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(Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North boys hockey. The 18-game unbeaten streak (14-0-4) to open the season ended with an overtime loss Friday night at Leisure Rinks to host Orchard Park. Since the Western New York Varsity Federation is considered by many as the top varsity scholastic league in the state, it's quite the feat when a Fed team suffers its fi…

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A state No. 1 goes down. An underdog rises to win a Section VI title. And a Western New York relay team earns a life memory regardless of the outcome. It's been a nice week, and it sounds like some shuffling might be in order for the latest installment of the scholastic winter Power 10. So without further ado …  (Through Friday night's games) 1 Williamsville No…

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Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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Curiosity prompted me to look back at the previous Power 10s from the just-completed fall season. My mission: Exactly how many of the teams that won state championships, reached state finals or captured what's considered the top overall Monsignor Martin title in sports without state tournaments actually received a mention in a Power 10 before the playoffs? The tally:…

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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…

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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 standar…

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(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 corn…

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(Through Tuesday's games) 1. St. Mary's girls volleyball. The Lancers are the undisputed No. 1 team in Western New York after having defeated top-ranked large school Williamsville East in straight sets Tuesday night. St. Mary's, which also won its own season-opening tournament that featured several of the area's top teams -- including event runner-up and town neighbor L…