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Homeroom Announcements: Wednesday'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 Wednesday

1. Girls volleyball - Clarence at Williamsville North, 6 p.m.

No. 2 large school Clarence visits No. 10 Williamsville North in a key ECIC I matchup early in the season.

The Red Devils beat Lancaster and Frontier, both in four sets, to start off their league slate. Jaide Cummings, Jenna Hugenschmidt and Kennedy Oleszak have stepped up in a lineup that graduated some talented pieces.

The Spartans were swept last week Tuesday by the Legends but turned around Friday to sweep West Seneca West. Abby Vincent led the way against the Indians with seven kills and 13 assists.

WNY high school volleyball polls (Sept. 12)

2. Field hockey - Williamsville North at Williamsville South, 4:45 p.m.

No. 2-ranked Williamsville North (3-0) heads to crosstown rival No. 9 Williamsville South (2-1) looking to break a winless streak.

The Billies are one of the few teams who have had recent success over North, with a 2-0-1 record over the last three seasons. This season they have wins over No. 7 Orchard Park and Starpoint and a loss to No. 5 Sweet Home.

The Spartans have wins over No. 3 Williamsville East and Sweet Home in their past two games. Goalie Samantha Mallare has given up only two goals (the offense has scored 11) and has a save percentage of 92.9.

WNY high school field hockey poll (Sept. 12)

3. Girls soccer - Williamsville East at Williamsville South, 4:30 p.m.

Williamsville East and South renew their girls soccer rivalry on Wednesday. The Flames have won five in a row in the series since an early 2015 loss at South.

East (3-0, 3-0) was voted No. 3 in the first large schools poll of the season. The team has yet to allow a goal in three league wins over West Seneca East, Sweet Home and Amherst. Keeper Sarah Panepento is one of the top in the area at her position.

The Billies (2-3, 2-2) were among the honorable mention in the large schools poll. South has league wins over Sweet Home and Amherst and losses against Hamburg and Starpoint. Fourth-year junior Kaitlin Gruber leads the team with seven goals and sophomore Emma Petrie has six.

WNY high school soccer polls (Sept. 12)

4. Boys volleyball - Orchard Park at Lockport, 5 p.m.

No. 1 Lockport (3-0) hosts always-tough Orchard Park (3-1) in a nonleague contest.

The Lions have been the unanimous top-ranked team all three polls this season. They won the Clarence Tournament for the first time at the beginning of the season and then finished as the runner-up at the Eden Tournament last weekend.

The Quakers weren't ranked in the poll this week but beat West Seneca West yesterday in a close three-set sweep to move to 2-0 in ECIC I. The team's other league win came over No. 5 Lancaster last Wednesday.

WNY high school volleyball polls (Sept. 12)

5. Boys soccer - Grand Island at St. Joe's, 4:30 p.m.

No. 5 large school St. Joe's (4-1) and two-time Class A champ Grand Island (2-2-3) do battle in a nonleauge matchup.

The Marauders have won three games in a row since a 2-1 loss at No. 1 Clarence two weeks ago. St. Joe's has outscored opponents 14-0 in its four wins over I-Prep/Grover, Timon, Iroquois and Nichols.

The Vikings, who went unranked in the first poll of the season, rebounded from a 1-0 loss at Lew-Port over the weekend to beat Niagara Wheatfield yesterday, 1-0. Senior John Griffin scored the goal, while classmate Steven Pufpaff made eight saves.

WNY high school soccer polls (Sept. 12)

Honor roll
- Boys soccer: Southwestern at Maple Grove, 4:30 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Orchard Park at Clarence, 5 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Alden at Holland, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls volleyball: Maple Grove at Southwestern, 6:30 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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Tuesday's roundup

Ever-appreciative Root returns with a vengance for Pioneer girls soccer

Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the best of the fall scholastic sports season

Canisius, Orchard Park, Randolph, Sweet Home among most dominant football programs since 2006

High Schools: Canisius soccer shuts down Frannies

High school scores & schedules (Sept. 13)

WNY high school soccer polls (Sept. 12)

WNY high school volleyball polls (Sept. 12)

WNY high school field hockey poll (Sept. 12)

WNY high school cross country polls (Sept. 12)

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