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Sidelines (Oct. 26): Football polls and more

Buffalo News polls

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


Team (Class) Rec Pts LW

1. Canisius [7] 7-1 97 1

2. Orchard Park [3] (AA) 7-1 92 2

3. South Park (A) 7-1 81 3

4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 6-2 59 4

5. Lancaster (AA) 6-2 55 5

6. Williamsville North (A) 7-1 51 7

7. West Seneca East (A) 7-1 42 8

8. Kenmore West 7-1 38 9

9. St. Francis 5-3 19 10

10. Starpoint 7-1 9 6

Others receiving votes: Iroquois 4, Niagara Falls 2, St. Joe’s 1.

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), Rick Coburn (Trench Trophy), The Buffalo News.


Team (Class) Rec Pts LW

1. Cheektowaga [7] (B) 8-0 97 1

2. Bennett [3] (C) 7-1 93 2

3. Springville (B) 7-0 81 3

4. Alden (B) 8-0 70 4.

5. Cleveland Hill (C) 7-1 57 5

6. Maple Grove/CL (C) 7-1 53 6

7. Burgard (B) 5-3 31 NR

8. Franklinville/Ell/WV (D) 6-1 30 8

9. Lackawanna (C) 6-2 15 NR

10. Cardinal O’Hara 5-3 10 9

Others receiving votes: Dunkirk (B) 9, St. Mary’s 4, Randolph 2.

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

The week’s poll

There isn’t a single new team in the large school poll. In fact, spots one through five stayed the same. Starpoint’s loss to Iroquois resulted in a small shakeup. Among small schools, Burgard, which defeated Dunkirk, and Lackawanna, which downed Gowanda, jumped into the top 10, while the top six teams remained the same.

Honor roll

CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO SPORTS Week Eight top performers are: Ian Baker (Springville), Tyree Billingslea (Cheektowaga), Tyree Brown (South Park), John Dolac III (West Seneca East), Javon Ford (Lockport), Lyle Grant (Alden), Dillon Janca (Orchard Park), Dejean McCullough (Burgard), Brandon Metz (St.Francis), Kyle O’Donnell (Cattarauge/Little Valley), Zach Samborski (Lancaster), Jacob Sarow (Akron), Noble Smith (Lackawanna), DeAngelo Walker-Johnson (Kenmore West), kor’Darryl Welch (Niagara-Wheatfield), Brandon Yax (Iroquois).

Coaches are encouraged to send players’ names they’d like to nominate via email to

TRENCH TROPHY: The Week Eight nominated linemen are: Foster Dell (Pioneer), Anthony Jaycox (West Seneca West), Jake LoVullo (Burgard), Dylan Riddoch (Alden) and Matt Spira (Lewiston-Porter).

CHARACTER AWARDS: Section VI Football Character Athletes of the Week, setting the example in Speech, Conduct, Love, Faith and Integrity of the Game, sponsored by Intense Milk and Cross Training Athletics. The honorees: Chris Anderson of Barker/Roy-Hart, and Lucas Mehmek of Olean.

UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp honorees for Week Eight are: On offense, Lockport sophomore quarterback Javon Ford, and on defense, Williamsville North junior linebacker Anthony Maniscalco.

Coming up

• Girls tennis is the first of the fall sports to determine a state champion. The best players in New York will gather in Latham’s Tri-City Tennis Center beginning on Saturday. Orchard Park won both the singles (Jesse Hollins) and doubles (Kristen Zablonski and Lauren Karogian) sectional titles on Saturday. Historically it’s been difficult for Section VI to win a state title in this event, but maybe this is Western New York’s year. The medal round will be held on Monday morning.

• Sectional play in boys volleyball begins on Friday with some qualifying matches in Class B. Ten teams will hope to move up to the Round of 16. Everyone else has to wait until next week to start playing matches. The girls won’t be getting underway with their tournament on Nov. 9. But there’s a giant match on Monday between Williamsville East and visiting Clarence - two of the top-ranked large schools in Western New York.

• The girls soccer sectionals continue this week. Class AA and Class have gone to form so far, with the four top seeds advancing to the semifinals. However, it will be interesting to see if the tournament’s top giant-killer – Roy-Hart – can keep up. The 16th seed in Class B has pulled major upsets, and goes up against No. 4 Tonawanda on Tuesday at Amherst. The Class B final will be on Saturday afternoon.

• The playoffs are progressing in boys soccer too. A couple of finals are set: Grand Island and Hamburg play for the A-1 title on Thursday, while Iroquois and Kenmore East play in A-2 on the same day. Class B-2’s final matches No. 1 I-Prep/Grover and No. 2 Lackawanna on Wednesday. Later that night in B-1, East Aurora goes up against Alden.

• The cross country season turns more serious this week. Several leagues will be holding championship meets. The best in the city of Buffalo run for All-High honors at Delaware Park on Thursday. The CCAA determines its best runners Friday morning at Bemus Point. Then on Saturday, the ECIC, Niagara Frontier League and Niagara-Orleans conference will stage championships.

• The first-ever Ameri-Can Lacrosse Classic will be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, hosted by Champion Lacrosse. Director Joe Smith is a former Buffalo Bandit and a three-time member of the USA Indoor Team.

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