1. Lancaster girls lacrosse. Reminder that Power 10 top spots go to teams that are considered the best in Western New York and have shown they can beat teams outside area as well. Lancaster — which is 3-1 vs. Section V and Thursday rolled into the Section VI final — has been aiming towards next week’s playoffs all season.
2. Hamburg’s big four. We’ll keep this state-ranked quartet together: Both lacrosse teams earned finals berths Thursday; baseball, softball try to do so today.
3. Bishop Timon-St. Jude boys lacrosse. Junior Connor Fields set the state’s single-season goals record after the Tigers won impressively at last weekend’s North American Lacrosse Invitational in Michigan.
4. Orchard Park boys lacrosse. Earned Section VI final with a 15th straight win. Last week OP beat St. Joe’s, 12-3, days after Timon beat Joe’s, 15-2.
5. Clarence baseball. One of the best all-around athletes in this year’s class, Pittsburgh-bound pitcher Mark Armstrong, takes the mound today for No. 1 large school vs. OP in a classic confrontation.
6. Clarence softball. Speaking of No. 1 large schools on the diamond, these Red Devils earned coach Todd Banaszak his 300th career win last week.
7. Sacred Heart girls lacrosse. The Power 10 likes history-makers. Sharks stunned Mount St. Mary to become the first team other than the Thunder to win a Monsignor Martin title in the tournament’s nine-year history.
8. St. Mary’s baseball. Earned first regular season Monsignor Martin title in a quarter-century, which included a bye into Saturday’s loaded semifinals at Northtown Center. Lancers meet Canisius at 10 a.m.; St. Francis (14 straight wins) takes on St. Joe’s (8 of its last 10, win over Frannies on April 23) at 12:30.
9. Nichols softball. The Vikings, who struggled near the bottom of the league just a few years ago, won their first MMA title in school history by ending Sacred Heart’s 26-game league win streak.
10. Buffalo Public Schools baseball. City Honors won its first title in four years against Hutch-Tech, but then Tech made noise in the sectionals by beating Kenmore East – and da Vinci won its first two sectional games in school history to earn a Class C semifinal berth. Significant strides, as the city tends to struggle despite high seeds.
Honor roll: Lancaster, Depew, Hutch-Tech and South Park softball; Orchard Park, Lancaster, Williamsville South, Fredonia, Tonawanda and Middle Early College baseball; Silver Creek boys lacrosse; Lake Shore girls lacrosse; Lancaster, Sweet Home, Lake Shore, St. Joe’s, Immaculata, City Honors and Hutch-Tech track & field; Canisius and Sacred Heart tennis.