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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. Girls volleyball - Clarence at Orchard Park, 6 p.m.

The top game on Thursday's schedule features No. 1 large school Clarence (15-1, 11-0) and No. 3 Orchard Park (12-3, 8-2).

The Red Devils have only dropped three sets in league play this season. One of them came in a four-set home win over OP on Sept. 19.

The Quakers have won four straight divisional games since that loss at Clarence. They also split with No. 4 Lancaster this season.

2. Soccer - Niagara Frontier League championships

No. 1 large school Grand Island (14-1, 11-0) and No. 4 Niagara Wheatfield (13-1, 11-1) play at Lew-Port at 5 p.m. for the Niagara Frontier League championship in girls soccer.

The Vikings scored the first two goals of the game in a 2-1 win at Wheatfield on Sept. 12. Their lone loss came at Rochester private school Aquinas, 1-0. The Falcons have won seven in a row since losing their only game of the season.

The boys soccer title game will be played at 7:30 p.m. at Lew-Port between No. 7 large school Grand Island (9-3-3, 9-1-1) and No. 9 North Tonawanda (10-2-3, 7-2-3). The Vikings won a 3-1 game at NT on Sept. 21.

Prep Talk: North Tonawanda boys soccer breaks free of its past struggles

3. Boys soccer - St. Joe's at Canisius, 4:30 p.m.

No. 6 large school St. Joe's heads to the Stransky Complex in West Seneca to take on archrival Canisius.

Both teams came away with shutout wins on Super Monday at St. Francis, the Marauders 2-0 over Orchard Park and the Crusaders 3-0 over I-Prep/Grover.

The teams played to a 0-0 tie back on Sept. 18:

High School Extra: St. Joe's, Canisius play to nil-nil draw

4. Girls volleyball - Niagara Wheatfield at Kenmore West, 5 p.m.

No. 6 large school Niagara Wheatfield (14-0, 10-0) looks to stay perfect on the season when it visits No. 8 Kenmore West.

The Falcons won a pretty close four-set match against West back on Sept. 11. Mackenzie Franks starred with 40 assists and 19 digs, while Callista Zayatz added 10 kills and four blocks.

The Blue Devils are looking to rebound from a four-set loss at Lockport on Tuesday. In the game prior to that, West picked up a nice four-set win at Mount St. Mary. Abby Borkowski had 17 kills, 21 digs and three aces, while Samantha Veronica added 32 assists and 10 digs.

5. Football - Week Seven Thursday Night Lights

Two games kick off the final week of the regular season

  • Nonleague: Alden (2-4, 2-3) at Iroquois (4-2, 4-2), 7 p.m.
  • Class A South: Lake Shore (1-5, 0-5) at South Park (6-0, 5-0), 7 p.m. at All High Stadium

The playoff fates are decided for both Alden and Iroquois. The Bulldogs were eliminated in last week's loss to Medina. Iroquois is locked in as the No. 3 seed in Class A South.

With a Sparks win, they would still have a shot at the league title if West Seneca West loses its rivalry game Friday night against West Seneca East.

Everything you need to know about Section VI football playoff scenarios

Honor roll
- Boys soccer: Lafayette at Riverside, 5 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Williamsville North at Frontier, 5 p.m.
- Girls volleyball: Lockport at Williamsville North, 6 p.m.
- Field hockey: Williamsville North at Lancaster, 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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Wednesday's roundup

Prep Talk: North Tonawanda boys soccer breaks free of its past struggles

Power of 10: With shallow roster, Lew-Port girls swimming relies on deep strength of versatility

High School Extra: No. 1 Lancers gets a volleyball scare

West Seneca West, South Park and Cleve Hill move up in the state rankings

Cheektowaga football awarded $10,000 grant from Riddell

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