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) 3-0 99 1
2. Sweet Home (A) 3-0 86 2
3. St. Joe's 3-0 76 3
4. Jamestown (AA) 3-0 67 4
5. Canisius 3-0 61 *7
6. West Seneca East (A) 3-0 52 5
7. Williamsville South (A) 2-1 32 10
8. Grand Island (A) 3-0 25 NR
9. Lockport (AA) 2-1 17 NR
10. Timon-St. Jude 1-2 16 *7
Others receiving votes (with points): McKinley (A) 9, West Seneca West (AA) 6, Frontier (AA) 2, St. Francis 1, Williamsville East (A) 1.
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Alden (B) 3-0 98 1
2. Depew (B) 3-0 91 2
3. Cheektowaga (B) 3-0 79 4
4. Cleveland Hill (C) 3-0 65 3
5. Pioneer (B) 3-0 52 6
6. Maple Grove (D) 3-0 50 5
7. St. Mary's 2-1 30 8
8. Maryvale (B) 2-1 20 9
9. Burgard (B) 2-1 18 10
10. Eden (B) 3-0 17 NR
Others receiving votes (with points): Chautauqua Lake (D) 8, Salamanca (C) 8, Akron (C) 5, Wilson (C) 4, Sherman/Ripley (DD) 4, Fredonia (C) 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.
. Week Four of the football season finds only 14 undefeated teams remaining out of 81. In a game that will help decide the Class A South title, Williamsville South (2-1) travels to West Seneca East (3-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday. South has one of WNY's top quarterbacks in Trent Ferguson while the Trojans counter with Andy Smigiera. Williamsville South has won twice since dropping its opener at home to Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
. Also on Friday, Sweet Home (3-0) tackles McKinley (2-1) at Riverside at 7 p.m. The Panthers are riding at 53-game winning streak against Western New York opponents. A pair of 3-0 teams meet when Maple Grove visits Chautauqua Lake. The Timberwolves have won 12 in a row. Chautauqua Lake coach Dan Greco is a former defensive coordinator at Maple Grove.
. In a pair of Class B West games on Friday, Burgard (2-1) is at Maryvale (2-1) and Amherst (1-2) is at Cheektowaga (3-0), both at 7 p.m.
. On Saturday, No. 1 small school Alden (3-0) visits Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion at noon against East (2-1), which is coming off a tough 16-14 loss to Pioneer. In Class C North, Cleveland Hill looks to move to 4-0 when it hosts Wilson (2-1).
. Tonight under the lights its the North Tonawanda boys soccer team at Lew-Port at 7 p.m. In the Monsignor Martin Association, St. Joe's travels to rival Canisius on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Several of Western New York's ranked teams face each other. On Thursday No. 4 Williamsville South is at No. 7 Sweet Home at 4:30 p.m. while No. 6 Lancaster is at No. 1 Clarence at 5 p.m. On Friday, No. 2 Lockport is at Grand Island at 4:30 p.m. Also Friday, defending Class A-1 champion Iroquois, is at No. 3 Williamsville East at 5 p.m. On Saturday, West Seneca East is at rival West Seneca West at 7 p.m. under the lights.
. The St. Joe's boys volleyball team looks for the upset when it travels to reigning Monsignor Martin Association champion Canisius at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. . Two of the top Class A teams in Section VI meet on Friday when Clarence travels to Orchard Park at 7 pm. in ECIC I. . Hamburg looks to defend its title on Saturday at the 40th Sweet Home Tournament.
. Iroquois, the No. 1 ranked team in field hockey, hosts East Aurora on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the ECIC. Also on Wednesday, No. 7 Clarence hosts No. 9 Lancaster at 4:45 p.m. . No. 3 Barker hosts Wilson today at 4:30 p.m. in the Niagara-Orleans League. No. 2 Hamburg hosts Eden on Thursday at 5 p.m. . On Friday, Clarence hosts Iroquois at 4:30 p.m.
. The 25th annual Frontier girls volleyball tournament is Saturday at four sites, Frontier High School, Frontier Middle, Immaculata and Hamburg High. A record field of 24 teams will begin pool play at 8:30 a.m. with the finals scheduled for approximately 5 p.m. Last year's finalists, Mercy of Rochester and St. Mary's of Lancaster, return.
. Saturday's cross country events include the Western New York Officials Invitational at Beaver Island and the East Aurora Invitational.
Football honor roll
. CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week Three top performers are: Chance Anzivine (Olean), Corey Barcykowski (Alden), Bob Benson (Panama), Dan Bronson (Lockport), Jake Cotriss (Medina/Lyndonville), Aaron Germain (Maple Grove), Marquis Jackson (Cheektowaga), Luke Kramer (Hamburg), Ryan Majewski (Williamsville North), Ilo Noble (St. Joe's), Bill Schiavitti (Lew-Port), Preston Smith (Kenmore East), Mike Torrillo (Sweet Home), Rodney Turner (Depew) and Tim Walsh (Wilson).
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. TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week Three are: Gowah Abrams (Akron), John Czech (Jamestown)
Thomas Furlong (Lockport), Nick Nocek (Fredonia) and Frank Spina (St. Joe's). 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 Three are: junior QB Mike Wawrzyniak of Maryvale (offense) and sophomore linebacker Roderick Morrow of Burgard (defense).
. COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Three NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is: Dennis Gilbert of St. Joe's. His Marauders moved to 3-0 after beating St. Francis in a rematch of the last two Monsignor Martin Association title games.
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2012 News football polls