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What to watch for Friday
1. Boys basketball - Canisius vs. Cheektowaga, 4:30 p.m.
Another big weekend of boys basketball tournaments gets underway Friday with some intriguing tournament matchups. Chief among them is the Tom Keenan Classic at Canisius High School.
The Crusaders (0-0) host Cheektowaga (0-1) in the first game at 4:30 p.m. in a battle of top large schools with some of the best talent in the area. Cheektowaga senior Dominick Welch is certainly in the argument for the best player in Western New York. He's approaching 2,000 career points and scored a game-high 29 points in a 67-59 loss to Section V's Bishop Kearney at the Cataract Classic last weekend.
Canisius graduated one of its most successful senior classes, which finished with two straight Catholic state championships. But guards Jayce Johnson and Colby Moultrie saw plenty of action last year, and Ryan Bradley and Austin James should help keep the Crusaders among the top teams in the area.
The second game at 6 p.m. features V-Aquinas and Nazareth from New York City. Winners play in the final Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Additional Friday tournament games:
St. Francis Tournament
- Lancaster vs. V-UPrep, 6 p.m.
- St. Francis vs. West Seneca East, 7:30 p.m.
- Tonawanda vs. V-Oakfield Alabama, 6 p.m.
- Roy-Hart vs. V-Holley, 7:30 p.m.
- Niagara Catholic vs. St. Michael's (Ont.), 5 p.m.
- Wilson vs. Emerson, 6:30 p.m.
2. Girls basketball - Portville vs. Wilson, 7:30 p.m.
At the Franklinville Tournament, perennial Niagara-Orleans league power Wilson (2-0) takes on Portville (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. The Lakewomen scored a one-point win over Depew and blew out Park to start the year. Senior Rachel Senek averaged 21 points per game, while classmate Kayla Neumann averaged 10.
Portville won its opener over Cattaraugus/Little Valley before losing to Ellicottville last weekend. The Panthers went 16-5 last season, only graduated two seniors and return their top scorer in sophomore Sydney Colligan. She's averaging 19.5 ppg, while freshman Karly Welty (12 ppg), sophomore Bryn Milne (10.5 ppg) and senior Morgan Schoonover (10 ppg) are also averaging double figures to start the year.
Additional Friday tournament games:
- Frewsburg vs. Gowanda, 6 p.m.
- Cassadaga Valley vs. Maple Grove, 5:30 p.m.
- Sherman vs. Falconer, 8:30 p.m.
- Clymer vs. Randolph, 6:30 p.m.
- Westfield vs. Forestville, 8 p.m.
3. Boys basketball - Niagara Falls at North Tonawanda, 7 p.m.
Niagara Falls (1-1) and North Tonawanda (2-0) both scheduled some quality nonleague competition leading up to this Niagara Frontier League opener.
The Wolverines lost an overtime thriller to Park and scored a one-point win over Section V's University Prep at the Cataract Classic last weekend. Junior Tazaun Rose scored 16 points in each of those games for the defending Class AA champs. The Lumberjacks topped Newfane and Health Sciences, two of the top Class B schools, by 13 and six points, respectively. Junior guard Trevor Book scored a combined 42 points over those two wins, including seven three-pointers.
Falls won both meetings last year, 60-39 and 58-46.
4. Girls hockey - Monsignor Martin vs. West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden, 5:30 p.m.
Monsignor Martin (2-1-1) plays its second game in as many days when it heads to West Seneca Ice Rink for a battle with West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden (1-3).
Monsignor Martin tied unbeaten Williamsville (4-0-1) yesterday, 1-1. Senior Kaitlin Drew-Mead scored while classmate Brianna Gawronski made 31 saves. West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew Monday.
5. Boys hockey - Hamburg vs. Kenmore East, 5 p.m.
A Division 2 battle of the Bulldogs at the HarborCenter is the first of four WNY Federation games on the schedule. Both teams suffered overtime losses to start the year. Hamburg last week Monday, 4-3, against Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Kenmore East, 6-5, against Williamsville East yesterday.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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