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Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the best of the scholastic fall season

(Through Monday's games)

1. East Aurora cross-country. The Blue Devils remain the top-ranked team in the state among girls Class B teams with good reason. They are 4 for 4 this season – four invitational meets, four victories after edging Section V Class A-sized school Rush-Henrietta by two points Saturday at the East Aurora Invitational. That's enough to sway this corner into moving them up a spot. Boys' team placed fourth in same event and is now ranked fourth in the state.

2. St. Mary's girls volleyball. Lancers (15-1-1) suffer first loss of season to reigning state Class AA champion Penfield in semifinals of the Victor Tournament. That capped a week that started with them winning the battle between Western New York's top-ranked teams in beating No. 1 large school Williamsville East. The Lancers head to New Jersey for Garden State Invitational this weekend.

3. Grand Island girls soccer. Vikings remain unbeaten and ranked atop Western New York Coaches Large School Poll. Tough test awaits GI at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Rochester-area top-ranked small school Aquinas.

4. Clarence boys soccer. The Red Devils started off big week against ranked Western New York foes Tuesday at No. 3 Lancaster. Clash at fourth-ranked Williamsville North looms Thursday.

5. East Aurora boys soccer. Perhaps a moment area soccer fans have been waiting for as unbeaten second-ranked Blue Devils host Monsignor Martin power, No. 5 large school, St. Joe's at noon Saturday in their annual clash.

6. Canisius football. The Crusaders enjoyed record eighth-straight win in all-time series over rival St. Joe's at New Era Field last Friday. Short roadie to nearby Cardinal O'Hara is on deck before toughie in Ohio against Massillon.

7. Lockport boys volleyball. Lions do not drop a set in capturing the Sweet Home Tournament. That's their second in-season tournament championship to go with a runner-up showing at the prestigious Eden Can-Am. Add in unbeaten mark in Niagara Frontier League.

8. Lancaster football. Senior night for the Legends is Friday against Niagara Wheatfield at Foyle/Kling Field. Lancaster, which has scored at least 41 points in each game, closes regular season with games at Jamestown and Depew.

9. St. Francis boys golf. The Red Raiders are unbeaten in league play and captured the Southtowns Cup over the weekend by beating Orchard Park and East Aurora/Holland. Jack Haxton and Mike Donner both averaging under 39.0 for nine holes.

10. Iroquois field hockey. Top-ranked Lady Chiefs are quietly going about their business, beating everyone on their schedule. Battle with reigning Class A champion and fellow unbeaten Williamsville North slated for Oct. 4.

High honors:

Canisius soccer. After opening with a nil-nil draw against archrival St. Joe's, the Crusaders capped a borderline great week by beating a pair of Section III teams to win the Finger Lakes Cup Tournament.

N-W boys golf: The streak is now 54 in a row against Niagara Frontier League competition for the Falcons.

Sacred Heart girls golf. Fifty-two league wins in a row for the Sharks entering back-to-back contests against Mount St. Mary on Tuesday and Nardin on Wednesday.

St. Joe's soccer. In addition to scoreless draw against their rival from Delaware Avenue, the Marauders take down No. 6 Kenmore East in overtime and then beat St. Francis in record heat Monday.

Williamsville East girls volleyball. The Flames bounced back from loss to St. Mary's to win Frontier Invitational by taking down Eden in the final.

Williamsville East girls soccer. See first sentence of the Iroquois description. The third-ranked unbeaten Flames have outscored foes 40-1.

Honorable mention: Allegany-Limestone boys soccer, Allegany-Limestone girls soccer, Canisius volleyball, Clarence fall sports teams, East Aurora/Holland golf, East Aurora swimming, Eden boys volleyball, Eden girls volleyball, Franklinville/Ellicottville football, Fredonia swimming, Hamburg girls soccer, I-Prep boys soccer, Lackawanna boys soccer, Lafayette boys soccer, Lancaster boys soccer, Lancaster girls volleyball, Maple Grove fall sports teams, McKinley boys soccer, Newfane boys soccer, Newfane cross-country, Newfane girls soccer, Niagara Wheatfield girls soccer, North Tonawanda boys soccer, North Tonawanda girls soccer, Orchard Park boys golf, Orchard Park cross-country, Orchard Park girls volleyball, Orchard Park swimming, Orchard Park tennis, Pioneer girls soccer, Portville girls volleyball, Silver Creek girls cross-country, South Park football, Southwestern boys soccer, Starpoint football, West Seneca West cross-country, West Seneca West football, Williamsville East football, Williamsville North boys soccer, Williamsville North field hockey.

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