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Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the scholastic winter season

(Through Sunday's games)

1. St. Joe's hockey. The Marauders head into the postseason after a phenomenal week in which they not only extended their unbeaten streak to 19 games (18-0-1) but also won four games in as many days in three different rinks. It started with a triumph Thursday over state No. 3 Williamsville North at Northtown Center in Amherst, continued with their third in-season tournament win during the next two days in Massena and ended with them avenging their lone defeat of season Sunday with a 1-0 win over Orchard Park at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.

2. Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball. In-season rest break is over as the Hawks get set for start of the postseason with regular-season finale Tuesday at old friend Sacred Heart. Win secures berth as Monsignor Martin's Class AA representative in New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association tournament. Loss would be first to local team since falling to Sacred Heart in playoff final back in 2013.

3. Nichols and Buffalo Seminary girls squash. There aren't too many squash teams in the area. But there were more than 75 girls squads that participated in the five divisions of competition at the annual United States High School Squash Championship Tournament last weekend in Connecticut. These were two of them with Nichols capturing the Division IV championship and Buffalo Seminary winning Division V.

4. Williamsville South basketball. Six-foot-4 eighth-grader Amari DeBerry caps three-game week with a 35-point, 10-rebound effort. In three wins by the second-ranked large school in the area, she averaged 24.6 points, 9 rebounds, 5.6 blocks and 4.3 steals. The boys, also ranked No. 2 in the News poll, won for the sixth time in seven games.

5. Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park girls hockey: FLOP shows its scary good by ending Kenmore/Grand Island's five-year reign as Section VI champions and making run to state final in Bob Klimowicz's first season.

6. St. Francis basketball. The Red Raiders get the better of Park in another overtime thriller to head into Tuesday night's tough, marquee showdown at Bishop Timon-St. Jude riding a seven-game winning streak. Can they extended the stretch, which began with a 67-62 win against the Tigers?

7. Canisius swimming. After capturing 15th regular-season title in a row, the Crusaders secured their 15th straight All-Catholic team championship last week at Erie Community College.

8. Lake Shore girls basketball. Win over Cheektowaga on Tuesday would secure division title for reigning Section VI Class A champions, who extended their winning streak to six by beating East Aurora, Jamestown and Maryvale.

9. Niagara Wheatfield wrestling. The Section VI Division I Dual Meet team champion Falcons soar to individual success at the sectional tournament with three champions qualifying for the state tournament. Falcons also had a runner-up and two third-place finishers.

10. Alden rifle. Bulldogs capture ECIC regular-season title in unbeaten 12-0 fashion. They now devote attention toward defending Section VI air-rifle team title during Saturday's competition at Alden Middle School.

High honors: Amherst boys and girls basketball, Bishop Timon-St. Jude basketball, Chautauqua Lake boys basketball, Clarence boys and girls bowling, Clarence girls basketball, Depew girls basketball, East boys basketball, East Aurora winter sports, Ellicottville  boys and girls basketball, Falconer wrestling, Franklinville boys and girls basketball, Kenmore/Grand Island girls hockey, Lancaster track and field, Lancaster wrestling,  Lockport girls bowling, Niagara Falls boys bowling, Niagara Falls track and field, Olean boys and girls basketball, Olmsted swimming, Orchard Park boys and girls bowling, Orchard Park swimming, St. Francis wrestling, St. Joe's wrestling, South Park boys basketball, Sweet Home boys and girls track and field, Tonawanda boys and girls bowling, Williamsville North boys hockey.

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