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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 SIX

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Jamestown (AA) [6] 7-0 96 1

2. Canisius [4] 5-2 86 2

3. Sweet Home (A) 7-0 84 t3

4. St. Joe’s 5-2 64 t3

5. Orchard Park (AA) 5-2 54 t6

6. South Park (A) 6-1 53 5

7. West Seneca East (A) 6-1 27 9

8. Kenmore West (AA) * 5-2 23 NR

8. McKinley (A) * 6-1 23 t6

10. Grand Island (A) 6-1 22 10

Others receiving votes (with points): Frontier (AA) 14, Timon/St. Jude 3, Lancaster (AA) 1.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Alden (B) [10] 7-0 100 1

2. Randolph (D) 7-0 86 2

3. Cleveland Hill (C) 7-0 73 3

4. Cheektowaga (B) 6-1 70 4

5. Fredonia (C) 7-0 59 6

6. Burgard (B) 6-1 57 7

7. Depew (B) 5-2 32 5

8. Salamanca (C) 6-1 21 10

9. St. Mary’s/Lancaster 4-2 20 8

10. Maple Grove (D) 5-1 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Akron (C) 7, Bennett (B) 7, Salamanca (C) 2, Pioneer (B) 1, Sherman (DD) 1.

How The News voted

Want to see why The News voted some schools ahead of others at the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com.

Coming attractions

• The Section VI football playoffs will begin with quarterfinal action. Among the compelling matchups are: Kenmore West, a winner of five straight, hosting Lancaster, which won the teams’ matchup at Crosby Field in Week One; Grand Island taking on McKinley at Riverside’s Charlie Dingboom Field – each team is 6-1 with losses only to Sweet Home. Last year’s Class C first round was swept by the North (Fredonia was in the North last year). In Class C, Tonawanda plays undefeated Fredonia at Dunkirk. Warriors’ QB Tristan Boling is coming off a game in which he passed for 203 yards and rushed for 119.

• The Monsignor Martin Association regular season continues for two more weekends. Next week’s highlight is Bishop Timon-St. Jude, coming off a win over Williamsville South, heading to St. Joe’s at 1 p.m. Saturday.

• The Section VI boys soccer tournament kicks off this week with defending champions Clarence and Lockport (AA), Williamsville East (Class A), East Aurora (Class B), Maple Grove (Class C) and North Collins (Class D) looking to repeat. A field of 72 teams started on Monday with 11 prequarterfinals games, and 10 prequarters will be played today.

• Lockport (15-0-1), Williamsville South (16-0), Wilson (14-0-2) and Ellicottville (12-0-4) will enter this weekend’s Section VI girls soccer tournament undefeated. Orchard Park (Class AA), Williamsville South (Class A), Akron (Class B), Holland (Class C) and Ellicottville (Class D) are the defending champions. Play continues today with prequarterfinal games.

• It’s championship week in cross country starting with the CCAA meet Friday at Long Point State Park at 4 and 7 p.m. Alden will host the ECIC championships at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Niagara Frontier League meet is at Beaver Island State Park at noon and 4 p.m. The Niagara-Orleans League championship is at Lakeside Beach State Park at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. . . . In a showdown of undefeated Monsignor Martin Association teams, Mount St. Mary will run at Immaculata Academy at 4:30 p.m.

• The Section VI Girls Tennis Championships are Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Village Glen in Williamsville.

• The ECIC Swimming and Diving Championships begin today with all 11 dives being contested at Maryvale. Clarence will host the swimming portion starting Thursday with the prelims in Class A and on Friday prelims for Class AA. On Saturday, the Class A final start at 1 p.m followed by Class AA at 4 p.m.

• The regular season in boys volleyball ends today with several key matches that impact seedings. The pairings for the Section VI Championships will be released Wednesday. Today it’s Williamsville East at Williamsville South for the ECIC II title, No. 9 Orchard Park at No. 8 Lancaster, No. 7 Clarence at No. 4 Williamsville South, and No. 10 Frontier at Clarence. All matches are 6:30 p.m.

• The seedings for the Section VI Girls Volleyball Championship will be released today. The tournament begins Friday with prequarterfinals leading into the quarterfinals next Tuesday.

Football honor roll

• CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO Week seven top performers are: Juwan Baker (Amherst), Kyle Barna (Medina), Stephen Carlson (Jamestown), Branden Day (West Seneca East), Kevin Goltz (Orchard Park), Mitch Gomolka (Hamburg), Rashad Graham (Dunkirk), Dylan Gregoire (Lackawanna), Nick Hamilton (Lockport), Brandon May (Timon/St. Jude), Matt McCarthy (Fredonia), Phalla Musall (Ellicottville/West Valley), Jake Sisson (Jamestown), Alex Smythe (Eden) and Nehemiah Stone (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 seven are: Adam Balica (Orchard Park), Nate Burnett (McKinley), John Navarro (Sweet Home), Brandon Reilly (West Seneca East) and Devin Shaw (Eden). Attention coaches of a weekly nominees: The Trench Trophy committee will soon begin film review. It would appreciate it if 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 of the Trench Trophy Committee (www.trenchtrophy.com.).

• UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE WEEK: The Jim Kelly Football Camp Underclassmen of week seven are: Offense: junior quarterback Kevin Goltz of Orchard Park; Defense: junior defensive end Roderick Morrow of Burgard.

COACH OF THE WEEK: The week seven NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week is P.J. Cauley of Hamburg. The Bulldogs upset rival and No. 9-ranked large school Frontier.

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