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] 7-0 100 1
2. Sweet Home (A) 7-0 83 3
3. Jamestown (AA) 6-1 70 5
4. Orchard Park (AA) 6-1 66 4
5. West Seneca East (A) 7-0 63 6
6. Timon/St. Jude 5-2 61 7
7. St. Joe’s 6-1 48 2
8. Iroquois (A) * 6-1 17 10
8. Lockport (AA) * 5-2 17 9
10. McKinley (A) 5-2 12 NR
Others receiving votes (with points): Grand Island (A) 7, Frontier (AA) 6.
Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Alden (B) [10] 7-0 100 1
2. Depew (B) 6-1 83 3
3. Cheektowaga (B) 7-0 81 2
4. St. Mary’s 5-2 65 5
5. Maple Grove (D) 7-0 64 4
6. Burgard (B) 6-1 55 6
7. JFK (C) 6-1 25 9*
8. Eden (B) 6-1 22 8
9. Salamanca (C) 6-1 20 9*
10. Cleveland Hill (C) * 5-2 8 7
10. Lew-Port (B) * 5-2 8 NR
Others receiving votes (with points): Nichols 5, Randolph (D) 4, Pioneer (B) 3, Allegany-Limestone (C) 2, Fredonia (C) 2, Wilson (C) 2, Clymer (DD) 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 Section VI playoffs are here. A pair of can’t-miss quarterfinals games include Depew versus Burgard at All High Stadium on Friday in Class B at 7 p.m. In Class A, Williamsville South and McKinley square off at Riverside on Friday at 7 p.m. Clarence travels to Lockport for a Class AA contest on Saturday at 2 p.m.
• For the second straight week, Bishop Timon-St. Jude will host a huge game as Canisius visits Friday at 7. At 2 p.m. Saturday, top 10 large school St. Joe’s hosts top 10 small school St. Mary’s.
• The No. 2 ranked large school Williamsville East (15-0) boys soccer team plays at Hamburg on Wednesday. If the Flames win, it will mark their first undefeated regular season since 2001, the year they reached the state final four. … If Newfane (8-1-1) wins its two games this week, at CSAT today and at home against Wilson on Thursday, it will at least earn a share of the Niagara-Orleans League title. … There are three noteworthy games on Wednesday: No. 4 Williamsville South hosts No. 5 Sweet Home at 4:30 p.m., No. 1 Clarence is at No. 6 Lancaster at 4:45 p.m. and No. 3 Lockport (13-0) hosts Niagara-Wheatfield at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, No. 10 Canisius is at rival St. Joe’s at 4 p.m. while No. 1 small school East Aurora is at Maryvale at 4:30 p.m.
• Sacred Heart can clinch the Monsignor Martin Association regular season girls soccer title with a win on Friday against Nichols. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Rotary Field on the UB campus. Sacred Heart won the first meeting, 1-0, at Nichols.
• In boys volleyball, No. 1 Orchard Park (15-3) plays at No. 2 Hamburg on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. and plays at No. 9 Williamville North at 6 p.m. Friday. … Canisius and Frontier are among the teams who will compete on Saturday for the title at the Hamburg Tournament.
• The Wilson (11-0) girls volleyball team needs a win at Medina on Wednesday to finish with a 12-0 record in the Niagara-Orleans League. … No. 6 Frontier hosts a pair of ranked teams this week. Tonight it’s No. 5 Lancaster at 4:30 followed by No. 3 Hamburg on Thursday.
• Friday’s field hockey games involving ranked teams are No. 4 Hamburg at No. 6 Williamsville South at 4:30 and No. 3 Clarence at Amherst at 7:30 p.m.
• The All-High Cross Country Championships are Thursday at Delaware Park. The girls race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. followed by the boys race at 5 p.m. … The Clarence Invitational is Saturday at Akron Falls Park.
• The ECIC Doubles championships in girls tennis are Friday and Saturday at the Village Glen in Williamsville.
Football honor roll
• CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week Seven top performers are: Nick Anderson (JFK), Sam Castronova (Williamsville South), James Chambers (Lockport), Adam DiMillo (Timon/St. Jude), Aaron Germain (Maple Grove), Jason Hellwig (Medina), Kyle Hoffman (Pioneer), Sean Marshall (Burgard), Tyler Miller (Iroquois), Phalla Musall (Ellicottville/West Valley), Zack Panebianco (Jamestown), Rick Runfola (Williamsville East), Lonnie Taylor (Medina) and Mike Torrillo (Sweet Home). Coaches are encouraged to send nominations via email to:
• TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for Week Seven are: Cliff Brown (McKinley), Greg Crane (Williamsville South), Dan Lictus (Clymer), Alec Morris (Cheektowaga) and Tyler Studd (Springville). 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 Seven are: Sophomore quarterback Jason Hellwig of Medina (offense) and junior linebacker Jaleel Battle of Williamsville East (defense). Hellwig had a monster game in Friday’s 56-34 win over rival Albion as he broke school records for most completions in a game (20), most passing yards (402) and tied Brett Decker’s school record for most TD passes (6).
• COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Seven NFL/Buffalo Bills Coaches of the Week are Mark Ostempowski and Jeff Sabatino of JFK. The Bears beat rival Cleveland Hill to win their first division title since 1975.
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.
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• Video highlights and interviews from several Week Seven 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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