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What to watch for Friday
1. Boys basketball - Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Park, 6:30 p.m.
Head to Harlem Road for the top game Friday, a heavyweight battle between top large schools. That's where No. 1 Park (6-1, 1-0) hosts No. 4 Bishop Timon-St. Jude (5-1, 1-0) in the second Monsignor Martin Association league game for both squads.
The Pioneers opened league play on Tuesday with a 78-64 win at St. Joe's. Their lone loss came to Mt. St. Michael of the Bronx on Dec. 29 in the Elmira Tournament. Three players average double figures for Park, led by sophomore Daniel Scott at 18.6 points per game. Junior big-man Joe Jones averages 13.7 ppg, while sophomore Noah Hutchins averages 12.4 ppg.
The Tigers on Tuesday ended Canisius' streak of 36 consecutive wins over Western New York competition with a 67-65 home win. Davion Warren led the way with 27 points and 20 rebounds. Sophomore Juston Johnson (18 points) and senior Joe Harrison (16 points) were also vital in the win. Timon suffered its loss against Williamsville South on Dec. 22.
No. 2 Canisius (4-4, 0-1) visiting arch-rival No. 10 large school St. Joe's (5-4, 0-1) at 7 p.m. in another Monsignor Martin contest was a close runner-up for the top spot.
2. Girls Basketball - St. Mary's of Lancaster at Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 large school Sacred Heart (5-1, 1-0) squares off with No. 4 small school St. Mary's (9-1, 0-0) in the top girls hoops game of the day.
The Sharks rebounded from a six-point loss in its Art Dobson Memorial Tournament to No. 7 large school Clarence last week with a huge 77-15 win at Niagara Catholic on Tuesday. Four players scored in double figures Tuesday, led by junior Micaela Ryan's 19 points. Sophomore Jennifer Grimm added 14, freshman Siobhan Ryan scored 13 and sophomore Makenzie Sees had 12.
The Lancers lost their first game of the season on Dec. 29 to No. 8 small school Frewsburg, 70-49, in the final of the Frewsburg Tournament. St. Mary's owns quality wins over Newfane and Kenmore East. Sophomore Caroline Zanghi has been the leading point-getter for St. Mary's.
3. Boys basketball - Dunkirk at Olean, 7:30 p.m.
Olean head coach Jeff Anastasia has his first chance to set the Western New York career wins record when the honorable mention large school Huskies (8-2, 2-1) host No. 7 small school Dunkirk (5-4, 2-0) in a CCAA West I matchup.
Anastasia tied legendary Bishop Timon-St. Jude coach Mel Palano at 544 career wins after handling Falconer Wednesday, 84-25. The Huskies have won four in a row, all by double digits, since a 58-57 league loss at Chautauqua Lake on Dec. 20. Senior Monty Shoemaker averages a team-high 19.3 ppg, while classmate Tristen Snyder averages 11.1 ppg.
The Marauders won their second league game of the season with a 67-44 win against Fredonia on Wednesday. Juniors Darnell Butts and Tyreese Kristan Johnson are the top offensive players on this high-scoring bunch, which beat Class AA Lancaster to start the season.
4. Boys hockey - Orchard Park vs. Williamsville East, 7:15 p.m. (POSTPONED)
The top hockey game of the day comes at Leisure Rinks between Division 1 leader Orchard Park (5-1-1) and Division 2 leader Williamsville East (4-1).
The Quakers are winners of five straight since opening the season with a 2-2 tie against Canisius and a 6-0 loss to Williamsville North. Tyler Bienias is tied for the division lead with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) on the year. Zachary Biasillo has a team-high four goals. Goalie Thomas Held holds a 1.50 goals against average and has three shutouts this season.
After winning its first four games, East suffered a 6-3 loss to Niagara-Wheatfield before the holiday break. The Flames boast the top scorer in the Federation in Michael Steffan. The senior captain has a Fed-high eight goals and 15 points in five games. Sean MacLeay and William Mann each have two goals and four assists.
5. Girls basketball - Kenmore West at Kenmore East, 7 p.m.
No. 9 large school Kenmore East (6-2, 4-0) and honorable mention large school Kenmore West (4-5, 4-1) renew their crosstown rivalry Friday. The teams split last year's meetings with each winning on the road.
The Bulldogs have come out hot in league play, winning each game by at least 16 points. Senior Kendall Mills (18.3 ppg) and junior Serena Sordetto (15.6 ppg) lead the team offensively. East's two losses have come to ranked schools Orchard Park and St. Mary's.
The Blue Devils are below .500 with each win coming against league opponents since a 13-point loss at Lockport on Dec. 9. Nonleague losses have come to V-Webster Thomas, V-Rush Henrietta, Mount Mercy and Mount St. Mary. Fourth-year senior Anna Quinlan is the top player for West averaging 12.6 ppg.
- Boys basketball: St. Mary's of Lancaster at Cardinal O'Hara, 6:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Walsh at St. Francis, 6:30 p.m. (POSTPONED)
- Boys basketball: Cheektowaga at East Aurora, 7:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Randolph at Salamanca, 7:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Pine Valley at Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Silver Creek at Gowanda, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Cardinal O'Hara at Mount St. Mary, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Grand Island at Lockport, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Alden at Cleveland Hill, 6:30 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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