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Archie Bartolotti, Orchard Park ;13 catches for 202 yards and 3 touchdowns a interception and 4 solo tackles,against Bennett., This kid has been doing this all year . Without him a average OP team does not win 6 games or make the playoffs. Maybe your organization needs some changes to who are evaluating these games. The same good players are in most weeks which they deserve ,but you really missed on a great player and a great person and it was done in many weeks.

Follow Connolly Cup History ONNOLLY CUP ORGIN WILLIAM R. (BILL) CONNOLLY would be very proud of what the Riverside Athletic Club (RAC) is doing for the young football players of Western New York.

If he were still alive he would be thoroughly involved in the committee’s activities of bringing recognition to our youth for their outstanding efforts. Those who knew Bill can never forget the devotion, time and effort he put forth in helping young people be outstanding in everything they did. Bill Connolly was active as a Boy Scout leader in Riverside and later as a Professional Boy Scout Executive with the Buffalo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was active with the United Way because he felt the need for youth-serving agencies. Busy as he was, he always had time for his first love, football, and served as trainer on the various Riverside High School teams. William R. Connolly passed away in 1971 and the members of the RAC were deeply affected by his loss. At the same time, Pat Sullivan the Auburn quarterback was selected as the Heisman Trophy over Ed Marinaro of Cornell. The club members, all avid football fans, were in complete disagreement with the selection and questioned how awards like the Heisman were determined, and agreed that a poor selection process denied equality to all individuals who might be deserving. These two events led to the beginning of the CONNOLLY CUP. The club members realized they could not affect an award the status of the Heisman Trophy, but could do something locally. In their discussions, the word “Outstanding” was mentioned time and again. It was only natural that the award be named in memory of their departed brother, William R. Connolly, as he was a person who’s every effort and accomplishments were “Outstanding”. Thirty –Nine years have passed since the inception of the award and the Connolly Cup is now considered the most prestigious award in all of Western New York Sports. Initially a small group of members scouted players for the Buffalo area and surrounding suburbs. There were problems gaining admission to games, receiving statistics and game films and some doubt from the coaches as to what the committee was trying to accomplish. As the award grew in notoriety and recognition, the W.N.Y. High School Football Coaches Association and local news media have given special recognition to the outstanding job being done by the Connolly Cup Committee. Over the years the committee has continued a determined effort to improve and upgrade the award. Today, members cover an area extending from Buffalo to Jamestown, Albion, and Wilson and to Clymer and all points in between. Whether it is a Class AA school or a Class D school, a representative of the committee will be there in rain, snow or sunshine to scout that team’s “outstanding” candidate. There are approximately 3000 football players in W.N.Y. and to be nominated for consideration is something special. To be selected as one of the final Top Ten candidates is something that the players, parents and coaches can be proud of, and to be selected as the “outstanding” player in all of W.N.Y. is truly “OUTSTANDING”

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

Mission: select the “outstanding Football” player in all of W.N.Y.

Operating as usual

Connolly Cup 2019

Jake Ritts ... our 48th Winner

Jake Ritts ... our 48th Winner

Jake Ritts from St. Francis is the winner of the 48th Connolly Cup

The 48th Connolly Cup, sponsored by ADPRO Sports, will be awarded at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant in less than two weeks ...

[11/15/19]   Stephen Carlson, our 2014 Cup winner and now a member of the Cleveland Browns, catches his first NFL pass and it's good for a touchdown !! .... Congratulations !!

[11/14/19]   ADPRO SPORTS would like to announce the 2019 Connolly Cup Finalist.

Anthony McCarley - Amherst

Djae Perry - Bennett

C.J. Ozolins - Canisius

Marqwan Fluitt - South Park

Keith Jackson - South Park

Tywon Wright - Southwestern

Jake Ritts - St. Francis

Xzavier Janczylik - St.Francis

Micah Brown - St.Joe's

Joe Carlson - Starpoint

Class A Title Game

So. Park defeats McKinley ...

So. Park defeats McKinley ...

[11/10/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Ten top performers also include:Cameron Barmore(CSP),Brandan Brown(South Park)Addison Copeland(Maritime),Ja'Qwan Manuel(St.Mary's),Drew Westmorland(Wilson),Tywon Wright(Southwestern).

Class D Championship

Cly./Sher./Pan. vs. Frank./Ellicott. ...

Cly./Sher./Pan. vs. Frank./Ellicott. ...

Class AA Championship

Lancaster @ Orch.Park

Lancaster @ Orch.Park

Class B Championship

WNY Maritime defeats Albion

WNY Maritime defeats Albion

[11/03/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Nine top performers also include:Robert Atlas(Wilson),Jaylen Butera(Jamestown ),Jon Clifford(Williamsville South),Logan Frank(Franklinville-Ellicottville),Keith Jackson(South Park),Briliance Johnson(Albion),Aidan Kennedy(Southwestern),Jason Mansell(Lancaster),
Anthony Mccarley(Amherst),Patrick Mootry(McKinley),Chris Ortiz(Dunkirk),
Zavon Overton(CPS),Mike Pataky(Orchard Park),Dovotie Pompey(Bennett),Tywon Wright(Southwestern),

St.Marys @ St.Joes

St.Marys @ St.Joes

Hutch Tech @ Amherst

Hutch Tech @ Amherst

[10/27/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Eight top performers also include:Tyler Baker(Canisius),Zac Boyes(Kenmore West),Jaylen Butera(Jamestown),Antonio Corsi(St. Francis),Joseph Dixon( Canisius),Tra'e Hill( Pioneer Kevin Hillman(Albion),Brody Hopkins(Pioneer),Xzavier Janczylik(St. Francis),Gavin Kulp(Olean),Peter Liberatore(Orchard Park),Jason Mansell(Lancaster),Ben Moskala(Grand Island),Demetrious Potts(Maritime),Isaiah Simmons(West Seneca West).

