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 Saturday
1. Boys basketball - AdPro Public/Private Challenge at Depew
The showcase event at Depew High School wraps up Saturday with a five-game slate. Private schools lead the challenge, 4-1, heading into today's matchups.
Fredonia (1-3) vs. Walsh (4-0), noon
Walsh, an honorable mention small school, boasts the leading scorer in Western New York in senior Tavien Kemp. The fourth team All-WNYer averages 33 points per game and scored 37 against Franklinville on Wednesday to surpass 1,000 for his career. Scoring's not all he does. He has three double-doubles and a triple-double this season.
The Hillbillies picked up their first win of the season Thursday against Gowanda. Senior Lucas Voss averaged 17.7 points through the first three games.
Christian Central (1-3) vs. Depew (3-0), 1:45 p.m.
Depew, an honorable mention small school, has had a solid opening to the season with wins over Niagara Catholic, Pioneer and Grand Island. Junior Chad Biersbach leads the Wildcats averaging 22 ppg, including a 43-point outburst against Niagara Catholic to open the season. Senior Eric Jarrett's next at 10.3 ppg.
Christian Central picked up its lone win of the season at the Pastor-Cooper Memorial against JFK. The Crusaders are young, led offensively by juniors Josh Tyson and Ben Lekeuneu and sophomore Zach Miller.
Kenmore West (2-2) vs. St. Francis (3-1), 3:30 p.m.
These honorable mention large schools meet in the middle game Saturday.
The Red Raiders dominated No. 6 small school Dunkirk on Tuesday, 69-34, after a 10-point loss last Saturday to Section V's University Prep. The trio of sophomore Bo Sireika (12.8), sophomore Juice Cunningham (11.5) and senior Roburt Welch (11.3) average more than 10 ppg on an offense that averages 70.3.
The Blue Devils play their second game in as many days after beating Lew-Port, 77-61, last night. Four seniors scored in double figures, led by 19 points from Kevin Carpenter and Tal James. Tyler Aquilina and Tyler White added 13 each.
Cheektowaga (1-2) vs. Park (2-0), 5:15 p.m.
No. 1 large school Park is one of the youngest but most talented teams in the area. Sophomore guard Daniel Scott (18 ppg) and 6-foot-8 junior Joe Jones (11.5 ppg) averaged double figures in an overtime win over Niagara Falls and a blowout of East.
No. 8 large school Cheektowaga has had one of the tougher schedules in WNY so far, and that continues today. Senior Dominick Welch, the returning first team All-WNYer, is averaging 28.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in losses to Bishop Kearney and Canisius and a win over Nazareth from New York City.
Canisius (2-0) vs. Jamestown (1-0), 7 p.m.
The AdPro Challenge finale features two large schools in No. 2 Canisius and honorable mention Jamestown.
The Crusaders won their own Tom Keenan Classic for the fifth straight year with wins over Cheektowaga and defending NYSPHSAA Class AA champ Aquinas. Canisius received balanced scoring throughout the lineup with juniors Austin James (21 vs. Cheektowaga) and Jayce Johnson (12 vs. Aquinas) each taking the turn leading the team in scoring.
Jamestown has only played one game this season, a 59-42 win at Sweet Home. Third team All-WNYer James Rojas scored 24 points, while Matt Hill added 11, including three three-pointers.
2. Boys hockey - Hamburg vs. Williamsville East, 1 p.m.
These Division 2 foes meet at the Northtown Center Feature Rink Saturday afternoon.
The Flames (3-0) are the second-highest scoring team in the Federation and are sitting atop the division after wins against Frontier, Kenmore East and Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Mike Steffan leads the Fed with 11 points and six assists and is tied for the Fed lead with five goals. Finnegan Sayers and Jack Kelly each have three goals.
Hamburg (1-0-1-1) opened the season with an overtime loss to Timon before a shutout of Kenmore East and a tie against Clarence. Jason Delmont (two goals, two assists), Neil Dake (two goals, two assists) and Jacob Hangen (goal, three assists) each have a team-leading four points. Griffin Coppola has been stellar between the pipes with a 1.89 goals against average.
3. Girls basketball - Chautauqua Lake vs. Frewsburg, 2:15 p.m.
No. 5 small school Frewsburg (2-2) and Chautauqua Lake (1-0) meet at Jamestown High School in nonleague action.
Frewsburg already has as many losses as last season when it went 21-2, but the losses have come to strong Olean and Ellicottville squads. The tough nonleague schedule should help the Bears come playoff time. Sophomore Gabby Iuculano averages 20 points and five steals, senior Kaitlyn Blanchard averages 17 points and senior Olivia Lynn averages 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
The Thunderbirds won their lone game of the season, 46-42, against reigning Class B-2 champ Southwestern. Sophomore Abigail Henry led the team with 13 points, while fourth-year junior Jesse Zenns added nine points and seven rebounds.
4. Wrestling - A pair of weekend tournaments
The Jon Vesper Memorial Duals at Clarence High School begins at 9 a.m.. The 31st Southern Tier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament takes place at host Salamanca High School.
- Boys basketball: Southtowns Tournament at East Aurora
Championship: East Aurora vs. vs. Orchard Park at 2:30 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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