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Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the best of the scholastic spring sports season

Here is the first Power 10 for the spring sports season.

(Through Friday night’s games)                                                                                                              

1 Lake Shore girls lacrosse. The only unbeaten girls lacrosse team in the area stayed that way in attention-getting fashion. The defending Section VI Class C champions handed reigning Class A champ Lancaster a 14-13 overtime loss Friday night. The Eagles’ 13 wins also include triumphs over reigning Section VI Class B (Frontier) and Class D (Eden) champions. Another biggie is on docket for Thursday against old friend Amherst.

2 St. Joe’s boys lacrosse. Marauders closing in at another unbeaten regular season in Monsignor Martin. Top-ranked team in News’ lacrosse poll stands at No. 9 in the latest state Class A poll. St. Joe’s (13-1) is the highest-ranking Western region team in the poll. Lone loss to nationally renowned Culver Military Academy.

3 Williamsville East softball. Coach Chris Durr’s Flames head into weekend tournament at Mudville ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A. Of first 13 games, closest contest has been 5-0 win over Hamburg. They’ve been scary good.

4 Lockport baseball. Lions are 14-0 and hold half-game lead over Ken West in Niagara Frontier League. Rallied to win resumption of a suspended game over Kenmore East earlier last week in which they trailed by four.

5 Orchard Park softball. Two wins over Clarence this week by 12-2 Quakers trump earlier season loss to Red Devils. Playoffs should be fun with host of contenders including defending champion Lancaster.

6 Hamburg boys lacrosse: Beat Orchard Park 7-6 and looks to be the favorite in Class B again. Defending Section VI champion unbeaten against Western New York teams. Half of four losses to teams from outside the state while the other two against old friends from Rochester.

7 Williamsville North baseball. ECIC I race has gotten interesting because the Spartans are on a roll. Eight-game winning streak includes consecutive wins over state No. 5-ranked Clarence.

8 Lancaster girls lacrosse. Despite overtime loss to Lake Shore, Legends look like resounding favorite in Class A.

9 Williamsville East baseball. Jerry Gasz's kids are off to another sizzling start in the quest to add another division title to the trophy case. Flames carried six-game winning streak into Saturday afternoon tilt against Frontier.

10 Orchard Park boys tennis. The Quakers typically are the standard of excellence in Section VI. Unbeaten and leading their division, Quakers appear to be doing their thing as usual.

Honorable mention

Amherst track and field, Canisius baseball, Canisius tennis, Cheektowaga track and field, Clarence baseball, Clarence softball, Depew baseball, East Aurora boys lacrosse, Eden softball, Fredonia baseball, Hamburg girls lacrosse, Hamburg track and field, Hutch-Tech track and field, Lancaster softball, Lancaster track and field, Medina baseball, Mount St. Mary girls lacrosse, Nardin softball, Niagara Wheatfield softball, Olean softball, Orchard Park boys lacrosse, Pioneer track and field, Roy-Hart softball, St. Francis baseball, St. Francis track and field, St. Joe’s baseball, St. Mary’s softball, Salamanca boys lacrosse, Springville baseball, Sweet Home track and field, Williamsville East boys lacrosse, Williamsville North softball.

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