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Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the best of the scholastic winter season

(Through Friday night's games)

1. Williamsville North boys hockey. The 18-game unbeaten streak (14-0-4) to open the season ended with an overtime loss Friday night at Leisure Rinks to host Orchard Park. Since the Western New York Varsity Federation is considered by many as the top varsity scholastic league in the state, it's quite the feat when a Fed team suffers its first loss of the season on Feb. 2, roughly two weeks before the start of the playoffs.

2. Sweet Home track and field. The 4x200 relay of Anthony Williams, Eric Johnson, Thomas Rivera and Nathaniel Davis did not secure the win on national television but did break their school record in the event by placing fourth in 1:31.41 at the Dr. Sander Invitational in New York City.

3. Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball. Nick O'Neil called this one of the best weeks he's had as a coach. Five wins in as many days is simply impressive, especially when two come against state-ranked Class AA opponents with one of those foes state-title favorite and third-ranked Penfield of suburban Rochester.

4. Park boys basketball. The Pioneers extend their winning streak to seven games by taking down the last team to beat them – running away from a very good Bishop Timon-St. Jude team. Visit to Canisius on tap for Tuesday.

5. CASH girls hockey. The Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home team heads into the Section VI playoff with some major momentum. The crew is on a four-game winning streak that includes triumphs over defending champion Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park and a win over Monsignor Martin that prevented the latter from jumping past FLOP for the top seed of the Federation playoffs later this month.

6. Niagara Wheatfield hockey. Falcons went 1-0-2 to extend its unbeaten streak to six games since suffering first-regulation loss of season to Williamsville North last month. The ties came against Orchard Park and St. Joe's. NW's win came against Canisius, snapping the Crusaders' seven-game unbeaten streak.

7. St. Francis wrestling. Red Raiders become just the second Monsignor Martin team to capture the New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association Dual Meet Championship. Eight straight wins after opening the tournament with a loss is impressive. The last time a local won the state Catholic title – also St. Francis in 2015.

8. Canisius swimming. Crusaders tuned up for Tuesday's All-Catholic meet by taking second at Blazer Invitational at Cleveland State against top Ohio competition last weekend.

9. Canisius basketball. Crusaders (16-2, 7-1) have bounced back from their loss at Park by winning their last six games heading into Saturday's game against Cardinal O'Hara.

10. Williamsville East swimming. After posting their first undefeated season in 21 years, Flames looked to keep the good times rolling during this past weekend's ECIC Championship meet.

High honors

-- Bishop Timon-St. Jude basketball. The final score wasn't pretty but the Tigers aren't as bad as their finish during Friday's loss at Park either. They look to regroup and try to win for seventh time in eight games Wednesday against St. Joe's.

-- Falconer wrestling. Section VI Division II champion Falcons earn the section's first dual match win at the first-ever state tournament during 1-1 showing in round-robin action last weekend.

-- Lancaster wrestling. Only two losses of season for area's top-ranked large school come at first-ever state tournament.

-- Orchard Park hockey. Friday's overtime win against defending state champion Williamsville North means they now have wins over the projected top two seeds of the Section VI tournament. OP also beat Niagara Wheatfield in overtime back in December.

-- Sweet Home hockey. Top-ranked Division II team in the state avenged its only loss of the season by taking down St. Francis in overtime.

-- West Seneca West boys basketball. Furious comeback on the road at Williamsville North and then a win on senior night last Thursday enable Indians to improve to 18-0.

-- Williamsville South girls basketball. Double-digit win over Sacred Heart? OK, you caught my attention.

Honor roll

Alden swimming, Allegany-Limestone girls basketball, Amherst girls basketball, Amherst girls bowling, Canisius hockey, Cheektowaga indoor track, Clarence boys bowling, Clarence girls basketball, Clarence rifle, East boys basketball, East Aurora girls basketball, Ellicottville boys basketball, Franklinville boys basketball, Franklinville girls basketball, Gowanda boys basketball, Grand Island hockey, Grand Island wrestling, Hamburg swimming, Health Sciences boys basketball, Iroquois girls basketball, John F. Kennedy boys basketball, Kenmore East girls basketball, Lackawanna boys basketball, Lake Shore girls basketball, Lancaster hockey, Lancaster-Iroquois-Depew hockey, Lancaster girls basketball, Lancaster girls bowling, Lancaster indoor track, Lancaster rifle, Lockport boys basketball, Lockport boys and girls bowling, Maryvale boys basketball, Maryvale boys and girls bowling, Medina boys basketball, Mount St. Mary girls basketball, Newfane boys basketball, Newfane girls basketball, Newfane wrestling, Niagara Falls boys basketball, Niagara Falls boys and girls bowling, Nichols girls hockey, Olean boys basketball, Orchard Park boys and girls bowling, Panama girls basketball, Pioneer boys and girls bowling, Sacred Heart girls basketball, St. Francis bowling, St. Francis hockey, St. Joe's hockey, St. Joe's wrestling, Silver Creek boys basketball, Southwestern girls basketball, Tapestry boys basketball, West Seneca East hockey, West Seneca West hockey, West Seneca West track, Williamsville girls hockey, Williamsville South boys basketball.

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