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What to watch for Thursday
1. Boys basketball - Williamsville South at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 6;30 p.m.
No. 3 Williamsville South (4-0) and No. 4 Bishop Timon-St. Jude (2-0), separated by just one point (74-73) in this week's large schools poll, clash in a heavyweight battle of unbeatens.
The host Tigers have been off since last Friday's convincing 58-39 win over Amherst at the AdPro Public/Private Challenge. Joe Harrison and Davion Warren led the way with 17 points each. Harrison scored 28 and Warren 27 in Timon's opening 78-70 win over Section V power Bishop Kearney.
The Billies will arguably have the best player on the court in junior point guard Greg Dolan. How his supporting cast, which includes Dakota Wiley and Devin Degree, among others, plays will go a long way in determining Thursday's outcome. For what it's worth, South needed overtime to beat Amherst last Monday, 62-59.
2. Girls basketball - Kenmore East at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 7 p.m.
No. 9 large school Kenmore East (5-1) heads to No. 4 small school St. Mary's (7-0) in the top girls basketball game of the day.
The Lancers, the reigning Class B Monsignor Martin champs, are one of a handful of teams left that are still undefeated. The closest games have been 18-point decisions over Holland and honorable mention small school Newfane. Sophomore Caroline Zanghi averages 16.9 ppg and hasn't scored less than 14 in a game.
The Bulldogs have won five in a row since a close 47-42 loss to No. 8 large school Orchard Park. Senior Kendall Mills (19 ppg), junior Serena Sordetto (16.2 ppg) and sophomore Carianne McCarthy (10.2 ppg) are a formidable trio averaging about 45 points per game for East.
3. Boys hockey - St. Joe's vs. Williamsville North, 7 p.m.
Division 1 powers St. Joe's (1-1-1) and Williamsville North (4-1) meet at the Northtown Center Feature Rink in a day full of intriguing boys hockey matchups.
After opening the season with a 4-2 loss to Lancaster, the Spartans have rolled to four straight wins and sit atop the standings. Two of those wins came via shutout as North's outscored its opponents 22-4 in that span. Adam Batz, Brett Sardina and Anthony Trigilio share the team lead in points with four goals and four assists each. Goalie Jake Zurat's been impressive with his 1.60 goals against average.
The Marauders, along with Niagara-Wheatfield, have played the least amount of games in the division. Results so far include a win over Wheatfield, a tie against Lancaster and most recently a 3-2 loss to Orchard Park last Friday. Nathan Berke, Trevor Conschafter and Jeremy Ienco, who each have a goal and two assists, look to get back on track today. Netminder Benjamin Weppner is only giving up two goals per game.
4. Girls basketball - Clarence at Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.
In ECIC I action, No. 7 large school Clarence (4-0, 2-0) heads to honorable mention large school Lancaster (4-1, 2-1).
Clarence jumped up from honorable mention to No. 7 after wins at Hamburg and Jamestown last week. The Red Devils are led by a pair of junior post players in Ella Rose Eckert and Carly Reynolds. The 6-foot Eckert leads the team averaging 15 points and 13.5 rebounds per game, while the 6-foot-1 Reynolds averages 11.8 points and 4.5 blocks per game.
The lone loss for the Legends came to Orchard Park back on Dec. 6. Molly Mahony (18 ppg) is the top offensive threat for Lancaster. She's scored at least 20 points the last three games, wins over West Seneca East, West Seneca West and Jamestown.
5. Girls hockey - Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence vs. Williamsville, 5:30 p.m.
Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence (5-4) doesn't get any favors with its third game in three nights. That's because they have to play first-place Williamsville (8-0-1) at Northtown Center.
CASH bounced back from a 5-2 loss Tuesday to Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore with a 7-5 win over West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden yesterday. Courtney Cavarello and Page Gross each scored twice, while Julia Mings had a goal and two assists.
Williamsville's last game came Tuesday, a 3-1 win over Kenmore/Grand Island. Leah Czerwinski scored twice and assisted on Amanda Gaffney's game-winning goal.
- Boys basketball: V-Bishop Kearney at St. Joe's, 7 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Grand Island at Randolph, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Mount St. Mary at Grand Island, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: V-Elba at Medina, 7 p.m.
- Boys hockey: Canisius vs. Niagara-Wheatfield, 5 p.m. at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion
- Boys hockey: Clarence vs. Orchard Park, 8:30 p.m. at Northtown Center Olympic Rink
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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