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Homeroom Announcements: Thursday's big games & more

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 Thursday

1. Boys basketball - AdPro Public/Private Challenge at Depew

The three-day, 10-game event, which concludes with five games Saturday, begins with a triple-header on Thursday at Depew High School.

Niagara Catholic (2-3) vs. Starpoint (1-2), 5 p.m.

Niagara Catholic will play in its fourth showcase event this season when it hits the hardwood at Depew. Sophomore Thomas Owens, junior Nick Krupp and senior Jonathan Phillips have all scored in double figures for the Patriots this season.

Starpoint's coming off a two-point ECIC III loss against No. 2 small school East Aurora on Tuesday. Senior Derek Clemons, who averages 20.7 points per game, scored 21 points to lead the Spartans, while sophomore Justin Mott and senior Adam Lasal each had 12.

Cardinal O'Hara (1-2) vs. Newfane (2-3), 6:30 p.m.

No. 4 O'Hara takes on honorable mention Newfane in the middle matchup of small schools Thursday.

The Hawks are looking to rebound from a blowout loss to Section V power University Prep at home on Tuesday, 90-50. Sophomores Justin Hemphill and Jermaine Haynes have been the offensive leaders for O'Hara.

The Panthers, led by junior guard Kyle DeVoogel, have wins over fellow Class B schools MST Seneca and Emerson, with its losses coming to larger schools in Class A North Tonawanda and Sweet Home and Class AA Clarence by two points on Tuesday.

Niagara Falls (2-2) vs. V-Aquinas (1-1), 8 p.m.

[Update: This game has been canceled.]

Thursday's headliner features a rematch of last season's Class AA Far West Regional between the Wolverines and Little Irish. Aquinas dominated Falls at Buffalo State, 65-42, on its way to a NYSPHSAA title.

Niagara Falls took top large school Park to overtime in a loss at the Cataract Classic, but rebounded the next day with a one-point win over University Prep. The Wolverines lost their Niagara Frontier League opener to North Tonawanda, but again rebounded with a nice win Tuesday against Kenmore West.

It's the second trip to Buffalo this season for Aquinas, which went 1-1 and lost to Canisius in the championship of the Tom Keenan Classic last weekend. Senior Jalen Pickett was named MVP of the event.

2. Girls basketball - Williamsville South at Sacred Heart, 6:30 p.m.

No. 4 Sacred Heart (3-0) hosts No. 5 Williamsville South (2-2) in a battle of top five large schools. Both teams have shown impressive inside-outside combinations so far this season.

The Sharks are led by junior guard Micaela Ryan and sophomore forward Jennifer Grimm, who average 19.7 and 10.3 points per game, respectively. The Billies feature senior guard Zaria McCullough (12.8 ppg) and 6-foot-4 eighth-grader Amari DeBerry (18.8 ppg, 8.5 rebounds per game).

3. Boys hockey - Amherst vs. Kenmore West, 6:30 p.m.

This Division 4 contest is the first of four games at Northtown Center on Thursday.

Kenmore West (3-0) is the last unbeaten left in the division and one of seven teams left in the entire Federation without a regulation loss. Sophomore Michael Barker is tied for the division lead in points with six (two goals, four assists), while classmate Ethan Yotter is atop the league with four goals. Senior goaltender Matt Bogaski has a 1.67 goals against average.

Amherst (1-1) hasn't played since Dec. 3, a 7-3 loss to North Tonawanda. Jeffrey Tyler (three goals) and Will Grisko (three assists) both lead the team with three points on the year.

4. Girls hockey - Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence vs. Kenmore/Grand Island, 5:20 p.m.

Fourth-place CASH (3-3) and fifth-place Kenmore/GI (2-4) meet at Northtown Center in a rematch from last Tuesday, a 3-2 CASH win.

CASH is still the highest-scoring team in the Federation with 32 goals for. Julia Mings has the league lead in goals with 12 and points with 17. Teammate Emma Faso is right behind with six goals and a league-leading eight assists for 14 points.

Kenmore/GI's Olivia Smith is third in the Federation with 12 points (seven goals, five assists) and became the top scorer in program history Tuesday with three goals and three assists to push her career point total to 113. Emily King previously held the top spot with 107.

Honor Roll
- Boys basketball: East at South Park, 6 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Tapestry at Health Sciences, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Nardin at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 7 p.m.

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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Wednesday's roundup

High school scores & schedules (Dec. 15)

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After school

- As always, we'll monitor today's action in our #PrepTalkLive post

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