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Football faces a lot of tough calls

It has been largely decided that the fate of the Week Seven football games is still undecided. On Sunday, school superintendents, athletics directors and coaches were still sorting out the practicality of playing the games that were postponed this weekend by the snowstorm.

Seven of the nine games that had been scheduled for today were postponed again in the wake of most schools in Erie County canceling classes. Kicking off today will be Akron and Newfane at 4:30 p.m. and Medina and Roy-Hart at 6:30 p.m.

While some of the postponed games were nonleaguers or had no impact on the playoffs, some were biggies. Saturday's JFK and Cleveland Hill meeting was for a Class C playoff spot. Eagles coach Glen Graham said he's hoping to play on Tuesday.

"The nice thing is our kids would play in a parking lot and their kids would do the same," he said. "Both teams are ready for each other, so we're holding tight."

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Fall sports scramble to weather the storm

All of the fall sports have taken a hit by the storm.

Section VI girls volleyball chairman Debby Schrufer of Frontier said the seeding meeting for the sectional tournament will likely be moved back from Oct. 23.

"We're seeing how many games behind we are -- everything is tentative because we don't know when we're going back [to school]," Schrufer said. "We're going to need Monday and Tuesday and maybe Wednesday of next week."

Schrufer said early-round sectional games might have to be scheduled for back-to-back days. Usually there is at least one day in between. The Section VI tournament is scheduled to begin Oct. 25.

*Orchard Park boys volleyball coach Matt Lexner had to cancel the eight-team tournament the Quakers were to host on Saturday. The tournament may be rescheduled in the future, perhaps split between a Friday and Saturday.

"People have to get in practices, they need to get league games in," Lexner said. "No decisions can be made [until schools reopen]."

*The Monsignor Martin Association had girls soccer playoffs scheduled for Saturday but schools still have league games to get in. Nardin Athletics Director Mo Sheehan said the Gators still have three league games to play but the school's saturated field is "wasted."

Sheehan said the cross country meets for this week will likely be moved to Cazenovia Park from Delaware Park, but the All-Catholics scheduled for Oct. 26 at Delaware Park are in serious doubt. "Who knows what's going to happen with Delaware," Sheehan said.

For soccer and cross country playoffs, the Monsignor Martin champions need to be determined in time for state Catholic competition.

*The ECIC Golf Championships scheduled for today at Tan Tara has been pushed back until next Monday.

*The ECIC Girls Singles Tennis Tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Village Glen, will have to be rescheduled. A field of 32 players, representing 26 schools, was to compete for eight sectional spots.

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