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Keith McShea’s rankings of the best of the fall:
1. East Aurora cross country. This is why they live in this spot: The Blue Devils, whose boys and girls teams are ranked first among WNY small schools, dominated the Alden Stampede – competing as a large schools.
2. Canisius football: The unanimous No. 1 large school. Crusaders should have been unanimous last week.
3. Bishop Timon-St. Jude football. Memorable homecoming game saw Tigers’ first win over St. Joe’s in a decade. One Friday later, another great matchup at Fitzpatrick Field as Timon hosts Canisius.
4. Clarence girls swimming. Owns WNY’s best times in eight of 11 events. Among those are three relays, in which the Red Devils are a combined 17 seconds faster than the runners-up.
5. Williamsville East soccer. No. 2 boys large school goes for undefeated regular season today, No. 1 large school girls team in Western New York.
6. Williamsville North boys golf. Won ECIC North Large School title with the school’s first undefeated season, recorded lowest score in the 36-year history of the Williamsville Cup, qualified all eight starters for ECIC individuals and won school’s second straight ECIC overall team title Monday.
7. Orchard Park and Nichols girls tennis. Both undefeated. OP was ECIC I champ this year … and the previous seven, with a 97-1 record over that time. Vikings went 8-0 with victories over ECIC III champion Amherst and ECIC IV champ East Aurora.
8. Lockport soccer. Excellent job by second-year coach Mike Finnerty to turn the girls program around all the way to a Niagara Frontier League title. The boys won their third straight league crown by going undefeated for the first time.
9. Kenmore East boys golf. Bulldogs went 20-1 to win the NFL title. Mike Davern earned medalist honors while in third was – can’t make this name up – Ricky Shotwell.
10. No. 2-in-the-state boys soccer teams. No. 1 WNY large school Clarence trails only Long Island power Brentwood in AA; No. 1 small school East Aurora is behind Livonia of Section V (Rochester area) in B.
Honor roll. Iroquois field hockey, Alden football, Depew football, Clarence cross country, Wilson girls soccer, Sweet Home football, Maple Grove football, Orchard Park boys and girls volleyball, St. Mary’s girls volleyball, Williamsville North girls volleyball, Nichols boys golf.