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Homeroom Announcements: Wednesday'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 Wednesday

1. Girls hockey - Section VI Championship, 8 p.m.

2-Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore (15-3-1) takes on 4-Kenmore/Grand Island (7-10-0-3) at Northtown Center for the sectional title and right to head to SUNY Canton for the state semifinals on Friday.

FLOP swept Kenmore/GI in the regular season with 7-1, 4-2 and 3-0 wins, but as the Devil Dogs showed in their 4-2 upset over top-seed Williamsville on Monday, that's not always a sure indicator come playoff time.

Olivia Smith had a part in every Kenmore/GI tally on Monday with three goals and an assist. Seventh-grade goaltender Ellie Simmons stopped 40 of the 42 shots Williamsville took. The Devil Dogs are the five-time defending Section VI champs.

FLOP beat Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence, 4-1, in the other semifinal on Monday. Jessica Peters, Frangelica Bautz, Megan Roche and Mary Kromer each scored once, while sophomore goalie Victoria Cottrell made 14 saves.

2. Girls basketball - Orchard Park at East Aurora, 7:30 p.m.

Orchard Park (9-8) heads to East Aurora (13-3) in the top girls basketball game of the day. Both teams are playing tough despite season-ending injuries to top players like OP's Danielle Hore and East Aurora's Emma Brinker.

The Blue Devils, a Class B school, is still highly ranked in the small schools poll at No. 2, while the Class AA Quakers are honorable mention in the large schools poll this week.

With Brinker down, the matchup to watch will be the inside battle between East Aurora's Sarah Tully (11.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and OP's Sam Fischer (16.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg).

3. Boys basketball - Sweet Home at Kenmore West, 6:30 p.m.

No. 9 large school Kenmore West (11-6) hosts Sweet Home (9-8) in the top game of a light boys hoops schedule on Wednesday.

Both teams are coming off wins from last night, the Blue Devils a 76-61 decision over Cheektowaga and the Panthers a 56-45 ECIC II victory over Iroquois.

Senior Tal James scored a team-high 24 points for West, including five three-pointers. Junior Stephon Trueheart also scored 24 points last night for the Panthers, which was a game high.

4. Boys hockey - North Tonawanda vs. West Seneca West, 4:30 p.m.

In one of two hockey games today, West Seneca West (11-3) and North Tonawanda (5-7-1-1) meet at the Hockey Outlet Ice Complex.

The Indians sit three points behind Grand Island in Division 3. Seven players have at least 15 points for West. Tyler Dunning (11 goals, nine assists) and Kyle Haettich (eight goals, 12 assists) lead the team and are tied for third in the division with 20 points a piece. Netminder Dan Browne is 10-3 with two shutouts and a 2.21 goals against average.

The Lumberjacks are currently fourth in Division 4, four points behind Lew-Port. Jackson Burns leads NT with eight goals and 13 points, while Trent Woodroe's close behind with seven goals and 11 points. Nolan Horn has a team-high eight assists.

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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Tuesday's roundup

Scholastic Spotlight
Bowling: Niagara-Wheatfield's Maloney on a roll as sectionals near
Rifle: They're on target on the range and in the classroom
Rifle quick hits: Who's back, major meets & more

High School Extra (Feb. 8): Park routs undermanned Canisius, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (Feb. 8)

Western New York leaders
- Boys track & field
- Girls track & field
- Wrestling

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After school

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

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