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Sidelines (April 30): The baseball and softball coaches’ polls, news and notes

Coaches baseball poll

State classification in parentheses; first place votes in brackets.

* Indicates tie.


School Points

1. Clarence (AA) [9] 99

2. Orchard Park (AA) 65

3. St. Joe’s [1] * 62

3. Lancaster (AA) * 62

5. Williamsville South (A-1) 58

6. Lake Shore (A-2) 40

7. Lockport (AA) 28

8. Hamburg (A-1) 25

9. Canisius 24

10. Grand Island (A-1) * 21

10 Williamsville North (AA) * 21

Also receiving votes: Niagara Falls (AA) 19, St. Francis 15, Iroquois 2, Williamsville East 1, Starpoint 1, East Aurora 1.

2013 pollsters: Bob Barrows (Orchard Park, ECIC I), Bob Kowal (Lake Shore, ECIC II), Jerry Gasz (Williamsville East, ECIC II), Mark Waple (Lew-Port, Niagara Frontier League), Paul Nasca (St. Joe’s, Msgr. Martin Association), Les Simon (Kenmore East, Niagara Frontier League), Mike Morelock (Frontier, ECIC I), Jim Conley (Section VI chairman), Tim Racey (Starpoint, ECIC II) and Tom Jost (Hutch-Tech, Cornell Cup).

Rosters needed

Coaches of varsity baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys track and field, girls track and field and tennis are asked to email a copy of their roster to: or fax to: 849-4587.

Coaches softball poll


School Points

1. Clarence (AA) [4] 92

2. Lancaster (AA) [5] 91

3. Hamburg (A-1) 75

4. Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 65

5. Williamsville North (AA) 43

6. Niagara Falls [1] (AA) * 39

6. Kenmore West (AA) * 39

8. Frontier (AA) 29

9. Starpoint (A-2) 20

10. Williamsville South (A-1) 19

Also receiving votes: Iroquois (A-2) 12, Orchard Park (AA) 7, West Seneca West (AA) 7, Grand Island (A-2) 5, Sacred Heart 4, Lockport (AA) 1, Wmsv. East (A-1) 1, W.S. East (A-1) 1.


School Points

1. Depew (B-1) [3] 46

2. Nichols [3] * 39

2. Fredonia (B-2) * 39

4. Immaculata 32

5. Frewsburg (C) 31

6. Alden (B-1) 26

7. St. Mary’s/Lancaster 16

8. Cassadaga Valley (C) 14

9. Forestville (D) 12

10. Lackawanna (B-1) 11

Also receiving votes: Cleveland Hill 10, Maple Grove 10, Olean 10, Dunkirk 9, Eden 8, Portville 6, Franklinville 2.

2013 pollsters: Jay Hall (ECIC Chairman), Dan Seilig (Depew, ECIC III), Jon Blanchard (Frewsburg, CCAA II), Jeff Patronik (Lackawanna, ECIC IV), Brianne Hazelton (Forestville, CCAA III) and Ray Hennessey (Immaculata).

Note: Any coach or umpire interested in voting on the small school poll should contact Jay Hall at:

Coming attractions

• WNY’s No. 1 ranked Clarence baseball team hosts Frontier on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and plays at Sweet Home on Friday. … Co-No. 3 St. Joe’s plays on four consecutive days starting with a nonleaguer at Orchard Park on Wednesday. The next three are home, including St. Mary’s on Thursday, rival Canisius on Friday and Cardinal O’Hara on Saturday. The weekday games are at 4:30 while Saturday’s contest is at 1:30. …

No. 5 Williamsville South is at West Seneca East today at 4:45 p.m., at co-No. 10 Williamsville North on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and at Starpoint on Friday at 4:45 p.m.

• In softball, No. 1 Clarence hosts two games this week: West Seneca West today at 4:45 p.m. and No. 8 Frontier on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. … In the Niagara Frontier League, co-No. 6 large school Niagara Falls is at Kenmore East today at 4:45 p.m., and hosts Lockport on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. … No. 1-ranked small school Depew has three home games this week. The Wildcats host East Aurora on Wednesday at 5 p.m., Maryvale on Thursday at 5 p.m. and the Cheektowaga Warriors on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

• In track and field, the Rodiek Relays are Friday starting at 4 p.m. on Hamburg’s Howe Field. Falconer will host the Golden Falcons Invitational at 4 p.m. On Saturday, it’s the ADPRO Sports/Panther Relays starting at 2 p.m. at Sweet Home. Pioneer will hosts its own invite on Saturday at noon.

Bulletin board

ESG Scholarship: The Empire State Games Legacy Fund, created from excess revenue generated from the 2010 ESGs in Buffalo, will award two $2,500 scholarships for the next 10 years to one male and female who participated in the Empire State Games, and demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in the community. Applications are due May 17, with the recipients being announced on May 31.

Applicants must be a resident of Erie or Niagara counties, have participated in the ESGs as an athlete, coach or volunteer, be a full-time high school, college or graduate student, and have maintained at least a 2.0 GPA or C average.

Candidates must complete an online application form at, and then mail two reference letters, an essay and transcripts to the Empire State Games Legacy Fund, c/o Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, 617 Main St., Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14203. For information, contact Chairperson Leo Kaminsky at or 684-3157.

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