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No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. St. Francis [7] 5-2 79 1
2. North Tonawanda [1] (AA) 6-1 72 4
3. Orchard Park (AA) 6-1 63 2
4. West Seneca West (AA) 6-1 53 6
5. Sweet Home (A) 6-1 42 3
6. Hamburg (A) 6-1 41 7
7. St. Joe's 5-2 39 8
8. Lew-Port (A) 5-2 16 10
9. Grand Island (A) 4-3 10 9
10. Niagara Falls (AA) 5-2 75
Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Williamsville North (AA) 6, Lake Shore (A) 5, Lancaster (AA) 3, Williamsville East (A) 3, Timon/St. Jude 2.


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Tonawanda (B) [10] 7-0 100 1
2. Olean (B) 6-1 90 2
3. Albion (B) 6-1 75 4*
4. Southwestern (B) 6-1 69 4*
5. Springville (B) 6-1 58 3
6. Falconer (C) 6-1 51 7
7. Portville (C) 6-1 42 8
8. Riverside 5-1 28 6
9. Ellicottville (D) 6-1 26 9*
10. Pine Valley (D) 5-2 79*
Also receiving votes: Cleveland Hill (C) 3, Panama (D) 1.
State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points.

Coming attractions

* Rivalry weekend in football is headlined by No. 1 small school Tonawanda (7-0) hosting No. 2 large school North Tonawanda in the T-NT game at 6 p.m. Friday at Clint Small Stadium. Other rivalry matchups include: West Seneca East at West Seneca West (7 p.m. Friday), Depew at Lancaster (7:30 Friday), Dunkirk at Fredonia (7:30 Friday), Albion at Medina (7:30 Friday), Canisius at St. Joe's (2 p.m. Saturday), and Kenmore West at Kenmore East (2 p.m. Saturday).

* The Harvard Cup Football Sorrento Cheese Game of the Week on WJJL-AM (1440) is the 2 p.m. matchup between playoff contenders McKinley and South Park in All High Stadium.

* The last weekend of the regular season in Section VI and Monsignor Martin Association football begins Friday night, highlighted by No. 5 Springville traveling to No. 4 Southwestern with the Class B South Division's second playoff spot on the line. Saturday includes 2 p.m. playoff race matchups of Williamsville North at Lockport and Williamsville East at Sweet Home. St. Mary's is at Timon/St. Jude at 7 p.m. Friday, while No. 1 large school St. Francis closes its regular season against visiting Chaney of Youngstown, Ohio, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

* For the first time, the Section VI girls tennis championships will be held in the Southern Tier. The Lakewood YMCA in Jamestown will host the tournament beginning with Friday's preliminaries and quarterfinals, and Saturday's semifinals and finals. The tournament starts Friday at 3 p.m.; Saturday's action starts at 2. Kenmore West sophomore Lauren Bates has been the singles runner-up the last two years, while Williamsville South senior Rachel Stemerman will attempt to advance to the state tournament for the sixth straight year.

* The Monsignor Martin Association boys volleyball semifinals are Thursday at Canisius High School, with top-seeded and No. 4 large school Canisius meeting rival St. Joe's at 6 p.m. and St. Francis taking on Timon/St. Jude at 8. The finals are 7 p.m. next Tuesday at D'Youville College. No. 3 large school West Seneca West looks to stay unbeaten in ECIC I when it heads to No. 6 Frontier at 5 p.m. today. No. 2 Hamburg, which has already clinched the ECIC II title, hosts No. 5 Orchard Park in nonleague action at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

* The Lancaster girls volleyball team, which scored a major victory by winning the tough Horseheads Tournament over the weekend and is ranked first among Western New York large schools, hosts ECIC III leader and fifth-ranked Starpoint at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Another Wednesday nonleaguer between two top programs has No. 4 large school Frontier hosting No. 2 small school Eden at 5. Frontier is at No. 8 Hamburg at 4 p.m. Friday. The Section VI tournament seedings and schedule will be determined at 7 p.m. Thursday at Frontier. First-round matches are Saturday and prequarterfinals Monday. The Monsignor Martin tournament starts with Monday's quarterfinals.

* In cross country, the All High Championships are today (girls race at 3:45 p.m., boys race at 4:15) at the Rose Garden in Delaware Park. The Eagle Invitational at Lake Shore is Friday, and the Clarence Fall Classic is Saturday at Akron Falls State Park. On Monday, the All-Catholic girls meet is at 3:30 p.m. at Delaware Park. Several ECIC races could be impacted heavily by today's final regular season meets (all start at 4:30 p.m.). The Frontier boys (5-0) and Lancaster girls (5-0) look to remain unbeaten in ECIC I when those schools compete at West Seneca West, while Clarence (their girls are 4-1) hosts Williamsville North and Sweet Home at Akron Falls. In Division II, the Starpoint boys (6-0) and Lake Shore girls (6-0) try to stay perfect in those schools' dual meet at Lake Shore, while Amherst (both teams 4-1) hosts Williamsville South and West Seneca East. The Division III race will be impacted by JFK (4-0 boys) and Alden (3-0 girls) traveling to top-ranked small school East Aurora (boys 4-0, girls 3-0). The ECIC championships Oct. 30 at Akron, in which each team is scored against the others in its division, will complete the league races.

Football Honor Roll

* CONNOLLY CUP: The Riverside Athletic Club Connolly Cup Committee's honor roll for Week Seven is: Glenn Bird (Grand Island), Randy Calloway (South Park), Corey Gallagher (Akron), Terry Lunser (Springville), James Mallory (Kenmore West), Steve Mamak (Iroquois), Steve Mancari (Southwestern), Devin Raynor (Maple Grove), Naaman Roosevelt (St. Joe's), and Jason Telaak (Edan). The committee asks that coaches e-mail information on potential candidates to

* TRENCH TROPHY: The Trench Trophy's Linemen of the Week for Week Seven are: Ian Margerum (Hamburg), Kyle Keeb (Cheektowaga), Scott Guenther (Lancaster), Mike Farraca (Williamsville East) and Maurice Randle (Burgard). More information is available at; coaches can e-mail the committee at

* COACH OF THE WEEK: The NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week for Week Seven is Len Jankiewicz of Lancaster. The Redskins upended previously-undefeated Orchard Park, 15-13.

* UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Seven are junior quarterback Naaman Roosevelt of St. Joe's (offense) and sophomore defensive back T.J. McDuffie of Williamsville North (defense).

Bulletin Board

* BASKETBALL: The Traditional boys are seeking one nonleague game. Call coach Starling Bryant at 888-7130. . . . Coaches and/or athletics directors should mail, fax or e-mail 2004-05 season schedules to The News (see addresses below) as soon as they are complete.

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