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What to watch for Wednesday
1. Boys basketball - Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Cardinal O'Hara, 6:30 p.m.
No. 6 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude (10-4, 5-2) hosts No. 6 small school Cardinal O'Hara (10-6, 5-2) in the top game of the day.
The Tigers rebounded from a seven-point loss at St. Francis last Friday with a dominating 69-47 win at St. Mary's of Lancaster on Monday. Timon's next nine games to close the season looks like a gauntlet. Starting Friday, the Tigers play Park, Williamsville North, St. Joe's, V-Aquinas, Nichols, Olean, St. Francis, Canisius and Walsh before heading into the Manhattan Cup playoffs.
The Hawks are still atop the Class B division, with its only loss against a Catholic small school coming last Friday at St. Mary's. That snapped a six-game winning streak that started with an 80-58 home win against the Lancers. Sophomore Justin Hemphill is still averaging a double-double with 18.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game.
2. Boys basketball - St. Mary's of Lancaster at Park, 6:30 p.m.
No. 1 large school Park (12-2, 6-1) takes on its fourth straight Class B school when No. 5 small school St. Mary's of Lancaster (11-5, 5-4) visits Harlem Road.
The Pioneers regained their unanimous No. 1 distinction after St. Francis fell to Williamsville South last Tuesday. Park has rolled over Christian Central, Niagara Catholic and Walsh the past three games by an average margin of 38 points.
Riding high after an 83-70 win over O'Hara last Friday, the Lancers lost to Timon on Monday by 22 points. They're currently a game behind O'Hara in the Class B standings, but have played two more league games than the Hawks have so far.
3. Girls basketball - Jamestown at East Aurora, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 small school East Aurora (11-2), a Class B school, hosts Class AA Jamestown (5-8) in the top girls basketball game on Wednesday.
The Blue Devils relinquished their stranglehold on the top spot in the small schools poll after a 10-point loss to No. 3 Depew last Friday, its first in three games without third team All-Western New Yorker Emma Brinker. Sarah Tully had 15 points against the Wildcats and Julianna Meisenheimer added 10. The only other loss was to No. 3 large school Lake Shore, which hosts East Aurora next Monday.
The Red Raiders started the season 0-5 but are 5-3 since, with the highlight coming in a 55-53 win at No. 10 Orchard Park last month. They were on a three-game winning streak before losing the last two against Frontier and Clarence. Sophomore Allison Stockwell and seniors Mackenzie Swanson and Alexis Grissom are the top three scorers for Jamestown.
4. Boys basketball - Nichols at St. Joe's, 6 p.m.
Nichols (6-8, 3-3) and St. Joe's (6-8, 1-5), two teams trying to find their way in Monsignor Martin play this season, meet in an interdivisional game.
The Vikings are 3-2 against Class B opponents and lost to Canisius on Monday in coach Darren Fenn's return to Delaware Ave. Nichols eked out a 61-59 win over Walsh and have hung tough with division leaders O'Hara (60-51) and St. Mary's (50-43). Guards Will Johnson and Trent Banaszak are the team's top players.
St. Joe's won its first Monsignor Martin game of the year on Monday against Class B Christian Central. Other than that, it's been tough sledding for the Marauders with double-digit losses to Park, Canisius, Timon and St. Francis and a four-point loss at St. Mary's. Junior Jack Capen and senior Caleb Cockrell are the top scorers for St. Joe's.
5. Boys hockey - Lockport vs. Sweet Home, 8 p.m.
Division 4 foes Sweet Home (7-6) and Lockport (0-13) face off at Cornerstone Arena in the only hockey game on the schedule.
The Panthers are looking for their first three-game winning streak of the season tonight. Sweet Home's led offensively by the duo of Tyler Edholm and Matthew Gademske. Edholm is second in Division 4 with 12 goals and is tied for third in points with 17. Gademske is tied for first in the league with 11 assists. Netminder Michael Lisman has a 2.81 goals against average in 12 appearances.
The Lions have struggled this season scoring a league-low 18 goals and giving up a league-high 72. Ryan Boci and Dylan Skalman both lead the team in goals and points with four and six, respectively.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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