2012 News football polls

State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week; *-tie in points.



Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Canisius [6] 6-0 96 3

2. St. Joe’s [4] 6-0 92 2

3. Sweet Home (A) 6-0 73 4

4. Orchard Park (AA) 5-1 65 1

5. Jamestown (AA) 5-1 62 8

6. West Seneca East (A) 6-0 55 5

7. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 4-2 40 6

8. Grand Island (A) 6-0 21 7

9. Lockport (AA) 4-2 19 9

10. Iroquois (A) 5-1 17 10

Others receiving votes (with points): Frontier (AA) 6, McKinley (A) 3, Clarence (AA) 1.


Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Alden (B) [10] 6-0 100 1

2. Cheektowaga (B) 6-0 88 2

3. Depew (B) 5-1 78 3

4. Maple Grove (D) 6-0 63 4

5. St. Mary’s* 4-2 56 6

5. Burgard* (B) 5-1 56 5

7. Cleveland Hill (C) 5-1 40 7

8. Eden (B) 5-1 19 NR

9. JFK* (C) 5-1 14 NR

9. Salamanca* (C) 5-1 14 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Lew-Port (B) 4, Nichols 4, Clymer (DD) 3, Pioneer (B) 3, Randolph (D) 3, Fredonia (C) 2, Wilson (C) 2, Maryvale (B) 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

Coming attractions

• Football’s Week Seven features Section VI’s traditional rivalry games along with plenty of matchups that will determine a team’s playoff future. On Friday night, St. Joe’s puts its 6-0 record on the line against Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Fitzpatrick Field at 7 p.m. Tonawanda and North Tonawanda will meet in the last T-NT game at Clint Small Stadium at 6 p.m.; Lancaster hosts Depew at 7:30; West Seneca East hosts West Seneca West at 7 p.m. and Dunkirk visits Fredonia at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Cleveland Hill plays at rival JFK for the Class C North title at 1:30 p.m. and unbeaten Grand Island meets McKinley in A North at Riverside at 4 p.m. Kenmore West visits Kenmore East at 2 p.m. Jamestown is at Clarence with the Red Raiders needing a win to clinch the No. 1 seed. Sweet Home would clinch the No. 1 seed in Class A North with a win over Starpoint.

• The third annual Lou Reuter Scholarship Run and Walk will be Saturday at Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road, Town of Tonawanda. It’s the first time the 1-mile walk and 5K are part of the Kenmore East vs. Kenmore West football rivalry weekend. The 1-mile walk will start at 8:30 a.m. and the 5k will begin at 9 a.m. Reuter, who died in August 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer, coached junior varsity and varsity football at Kenmore East for 33 years. For details, go to

• In boys soccer, Kenmore East hosts Kenmore West at 7 p.m. tonight. On Thursday, No. 10 Lancaster is at No. 5 Orchard Park at 4:45 p.m. On Friday, No. 3 large school Williamsville East puts its 12-0 record on the line when it hits the road to play No. 6 small school Akron at 4:30 p.m.

• In girls volleyball, No. 1 Orchard Park plays Lancaster today. The North Tonawanda Tournament is Saturday.

• One of the biggest regular season matchups in boys volleyball is tonight when No. 1 Orchard Park visits No. 2 St. Joe’s at 6:30 p.m. “We’ve been playing them nonleague for three or four years and we’ve gotten the better of the them, but [St. Joe’s coach] Mark’s [Anzalone] got that thing going, and they’re going to be tough,” said Orchard Park co-coach Matt Lexner.

On Saturday, Orchard Park will host its own tournament. Five of the eight teams in the field are ranked among the top 10 in Western New York: In addition to Orchard Park and St. Joe’s, there will be No. 4 Hamburg, No. 6 Lake Shore and No. 7 Clarence.

• Delaware Park’s 2.5-mile course will be the site of Thursday’s showdown in cross country among the top teams from the Buffalo Public School’s. The City Honors, Hutch-Tech and daVinci girls will do battle at 4:30 p.m. while the Hutch-Tech and City Honors boys square off at 5 p.m. The annual All-High Championships are Oct. 18.

This weekend’s cross country meets include the Alden Invitational and the Pembroke Invitational.

• The ECIC Girls Tennis championships are Friday and Saturday at the Village Glen in Williamsville.

Football honor roll

• CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week six top performers are: Corey Barczykowski (Alden), James Chambers (Lockport), Sam Cohen (Williamsville South), Maurice Howie (South Park), Tanner John (Salamanca), Sean Marshall (Burgard), Austin Mietz (Akron), Ilo Noble (St. Joe’s), Rodrick Payne (St. Joe’s), Andy Smigiera (West Seneca East), Preston Summers (Cheektowaga), Mike Torrillo (Sweet Home), Nick Vallone (St. Mary’s), Mike Wawryzniak (Maryvale) and Emaure Williams (Clarence). Coaches are encouraged to send nominations via email to:

• TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week Six are: Sam Bonk (Clarence), Bruce Friedenberg (Lake Shore), Pat Haley (Canisius), Jeff Pinto (Sweet Home) and Anthony Sundquist (JFK). Coaches wishing to nominate players should contact Carl Kuras of the Trench Trophy Committee via

• UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week Six are: Junior quarterback Jake Sisson from Jamestown (offense) and sophomore linebacker Jared Held of Wilson (defense).

• COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Six NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is: Tom Langworthy of Jamestown. The Red Raiders knocked off No. 1 large school by handing Orchard Park its first loss.

On the Web

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• PrepTalkTV Sunday, a live, half-hour show each Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Keith McShea and Lauren Mariacher bring you highlights, interviews, analysis and features that only The Buffalo News can provide. Every episode will be followed with a live chat with McShea.

This week’s episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday can be watched at

• Video highlights and interviews from several Week Six football games, including wins by St. Mary’s, Canisius, Cheektowaga and Jamestown.

• Live chats during the week with Keith McShea this fall are on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Discuss the upcoming football games and the fall sports season in general. Anything to do with high school sports or our coverage of them is up for discussion.

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