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Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the scholastic fall sports season

(Through Monday’s games)

1. East Aurora cross country. The EA girls win Bulldog Stampede large school race and post best average finishing time per runner in merged results. Boys ran small school race due to PSAT testing conflict and finish second in their heat, but only large-race winner Orchard Park posted better average finishing time than Blue Devils. It should be a fun meet when each side’s best runners square off Oct. 29 at Alden during the ECIC Championships.

2. Canisius football. Rivalry road win at St. Joe’s featured plenty of Canisius supporters – with fans even tailgating in the parking lot. Unbeaten Crusaders look to secure fifth straight regular-season league title Friday with win at second-place Bishop Timon-St. Jude, which heads into the game with momentum after riad win at Aquinas.

3. Grand Island soccer. Double Niagara Frontier League championships for the boys and girls teams. Unbeaten boys, ranked first in state, earn top seed in Section VI Class A-1 bracket One-loss girls team ranked sixth in state, No. 1 girls seed in tournament.

4. Lancaster football. Lancaster enjoys rivalry-week win over Depew but must shift focus on suddenly streaking Kenmore West crew – winners of four straight. Wonder if revenge will be motivating factor for Legends since Ken West ended their playoff run in the semifinals last year?

5. I-Prep boys soccer. The Presidents, the top-ranked small school in the area, head into the Section VI playoffs on a roll after extending winning streak to 15 games with triumph over second-ranked large school Clarence last Friday.

6. St. Mary’s girls volleyball. Lancers extend Monsignor Martin Association regular-season championship streak to 13 years and counting. Now St. Mary’s can shift its focus toward winning something more precious – like another league postseason championship.

7. Orchard Park boys golf. Quakers captured fourth straight league championship Monday at Sheridan Park. They have won last 40 against ECIC Large School South Division foes. OP also earned marquee nonleague win recently over Niagara-Orleans League champion Wilson. Aidan Shaw also is third Quaker in four years to win ECIC individual tourney title.

8. Portville girls volleyball. The Panthers return to the top 10 after taking down current No. 1 large school Williamsville East over the weekend to capture the 16-team North Tonawanda Tournament title.

9. Iroquois field hockey. Coach Pete Tonsoline’s unbeaten crew caps week in which the top-ranked Chiefs defeated No. 2 Williamsville South by clinching ECIC title with triumph Monday over Amherst with one match left.

10. Lancaster girls volleyball. The Legends delivered a prime-time performance in earning their first win over Clarence in four seasons Thursday. The road win also dealt the Red Devils their first ECIC I loss since Oct. 2013. Now, Lancaster has chance to earn share of the division title with Clarence.

High honors

• Canisius soccer, which clinched second straight league title and capped 8-0 regular-season in MMA with rivalry win over St. Joe’s.

• Nardin girls soccer, which clinched Monsignor Martin title Monday with win over reigning playoff champion Sacred Heart.

• Orchard Park girls swimming, which beat Clarence to win ECIC I crown.

• Orchard Park cross country, which somehow fell to No. 2 in large school coaches boys poll despite winning Bulldog Stampede. Girls ranked seventh in poll.

Honorable mention: Akron field hockey, Canisius volleyball, Cheektowaga football, Clarence fall sports, Cleveland Hill football, East Aurora boys soccer, Eden boys volleyball, Eden girls volleyball, Hamburg boys soccer, Lackawanna boys soccer, Lancaster boys soccer, Lancaster girls tennis, Lockport boys volleyball, Maple Grove fall sports, Newfane boys soccer, Newfane girls soccer, Niagara Falls football, Niagara-Wheatfield boys golf, Randolph boys soccer, Sacred Heart golf, Sacred Heart soccer, St. Joe’s golf, Starpoint boys soccer, Sweet Home boys soccer, Williamsville East girls soccer, Williamsville East girls volleyball, Williamsville North boys soccer, Williamsville South field hockey, Wilson girls soccer, Wilson golf.

This will be the last Power 10 until the conclusion of the fall postseason.

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