2012 News football polls
State classification is in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-tie in points.
Team (Class) Rec. Pts.
1. Orchard Park (AA) [9] 1-0 98
2. Sweet Home (A) 1-0 79
3. Jamestown * (AA) 1-0 62
3. St. Joe's * 1-0 62
3. Timon-St. Jude * [1] 1-0 62
6. Canisius 1-0 54
7. McKinley (A) 1-0 32
8. Clarence (AA) 1-0 29
9. West Seneca East (A) 1-0 28
10. Grand Island *(A) 1-0 10
10. Williamsville South *(A) 0-1 10
Others receiving votes (with points): Williamsville East (A) 7, Lancaster (AA) 6, West Seneca West (AA) 5, St. Francis 3, Starpoint (A) 2, Lockport (AA) 1.
2012 large school pollsters: Sean Bruso (North Tonawanda assistant), Jim Craig (official), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Doug Hartmayer (official), John Lewis (Connolly Cup), Larry Michael (official), John Rutkowski (official), Bob Schreck (official), Paul Trzybinski (official) and Keith McShea (The News).
Team (Class) Rec. Pts.
1. Alden (B) [10] 1-0 100
2. Depew (B) 1-0 86
3. Amherst (B) 1-0 75
4. Cheektowaga (B) 1-0 64
5. Southwestern (C) 1-0 62
6. Cleveland Hill (C) 1-0 43
7. Fredonia (C) 1-0 39
8. Maple Grove (D) 1-0 33
9. Pioneer (B) 1-0 18
10. Lackawanna (B) 0-1 12
Others receiving votes (with points): Burgard (B) 7, Chautauqua Lake (D) 4, Salamanca (C) 2, East (B) 2, Eden (B) 1, Frewsburg (D) 1, St. Mary's 1, Wilson (C) 1.
2012 small school pollsters: Bruso, Gallagher, Charlie Jufer (Wilson), Matt Perillo (official), Dennis Sarow (Connolly Cup), Angelo Sciandra (Cardinal O'Hara coach), Jay Sirianni (Southwestern coach, Class C South), Ed Sciera (Trench Trophy committee), Mark Adair (publisher, Football Weekly) and Keith McShea (The News).
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Coming attractions
. Week Two of the football season features a prime-time Saturday night matchup as No. 1 large school Orchard Park travels to Clarence at 7 p.m. OP beat Lockport in its opener while Clarence scored a one-point victory over defending Section III, Class AA champion West Genesee Sunday at the Carrier Dome.
Friday night features a matchup of a former head coach against his old team as St. Joe's takes on Bennett at 7 p.m. at All High Stadium. Bob O'Connor was the longtime head coach at St. Joe's before stepping down; he joined Bennett's staff last year as an assistant and helped mold the Tigers into a playoff team in Class A. West Seneca's schools will try to continue their good start when West Seneca West hosts Lancaster and West Seneca East hosts Williamsville East in league games pitting 1-0 teams against each other at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday at 4 at All High, Cheektowaga and Burgard meet in a key showdown after both teams racked up points in winning their Class B West openers.
. The Akron boys soccer team, winner of the last five Niagara-Orleans League titles, opens defense of its title at Roy-Hart on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers beat one of the state's top Class AA schools, Baldwinsville, 1-0, in the first round of last weekend's Clarence Tournament.
Two championships teams from last year meet on Saturday when Lancaster, the defending Class AA champion, travels to St. Joe's, the defending Monsignor Martin Association champion, for a 3 p.m. game.
. The East Aurora girls soccer team opens defense of its ECIC III title on Wednesday when it hosts Cheektowaga at 4:30 p.m. The Blue Devils were 23-0-1 the last two years in ECIC III.
. An absolutely loaded field will take the court for this year's Eden/Pan-Am Boys Volleyball Tournament. The 35th annual event features both New York State defending champions, McQuaid (Class A) and Victor (Class B), as well as the top two ranked teams in the first WNY Coaches poll, Canisius and St. Joe's. San Ignacio of Puerto Rico, a sister school of Canisius, is in the field. The field of 16 teams also includes five of the best from Section V along with local powers Orchard Park, Frontier, Clarence and St. Francis. The tournament begins with pool play at 8 a.m. The finals will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Football honor roll
. CONNOLLY CUP: The top performers from Week 1 are: Adam Carpenter (Chautauqua Lake), Steven Enlow (Panama), Tyler Hill (St. Joe's), Ben Holmes (Orchard Park), Tyler Mascio (Canisius), Austin Mietz (Akron), J.D. Recor (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Jamar Rutledge (McKinley), Oliver Simpson (Maple Grove), Andy Smigiera (West Seneca East), Cameron Smith (Lackawana), Justin Twarog (Amherst), Nick Vallone (St. Mary's) and Daquan Walker (Burgard). Coaches are encouraged to send nominations to:
. TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week 1 are: Nicholas Bachman (Barker/Roy Hart), Jason Bunk (Alden), Ryan Hunter (Canisius), Anthony Pezzulo (Chautauqua Lake) and Michael Senn (Orchard Park). Coaches wishing to nominate players should contact Carl Kuras of the Trench Trophy Committee by email at: . UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of the Week for Week 1 are: St. Joe's junior quarterback Tyler Hill (offense) and St. Joe's junior linebacker Rodney Payne (defense).
. COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week One NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is: Charlie Comerford of Bishop Timon-St. Jude. The Tigers opened the season with a 21-14 victory over host Williamsville South in a welcome matchup between the Monsignor Martin Association and the Section VI Federation.
2012 Coach of the Week committee: Ken Stoldt (Section VI Football Federation), Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Michael (official), Adair (publisher, Football Weekly), Denny Lynch (Buffalo Bills), Preston Teague (Buffalo Bills, non-voting), Kevin Kelleher (Ad Pro Team Sports) and Mary Jo Monnin (The News).
Halls of Fame
. LACKAWANNA: The Lackawanna Athletic Wall of Fame will induct its second class on Sept. 21 at 4:30 in the Boland Memorial Theater of the Lackawanna High School. This year's inductees are: Bill Bilowus (basketball coach, 1960), Jack Jurek (bowling, 1981), Wade Turner (football, 1999), Marty Januszkiewicz (football, 1968), Cheryl Suffoletto-Friend (softball, tennis and volleyball, 1978), Steven Korach (football, track and basketball, 1932).
. LOCKPORT: The Lockport High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at the Lockport Holiday Inn. Tickets are $30 and are available at the main office at Lockport High School or at Sullivan's Hair Design on Walnut Street. This year's inductees are Don Dunn (Class of 1949), Ken Smith (Class of 1952), John Fuerch (Class of 1966), Doug Langdon (Class of 1971), Beth Crossett Smits (Class of 1986), Kevin Crawford (Class of 2002) and two legendary coaches, Dick Crossett and Ron Main. For more information, call 478-4473.
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