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2011 Softball poll

LARGE SCHOOLS

No. / Team / (Class) / Record / Pts

1. Clarence (AA) [9] 4-0 97

2. Williamsville North (AA) 2-1 86

3. Williamsville South (A-1) [1] 4-0 76

4. Lancaster (AA) 2-0 70

5. Niagara-Wheatfield (AA)* 2-0 36

5. Williamsville East* (A-1) 2-1 36

7. Depew (A-2) 2-1 33

8. Amherst (A-2) 1-1 30

9. Kenmore West (AA) 1-1 20

10. Frontier (AA) 0-2 14

Also receiving votes (listed by points received): West Seneca West (11), West Seneca East (10), Olean (7), Grand Island (6), Iroquois (4), Sweet Home (4), Hamburg (3), Maryvale (3), Cheektowaga (2), Lockport (2), Kenmore East (1).

2011 voting committee: Kelly Ambrose (Lancaster, ECIC I), Todd Banaszak (Clarence, ECIC I), Richard Bubar (Williamsville North, ECIC I), Deb Schruefer (Frontier, ECIC I), Mike Chatelle (Amherst, ECIC II), Matt Chimera (Kenmore West, Niagara Frontier League), Gerry Gentner (Williamsville South, ECIC II), Dan Edholm (East Aurora, ECIC III), Tracy Poole (Maryvale, ECIC III) and Mike Terlecky (Umpire).

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Spring? What spring?

*The weather this spring has been frightful. Just ask any spring sports athlete or members of a grounds crew at any Western New York high school. As of Monday night, a constant mix of rain, snow, wind and cold has forced Section VI to postpone 89 softball games, 88 baseball games, 14 boys lacrosse matches and 10 girls.

"This is probably one of the worst [springs], to put it mildly," said Frontier softball coach Debby Schruefer, now in her 20th season. "It's the fields, because of the amount of moisture, it just wreaks havoc. Even on days it was sunny, the ground crew couldn't get on the diamonds. Hopefully, after [spring] break everybody will catch up."

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Coming attractions

*The 28th annual Lady Jacks Softball Tournament is Saturday at Belbas Fields in North Tonawanda. A team champion will not be crowned. Instead, each team in the field of 16 will play two games. Organizers were forced to drastically change the format of last year when the state cut back the number of regular season games teams could play. Saturday's games times are 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

*The Grand Island baseball team, three-time defending champs of the Nia. Frontier League, hits the road this week to play at Amherst on Wednesday and at Starpoint on Thursday. Both games are 11 a.m.

*West Seneca West, Alden and Albion are among the track and field teams competing Wednesday in the Webster Invitational. The Just Run 'em Relays hosted by Maryvale is Thursday starting at 9 a.m. Also, the Allegany-Limestone Gator Relays are Thursday.

*The Timon-St. Jude boys lacrosse team puts its 8-0 record on the line today in a game at Western Reserve Academy (Ohio). The Tigers average 11.5 goals per game. Nichols has a pair of home games this week. They host Clarence (3-0) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Niagara-Wheatfield (2-1) on Friday. Several teams are using the spring break to play out-of-state competition. St. Joe's is playing teams in West Virginia and Pennslyvania. Canisius is in Maryland, St. Joe's is in West Virginia.

*The Lancaster girls lacrosse team (5-0) is hosting V-Mercy on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then traveling to V-Fairport on Thursday for a 2 p.m. contest.

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Honors

Timon St. Jude lacrosse player Brian Sullivan has been selected as a nominee for the inaugural Reebok High School Player of the Year award. The award will be given annually to the top boys and girls high school lacrosse player, as selected by online balloting at Laxgator.com.

Sullivan is a senior defenseman for the Tigers. He is committed to play collegiately at North Carolina next season.

Fans can cast their vote for Sullivan and other preselected nominees as well as write-in nominees at Laxgator.com. Voting will be open until June 1, after which the winners will be announced on Laxgator.com.

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Bulletin board

FOOTBALL COMBINE: Western New York football players who will be seniors this fall will have a chance to showcase themselves in front of NCAA Division II and III college coaches at the 9th annual WNY Recruiting Combine on Sat., May 7 starting at 6 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The event, which drew 160 players last year, is sponsored by the Western New York Football Alliance and the Section VI Football Federation. The Combine is a drill-based event where athletes will be grouped according to their position.

This year there will be a session including special team positions of snapping, punters and kickers. There will be no contact or evaluation testing. Players need to pre-register with their coach. For more info e-mail: coachjantzi@hotmail.com or LJankiewicz@lancaster.wnyric.org.

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