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What to watch for Wednesday
1. Girls basketball - Fredonia at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Franklinville (3-0) and No. 7 Fredonia (0-1) highlight Wednesday's schedule with a nonleague battle of top small schools.
Two of Franklinville's wins came in its tournament, including a convincing 48-34 decision in the championship game Saturday over No. 4 small school Wilson. The other came last night against Allegany-Limestone. Junior Allyson Haskell and freshman Danielle Haskell, both All-WNY honorable mention last season, average 17.7 points and 23.7 points per game, respectively.
Fredonia has its own pair of standout sisters in seniors Hannah and Caitlin Cybart. Hannah, an honorable mention All-WNYer last season, scored 14 points and Caitlin 10 in a season-opening 52-40 loss to No. 2 large school Lake Shore. The Hillbillies lost to Southwestern in the Class B-2 final last season.
2. Boys basketball - Cheektowaga at Maryvale 7:30 p.m.
Crosstown rivals Cheektowaga (1-2) and Maryvale (2-0) battle it out for early-season bragging rights in an ECIC III division open for the taking with Amherst moving up to ECIC II this season.
No. 9 large school Maryvale took two of three last season, including knocking the Warriors out of the Class A-2 playoffs. The Flyers, led by guards Ray Blackwell (24 ppg) and Brian Sullivan (11.5 ppg), already have an impressive win over Olean to start the season. Senior Ted York-Brown is averaging 9.5 points though two games.
No. 8 large school Cheektowaga goes as senior Dominick Welch goes ... and he's going more often than not. The returning first team All-WNYer is averaging 28.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game against top competition so far: losses to Bishop Kearney and Canisius and a win over Nazareth from New York City. Seniors Vaughn Burdett (9.7) and Adrian Baugh Jr. (9.0) are averaging close to 10 points per game.
3. Girls basketball - V-Hornell at Olean, 7:30 p.m.
Honorable mention large school Olean (2-1) welcomes Hornell (3-0) after losing, 49-47, on the Section V opponent's home court earlier this season.
The Huskies have one of the top players in the area in Sara Pfeiffer, a second team All-WNYer last season as a freshman. She's averaging 24.7 ppg but had her lowest output against the Red Raiders with 16 points. Seniors Gabby Pfeiffer and Chantel Singletion, an honorable mention All-WNYer last season, are averaging 10.7 and 9.7 points per game, respectively.
Junior Abigail Austin and senior Annie Willsey both scored 15 points for Hornell in its win against Olean.
4. Boys basketball - Franklinville at Walsh, 5:30 p.m.
These honorable mention small schools meet in a public-private nonleaguer.
The Panthers (2-1) have won two straight, wins over Randolph and Portville, since losing to Burgard to start the season. Junior Sam Erickson's on a tear averaging 21 points and 14 rebounds per game, while classmate Isaac Kopp's averaging 15.7 ppg.
Fourth team All-WNYer Tavien Kemp is the leading returner for Walsh (3-0). The senior's averaging 31.7 points and 12 rebounds per game, including a triple-double against Bolivar-Richburg of Section V on Monday with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals. Junior Latrell Butler-Kemp is averaging 16 ppg.
5. Boys basketball - Williamsville North at Orchard Park, 7:30 p.m.
Williamsville North (2-1, 1-0) and Orchard Park (2-1) meet in early ECIC I action.
The Spartans already own a league win over Frontier from last Friday. Five players scored in double figures against the Falcons, led by sophomore Jacob Belote's 15.
The Quakers are looking to rebound from a blowout loss to St. Francis last Tuesday after lopsided wins over Kenmore East and Iroquois to start the year. Senior captains Dan Anderson (12.7 ppg) and Dylan Anderson (11.7 ppg) are the leading scorers.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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