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Power 10: Keith McShea ranks the best of the fall

1. Clarence cross country. Swept both Class A team titles at Section VI meet, and had both individual winners leading the way: Dan Huben and Marissa Saenger. Next stop: States.

2. Defending Section VI champion football teams. Sweet Home (A), Alden (B), Cleveland Hill (C) and Randolph (D) are all a perfect 9-0 this weekend as they try to repeat at The Ralph.

3. East Aurora girls cross country. After winning Section VI title, gets to back up its No. 1 ranking in the state Class B poll this weekend at the state meet in Queensbury.

4. St. Mary’s girls volleyball. Another year, another season full of impressive nonleague wins, another Monsignor Martin championship (made it three in a row last Friday) and aiming for a third consecutive Catholic state title Saturday in New York City.

5. Clarence and Akron soccer programs. Neighboring towns each recorded a boys-and-girls championship sweep. Both Red Devil teams won Class AA crowns (the boys won their sixth straight); both Tiger teams won Class B titles (second straight for girls, third in four years for boys).

6. Chautauqua County football’s offenses. Jamestown scored 69 points in a Class AA rout of Kenmore West Friday night. The next afternoon, Fredonia scored 72 in a shootout win over Akron in Class B. Basketball season is apparently right around the corner.

7. Canisius football’s defense. Five shutouts. No points allowed in four home games. No touchdowns allowed by its first team all season, including losses to state No. 1 Aquinas (3-0) and at Ohio’s Cardinal Mooney (9-7) and wins over Ohio’s Walsh Jesuit (14-0) and this past week’s 21-0 shutdown of rival St. Joe’s.

8. Three-peating Class A soccer teams. The East Aurora boys knocked off Williamsville East for its third straight title while Williamsville South’s girls made it a triple by rolling past Hamburg.

9. Eden and Frontier girls volleyball. Raiders made it 14 straight sectional titles with Class C crown; Frontier backed up its No. 1 large school ranking with third AA championship since 2008.

10. Amherst field hockey. McKenna Rushford’s goal in double overtime Wednesday night gave the Tigers a 1-0 Class B championship victory over Iroquois in a clash of two of Western New York’s very best.

High honor roll: Sweet Home cross country; Clarence girls swimming (had the week off; Section VI meet this weekend); Nardin girls swimming (14th straight All-Catholic title won on last event); Hamburg (No. 1 in WNY) and Canisius boys volleyball (14th straight All-Catholic title); Williamsville South gymnastics (Noah Roberson won boys all-around; girls ended Lancaster’s six year team title run); Ellicottville boys and girls soccer (Class D title sweep).

Honor roll: St. Joe’s, I-Prep/Grover, Bishop Timon-St. Jude boys soccer; Nardin, Holland, Immaculata girls soccer; Sweet Home, Starpoint and Randolph girls volleyball; St. Joe’s, Alden and Barker boys cross country; Maple Grove, Akron, Immaculata, Mount St. Mary girls cross country.

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