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Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the best of the scholastic winter season (Feb. 9)

(Through Friday night’s games)

1 Williamsville girls hockey. Regardless of whether Williamsville wakes up as a state champion or state runner-up Sunday morning, historic week for coach Rick Hopkins’ crew is hard to ignore and deserves to be rewarded. Four wins in five days entering Saturday night’s state final against Skaneateles. Roland sisters lead comeback win against Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park in Section VI final to end FLOP’s reign as state champion and secure program’s first sectional crown.

2 East Aurora boys swimming. The Blue Devils drop a spot due to Williamsville's phenomenal week. East Aurora still had a good week as it achieved the three-peat in capturing Section VI Class B meet crown, doing it in dominating fashion. Add in the ECIC small schools crown and 50th consecutive division title and this is another fine season for EA. The only thing that would make it better would be one of the team members winning a state title down the road.

3 St. Joe’s boys hockey. The Marauders (19-1-2) appear to be peaking at the right time. Winners of 16 of 18, St. Joe’s earns top seed for the Niagara Cup playoffs.

4 Park boys basketball. No Noah Hutchins, no problem for the Pioneers in double-digit win against host St. Francis – the same team that just last month took Park to overtime with Hutchins in the lineup. Pioneers have a busy week beginning Monday against Canisius.

5 Canisius swimming. How about a goal-count chant for chlorinated-pond success? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. That’s right, Canisius captures its 17th consecutive All-Catholic team championship and Monsignor Martin regular-season title.

6 Cardinal O’Hara boys basketball. Park’s busy week includes the battle of No. 1's as top-ranked small school and unbeaten O’Hara hosts the Pioneers in a game in which bragging rights go to the victor.

7 Olean boys basketball. As per usual, Huskies' schedule big nonleague foe (in this case, Saturday’s clash vs. St Francis at the Second Annual Centercourt Classic) late in the season to aid with preparation for the real season – the postseason. Unbeaten and still No. 1 in state in Class B.

8 Amherst girls basketball. Played Section V Class AA power Bishop Kearney pretty close in defeat days after avenging what had been its only loss to Williamsville South. Capped huge week of action against Section V's Mercy on Saturday.

9 Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball. Part Two of the revenge portion of this Power 10. Hawks go into Lancaster and beat St. Mary’s to avenge earlier defeat suffered at hands of the Lancers. Barring hiccups by either that prevents 1-2 regular-season finish in standings, rubber match between teams will be in Monsignor Martin playoff final with winner advancing to the states as the league’s Class AA representative and the loser staying home.

10 Niagara Falls bowling. The Wolverines’ boys and girls teams both finish season unbeaten in the Niagara Frontier League. Girls now head into this week’s Section VI Tournament on a roll having won  warm-up Section VI Invitational last weekend. Though boys didn’t win the Invitational, it still has two tournament wins under its belt heading into sectionals.

Honorable mention

Amherst boys basketball, Amherst indoor track and field, Canisius hockey, Canisius squash, City Honors boys basketball, Cheektowaga indoor track and field, Clarence bowling, Depew girls bowling, Dunkirk girls bowling, East boys basketball,  Falconer wrestling, Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park girls hockey, Frontier girls basketball, Hamburg indoor track and field, Hamburg swimming, Holland/East Aurora indoor track, Lake Shore girls basketball, Lancaster indoor track and field, Maryvale bowling, Monsignor Martin girls hockey, Nichols boys hockey, Nichols girls hockey, Nichols squash, Niagara Wheatfield wrestling, Olean wrestling, Orchard Park swimming, St. Francis wrestling, St. Joe’s bowling, St. Joe’s wrestling, West Seneca West bowling, West Seneca West indoor track and field, Williamsville North boys basketball, Williamsville South girls basketball.

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