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 Monday
1. Girls hockey - Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore vs. Williamsville, 4:30 p.m.
The week in girls hockey starts with a heavyweight battle between the top two teams in the Federation out in the elements at Riverworks.
Williamsville (6-0-1) already owns a 3-2 win over Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore (5-1) back on Dec. 6. Elizabeth Sidorski scored the game-winning goal for Williamsville, while Maggie Fuzak had two assists. The teams also play one more time in the regular season on Jan. 26.
Williamsville, second in the Fed in both goals for (33) and against (nine), has just one minor blemish this season: a 1-1 tie against Monsignor Martin. Leah Czerwinski (three goals, six assists) and Holly Schmelzer (eight goals, one assists) both lead the team with nine points.
FLOP has allowed a league-low five goals this season and have scored the third most with 29. Megan Roche (three goals, eight assists), Frangelica Bautz (five goals, five assists) and Brooke Becker (four goals, five assists) lead the team offensively.
2. Girls basketball - East Aurora at Depew, 7:30 p.m.
The unanimous No. 1 small school Blue Devils (4-0, 2-0) head to No. 9 Depew (3-3, 1-1) for an ECIC III showdown.
East Aurora has one of the top players in Western New York in third team All-WNYer Emma Brinker. The 6-foot-1 junior scored 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked eight shots, all game-highs, in a season-opening win against No. 10 large school Lockport. Brinker averages a team-high 19.8 points per game, while sophomore Sarah Tully also averages double figures at 11.3.
Depew's losses this season have come to top-ranked competition: No. 6 small school Wilson, No. 8 small school Frewsburg and No. 2 large school Lake Shore by a combined 13 points. Aviance Clark (21.2 ppg) is one of seven players in Section VI who average more than 20 ppg. Tess Borgosz averages 11.5.
3. Boys basketball - McKinley at Burgard, 6 p.m.
No. 6 McKinley (2-0, 1-0) visits Burgard (3-1, 0-1) in an early Yale Cup I battle.
The Macks have wins over Kenmore West and Emerson to start the year. Devonte Wardlaw scored a team-high 22 points in the win at Emerson, while Kavon Rogers had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.
The Bulldogs have solid wins at honorable mention small school Franklinville, Medina and Tapestry, with their lone loss coming at No. 9 small school Middle College by four points. Senior Deamonte Riley averages 18.3 ppg. Junior Brandon Myers averages 12.5.
4. Boys hockey - North Tonawanda at Niagara Falls, 6:45 p.m.
The lone boys hockey game Monday pits North Tonawanda (1-2) and Niagara Falls (0-5) in an interdivision matchup at Hyde Park.
The Lumberjacks are led offensively by Austin Spatorico (one goal, four assists) and Jason Lindhurst (two goals, two assists). Hunter O'Donoghue (three goals, one assists) and Michael Olszewski (one goals, two assists) are the leaders offensively for the Wolverines.
- Boys basketball: Tapestry at Cardinal O'Hara, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Chautauqua Lake at Olean, 7:30 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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- As always, we'll monitor today's action in our #PrepTalkLive post