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Homeroom Announcements: Wednesday'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 Wednesday

1. Boys basketball - Depew Holiday Tournament

After hosting the three-day AdPro Public/Private Challenge last week, Depew this week gets a chance to host its own tournament.

First up at 6 p.m. is City Honors (2-3) and honorable mention small school St. Mary's of Lancaster (2-0). Sophomore guard Amir Radford (17 points per game) and the Centaurs have lost three straight since opening with wins against Emerson and Oracle. The Lancers, led by juniors Eric Brown and Christian Szablewski, have wins over Fredonia and West Seneca East

No. 9 small school Depew (4-0) takes on honorable mention large school Cheektowaga (2-3) at 7:30 p.m. to close out the night. The matchup between standout scorers Chad Biersbach (21.8 ppg) of the Wildcats and Dominick Welch (29.2 ppg) of the Warriors is the main attraction in this one.

The winners wait until Friday to play in the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

2. Girls basketball - Newfane at Albion, 7:30 p.m.

Honorable mention small school Newfane (3-2, 1-1) heads to Albion (3-2, 0-1) for a Niagara-Orleans League matchup. Newfane swept Albion the past two seasons.

The Panthers rebounded last week from a loss at No. 6 small school Wilson with a 63-30 league win at Roy-Hart. Their other loss came to undefeated No. 4 St. Mary's of Lancaster to start the season. Juniors Paige Emborsky (17.8 ppg) and Emily Foltz (11.4 ppg) lead the team in scoring.

The host Purple Eagles lost their league opener to Medina last Friday by three points. Senior Chanyce Powell is the top player for Albion. The fifth-year varsity player averages a double-double.

3. Boys hockey - Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs. St. Francis, 6 p.m.

Catholic rivals Bishop Timon-St. Jude (2-5) and St. Francis (3-2) face off in the "Fed Classic" on the open-air rink at Riverworks.

St. Francis is looking to stack wins in consecutive games for the first time this season. Four different Red Raiders have five or more points this season, led by Dominic Galanti's seven (four goals, three assists).

Timon's lost five of its last six since an opening win against Hamburg. Pat Faliero (three goals, five assists) and Ryan Miller (four goals, three assists) lead the Tigers in points this season.

4. Boys basketball - Jack Silvernail Memorial at Akron

Alden (0-4) looks for its first win of the season against Pembroke of Section V in the first game of the tournament at 6 p.m. Christian Snell's the top scorer for the Bulldogs averaging 13 ppg.

The host Tigers (0-6) are also looking for their first win of the season in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap against Christian Central (1-4). Junior Nelson Logan averages nine ppg for Akron, while the Crusaders are led by the trio of Josh Tyson, Ben Lekeuneu and Zach Miller.

Winners play in the championship game Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

5. Girls hockey - Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence vs. West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden, 4 p.m.

Both of these teams meet at West Seneca Ice Rink today after suffering losses yesterday. The first time these two teams met, CASH won a 14-8 shootout.

West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden (1-7) lost to Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew, 8-3. Emma O'Neil had a part in every goal with one goal and two assists. Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence (4-4) fell, 5-2, to Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore. Sam Czora and Emma Faso scored for CASH.

Honor Roll
- Boys basketball: Tapestry at Cardinal O'Hara, 6:30 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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Tuesday's roundup

Boys basketball preview: Darren Fenn feeding competitive fire coaching basketball at Nichols
Story: Olean's Anastasia, Cheektowaga's Welch chasing history during season
Quick Hits: 2016-17 boys basketball outlook

High School Extra (Dec. 21): Welch is a one-man gang for Warriors, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (Dec. 21)

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After school

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

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