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

It's an interesting week of scholastic action, so much so that I decided to slightly change things up with this edition of the Power 10.

While normally a full-season body of work along with the week that was gets factored into this corner's ranking of teams, sometimes a good week just deserves to be rewarded – no questions asked – even if it's different than the standard method usually employed.

With that in mind, here's this week's Power 10, through Monday's games:

1. East Aurora cross country. No change here. After EA's girls opened the season by winning five of their first five invitational meets, the Blue Devils opt to take West Seneca Invitational off. That did nothing to affect their rankings as they're still No. 1 in the Western New York Coaches Large School and state Class B polls. EA boys team is ranked seventh in state.

2. Canisius football. The first of a series of tweaks. Several Crusaders step up in a step-up-in-class game against 16th-ranked team in state of Ohio. Canisius ruins Homecoming for Masillon Washington Tigers, 49-35, which entered showdown ranked second in its region. Another big game is on the docket for the Crusaders, at old friend Aquinas in Rochester.

3. Lancaster football. Another tweak. Legends take the long trip to Jamestown and triumph to secure top seed for the Section VI Class AA playoffs and a share of the division title. Unbeaten Lancaster has outscored its foes, 286-78. The defending champions' final tune up for postseason comes Friday against longtime rival Depew.

4. Lockport boys volleyball. Lions cap big week by winning their own tournament. Lockport stayed unbeaten in Niagara Frontier League play by taking down previous unbeaten North Tonawanda via sweep. Lockport has won three of the four invitational tournaments it has entered.

5. Clarence boys soccer. Unbeaten in their last seven and winners of six straight, the top ranked team in Western New York's lone loss came against private school Cathedral Prep of Erie, Pa. Red Devils stand fourth in the state Class AA poll.

6. East Aurora boys soccer. Blue Devils remain perfect through 14 games, as they cap another fine week with a nonleague win over a private school, St. Francis. EA is ranked second in state in Class A.

7 St. Mary's girls volleyball. Another weekend, another heavyweight out-of-state tournament for the Lancers as they post 4-2 mark at Corry Tournament in Pennsylvania. St. Mary's still unbeaten in Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association play.

8 Williamsville North field hockey. The Spartans rise to occasion and to the top of the Western New York poll as a result of winning the battle between unbeatens against previous No. 1 Iroquois.

9 Newfane football. The Panthers clinched their first Section VI playoff spot since 1993. Quite the turnaround this season by coach Chuck Nagel's crew.

10 Lackawanna boys soccer. Top-ranked small-school team in Western New York posts 3-0 week that includes wins over No. 6 large school St. Joe's and No. 9 small school Tonawanda. Steelers ranked seventh in state.

High honors

* Clarence girls volleyball. Defending Class AA champion Red Devils quietly moving on up the rankings, ascend into No. 1 in Coaches Poll after wins over Lancaster and Williamsville North.

* Grand Island girls soccer. Top ranked large school team in Western New York has played nine games the last 30 days and yielded just three goals.

* Lafayette boys soccer. The Mighty Violets completed the regular-season sweep of I-Prep/Grover. They faced McKinley on Tuesday night with a chance to win first D'Youville Cup since 2003.

* McKinley boys soccer. Macks went into Tuesday's game against Lafayette with a five-game unbeaten streak following Monday's tie against St. Joe's and with a chance to win their first Buffalo Public Schools league title since 1988.

* Orchard Park cross country. Boys team captures title at West Seneca Invitational with Cal Puskar placing first overall. Girls team finishes fifth.

* Orchard Park girls soccer. Break up the Quakers. They're on a 4-0-1 run during the second half of the season with wins over Williamsville North and Starpoint last week along with rallying for the 1-1 tie against ECIC I leader Clarence.

* West Seneca West cross country. West's girls team runs away with the championship at the 23rd West Seneca Cross Country Invitational on the strength on its top four finishers placing second, third, fourth and fifth. Boys team takes fifth place.

Honorable mention: Allegany-Limestone boys soccer, Allegany-Limestone girls soccer, Barker field hockey, Burgard boys soccer, Canisius volleyball, Canisius soccer, Clarence boys volleyball, Clarence girls golf, Clarence girls soccer, Clarence girls swimming, East Aurora/Holland golf, East Aurora swimming, Eden boys volleyball, Eden girls volleyball, Franklinville/Ellicottville football, Fredonia cross country, Fredonia swimming, Frontier boys volleyball, Hamburg girls soccer, I-Prep boys soccer, Iroquois field hockey, Lancaster boys soccer, Lancaster girls volleyball, Maple Grove fall sports teams, Newfane boys soccer, Newfane cross country, Newfane girls soccer, Niagara Wheatfield boys golf, Niagara Wheatfield girls soccer, Niagara Wheatfield girls tennis, North Tonawanda boys soccer, North Tonawanda girls soccer, Orchard Park boys golf, Orchard Park girls volleyball, Orchard Park swimming, Orchard Park tennis, Pioneer girls soccer, Portville girls volleyball, Sacred Heart girls golf, St. Francis golf, St. Joe's cross country, St. Joe's soccer, St. Mary's boys soccer, Silver Creek girls cross country, South Park football, Southwestern boys soccer, Starpoint football, West Seneca West football, Williamsville East football, Williamsville East boys soccer, Williamsville East girls soccer, Williamsville East girls volleyball, Williamsville North boys soccer, Williamsville North football.

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