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2004 News football polls


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. St. Francis [7] 7-2 96 1
2. North Tonawanda [2] (AA) 8-1 902
3. Orchard Park (AA) [1] 8-1 83 3
4. St. Joe's 7-2 63 7
5. Iroquois (A) 7-2 60 9
6. Lew-Port (A) 7-2 46 NR
7. West Seneca West (AA) 7-2 37 4
8. Sweet Home (A) 7-2 285
9. Lancaster (AA) 6-3 14 NR
10. Hamburg (A) 7-2 9 6
Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Williamsville North (AA) 8, Hutch-Tech 5, McKinley 5, Niagara Falls (AA) 5, Lake Shore (A) 1.


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Olean (B) [8] 8-1 80 1
2. Southwestern (B) 8-1 72 3
3. Tonawanda (B) 7-2 58 2
4. Falconer * (C) 8-1 48 5
4. Portville * (C) 8-1 48 6
6. Albion (B) 7-2 46 4
7. Ellicottville (D) 8-1 32 8
8. Springville (B) 7-2 26 7
9. Maple Grove (D) 6-3 18 NR
10. Riverside 5-3 6 9
Also receiving votes: Pine Valley (D) 3, Alden (B) 2, Walsh 1.
State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points.

Coming Attractions

* The first Section VI team championships to be decided will be in girls volleyball today and Wednesday. In a tripleheader today at Buffalo State, Lake Shore takes on Starpoint in Class A (3:30 p.m.), Eden meets Newfane in Class B (5:30 p.m.) and Clarence takes on No. 1 large school Lancaster (7:30 p.m.). The Class D (6 p.m.) and C (8 p.m.) finals are Wednesday at Jamestown Community College. Champions advance to the Far West Regionals on Saturday at Section V.

* The Monsignor Martin Association girls volleyball tournament continues at St. Mary's of Lancaster for Wednesday's semifinals (5 and 7 p.m.) and Monday's consolation (5 p.m.) and championship (7 p.m.). The regular-season title for St. Mary's was its 14th in 17 years.

* The sectional tournament in girls soccer continues with semifinals today (Class B and C) and Wednesday (AA and A). Jamestown hosts Friday's Class D (5 p.m.) and C (7 p.m.) finals; Saturday's Class AA (1:30), A (1:30) and B (2) finals are at the West Seneca Soccer Complex. Sectional semifinals will also be held this week in boys soccer, boys volleyball and field hockey.

* Harrison Reisweber of Amherst aims for his third straight all-around championship at the Section VI boys gymnastics championships at 5 p.m. Friday at Hamburg Middle School.

* The Section VI girls gymnastics championships will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Kenmore West. This year's top all-around scores have been posted by Lancaster's Christine DelPrince, the Williamsville South trio of Danielle Dee, Jenna Hasan and Kristina Arcury (second last year), and Hamburg's Danielle Hover (third last year).

* The Harvard Cup Football Sorrento Cheese Game of the Week on WJJL (1440 AM) is the 2 p.m. All High Stadium matchup of Hutch-Tech (6-1) against South Park (5-2); other finales that may impact the playoff seedings are McKinley (6-1) against Burgard at 10 a.m. at All High and Seneca at Riverside (5-2) at 2 p.m.

* Nichols' No. 1 small school boys soccer, No. 5 small school girls soccer and field hockey teams and the Immaculata girls volleyball team (16-1) all will head downstate this week for the state independent tournaments.

Football honor roll

* CONNOLLY CUP: The Riverside Athletic Club Connolly Cup Committee's honor roll for Week Nine is: Keven Emley (Randolph), Dan Gaffney (Lew-Port), Scott Gregson (North Tonawanda), Curt Jones (Falconer), Steve Mamak (Iroquios), Taylor Meyers (Alden), Chris Moore (Ellicottville), Brian Nitsche (Portville), Andy Pace (Orchard Park) and Chris Pratt (McKinley). The committee asks that coaches e-mail information on candidates to

* TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Playoff Week Nine are: Jason Weber (Orchard Park), Alex Port (North Tonawanda), Doug Worthington (St. Francis), Adriel Santiago (South Park) and Matt Miller (Portville). The 10 finalists for the award will be announced next week. 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 Nine is Frank Payne of Iroquois. The Chiefs beat Sweet Home, 28-6, in the Class A semifinals.

* UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Nine are sophomore quarterback Scott Gregson of North Tonawanda (offense) and sophomore defensive back Mike Perillo of Iroquois (defense).

Bulletin Board

* ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Coaches and athletics directors can nominate athletes from all fall sports for selection to the All-Western New York Scholar Athlete Team. Nomination forms, available via, are due to the Section VI office by Nov. 15.

* BASKETBALL: Amherst is seeking a boys varsity and JV team for its holiday tournament Dec. 28 and 30. Contact Athletics Director Nancy Riccio at 362-3020. . . . The Niagara Falls boys junior varsity is looking for two games. Call coach Brent Gadacz at 284-9499 or 278-5820.

* BOYS SWIMMING: St. Francis is seeking a varsity coach. Call Athletics Director Jerry Smith at 627-2359. . . . Clarence is seeking a varsity assistant. Contact Athletics Director Greg Kaszubski at 407-9043.

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