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Sidelines (April 29): News, notes & large school softball poll

WNY coaches softball poll

Large schools Pts.

1. Clarence (9) 99

2. Lancaster 78

3. Niagara-Wheatfield 65

4. Frontier 51

5. Niagara Falls (1) 48

6. Orchard Park 38

7. Starpoint 31

8. Hamburg 28

9. Williamsville South 27

10. Kenmore West 26

Others receiving votes: Williamsville North (25), Iroquois (15), Sacred Heart (8), Nichols (6), Lockport (4), West Seneca West (2).

Note: Coaches small school softball poll and coaches baseball polls were not provided to The News.

Coming attractions

• The Hamburg softball team will play at Section V Mercy in Rochester on Saturday in a Strikeout Cancer one-game showcase at 3 p.m. The game is a rematch of last year’s Far West Regionals, won by the Bulldogs . . . Eden (2-0) hosts Lackawanna today and hosts Cleveland Hill on Friday. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.

• The Hamburg boys lacrosse team travels to Grand Island on Wednesday at 5 p.m and on Saturday they host Iroquois at 4 p.m. . . . Timon/St. Jude (6-2), coming off the Hill Tournament at the University of Guelph in Ontario, hosts Nichols at Tifft Farms tonight at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday they are at St. Joe’s at 5 p.m.

• The Golden Falcon Track & Field Invitational is Friday at Falconer starting at 4 p.m. Also on Friday is the Hamburg Rodiek Relays also starting at 4 p.m. Saturday’s meeting include the Pioneer Invitational answering the gun a 1 p.m. and the ADDPRO/Panther Invitational at Sweet Home from 2-9 p.m.

• In girls lacrosse today, Frontier hosts Orchard Park at 4:45 p.m. while Clarence welcomes Hamburg at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Niagara Falls hosts North Tonawanda under the lights at 7 p.m.

Football combine on May 10

The WNY Junior Recruiting Combine will be at 5 p.m. May 10 at Amherst High School.

This event is open to all area 11th graders (Class of 2015) who aspire to play football at the college level. Due to new NCAA revisions, only Division II and Division III schools can attend.

The Combine will be a drilled-based event where athletes will be grouped according to their position. During the combine a recruiting and marketing seminar will be provided for parents attending.

Topics covered will be “getting noticed,” tips on recruiting and the athletic/academic fit considerations for the college-bound player. All registration must be done through your local high school coach.

Ilio DiPaolo award nears

The 19th Ilio DiPaolo scholarship awards dinner is May 23 at the famed wrestler’s restaurant at 3785 South Park Ave. in Blasdell. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 8 p.m.

The award is named for DiPaolo, who believed strongly in family values, education, athletics and community. Each year, the Committee honors six local student athletes in awarding the Gary Castanza Award, the “Destroyer” Wrestling Award, the Bill Hein Dedicated Wrestler Award, the Cauliflower Alley Club Award, the St. Francis Captain’s Award and the highlight Ilio DiPaolo award.

Battista to Merrimack

Kenmore East’s Jill Battista has signed to play hockey at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. The Warriors first varsity ice hockey season will be 2015-16.

Battista was named second team All-Western New York this past season. She scored both Kenmore goals in a 2-1 win over Lancaster/Iroquois in the Section VI championship.

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