2012 News football polls
State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week. ; *-tie in points.
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Orchard Park (AA)  4-0 99 1
2. Sweet Home (A) 4-0 81 2
3. St. Joe's  4-0 72 3
4. Canisius 4-0 71 5
5. Jamestown (AA) 4-0 59 4
6. West Seneca East (A) 4-0 57 6
7. Timon-St. Jude 2-2 35 10
8. Grand Island (A) 4-0 30 8
9. Lockport (AA) 3-1 29 9
10. Iroquois (A) * 3-1 4 NR
10. McKinley (A) * 2-2 4 NR
10. Wmsv. East (A) * 3-1 4 NR
Others receiving votes (with points): Frontier (AA) 1, Kenmore West (AA) 1.
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Alden (B)  4-0 98 1
2. Depew (B)  4-0 91 2
3. Cheektowaga (B) 4-0 81 3
4. Cleveland Hill (C) 4-0 63 4
5. Maple Grove (D) 4-0 52 6
6. Pioneer (B) 4-0 48 5
7. St. Mary's 3-1 45 7
8. Burgard (B) 3-1 25 9
9. Eden (B) 4-0 22 10
10. Maryvale (B) 3-1 5 8
Others receiving votes (with points): Fredonia (C) 4, Sherman/Ripley (DD) 4, JFK (C) 3, Clymer (DD) 3, Lew-Port (B) 2, Frewsburg (D) 1, East (B) 1, Salamanca (C) 1, Nichols 1.
How The News voted
Want to see why The News voted some schools ahead of others? Keith McShea explains the News' large and small school ballots in the weekly How The News voted post at the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com.
. It's 1 vs. 2 among small schools as Week Five of the football season approaches. No. 2 Depew visits No. 1 Alden for the Bulldogs' homecoming on Friday at 7 p.m. The game is a rematch of last year's Section VI Class B final won by Alden, 12-0. The game will likely decide the title in Class B East as it did last year. Alden handed Depew its only two losses of last season.
. In the Monsignor Martin Association, St. Mary's plays at Bishop Timon-St. Jude for the Tigers' first home game at 7 p.m. Friday; St. Joe's heads to Rochester to face Section V power Aquinas at 7 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday St. Francis plays Canisius at the Crusaders' Stransky Complex in West Seneca at 1 p.m. With a win, Canisius would move to 5-0, its best start since 1980. The game will be the first of three straight at home (St. Francis, Aquinas, Cardinal O'Hara) after having been on the road the last three weeks (at St. Mary's, at McKinley, at Walsh Jesuit).
. The Albion boys soccer team (6-1-1) travels to Akron today in the Niagara-Orleans League. On Thursday, East Aurora, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class B, hosts Maryvale at 4:30 p.m. Also Thursday, No. 8 Lake Shore hosts Amherst at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, No. 1-ranked large school Clarence will host Williamsville North at 5 p.m. There are three noteworthy games on Saturday: Williamsville North hosts No. 9 Lancaster at 10 a.m., No. 4 Williamsville South hosts Iroquois at 10 a.m. and Kenmore West hosts Lew-Port at 11 a.m.
. In girls soccer, No. 1 ranked large school Orchard Park hosts West Seneca West today and Jamestown on Thursday, both games at 5 p.m.
. The No. 2 Orchard Park boys volleyball team hosts St. Francis on Friday at 4 p.m. Orchard Park and St. Francis will represent Western New York on Saturday in the Webster Tournament.
. The Williamsville North (4-0) girls volleyball team travels to Orchard Park (3-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Eden Tournament is Saturday. The 12-team field includes defending champion St. Mary's, which beat Williamsville North in last year's final. Lake Shore will host its first tournament.
. The All-Catholic girls golf championship is Sunday at Rothland Golf Course and starts at 11 a.m. A field of 15 players will compete for the title.
. Saturday's cross country event includes the McQuaid Invitational.
Football honor roll
. CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week Four top performers are: James Chambers (Lockport), Kyle Hoffman (Pioneer), Marquel Jackson (Cheektowaga), Tanner John (Salamanca), Luke Kramer (Hamburg), Weston Ley (Fredonia), Evan Majewski (Starpoint), Sean Marshall (Burgard), Nick Munella (Frewsburg), Jake Pilling (Southwestern), Alex Price (Kenmore West), Jake Sission (Jamestown), Rodney Turner (Depew) and Nate Wilkinson (Iroquois). Coaches are encouraged to send nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
. TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week Four are: Robert Buono (Depew), James Hanners (Cheektowaga), Andrew Hoffman (St. Mary's) and Nate Ward (Clarence) and Steve Wilde (Starpoint). Coaches wishing to nominate players should contact Carl Kuras of the Trench Trophy Committee by email at: trenchtrophy.lancasterelks.com.
. UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Four are: sophomore RB Rodney Turner of Depew (offense) and junior LB Ryan Richards of Canisius (defense).
. COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Four NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is: Jim Maurino of West Seneca East. The Trojans (4-0) had five interceptions in a 28-7 win over Williamsville South.
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