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What to watch for Sunday
1. Boys hockey - Section VI small schools quarterfinals at Northtown Center
1-Williamsville East (7-8-1) vs. 11-North Tonawanda (7-8-1-1), 1 p.m.
The top-seeded Flames are led by senior Mike Steffan, the leading point-getter in the Federation this season with 31 (15 goals, 16 assists). The Lumberjacks scored a big 4-1 win over No. 6 West Seneca West on Wednesday, the only upset in the prequarterfinals.
2-Hamburg (3-8-4-1) vs. 8-Lew-Port (10-5-2), 3 p.m.
Of Hamburg's three wins this season, two came against Kenmore East and the other against large school Lancaster. Jason Delmont leads the Bulldogs in points with 16 (four goals, 12 assists). It took the Lancers two overtimes to beat 9-Sweet Home on Thursday, but Matt Spameni scored the game-winner on the power play with 3:51 left in the period.
3-Grand Island (13-2-1) vs. 7-West Seneca East (10-5-1-1), 5 p.m.
These two Division 3 teams are familiar with one another. Grand Island shut out the Trojans, 3-0, on Dec. 1, but East handed the Blue Devils their first loss of the season on Jan. 27 in a 1-0 game. Parker Morrow's 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) leads GI. Danny Flynn has a team-high 11 goals and 20 points for the Trojans.
4-Kenmore West (12-3-1-0) vs. 5-Kenmore East (1-13-0-3), 7 p.m.
These crosstown rivals meet for the second time this season. West shut out East, 2-0, back on Jan. 16 in a nonleague game. The Blue Devils, the top team in Division 4, have two of the highest scorers in the Fed this season: Michael Barker (12 goals, 18 assists) and Ethan Yotter (14 goals, 15 assists). The Bulldogs earned their first win against a Western new York opponent on Thursday with a 6-2 triumph over 12-Amherst. Russ Riggio led the way with two goals and two assists.
2. Boys basketball - St. Joe's at Walsh, noon
The lone basketball game on the schedule features Monsignor Martin foes St. Joe's (9-13, 2-10) and Walsh (11-9, 5-8) in an interdivisional meeting.
The Marauders nearly put a scare in to No. 1 large school St. Francis on Thursday in a 59-56 loss. Joe's was up 13-8 after one quarter and 21-19 at half before the Red Raiders had a 20-13 third quarter. Caleb Cockrell (20 points, three three-pointers) and Jack Capen (18 points, four three-pointers) were the high scorers in the game.
Speaking of scoring, nobody's been able to do it more than Tavien Kemp this season. The Walsh senior leads Western New York averaging about 35 points per game. He went for 40 points and 14 rebounds in a 79-51 win over Niagara Catholic on Thursday, which avenged an earlier-season loss. Tavien's brother, junior Latrell Butler-Kemp, added 18 points for the Eagles.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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