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Power 10: Williamsville East softball tops rankings

Here is this week’s Power 10.

(Through Friday night’s games)

1. Williamsville East softball. There is joy in Mudville for Class A state No. 1 Williamsville East (18-0). The Flames started the week by taking down two top-three state-ranked teams in their respective classes, including state Class AA No. 1 Victor of Section V, to win the Officer Joseph Corr Memorial Tournament at the Mudville Complex in Herkimer. The Flames capped their week by clinching the ECIC II crown and maintaining an unbeaten record with wins over Hamburg, Amherst and Williamsville South.

2. Lake Shore girls lacrosse. The Eagles took care of business by beating Amherst to remain unbeaten and secure the division title. Normally that’s enough to remain in the top spot but Williamsville East had a slightly better week, hence the drop from No. 1.

3. St. Joe’s lacrosse. The playoffs begin for the 17-1 Marauders. St. Joe’s have played perhaps the toughest schedule among area teams and are three wins away from program’s first state title. That could be an attention-getting accomplishment for Western New York.

4. Canisius rowing. Crusaders had a fine weekend at state championship regatta, capturing two gold medals. Canisius had all eight of its boats reach final heats and had five boats qualify for nationals.

5. Williamsville East baseball. The deep Flames won their fourth straight division title. Bring on the postseason.

6. Orchard Park softball. ECIC I champions are enjoying a 10-game win streak as it heads into their league finale versus Lancaster and regular-season ender versus Iroquois.

7. Kenmore West baseball. Blue Devils handed Lockport its first loss to create a tie atop NFL standings.

8. Orchard Park track and field. The important part of the season began last weekend with the first big invitational of the spring. Orchard Park’s boys and girls teams scored the double victory in the meet at Williamsville South.

9. Hamburg boys lacrosse. Defending Section VI Class B champion climbs to No. 2 in Buffalo News poll behind St. Joe’s. It closed the regular season with a 9-8 win over last year’s Class B runner-up Williamsville East.

10. Lancaster girls lacrosse. Rebounded from rare loss to a local school by beating Clarence to secure the division title. Lancaster now shifts its focus toward trying to win its 13th Section VI playoff championship in 15 years.

Honorable mention

Amherst track and field,  Buffalo Scholastic Rowing, Buffalo Seminary rowing, Canisius baseball, Canisius tennis, Cheektowaga track and field, City Honors rowing, 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, Mount St. Mary rowing, Nardin rowing, Nardin softball, Niagara Wheatfield softball, Olean softball, Orchard Park boys lacrosse, Orchard Park tennis, Pioneer track and field, Roy-Hart baseball, Roy-Hart softball, St. Francis baseball, St. Francis track and field, St. Joe’s baseball, St. Joe’s rowing, St. Mary’s softball, Salamanca boys lacrosse, Springville baseball, Sweet Home track and field, Williamsville East boys lacrosse, Williamsville North baseball, Williamsville North softball.

This is the penultimate Power 10 of the spring season. The final rankings will publish following the conclusion of the state playoffs.

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