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High school sidelines (Sept. 7): Football polls and more

Buffalo News polls

First-place votes in brackets; *-tie in points.


Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Canisius [10] 1-0 100

2. Orchard Park (AA) 1-0 86

3. Jamestown (AA) 1-0 75

4. Williamsville North (A) 1-0 62

5. Lancaster (AA) 1-0 50

6. St. Francis 1-0 49

7. South Park (A) 1-0 46

8. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 1-0 26

9. W. Seneca East (A) 1-0 21

10. St. Joe’s 1-0 16

Others receiving votes: Niagara Falls (AA) 6, Williamsville South (A) 5, Hamburg (A) 4, Iroquois (A) 4.

Pollsters: Mark Adair (WNY Football Weekly), Sean Bruso (Springville), Sibby Constantino (Trench Trophy), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Tom Langworthy (Jamestown), John Lewis (Connolly Cup), Rich Robbins (Canisius), Dennis Gilbert (St. Joe’s), Dennis Sarow (Connolly Cup), The Buffalo News.


Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Bennett (C) [9] 1-0 99

2. Cheektowaga (B) [1] 1-0 87

3. Springville (B) 1-0 70

4. Alden (B) 1-0 52

5. Cleveland Hill (C) 1-0 47

6. Dunkirk (B) 1-0 35

7. East Aurora (B) 1-0 31

8. St. Mary’s* 1-0 27

8. Frank./Ellicottville* (D) 1-0 27

10. Albion (B) 1-0 17

Others receiving votes: Maple Grove/Ch. Lake (C) 13, Cardinal O’Hara 12, Tonawanda (B) 9, Gowanda (C) 7, Frewsburg (D) 4, Maryvale (B) 4, JFK (C) 3, Medina (B) 3, Burgard (B) 2, Cassadaga Valley/Falconer (C) 1.

Pollsters: Adair, Bruso, Constantino, Gallagher, Sarow, Bill Atlas (Wilson), Angelo Sciandra (O’Hara), Ed Sciera (Trench Trophy), Jay Sirianni (ex-Southwestern coach), The News.

Honor roll

CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week One top performers are: Eric Bartnik (Cheektowaga), Lucas Brawdy (Gowanda), Tyree Brown (South Park), Jake Cotter (Medina), Lyle Grant (Alden), Jerry Hickson (St.Francis), Nikkolas Holland (Jamestown), Dillon Janca (Orchard Park), Jamel Loften (Lackawanna), Isaiah McDuffie (Bennett), Matt Myers (Timon/St. Jude), Duane Robertson (Hutch Tech), Dan Speyer (Lancaster), Bryce Szudzik (Springville), Grayson Taylor (Cleveland Hill) and Cliff Zeigler (O’Hara). Coaches are encouraged to send player nominations via email to:

TRENCH TROPHY: The Week One linemen are: Joshua Ball (Springville), Charles Beach (Medina), Kyle Belcher (Lancaster), Greg Bruenn (West Seneca East), Nathan Emer (Iroquois), Sam Wray (Starpoint).

UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp honorees for Week One are: Offense, Timon sophomore quarterback Matt Myers. Defense, Lackawanna junior linebacker Jamel Lofton.

COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week One Buffalo Bills ADPRO Sports honoree is Chad Bartoszek of Franklinville/Ellicottville. The Titans defeated three-time defending state Class D champion Randolph, 32-12, on Friday night in a rematch of last year’s Section VI final.

CHARACTER AWARDS: Week one winners are: Joe Armenia (Sweet Home), Mick Polina (Williamsville North), Nate Reynolds (Salamanca), Shane Parsons (CV/Fal), Ben Burk (Southwestern), Lucas Browdy (Gowanda).

Coming attractions

• It’s time for an early serving of boys basketball as the 24th annual Alan R. Elia Sr. Memorial Basketball Tournament, also known as the Can-Am Classic, takes place at Niagara Falls and Niagara Catholic high schools on Saturday and Sunday. An all-day smorgasbord of basketball is on tap for Saturday at Niagara Falls with the hosts playing the first of its four games at 9 a.m. Placement games are at 9 a.m. Sunday at Niagara Catholic. The two teams with the best record meet for the championship at 11 a.m.

The schedule:

Saturday at Niagara Falls High School: 9 a.m. - Niagara Falls vs. Clarkson Prep (main gym), Rage vs. Park (Auxiliary gym); 10 a.m. - Total Package vs. Niagara Falls (main), Clarkson Academy vs. Ottawa (auxiliary gym); 11am - Rage vs. Clarkson Prep; noon - Total Package vs. Ottawa; 1 p.m. – Niagara Falls vs. Park; 2 p.m. - Rage vs. Clarkson Academy; 3 p.m. - Clarkson Prep vs. Park; 4 p.m. – Niagara Falls vs. Ottawa; 5 p.m. -Total package vs. Clarkson Academy.

Sunday at Niagara Catholic: 9 a.m. fifth place vs. sixth place; 10 a.m. – third place vs. fourth place; 11 a.m. - championship game.

• A sign that it’s officially time for cross country is the first big race of the season. The 21st West Seneca Invitational starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sunshine Park.

• The first major girls volleyball tournament starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. The 12-team St. Mary’s Tournament features area and Rochester heavyweights. Teams in attendance include defending state champions St. Mary’s and Eden, along with Clarence and Williamsville East. The final begins at 4 p.m.

• A talented 16-team field will participate in the annual Eden Pan Am boys volleyball tournament Saturday at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca. Teams from the area, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany wage battle starting at 8 a.m. The final is at 5 p.m.

• Boys soccer season is already in full swing but there are two dandy nonleague games on the schedule Wednesday as I-Prep/Grover visits St. Joe’s for a 6 p.m. game. At 7 p.m., East Aurora hosts neighbor Iroquois. On Saturday, I-Prep hosts city rival Riverside at 10 a.m.

• The battle of Williamsville kicks off a busy week of girls soccer action as Williamsville East visits Williamsville South in a 4:30 p.m. clash Tuesday. The two-day Lockport Tournament begins Friday at 3:30 p.m.

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