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What to watch for Thursday
1. Boys basketball - Pastor-Cooper Memorial at Daemen
Another triple-header at Daemen College is the top attraction among boys basketball action on Tuesday.
Either Christian Central (0-2) or JFK (0-1) will pick up its first win when the teams meet at 5 p.m. The Crusaders, new to the Monsignor Martin Association this year, started the season with close losses to Riverside and Olmsted in its own tournament. Junior Josh Tyson scored a game-high 22 points against the Owls. JFK went 10-12 last year in a season that started with seven straight losses. Senior Brandon Kohl had a team-high eight points in the Bears' 59-36 season-opening loss to West Seneca East.
Kenmore West and McKinley both open its seasons in the middle matchup at 6:45 p.m. Senior tri-captains Tyler Aquilina, Tal James and Kyle LaPlante look to be the catalysts on this Blue Devils team that went 15-6 and lost to Lancaster in the first round of the Class AA playoffs last season. It'll be a different cast of characters for the Macks, but don't expect the aggressive brand of basketball to change for the Yale Cup powers. Senior returnee Davonti Wardlaw started last season on McKinley's 22-2 squad which only lost to Canisius and Williamsville South in the Class A-1 final.
East (1-1) and Park (1-0) headline at 8:30 p.m. The Panthers have a pair of special juniors in 6-foot-1 guard Willard Anderson (26.5 ppg) and 6-foot-4 forward Justin Allen (14.5 ppg) that put them among the Class C favorites. The Pioneers were pushed to the limits in a five-point overtime win at Niagara Falls. On a roster with no seniors, juniors Joe Jones and Marques Lowe and sophomores Noah Hutchins and Daniel Scott each scored 10 points.
2. Girls hockey - Two WNY Federation matchups
The top four teams are all in action Thursday, so there could be some shuffling in the standings come the end of the night.
Monsignor Martin (2-1) hosts first-place Williamsville (4-0) at the North Buffalo Ice Rink at 4:30 p.m. Izzy Friedman had both goals for Monsignor Martin in a 2-1 win against Kenmore/Grand Island on Monday. Elizabeth Sidorski scored the game-winner for Williamsville in a close 3-2 win Tuesday over Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore, which beat MMHSAA 5-1 last week.
A pair of 3-1 teams in Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence and Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore meet at the Northtown Center at 5:30 p.m. CASH is the highest-scoring team in the Federation with 29 goals for, 26 of them coming in the last three games after a season-opening 6-3 loss to Williamsville. FLOP's lone loss also came to Williamsville Tuesday after opening the season with 7-0, 5-0 and 5-1 wins.
3. Girls basketball - Holland at Franklinville, 6 p.m.
Holland (1-0) heads to Franklinville (0-0) in a battle of teams that enjoyed tremendous success last year.
The Panthers went 20-3 and return standout sisters Allyson and Danielle Haskell as well as Abby McCoy. Allyson averaged 21.3 points per game as a sophomore, while Danielle and McCoy averaged 19.7 and 8.5, respectively, as eighth-graders.
Holland graduated five from last season's 21-4 team that included 2,000-point scorer Olivia Schmidt. But the Dutchwomen do return fourth-year senior Julia Grupp and juniors Cassidy Slocum and Kara Schmidt, among others. Slocum had a game-high 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 31-26 win over Pioneer.
4. Boys hockey - Grand Island vs. Williamsville South, 6:30 p.m.
Grand Island (2-0) and Williamsville South (1-0) put their undefeated records on the line in a Division 3 matchup on the Olympic Rink at Northtown Center.
The Vikings have swept West Seneca in getting out to a 2-0 start this season. Brandon Snyder and Thomas Cecere each had a goal and an assist in a season-opening 5-2 win over West, while Jason Lupp had 23 saves in a 3-0 shutout over East. Zach Rahbaum and Jack Wehr each had two goals as South opened its season with a 4-3 win over Niagara Falls.
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