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Homeroom Announcements: Tuesday's big games & more

Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports.

What to watch for Tuesday

1. Boys basketball - Canisius at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 6:30 p.m.

Monsignor Martin boys basketball league play gets underway Tuesday, and there's no shortage of notable matchups on the schedule. While there are three games that stand out, none are bigger than No. 2 large school Canisius (4-3) visiting No. 4 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude (4-1).

The Crusaders went 1-2 last week in a holiday tournament in Elmira and snapped a three-game losing streak that started with a loss to Cathedral Prep (Pa.) on Dec. 23. Regardless, Canisius has won 36 straight games and 68 of its last 69 against Western New York competition and put that streak on the line tonight.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are coming off a successful road trip to Rhode Island, where they picked up wins over LaSalle Academy and Middletown. Seniors Davion Warren (34 points, 23 rebounds) and Joe Harrison (30 points) had solid showings those last two games.

Other Monsignor Martin action worth keeping an eye on Tuesday:
- No. 1 large school Park (5-1) at No. 10 large school St. Joe's (5-3), 6 p.m.
- No. 5 small school Cardinal O'Hara (4-4) at No. 5 large school St. Francis (5-1), 7 p.m.

2. Boys basketball - East Aurora at Lackawanna, 6:30 p.m.

No. 2 East Aurora (6-2) heads to No. 4 Lackawanna (5-0) for a battle between top small schools.

Lackawanna's been idle since a one-point win over ECIC IV foe Springville on Dec. 23. Four different Steelers average at least nine points per game, led by sophomore Noah Grabar at 16 ppg and junior London Smith at 11.2 ppg.

The Blue Devils had their five-game win streak snapped with a 52-44 loss to V-Newark in the I-90 Showcase last Friday. Seniors Nick Montgomery (16.1 points per game) and Joe Montgomery (11.8) have been the top offensive threats for East Aurora.

3. Girls hockey - Monsignor Martin vs. Williamsville, 4 p.m. at Northtown Center

There have been two ties this season in Federation girls hockey, and both of those games involved these two teams. They played to identical 1-1 ties early in the season on Dec. 8, and most recently the last day before holiday break on Dec. 23.

The combined Monsignor Martin (5-1-2) outfit is the lone team Williamsville (9-0-2) hasn't been able to solve this season.

Williamsville's Leah Czerwinski is third in the Fed with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists). Teammate Holly Schmelzer's fourth with 15 points and tied with Monsignor Martin's Kaitlyn Drew-Mead for third in goals with 10.

4. Girls Basketball - Depew at Clarence, 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 large school Clarence (7-0) hosts No. 9 small school Depew (6-4) in the top girls basketball game of the day.

The Red Devils recorded their most impressive win of the season so far in a 53-47 defeat of No. 4 large school Sacred Heart last Thursday in the Art Dobson Memorial final. Ella Rose Eckert, a 6-foot junior, was a terror in the paint with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Lauren Cullinen scored 12 points, while Arianna Carey added 10.

The Wildcats won its own tournament last Friday with a 62-57 win over Iroquois. Aviance Clark and Brianna Dotterweich each netted 19 points, while Tess Borgosz had 13.

5. Boys basketball - Williamsville South at Cheektowaga, 6:30 p.m.

Two of the top players, if not the top players, in Western New York square off when Greg Dolan and No. 3 Williamsville South (5-0) heads to Cheektowaga for a nonleague large schools battle with Dominick Welch and the honorable mention Warriors (4-3).

Dolan's 30 points and nine rebounds led the Billies to an impressive 68-62 win at Timon on Dec. 22. South, who's also received key contributions from senior Dakota Wiley (16.4 ppg), has been off since then.

Welch has been a double-double machine averaging 27.4 points and 11 rebounds per game. The Warriors have won their last three games against Starpoint, Depew and honorable mention small school St. Mary's of Lancaster to push over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Honor Roll
- Boys basketball: Grand Island at Niagara Falls, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: North Tonawanda at Kenmore East, 7 p.m.

Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.

#PrepTalkLive updates: While we follow ALL the high school action via our Prep Talk team, we encourage YOU to also tweet updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive attached.

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New Year's weekend roundup

All-WNY girls volleyball wrapup: Division I talents headline accomplished unit
All-Stars: All-WNY first team, as selected by area coaches

Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez's final ranking for the fall scholastic sports season

Sidelines (Jan. 2): Coming attractions, news and more

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After school

- As always, we'll monitor today's action in our #PrepTalkLive post

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