The 2012-13 season was the first in which we ranked a Power 10 throughout the entire school year. From the fall to winter to spring, there were highlights, high marks and heights never reached before. Who was the best of the entire season?
Here’s this year’s ultimate Power 10.
1. Clarence girls swimming. There are many state champions on this list. There are none, however, that utterly dominated in head-to-head state championship competition, made its mark in state history (two state records) and achieved national high honors like the Red Devils did. Clarence not only was the top-scorer at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet, it did so in an utter rout (by 111 points). Seven swimmers combined for a sweep of all three relays, all of which earned All-American honors and two of which set state marks. Junior Dina Rommel was on all three relays and won the 50 freestyle in All-America time while junior Sydney Modeas was an All-American in the 500.
2. St. Joe’s hockey. The Marauders won a state Catholic title at the end, but that’s just the start. The winter Power 10 champions won 18 straight games to end a season in which they went 25-2-1 and 24-0-1 against New York teams. With victories against all members of the NYSPHSAA’s Division I final four — champion Saratoga, runner-up McQuaid, Massena and Section VI Division I champion Niagara-Wheatfield — it made a slap shot of a case as the state’s top high school team overall.
3. Canisius football.With Buffalo News Players of the Year Qadree Ollison (the junior with 15 Division I offers) and Ryan Hunter (senior headed to Bowling Green) leading the way, Canisius went 11-0 to became the first Monsignor Martin large school to go undefeated since 1998 while it finished first in The News large school poll and earned a share of the top spot in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll.
4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude lacrosse. The Tigers were the No. 1 Power 10 team in the spring after a team loaded with Division I talent earned national recognition on its way to a 17-4 record and a state Catholic title. Junior attackman and Albany commit Connor Fields scored a state (and possible national) record 129 goals. Timon beat Hamburg, Ithaca as well as teams from Florida, Ohio and Illinois. It won its title with a 20-4 rout at Long Island’s St. John the Baptist, its worst loss of the season.
5. East Aurora cross country. The Blue Devils spent most of the season at or near the top of the Power 10 for good reason, dominance at the local level and statewide ranking. The EA girls did not win a state title but finished the season with a tremendous, fourth-place showing at the Nike Cross Nationals.
6. Canisius boys soccer. The Crusaders (13-4-3) beat Long Island’s Chaminade for its first state Catholic title in the program’s history, a major achievement considering the level of play of downstate teams. Canisius was rewarded by votes in the final national poll of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
7. St. Mary’s girls volleyball. The Lancers (44-5-4) were clearly the best team in Western New York all season. They won their 13th state Catholic title and were the highest-ranked team from New York in prepvolleyball.com’s final rankings.
8. Canisius boys swimming. Canisius swept all 11 events in the All-Catholic meet, notched a win over Cathedral Prep of Erie, Pa., and crested with a third-place finish at the state Federation meet as junior Jack Boyd earned All-America honors in three events.
9. Nichols girls hockey. A Vikings team with major college talent went 34-7-1, winning the very competitive 10-team North American Prep Hockey Association’s regular season and playoff titles as well as the Canadian Independent Schools Athletic Association crown.
10. McKinley boys basketball. Macks (22-4), co-No. 1 large school with Canisius, played beautiful basketball in the playoffs to earn Western New York’s first large-school state championship by a team outside Niagara Falls since 1984.
High honor roll:
Clarence boys baseball, Hamburg softball, Fredonia baseball, Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball, Canisius boys basketball, Eden girls volleyball, Maple Grove cross country, Randolph football, Hamburg boys lacrosse, Lancaster track and field, Ellicottville girls volleyball, Frewsburg softball.
Canisius volleyball, Orchard Park football, Sweet Home football, Alden football, Williamsville South baseball, St. Joe’s baseball, Sacred Heart girls basketball, Maryvale girls bowling, Olean boys basketball, Clarence softball, Orchard Park boys lacrosse, Clarence wrestling, Hamburg girls lacrosse, Lancaster girls lacrosse, Silver Creek boys lacrosse, Nichols girls golf, Clarence cross country, Orchard Park girls soccer, Williamsville East boys soccer, Clarence boys soccer, Lockport boys soccer, East Aurora boys soccer, Iroquois field hockey, Williamsville North field hockey, Barker field hockey, Nichols boys golf, Williamsville North boys golf, Orchard Park girls tennis, Nichols girls tennis.