Just when you thought the running of the All-Western New York baseball wrapped up the spring sports season, we present to you the final (and only) Power 10 for the spring season.
Without further ado:
- Orchard Park softball. Not only do Quakers reach state final four for first time in 21 years, but they return home with the first state team championship for a girls team in school history. OP crushed its foes during the postseason led by state Class AA player of the year Katie Weimer. Quakers closed season with seven straight wins, outscoring foes 80-19.
- Tapestry girls 4x100 relay team. Not a team in the traditional sense I know, but hey it’s my Power 10 and the four-girl team of Taylor Alston, Taylor Hunter, Nia Stevens and Taniya Jamison are more than worthy of this spot. Relay team set five meet records during season, beat Section VI record-holder Lancaster in a head-to-head meeting and capped historic season by capturing Tapestry’s first state title in Albany.
- East Aurora boys 4x400 relay team. Winning state titles are hard, especially in track and field. Turns out even EA was proof of that. As dominant as EA has been in running sports over the years, the 4x400 crew of Mike Durant, Mike Coatsworth, Jack Zagrobelny and Matt McLaughlin became the first boys’ team from the school to win a state title in any relay event.
- Orchard Park baseball. Quakers reach first state final four since winning it all in 1988, finish 22-2.
- Hamburg baseball. Reached state semifinals for first time in program history. Yes I know the Bulldogs beat OP head to head, but Class AA Quakers finished season with fewer losses so they get the nod (barely) ahead of Class A Hamburg (20-5).
- St. Francis baseball. No. 4 seed wins Georgetown Cup in sweep over third-seeded St. Mary’s to cap wild playoff that included Lancers’ 10-inning upset of St. Joe’s in semifinals. Title is Red Raiders’ first since 2008. Dropped tough 2-1 decision to OP at time OP was beating most of its opponents by a lot.
- Alden and Starpoint softball. Both rode talented arms and hitting into state semifinals. Alden was a first-time final four participant while Starpoint made its first appearance in years.
- Akron boys’ lacrosse: Class C team’s season to remember ends in Far West Regionals against state power Penn Yan, which dealt Tigers their only loss of season. Offensive juggernaut set Section VI title-game record with 30 goals.
- Lancaster girls lacrosse. Top team in Western New York, beating fellow Section VI champions Hamburg and Amherst during the season. Put up a fight in regional loss.
- Orchard Park boys’ lacrosse: Would’ve been interesting to see Quakers square off with Akron during the regular season. OP put up the most fight out of all of Section VI’s champions in the Far West Regional Class A game. Delivered clinical beating of Clarence in sectional final after splitting regular-season series with Red Devils.
Honorable mention: Westfield baseball, St. Mary's softball, Mount St. Mary girls lacrosse, Canisius boys lacrosse, Canisius boys track and field, Sweet Home boys and girls track and field, Holland baseball, St. Mary’s baseball, Maryvale baseball, Amherst girls lacrosse.