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. Boys soccer - Class B finals at Sweet Home
Winners advance to the overall Class B championship next Wednesday back at Sweet Home.
Class B-2: 4-Olmsted vs. 6-Riverside, 5 p.m.
It's guaranteed that at least one team from the D'Youville Cup will take home a sectional title Wednesday.
Olmsted lost to Burgard twice during the regular season, 7-1 and 3-2, but handed the Bulldogs their first and only loss of the season in the semifinals on Saturday, 5-2. Riverside has yet to allow a goal in the postseason, beating Eden, Wilson and Southwestern by a combined score of 9-0.
Class B-1: 1-Lackawanna vs. 3-I-Prep/Grover, 7:30 p.m.
This is a rematch of last year's overall Class B final, which the Presidents won. Both teams have spent time at No. 1 in the small schools poll this season.
The Steelers, last season's B-2 champ, are led on offense by the trio of Jabreel Almontaser, Abdulhamid Albaneh and Ali Alomari. The Presidents go as Abdullahi Hussein goes. He's often set up for scoring opportunities by Lee Reh.
2. Girls soccer - Class A semifinals at Williamsville North
Winners advance to Saturday's sectional finals at Williamsville North.
- 2-Williamsville East vs. 3-Hamburg, 6 p.m.
- 1-Grand Island vs. 5-Williamsville South, 8 p.m.
- 2-East Aurora vs. 3-Lew-Port, 6 p.m.
- 1-Pioneer vs. 5-Starpoint, 8 p.m.
Williamsville East and Hamburg is a battle between co-champs of ECIC II. The Bulldogs handed the Flames their only loss of the season in a 1-0 game nearly a month ago. Defending Class A champ Grand Island has lost its lone game to Section V's Aquinas. South beat North Tonawanda, 2-0, in the quarterfinals after going 6-10 during the regular season.
East Aurora's riding a 5-0-1 streak into this game, including a 4-0 win over Maryvale in the quarterfinals. After Amherst took a 1-0 lead in the quarterfinals, Lew-Port's Emily Oliverio scored twice to give the Lancers a 2-1 win to advance. Pioneer features the leading scorer in Section VI in Meghan Root (43 goals). Starpoint won a 3-1 game over No. 4 Iroquois in the quarterfinals.
3. Girls volleyball - Class A, B & C prequarterfinals
The girls volleyball postseason gets underway with 14 games across three classes. All games start at 6 p.m.
- 16-West Seneca East at 1-Williamsville East
- 15-Amherst at 2-Niagara Wheatfield
- 14-West Seneca West at 3-Grand Island
- 13- Lake Shore at 4-Hamburg
- 12-North Tonawanda at 5-Williamsville South
- 11-Starpoint at 6-Kenmore West
- 10 McKinley at 7-Hutch-Tech
- 9-Sweet Home at 8-Kenmore East
All 16 teams are in action today in Class A. Williamsville East, a state semifinalist last season, opens its title quest at home against West Seneca East. No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchups are always intriguing, as Sweet Home visits Kenmore East.
- 11-Pioneer at 6-Lew-Port
- 10-CSAT at 7-Depew
- 9-Olean at 8-City Honors
- 10-Albion at 7-Dunkirk
- 9-Lackawanna at 8-Fredonia
- 9-Salamanca at 8-Holland
Winners from today advance to Friday's quarterfinals at higher seeds. Top seeds include East Aurora (B-1), Alden (B-2), Akron (C-1) and Cassadaga Valley (C-2). Eight-time defending state champ Eden is the No. 2 seed in Class C-1.
4. Boys volleyball - Orchard Park at Eden, 6 p.m.
Orchard Park and Eden get another nonleague tune-up in before the seedings for the Section VI playoffs are released later tonight.
After sweeping Hamburg last Thursday, Eden has lost two road games this week to Maryvale in five sets and Canisius in three. The Raiders hope the confines of their home gym give the defending Division II champs some momentum heading into the postseason.
The Quakers have played many of the top teams in Western New York that will prepare the young squad for the playoffs. They have wins over Hamburg and Clarence and two over Frontier. Nonleague losses have come against Lockport and Maryvale.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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