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2013 Buffalo News football polls

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

WEEK NINE

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Jamestown (AA) [7] 9-0 97 1

2. Canisius [3] 7-2 90 2

3. Sweet Home (A) 9-0 83 3

4. St. Joe’s 6-3 62 4

5. Frontier (AA) 7-2 58 9

6. Wmsv. North (A) * 6-3 41 10

6. Orchard Park (AA) * 6-3 41 5

8. Kenmore West (AA) 6-3 24 6

9. Grand Island (A) 7-2 23 7

10. West Seneca East (A) 7-2 22 8

Others receiving votes (with points): South Park (A) 6, St. Francis 3.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

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

2. Randolph (D) 9-0 88 2

3. Cleveland Hill (C) 9-0 77 3

4. Fredonia (C) 9-0 73 4

5. Depew (B) 7-2 55 6

6. Burgard (B) 7-2 52 5

7. Cheektowaga (B) 6-2 29 t8

8. Maple Grove (D) 8-1 28 10

9. Eden (B) 5-4 19 t8

10. Akron (C) 6-3 14 7

Others receiving votes (with points): Lackawanna (C) 6, St. Mary’s 6, Salamanca (C) 2, Cattaraugus/Little Valley (DD) 1.

How The News voted

Want to see why The News voted some schools ahead of others? Keith McShea explains his large and small school ballots in the weekly How The News voted post at the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com.

Coming attractions

• Ralph Willson Stadium wil be the site of the Section VI Football Championships on Friday and Saturday. Two games on Friday include the Class D matchup between Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake and unbeaten Randolph (9-0) at 6 p.m. In Class A it’s Williamsville North vs. undefeated Sweet Home at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s slate kicks off at 10 a.m. with Frewsburg taking on Cattaraugus/Little Valley in Class DD. The Class C contest follows at 1 p.m. with undefeated Fredonia and Cleveland Hill squaring off. Old foes Depew and Alden play for the Class B title at 4 p.m. Jamestown chases its 10th straight win in Class AA against Frontier at 7 p.m.

The Monsignor Martin playoffs will begin with quarterfinals when No. 6 seed Cardinal O’Hara plays at No. 3 St. Francis. No. 5 Bishop Timon/St. Jude will play No. 4 St. Mary’s at Depew.

• Boys soccer has reached the Far West Regional round. In games Friday at Eastridge, Ellicottville in Class D and East Aurora in Class A will represent Section VI in games against Section V’s champions. Saturday’s action begins with I-Prep/Grover playing in Class C at noon, Akron in Class B at 2:30 p.m. and Clarence playing Fairport in Class AA at 5 p.m. The winners will move on to the state semifinals.

• Amherst will host the Far West Regionals in girls soccer Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Ellicottville will play in the Class D game at 5 p.m. Akron will meet Hornell in the Class B game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s contests include Holland at 1:30 p.m. in Class C, Williamsville South vs. Honeoye Falls-Lima at 4 p.m. in Class A and Clarence vs. Webster-Thomas at 6:30 p.m. in Class AA.

• Two more Section VI girls volleyball champions will be crowned today at Sweet Home. In the Class AA final, Lancaster will play Frontier at 8 p.m. In Class A it’s Sweet Home against Williamsville East at 6 p.m. … The Class B and Class C winners will have to play a sub-regional Wednesday back at Sweet Home at 6 and 8 p.m. … The Far West Regionals are on Saturday at a site in Section VI and Section V. Sweet Home will host the Class AA match at noon, Class D at 2 p.m. and Class A at 4 p.m. The Class B and C matches will be at Gates-Chili at noon and 2 p.m.

• Section VI champions will be crowned Wednesday at Hamburg in boys volleyball. In Class A, Frontier will play Lockport at 6 p.m. In Class B, Williamsville South goes against Hamburg at 8 p.m. The winners will advance to the Far West Regionals on Saturday at Midlakes.

• Wednesday is the day Section VI titles in three classes will be decided in field hockey. Amherst will host the first of three games beginning with the Class B game between Iroquois and Amherst at 3:30 p.m. Eden and Barker will compete in Class C at 5:30 p.m. The Class A title will go to the winner of the Orchard Park vs. Clarence game at 7:30 p.m.

• The New York State Cross Country Championships are Saturday at Section II’s Queensbury High School.

Football honor roll

• CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week nine top performers are: Tim Barnard (Tonawanda), Paul Brinkel (Frontier), Chris Doubek (Randolph), Dan Golba (Depew), Grant Lyle (Alden), Austen Lauricella (Akron), Weston Ley (Fredonia), Matt McCarthy (Fredonia), Brandon Misterman (St. Francis), Tyler Mummery (Pioneer), Quadree Ollison (Canisius), Zack Panebianco (Jamestown), Brandon Smiley (Sweet Home) and Jon Zellner (North Tonawanda). Coaches are encouraged to send players to be seen via email to: connollycup@yahoo.com.

• TRENCH TROPHY: The Linemen of the Week for week nine are: Tyler Furlow (Maple Grove), Brian Rudnick (JFK), Joe Sarow (Akron), Erik Tingue (Jamestown) and Marcus Webb (Lackawanna). The Trench Trophy committee will soon begin film review. Game films of candidates could be forwarded to Lancaster Elks, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster, NY 14086, with attention to Carl Kuras. Coaches wishing to nominate players should contact Kuras (www.trenchtrophy.com.).

• UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of week nine are: Offense – North Tonawanda junior quarterback Chris Woodard; Defense – Williamsville North linebacker Jake Ames.

COACH OF THE WEEK: The Week Nine NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is John Faller of Sweet Home. Western New York’s longest tenured coach won his 200th game, 35-14 over W.S. East, which sent his team into the Class A final.

Spotlight dims

• This is the final edition of the Scholastic Spotlight for the fall season. The News will continue to follow all the playoff action over the next few weeks. Continue to send items of interest via email to: mmonnin@buffnews.com or fax 849-4587 or mail: P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, 14240.