2004 News football polls
No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. St. Francis  6-2 89 1
2. North Tonawanda  (AA) 7-1 81 2
3. Orchard Park (AA) 7-1 72 3
4. West Seneca West (AA) 7-1 57 4
5. Sweet Home (A) 7-1 50 5
6. Hamburg (A) 7-1 46 6
7. St. Joe's 6-2 45 7
8. Niagara Falls (AA) 6-2 13 10
9. Grand Island (A) 5-3 12 9
9. Iroquois (A) 6-2 12 8
9. Williamsville North (AA) 6-2 12 NR
Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Lancaster (AA) 3, Hutch-Tech 2, Lew-Port (A) 1.
No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Olean (B)  7-1 95 2
2. Tonawanda (B)  7-1 94 1
3. Southwestern (B) 7-1 78 4
4. Albion (B) 7-1 72 3
5. Falconer (C) 7-1 53 6
6. Portville (C) 7-1 50 7
7. Springville (B) 6-2 38 5
8. Ellicottville (D) 7-1 28 9
9. Riverside 5-2 21 8
10. Pine Valley (D) 6-2 12 10
Also receiving votes: Cleveland Hill (C) 8, Silver Creek (D) 1.
State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points.
* The first state championships of the fall get under way as the Section VI girls tennis representatives head to the state tournament at Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius, a suburb of Syracuse. Preliminaries are Saturday, semifinals Sunday and the finals are Monday. Lauren Bates (Kenmore West), Tina Miller (Williamsville North) and Rachel Stemerman (Williamsville South) will play singles while the teams of Brittany Walters and Katie McInerney (Kenmore East), Alyssa Trampert and Julie Nicoll (Orchard Park) and Brit Klotzbach and Lindsay Abramo (Orchard Park) will play doubles.
* The Section VI tournament in boys soccer begins today with a pair of first-round games while prequarterfinals will be Friday and Saturday. The Monsignor Martin Association semifinals will be Wednesday with the championship at 1 p.m. Sunday at the West Seneca Soccer Complex. The West Seneca complex is also the home for the IAC playoffs: semifinals will be 4 p.m. on Wednesday and the final will be 2 p.m. on Saturday.
* The sectional tournament in girls soccer will continue with prequarterfinals Wednesday and Thursday and quarterfinals Friday and Saturday. The Monsignor Martin Association semifinals will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and the championship at 1:30 Saturday, with all games at the West Seneca Soccer Complex. Regular-season league champion Nardin (No. 2 small school) and second-seeded Mount St. Mary (No. 3) played to a scoreless tie last week, but each will have to get by their semifinal opponents to earn another meeting. Nardin, which got three goals from senior captain Kelly Haslinger in a 6-0 win over Niagara Catholic in Saturday's quarterfinals, will take on Sacred Heart, which beat Buffalo Seminary, 5-0, thanks to Brittany Bello, Emily Ryan and Maggie Lamantia each contributing a goal and an assist.
* After this afternoon's Don Hall Memorial Invitational at Maryvale, the cross country postseason really gets running. The All-Catholic boys championships will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Delaware Park. On Friday, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus championships will be run at Long Point State Park (boys 3:30 p.m., girls 4). Saturday there will be three major events: the ECIC championships at Alden (boys 1 p.m., girls 1:30), the Niagara Frontier League championships at Beaver Island State Park (boys 1 p.m., girls 1:45) and Niagara-Orleans League meet at Lakeside State Park (11 a.m.). The girls All-Catholic race is Monday at 4:15 p.m. at Delaware Park.
* The Harvard Cup Football Sorrento Cheese Game of the Week on WJJL (1440 AM) is the 2 p.m. All High Stadium matchup between Lafayette and McKinley, which is one of three teams tied for first in the league at 5-1. The other teams tied for first are Riverside (hosting 4-2 South Park at 2) and Hutch-Tech (10 a.m. vs. Bennett at All High).
* The Section VI field hockey tournament schedule will be determined Wednesday and action will start Thursday.
Football honor roll
* CONNOLLY CUP: The Riverside Athletic Club Connolly Cup Committee's honor roll for Week Eight is: Scott Gregson (North Tonawanda), Nate Hoak (Frontier), Zak Kedron (St.Francis), Brian Kiendl (Maple Grove), James Mallory (Kenmore West), Steve Mancari (Southwestern), Steve Mamak (Iroquois), Keith Pantling (Lancaster), James Starks (Niagara Falls), Taylor Vanzile (Pine Valley). The committee asks that coaches e-mail information on candidates to email@example.com.
* TRENCH TROPHY: Linemen of the Week for Week Eight are: Rob Gronkowski (Williamsville North), John Hoog (McKinley), Chris Ryberg (Panama), Colin Thompson (Grand Island), Kevin Wild (Amherst), More information is available at www.trenchtrophy.lancasterelks.com; coaches can e-mail the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Week Seven honoree Kyle Reeb's name was misspelled last week.
* COACH OF THE WEEK: The NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week for Week Eight is Eric Jantzi of North Tonawanda. The Lumberjacks won their fourth straight T-NT game against rival Tonawanda, 28-14.
* UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Eight are St. Francis quarterback Ilio DiPaolo (offense) and junior defensive back Quentin Hudson of Sweet Home.
* ALL-ACADEMIC FOOTBALL: Western New York High School Sports magazine is requesting nominations for the All-Academic Football Team. Nominations are due Nov. 3. For more information call Dick Gallagher at 633-8335 or 854-2977.
* BASKETBALL: Springville needs a girls junior varsity coach. Contact the athletic office at 592-3294 or e-mail email@example.com. . . . The Seneca boys junior varsity is seeking games. Contact coach Nate Hargrove at 897-8170 or 563-4560. . . . Boys and girls coaches are asked to send their varsity schedules to The
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