Connolly Cup History, Process, Trivia & Stats

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Connolly Cup History and Process

The Connolly Cup was established in 1972 by Bill Connolly and other members of the Riverside Athletic Club. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding High School Football Player in Western New York. Don McGee of Eden was the first recipient.

The Connolly Cup process follows:

In August of each year, the Connolly Cup Committee forwards applications to each high school football coach in Western New York. It is emphasized that the committee is looking for candidates with outstanding qualities. Throughout the season, coaches contact the committee via email to update committee members on their players. Additional candidates are added as a result of reports from committee members and newspaper articles.

Committee member's assignments are made to insure that each member sees as many candidates as possible. Each week a telephone roundtable is held and that week's top performers are judged, selected, and released to the press. The committee meets four times throughout the season to discuss candidates. Video tape sessions are also available for committee member's review.

Each member has their own style of scouting at the games. Some members like to mingle with the crowd; others like to view the game from the sidelines, press box, or stands. Candidates are evaluated on all phases of the game. The members consider weather conditions, the opposition, and the strength of the candidate's team. Whether the candidate's team wins or loses is not a factor. Important factors include sportsmanship, team play, and outstanding abilities.

Immediately following the 10th game of the WNY high school football season, the process to select the top ten finalists begins. The selection of the finalists is an involved process where each committee member reviews all of the season's nominees. Only committee members who have attended a minimum of eight games that included candidate participation and, if necessary, viewed at least 75% of the game's videotapes, is eligible to vote.

When the ten finalists have been selected, each eligible committee member places their vote by secret ballot to determine the winner. Winner is selected using an accumulated point total: 1st place ten points; 2nd place seven points; 3rd place five points; 4th place three points; 5th place one point.

The Connolly Cup Trophy is presented to the outstanding WNY high school football player with the highest accumulated point total at the annual banquet and press conference.

 

CONNOLLY CUP TRIVIA:

  • Jehuu Caulcrick, Clymer, was nominated 3 years. He won the cup in 2002.
  • Dean Santorio, Grand Island Head Coach, was a finalist for the Connolly Cup in 1985.
  • 16 players from the Harvard Cup League were nominated but no player has won the cup.
  • Players from Lackawanna have won the cup 5 times.
  • Orchard Park has the most finalists with 20.
  • Jehuu Caulcrick is the only freshman who was voted as a finalist (1999)
  • 41 WNY players have won the Connolly Cup.
  • There have been 410 finalists.
  • 87 schools have had finalists for the award.
  • Jehuu Caulcrick, Clymer, was a finalist in 1999, 2001, and won the cup in 2002.
  • Jon Corto, Orchard Park Alumni and former Buffalo Bill, was a finalist for the cup in 2002.
  • Roberto Amoroso, Gary Battle and Ken Johnson of Jamestown were finalists in 1982.
  • Randall Secky, Maple Grove, was a finalist in 1998 and 1999, while brother Tom was a finalist in 2006 and 2007, and other brother Chris was a finalist in 2008 and 2009.
  • Bob and Scott McDonnell, Grand Island, were finalists for the cup in 1991.

CONNOLLY CUP WINNERS:

1972 - Don McGee, Eden
1973 - Jerry Martin, St. Francis
1974 - Pat O'Brien, Kenmore East
1975 - Tom Blinco, Lewiston-Porter
1976 - Jim Rath, Frontier
1977 - Frank Rossi, Baker Victory
1978 - Brian Ross, Niagara Wheatfield
1979 - Mike Leavell, St. Francis
1980 - Tony Baker, Springville
1981 - Dane Hightower, O'Hara
1982 - Robert Amoroso, Jamestown
1983 - Daryl Johnson, Lewiston-Porter
1984 - Dan Mettica, Williamsville South
1985 - Tom Sheehan, Timon
1986 - Ray Braxton, Lackawanna
1987 - Trevor Sajdak, Cleveland Hill
1988 - Jim Snyder, Medina
1989 - Chris George, Springville
1990 - Randy Smith, Lockport
1991 - Bob McDonnell, Grand Island
1992 - Cory Schemm, Maryvale
1993 - Warren Miles, Lackawanna
1994 - David Hinson, Jamestown
1995 - Dennis Martin, Lake Shore
1996 - David Schmidi, Wilson
1997 - Frank Pavicich, Niagara Wheatfield
1998 - Sandro DeAngelis, St. Joe's
1999 - Joe West, Lackawanna
2000 - Aaron Leeper, Jamestown
2001 - Mike Radon, St. Francis
2002 - Jehuu Caulcrick, Clymer
2003 - Keien Williams, Eden
2004 - Zak Kedron, St. Francis
2005 - Naaman Roosevelt, St. Joe's
2006 - Curtis Underwood, Lackawanna
2007 - Jeff Tundo, Orchard Park
2008 - Caprone Smith, Lackawanna
2009 - Zack Sopak, Southwestern
2010 - Joe Licata, Williamsville South
2011 - Chad Kelly, St. Joe's
2012 - Corey Barczykowski, Alden

