1. Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball. Tuesday’s historic victory over Sacred Heart gives us a clear No. 1 on this list. Fun-to-watch Hawks (fun to watch on PrepTalkTV Weekly on buffalonews.com as well) are undefeated with impressive wins outside the area.
2. St. Joe’s hockey. Marauders still marauding. Twelve straight wins including a 5-1 win over Section V power McQuaid.
3. Canisius boys swimming. Followed rout of St. Joe’s with excellent win over Cathedral Prep (Pa.). All-Catholic meet Monday at ECC should be a Crusader showcase.
4. Canisius boys basketball. Great start to the month. Win at Timon, win over Section V power Fairport, ascend to No. 1 spot in both the state Class A poll and The News large school poll.
5. Clarence wrestling. Season-long No. 1 large school is seventh in state AA poll. Sunday’s Section VI championships at UB might end up a Red Devil-fest like the ECICs and Class AA tourney.
6. Olean boys basketball. No. 1 small school, which beat AA school East of Rochester last week, looks like a state-championship caliber squad. The state poll thinks so, too: The Huskies are ranked first in Class B.
7. Sacred Heart girls basketball. An oh-so-close loss to O’Hara. Stay tuned: The No. 1 large school Sharks will likely have another shot at the Hawks.
8. Nichols girls hockey. Nine straight wins as they head off to face more elite competition at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Jamboree this weekend.
9. Falconer wrestling. No. 1 small school dominated Class D tournament with four individual champions as they head to UB on Sunday.
10. City Honors swimming. Set four records in winning All-High title, with freshman Alize Allen – not surprisingly given her record-breaking season – in on three of them.
Honor roll: Orchard Park and East Aurora boys swimming; Lancaster girls indoor track; Maryvale, Sweet Home and daVinci girls bowling; Frontier, Tonawanda, St. Joe’s, Niagara-Wheatfield and City Honors boys bowling; Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Nichols boys hockey; Monsignor Martin girls hockey; Alden rifle; Lockport girls basketball; Niagara Falls, Silver Creek and Jamestown boys basketball; Lake Shore and Fredonia wrestling.