sections at its January executive committee meeting.
"My feeling is that sentiment is about 50-50," said Section VI football chairman Chuck Funke, who made a presentation for the regional games at last Wednesday's Section VI Athletic Council meeting. "A lot of people aren't sure what's going on with this and there were a lot of good questions asked that we attempted to answer."
"Chuck might need another year to get the support we have," said Section V chairman Dick Cerone. "We want to play in Rich Stadium and our coaches have been looking to play someone from out of our section for quite a few years."
Regional games were played last year for the first time at the Carrier Dome and Cornell University's Schoellkopf Field. New York is one of only five states in the nation to not have a state tournament. The most common reasons cited are weather conditions, extension of the fall sports season and the lack of a common starting date.
Funke has previously stated the concern about lengthening the season -- and overlapping into basketball and wrestling -- is a prime reason Section VI officials have opposed the games.
Pairings for the Section VI baseball and softball tournaments are scheduled to be announced tonight and Wednesday nights with play beginning Thursday and Friday. All teams with at least a .500 record in league qualify.
Once the number of qualifiers in each class is determined, the teams are seeded on the basis of Section VI's point formula, the one utilized this year for the first time in boys and girls basketball. It awards and subtracts points based on the results of the game, a team's class and the class of its opponent.
The status quo held in this week's Western New York Coaches Polls, as Orchard Park and Dunkirk (baseball) and Sweet Home and Eden (softball) all retained their No. 1 rankings. The most significant movement was Medina overtaking Alden for the No. 2 small-school slot in baseball after being ranked third last week.
In a key ECIC Division III softball game last Tuesday, Maryvale handed Iroquois its first division loss, 5-4, in 14 innings as pinch runner Debbie Jones scored on Jenny Nietopski's fielder's choice.
Jones had three hits for the Lady Flyers to give the victory to sophomore Dana Lipp, who went the entire 14 innings. Shortstop Renee Boguhn was the defensive star with 14 errorless chances. The loss precipitated Iroquois' drop from second to sixth in the rankings.
Wilson shortstop Andy Aloisio will play baseball next year at the United States Naval Academy. Aloisio will most likely play second base for the Midshipmen, said Wilson coach Dan Johnson. Aloisio was hitting .345 with 22 RBIs in 10 games this season.
He also was an outstanding football player, earning second-team All-Western New York honors as a "monster back," playing various positions for coach Charlie Jufer's team that advanced to the Section VI Class C semifinals.
The Bucknell football team has received signed letters of intent from North Tonawanda wide receiver Corey Zayatz, Gowanda running back Kevin McElvene and Orchard Park lineman Craig Knauer. The Bison had previously signed Starpoint's Rob Fraass and Joe Klein of St. Joe's. East Aurora running back Jon Anderson also signed with a Division I-AA school, committing to Holy Cross.
East Aurora stars Mitch Derrick and Brian Dowdall will swim next year at Princeton and Division III Kenyon (Ohio), respectively. Derrick, who also considered Harvard, Brown and Southern Methodist, was the Section VI champion in the 200 and 500 free and was second and third in the events at the state meet. Dowdall, second in the 100 backstroke at the sectionals, was also the Section VI Class B champion in cross country.
West Seneca West's Patti Weigand and Lewiston-Porter's Ann Marie Naradowski will swim at Division II Ashland College.
Weigand, who took a gold medal in synchronized swimming at last summer's Empire State Games and a bronze at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival, is expected to participate in the individual medley and butterfly. Naraection V
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dowski, second in the 200 medley relay at thesectionals, will also swim the backstroke and butterfly in college.
Grand Island freshman Stacey Schroeder broke her own Niagara Frontier League record in the discus last Tuesday with a heave of 122-7. It was the third time this year she has eclipsed the record, with the previous standard being 120-11.
Most leagues are holding their sectional qualifying meets this week in advance of the Section VI championships June 3 at Crosby Field in Kenmore.
Also getting under way this week are playoffs in the Erie County Interscholastic Conference girls soccer league and Western New York lacrosse league. The soccer champions in Classes A, B and C will travel to Westchester County for an intersectional tournament with Section I next month.
City Honors defeated McKinley, 5-3, Monday afternoon to repeat as champions of the Buffalo Public Schools Dr. Bapst tennis series. Leading the way at singles for coach Drake Francescone's Centaurs (13-0) were Amanda Mullin, Marc Ross, Lynn Stievater and Todd Stievater.
LaSalle's Pat Monti has been named Section VI boys basketball coach of the year for the second straight season by the State Coaches Association.
Monti directed the Explorers to a 23-4 record this season and a berth in the state Class A championship game. That performance came one year after a 27-0 season and State federation Class B title.
Monti, whose team has a 43-game winning streak against Western New York opponents, is 166-39 (.810) during the 1980s.
Two players from Nichols made the all-tournament team as the Vikings finished eighth in the Midwest Schoolgirls Lacrosse Tournament over the weekend at the school. Nichols, which hosts the tournament every five years, placed senior Mona Wagle and junior Vicki Wagner on the team.
Nichols went 2-3 in the tournament to finish eighth among 16 teams. The event was won by Western Reserve Academy of Ohio, which beat Worthington (Ohio) in the finals.
Nichols seniors Julie Midlik and Bridget Saab will conclude their seasons this weekend in the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association tournament at Hofstra University.