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2005 News football polls

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


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW

1. St. Joe's [4] 3-0 922

2. Sweet Home (A) [4] 3-0 891

3. Orchard Park (AA) [1] 3-0 843

4. Lancaster (AA) [1] 3-0 684

5. Iroquois (A) 3-0 585

6. West Seneca West (AA) 3-0 556

7. Lake Shore (A) 3-0 408

8. Nia.-Wheatfield (AA) 2-1 11NR

9. St. Francis 0-2 10NR

10. North Tonawanda (AA) 2-1 9NR

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Niagara Falls (AA) 7, Starpoint (A) 7; Grand Island (A) 6, Hamburg (A) 5, Jamestown (AA) 3, Canisius 2, McKinley 2, Riverside 2.


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW

1. Lackawanna (B) [10] 3-0 1001

2. Springville (B) 3-0 884

3. JFK (C) 3-0 635

4. Olean (B) 2-1 582

5. Ellicottville (D) 3-0 436

6. Akron (B) 3-0 397

7. Cleveland Hill (C) 2-1 34NR

8. Silver Creek (C) 3-0 308

9. Southwestern (B) 2-1 253

10. Burgard 3-0 239

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Cheektowaga (B) 16, Eden (B) 8, East 8, Randolph (D) 6, Panama (D) 5, Cardinal O'Hara 3, St. Mary's 3.

> Coming attractions

* Harvard Cup football's Hall of Fame Saturday is highlighted by a pair of meetings at Riverside. West Side rivals Lafayette and Grover Cleveland meet for the Mineo & Sapio Cup at 10 a.m., which will be broadcast at 2 p.m. on WJJL (1440 AM and as the Sorrento Cheese Harvard Cup Game of the Week. At 2 p.m., undefeated first-year program East takes on defending league champion Riverside. The Harvard Cup Hall of Fame ceremony is Saturday at Pettibone's in Dunn Tire Park; $35 tickets and reservations are available by calling 816-4633.

* Week Four's Friday night football lineup is highlighted by No. 1 small school Lackawanna heading to No. 9 Southwestern in a key Class B South battle at 7:30. New No. 1 large school St. Joe's plays a 7 p.m. game at Steubenville of Ohio. Two intriguing 7 p.m. Class AA North-South crossovers have Niagara Falls at West Seneca West and Lancaster at North Tonawanda.

* Saturday's top 2 p.m. football games include No. 8 Niagara-Wheatfield at No. 2 Sweet Home in a Class AA vs. A game while No. 5 large school Iroquois is at Hamburg and Grand Island plays at Williamsville East in Class A. Timon/St. Jude takes on Canisius at Canisius College at 2 p.m. No. 9 large school St. Francis hosts Rochester's Aquinas at 7.

* The girls swimming season gets going this week with ECIC I powers meeting Friday at 4:30 as Orchard Park is at Williamsville North. On Monday, the Monsignor Martin Association season begins with defending champion Nardin taking on Buffalo Seminary at 4 p.m. at Buffalo State. Last year, Buffalo Seminary's only loss in an 11-1 season was to unbeaten Nardin.

* Eden faces a tough week in ECIC IV boys soccer, taking on traditional division powers East Aurora (4:30 p.m. Tuesday at home), Lackawanna (4:30 p.m. Wednesday at home) and Holland (6:30 p.m. Thursday at Holland). No. 4 large school St. Joe's plays at No. 1 small school Nichols in Monsignor Martin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. while No. 2 large school Williamsville North is at No. 1 Orchard Park at 4:45 p.m. Friday in ECIC I.

* Wednesday marks some key league games in girls soccer: No. 7 large school Williamsville North at No. 3 Clarence at 4:30 p.m. in ECIC I, No. 2 small school Wilson at Albion at 6:30 p.m. in the Niagara-Orleans and Mount St. Mary at Nardin at 4:15 p.m. in Monsignor Martin. At 6 p.m. Friday, No. 4 small school Nichols plays a nonleague game at No. 1 East Aurora.

* It's No. 1 vs. No. 2 today in girls volleyball as top-ranked Lancaster hosts No. 2 Clarence at 5:30 p.m. in ECIC I action. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, co-No. 2 small school Eden plays a nonleague match at No. 4 large school Frontier. Sweet Home, Amherst and Falconer host tournaments on Saturday.

* In boys volleyball, No. 3 Eden plays at No. 1 Hamburg at 6 p.m. Friday. On Wednesday, ranked teams meet when No. 4 Canisius plays a nonleague game at No. 6 Kenmore East at 5 p.m. and No. 2 Orchard Park heads to rival No. 7 Lancaster at 5 p.m. in ECIC I. The Cheektowaga Tournament is Saturday.

* Many local cross country teams get in stride at Saturday's Western New York Officials Meet at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, while some squads, like the top-ranked large school boys squad from Williamsville North, will head to the East Aurora Invitational.

> Football honor roll

* CONNOLLY CUP: The Riverside Athletic Club Connolly Cup Committee's honor roll for Week Three is: Ken Armstrong (Niagara Falls), Sam Atti (Lake Shore), Kevin Dukes (Medina), Neil Fay (Olean), Robert Kelly (Cleveland Hill), Chris Pratt (McKinley), Sean Rogan (McKinley), Naaman Roosevelt (St. Joe's), Hector Rosas (Lake Shore), Mike Williams (Riverside). The committee asks that coaches e-mail information on potential candidates to

* TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week Three are: Jacob Brant (East), Brandon Farrell (Cleveland Hill), Alex Herman (Hamburg), Ryan Malak (Frontier), Terry Mimms (McKinley), Joe Webb (Lackawanna). Coaches wishing to nominate players should contact Len Kuhn of the Trench Trophy Committee via phone (686-0734 before noon on Sundays) or e-mail More information is available at

* UNDERCLASSMAN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Three are Iroquois junior quarterback Kyle Shevlin (offense) and St. Joe's junior linebacker Dominic Cook (defense).

* COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Three winner of the NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is Al Cavagnaro of Starpoint, which defeated Albion, 35-28, in triple overtime.

> Honor roll

* ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS: Coaches and athletic directors of all public and private schools in Western New York are encouraged to nominate athletes from all fall sports for selection to the All-Western New York Scholar Athlete Team. Nominees must be seniors who are starters or important reserves who have a grade point average of 90 or above. Nomination forms, which are a part of all Section VI handbooks and available via, are due to the Section VI office by Nov. 15. A scholar-athlete team picture will be printed in The News.

> Bulletin board

* BOYS BASKETBALL: St. Francis is looking to schedule some nonleague games for the upcoming season. Contact head coach Sean Muldowney at 627-7749 or 574-0576.

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