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Sidelines for Oct. 1: News, notes and the 2013 football polls

2013 Buffalo News football polls

State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points.



Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Jamestown (AA) [8] 4-0 97 3

2. Canisius [2] * 3-1 85 2

2. St. Joe’s * 3-1 85 1

4. Frontier (AA) 4-0 67 5

5. Sweet Home (A) 4-0 66 4

6. West Seneca East (A) 4-0 44 6

7. Orchard Park (AA) 3-1 33 8

8. Grand Island (A) 4-0 24 NR

9. South Park (A) 3-1 22 NR

10. McKinley (A) 4-0 14 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Lancaster (AA) 10, Williamsville South (A) 3.


Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Alden (B) [9] 4-0 97 2

2. Randolph (D) 4-0 81 3

3. Burgard (B) 4-0 80 5

4. Cleveland Hill (C) 4-0 65 4

5. St. Mary’s/Lancaster [1] 4-0 57 6

6. Depew (B) 3-1 54 1

7. Fredonia (C) 4-0 45 7

8. Cheektowaga (B) 3-1 35 8

9. Lackawanna (B) 3-1 9 NR

10. Maple Grove (D) * 3-1 7 10

10. Pioneer (B) * 3-1 7 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Medina (B) 6, Salamanca (C) 6, Bennett (B) 1.

How The News voted

Want to see why The News voted some schools ahead of others? Keith McShea explains his large and small school ballots in the weekly How The News voted post at the Prep Talk blog at

Coming attractions

• Week Five in football features a battle for first place in Class A South as last year’s divisional champion, West Seneca East, hosts resurgent South Park at 7 p.m. Friday. … For the second straight week, St. Francis will host a Monsignor Martin rival when St. Joe’s visits at 7 Friday. Canisius won at St. Francis Friday. … A Class AA clash Friday night at 7:30 finds Orchard Park, coming off a big homecoming win over Williamsville South, heading to Lancaster, which looks to bounce back from its first loss, and a big one, at Jamestown.

Saturday is highlighted by two traditional Class A North rivals clashing as Sweet Home plays at Grand Island at 2 p.m. … St. Mary’s heads to the Stransky Complex in West Seneca to face Canisius in the Monsignor Martin at 1 p.m. Saturday. … Frontier goes for a 5-0 start at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kenmore West, which has won two straight to move to 2-2.

• The 3rd annual Knox Cross Country Invitational is Saturday with 20 teams coming. The first of six races starts at 9:30 a.m. The boys varsity races is scheduled for 10:30 followed by the girls at 11 a.m. “It’s challenging and a good spectator course,” said Walt McLaughlin of host East Aurora. “It really has all the attributes when you’re looking for a championship-type venue.”

• In boys soccer No. 1 ranked large school Williamsville East is at No. 6 Williamsville South tonight at 4:45 p.m. and hosts No. 7 Sweet Home on Friday. No. 2 Clarence is at Orchard Park today at 5 p.m. and then will host Frontier on Friday at 5 p.m. No. 1 small school Akron hosts No. 3 Newfane in a Niagara-Orleans League game on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. No. 2 small school Nichols takes on two large schools this week when it travels to No. 10 St. Joe’s on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and hosts No. 4 Canisius on Saturday at 11 a.m.

• In girls soccer, No. 2 Lockport hosts Niagara-Wheatfield on Wednesday at 4:30 and on Saturday travels to No. 8 North Tonawanda at 2:30 p.m. No. 1 Williamsville South hosts V-Mercy on Friday at 4:45 p.m. No. 9 Nardin has two home games — Wednesday vs. Mount Mercy at 4:30 and Saturday vs. Mount St. Mary at 3 p.m.

• In boys volleyball tonight it’s No. 3 West Seneca West at No. 8 Frontier at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday No. 1 Canisius is at St. Francis at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday it’s No. 7 Lancaster at No. 4 Hamburg at 7:30 pm. Friday’s big match is No. 2 St. Joe’s at Frontier at 6:30 p.m. Lockport will host a tournament on Saturday.

• In girls volleyball it’s No. 1 large school Orchard Park vs. No. 1 small school St. Mary’s at 6 p.m. Also Wednesday, No. 2 Clarence hosts No. 3 Frontier at 6:30 p.m. No. 4 Lancaster has No. 9 Hamburg, Williamsville North and West Seneca West. … A field of 24 teams will battle for the title of the Frontier Invitational. The 27th annual event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at three different sites: Frontier High School, the middle school, Hamburg and Immaculata. The finals are at 5:30 p.m.

Football honor roll

• CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week Four top performers are: Brad Achman (Iroquois), Chris Doubek (Randolph), Cody Dustin (Falconer), Terell Ford (Kenmore West), Marshawn Gibson (Cheektowaga), Rashad Graham (Dunkirk), Keyon Johnson (McKinley), Kurtis Johnson (Grand Island), Rayshawn Jones (Burgard), Jake Sisson (Jamestown), Brandon Thomas (Cleveland Hill), DeSean Walker (Orchard Park). Coaches are encouraged to send players to be seen via email to:

• TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week Four are: Brandon Ball, (Springville), Erik Feitshans (Alden), Will Kirkwood (Frontier), Steven MacIllwain (Cleveland Hill) and Marshall Taylor (Lockport). Coaches wishing to nominate players should contact Carl Kuras of the Trench Trophy Committee via:

• UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Four are: Offense - Lyle Grant, sophomore running back from Alden, and defense - Isiah McDuffie, freshman defensive back Bennett.

• COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Four NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is Rob Currin of Alden. Currin’s Bulldogs beat Class B rival Depew in a battle of WNY’s top-ranked small schools on Friday at the Constantino Complex.

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