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Miguel Rodriguez's Power Take: Missing high school hoops' final stop

Local scholastic basketball fans might be feeling a bit lost.

It's the final weekend of the season and for the first time since 2002 there won't be at least one area boys or girls team vying for the right to be considered undisputed champion at the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions.

That's amazing when one thinks how hard it is to win a title at the local level, let alone in a champion-versus-champion event.

To review:

Two years ago, four teams – two boys and two girls, each played in the last game of the entire season in its respective classification. Canisius and Park triumphed.

Last year, Olean's boys came within a four-point loss of a perfect season, playing in the final game of the entire tournament. Three years ago, the Cardinal O'Hara girls won it all in Class A. Four years ago, McKinley advanced to the Federation after winning the public schools' Class A championship.

The list of area champions to make it to the Federation goes on and on.

This week serves as a reminder that a lot has to go right for a team to win a championship, especially in a champion versus champion single-elimination events like the state Public and Catholic schools’ tournaments.

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