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Homeroom Announcements: Monday'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 Monday

1. Boys hockey - Super Monday at KeyBank Center

Niagara Cup: 1-St. Joe's vs. 3-Canisius, 4 p.m.

These arch-rivals meet for the third year in a row to battle it out for the Niagara Cup. The Marauders won last year, while the Crusaders won in 2015. St. Joe's took the first matchup against Canisius this season, 4-0, on Jan. 16 and the two teams played to a 1-1 tie on Feb. 2. Read up on how the teams got past their semifinal opponents here.

Large schools: 1-Williamsville North vs. 4-Lancaster, 6:15 p.m.

Williamsville North and Niagara-Wheatfield have been staples in the large schools final over the years, so this matchup is a welcome change for Lancaster. The Spartans and Legends split their regular-season games. Lancaster opened the season with a 4-2 win over North, while the Spartans returned the favor with a 2-0 win on Jan. 26.

Small schools: 4-Kenmore West vs. 7-West Seneca East, 8:30 p.m.

Kenmore West and West Seneca East both earned one-goal wins over higher seeds last week to move on to tonight's final. The Trojans, a Division 3 team, topped the Blue Devils, who are in Division 4, in their only game this season by a score of 4-1.

2. Boys basketball - Section VI semifinals at Buffalo State

Class B-1
- 1-East Aurora vs. 5-Dunkirk, 6 p.m.
- 2-MST Seneca vs. 3-Newfane, 7:45 p.m.

Buff State Week officially gets underway with the semifinals in Class B-1.

The top-seeded Blue Devils (18-3) are led by the trio of Nick Montgomery, Joe Montgomery and Cal McTigue. The Marauders (13-9) are a high-scoring bunch who took down No. 4 Springville by 20 points last Friday.

Newfane-MST Seneca is a rematch of the second game of the season, which the Panthers won on their home court, 56-43. Newfane (15-6) got 33 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists from sophomore Max Weber in its 78-53 quarterfinal win over 6-Depew. Earl Howard is the high-scorer for the Indians (17-4). He averages 17.1 points per game.

Winners play in the Class B-1 final on Saturday back at Buffalo State.

3. Boys basketball - Section VI semifinals at Jamestown CC

Class C-1
- 1-Chautauqua Lake vs. 5-Allegany-Limestone, 5:15 p.m.
- 2-Cleveland Hill vs. 6-Portville, 6:45 p.m.
Class D
- 1-Clymer vs. 4-Sherman, 8:15 p.m.

Class C-1 favorite Chautauqua Lake (18-3) and Devin Pope, the leading scorer in Section VI at 28.3 ppg, take on Allegany-Limestone (9-12), which beat 4-Salamanca in the quarters on Friday, 57-38.

Cleveland Hill (13-8) and Portville (7-14) play in the middle game on Monday. The Eagles are led by 300-point scorer Paul Woodward, who had 19 points in their 67-54 quarterfinal win over 7-WNY Maritime. Portville upset 3-Tapestry on Friday, 66-60, behind 26 points from Nick Stein.

Clymer (15-5), winners of seven straight, gets its first taste of postseason action against Sherman (17-4), which routed Forestville, 57-22, in Friday's quarterfinals. Dustin Neckers, Justin Svetz and Josh VanEarden all average double figures for the Pirates. Chris Robson (24.4 ppg) and Jared Gleason (12.8 ppg) lead the way for the Wildcats.

The winners return to JCC for the finals on Friday. Class D is at 5:15 p.m. Class C-1 at 8:15 p.m.

Playoff schedules
- Section VI boys basketball
- Manhattan Cup
- Section VI girls basketball

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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Sunday's roundup

Bucky Gleason column: Hamburg hockey coach carries message of late wife

Girls hockey Federation final
Story:
 Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore captures championship
Photo gallery:Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore 4, Williamsville 2

Club Hockey Championships
Story:
 St. Mary's of Lancaster caps hockey revival with championship
Photo gallery: Canisius 2, St. Joe's 1

Monsignor Martin girls basketball semifinals
Story: Buffalo Seminary enjoys latest basketball win

Buffalo News boys and girls basketball polls (Feb. 27)

High school scores & schedules (Feb. 27)

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After school

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

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