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Homeroom Announcements: Thursday'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 Thursday

1. Boys basketball - East at South Park, 4:30 p.m.

The Yale Cup I race all comes down to this: If No. 10 large school South Park (14-4, 12-1) wins, it's the outright champ. If No. 3 small school East wins (13-6, 11-2), then the Panthers and Sparks are co-champs. It's that simple.

East handed South Park its only league loss of the season back on Jan. 9 in a 90-77 triumph. The Panthers took a 23-point lead (77-54) into the fourth quarter before the Sparks outscored them by 10 the final eight minutes.

East junior Willard Anderson, who averages 26 points per game, finished with 35, including five three-pointers. He also had eight assists and five steals. Junior Justin Allen had 19 points and 14 rebounds for East. South Park senior Shakur Harris, who averages 21 ppg, scored a game-high 37, including 18 of 19 at the foul line.

2. Girls basketball - Frewsburg at Olean, 7:30 p.m.

No. 9 large school Olean (16-3) opened the year with a 60-55 double overtime win over No. 3 small school Frewsburg (17-2). The Huskies look to close the regular season against the Bears with the same result.

Sophomore star Sara Pfeiffer poured in a game-high 25 points for Olean, including 12 from beyond the arc. Teammate Chantel Singleton added another 16 for the Huskies. Frewsburg's trio of Gabby Iuculano, Kaitlyn Blanchard and Olivia Lynn combined for 52 of the team's 55 points.

Olean won the CCAA West I title this season with its only league loss coming at Chautauqua Lake. The other losses came against V-Hornell and Franklinville. Pfeiffer's among the top scorers in Western New York averaging 27.1 ppg.

Frewsburg has won 16 in a row since starting the year 1-2 against arguably the three toughest opponents on its schedule: Olean, a win over Depew and a loss to Ellicottville. Iuculano (17.8 ppg), Blanchard (16.2 ppg) and Lynn (12.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg) all average double figures scoring.

3. Boys bowling - Section VI Championships

A day after Niagara-Wheatfield captured the girls bowling title, the boys get their chance to shine at Cheektowaga's Airport Lanes. The individual favorite looks to be Niagara-Wheatfield senior Nate Maloney, who's the two-time defending sectional champ.

Bowling starts at 9 a.m. and is expected to end around 4:30 p.m. Follow live scoring updates at section6bowling.com.

4. Girls hockey - Federation semifinals at Northtown Center

1-Williamsville vs. 4-Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence, 4 p.m.

Williamsville has its shot at redemption after being upset by Kenmore/Grand Island in the Section VI semifinals a little more than a week ago. First up is CASH, a team Williamsville swept in the regular season. CASH eliminated Kenmore/GI in Tuesday's quarterfinals in a 6-5 game.

2-Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore vs. 3-Monsignor Martin, 5:30 p.m.

FLOP, the Section VI champs and NYSPHSAA runner-up, flew by Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew in the quarterfinals. Mary Kromer and Frangelica Bautz each scored twice in the 7-1 win. Monsignor Martin survived a scare against a one-win West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden squad on Tuesday. It fought back from a 3-0 third-period deficit to score a 4-3 overtime win.

Thursday's victors move on to the final on Sunday, Feb. 26 at HarborCenter at 8 p.m.

5. Boys hockey - Section VI small schools prequarterfinals

The Section VI boys hockey playoffs get underway with a small schools doubleheader at Northtown Center.

5-Kenmore East (0-13-0-3) and 12-Amherst (2-12-1-1) open it up at 7 p.m. After a state championship last season, the Division 2 Bulldogs struggled and were one of two teams that didn't win a Federation game this year. The Division 4 Tigers won both of its games this season against Lockport, the other winless team.

6-West Seneca West (12-3-1) then takes on 11-North Tonawanda (6-8-1-1) at 9 p.m. in a rematch of a game last week, which the Indians won, 5-2. The Lumberjacks battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie it up in the second period, but West went on to score the last three goals.

The other two prequarterfinal matchups take place Friday, with the winners moving on to Sunday's quarterfinals back at Northtown Center.

Honor Roll
- Boys basketball: Park at Cardinal O'Hara, 6:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Nichols at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Allegany-Limestone at Fredonia, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Panama at Chautauqua Lake, 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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Wednesday's roundup

Girls bowling: Niagara-Wheatfield enjoys Section VI title

High School Extra (Feb. 16): Three-way tie for Niagara Frontier League title, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (Feb. 16)

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After school

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

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