Gr.Island @ Ken.West

Class A Quarterfinal ...

Class A Quarterfinal ...

W.Sen.East @ Hamburg

W.Sen.East @ Hamburg

[10/20/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Seven top performers also include: Tyler Baker(Canisius),Cameron Barmore(CSP),Nick Cascia(Lockport),Matt Ciszewski(Frontier),Joshua Cooper(Lockport),Trey Drake(Jamestown),Dom Ferguson(Kenmore East),Logan Frank(Franklinville-Ellicottville),Jason Frazier(Tonawanda),Dalton Gardner(Fredonia),Gerrit Hinsdale(CSP),Keith Jackson(South Park),Simeon Leeper(Jamestown)Jason Mansell(Lancaster),Ben Moskala(Grand Island),John Washington(Martime).

Timon/St.Jude @ Canisius

Timon/St.Jude @ Canisius

N.Falls @ Bennett

N.Falls @ Bennett

[10/13/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Six top performers also include: Jaylen Butera(Jamestown),Joe Carlson(Starpoint),Tyler Clear(Franklinville-Ellicottville),Brayden Dunlap(Wilson),Xzavion Galarza(Williamsville South),Logan Klice(Allegany Limestone),Cooper Krawczyk(Lewiston Porter),Jamel Lucas(Sweet Home),Anthony McCarley(Amherst),Lucas Mckenna(Salamanca),Ben Moskala(Grand Island)Blake Nolan(Iroquois),Nick Pantuso(Olean),Aaron Smith(Cheektowaga),Tyrant White(Albion).

Cleve.Hill @ Cly/Sher/Pan.

Cleve.Hill @ Cly/Sher/Pan.

Lackawanna @ Depew

Lackawanna @ Depew

[10/06/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Five top performers also include: Andre Augustiniak(South Park),Blake Bielec(Grand Island),Zac Boyes(Kenmore West),Dom Certo(Southwestern),Gino Fontanarosa(Lewiston Porter),Tra'e Hill(Pioneer),XzavierJanczylik(St.Francis),Aidan Kennedy(Southwestern),Jason Mansell(Lancaster),Devare Mathis(West Seneca East),Anthony McCarley(Amherst),Chris Ortiz(Dunkirk),Jake Ritts(St.Francis),Isaiah Simmons(West Seneca West),Savon VanSickle(Jamestown),Callum Wither(St.Joe's).

Starpoint @ South Park

Starpoint @ South Park

Southwestern @ Fredonia

Southwestern @ Fredonia

[09/29/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Four top performers also include: Andre Augustiniak(South Park),Jaylen Butera(Jamestown),Trey Drake(Jamestown),Jordan Grinols( Frank./Ellicottville),Jacorey Haynes(Cheektowaga),Cole Harris(Clarence),Jared Jaques(Wilson),Xavier,Janczylik(St.Francis),Aidan Kennedy( Southwestern),Jayden Lassiter(Portville),Tyrell Laws(Sweet Home),Nick O'Neil(Amherst),Mike Pataky(Orchard Park),Jeremy Turner(Williamsville South),Camren Warburton(Cheektowaga).

[09/22/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Three top performers also include:Santino Aramini(JFK),Tyler Baker(Canisius),P.J. Burns(Depew),Tyler Clear(Franklinville/Ellicottville),Jake Dean(Starpoint),Thomas Furmanski(Albion),Sam Kline(St. Joe’s)Carson Marcus(Starpoint),Jeremy Matute(Williamsville South),Jacob Mazza(Akron),Zach Norton(Clarence),Jake Ritts(St. Francis),Jimmy Scott St. Joe’s),Eddie Vona(Kenmore West),Tywon Wright(Southwestern).

Cheektowaga @ E.Aurora / Holland

Cheektowaga @ E.Aurora / Holland

Wmsvl.East @ W.Sen.West

Indians snuff out Flames in a Class A game ...

Indians snuff out Flames in a Class A game ...

[09/15/19]   The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Two top performers also include:Cameron Barmore(CSP),Connor Desiderio(Maryvale),Marqwan Fluitt(South Park),Logan Frank(Franklinville/Ellicottville ),Jajon Frazer(Tonawanda),Jaden Heers(Newfane),Ryan Jafarijan(Chautauqua Lake),Zaire Leonard(Williamsville North),Vincent Lomeo(St.Joe's),Jason Mansell(Lancaster),Adam Mietz(Akron), Jeremi'yha Presley(Lackawanna),Isaiah Simmons(West Seneca West),Maurice Vaughn(Maritime),Callum Wither(St.Joe's).

Maryvale @ Burgard

Maryvale @ Burgard

LewPort @ Cheektowaga

Warriors top Lancers in a Class B contest ..

Warriors top Lancers in a Class B contest ..

[09/08/19]   The ADPRO Sports Week One top performers also Zac Boyes(Kenmore West),Joe Carlson(Starpoint),Tyler Ely(Pioneer),Gino Fontanarosa(Lewiston Porter),Justin Goldsmith(Niagara Falls),Mykell Hepburn(South Park),Tra'e Hill(Pioneer),Jamel Lucas(Sweet Home),Devare Mathis(West Seneca East),Kegan Mancabelli(Orchard Park),Blake Nolan(Iroquois),Djae Perry(Bennett),Christian Pagano(Depew),Jack Sharp(Orchard Park),Aidan Smith(Akron).

Portville @ Cass.Val. / Falc.

Portville rolls in this Class C match-up ...

Portville rolls in this Class C match-up ...

Timon / St.Jude @ Iroquois

Iroquois defeats the Tigers in non - league action ...

Iroquois defeats the Tigers in non - league action ...

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