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Here is the fifth Power 10 for the scholastic fall sports season. (Through Tuesday’s games) 1: West Seneca West football. Indians clinch second-straight division title and now bring a 21-game unbeaten streak into Friday’s rivalry game against fellow unbeaten West Seneca East. Did we mention it’s a battle of No. 1 (West) versus No. 2 (East) in the News’ Large Schools …

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Here’s the fourth Power 10 for the scholastic fall sports season. (Through Tuesday’s games) 1 West Seneca West football. Twenty straight wins for the Indians, who can clinch second straight division title (they shared Class A South with South Park last year) with win over second-place Niagara Wheatfield on Friday. West, ranked first in state in Class A, gained a seas…

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Here's the third Power 10 of the fall season. (Through Tuesday night’s games) 1 West Seneca West football. The winning streak has now reached 19 for the defending state Class A champions. Homecoming against Jamestown on Friday night is a clash between the current top two teams in Class A-1 division standings. 2 Orchard Park boys golf. Quakers wrap up an 8-0 season…

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Here is the second Power 10 for the fall scholastic sports season. (Through Tuesday night's results) 1: West Seneca West football. No reason to bump the Indians from this spot. The defending state champions' winning streak is now 18 in a row. Doesn't matter who's in at quarterback, Indians' receivers have feasted on foes. West has bludgeoned the competition by a comb…

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(Through Tuesday night’s games.) It’s hard to believe that another scholastic school year is already here. It seems like we were just celebrating one last time West Seneca West football’s run to the state championship, which helped them secure the title as overall Power 10 champion for the 2017-18 school year. Without further ado, here is the first Power 10 for th…

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Thirty teams. Ten spots. Those four words mean it's time for the Final Power 10 for the 2017-18 academic year. Only those teams that finished in the top 10 of one of the three final regular season Power 10s are eligible to be considered for spots in this one. Considering there are more state champions during the year than spots, someone will be disappointed that i…

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As usual, the scholastic spring sports season passed seemingly in a blink of an eye. Lots of teams and athletes put together memorable campaigns, but were they good enough to break into the numeric rankings? Without further ado, here's the final Power 10 for the spring season. 1. Chautauqua Lake softball. The Thunderbirds were the only team to win a state champion…

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(Through Friday's games) 1 Frontier girls lacrosse. Falcons cap 4-0 week with win over Orchard Park to end regular season 15-0-1. Taylor Gehen (58 goals and 70 points) is one of five Falcons with at least 23 goals. The real season begins for Frontier as a No. 1 seed in Class B this week, a year after winning sectionals in Class A. 2 Nardin rowing. All the Gators did …

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By now, you all know the postseason matters when compiling the final Power 10 of each season. State champions deserve to be rewarded for their feats. Still, there are teams in the 716 who deserve props for exceptional seasons even though their campaigns did not end in state championship glory. Do any of the select few, some who happened to finish either ranked second…

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(Through Thursday night's games) 1. Frontier girls lacrosse. Last year's Class A champion is now in Class B, and the Falcons are off to an unbeaten start. Run includes wins over ex-division rivals Lancaster and Orchard Park and new division rival, defending Class B champion Hamburg. Only blemish on Frontier's record is an 8-8 tie against Section III's Rome in a nonleagu…

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Those familiar with this column know how important playoff success is when it comes to determining which teams earn a spot in the season-ending Power 10. While the postseason still plays out in most sports, one team already has a head start in the race to land a spot in the final rankings for the winter. Without further ado, here's the penultimate Power 10 for the wi…

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(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 fi…

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A state No. 1 goes down. An underdog rises to win a Section VI title. And a Western New York relay team earns a life memory regardless of the outcome. It's been a nice week, and it sounds like some shuffling might be in order for the latest installment of the scholastic winter Power 10. So without further ado …  (Through Friday night's games) 1 Williamsville No…

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Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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Curiosity prompted me to look back at the previous Power 10s from the just-completed fall season. My mission: Exactly how many of the teams that won state championships, reached state finals or captured what's considered the top overall Monsignor Martin title in sports without state tournaments actually received a mention in a Power 10 before the playoffs? The tally:…