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SIDELINES

2001 NEWS FOOTBALL POLLS

LARGE SCHOOLS
1. Lancaster (7) 7-1 90
1. Orchard Park (1) 7-1 90
3. St. Francis (2) 6-2 77
4. Grand Island 6-2 74
5. Clarence 6-2 67
6. Sweet Home 6-2 43
7. Jamestown 5-3 33
8. Iroquois 6-2 27
9. Pioneer 6-2 24
10. Timon/St. Jude 5-2 16
Others receiving votes (with points): North Tonawanda 7, McKinley 1, Kenmore East 1.
SMALL SCHOOLS
1. Albion (5) 8-0 95
2. Salamanca (5) 8-0 93
3. Depew 7-1 77
4. Eden 8-0 64
5. Southwestern 7-1 46
6. Clymer 8-0 40
7. Olean 6-2 36
8. Cheektowaga 6-2 30
9. Burgard 7-0 29
10. Portville 7-1 14
Others receiving votes (with points): Springville 13, Seneca 4, Ellicottville 3, St. Mary's/Lancaster 3, Cleveland Hill 2, Alden 1.

Coming attractions

The Section VI Football Federation's postseason begins with semifinals Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, 10 more teams will compete in Section VI's consolation bowl games.

The Section VI Cross Country Championships are Friday at 11 a.m., as eight races will take place at the Elma Meadows Golf Course. The winning teams plus the top five individuals qualify for the state championships on Saturday, Nov. 10, which are also at Elma Meadows.
The Buffalo Public Schools will hold their championship cross country meet today at 3:45 p.m. at Delaware Park.
Three Niagara Frontier League teams will play at an NFL site when the Section VI Class A boys soccer final four takes place this evening at Lew-Port. NFL champion Lockport will attempt to beat Kenmore East -- which went to the state final four last year -- for the third time this season at 6 p.m. Sixth-seeded Grand Island, which handed Lockport its only loss in the regular season, faces perennial final four team Clarence, the second seed, at 8 p.m. The Class A and B championships will be held Saturday at Lancaster at 2 p.m. The C (7 p.m.) and D (5) titles will be determined Thursday at Olean.
The Section VI girls soccer championships will be held Saturday. The Class A and B title games are at Wilson, while the C and D games are at Franklinville.
The Msgr. Martin Association boys soccer championship will be played Thursday evening at 7 at Canisius College.
The Msgr. Martin Association girls soccer semifinals are Thursday, with the winners playing for the championship at 2 p.m. Sunday at the West Seneca Soccer Fields.
The Section VI field hockey tournament began Monday and continues through Saturday night, when the Class C (5 p.m.), B (7) and A (9) championships will be held at Canisius College.
The Section VI Girls Gymnastics Championships are 3 p.m. Saturday at Clarence.
The Section VI Boys Gymnastics Championships are at Hamburg Middle School Friday at 5 p.m.
Boys and girls volleyball sectionals begin today; semifinal action in both tournaments takes place Saturday.
Msgr. Martin Association girls volleyball tournament holds quarterfinals today, semifinals Thursday, and its championship Monday at Hilbert College at 7 p.m.
The Niagara Frontier League girls swimming meet at Lockport begins with preliminaries Thursday and Friday. The finals are 2 p.m. Saturday.

Honor roll

The Riverside Athletic Club's Connolly Cup Committee has announced its Week Eight honor roll: Chris McDuffie (Williamsville North), Derrick Warburton (Cheektowaga), Kellen Cooper (Albion), Nate Huntington (Roy-Hart), Carl Althans (Ellicottville), Terrell Hogue (McKinley), Corey Muldowney (O'Hara), James Mallory (Kenmore West), Joe Sparacio (Niagara Falls), Dustin Bowser (Southwestern), Matt Kapanek (JFK), Tom Pratton (Panama), Troy Devlin (Eden), Mike Radon (St. Francis).
The Jim Kelly Football Camp's underclassmen of the week for Week Eight: junior Dan Lopez of St. Mary's of Lancaster (offense) and junior Corey Muldowney of O'Hara (defense).
The Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week for Week Eight is Dan McGrath of Depew after the Wildcats upended Lancaster, 21-20, in the teams' annual rivalry game. The Redskins had been ranked first in the state in Class AA and first among large schools in Western New York.

Bulletin board

Senior soccer players who receive first- or second-team all-star honors from their league and are interested in playing soccer in college are invited to try out for the Western New York Exceptional Senior Games. Tryouts are Wednesday, Nov. 7 (girls at 5:30 p.m., boys at 7:30) and Saturday, Nov. 8 (girls at 5:45 p.m., boys at 7:45) at the North Amherst Recreation Center, 4415 Millersport Highway. There is a cost of $10 for insurance. Call 433-0296 or 691-6486. The games are Nov. 18 at Canisius College; the girls game is at noon, the boys game is at 3 p.m.

Correction

Canisius volleyball player Chris Flierl was incorrectly identified in a photograph in Saturday's News.
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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