Football, cross country, girls soccer polls include local teams

JARED BOMBA | The Daily Star Sidney’s Zach Harrington bursts through the line during a Sept. 14 game against Unatego at Sidney. The Warriors are ranked seventh for Class C in Wednesday’s state rankings.

Schenevus holds the highest spot for local girls soccer teams in the second New York State Sportswriters Association rankings, released Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The Dragons’ undefeated start keeps them at No. 4 for the second straight week.

Cherry-Valley Springfield moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 after Andover, previously fifth, fell to an honorable mention. The Patriots started the season 10-0 before tying Edmeston, 1-1, Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Marathon is the only other Section IV school in the poll at 15th.

Section III’s Poland takes the top spot this week, moving up from No. 2. Section V’s Kendall, the previous No. 1, is now second. Belleville-Henderson in third is the only other team ahead of Schenevus.

Bainbridge-Guilford is the only local team ranked in Class C, coming in a No. 12 after occupying 11th last week. Unatego, which defeated Bainbridge-Guilford, 5-0, on Thursday, Sept. 19, earned an honorable mention.

Chenango Forks, which lost to Oneonta on Sept. 9, occupies the top spot in Class B, but the Yellowjackets are not ranked nor noted in the honorable mention category.

Jamesville DeWitt retained the top spot in Class A, and St. Anthony’s of the Catholic High School Athletic Association overtook Arlington of Section I for the top spot in Class AA.

FOOTBALL

In football, three local teams appeared in the second batch of rankings, all of them in the small schools category.

The new rankings were released Wednesday, Sept. 25 and include games from the previous weekend.

In Class D, Walton broke into the rankings at No. 7 and Delhi remained at No. 12, making Saturday’s rivalry game a battle of state-ranked teams.

The Warriors missed out on the first round of rankings after falling to new No. 1 Tioga, 23-20, in the season opener. But wins over Greene in week two and Spencer-Van Etten/Candor in week three pushed Walton past all Section IV teams other than Tioga.

One of the teams Walton leapfrogged is Delhi, despite the Bulldogs improving to 3-0 with a 69-7 thrashing of Moravia on Saturday, Sept. 21. Delhi has outscored opponents, 150-39, in its three games.

The dual rankings add further implications when the Bulldogs host Walton at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Tioga moved up to No. 1 after defeating Bainbridge-Guilford, 43-0. Previous No. 1 Clymer/Sherman/Panama took its first loss of the season and fell to No. 5, giving the Tigers the top spot.

In Class C, Sidney checks in at No. 7 for the second consecutive week. The Warriors improved to 3-0 with a 39-28 victory over Greene, but all six teams ahead of the Warriors also won. No. 8 Lowville won as well, leaving the top eight teams in Class C unchanged.

Sidney plays Friday, Sept. 28, at Dryden, which earned an honorable mention after a 2-1 start.

Susquehanna Valley retains the top ranking in Class C with a 3-0 record.

Glens Falls of Section II remains atop the Class B rankings at 3-0, just ahead of No. 2 Chenango Forks, also at 3-0.

In Class A, Section IX’s Cornwall and Section IIX’s Garden City remained tied for the top spot, and Freeport of Section IIX remained atop the Class AA rankings.

CROSS COUNTRY

The area’s highest rankings belong to the Delhi girls and boys cross country teams.

The third edition of girls cross country rankings, released Monday, Sept. 23, placed the Bulldogs behind Tully of Section III in Class D for the third consecutive week. Delhi ranked third in the first rankings before overtaking Maple Grove of Section VI to fill the second position in the second set.

On the boys side, Delhi solidified its move up from second a week ago by ranking second again in Class D poll released Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Bulldogs overcame Maple Grove on the boys side as well, taking second a week ago and holding that position into the third week of rankings.

Beaver River of Section III remained atop the Class D boys list, a position it has occupied since the beginning of the season.

More information can be found online at the association’s website, newyorksportswriters.org, or by searching New York State Sportswriters Association in most search engines.

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