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 Monday
1. Girls basketball - East Aurora at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.
No. 2 small school East Aurora (13-2, 8-2) heads to No. 3 large school Lake Shore (15-1, 9-1) for a key ECIC III girls hoops matchup between two of the top teams in Western New York.
Both of East Aurora's losses have come to divisional opponents, Depew and Lake Shore. The Eagles also fell victim to a surging Wildcats crew in their lone loss this year.
The Blue Devils held an 18-14 lead after one quarter and a 32-26 halftime lead against Lake Shore back on Jan. 20. The Eagles, led by Tashawni Cornfield's 16 points, eight rebounds and seven steals, went on to outscore East Aurora 17-8 in the third to take back control.
2. Boys basketball - Middle College at East, 6 p.m.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Yale Cup I race will be one of the most-intently watched divisional races in Western New York. And with McKinley in fourth place with four losses, it looks like there'll be a new champion as well.
No. 6 small school East (11-5, 9-1), tied for first with the same record as South Park, hosts No. 4 small school Middle College (11-5, 8-2), which sits a game behind the Panthers and Sparks.
The Kats handed East its only league loss of the season in a 67-64 game on Jan. 17. Each team had four scorers with at least 11 points, but Derrick Bishop (17 points, eight rebounds) led Middle College back from a 38-34 halftime deficit.
3. Girls hockey - Section VI semifinals at Northtown Center
1-Williamsville vs. 4-Kenmore/Grand Island, 4 p.m.
Williamsville (15-0-3) won its regular season matchups against Kenmore/Grand Island (6-10-0-3) by scores of 5-2, 3-1 and 4-1. Kenmore/GI, led by Olivia Smith's 15 goals and 11 assists, are the two-time defending champs. Leah Czerwinski leads Williamsville with 18 goals and 28 points, while Holly Schmelzer is close behind with 14 goals and 24 points.
2-Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore vs. 3-Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence, 5:30 p.m.
Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore (14-3-1) also swept its semifinal opponent, Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence (9-9-0-0-1), with 5-1, 5-2 and 3-1 wins in the regular season. CASH's Julia Mings (29 goals, 20 assists) and Emma Faso (21 goals, 25 assists) not only lead the Federation in points, but they are the only two players to have more than 20 goals and assists and more than 30 points. FLOP has five players with at least 20 points this season, led by Megan Roche (12 goals, 15 assists) and Mary Kromer (13 goals, 14 assists).
4. Boys basketball - Franklinville at Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 small school Ellicottville (14-2, 7-0) looks for the season sweep of rival No. 9 small school Franklinville (12-4, 6-1) when the two CCAA East II leaders meet on Monday.
The Eagles won a 53-52 thriller at Franklinville on Jan. 4 after being down 31-22 at the half. Elliot Bowen's 21-point, 20-rebound effort sparked Ellicottville's second-half comeback. Sam Erickson led the Panthers that day with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
5. Boys hockey - Grand Island vs. St. Francis, 6:45 p.m.
Division 3 opponents Grand Island (12-1-1) and St. Francis (8-5-0-1) face off at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in the top boys hockey game of the day.
The division-leading Vikings won a 3-1 game against St. Francis on Dec. 11. Colin Bellinger scored twice and added an assist, while Thomas Cecere added two helpers. Grand Island lost its first game of the season in a 1-0 game against West Seneca East and have since responded with blowout wins over Williamsville South and West Seneca West.
The Red Raiders rebounded from a two-game losing streak to win their last two against West Seneca East and Niagara Falls. Erik Pawelski leads the team in both goals and assists with nine and 12, respectively. Ian Schmidt's next in both categories with seven goals and seven assists.
- Boys basketball: South Park at Burgard, 7:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Gowanda at Randolph, 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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- As always, we'll monitor today's action in our #PrepTalkLive post
- High school standings, polls and leaders in Tuesday's paper