WNY coaches polls
Large school softball
1. Clarence (7) 97 1
2. Orchard Park (3) 88 2
3. Lancaster 67 3
4. Niagara-Wheatfield 66 4
5. Starpoint 55 6
6. Kenmore West (1) 50 8
7. Frontier 39 7
8. Niagara Falls 29 5
9. Williamsville South 23 9
10. Williamsville North 22 10
Others receiving votes: Sacred Heart (6), Lockport (3), Iroquois (2), Hamburg (1), Maryvale (1), Nichols (1).
Small school softball
5. Catt./Little Valley
Others receiving votes: None.
Small school baseball
1. Fredonia (7) 79 –
2. Olean (1) 70 4
3. Gowanda 62 2
4. Eden 55 3
5. St. Mary’s 49 7
6. Westfield 34 5
7. Roy-Hart 20 NR
8. Tonawanda 17 NR
9. Akron 15 10
10. Frewsburg 14 NR
Others receiving votes: Pine Valley 12, Medina 9, Newfane 4.
Note: A coaches large school baseball poll was not provided to The News.
• In baseball, defending Section VI champion Clarence visits ECIC I rival Lancaster at 4:45 p.m. today in a rematch of last year’s Class AA finalist. That’s not Clarence’s only big game this week as the Red Devils host unbeaten Orchard Park at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. … For fans of in-town rivalries, Cheektowaga heads north up Union Road to face longtime rival Maryvale at 5 p.m. today in an ECIC III clash. … Section VI extended the regular season to May 21 so that teams have enough time to make up all their league games. The Section VI seeding meeting will also now take place May 21 instead of this Sunday.
This is also a key week of play for the Monsignor Martin Association contender Canisius, which concludes a two-game series with fellow contender St. Francis at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Delaware Park. Canisius then faces defending regular-season champion St. Mary’s at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Delaware Park.
• In softball, Clarence plays two of its next three games at home against fellow ECIC I rivals and potential Section VI Class AA contenders Lancaster at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and Orchard Park at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Clarence then visits Williamsville South on Thursday. Starpoint tries to complete the unbeaten ECIC II season this week. After Monday’s game against perennial Section VI power Williamsville South, the Spartans visit Sweet Home today before capping the division schedule at home Thursday against Iroquois.
The Monsignor Martin Association quarterfinals are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sunshine Park in West Seneca.
• In boys lacrosse, two of the stingiest defenses in Western New York square off at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Robert T. Scott Athletic Complex when Orchard Park visits St. Joe’s for a non-league clash. OP allows the fewest goals-against per game (4.79), while St. Joe’s follows at 5.75. This is the first of two big non-league games this week for St. Joe’s, which visits Section V power Penn Yan on Friday.
• In girls lacrosse, this could very well be a Section VI Class A final preview as last year’s championship game combatants square off today when defending champion and WNY No. 1 Lancaster hosts No. 2 Frontier at 5 p.m. The Section VI seeding meeting for the annual postseason tournament is set for Friday. Nichols hosts the two-day Midwest Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Tournament beginning Friday.
• In track & field, the All-Catholic Championship Meet will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Canisius High School Stransky Complex in West Seneca. The Niagara-Orleans League meet takes place Wednesday and Thursday at Roy-Hart. The annual Carl Roesch Boys Track and Field Classic begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday, Lancaster hosts the WNY Girls Track and Field Classic at 9 a.m.
• In boys tennis, the ECIC singles and doubles championships are today and Wednesday at Sweet Home. The free all-day event starts at 8:30 a.m.
• The All-Catholic girls tennis championships run Saturday-Sunday at McMillan Courts in Delaware Park.
• In boys golf, the Section VI state qualifier is set for a 9 a.m. shotgun start Monday at River Oaks on Grand Island. The nine players with the lowest score will represent the section in the state tournament June 1-2. Returnees from last year’s state team who are expected to participate in the qualifier include Joe Conti (Fredonia), Nolan Ditcher (Randolph), Wil Lockwood (Maple Grove) and Ben Reichert (Williamsville North).
Prep Talk Awards
The Prep Talk Awards, which will honor the very best of the 2013-14 high school sports year, will debut at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Buffalo Bills great Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, will be the keynote speaker of the inaugural event.
Honored will be the All-Western New York first team for football, the All-WNY first teams for boys and girls basketball, and a Prep Talk Player of the Year from more than 30 other sports The News covers. From among the invited Players of the Year, an overall Prep Talk Male and Female Athlete of the Year will be announced at the banquet. Also invited will be five finalists for the Prep Talk Coach of the Year, with the winner also announced during the banquet.
The Players of the Year for fall and winter sports will be announced and notified shortly and each will be spotlighted in a daily countdown to the first-time event. The spring winners will be announced closer to the event.
Tickets for the general public are $45. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Lisa Cislo at 849-5522 and email@example.com.
There are also sponsorship opportunities available for the event; contact Ann Brooker at 849-4413 and firstname.lastname@example.org.