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Keith McShea’s rankings of the best of the fall:
1. East Aurora and Clarence cross country: Top small school EA and top large school Clarence (boys No. 1, girls No. 2) were both a major part of a tremendous local showing — particularly on the girls side — at McQuaid’s huge invitational (7,000-plus runners, around 250 schools).
2. St. Joe’s football. This is a rare departure from the order of my large school football poll (where I have it OP-Canisius-St. Joe’s), but the Marauders deserve it after ending Aquinas’ 25-game win streak over Monsignor Martin teams. Great game at Lockport Saturday.
3. St. Joe’s volleyball. Another Marauder streak-stopper as Joe’s handed Canisius its first Monsignor Martin loss — regular season or playoffs — in more than 12 years.
4. Alden football. Tremendous victory over Depew makes it far and away the No. 1 small school – Bulldogs could beat more than its share of large schools, too.
5. Clarence girls swimming: Two more ECIC I meets, two more blowouts.
6. Sacred Heart and Nardin golf: The Sharks won team title with 8-0 record; Gators’ Michelle Hanes won third straight All-Catholic title with a 2-over-par 74 Sunday at Rothland.
7. East Aurora soccer: Both boys and girls teams continue to be unanimous No. 1 small schools in WNY.
8. St. Mary’s volleyball: Won prestigious Eden tournament with a win over Rochester power Mercy, which won the Frontier Tournament a week earlier.
9. Canisius football: Overwhelmed St. Francis. Crusaders get their shot against Aquinas on Saturday.
10. Orchard Park’s entire athletic department (almost): No. 1 football large school, No. 1 girls soccer large school, No. 1 girls volleyball large school, No. 1 boys volleyball large school, No. 5 boys soccer large school, No. 6 boys cross country large school.
Honor roll: Clarence boys soccer, Lockport boys soccer, Williamsville East boys and girls soccer, Iroquois field hockey, Barker field hockey, Nichols boys golf, Lancaster girls gymnastics.