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Power 10 / Miguel Rodriguez ranks the best of the high school fall season

1. Canisius football. Canisius (8-0), which wraps up regular season against St. Francis, moves up to No. 39 in USA Today poll. Can Crusaders run the table for second unbeaten season in three years? And would a 4-0 finish be enough to get Canisius into USA Today’s Super 25?

2. East Aurora boys and girls cross country. Blue Devils run away with ECIC team and individual titles with league champion runners Kenny Vasbinder and Sophia Tasselmyer leading the way. Up next for Walt McLaughlin’s charges – Sectionals.

3. Jamestown football. This has more to do with East Aurora cross country dominating right now than anything else. That’s the only reason Red Raiders have been bumped down a spot after posting second shutout in a row. Of course, another shutout or two during the postseason could change things.

4. St. Mary’s girls volleyball. Brought unbeaten record into Monday’s contest against Immaculata. Nardin gets its shot at St. Mary’s today.

5. St. Joe’s boys soccer. Defending Monsignor Martin champions head into the postseason on an unbeaten roll at 17-0-2.

6. Clarence girls sports. Soccer unbeaten at 17-0 heading into Section VI Class AA semifinals. Swimming wins sixth straight ECIC title. Volleyball earns top seed and bye into Section VI Class AA semifinals. Repeat after me: Girl power! Girls power! Girl power!

7. Hamburg and Starpoint boys soccer. Barring a disaster, this tie will be broken on the field Saturday night.

8. Grand Island and Williamsville East girls soccer. The unbeaten Vikings (17-0-1) have pasted last four foes by a combined 16-0 en route to Section VI semifinal date with Williamsville South. Meanwhile, unbeaten Williamsville East (15-0-3) has outscored its last five foes, 17-5. If GI and East win Wednesday, they get to add another chapter to their storied rivalry. The 2006 final between the two remains one of the best soccer games I’ve ever covered.

9. Burgard and Bennett football. Wins by Burgard and Bennett, plus breaks of bracketology, equal historic season for Buffalo Public Schools. Old Harvard Cup League guaranteed to have a team play for a Section VI title for the first time in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Should be a battle of physical and mental wills Saturday afternoon at All High.

10. Hamburg football. Hamburg does unthinkable – rallying from two 18-point deficits and a 10-point deficit in final 8:41 to beat Williamsville South in overtime. Honorable mention. Canisius boys volleyball, Sweet Home cross country, Clarence boys soccer, Orchard Park boys soccer, Lancaster boys soccer, Orchard Park girls tennis, Nardin girls soccer, Nardin girls volleyball, Orchard Park golf, Starpoint golf, Eden boys/ girls volleyball, Lancaster girls gymnastics.


This is the penultimate Power 10 for the fall season. The final Power 10 will run at the conclusion of the postseason.