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 [10] 9-0 100 1

2. Sweet Home (A) 10-0 87 2

3. Orchard Park (AA) 9-1 83 4

4. Jamestown (AA) 8-2 66 3

5. St. Joe’s 8-2 58 6

6. West Seneca East (A) 9-1 50 5

7. Timon-St. Jude 5-4 38 7

8. Lockport (AA) 6-4 28 8

9. Grand Island (A) 7-3 21 9

10. Frontier (AA) 6-3 16 10

Others receiving votes (with points): Williamsville South (A) 1, Iroquois (A) 1, St. Francis 1.


Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Alden (B) [10] 9-0 100 1

2. Depew (B) 7-2 85 2

3. Cleveland Hill (C) 7-2 69 5

4. Randolph (D) 7-2 64 9

5. Fredonia (C) 7-2 45 7

6. Maple Grove (D) * 9-0 44 3

6. St. Mary’s * 5-3 44 4

8. Cheektowaga (B) 8-1 38 8

9. Springville (B) 5-4 28 6

10. Burgard (B) 6-2 15 10

Others receiving votes (with points):

JFK (C) 13, Akron (C) 3, Salamanca (C) 2.

How The News voted

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

• The 22nd annual Far West Regional football games between the champions of Section VI and Section V are Friday and Saturday at All High Stadium. On Friday it’s Randolph versus Avon in the Class D game at 5 p.m. followed by Sweet Home versus Eastridge at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s tripleheader includes Cleveland Hill vs. Hornell in the Class C game at noon. Alden plays East Rochester/Gananda in Class B at 3 p.m. Defending state champion Orchard Park plays Aquinas in Class AA at 6 p.m.

The Intense Milk Games of the Week are the Sweet Home versus Eastridge game and Orchard Park versus Aquinas. Catch Rich Kozak’s call on 1300 AM WXRL, or

The semifinals in the Monsignor Martin Association football are Thursday at Ralph Wilson Stadium with St. Joe’s playing Timon-St. Jude at 5 p.m. followed by the St. Francis-Canisius game at 7 p.m.

• In boys soccer, East Aurora plays Tonawanda for the Class B title today at Hamburg at 6:30 p.m. Hamburg will also be the site of the Far West Regionals. On Friday, Williamsville East plays at 7:30 p.m. in Class A and Maple Grove plays in Class D at 5 p.m. Saturday’s tripleheader includes today’s Class B winner playing at 2:30, Clarence in the Class AA game at 5 p.m. and North Collins in the Class D game at noon.

• In girls soccer, the Section VI champions hit the road on Saturday to compete in the Far West Regionals. At Webster-Schroeder, Orchard Park plays at 7 p.m. and Williamsville South plays at 4:30 p.m. and Akron plays at 2 p.m. At Webster-Thomas, Holland plays at 3:30 p.m. and Ellicottville plays at 1 p.m. ... Sacred Heart is scheduled to play in the Catholic state final four on Saturday at Nichols.

• The New York State Cross Country Championship are Saturday at Elma Meadows Golf Course. The first of eight races begins at 9 a.m.

• Champions in Section VI boys volleyball will be decided Wednesday at Lake Shore. Kenmore East plays Lake Shore at 6 p.m. for the Class B title. Orchard Park then plays Frontier for the Class A crown at 8 p.m. The Far West Regionals are at Orchard Park on Saturday at noon (Class B) and 2:30 p.m. (Class A).

• Nardin looks to defend its title today at the All-Catholic girls swimming championship at the ECC Flickinger Center at 6 p.m. The Gators won the regular season title with a 12-0 record. Senior Alexis Wojtowicz looks to defend her title in the 50 free. Sacred Heart junior Aleza Epstein of Sacred Heart is currently ranked among the WNY leaders in the 100 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. She’s qualified for states in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

• Field hockey will crown its Section VI champions on the turf at Amherst. Akron plays Barker today at 5:30 p.m. in Class C. Williamsville North plays Clarence tonight for the Class A title at 7:30. On Wednesday, Iroquois plays Williamsville South for the Class B title at 5:30 p.m.

• In Section VI girls volleyball. Frontier plays Orchard Park for the Class AA title tonight at 6 p.m. and Hamburg plays Grand Island in the Class A final at 8 p.m. at Sweet Home. Back at Sweet Home on Wednesday, Eden plays Falconer at 6 p.m. in Class C. The Class B title match will be at 8 p.m. between Olean and Iroquois. The Class D title will be decided on Thursday in Jamestown at 6 p.m.

Football honor roll

• CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week 10 top performers are: Corey Barczykowski (Alden), Jordan Dowiasz (Randolph), Alex Misterman (St. Francis), Phalla Musall (Ellicottville/West Valley), Brandon Thomas (Cleveland Hill), Michael Torrillo (Sweet Home) and Mitch Wilson (Orchard Park). Coaches are encouraged to send nominations via email to:

• UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week 10 are: junior RB Phalla Musall of Ellicottville (offense) and junior LB John White of Cleveland Hill (defense).

• COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Nine NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is John Faller of Sweet Home. The Panthers rolled to 10-0 as they eliminated previously undefeated West Seneca East while winning their sixth straight Class A title.

Football’s College Night

• It isn’t often when the colleges come to you, but that’s the game plan on Dec. 4 when the Section VI Football Federation and Western New York Football Alliance sponsor the eighth annual College Football Recruiting Night. The Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse will host the event starting at 6 p.m.

The evening provides the opportunity for college coaches to meet area senior athletes and their parents to discuss a variety of recruiting issues. Recruits should bring transcripts and game tapes. Representatives from numerous two- and four-year colleges will be available to provide information to help clarify the recruiting process.

For more information contact Class AA South co-chairman Len Jankiewicz at: The event is free.

On the Web

Go to for:

• 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 10 football games, including wins by all six Section VI champions.

Spotlight dims

This is the final edition of the Scholastic Spotlight for the fall season. The News will continue to follow all of the playoff action over the next few weeks. Continue to send items of interest to: