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What to watch for Friday
1. Boys basketball - AdPro Public/Private Challenge at Depew
The second day of this three-day, (now) 10-game showcase has another triple-header scheduled tonight at Depew High School. Barring any cancellations like last night, here's a rundown of the schedule:
Maryvale (2-0) vs. Nichols (2-3), 5 p.m.
No. 9 large school Maryvale already has an impressive win over Olean to start the season. The Flyers are led offensively by the trio of Ray Blackwell (24 points per game), Brian Sullivan (11.5 ppg) and Ted York-Brown (9.5 ppg).
Nichols, an honorable mention small school, has one of the best shooters in Western New York in Will Johnson. The senior's averaging 17.6 points and has 18 three-pointers in the last three games.
St. Mary's of Lancaster (1-0) vs. West Seneca East (3-2), 6:30 p.m.
Three players average in double figures for the Trojans: Zamari Mitchell (15.2 ppg), Dominic Farszmil (14.8 ppg) and Chris Stineman (11 ppg). East owns wins over JFK, South Park and Iroquois this season.
St. Mary's, an honorable mention small school, trailed by one point at half against Fredonia in its lone game before outscoring the Hillbillies by 13 in the second half for a 67-55 win.
Amherst (3-1) vs. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (1-0), 8 p.m.
Friday night's headliner features No. 10 large school Amherst and No. 5 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
Amherst lost its first game of the season on Monday in an overtime thriller versus No. 3 large school Williamsville South. Da'Shawn Hines is leading the Tigers offensively with 14 points per game. Marcellus Cooper's nearly averaging a double-double with 11.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Timon won its season-opener on Tuesday against Section V's Bishop Kearney, 78-70. Seniors Joe Harrison (28 points) and Davion Warren (27 points) combined for 55 of those points. Sophomore point guard Juston Johnson had a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.
2. Girls basketball - Frontier at Orchard Park, 7:30 p.m.
Top 10 large schools Frontier (2-1, 2-0) and Orchard Park (4-0, 2-0) both look to get out to 3-0 starts in ECIC I.
After a five-point opening win at Kenmore East, No. 3 Orchard Park has won its last three games by at least 10 points. Junior Sam Fischer is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds per game, while classmate Danielle Hore's putting up 15.5 points and 6.5 steals per.
No. 10 Frontier decisively beat Williamsville North and Jamestown after opening the season with a two-point loss at Section V's Irondequoit. Sophomore Kennedy Izzo and freshman Claire Kruska have averaged 14.5 points each the past two games.
3. Boys hockey - Orchard Park vs. St. Joe's, 7:30 p.m.
St. Joe's (1-0-1) and Orchard Park (1-1-1) play in a Division 1 matchup at Leisure Ice Rink in West Seneca.
St. Joe's, last year's Catholic state champs, has a win over Niagara-Wheatfield and a tie against first-place Lancaster. Five different Marauders have multiple points so far this season, led by Jeremy Ianco's three (one goal, two assists). Goalie Benjamin Woeppner has given up three goals through two games.
Orchard Park (1-1-1) opened the season with a tie against Canisius before losing to Williamsville North and most recently beating Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Zachary Biasillo (one goal, one assist) is the only Quaker with multiple points so far this season.
4. Girls hockey - West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden vs. Williamsville, 5:30 p.m.
West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden (1-5) and Williamsville (5-0-1) meet at West Seneca Ice Rink after both teams suited up last night.
Williamsville maintained its top spot in the standings and remained unbeaten with an 8-0 win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew. West Seneca had a tough go of it in a 5-0 loss to Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore.
- Boys basketball: Southtowns Tournament at East Aurora
Iroquois vs. Orchard Park at 6 p.m.
East Aurora vs. Holland at 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Tonawanda at Cleveland Hill, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Clarence at Jamestown, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Fredonia at Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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