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

This is the penultimate Power 10 for the fall season until the completion of the scholastic postseason.

1. East Aurora cross country. A weekend off definitely recharged the Blue Devils' collective batteries. The girls and boys teams deliver triumphant performances last Saturday in their respective races at the Alden Stampede after taking the previous Saturday off. Megan McLaughlin and Ian Russ captured individual titles. For EA's girls team, that's six invitational races, six victories.

2. Clarence boys soccer. Red Devils head into postseason as the top seed in Class AA, ranked second in the latest state poll. Clarence has a nine-game winning streak and is unbeaten in its last 10. Mike Silverstein's crew is rolling.

3. East Aurora boys soccer. Unbeaten Blue Devils rank second in area and No. 2 in state Class A poll. Season of milestones for EA continues with Bryce Schiltz setting the program record for career goals.

4. Lockport boys volleyball. The Lions, the top-ranked team in Western New York, head into Wednesday's nonleague clash against No. 3 Canisius coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season.

5. Lancaster football. Victory in rivalry game over Depew caps second straight unbeaten regular season for the Legends, who last lost to a Section VI foe in 2015 Class AA semifinals to Kenmore West. Real season for the state's second-ranked team begins  Friday with quarterfinal game against Hutch-Tech.

6. Cheektowaga football. This has everything to do with the week that was for the Warriors. First, they become just one of 10 teams nationally to receive a $10,000 grant to be used for new equipment from Riddell's Smarter Football Program.  They follow that by beating rival and previously unbeaten Maryvale to secure their seventh straight division championship.

7. St. Mary's girls volleyball. Top girls team in area wins five-set battle against league rival Sacred Heart to keep unbeaten streak against Western New York foes intact (believed to be 44 straight matches). Lancers were pushed even in the sets they won, including the 29-27 clincher.

8. Niagara-Wheatfield boys golf. The Falcons secure another unbeaten season in style, winning their fourth straight Niagara Frontier League championship. Niagara Wheatfield has won its last 68 matches and is 88-1 over that stretch. The Falcons ended the current campaign by capturing the team title at the season-ending league tournament last week with freshman Anthony Delisanti earning medalist honors with a 69 and teammate Nolan Codd placing third with a 74.

9. Orchard Park boys golf. For the fifth year in a row, the Quakers reign supreme in ECIC, winning the team tournament championship. OP did it in nail-biting fashion by holding off a very good East Aurora/Holland crew by two points. It's the second straight season the Quakers, the ECIC South Large Schools Division winner, held off a stiff challenge from the ECIC South Small School Division champion Blue Devils in the league's division champions-only tournament.

10. Orchard Park girls swimming. Quakers once again win their highly anticipated dual meet against league rival Clarence. OP has won the last three meetings between the longtime Western New York rivals and powers.

High honors

-- Williamsville North field hockey. Top-ranked team in Western New York completes unbeaten regular season with 4-0 triumph Monday over Starpoint. Defending Class A champion is now 16-0.

-- Grand Island girls soccer. Another league championship for the Vikings, who have won nine straight matches heading into the postseason.

-- Grand Island boys soccer. Don't sleep on last year's state Class A runner-up. Grand Island wins its third straight league title. Vikings have won eight straight since 4-0 loss to St. Joe's, yielding a total of just three goals in that stretch.

-- Orchard Park cross country. Boys triumph again, taking the title in their respective race at the Alden Stampede. Girls finish third in their competition at same event.

-- West Seneca West football. First the unbeaten Indians snap their lengthy postseason drought. Then they go out and beat rival West Seneca East for the first time since 2011 to secure a share of the Class A South Division title.

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

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