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Fredonia and Randolph were the top local teams mentioned by the New York State Sportswriters Association when the organization released its first football rankings of the season on Wednesday.

One of four teams 1-0 in Class C South going into games this weekend, Fredonia are No. 5 in Class C after beating Akron, Allegany-Limestone and Tonawanda with a combined 81-22, to open this season. The Hillbillies host Salamanca, another 1-0 team in the division, at the Orange Bowl at 7 p.m. Friday.

Randolph is No. 5 in Class D. The Cardinals are 3-0 this season, including 2-0 in Class D. Brent Brown’s team has included Salamanca, Clymer/Sherman/Panama and Franklinville/Ellicottville this season beaten by a combined 102-50. Randolph welcomes Frewsburg on Friday night.

Portville is also No. 9 in Class D, having opened the season 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Panthers have beaten Allegany-Limestone, Frewsburg and Wilson by a combined 95-14 and travel to Ellicottville to face Franklinville/Ellicottville on Friday.

The Titans are 2-1 in the season and 1-1 in the league after losing to Randolph last Friday night. Franklinville/Ellicottville, ranked 12th in Class D, beat St. Mary’s and Wilson to open the season.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama, who beat Wilson and Gowanda/Pine Valley this season, is listed in Class D as an Honorable Mention. The wolf pack is traveling to Cattaraugus-Little Valley tonight.

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Gowanda/Pine Valley is also an Honorable Mention in Class D after beating Silver Creek/Forestville and Cattaraugus-Little Valley to open the season. The Panthers travel to Wilson on Friday.

In Class A, Jamestown is No. 12 after beating Lockport 55-34 at Strider Field last Friday night. The Red Raiders, who opened with losses in Class AA Lancaster and Orchard Park, host Williamsville North on Friday night.

In Tier B, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley/Maple Grove is a commendable pick after beating Albion and East Aurora/Holland to open the season. The Golden Cougars, who lost last Friday’s Cheektowaga honorable mention, will receive another honorable mention, Olean, at Bill Race Field on Saturday.

In Class C, Eden/North Collins and Southwestern are honorable mentions.

The Raiders lost to Tonawanda to open the season but have beaten Newfane and Springville in the past two weeks. They will host JFK on Friday.

The Trojans lost to No. 2 Class B Iroquois earlier in the season but have rallied with wins over Depew and Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton. They travel to Silver Creek to take on the Black Knights on Friday.

Other classified western New York teams include: Bennett (No. 11), Lancaster (No. 16), St. Francis (No. 21), Canisius (No. 25), and Orchard Park (Honourable Mention) in Class AA; WNY Maritime (No. 18), Williamsville East (No. 23), Frontier (HM), McKinley (HM), South Park (HM) and Sweet Home (HM) in Class A; Pioneer (No. 8), Maryvale (No. 18), Albion (HM) and West Seneca East (HM) in Class B; and Medina (#8), Lackawanna (#14), and Akron (HM) in Class C.

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The top-ranked teams in the state are: Catholic High School Athletic Association Class AA Iona Prep, Somers Class A Section I, Maine-Endwell Class B Section IV, Chenango Forks Class C Section IV, and Tioga Class D Section IV.


Maple Grove is the highest-ranked local team in the boys’ soccer rankings released on Tuesday.

The Red Dragons are No. 7 in Division D with a record of 6-1-1, including 4-0-0 in the Central Division game of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association.

Chautauqua Lake is No. 9 in Class C with a 4-1-1 overall record, including 2-1-1 in the Central Division.

Portville is No. 16 in Class C with a 4-3-1 overall record, including 2-1-1 in the East Division.

Other Section VI teams in the rankings are: Clarence (No. 4) and Lancaster (No. 19) in Class AA; Williamsville East (No. 5) and Williamsville South (No. 8) in Class A; and Lewiston-Porter (No. 10), East Aurora (No. 14) and Lafayette (No. 18) in Class B.

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The state’s top-ranked teams are: Class AA Scarsdale from Section I, Class A Amityville from Section XI, Class B Babylon from Section XI, Class C Avon from Section V, and Class D Chazy from Section VII.


Frewsburg is the only local team in the girls’ soccer rankings. The Bears are No. 14 in Class C with an overall record of 8-0-0, including 3-0-0 in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Central Division game.

Allegany Limestone is #15 in Class B.

Other western New York teams in the rankings include: Clarence (No. 4) and Lancaster (No. 25) in Class AA; Niagara-Wheatfield (No. 10), North Tonawanda (No. 14) and Nardin (No. 25) in Class A; Nichols (No. 9) in Class B; and St. Mary’s of Lancaster (No. 3) in Class C.

The state’s top-ranked teams are: Section XI’s Class AA Ward Melville, Section III’s Class A New Hartford, Section VIII’s Class B Seaford, Section II’s Class C Waterford-Halfmoon, and Section III’s Class D Mount Academy.

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