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Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the scholastic winter sports season

The postseason has reached the semifinal stretch in boys hockey, is set to start on the hardwood and is near conclusion in several other sports.

With that in mind, this will serve as the penultimate Power 10 for the winter.

Remember, postseason results matter so inclusion in this or previous installments of the Power 10 do not guarantee a spot in the final one once the state championship tournaments have concluded next month.

Without further ado:

(Through Sunday's games)

1.  St. Joe's hockey. The Marauders should have been well-rested heading into Monday night's Niagara Cup semifinal. They concluded the regular season eight days ago with a 19-game unbeaten streak (18-0-1). They entered the postseason last year with a long unbeaten streak and ended the year as state Catholic champions. Will history repeat itself?

2. Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball. The Hawks secured the regular-season title in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association by taking down old friend Sacred Heart. They now look to add the postseason title to their championship collection for the fourth year in a row. In case you're wondering, the Hawks have won 58 straight games against Western New York teams since losing to Sacred Heart in the 2013 playoff final.

3. Hamburg boys swimming. It appears the Bulldogs had a good day at the Section VI championship meet last week. Twelve events, six championships and a Section VI record by Luke Kennedy. Upon further review, they didn't just have a good day, they had a great one.

4. Williamsville South basketball. Both the boys and girls enter the postseason as No. 1 seeds in Class A-1. Both captured the Section VI title last season in the same classification. Girls head into postseason having beaten reigning state Catholic Class A champion Sacred Heart en route to winning the Lockport tournament last weekend.

5. West Seneca West boys bowling. Youth is served at the Section VI competition as West captured its first overall championship a year after placing 11th in the event. The last West Seneca team to win the sectional was West Seneca East in 2008 when Nick Morrissey led the Trojans to second-place in the state, setting a state record for a team three-game series in the process.

6. St. Francis bowling. It was a big week for bowling. The Red Raiders started the sport's championship week by securing their fourth straight All-Catholic tournament title with Kyle Wells earning MVP honors. Frannies also matched the league record for wins in a season.

7. Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park girls hockey. The Section VI champion and state runner-up can cap its best year ever with one more title if it can solve the riddle that is Williamsville – one of just two teams it hasn't beaten this season. The two meet for the Western New York Federation title Sunday night.

8. Niagara Wheatfield bowling. Girls team soars as it goes from what coach Rich Maloney called a dark horse to the overall Section VI champion, qualifying for the state tournament. On the boys side, senior Nate Maloney wins third straight Section VI title and fourth of his career.

9. Mount St. Mary girls bowling. The Thunder accomplished their mission of following up last year's runner-up finish by capturing the All-Catholic championship, adding the postseason championship to the regular-season title they already secured with a 79-5 record. Every bowler took turns rolling high game and high series throughout the season. How's that for teamwork.

10. Nichols and Buffalo Seminary girls squash. Their respective seasons are over but winning titles at nationals does have some staying power.

High honors: Alden rifle, Amherst boys and girls basketball, Bishop Timon-St. Jude basketball, Buffalo Arts girls basketball, Canisius swimming, Clarence girls basketball, Clarence wrestling, Chautauqua Lake boys basketball, Cheektowaga boys basketball, Cheektowaga girls bowling, Depew girls basketball, East Aurora winter sports, Ellicottville boys and girls basketball, Falconer wrestling, Franklinville boys and girls basketball, Fredonia boys bowling, Fredonia girls basketball, Frewsburg boys and girls bowling, Frewsburg girls basketball, Iroquois boys bowling, Kenmore rifle, Kenmore East girls basketball, Lake Shore girls basketball, Lancaster track and field, Lancaster wrestling, Lockport girls basketball, Niagara Falls boys hockey, Niagara Falls track and field, Niagara Wheatfield wrestling, Olean boys and girls basketball, Olmsted girls basketball, Orchard Park swimming, Pioneer wrestling, St. Francis basketball, St. Francis wrestling, St. Joe's wrestling, South Park boys basketball, Sweet Home track and field, Tonawanda boys bowling, Williamsville North boys hockey, Wilson girls basketball.

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