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Sidelines
By Dick Gallagher
In 2008, Orchard Park won its first State Championship. Rob (Sr.) and Patrick (Jr.) Kugler were an integral part of the team and Rob was All-WNY and was a recipient of the Jim Burt award as the "Best Lineman of the Year". Rob eventually signed with Purdue and starts at Tight End for the Boilermakers. Patrick currently plays for North Allegheny High School in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Class of 2013. The 6'5, 280-lb. Lineman has committed to play at the University of Michigan. He is listed as the 73rd top player in the country by Rivals.com. 
Whomever replaces Chad Kelly at the QB position for St. Joe's will be taking over for the most highly-publicized player ever in WNY High School Football history. 
WNY High School Football lost one of the area's best coaches with the resignation of Scott Zipp, the Head Coach of the Cheektowaga Warriors. Zipp recorded a 59-29 mark in 10 years at the helm, including a Sectional Title in 2009. 
Zipp cited his family and increased responsibilities as assistant principal for his resignation. Former Assistant Coach, Mike Fatta, is the new Head Coach of the Warriors. 
Future All-WNY and All-State player: Brian Fulford of Amherst (Class of 2018).
This year's North Tonawanda @ Tonawanda game will be the last played at Clint Small Stadium, as a new facility with artificial turf will be built at Tonawanda High School for the 2013 season. 
John Urschel, former All-WNY and All-State from Canisius, was a recipient of Penn State's Frank Patrick Award, which is presented to a Junior who displays a total commitment to academics, off-season preparation, in-season commitment, and community service. Urschel graduated from Canisius in 2009 and was the Trench Trophy Recipient in 2008 as the Top Lineman in WNY. The Junior has a perfect 4.0 GPA. 
This season, Grand Island will not play Sweet Home. 
Top Freshman: Mike McCarthy, St. Joe's
Top Sophomore: Chris Woodard, North Tonawanda
Top Junior: K'Shawn Sistrunk, Niagara Falls
Top Senior: Michael Senn, Orchard Park
Tremendous Leader: Brian Stoldt, Alden
Rising Star: Derrick Sekuterski, Depew
Fact: In 2003, 11 coaches started the season as the team's new Head Coach. Only Southwestern's Jay Sirianni is still coaching. 
The Tallest: Clayton Hess, Tonawanda, is 6'3, 255 lbs.; Connor Pumm, Tonawanda, is 6'3, 215 lbs.; and Will Galley is 6'3, 235 pounds.
Top Programs (2010-2011): Orchard Park: 21-2; Alden: 20-2; Southwestern: 20-3
Only 35 of the 78 teams had winning records over the past two seasons. 
Williamsville South is the only team in Class A South with a winning record over the past two years. 
Programs on the upswing: Timon/St. Jude, Salamanca, Amherst, McKinley, Jamestown and Frontier. 
Programs that need some wins include: Hamburg, Lake Shore, South Park, Niagara Wheatfield, Kenmore East, and Newfane.
Prediction: Poll Champions - Large Schools: Orchard Park, Small Schools: Alden
Top Chaingangs: Lancaster, Jamestown
Most with a Bench Press of 300 lbs.: Canisius
The Wrecking Crew: Greg Crane and Sam Cohen, Williamsville South
Denzel Benton, Canisius 6'1, 185 lb. Senior WR, runs a 4.4 forty and benches 300 lbs.
League Strength: AA South, A North, B East, and C North.
Aquinas, which has won 5 State Class A Football Titles will now play in Class AA in Section V. The potential Championship matchup could see the Little Irish play Rush-Henrietta. 
Class Act: Dean Santorio, Grand Island's Head Football Coach
Msgr. Martin Association will play 8 games this season against Section VI opponents.
Chris Smith, former All-WNYer and All-State at St. Francis, is now an Assistant Coach at Northern Colorado. 
Section VI has won 17 State Titles in 26 appearances. 
Gene Tundo has a 150-36-0 record in 18 seasons at the helm of the Orchard Park Quakers. 
Class DD returns 12 All-League players, while Class C North is next with 10 returning. A total of 84 return. 
Top Sophomore: Chandler Baker, Chautauqua Lake
Top Juniors: Quadree Ollison, Canisius; Nigel Davis, St. Joe's; Brian Stoldt, Alden
Top Seniors: Cortland Haines, Jamestown; Ben Holmes, Orchard Park; Stephon Johnson, McKinley; Michael Senn, Orchard Park 
Orchard Park has won 3 of the past Large School Polls, while Alden has won the past 2 years. 
Orchard Park returns 26 players from its State Championship team. 
Over the last 5 years, Depew has recorded a 37-10 mark. 
Orchard Park, Southwestern, and Williamsville South had the most All-State football players with 6 each in 2011. 
Outstanding Wrestler: Zach Buckley, Fredonia.
Class Act: John Faller, Sweet Home
Unsung Hero: Paul "Statman" Hutzler
Thanks to coaches who returned questionnaires. 
Mike Senn, Orchard Park's Senior Lineman is the favorite to win the Trench Trophy. 
Corey Barczykowski, Alden's Senior RB/DB and Ben Holmes, Orchard Park's Senior QB, and Marquel Jackson, Cheektowaga's Senior RB, are favorites for the Connolly Cup. 
Prediction: Steve Means from Grover Cleveland, and Senior DE at University at Buffalo, and Alex Neutz from Grand Island and Jr. WR at the University at Buffalo should be playing on Sundays when their college career is over. 
University at Buffalo has 20 WNY players on its roster (not including freshman). The 2012 Bulls have players from 16 states and Canada. 
Congratulations to John Syty of Clarence and UB, who became a graduate assistant to the University of Alabama/Birmingham football program. 
Amazing Accomplishment: 16 student athletes from St. Francis Msgr. Martin Championship football team in 2011 are playing collegiate football. 
Kudos to Ken Stoldt, Chairman the Section VI Football Federation, for his excellent leadership. 
Class Act: John Sopko, Springville
Rick Tomm and his coaching staff left the North Tonawanda football program. Tomm will be an assistant football coach with Williamsville South.
Quarterfinals of the Stare Tournament vs. Section V Rochester will be played at All-High Stadium in November. 
East High School could very well be a "C" school next year. 
Player to Watch: Dillon Janca, Orchard Park Freshman QB.

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