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 basketball - Pastor-Cooper Memorial at Daemen
After a girls basketball triple-header at Daemen yesterday, the boys get their chance to shine today.
Wednesday's action starts at 5 p.m. when South Park takes on West Seneca East. Both teams sit at 1-0, the Sparks 78-65 winners over Hutch-Tech and the Trojans 59-36 winners over JFK. Shakur Harris and David Stroud each scored 19 points to lead South Park, which went 15-7 last year and nearly knocked off McKinley in the Class A-1 playoffs. Chris Stineman had 19 points and Anthony Roncone 12 for WSE, which is looking to build off last year's 11-10 season.
Depew (2-0) and Grand Island (3-0) are both off to solid starts this year, and meet in the middle game at 6:45 p.m. Chad Biersbach exploded for 43 points in Depew's 65-51 season-opening win over Niagara Catholic, while Eric Jarrett netted 22 in a 65-55 win over Pioneer. Grand Island's 3-0 for the first time since the mid-2000s, winning by no less than 14 points in wins over Olmsted, Riverside and Sweet Home. Sophomore guard Cam Sionko, quarterback of the football team, and senior big man Mario Wright are the early team point leaders.
Cardinal O'Hara (0-0) and Health Sciences (3-1), two teams who should be regulars in the small schools poll this season, headline the showcase at 8:30 p.m. The Falcons suffered their first loss yesterday to North Tonawanda after posting quality wins over Wilson, Cleveland Hill and Dunkirk. The quartet of junior Tyron Lott (22 ppg), senior Wize Threat (14.7 ppg), junior Davonte Gaines (14.3 ppg) and sophomore Kameron Briggs (13.7) led the way in those first three games. O'Hara's roster looks very similar to Health Sciences, with plenty of youth and depth across the board. Six-foot-4 sophomore Justin Hemphill averaged a double-double last season for the Hawks, while 6-foot-1 freshman Terrell Mullen should have a big impact.
2. Girls basketball - Nichols at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 7 p.m.
Monsignor Martin Association play kicks off Wednesday.
St. Mary's sits unscathed at 4-0 so far this season and already has two tournament titles at the Alden State Bank and Maryvale tournaments. The Lancers have been pretty spread out when it comes to scoring, with Caroline Zanghi leading the way with two 16-point games and two 17-point games so far.
Nichols lost its lone game of the season, 46-36, to a solid Cleveland Hill squad. Junior Imani Dockery shared game-high honors with 19 points, while senior Ava Bueme added 12 for the Vikings.
3. Boys basketball - Jamestown at Sweet Home, 6:30 p.m.
Jamestown heads to the northtowns for its season-opener against Sweet Home (0-1).
The Red Raiders return one of the best players in Western New York in 6-foot-6 senior James Rojas. Rojas and junior Matt Hill will be counted on to keep the strong tradition going at Jamestown, which went 17-6 last season and lost to Niagara Falls in the Class AA final.
Sweet Home's looking to improve on a 3-18 season last year. Junior Stephon Trueheart and freshman Jamel Lucas each had eight points in a lopsided 57-37 loss to Grand Island last Friday.
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