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. Baseball - Class AA prequarterfinals; Class A, B & C quarterfinals
The baseball postseason got underway with eight quarterfinal games yesterday. Seven of the eight higher seeds advanced to one of the 24 playoff games on today's schedule.
9-Frontier at 8-Niagara Wheatfield
10-Jamestown at 7-Lockport
9-West Seneca West at 1-Wmsv. East, 2 p.m. at Wmsv. North
5-Sweet Home at 4-Hamburg
6-North Tonawanda at 3-Grand Island
7-Hutch-Tech at 2-Wmsv. South
8-Amherst at 1-Starpoint
5-Lew-Port at 4-Kenmore East
6-Iroquois at 3-Olean
7-Lake Shore at 2-Maryvale
The first two games of the Class AA playoffs take place Friday. The Frontier-Niagara Wheatfield winner heads to No. 1 Lancaster on Monday, while the Lockport-Jamestown winner visits No. 2 Clarence.
West Seneca West was the lone lower seed to win yesterday, a 2-1 triumph over crosstown rival West Seneca East. Its reward? A game against top-seeded Williamsville East. Niagara Frontier League rivals Lew-Port and Kenmore East meet for the third time after splitting in the regular season. The Class A semifinals are scheduled for Monday at the higher seeds.
8-East Aurora at 1-City Honors
5-Springville at 4-Depew
6-CSAT at 3-Albion
7-Dunkirk at 2-Alden, 2 p.m.
8-Southwestern at 1-Olmsted
5-Eden at 4-Roy-Hart
6-Wilson at 3-Fredonia
7-Gowanda at 2-Tonawanda
Eight of the top 10 teams in this week's small schools poll are in action on Friday, with two of the top matchups on the day coming in Class B-2. Semifinals are scheduled for Monday at the higher seeds.
No. 6 Eden, coming off a 10-4 win over Lackawanna yesterday, visits No. 7 Roy-Hart. No. 8 Wilson, which beat JFK, 10-3, yesterday, visits No. 3 Fredonia in a rematch of last season's Class B-2 final. The Hillbillies won that game, 4-2.
5-Chautauqua Lake at 4-WNY Maritime
6-Falconer at 3-Cassadaga Valley
7-Salamanca at 2-Allegany-Limestone
5-Holland at 4-Frewsburg
6-Randolph at 3-Maple Grove
7-Portville at 2-Westfield
The top seeds in Class C-1 and C-2 stand by, waiting for their opponents in Monday's semifinals. The WNY Maritime-Chautauqua Lake winner heads to No. 1 Silver Creek/Forestville. Barker, the top seed in C-2, plays the winner of Frewsburg-Holland.
2. Baseball - Canisius at St. Francis, 4:30 p.m.
No. 5 large school Canisius and No. 2 large school St. Francis square off for the second time in three days on Friday.
With the 5-3 win against St. Francis on Wednesday, the Crusaders moved their record to 6-2 in the Monsignor Martin Association. Michael Mazzara doubled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning and came around to score himself. Mitch Rosati scattered four hits and gave up no earned runs in a complete game on the mound.
A tough week for the Red Raiders continued yesterday with a 6-0 loss at Bishop Timon-St. Jude. It was the fourth loss in as many days for St. Francis, which also lost to St. Mary's of Lancaster on Monday and Clarence on Tuesday.
3. Boys lacrosse - V-Pittsford Mendon at Orchard Park, 5 p.m.
Orchard Park (12-3) takes on its fourth Section V opponent of the season when it hosts Pittsford Mendon (14-1) at D'Youville College today.
The Quakers lost to Canandaigua, 17-11, and Fairport, 11-2, in April before beating Penfield, 15-10, back on May 5. Seniors Logan Collins and Pat Sullivan and junior Coleman Jacobs lead OP offensively.
The Vikings have played one Western New York school this season. They topped St. Joe's, 13-5, on May 6.
4. Girls lacrosse - West Seneca West at Niagara Wheatfield, 5 p.m.
With first place in Class B sewn up by Hamburg, Niagara Wheatfield (7-7, 4-3) and West Seneca West (10-3, 5-2) battle it out for second place in the five-team division heading into sectionals.
This is the fourth game in four days for the Indians, who beat North Tonawanda Monday, lost to Hamburg in overtime on Tuesday and won at Iroquois yesterday. West came away with a 13-10 home win against Wheatfield on May 3. Senior Claire Purdy is one of six players with at least 20 goals for the Indians.
The Falcons haven't won more than two games in a row this season but haven't lost more than two games in a row, either. Their schedule this week included a close 8-6 loss to Class C power Lake Shore on Monday, a win over NT on Wednesday and a loss yesterday at Amherst. Seniors Arriana Smith and Marissa Markott lead the team in points.
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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Softball photo gallery: Hamburg 3, Grand Island 1
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