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SIDELINES

2001 NEWS FOOTBALL POLLS
LARGE SCHOOLS
1. Lancaster (10) 7-0 100
2. Orchard Park 6-1 89
3. Grand Island 6-1 73
4. St. Francis 5-2 64
5. Jamestown 5-2 61
6. Clarence 5-2 56
7. Sweet Home 5-2 39
8. Kenmore East 5-2 23
9. Iroquois 5-2 18
10. Pioneer 5-2 17
Others receiving votes (with points): Timon/St. Jude 6, Niagara-Wheatfield 4.
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Salamanca (6) 7-0 97
2. Albion (4) 7-0 88
3. Eden 7-0 74
4. Depew 6-1 65
5. Springville 6-1 49
6. Southwestern 6-1 35
7. Clymer 7-0 32
8. Cheektowaga 5-2 27
9. Burgard 6-0 26
10. Olean 5-2 23
Others receiving votes (with points): Portville 17, Alden 5, Ellicottville 5, Cleveland Hill 3, Seneca 3, St. Mary's 1.

Coming attractions

Playoff spots and home-field advantage will be on the line in the final weekend of the Section VI Football Federation regular season. The winner of the Jamestown at Clarence game Saturday at 2 p.m. will earn a Class AA playoff spot. Kenmore East can also qualify for the Class AA postseason with a win over neighbor Kenmore West in one of the weekend's many rivalry games.

It's league meet week in cross country, with the All-High championships today at 3:30 p.m. and the All-Catholic meet on Wednesday, both at Delaware Park. The CCIAC meet is Friday at Fredonia, while on Saturday, the ECIC runs at Alden, the NFL is at Beaver Island State Park and the Niagara-Orleans League holds its meet at Lakeside Beach State Park.
Section VI is holding a one-year experiment with open tournaments for boys and girls soccer this season. Today's first round action begins a busy week -- 65 boys teams and 58 girls squads are participating in the postseason.
The Msgr. Martin Association boys volleyball semifinals are Wednesday at St. Francis. Top-seeded Canisius faces O'Hara at 6 p.m., followed by third-seeded St. Joe's meeting the host Red Raiders at 7:30. The championship is 6:30 p.m. Friday at Medaille College.
The ECIC girls swimming meet is Thursday through Saturday at Clarence. Preliminaries begin Thursday at 3:30 (League A -- small schools) and 7 p.m. (AA -- large schools) and continue Friday at 5 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (A) and 2 p.m. (AA).
The top two ranked boys volleyball teams in Western New York square off tonight when Lancaster visits Eden at 7 p.m.

Honor roll

The Riverside Athletic Club's Connolly Cup Committee has announced its honorees for Week Seven: Ryan Felts (Springville), Brandon Decheine (North Tonawanda), Kareem McKelvey (Amherst), Josh Oakley (Niagara-Wheatfield), Carl Althans (Ellicottville), Vinne Kane (Brocton), Steve Wright (Westfield), John Jimenez (Iroquois), Sean Guyett (Alden), Dustin Ross (Salamanca), Jehuu Caulcrick (Clymer), Mike Radon (St. Francis), James Henley (South Park), Ron Sokolowski (Timon/St. Jude), Derrick Warburton (Cheektowaga).
The Jim Kelly Football Camp's underclassmen of the week for Week Seven are: Amherst sophomore Mark Rubin (offense) and Alden junior Joe Blahowicz (defense).
The Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week for Week Seven is Howard McMullin of Clymer, whose Pirates pounded Maple Grove, 30-0, to claim the Class D West title.

Bulletin board

The Pioneer boys and girls varsity basketball teams are both looking for two games. Call Jim Graczyk at 492-9351.
St. Francis needs a boys varsity swimming coach. Call Tom Pasternak at 627-2359.
Send items of interest to Sidelines, Scholastic Spotlight, Sports Department, The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, 14240. Or e-mail to: mmonnin@buffnews.com or kmcshea@buffnews.com.

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