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SIDELINES

2003 coaches polls

BASEBALL LARGE SCHOOLS

No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Cheektowaga (A)
5] 12-092 2
2. West Sen. East (A)
3] 11-183 1
3. N. Tonawanda (AA)
2] 11-371 3
4. Lancaster (AA) 9-362 6
5. St. Francis
1] 14-257 4
6. Clarence (AA) 8-453 5
7. Albion (A) 14-037 8
8. Nia.-Wheatfield (AA) 10-433 9
9. Canisius 11-327 7
10. Jamestown (AA) 7-42110
Others receiving votes: Grand Island (A), Orchard Park (AA), Timon/St. Jude, Williamsville North (AA).

BASEBALL SMALL SCHOOLS

No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Allegany-Lime. (B)
8] 11-080 1
2. Eden (B) 12-072 2
3. Newfane (B) 11-363 4
4. Medina (B) 8-646 5
5. Frewsburg (C) 11-343 6
6. Wilson (B) 9-534 8
7. Maple Grove (C) 9-427 9
8. Westfield (C) 13-125 7
9. Fredonia (B) 6-61910
10 Dunkirk (B) 9-318 3

SOFTBALL LARGE SCHOOLS

No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Kenmore West (A)
5] 13-158 1
2. Lancaster (A)
1] 11-155 2
3. Niagara Falls (A) 12-249 3
4. Amherst (B-1) 11-141 5
5. Wmsv. South (B-1) 11-135 4
6. Wmsv. East (B-1) 8-4 21 7
7. Orchard Park (A) 8-4 1910
8. North Tonawanda (A) 8-5 17 6
9. Hamburg (A) * 9-3 11 8
9. Clarence (A) * 6-6 11 9
Note: First-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie; LW-last week. Records are league only. For baseball, Class AA and A schools are large while B, C and D schools are small.

Coming attractions

The Georgetown Cup baseball playoffs begin Saturday with quarterfinal games at the higher seeds. The semifinals are Monday at Delaware Park and the finals are June 5-7 at Sal Maglie Stadium. Jim Negrych, last year's Player of the Year in Western New York, leads No. 1 seed St. Francis. . . . The Section VI championships continues today with quarterfinals in all five classes. The semifinals are Thursday at the higher seeds. The finals in Classes AA, A and B are at Sal Maglie Field on Saturday while the Class C and D finals are at Jamestown CC.

The Section VI softball championships conclude on Saturday at Fairfield Park in Wheatfield. The Class A and B finals are at 5:15 p.m. while the Class C and Class D games are at 3 p.m. . . . The Monsignor Martin Association tournament begins with quarterfinals on Thursday, semifinals on June 2 and the finals on June 4 at 3:30 p.m. at Sunshine Park in West Seneca. . . . Tryouts for the Super Senior games are June 2 at 6 p.m. at Frontier. Tryouts are open to all seniors who played softball this season. The two all-star games will be June 14 at 2 and 4 p.m. at the University at Buffalo's Nan Harvey Field. Harvey is scheduled to umpire one of the games.
The Section VI boys and girls track championships are Friday and Saturday at JFK.
The Section VI girls lacrosse championships are Wednesday at Lancaster at 6 p.m. (Class A) and 4 p.m. (Class B). The winners advance to the Far West Regionals on Saturday.
The Section VI tournament in boys lacrosse continues with semifinals in all three classes on Wednesday with the winners advancing to a championship tripleheader Friday at Canisius College -- Class A at 5:30, Class B at 3:30 and Class C at 7:30.
The New York State golf championships are Sunday and Monday at the Cornell University Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca. Section VI will be led by senior Jonathan Melquist of Jamestown, medalist of the sectional tournament.
The New York State boys tennis Championships are Thursday through Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow. . . . The All-Catholic girls tennis tournament begins with quarterfinals on Wednesday at Amherst Hills and continue with Sunday's semifinals and Monday's 5 p.m. championship.

Honors

Three former Clarence athletes and the district's first Director of Athletics will be inducted into the Clarence Athletic Wall of Fame on June 5. The first class of inductees include Jack Hesslink, who served as AD from 1964-1989. In 1964 the sports program included 12 boys teams and two for girls. By the time he retired, Hesslink doubled the size of the program and added opportunities for girls and junior high students. Joining Hesslink will be Bob Foth, a Clarence marksman who competed in three Olympics and won a silver medal in 1992. The other honorees are Susan Schaefer-Morgan, 1977 Clarence female athlete of the year and the first "All-American" in track and field at Eastern Kentucky University. She is joined by Mark Murphy, who lettered in three sports at Clarence, played free safety for eight years with the Washington Redskins and was named Athletics Director at Northwestern last week.

Bulletin board

St. Francis is accepting applications for a varsity basketball coach. Send resumes to Jerry Smith, Director of Athletics, St. Francis High School, 4129 Lake Shore Road, Athol Springs, N.Y. 14010.

Signings

Jim Pizzutelli of Williamsville East has signed a golf scholarship to attend Niagara University.

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