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Homeroom Announcements: Saturday's big games & more

We know there's no homeroom today. But we're up and ready to go.

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 Saturday

1. Wrestling - Section VI Dual Meet Team Championships

The inaugural Section VI Dual Meet Team Championships will determine for the first time who the top dual wrestling team is in Western New York.

Starting at 10 a.m. at Starpoint High School, a field of eight large schools and eight small schools are set to take part in the first-ever tournament organized by Section VI. Finals begin at 4 p.m.

As Miguel Rodriguez wrote last week, this postseason team dual tournament is a win-win for wrestling.

The Division I field includes ECIC champion Clarence, Frontier, Grand Island, Lake Shore, Lancaster, Lockport, Niagara-Wheatfield and Starpoint.

The Division II tournament includes Chautauqua Lake, Cleveland Hill/Depew, Falconer, Fredonia, Gowanda, Newfane, Olean and Pioneer.

2. Boys basketball - Lockport at Niagara Falls, 1:30 p.m.

To say there's a log jam in the Niagara Frontier League might be an understatement.

North Tonawanda (8-2), Grand Island (7-2), Niagara Falls (7-3), Lockport (7-3) and Kenmore West (7-3) are all separated from each other by a game or less in the divisional race.

The Wolverines (8-6) look for the season sweep of the Lions (11-4) when the two teams meet this afternoon, a scheduling switch for precautionary reasons following an incident after their 64-43 win at Lockport when at least 50 spectators attending the game got into a fight in the lobby that spilled into the parking lot.

Falls had its four-game winning streak, the longest of the season, snapped on Thursday at Kenmore West in a 65-55 loss. Lockport's loss to Falls on Jan. 10 snapped a six-game winning streak. The Lions are 3-1 since, with its loss coming to Kenmore West on Jan. 20.

3. Boys hockey - Lancaster vs. Niagara-Wheatfield, 3 p.m.

Division 1 foes Niagara-Wheatfield (8-3) and Lancaster (5-5-1) face off at Niagara University in one of six Federation games on Saturday's slate. Wheatfield won a 3-2 decision against Lancaster on Dec. 23.

The Falcons are still in the hunt in the D-1 race despite two losses to St. Joe's and another to Williamsville North, two of the three teams ahead of them in the standings. That's because Wheatfield handed Orchard Park, the other team ahead of it in the standings, a 3-2 overtime loss on Jan. 8. Chace Woods (10 goals, eight assists) and Nick Peters (six goals, 11 assists) are the leading point-getters for the Falcons.

The Legends look to snap a two-game losing streak against Clarence and Williamsville North. Shawn Kross, Chris Blackowski and Jeff Coons all have double-digit points this year for Lancaster, which has top wins over North and Canisius.

4. Girls Basketball - Lake Shore at Hamburg, 1:30 p.m.

The top girls hoops game of the day features No. 3 large school Lake Shore (11-1) and honorable mention large school Hamburg (7-5) in a nonleague matchup.

The Eagles rebounded from its first loss of the season to Depew last Friday with a 59-51 win over No. 10 large school Orchard Park this past Tuesday. Raeann White paced the offense with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Tashawni Cornfield and Shayla Scanlan (eight rebounds) each added 11 points.

The Bulldogs are led offensively by senior guard Katie Villarini's 15.4 points per game. Senior Maggie Vesneske and sophomore Brigid McKeone are next in scoring at 9.6 and 8.7 ppg, respectively.

Honor Roll
- Wrestling: Gary Gross Memorial Dual Tournament at Medina
- Wrestling: Ken-Ten Tournament at Kenmore West

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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Friday's roundup

Boys basketball: St. Francis earns another attention-getting win, beating Timon
Quick hits: St. Francis 69, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 62
Photo gallery: Bishop Timon-St. Jude at St. Francis

High School Extra (Jan. 28): Depew beats No. 1 East Aurora, plus much more

State football semifinals moving to Union-Endicott

Williamsville North wins bid to host state field hockey final four

NYSPHSAA approves pitch-count rule for baseball

High school scores & schedules (Jan. 28)

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After school

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

- Follow our Miguel Rodriguez for live wrestling coverage from the Section VI Dual Meet Team Championships on Saturday

- The sixth News basketball polls of the season will be released Sunday night

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