As we head into the holiday break, 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 Friday
1. Boys basketball - Maryvale at Amherst, 6 p.m.
Today's duel between the Kensy siblings could make for some interesting conversations at the dinner table this weekend.
Mark Kensy and No. 9 large school Maryvale (4-0) takes on Chris Kensy, his son, and honorable mention large school Amherst (4-2) in the top game on Friday. Since Amherst moved up to ECIC II, this could be the lone game between these longtime ECIC III rivals unless they happen to cross paths in the Class A-2 playoffs, something they did for the first time last season.
The Flyers are looking for their first win against Amherst since the 2011-12 season, a nine-game losing streak. Maryvale, which owns wins over Olean and Nichols this season, is led by junior Ray Blackwell. The third-year varsity player is one of the top scorers in Western New York averaging 27.3 points per game.
The Tigers got back into the winning column with a win at Williamsville East Tuesday after dropping games to top five large schools Williamsville South and Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Senior Marcellus Cooper scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against East, while Will Alfieri added 14 points.
2. Girls hockey - Monsignor Martin vs. Williamsville, 4 p.m.
Williamsville (9-0-1) and Monsignor Martin (5-1-1) play for the second time this season at Northtown Center. The teams played to a 1-1 tie back on Dec. 8, the only game Williamsville hasn't won this season.
Williamsville did win last night, though, 5-2 over Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence. Aliah Czerwinski scored twice and Amanda Gaffney added two assists.
Monsignor Martin notched another win last night as well, 2-0 over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew. Junior Fiona Danahy and freshman Moira Michalski scored the goals. Senior Makenna Walp recorded the shutout.
3. Boys basketball - Depew Holiday Tournament
Honorable mention large school Cheektowaga (3-3) and honorable mention small school St. Mary's of Lancaster (3-0) battle it out in the championship game of the Depew Holiday Tournament at 7 p.m.
After starting the season with a tough nonleague schedule, the Warriors have been dominant their past two games with wins over Starpoint, 65-37, and Depew, 60-20. Dominick Welch actually outscored both of those teams by himself, dropping 39 against Starpoint and 24 against Depew.
Thirteen players scored for the Lancers on Wednesday in a 75-44 win over City Honors. Eric Brown and Christian Szablewski each scored 11 points, while Szablewski also grabbed 11 rebounds.
The consolation game between Depew (4-1) and City Honors (2-4) starts at 5:30 p.m.
4. Boys hockey - Lancaster vs. Niagara-Wheatfield, 5 p.m.
In competitive Division 1, Lancaster (2-1-1) and Niagara-Wheatfield (2-2) meet at the HarborCenter main rink.
Niagara-Wheatfield's coming off a big 4-0 win over Canisius last night. Nick Breier scored his third and fourth goals of the season, while Chase Woods got his second goal of the season and added his first two assists. Peyton Siegmann made 19 saves for the shutout in his first start of the season.
The Legends have been off since a 2-0 loss to Orchard Park on Sunday. Other outcomes include wins over Williamsville North and Bishop Timon-St. Jude and a tie against St. Joe's. Chris Blachowski has the team lead with three goals, while Jeff Coons and Shawn Kross share the team lead in points with two goals and four assists each.
5. Boys basketball - McKinley at Williamsville North, 6:30 p.m.
No. 6 large school McKinley (3-1) heads to Williamsville North (3-1) in a nonleague matchup of traditionally strong programs.
The Macks are coming off their first Yale Cup loss in two seasons after a stunning 65-64 defeat against South Park last night. Senior Davonti Wardlaw scored 20 points against the Sparks and leads the team at 18.8 ppg.
The Spartans have won two straight ECIC I games against Frontier and West Seneca West since a nonleague loss to crosstown rival Williamsville South two weeks ago. Senior Jairus Huggins exploded for a team season-high 27 points against West on Tuesday.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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