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 Tuesday
1. Girls basketball - Depew at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.
Out of all 47 basketball games scheduled Tuesday, only one features two teams both voted in the Top 10 of the inaugural 2016-17 Buffalo News basketball polls.
That game features No. 2 large school Lake Shore (3-0, 1-0) hosting No. 8 small school Depew (3-2, 1-0) in an ECIC III matchup.
The Eagles have picked up right where they left off last season with three straight wins, two against solid Amherst and Fredonia squads. Seniors Raeann White (19.3 ppg) and Shayla Scanlan (18.3 ppg) average nearly 20 points per game.
No. 8 small school Depew snapped a two-game losing streak to ranked small schools Frewsburg and Wilson by beating Pioneer in its league opener. The Wildcats are also led by a pair of seniors in Aviance Clark (21.4 ppg) and Tess Borgosz (11.5 ppg).
2. Boys basketball - V-Bishop Kearney at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 6:30 p.m.
No. 5 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude gets its season underway against Section V's Bishop Kearney (2-0).
This'll be a good measuring stick for the Tigers, who return plenty of talent from last season's team that beat Kearney and was competitive against the likes of Monsignor Martin powerhouses Canisius and Park. The interior of senior Davion Warren and junior Olmsted transfer Master Radford looks to be the strength of this athletic squad.
The Kings opened their season by beating Dominick Welch and No. 8 large school Cheektowaga, 67-59, in the Cataract Classic at Niagara Falls a week and a half ago. Kearney's led by 6-foot-6 Dayton-bound Nahziah Carter.
3. Boys basketball - Dunkirk at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
No. 6 small school Dunkirk heads to honorable mention large school St. Francis in a public-private showdown between 2-1 teams.
The high-scoring Marauders are averaging 76.7 points in its three games so far, wins against Class AA Lancaster and CSAT and an 84-77 loss to No. 1 small school Health Sciences. Four players average double figures: juniors Noah Sobilo (14.3 ppg), Darnell Butts (14 ppg) and Tyreese Kristan Johnson (14 ppg) and senior Evon Hernandez (10 ppg).
The Red Raiders offense isn't too shabby itself, averaging 70 points per game in blowout wins over Orchard Park and West Seneca East and a 69-59 loss to Section V power University Prep. Five players averaged more than five points in those games, with senior Roburt Welch (13.3 ppg) and junior Bo Sireika (12.3 ppg) leading the way.
4. Girls basketball - Newfane at Wilson, 6 p.m.
Niagara-Orleans League rivals Newfane (2-1) and Wilson (3-1) meet in the first division game of the season for both teams.
No. 4 small school Wilson (3-1) brings its 58-game win streak against league opponents into the game, its first since a loss in the final of the Franklinville Tournament to the No. 2 small school host Panthers. Seniors Rachel Senek (17 ppg) and Kayla Neumann (12 ppg) have been the leaders on the scoresheet through four games.
Honorable mention small school Newfane (2-1) has rattled off two straight wins since an opening loss against No. 5 small school St. Mary's of Lancaster. Juniors Paige Emborsky (16 ppg) and Emily Foltz (13 ppg) both average double figures for the Panthers, who lost by 16 and 10 points to Wilson last season.
5. Boys basketball - Kenmore West at Niagara Falls, 6:30 p.m.
No. 6 large school Niagara Falls (1-2, 0-1) already has more losses in the Niagara Frontier League than it did last year. That's because Falls went undefeated in division play in 2015-16. The Wolverines lost to No. 4 large school North Tonawanda, 42-37, in a defensive slugfest last Friday.
Kenmore West (1-1, 1-0), an honorable mention large school, won its NFL opener against Lockport last Friday, 54-39. Tyler Aquilina, Tal James, Kyle Brown and Dylan James each scored in double figures for the Blue Devils, who lost to No. 7 large school McKinley by three points in the opener on Thursday.
- Boys basketball: V-University Prep at Cardinal O'Hara, 6:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Gowanda at Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Franklinville at Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Orchard Park at Williamsville North, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls hockey: Kenmore/Grand Island vs. Lanaster/Iroquois/Depew, 7:40 p.m. at Lincoln Ice Arena
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
#PrepTalkLive updates: While we follow ALL the high school action via our Prep Talk team, we encourage YOU to also tweet updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive attached.
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