We know there's no homeroom today. But we're up and ready to go from the second weekend of the Section VI football playoffs.
As playoffs continue, 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 Saturday
1. Girls soccer - Section VI finals
Two separate doubleheaders, including one matchup between two of the top players in Western New York, highlight Saturday's schedule.
In Class A-2, 1-Lew-Port (13-3-2) and 3-Amherst (13-4-1) get things started at Williamsville North at noon. The Lancers, led by Kerstin Crum's 16 goals, have only given up three goals in an 8-0-1 stretch since losing three straight games in the middle of the season. Quinn DeCicco (25 goals), Gina Fahey (18 goals) and the Tigers are riding a seven-game win streak of their own.
Then comes the headliner at 2:30 p.m. between 1-Grand Island (17-1) and 2-Williamsville East (15-3) for the Class A-1 crown. Florida State-bound Madisyn Pezzino, the top scorer in Section VI with 67 goals, leads a Vikings squad whose lone loss came to Clarence in September. The Flames counter with Ohio State-commit Marissa Birzon, the reigning Prep Talk Player of the Year who has 37 goals on the season.
Meanwhile, the Class C and D titles are set to be played down at Dunkirk.
First up in Class D at 1 p.m. is the battle of the Eagles: 1-Ellicottville (11-5-1) vs. 2-North Collins (12-3-1). Ellicottville has pretty even scoring throughout their lineup, with Evie Cortez leading the way with 13 goals. North Collins is led by 20-goal scorer Emma Kron.
Then at 3:30 p.m., undefeated 1-Maple Grove (18-0) and 3-Allegany-Limestone (16-2) battle it out for the Class C title. Both squads feature three double-digit goal scorers. Adrianna Carlson (22 goals), Clare Crossley (14) and Chloe Kibbe (12) for the Red Dragons. Danielle Spring (22), Alyssa Spring (18) and Molly McClelland (15) for the Gators.
2. Football - Bishop Timon-St. Jude at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
A Matt Myers vs. Jerry Hickson quarterback duel should be more than enough to draw out a big crowd under the lights at Polian Family Field tonight.
Timon looks to follow up last week's win over Canisius with another Monsignor Martin victory against St. Francis. A win for the Tigers would lock up the No 1 seed for the playoffs. But a Red Raiders win and the Crusaders get a hold of the top seed.
3. Field hockey - Section VI finals
While the Class A final has been moved to Sweet Home, the Class B and C finals will still be held at Orchard Park
At 11 a.m., 1-Iroquois (18-0) and 2-Wmsv. South (16-1-1) face off for the Class B title. The Chiefs, who beat South pretty handily, 3-0, in the regular season feature four girls with at least 10 goals on the season. South's Abby Ferenczy, though, tops them all with 22 goals heading into the game.
1-Akron (14-0) and 2-Barker (11-3) then play at 1 p.m. in the Class C championship. The Tigers (14-0) swept the Raiders in two regular season meetings, 2-0 and 4-0, and are one of two unbeatens left in Section VI along with Iroquois. Heather Cummings has a team-high 17 goals, while Barker's leading goal-scorer is Ciara Gregoire with eight.
At Sweet Home at 3 p.m., 1-Wmsv. North (12-5) and 3-Orchard Park (9-8) finish off the day of high school field hockey in Class A. The Spartans were down 1-0 and 2-1 to the Quakers in their regular season meeting, but two second-half goals pushed North past OP for a 3-2 win.
4. Football Class C semifinal - 2S-Gowanda/Pine Valley at 1N-Cleveland Hill, 2 p.m.
The lone Section VI playoff game Saturday has the looks of a smash-mouth affair. The 7-1 Eagles, winners of seven straight, use a stable of backs led by Matt Eldridge and Aaron Wahler. Gowanda's (6-2) attack is led by backfield mates Kameron Alexander and Gilberto Ortiz. The winner earns a date with Southwestern, who beat Allegany-Limestone last night, next weekend at New Era Field.
5. Boys soccer Class AA final - 1-Clarence vs. 3-Lancaster, 7 p.m.
A battle between familiar ECIC I rivals caps a busy championship week at Sweet Home.
The Red Devils (15-2-1) beat Lancaster, 1-0, in the first meeting of the regular season and played to a scoreless tie in the most recent one on Oct. 6. Sophomore Ross Showalter (18 goals) and senior Sam Sutherland (14 goals) spearhead a Clarence offense that's outscored its opponents 73-5 coming in.
The Legends' (13-3-2) offensive numbers are spread out. Five players have five or more goals this season and five players have four or more assists. Senior Tyler Curry has a team-high nine goals.
- Cross country: ECIC Championships
- Girls tennis: States at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis Club on Long Island
- Gymnastics: Halloween Invitational at Sweet Home
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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