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 Thursday
1. Girls soccer - Southwestern at Maple Grove, 4:30 p.m.
No. 1 small school Maple Grove (5-0, 2-0), last year's Section VI Class C champ, hosts CCAA West foe Southwestern (5-0, 2-0), the No. 4 school in the first girls soccer poll. Both teams have only given up one goal on the year.
The Red Dragons had the best season in school history in 2016, starting with 19 wins before losing in penalty kicks in the Far West Regionals. They return Adrianna Carlson (11 goals, four assists) and Clare Crossley (six goals, eight assists), among other contributors.
The Trojans went 12-7 last year with two of those losses coming to Maple Grove, 7-0 and 2-1. They lost to Class B-2 champ Fredonia in the sectional semifinals. Thirteen different players have goals this season. Karen Johnson leads the way with seven, while Kylie Brown has six goals and six assists.
2. Girls volleyball - Lancaster at Hamburg, 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 large school Lancaster heads to No. 7 Hamburg for a nonleague contest
This is the first nonleague game for the Legends, who have ECIC I wins over No. 10 Williamsville North, No. 4 Orchard Park and Jamestown and a loss to No. 2 Clarence.
The Bulldogs were swept by No. 1 Williamsville East last year in their first game but rebounded with back-to-back sweeps over Amherst and Grand Island. Lauren Tone had 21 digs and Meg Seider eight blocks for Hamburg against the No 5 Vikings.
3. Boys soccer - Hamburg at Sweet Home, 7 p.m.
No. 9 large school Hamburg (3-0-3, 3-0-1) looks to stay unbeaten when it visits No. 8 Sweet Home (4-2, 2-2) in a game under the lights.
The Bulldogs are 3-0-1 since two ties against Niagara Wheatfield and McKinley to open the season. League wins have been against Amherst, West Seneca East and Williamsville South. Eight players each have at least two goals. Senior Cullen Ingraham leads the way with four goals and seven assists.
The Panthers were shut out at Starpoint on Monday after beating West Seneca East and Will South last week. Junior forward Lucas Marshall is the top scorer with six goals.
4. Boys volleyball - Orchard Park at Frontier, 6 p.m.
No. 9 Frontier welcomes Orchard Park for an ECIC I showdown.
The Falcons picked up their first league win with a five-set thriller at Williamsville North on Tuesday. Brandon Dunz had a stellar game with 30 kills.
The Quakers were swept at No. 1 Lockport yesterday. That snapped a three-game winning streak against Iroquois, No. 5 Lancaster and West Seneca West.
5. Football - Hutch-Tech at Frontier
This Class AA matchup between Frontier (0-2) and Hutch-Tech (0-2) kicks off Week Three of the high school football season as the lone game Thursday night.
The Falcons lost a close season-opening game to Jamestown, 22-20, and lost last week at Bennett, 36-14. The Engineers have yet to score a point in 28-0 and 23-0 losses to Williamsville North and Jamestown, respectively.
- Boys soccer: Williamsville East at Starpoint, 5 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Nardin at Williamsville North, 4:15 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Akron at Newfane, 4:45 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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