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2005 Coaches Polls

State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points; records are league only.


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Orchard Park (AA) [6] 4-0 96 1
2. Wmsv. East (A) [3] 4-0 84 3*
3. Wmsv. North (AA) 3-1 77 3*
4. Canisius [1] 3-1 62 2
5. Wmsv. South (A) 3-0 52 7
6. Albion (A) 4-0 42 9
7. Timon/St. Jude 5-2 38 6
8. St. Joe's 3-2 27 10
9. West Seneca East (A) 2-0 23 NR
10. Grand Island (A) 3-1 20 NR

Others receiving votes: Pioneer (A), Sweet Home (AA), Kenmore East (AA).

2005 baseball large school pollsters: Jerry Falgiano (Cornell Cup), Jim Palano (Timon/St. Jude of the Monsignor Martin Association), Bob Barrows (Orchard Park of ECIC I), Keith Hopkins (Lancaster of ECIC I), Jerry Gasz (Williamsville East of ECIC II), Bob Kowal (Maryvale of ECIC III), Brian Hansen (Williamsville South of ECIC III), Wes Simon (Kenmore East of the Niagara Frontier League), Mark Waple (Lew-Port of the NFL), Gary Manella (Albion of the Niagara-Orleans League).


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Falconer (B) [3] 3-1 63 1
2. Wilson (B) [2] 4-0 60 2
3. Eden (B) [2] 3-0 52 3
4. Dunkirk (B) 2-1 45 4
5. Frewsburg (C) 5-0 33 5
6. Newfane (B) 1-1-1 22 6
7. Alden (B) 2-1 20 7
8. Medina (B) 1-3 19 8
9. North Collins * (D) 2-0 14 9*
9. Southwestern * (B) 1-1 14 9*


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Williamsville South (A) [7] 3-0 70 1
2. Clarence (AA) 4-0 63 2
3. Williamsville North (AA) 4-0 55 3
4. Niagara Falls (AA) 2-0 35 8
5. Maryvale (AA) 3-1 31 5
6. Depew (A) 3-1 25 6
7. Kenmore West (AA) 2-1 24 4
8. Lake Shore (A) 3-0 22 9*
9. Amherst (A) 3-1 20 9*
10. Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 3-0 18 NR

Other receiving votes: Hamburg (AA), Orchard Park (AA), Williamsville East (A), West Seneca West (AA).

2005 softball large school pollsters: Todd Banaszak (Clarence of ECIC I), Deb Schrufer (Frontier of ECIC I), Mike Chatelle (Amherst of ECIC II), Ron Schumacher (Williamsville East of ECIC II), Jay Hall (Tonawanda of ECIC III), Gerry Gentner (Williamsville South of ECIC III), Matt Chimera (Kenmore West of the Niagara Frontier League).


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW
1. Falconer (B) [8] 6-0 80 1
2. Cassadaga Valley (C) 4-0 70 2
3. JFK (C) 2-0 47 3
4. Medina (C) 3-0 40 4
5. Holy Angels 2-0 35 7
6. Dunkirk (B) 3-1 29 10
7. Sacred Heart 3-0 28 5
8. Brocton (D) 7-0 28 NR
9. Cleveland Hill (B) 4-0 19 9
10. Frewsburg (C) 3-2 18 10

Others receiving votes: Wilson (B), Ripley (D), Maple Grove (C), Eden (B), Akron (B), Fredonia (B), Westfield (C), Hindsale (D), Immaculata, Panama (D), Pine Valley (D), Randolph (C).

Coming Attractions

* The baseball season will try to shrug off a wintry weekend this week. Included among scheduled showdowns are a pair of tough games for Orchard Park, ranked first among large schools. OP plays at ECIC rival and No. 3 large school Williamsville North at 4:30 p.m. Friday and heads to Delaware Park on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against No. 4 Canisius. No. 6 large school Albion is at No. 2 small school Wilson during Niagara-Orleans action at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. An ECIC II showdown has No. 2 Williamsville East heading to No. 9 West Seneca East at 4:45 p.m. Friday. Monday marks a Cornell Cup clash between Hutch-Tech and City Honors at 4 p.m. at Delaware Park.

* Ranked teams in softball are scheduled to collide several times this week, starting Wednesday afternoon with No. 3 large school Williamsville North at No. 2 Clarence (4:45) in ECIC I, No. 1 Williamsville South hosting No. 6 Depew (4:30) in ECIC III and No. 9 Amherst at No. 8 Lake Shore (4:30) in ECIC II. In Niagara Frontier League action, No. 4 Niagara Falls plays at No. 7 Kenmore West on Wednesday and heads to No. 10 Niagara-Wheatfield on Thursday (both games 4:45). On Friday, Amherst heads to Williamsville North for a 4:30 p.m. nonleague game. No. 1 small school Falconer travels to Gowanda on Wednesday and hosts Panama on Saturday. Undefeated Cassadaga Valley travels to Chautauqua Lake today and Westfield on Wednesday before hosting Maple Grove on Saturday.

* The West Side Rowing Club's 16th John Bennett High School Invitational Regatta is Saturday at the club's Black Rock Channel course at the foot of Porter Avenue. More than 1,200 competitors from about 30 crews from throughout upstate New York, Ontario and the Northeast are scheduled to participate in the event, which runs from about 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* While some local runners head to the Penn Relays, the top area event in track and field this weekend is Saturday's Jamestown Classic at Strider Field.

* Today's 5 p.m. boys lacrosse game between familiar rivals Frontier and Hamburg should be a good one. Host Frontier (4-2) has played tough in losses to Orchard Park (14-7) and Amherst (15-10) and takes on a Bulldogs team that is 7-1 and suffered its first loss last week at Webster Schroeder. The last undefeated team in Western New York is St. Francis, which heads out for tough 5 p.m. road games this week at Niagara-Wheatfield on Wednesday and East Aurora on Friday. Canisius will try to improve to 7-2 playing at Williamsville East at 5 p.m. today.

* Division I girls lacrosse front-runners Clarence, Lancaster and Orchard Park battle it out over the next week. Orchard Park hosts Lancaster on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. before heading to Clarence on Friday at 4:30. On Monday, Lancaster hosts Clarence at 4:45. A battle between the second-place teams in Division II takes place Thursday when Hamburg hosts West Seneca East at 5 p.m. West Seneca East then hosts first-place Amherst on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Honor roll

* STATE HALL OF FAME: Longtime Section VI swimming official/coach Edward Leibinger will be inducted posthumously into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame on Aug. 4 in Hauppauge, L.I. Over a 50-year span, Leibinger served as director of physical education and athletics at Tonawanda High School and helped pioneer the sport of swimming by first acting as state swim chairman from 1954 to 1988. In Section VI he founded the Niagara Frontier Officials Association, where he served for 36 years. The Lockport native was a 1937 graduate of Riverside. He died in September 1999.

Bulletin board

* ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS: Coaches and athletics directors of all public and private schools in Western New York are encouraged to nominate athletes from all spring sports for selection to the All-Western New York Scholar Athlete Team. Nomination forms, which are a part of all Section VI handbooks and available via, are due to the Section VI office by May 15. A scholar-athlete team picture will be printed in The News.
* HARVARD CUP SCHOLARSHIP: Applications are being accepted for the 2005 Mineo & Sapio Harvard Cup scholarship. Applicants must have played Harvard Cup football during the 2003-04 seasons and be a graduating senior who will attend a local college. Applications should include a letter of inquiry, student transcripts and letters of recommendation. The deadline is May 25. For more information e-mail Rich Kozak at

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