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Homeroom Announcements: Friday'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 Friday

1. Boys basketball - NYSPHSAA semifinals at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton

Class D: Franklinville (20-4) vs. VII-Moriah (23-1), 10 a.m.

Franklinville has made it back to the state semifinals for the first time in 39 years by playing phenomenal team ball. Junior captains Sam Erickson (20.4 ppg) and Isaac Kopp (14.2 ppg) lead the No. 2-state ranked Panthers against the top-ranked team in the state for a spot in Saturday's championship at 5:15 p.m. Moriah also dominated its regional opponent to make it to Binghamton. The junior duo of 6-foot-1 Dylan Trombley and 6-4 Joey Stahl average 19.3 and 17.5 points per game, respectively.

Class B: Health Sciences (21-4) vs. X-Canton (22-5), 5:30 p.m.

The Falcons showed mental toughness in its regional triumph over Mynderse last weekend and will have to show more against a Canton team that upset a 24-0 Glens Falls team in the regional semifinals. Canton, No. 7 in the state, and Health Sciences, No. 11, are both playing in their first state final four. Winner moves on to Saturday's 9 p.m. final.

The Golden Bears are led by brothers Louden and Declan Porter. Louden is a 5-foot-11 senior point guard and 1,000-point scorer, while Declan is a 6-6 sophomore who's on pace to join his brother in the 1,000-point club next season. That should make for interesting matchups with Falcons point guard Tyron Lott (18.8 ppg) and 6-foot-6 wing Davonte Gaines (17.9 ppg).

2. Girls basketball - NYSPHSAA semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy

Class B: Fredonia (20-6) vs. I-Irvington (24-1), 11:45 a.m.

The Hillbillies punched their first ticket to states in coach Carol Zirkle's 17 years as head coach. Fredonia beat Mynderse, 55-46, despite only five points from leading-scorer Hannah Cybart. Katie Price, Hannah Gullo and twin sister Caitlyn Cybart stepped up and scored a combined 45.

Fredonia, No. 6 in the state, now takes on Irvington, which is ranked No. 2. Nine different players scored for the Bulldogs in a blowout regional win. Kelly Degnan finished with a game-high 22 points, while Olivia Valdes had 14 and Lindsay Halpin 10. Saturday's championship game is at 4 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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Thursday's roundup

NYSPHSAA basketball previews
Boys: Health Sciences, Franklinville hit the road in search of state titles
Girls: Panama, Fredonia head to Troy in search of state titles

NYSPHSAA basketball capsules
Boys Class B: Health Sciences vs. X-Canton
Boys Class D: Franklinville vs. VII-Moriah
Girls Class B: Fredonia vs. I-Irvington

Buffalo's Howard Washington commits to Syracuse basketball

High school scores & schedules (March 17)

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After school

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

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