As the winter season starts to pick up, 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 Friday
1. Boys basketball - Cataract Classic at Niagara Falls
Some of the top teams in Western New York will be in action on a busy day of tip-off tournaments, but the place to be Friday night is Niagara Falls High School for the first day of the Cataract Classic.
No game's bigger than the defending Class AA champ Wolverines hosting Park at 8 p.m. in a heavyweight clash of two teams that should be near the top of the large schools poll all season long.
Niagara Falls returns key contributors from last year's squad in senior Charles Lamar and junior Syquan Ralands. Park's trio of sophomore guards Noah Hutchins and Daniel Scott and junior big man Joe Jones rivals that of any other team in the area.
Niagara Catholic and Depew open the action in Niagara Falls at 5 p.m., with Medina and Williamsville North playing in the middle game at 6:30 p.m.
Other notable tournament action:
Hamburg Lions Tournament at Frontier
Lackawanna vs. Lake Shore, 6 p.m.
Frontier vs. Hamburg, 7:30 p.m.
Championship: Dunkirk vs. Health Sciences, 7:30 p.m.
Lockport Rotary Tournament
I-Prep/Grover vs. Williamsville East, 6 p.m.
Lockport vs. St. Joe's, 7:30 p.m.
East Aurora vs. V-Hornell, 6 p.m.
Olean vs. Maple Grove, 7:30 p.m.
2. Girls basketball - Lake Shore at Fredonia, 7:30 p.m.
While there's a handful of girls tip-off tournaments on the schedule, its a nonleaguer that sits atop the games to watch for today in girls hoops.
Defending Class A champ Lake Shore heads to Fredonia, last year's B-2 champ, in the season opener for two defending sectional champions with plenty of talent returning.
Lake Shore's youngsters are all a year older and have the added experience of playing on the Far West Regional stage. The Eagles only graduated one senior and return almost all its scoring, including Raeann White (14 ppg), Tashawni Cornfield (9.3 ppg), Shayla Scanlan (8.4 ppg) and Noelani Cornfield (7.4 ppg).
Fredonia is once again led by twin standouts Hannah (15.8 ppg) and Caitlin Cybart (8.2 ppg). While Fredonia lost three seniors to graduation, that Cybart duo, along with junior Katie Price and seniors Zoya Katta and Morgan St. George, should put the team in contention for another Section VI title.
Tournament action on Friday includes doubleheaders at Iroquois, Kenmore East, Maryvale, Roy-Hart and Silver Creek.
3. Hockey - Two WNY Federation matchups
It's a light day in high school hockey action, with one boys and one girls contest.
For the girls, both Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew and West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden sit at 0-3, so one team will pick up its first win on the young season when the two meet at West Seneca Ice Rink at 5:30 p.m.
Right afterward at West Seneca Ice Rink, West Seneca West (0-1) hosts St. Francis (1-0) in a Division 3 boys matchup at 7 p.m. The Red Raiders won a 5-2 decision at Lew-Port yesterday, while West Seneca West lost its season opener, 5-2, against Grand Island on Monday.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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- As always, we'll monitor today's action in our #PrepTalkLive post