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Homeroom Announcements: Thursday'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 Thursday

1. Football - Williamsville North at Jamestown, 7 p.m.

After zero games on Thursday night last week, high school football fans will get their pick of five tonight. None is bigger than the Class AA showdown of unbeatens between Jamestown (4-0, 3-0) and Williamsville North (4-0, 3-0) down on the new and improved Strider Field. Both teams are enjoying resurgent seasons after down years in 2016.

The Red Raiders won their season opener at Frontier, 22-20, and have dominated Hutch-Tech, Clarence and Springville in their last three games. The Spartans handily beat Hutch-Tech, Williamsville East and Niagara Falls to start the year before coming back with 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Orchard Park at home last Friday, 24-21.

The other four games on today's schedule:

  • Williamsville South at Kenmore West, 4:30 p.m.
  • Amherst at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.
  • North Tonawanda at Williamsville East, 7 p.m.
  • West Seneca East vs. Hutch Tech, 7 p.m. at All High Stadium

Prep Talk: There's no slowing down this fast-moving football season

2. Boys soccer - Clarence at Williamsville North, 7 p.m.

No. 1 large school Clarence (8-1-1, 6-0-1) has its second big test of the week when it visits No. 4 Williamsville North (9-2, 6-2) this evening.

The Red Devils shut out No. 3 Lancaster on Tuesday, 3-0, behind two goals from Quinn Neelon and four saves from Kenny Suen.

The Spartans lost a 1-0 game in overtime to Clarence back on Sept. 5. Their other loss came to Lancaster, 2-1, last Saturday. Senior Justin Bonetto leads the team with 11 goals.

High School Extra: Clarence boys soccer defeats Lancaster

3. Boys volleyball - Clarence at Frontier, 6 p.m.

No. 4 large school Clarence (9-3, 4-1) heads to No. 6 Frontier (4-2, 4-1) in a battle of one-loss ECIC I teams.

The Red Devils lost their lone league game of the year at home against Frontier in four sets three weeks ago. Clarence is led by Alex Croff, Shawn Trznadel and Teddy Payne.

The league loss for the Falcons came against Orchard Park two weeks ago in five sets. Brandon Dunz, Ben Taylor and Kyle Ebert are a few of Frontier's top players.

4. Girls soccer - Williamsville North at Clarence, 4:45 p.m.

No. 2 large school Clarence (8-2, 6-1) hosts No. 7 Williamsville North (8-2, 6-2) in another highly-ranked matchup between these two schools.

The Red Devils lost their first ECIC I game of the season in a 1-0 loss at Lancaster on Monday. Clarence didn't lose to a Western New York opponent the last three seasons. Emma Faso has a team-high 11 goals.

The Spartans lost to Clarence on Sept. 7, 2-0, and lost to the Legends on Sept. 22, 2-0. Lianna Vansice and Chloe Hurrell lead the team with five goals each.

5. Girls volleyball - Mount St. Mary at East Aurora, 5:30 p.m.

No. 5 small school East Aurora (6-0) welcomes No. 10 Mount St. Mary (8-2) in a nonleague match.

The Blue Devils have swept all but one opponent so far this season. Maddie McLaughlin and Olivia Alessi are two of the top players on the team.

The Thunder started 7-0, lost to No. 5 large school Niagara Wheatfield and No. 1 small school St. Mary's, and won yesterday at Cardinal O'Hara in a three-game sweep. Players to watch for include Lillian Mueller, Sarah Vicari and Daniella Gugino.

Honor roll
- Girls soccer: Maple Grove at Falconer, 4:30 p.m.
- Girls soccer: North Collins at Frewsburg, 5 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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Wednesday's roundup

Prep Talk: There's no slowing down this fast-moving football season

Lancaster holds at No. 2, Canisius moves up in state football poll

Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week: Marc Bixby, Lockport boys volleyball

Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week: Jillian Vitale, St. Mary's of Lancaster girls volleyball

High Schools: Flames win first-place battle on penalty kick

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