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Power 10 / Keith McShea ranks the best of the fall

1. Clarence runners and swimmers. Tough to beat the dominance locally of both programs, so we’ll keep them together for another week. Both cross country teams still No. 1 in WNY and are coming off impressive wins at their own meet Saturday. Girls swim team, rightly the focus of Tuesday’s Scholastic Spotlight, has four of WNY’s best times (Red Devils are ranked second in four other events and fourth in the remaining two).

2. Undefeated football teams. Based on their 7-0 regular seasons, Jamestown (AA), Sweet Home (A), Alden (B), Cleveland Hill (C), Fredonia (C) and Randolph (D) are your Section VI favorites.

3. St. Mary’s and Eden girls volleyball. No. 1 small school St. Mary’s beat visiting Eden last week; tonight the two astonishingly dominant programs and defending state champions play in Eden. Public and private schools playing marquee nonleague matches against each other! Girls going at it better than Section VI large school football powers that are part of this list. Wish it were a surprise.

4. East Aurora cross country. Girls continue reign as No. 1 in the state in Class B, both boys and girls continue reign as top small schools in Western New York.

5. Hamburg boys volleyball. Bulldogs beat Canisius on Saturday to win their own tournament and become Western New York’s unanimous No. 1.

6. Orchard Park golf. At ECIC individual championships, junior Erich Spitz was the medalist (by three strokes) as four Quakers qualified for sectionals. On Monday, senior Adam Patronik was the co-medalist as OP beat Williamsville North by nine strokes for the ECIC team title. See the Prep Talk blog for a picture of the champs.

7. St. Joe’s … everything. Soccer and volleyball beat higher-ranked Canisius (both on a good-to-be-a-Marauder Thursday), the golf team shared the All-Catholic team title, cross country beat Canisius for the league title Thursday and the football team is ranked fourth in WNY. Quality quintet.

8. Canisius football. Remember us? Our starting defense hasn’t given up a touchdown all year and we came inches from notching a win (9-7) at Cardinal Mooney in Ohio. That helped earn us four first-place votes in The News large school poll.

9. Orchard Park football. Remember us? We’ve beaten Jamestown for the last two Section VI championships. We nearly beat the Red Raiders Friday night (42-41) when we scored 27 points in the fourth quarter and decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion in the final minute.

10. Buffalo Public Schools soccer. Just like former Harvard Cup-pers, these football-ers are having a fine fall. Riverside is the No. 7 large school and three teams are part of the small school top 10: No. 3 I-Prep/Grover Cleveland, No. 9 City Honors and No. 10 Lafayette.

Honor roll: Orchard Park girls volleyball; Williamsville South, Lockport, Wilson and Ellicottville girls soccer (all undefeated); Clarence and Williamsville East boys soccer (separated by one point in large school poll); Amherst field hockey; Orchard Park girls tennis; Sweet Home, Williamsville North, Hutch-Tech and City Honors cross country; East Aurora girls swimming.

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