MOST CONNOLLY CUP FINALISTS:

Jehuu Caulcrick, Clymer - 3
Ray Braxton, Lackawanna - 3
Wade Turner, Lackawanna - 3
Derrick Kinder, Albion - 2
Jason Meyers, Alden - 2
Tom Fitzpatrick, Canisius - 2
Dan Hightower, Cardinal O'Hara - 2
Reggie Garner, Cardinal O'Hara - 2
Travis Maxwell, Dunkirk - 2
Carl Althans, Ellicottville - 2
Tim Rissell, Falconer - 2
O.D. Underwood, Grover Cleveland - 2
Ted McDuffie, Grover Cleveland - 2
Joe West, Lackawanna - 2
Dennis Martin, Lake Shore - 2
Randy Smith, Lockport - 2
Jhamal Fluellen, Lockport - 2
Cory Schemm, Maryvale - 2
Kevin Dukes, Medina - 2
Jeff Tundo, Orchard Park - 2
Dustin Bowser, Southwestern - 2
Mike Leavell, St. Francis - 2
Chris Rehbaum, St. Joe's - 2
Dan Mettica, Williamsville South
Ron Pitts, Orchard Park - 2
Chris Secky, Maple Grove - 2
Randall Secky, Maple Grove - 2
Tom Secky, Maple Grove - 2
Okoya Anderson, Orchard Park - 2
Chad Kelly, St. Joe's - 2
Joe Licata, Williamsville South - 2

MOST NOMINATIONS - FINALISTS BY TEAM:

Orchard Park - 20
St. Joe's - 17
Lackawanna - 15
Jamestown - 15
St. Francis - 14
Sweet Home - 14
Springville - 13
Grand Island - 12
Williamsville South - 11
Canisius - 11
Albion - 10

MOST WINNERS BY TEAM:

Lackawanna - 5
St. Francis - 4
Jamestown - 3
St. Joe's - 3
Niagara Wheatfield - 2
Lewiston-Porter - 2
Eden - 2

MOST NOMINEES BY POSITION:

Running Back: 257
Quarterback: 93
Linebacker: 19
Defensive Back: 14
Receiver: 14
Defensive Line: 10
Offensive Line: 3

MOST WINNERS BY POSITION:

Running Back: 28
Quarterback: 11
Defensive End: 1
Wide Receiver: 1

CONNOLLY CUP - NFL CONNECTION:

Derrick Kinder, Albion
Phil McConkey, Canisius
Jehuu Caulcrick, Clymer
Ron Wolfley, Frontier
Ron Pitts, Orchard Park
Jon Corto, Orchard Park
Bill Hurley, St. Joe's
Kevin Mason, West Seneca West
Corey Graham, Turner-Carroll
Naaman Roosevelt, St. Joe's

TOTAL NOMINATIONS BY SCHOOL:

Akron - 1
Albion - 10
Alden - 9
Amherst - 2
Baker Victory - 2
Bennett - 1
Bishop Timon - 7
Burgard - 1
Canisius - 11
Cardinal O'Hara - 5
Cassadaga Valley - 1
Cattaraugus/Little Valley - 3
Cheektowaga - 2
JFK - 1
Clarence - 6
Cleveland Hill - 4
Clymer - 3
Depew - 5
Dunkirk - 3
East Aurora - 2
Eden - 6
Ellicottville - 5
Falconer - 4
Fredonia - 2
Frewsburg - 2
Frontier - 5
Gowanda - 2
Grand Island - 12
Hamburg - 2
Hinsdale - 2
Hutch-Tech - 2
Iroquois - 7
Jamestown - 15
Kenmore East - 5
Kenmore West - 2
Lackawanna - 15
Lake Shore - 2
Lancaster - 9
Lewiston-Porter - 6
Lockport - 9
Lockport-DeSales - 4
Maple Grove - 9
Maryvale - 5
McKinley - 1
Medina -4
Neuman - 2
Newfane - 2
Niagara Catholic - 1
Niagara Falls - 4
LaSalle - 1
Niagara Wheatfield - 5
North Tonawanda - 4
Notre Dame Batavia - 1
Walsh Olean - 4
Orchard Park - 20
Pine Valley - 2
Pioneer - 3
Portville - 2
Randolph - 4
Riverside - 1
Royalton-Hartland - 3
Salamanca - 6
Seneca - 2
Silver Creek - 1
South Park - 6
Southwestern - 8
Springville - 13
St. Francis - 14
St. Joe's - 17
St. Mary's - 3
Starpoint - 3
Sweet Home - 14
Tonawanda - 4
Turner-Carroll - 4
West Seneca East - 4
West Seneca West - 1
West Valley - 1
Williamsville East - 1
Williamsville North - 1
Williamsville South - 11
Wilson - 3

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