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2011 News football polls

State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets;

LW-last week;*-tie in points.


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

1. Orchard Park (AA) [8] 3-0 96 1

2. Clarence (AA) [1] 3-0 77 4

3. Sweet Home (A) 3-0 72 3

4. St. Joe's [1] 2-1 67 7

5. St. Francis 3-0 62 2

6. Wmsv. South (A) 3-0 55 6

7. Lancaster (AA) 3-0 44 8

8. Canisius 2-1 35 5

9. Amherst (A) 3-0 22 9

10. McKinley (A) 2-1 13 10

Others receiving votes: Timon/St. Jude 5 Lockport (AA) 1, North Tonawanda (A) 1.



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

1. Alden (B) [8] 3-0 89 1

2. Depew (B) [1] 3-0 81 2

3. Southwestern (B) 3-0 62 4

4. Pioneer (B) 3-0 59 3

5. Cleveland Hill (C) 3-0 53 6

6. Randolph (D) 3-0 43 7

7. Fredonia (C) 3-0 33 9*

8. Cheektowaga (B) 2-1 30 NR

9. Maple Grove (D) 3-0 22 9*

10. Lackawanna (B) 2-1 14 5

Others receiving votes: Silver Creek (D) 4, Frewsburg (D) 3, Albion (B) 11, Chautauqua Lake (D) 1.


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Coming attractions

*The Week Four football lineup for Friday is highlighted by the Class AA South showdown between two 3-0 teams when Lancaster visits defending AA champion Clarence at 7:30 p.m. Cheektowaga, coming off a big win at Lackawanna, hosts Tonawanda in Class B West at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors' 2-1 record includes a victory over Burgard. A Class D matchup pits defending Section VI champion Silver Creek heading to perennial power Maple Grove at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday it's two teams that had a habit of meeting at Ralph Wilson Stadium. St. Mary's visits Cardinal O'Hara at 1 p.m. The teams had met in the last six finals at RWS with the Hawks winning all six. Starpoint visits four-time defending Class A champion Sweet Home at 2 p.m. The Intense Milk Game of the Week is South Park vs. Amherst at Dingboom Field at 7 p.m. Catch Rich Kozak's call on Radio 1440 AM.

*In boys soccer, No. 1 large school Lockport puts its 6-0 record on the line today at Kenmore West at 4:30 p.m. and then hosts Grand Island on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Akron, four-time defending Niagara-Orleans League champion and No. 1 ranked small school, hosts Roy-Hart today at 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday it's No. 3 Maryvale hosting No. 6 Amherst at 4:45 p.m. Thursday's big game is No. 8 Lancaster hosting No. 2 Clarence at 4:45 p.m.

*Today in boys volleyball it's Clarence hosting Lancaster in an ECIC I match starting at 6:30 p.m. Clarence senior setter Jon Kaberka makes his season debut after injuring his ankle on the first day of practice. On Thursday it's No. 7 St. Joe's hosting St. Francis at 6:30 p.m. The match of the week is Friday when No. 1 Frontier hosts No. 2 Orchard Park at 6:30 p.m. "They've got some kids who aren't afraid to go after us," said Frontier coach Bill Faust.

*Saturday's cross country meets include the Western New York Officials Invitational at Beaver Island, the East Aurora Invitational and the Geneseo Invitational.

*Defending champion North Tonawanda highlights a field of 22 teams for Saturday's 24th Frontier Girls Volleyball Tournament starting at 8:30 a.m. Nine of the area's top 10 large schools will be there. Hilbert College and Orchard Park will serve as satellite sites.

*Several ranked teams meet this week in girls soccer. Today it's No. 2 Kenmore West at Lockport. On Wednesday No. 1 Williamsville North hosts Frontier, No. 5 East Aurora hosts No. 8 Amherst and No. 3 Williamsville East welcomes No. 9 Iroquois. On Friday, No. 4 Grand Island has a home game vs. Lockport while Amherst hosts No. 6 Williamsville South.


Football honor roll

CONNOLLY CUP: The Top 10 performers from Week Three are: Devone Adegreen (Frewsburg), Okoya Anderson (Orchard Park), Kyrce Carter (Cardinal O'Hara), Nigel Davis (St. Joe's), Clayton Hess (Tonawanda), Maurice Howie (South Park), Jordan Johnson (Sweet Home), Chad Kelly (St. Joe's), Marcus Lobdell (Kenmore West), Nickolay Mohan (Clarence), Justin Paterson (Alden), Brent Robbins (Randolph), Mercer Timmis (Canisius), Jordan Williams (Timon/St. Jude). Coaches are encouraged to send nominations to:

TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week Three are: Josh Chase (Alden), DiMilo Gibbs (Timon-St. Jude), Jordan Kihl (Lancaster), Max Russell (Newfane), Andrew Stockman (Silver Creek). Coaches wishing to nominate players should contact Carl Kuras of the Trench Trophy Committee by email at:

UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Three are: sophomore QB Maurice Howie of South Park (offense) and junior DL Cortland Haines of Jamestown (defense).

COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Three NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is: Dennis Gilbert of St. Joe's. The Marauders beat rival Canisius, 34-20, on its home turf before 3,000 witnesses.


Bulletin board

*The Holy Angels girls basketball team needs one game. Contact coach Fran Snyder at 308-4031 or email:

*The Wilson Athletic Wall of Fame Committee will induct the Class of 2011 on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Wilson Fire Hall. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by contacting Wall of Fame Chairman Charlie Jufer at 751-9341, ext. 183 or by email at

*The Class of 2011 includes the 1985 Championship Football Team, Anthony "Chip" Cipolla (1977), Brennan McAvoy (1992), Andy Wright (1995), coach: Geraldine Julias (volleyball), coach Larry Lash (girls/boys basketball and softball) and Richard J. Zipp (Retired Superintendent).

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