Buffalo News polls
State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *–tie in points, LW - Last week.
No. Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Canisius  3-0 110 1
2. Lancaster (AA) 3-0 94 2
3. Orchard Park (AA) 2-1 79 4
4. Wmsv. North (AA) 3-0 72 3
5. St. Francis 0-2 51 5
6. Bennett (A) 3-0 50 7
7. St. Joe’s 2-1 39 6
8. North Tonawanda (A) 3-0 27 8
9. Starpoint (A) 3-0 25 NR
10. South Park (A) 2-1 19 9
Others receiving votes (with points): Clarence (AA) 12, Bishop Timon/St. Jude (11), Niagara Falls (AA) 10, West Seneca East (A) 1.
Voters: Mark Adair, Sean Bruso, Sibby Constantino, Dick Gallagher, Tom Langworthy, John Lewis, Rich Robbins, Dennis Gilbert, Dennis Sarow, Rick Coburn, News’ Miguel Rodriguez.
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Cheektowaga (B)  3-0 110 1
2. Medina (B) 3-0 83 6
3. Maple Grove (D) 3-0 82 3
4. Springville (B) 2-1 78 7
5. Maryvale (B) 3-0 71 4
6. Burgard (B) 2-1 40 5
7. Alden (B) 2-1 37 2
8. Cleveland Hill (C) 3-0 36 T9
9. JFK (C) 3-0 30 T9
10. Franklinville/Ell. (D) 3-0 22 8
Others receiving votes (with points): Olean (B) 7, Dunkirk (B) 3, Silver Creek/Forestville (D) 2, Southwestern (C) 1, Randolph (D) 1, East Aurora/Holland (B) 1.
Voters: Adair, Bruso, Constantino, Gallagher, Lewis, Sarow, William Atlas, Angelo Sciandra, Ed Sciera, Jay Sirianni, News’ Miguel Rodriguez.
• This year The Buffalo News is selecting a Prep Talk football athlete of the week, as selected from those who were honored as the list of Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports top performers. The Week Three winner is Austin Breidenstein of West Seneca East, who ran for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the Trojans’ 43-18 win over Burgard.
The other ADPRO SPORTS standouts were: Tajay Ahmed of Starpoint (112 rushing yards, two TDs); Cole Burniston of Canisius (141 rushing yards, a TD); Jalin Cooper of Medina (127 rushing yards, 42 receiving yards, four tackles, two TDs); Matt Eldridge of Cleveland Hill (146 yards, two TDs, 16 tackles); Taelon Hollamon of McKinley (144 passing yards, three TD passes, 78 rushing yards and a TD); Dillon Janca of Orchard Park (255 passing yards with two TDs, two rushing TDs); Waulik Jeader of Hutch-Tech (210 passing yards and three TDs); Casey Kelly of St. Joe’s (221 passing yards and four TDs); Chris Labonte of North Tonawanda (163 rushing yards and 56 receiving yards with four TDs); Dejean McCullough of Burgard (251 all-purpose yards, three TDs, 10 tackles); Niko Mullen of Clarence (95 rushing yards, two touchdowns, interception on defense); Noble Smith of Lackawanna (219 all-purpose yards and a TD); Brian Sullivan of Maryvale (87 rushing yards, 99-yard interception return for TD, five tackles); Jim Thorpe of Grand Island (201 total yards, two TDs), and Ja’kye Womach of Amherst (111 rushing yards, 70 passing yards and three TDs).
• The Trench Trophy has announced the nomination of six players for Week Three: Tyler Beasock of North Tonawanda; Zach Carrick of JFK; David Harwell of Williamsville North; Jacob Kiff of Starpoint; Joe Ramunno of West Seneca East; and Josh Shumate of Niagara-Wheatfield. They are now eligible to be finalists for the season-ending award that goes to the area’s top lineman.
• 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: Matt Boss of East Aurora/Holland; Marcus Jones of Gowanda; John Collins of Hamburg; Kevin Barney of Hutch-Tech; Marcus Rojas of Jamestown; Jahlel St. John of Kenmore West; Che’Kore Moore of Niagara Falls; Myshon Dudley of O’Hara; Daniel Kubik of Orchard Park; Mike Rigerman of Pioneer; D.J. Hlasnick of Portville; Nakiya Mingo of Riverside; Bill Seiders of Silver Creek/Forestville; Ian Baker of Springville; Nick Kelsch of St. Joe’s Wade Rick of Wilson; Ryan Schlosser of Allegany-Limestone; and Brandon Chamberli of Cattaragus Valley.
• Jim Kelly’s Camp Top Underclassmen for Week Three are, on offense, sophomore quarterback Ja’kye Womack of Amherst, and, on defense, junior linebacker Jake Sarow of Akron.
Another weekly winner
This year, The News will honor a boys and girls high school athlete of the week in addition to its weekly football selection. Coaches can nominate a player by sending a name and details of the week’s accomplishments to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday night.
• The Canisius football team might take a break from its preparations for its next game to take a look at the latest state rankings during the week. The Crusaders went into last weekend ranked second among AA schools. However, No. 1 Pittsford (Section V) lost to Victor, so Canisius might move up. The Crusaders have a game with St. Francis coming up Saturday afternoon. By the way, Maple Grove already is ranked first among D schools in New York State.
• Lockport’s boys volleyball team is on top of the Niagara Frontier League with a 4-0 record. The Lions hope to continue to roar in their matches at Niagara-Wheatfield on Tuesday and at Niagara Falls on Thursday.
• Some cross country teams will take part in a dress rehearsal of sorts for the state championships. The McDaniel-Baxter Cross Country Invitational will be held on Saturday at Chenango Valley State Park. Newfane, the top-ranked small-school girls’ team in the area, will be there.
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