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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. Girls hockey - NYSPHSAA Championship at SUNY Canton

A Section VI team has made it to three straight state finals. They'll be looking for their first championship this afternoon when Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore takes on III-Skaneateles at 1 p.m.

Five different players scored for FLOP in its 5-1 semifinal win over VIII-Beekmantown Friday night. Brooke Becker and Frangelica Bautz opened up a 2-0 lead before Beekmantown tallied its goal. Meghan Roche, Emily Kromer and Riley Johnson then went on to score FLOP's remaining three goals. Victoria Cottrell made 14 saves between the pipes.

III-Skaneateles won the other semifinal, 5-1, over X-Potsdam.

Click here to watch a live broadcast of the championship game.

2. Wrestling - Section VI & CHSAA Championships

The 67th annual Section VI Championships and 54th annual State Qualifiers are the top local attractions on Saturday. The Division 1 (large schools) tournament takes place at North Tonawanda High School, while the Division 2 (small schools) tournament takes place at the Seneca Nation Allegany Community Center in Salamanca. D-I seeds can be found here. D-II seeds can be found here. Action starts at 10 a.m. Finals begin around 6 p.m.

The first day of the Catholic state championships also get underway Saturday at St. Francis. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. today and will continue through the quarterfinals. Sunday's semifinal action starts at 9:30 a.m. Champions in each weight advance to the New York State Federation Tournament on Feb. 24 and 25 in Albany. Click here for the top four seeds in each weight class, which features wrestlers from Canisius, Gow, St. Francis, St. Joe's and St. Mary's of Lancaster. Follow live results right here.

3. Boys basketball - Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Olean, 2:30 p.m.

No. 4 Bishop Timon-St. Jude (15-5) heads to No. 7 Olean (16-2) for a nonleague battle between top large schools.

The Tigers are coming off a 55-42 win at Nichols yesterday. Mastor Radford was the team's high-scorer with just eight points, but four others scored seven. Timon's losses have all come against top competition: Williamsville South, Park, V-University Prep, St. Francis and V-Aquinas.

The Huskies, winners of 12 straight, are one of the hottest teams in Western New York right now. Olean's 6-1 in nonleague games this season, including a 41-27 win over Nichols on Dec. 30. Its losses this season have come against Maryvale and Chautauqua Lake. Senior Monty Shoemaker averages a team-leading 19.4 points per game, while Tristen Snyder (12 ppg) and Mike Schmidt (10.4 ppg) also average double figures.

4. Boys hockey - Niagara-Wheatfield vs. Williamsville North, 3 p.m.

Division 1 powers Williamsville North (11-4) and Niagara-Wheatfield (9-5-1) clash at the Northtown Center Feature Rink in the top boys hockey game today.

The Spartans look to rebound from Thursday's 7-1 loss to first-place St. Joe's against a team the beat once already this season. North got out to a 4-0 lead and won a 5-2 game against Wheatfield back on Dec. 16. Anthony Trigilio scored twice and had an assist in that game, while Rocco Bonafini had three assists.

After an eight-game winning streak in the middle of the season, the Falcons are 1-3-1 in their last five. Most recently Wheatfield won a 3-1 game against Canisius to snap a four-game winless streak. Chace Woods leads the team with 10 goals and 18 points, while Nick Peters and Zack Belter share the team-high in assists with 11.

5. Girls basketball - Southwestern at Chautauqua Lake, 6:30 p.m.

Honorable mention small school Chautauqua Lake (10-7, 8-2) and CCAA West I foe Southwestern (12-5, 7-3) meet for the third time this season at Jamestown Community College.

The Thunderbirds opened their season with a close 46-42 win over Southwestern. The Trojans won the second round, 41-31, in the JCC Holiday Classic.

Nobody averages double figures on Chautauqua Lake, but Taylor Phelps, Katelyn Fardink and Lakin Gustafson each score at least eight per game. The Trojans, last year's Class B-2 champs, are having another solid season despite the loss of many key seniors.

Honor Roll
- Boys hockey: Lew-Port vs. Sweet Home, 5:30 p.m. at Northtown Center

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

Prep Talk: Is it ethical to chase individual records in a blowout?

Girls hockey: Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore reaches state final

Boys basketball: St. Francis wins another overtime thriller against Park
Quick hits: St. Francis 54, Park 53 (OT)
Photo gallery: Park at St. Francis

Boys basketball photo gallery: Canisius 72, St. Joe's 49

High School Extra (Feb. 11): Hemphill sinks winner for Cardinal O'Hara, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (Feb. 11)

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After school

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

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

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