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Homeroom Announcements: Thursday'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 Thursday

1. Girls Basketball - Pine Valley at Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m. (POSTPONED)

Both No. 3 small school Ellicottville (8-0) and Pine Valley (7-0) come into this CCAA East II matchup undefeated.

The Eagles have been dominant this season, winning every game by at least 14 points except for a four-point win against No. 8 small school Frewsburg. UB-bound senior Marrissa Hamilton leads the team averaging 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Classmate Emmalea Erlandson scores 11 ppg.

The Panthers have been off since a blowout 57-17 win against Salamanca on Dec. 21. Seniors Zoe Nelson (12.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and Emily Raiport (11.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg) are their top scorers.

2. Boys basketball - Jamestown at Lancaster, 7:30 p.m. (POSTPONED)

No. 10 large school Jamestown (4-1, 2-0) heads to Lancaster (5-4, 3-0) for a battle of ECIC I unbeatens.

The Red Raiders returned from the holiday break with a 58-57 win over McDowell of Pennsylvania on Monday. Returning All-WNY third teamer James Rojas is the top player averaging 26.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Matt Hill averages 10.6 ppg.

The Legends on Tuesday handled Orchard Park at home for a 77-61 league win. Four different players scored in double figures: Alec Tamburri 17, Jakob Jerebko 13, LG Castillo 12 and Noah Speyer 10. Castillo averages a team-high 12 ppg, while Tamburri scores 10.7 ppg.

3. Boys hockey - Clarence vs. St. Joe's, 8:30 p.m.

St. Joe's (3-1-1) and Clarence (2-1-1) play at the Northtown Center Olympic Rink in an interdivisional showdown.

The Marauders had a successful holiday trip to Rhode Island, winning the Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff for a second straight year. In Fed play, Joe's responded nicely to a 3-2 loss against Orchard Park with a 6-0 win over Frontier and a 5-1 win over Williamsville North. Nathan Berke leads the team with eight assists and nine points. Luke Pierce has a team-high four goals.

Clarence's only loss is also to Orchard Park, 3-1, on Dec. 22. Seven different Red Devils have goals this season. David Cosentino, Nick Messuro and Richy Felber have two a piece. Cosentino also has two assists for a team-high four points.

4. Girls hockey - Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence vs. Monsignor Martin 5:30 p.m.

Monsignor Martin (5-2-2) and Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence (5-6) meet for the second time this season at Northtown Center.

Kaitlin Drew-Mead scored two of her team-high 10 goals for Monsignor Martin in a close 3-2 win over CASH on Dec. 12. MMHSAA has scored 23 goals as a team this year, the third least in the Federation. Their 15 goals allowed are the second least.

CASH is still the highest-scoring team with 53 goals. The problem is they've given up the same amount, the second most in the league. Julia Mings (Fed-high 16 goals, 12 assists) and Emma Faso (11 goals, Fed-high 13 assists) are No. 1 and 2 in points, respectively.

5. Boys hockey - Grand Island vs. Lew-Port, 5 p.m.

Grand Island (6-0) looks to stay undefeated when it takes on Lew-Port (5-2) at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion Thursday.

Vikings goalies Jason Lupp and Joseph Samplinski have only given up a combined six goals this season, three each. Thomas Cecere, Brandon Snyder and Parker Morrow all have two goals and five assists for a team-high seven points. Cameron Collignon leads the team in goals with four.

The Lancers have won three in a row since losses to St. Francis and Kenmore West the first week of December. Mat Carden leads the team with seven goals and 11 points. Jacob Peters is next with four goals and seven points. Goalie Nicholas Shotwell has started all seven games for Lew-Port, giving up 21 goals.

Honor Roll
- Boys basketball: Middle College at Burgard, 6 p.m. (POSTPONED)
- Girls basketball: Health Sciences at Tapestry, 4:30 p.m. (POSTPONED)
- Girls basketball: Southwestern at Falconer, 7:30 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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Wednesday's roundup

Girls hockey scholastic spotlight: Love of hockey lured Olympian Looney to Nichols
Quick hits: Dates to remember, returning all-stars, and much more

Girls hockey: Ex-City Honors student earns spot on U.S. Under-18 women's team

Football: Maple Grove's Benson earns nod as state Class D Player of the Year

Football: Jantzi steps down as Springville football coach

High School Extra (Jan. 5): Olean's Anastasia ties all-time mark, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (Jan. 5)

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After school

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

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