Who’s who: The six-team North Division consists of the Akron Tigers, Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles, JFK Bears, Lackawanna Steelers, Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights and Wilson Lakemen.
The six-team South Division consists of the Allegany-Limestone Gators, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley Falcons, Gowanda Panthers, Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake Thunder Dragons, Salamanca Warriors and Southwestern Trojans.
This year’s alignment shift: Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake moves up from Class D while Silver Creek/Forestville moves over from C South to C North. Departed are longtime power Fredonia (to B South) as well as Tonawanda (to B Central) and Newfane (to B North).
Last year’s champion: Cleveland Hill won its second straight Section VI title and advanced to the state final four for the first time in program history.
Last year’s records: C North – Cleveland Hill 11-1, 6-0; Akron 6-3, 5-1; Lackawanna 5-4, 4-2; JFK 2-7, 1-5; Wilson 0-9, 0-6. C South – Salamanca 6-2, 5-1; Southwestern 4-4, 4-2; Falconer 2-6, 2-4; Cassadaga Valley 1-6, 0-4; Allegany/Limestone 4-5, 2-4; Gowanda 2-7, 1-5; Silver Creek/Forestville 1-7, 1-5. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake 7-2, 3-1 in Class D.
2013 All-Western New York underclassmen: None.
2013 all-league first-team underclassmen: Akron DB Chaunce Hill-11, Silver Creek OL Dylan Robinson-11, Silver Creek DL Mike Priest-11, Silver Creek LB Sherman Williams-11, Falconer DL Jacob Penhollow-11, Southwestern LB Jordan Bryerton-11, Salamanca DB Tyler Siperek-11. MG/CL had four in D: Ryan Miller-11, Mitch Sandberg-10, AJ Hulton-11 and Chandler Baker-11.
Week One (Sept. 5-6) must-see games: There are four league games to get started as well as two intriguing nonleaguers on Friday night: Cleve Hill is at rival (and Class B school) Maryvale while Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake hosts old friend – and two-time defending Class D state champion – Randolph.
Scrimmage Saturday: Today is the first day teams can scrimmage other schools. The schedule of Western New York scrimmages is at the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com. Follow our live blog and tweet your own scrimmage observations and photos to #preptalklive.
At buffalonews.com: Go to the high school home page to watch exclusive video of South Park coach Tim Delaney’s initial address to his team and look over the entire 2014 week-by-week schedule. The PrepTalkTV and live chat schedule will be released soon.
The countdown continues: Class B (Sunday), Class A (Monday), Class AA (Tuesday) and the Monsignor Martin Association (Wednesday); Class D was Friday. You can review them all at the high school sports home page at buffalonews.com.
Season preview coming Thursday: Our 12-page annual preview issue will have capsules and schedules for all 74 teams in Western New York, along with feature stories, photos, a must-see cover and everything else one needs to know about the 2014 season.
Attention coaches & ADs: As soon as they are determined, Section VI coaches need to send a roster – in spreadsheet form – to email@example.com. Monsignor Martin coaches should email rosters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#PrepTalkLive at buffalonews.com: Every weekend, the place to monitor all of the Friday night and Saturday afternoon action is buffalonews.com and the Prep Talk blog. We will have video reports, photos, live updates from several top games and you will again be a part of the team via Twitter: Tweet game updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag and those will appear in our live blog.