1. Clarence runners and swimmers. Both Red Devil cross country teams continue to be ranked first in Western New York, with the girls seventh and the boys eighth in the state Class A poll. The girls swim team, with its six returning All-Americans (more on that in Tuesday’s Scholastic Spotlight), hosts the ECIC meet next week.
2. Jamestown football. Undefeated Red Raiders now have six straight 50-point games and made an overdue appearance in the state top 10 this week (10th in AA). Friday night’s trip to Orchard Park, which has beaten Jamestown at The Ralph the last two years, is meaningless as far as the seedings are concerned – Jamestown is No. 1, Orchard Park No. 3 – but meaningful as far as everything else is concerned.
3. East Aurora cross country. Girls No. 1 in the state in Class B, boys down three spots to 13th in state.
4. St. Mary’s girls volleyball. No. 1 small school beat Eden on Wednesday. Come to think of it, considering the consistent excellence of its program, St. Mary’s should be considered a large school in girls volleyball.
5. Canisius boys volleyball. Today at No. 2 St. Joe’s in a tremendous doubleheader off Kenmore Avenue. The soccer teams play at 4 as No. 3 Canisius visits a Marauders team which knocked off No. 1 Williamsville East on Super Monday.
6. Alden football. Drama Kings trailed 20-0 Saturday night at Olean, then won 29-20 for its fourth come-from-behind win this year. We investigate the No. 1 small school’s soap opera season tonight on BuffaloNews.com’s PrepTalkTV as coach Rob Currin and senior quarterback Brian Stoldt stop by.
7. Niagara-Orleans boys soccer. No. 1 small school Akron beat Canisius on Monday, No. 8 Medina beat Akron on Tuesday, which might push Newfane up from No. 2.
8. City Honors girls volleyball. Welcome back, coach Matos. Centaurs swept their way to 13-0 record, 39-0 in games, to win 29th straight Buffalo Public Schools title.
9. Eden volleyball. Man, you should have seen the email I got for leaving the No. 2 small school Raiders and Frontier Invitational champions off of the honor roll last week. My bad (chest tap).
10. Hutch-Tech and City Honors cross country. Both teams are top two in league (Tech has top boys, Honors top girls) heading into today’s All High meet at Delaware Park.
Honor roll: Orchard Park girls volleyball; Williamsville South, Lockport, Clarence, Wilson and Ellicottville girls soccer; Clarence and Williamsville East boys soccer; Orchard Park and Williamsville North boys golf; Sacred Heart girls golf; Canisius, Cheektowaga, McKinley and Randolph football; Amherst, Iroquois, Kenmore and Barker field hockey; Orchard Park girls tennis; Williamsville South gymnastics; Sweet Home cross country (WNY’s No. 2 girls, No. 3 boys); St. Joe’s and Canisius cross country (both 3-0; they meet Wednesday at Delaware Park).