Keith McShea’s rankings of the best of the fall:
1. East Aurora cross country: What happens when this outstanding program has home course advantage? It dominates. The boys and girls teams, both ranked first among small schools in Western New York, finished first at the KnoXC Invitational, with large school power Clarence second in both races.
2. Jamestown football. For the second week, a departure from my large school ballot, but the Red Raiders deserve first billing here for their first victory over Orchard Park in a decade, one that ended the defending AA state champions’ 18-game win streak.
3. Canisius football: Here’s the team on top of my large school ballot, which had three scoring drives from its 1-yard line dominating Aquinas.
4. Clarence girls swimming: No Dina Rommel (defending state champ out with an injury), no problem. WNY’s top times in nine events belong to Red Devils.
5. East Aurora soccer: Both boys and girls teams still unanimous No. 1 small schools in WNY. Boys No. 2 in state, girls No. 12.
6. Nichols boys golf: Individual All-Catholic medalist (James Grachos), Monsignor Martin champs and winners of Midwest Prep Classic.
7. Williamsville East soccer: Girls ascend to No. 1 large school spot, boys undefeated and No. 3 in top-heavy boys poll.
8. Sweet Home football. Flexed muscles in blowout at Will North, its 56th straight win over Western New York opponents.
9. Clarence boys soccer. Very nice 2-1 win over Canisius for the No. 1 large school at the outstanding Super Monday event in which public and private schools square off.
10. Orchard Park’s No. 1s: Both volleyball teams are tops in their polls, while boys golf is the ECIC Large South champs and girls tennis is undefeated.
Honor roll: St. Mary’s girls volleyball, Clarence cross country, Alden football, Cheektowaga football, St. Mary’s football, Lockport boys soccer, Iroquois field hockey, Nichols girls tennis, Williamsville North boys golf.