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NEWS FOOTBALL POLLS

LARGE SCHOOLS
1. Niagara-Wheatfield (5) 4-090
2. Sweet Home (3) 4-088
3. St. Joe's (2) 4-081
4. Clarence 4-070
5. Orchard Park 3-164
6. Pioneer 4-063
7. *Jamestown 3-132
7. *West Seneca West 3-132
9. Timon/St. Jude 3-123
10. McKinley 3-013
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Lackawanna (9) 4-099
2. Tonawanda (1) 4-090
3. Southwestern 4-077
4. Gowanda 4-069
5. Eden 4-057
6. Maple Grove 4-042
7. Albion 3-136
8. Salamanca 3-135
9. Medina 3-115
10. Randolph 3-1 7
*-Indicates tie in point totals.

Also receiving votes (listed by points received) -- Large schools: Lake Shore, Lancaster. Small Schools: Burgard, Silver Creek, Kensington, Springville, Falconer, Pine Valley, Brocton, Hutch-Tech.

The top 10 teams in each division of The Buffalo News High School Football Poll are determined by a panel of area high school coaches and officials. First-place votes are in parentheses, followed by overall records and total points. Points are awarded on a scale of 10-1, with 10 for a first-place vote, continuing in descending order.

Coming attractions

Something must give when homestanding Niagara-Wheatfield and Clarence put their unbeaten records on the line Saturday in a Section VI Division II football showdown at Terry Harvey Field.

Strider Field in Jamestown will be hopping at 2 p.m. Saturday when the West Seneca West football team visits the Red Raiders. The teams are tied for seventh place in The News' large schools poll.

The area's boys gymnasts kick off their season at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Hamburg Invitational, a non-scoring event where competitors are allowed to discuss their routines and scores with the judges.

East Aurora visits Eden at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a battle of unbeatens in ECIC IV boys soccer. East Aurora has the division's leading goal scorer in Kenny Jonmaire (9) while Eden's Scott Bihl (8) netted five last week in a win over Holland.

Top-ranked Frontier hosts rival Orchard Park, ranked second, in a key ECIC I boys volleyball match at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Quakers will be seeking revenge after the Falcons beat them in the quarterfinals of the Eden Can-Am Tournament last Saturday.

Honor roll

Western New York football players recognized this week by the Connolly Cup committee were: Brian Wise (Newfane), Joe West (Lackawanna), B.J. Coleman (Burgard), Kyle Johnson (Albion), Mike Wilson (Maple Grove), Jason Herman (Niagara-Wheatfield), Aaron Sawyer (Orchard Park), John Trombetta (Brocton), Sandro DeAngelis (St. Joe's), Geoff Gane (North Tonawanda), Kevin Clive (Clarence), Matt Mescall (Gowanda), Dallas Pelz (St. Francis).

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute football coach Bob O'Connor received the Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week Award for the weekend of Sept. 18-19. The Marauders beat Erie Cathedral Prep, a perennial Pennsylvania powerhouse, 28-14. O'Connor is the first coach to have won the award twice, having been selected in Week Three last season. Weekly award winners receive a $500 donation to their school's program from the Bills and NFL Charities. The coach of the year will receive a $1,000 donation to his program. The selections are made by a panel appointed by the Bills.

Bulletin board

St. Mary's of Lancaster is seeking a boys junior varsity basketball coach for the upcoming season. Contact Dick Wojciechowski at 683-4824 between 8-11:30 a.m.

The Epic Center, 2793 Wehrle Drive in Williamsville, is hosting the National Cheerleaders Association One Day Clinic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12. The cost is $20 per cheerleader and coaches attend free. Contact Kari Dellasala at 668-6023 or the Epic Center at 565-3742.

Training sessions for wrestling officials will begin Monday at 7 p.m. at Sweet Home. There is no charge. Contact Bob Breidenstein at 677-4928 or Kevin Gallagher at 689-3167 to register.
(Send items of interest to Sidelines, Scholastic Spotlight, Sports Department, The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y., 14240.)

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