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

A good week by some led to some changes in this week's Power 10.

Without further ado:

(Through Friday night's games)

1 Sweet Home track and field. The Panthers ascend to the top spot based off a phenomenal performance Friday night in the Section VI Team Championship meet. The boys and girls teams both captured titles in Class B. Boys won seven individual events outright (regardless of classification), en route to capturing the program's seventh straight team championship. Eric Johnson and Nate Davis each won three individual events to lead the charge. Sweet Home girls captured their fifth team title in a row and sixth in seven years. Each Panther finished in top six in his/her event.

2 Williamsville North hockey. The Spartans have been idle since suffering an overtime loss Feb. 2 at Orchard Park for their only defeat of season, while Sweet Home crushed it at the Section VI team track and field championship meet.

3 Canisius boys basketball. Crusaders have quietly won 10 in a row since losing Jan. 20 at Park. Canisius (20-2) gained measure of revenge by taking down the top-ranked Pioneers by 24 points to start their 3-0 week. The Crusaders also won at No. 3 Timon-St.Jude by double-digits, and sandwiched in a triumph at Aquinas for good measure.

4 Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball. The Hawks have two more regular-season games to go before the postseason commences. However, their finale this Saturday fits the big-game criteria as they visit Williamsville South. Game between Western New York powers is so big it warrants "big-duke-a-roo status."

5 Niagara Wheatfield boys hockey. Falcons extend unbeaten streak to eight after netting wins over Lancaster and Clarence to surge ahead of idle Williamsville North by a point in the standings for first in its division. (Note: North now has game in hand and also has head-to-head vs. NW.)

6 Canisius swimming. Another year, another Monsignor Martin championship has been etched in the books for the Crusaders. It's now a Sweet 16 of consecutive All-Catholic team titles in the pool for Canisius.

7 FLOP girls hockey. Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park achieves the Section VI championship repeat in coach Bob Klimowicz's second season. Crew is in Oswego this weekend trying to become first Section VI team to win state title.

8 West Seneca West boys basketball. Indians complete historic 20-0 run, securing division title with flawless mark in ECIC I. Unbeaten regular seasons aren't easy. West is idle this week and will have time to scout the Class A-1 competition that looms once the playoffs start after a long layoff.

9 Canisius boys squash. Allen Tompkins is clutch in securing the win and decisive point the Crusaders needed to capture the title in their respective division (based on overall team skill) at the U.S. High School Team Squash Championships last weekend in Philadelphia. Canisius won as an underdog No. 6 seed in its grouping and has won its division twice the past three years at nationals.

10 Nardin girls squash. Gators follow in footsteps of Nichols and Buffalo Seminary last season in capturing their respective division at the HEAD U.S. High School Team Squash Championships. Nichols in its quest to repeat finishes third, losing to the eventual champion in its group in the semifinals.

High honors

Cheektowaga girls bowling. Warriors, who are technically a small school in bowling, beat everyone at inaugural Section VI Invitational last weekend to head into this week's Section VI tournament with plenty of momentum.

Falconer wrestling. Falcons follow up win at sectionals and solid showing at states by securing another Section VI Class tournament team title.

Lancaster girls basketball. Last week, the Legends handed Orchard Park its first loss of the season. Thursday, it secured a dramatic come-from-behind triumph over defending Class AA champion Clarence by scoring five points in final 5 seconds.

Lancaster wrestling. Legends secured the team title at the Section's Class tournament. Call it a bounce back after losing their only two matches of the season at the first state team dual meet championship tournament.

Maryvale boys basketball. A season of milestones includes division title. First Ray Blackwell surpasses 1,000 career points. Then longtime coach Mark Kensy surpasses 400 wins. Friday, the Flyers clinched ECIC III.

Orchard Park bowling. Boys complete 12-0 run to win division and then win their fourth tournament in as many tries last week in capturing Section VI Invitational. Girls place second at the same tournament as Cheektowaga prevented them from winning their third tourney of the season.

Park basketball. Pioneers rebounded from loss at Canisius by taking battle of the No. 1s against top-ranked small-school Health Sciences on Thursday. It should be an exciting finish in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association.

Williamsville East swimming. With first perfect season in 21 years against division foes in the books, the Flames follow that up by winning six events at ECIC meet during second-place showing to Orchard Park.

Williamsville South girls basketball. Billies take down rival Amherst. Huge four-game week to end regular season began with clash at V-Mercy and ends against O'Hara.

Honor roll

Alden swimming, Allegany-Limestone girls basketball, Amherst girls basketball, Amherst girls bowling, Bishop Timon-St. Jude basketball, Canisius hockey, Cheektowaga indoor track, Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home girls hockey, Clarence boys bowling, Clarence girls basketball, Clarence rifle, East boys basketball, East Aurora girls basketball, East Aurora swimming, Ellicottville boys basketball, Franklinville boys basketball, Franklinville girls basketball, Gowanda boys basketball, Grand Island hockey, Grand Island wrestling, Hamburg swimming, Health Sciences boys basketball, Holland/East Aurora girls track and field, Iroquois girls basketball, John F. Kennedy boys basketball, Kenmore East girls basketball, Lackawanna boys basketball, Lancaster hockey, Lancaster-Iroquois-Depew girls hockey, Lancaster girls bowling, Lancaster indoor track, Lancaster rifle, Lockport boys basketball, Lockport boys and girls bowling, Maryvale boys and girls bowling, Medina boys basketball, Mount St. Mary girls basketball, Newfane boys basketball, Newfane girls basketball, Newfane wrestling, Niagara Falls boys basketball, Niagara Falls boys and girls bowling, Nichols boys hockey, Nichols girls hockey, Olean boys basketball, Orchard Park hockey, Panama girls basketball, Pioneer boys and girls bowling, Sacred Heart girls basketball, St. Francis bowling, St. Francis hockey, St. Francis wrestling, St. Joe's hockey, St. Joe's wrestling, Silver Creek boys basketball, Southwestern girls basketball, Sweet Home boys hockey, Tapestry boys basketball, West Seneca East hockey, West Seneca West hockey, West Seneca West track, Williamsville girls hockey, Williamsville South boys basketball.

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