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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. Orchard Park (AA) [4] 4-0 923

2. Sweet Home (A) [3] 4-0 892

3. St. Joe's [3] 3-1 801

4. West Seneca West (AA) 4-0 686

5. North Tonawanda (AA) 3-1 4910

6. Lake Shore (A) 4-0 477

7. Hamburg (A) 3-1 36NR

8. Lancaster (AA) 3-1 234

9. St. Francis 1-2 189

10. Iroquois (A) 3-1 165

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Grand Island (A) 11, Jamestown (AA) 10, Starpoint (A) 7; Canisius 2, McKinley 2.


No. Team (Class) RecordPtsLW

1. Springville (B) [7] 4-0 842

2. Lackawanna (B) 3-1 711

3. Olean (B) 3-1 684

4. Southwestern (B) [2] 3-1 639

5. Silver Creek (C) 4-0 528

6. Burgard 4-0 2410

7. JFK (C) 3-1 223

8. East Aurora (B) 3-1 20NR

9. Ellicottville (D) 3-1 175

10. Cheektowaga (B) 3-1 16NR

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): Akron (C) 15, Randolph (D) 14, East 12, Panama (D) 5, Clymer (D) 4, Cardinal O'Hara 4, Salamanca (C) 3, Cassadaga Valley (C) 1.

> Coming attractions

* Week Five's Friday night football lineup is highlighted by undefeated and No. 1 large school Orchard Park at Lancaster and Grand Island traveling to Albion.

* Saturday's top 2 p.m. football games include undefeated Lake Shore at Iroquois in Class A. Lake Shore is 4-0 while Iroquois is coming off its first loss. "If we beat Lake Shore anything can happen still," said coach Frank Payne. The Sorrento Cheese Harvard Cup Football Game of the Week is McKinley vs. South Park at UB at 2 p.m. on WJJL (1440 AM and

* In boys soccer, No. 1 large school Williamsville North is at Clarence at Friday at 4:45 p.m.

* Some key league games in girls soccer co-No. 1 large school, Grand Island, hosts No. 6 North Tonawanda. Co-No. 1 Williamsville East hosts Sweet Home today and travels to Amherst on Thursday at 7 p.m.

* In boys volleyball, on Wednesday, Canisius travels to St. Francis for a 6:30 p.m. match. For the last two seasons the Crusaders and Red Raiders have met for the Monsignor Martin Association league title. Canisius is coming off its win of the Central Square Tournament.

* With an eye toward the McQuaid Invitational, the Williamsville North boys cross country team trained on the trails at Chestnut Ridge on Saturday instead of participating in a weekend invitational. "You can't get better hill work than the trails at Chestnut Ridge," said coach Greg Stang. "We'll certainly be tested at McQuaid." The Spartans will be seeded in the large school race. . . . On Friday, Hamburg hosts the Bulldogs Challenge at Chestnut Ridge.

> Football honor roll

* CONNOLLY CUP: The Riverside Athletic Club Connolly Cup Committee's honor roll for Week Four is: Ryan Breier (Grand Island), Tom Cybulski (Lancaster), Ilio DiPaolo (St. Francis), Kevin Dukes (Medina), Scott Gregson (North Tonawanda), Pat Haidon (St.Francis), Cody Spicer (Falconer), Chaz Walker (Grover Cleveland), Joel Wiggers (Panama) Jon Williams (Silver Creek). The committee asks that coaches e-mail information on potential candidates to

* TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week Four are: Drew Graziadei (Sweet Home), Andy Holland (Albion), Max Anis (North Tonawanda), Pat Garrity (Canisius), P.J. Bootey (Jamestown), Justin King (Grand Island), Nick Borgosz (Clarence). 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

* UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Four are Southwestern junior Chris Stoddard (offense) and Canisius sophomore Justin Volk (defense).

* COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Four winner of the NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is John Faller of Sweet Home, whose unbeaten Panthers beat Niagara-Wheatfield.

> Honor roll

* NICHOLS HALL OF FAME: Nichols will induct eight alumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Glenn and Awdry Flickinger Performing Arts Center. The Class of 2005 includes Gregory Conrad (Class of 1968), who earned 12 letters and went on to play quarterback for the University of Rochester. Brian E. Gasuik (1981) earned 10 letters and participated at Clarkson University in hockey and baseball. John W. Henrich (1959) earned nine letters and later was a member of Princeton's football and rugby teams. John J. Johnson (1977) was a standout basketball player before he went on to the University of Michigan. Risa Williams McMillan (1981) earned 11 letters as a member of the field hockey, squash and tennis teams and participated four years on the squash team at Princeton. John P. Meegan (1977) earned 11 letters in football, basketball and baseball. An All-Star wide receiver, Meegan gained 1,051 career receiving yards and finished his basketball career scoring 1,305 points. Allen Short (1943) earned eight letters in football, hockey and baseball. Short went on to play four years of hockey and golf and one year of football and soccer at Colgate. George B. Truscott (1955) has been a familiar and face at Nichols as he earned five letters in football, hockey and baseball and later had a stellar coaching career at Nichols.

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