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 Thursday
1. Boys basketball - Chautauqua Lake at Olean, 7:30 p.m.
The Game of the Day title belongs to this CCAA West I clash between No. 3 small school Chautauqua Lake (11-1, 6-0) and No. 10 large school Olean (10-2, 4-1).
Revenge will be on the mind for the Huskies, who lost their first league game since 2014 and second since 2011 when they fell, 58-57, at Chautauqua Lake on Dec. 20. How has Olean responded? By rattling off six straight wins by an average margin of 33.3 points. Monty Shoemaker (19 points per game), Tristen Snyder (11.7 ppg) and Mike Schmidt (10.5 ppg) lead the team offensively.
The Thunderbirds earned their program's first win over Olean that night in December and look for their second tonight. Franklinville handed Chautauqua Lake its loss this season in a 77-59 game at St. Bonaventure. Devin Pope is the top scorer for the Thunderbirds, averaging 27 ppg. Aaron Swan scores 14.4 ppg.
2. Girls Basketball - Sacred Heart at Cardinal O'Hara, 6:30 p.m.
No. 1 large school Cardinal O'Hara (12-2, 4-0) hosts No. 7 large school Sacred Heart (7-3, 3-0) in the newest edition of this Monsignor Martin rivalry.
The Lady Hawks yesterday won a 68-57 decision over Rochester power Bishop Kearney without All-WNY talent Anndea Zeigler, who'll be sidelined a couple more weeks with a thumb injury. Senior Shilah Parker scored 15 of her team-high 21 points from beyond the arc, while classmate Cori Dickson added 12 points and five steals.
Sacred Heart's undefeated in league play, most recently a 46-39 win over Mount Mercy on Jan. 11. Junior Micaela Ryan, sophomore Jennifer Grimm and freshman Siobhan Ryan have been three of the top players this season for the Sharks.
3. Boys Basketball - Middle College at McKinley, 6 p.m.
Honorable mention small school Middle College (8-3, 6-0) and honorable mention large school McKinley (7-4, 3-2) meet in a battle of Yale Cup I powers.
The Macks hope that Tuesday's 74-68 overtime win against No. 7 large school Jamestown will be the turning point in a season that hasn't exactly been McKinley-esque to this point. The Macks lost to South Park and Burgard after going the past two years undefeated in Yale Cup play. Senior Davonti Wardlaw led the way against the Red Raiders with 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Junior Deon Spencer and sophomore Taivonne Martin added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
After dropping out of the poll this week, the Kats are almost certain to rejoin the top 10 after a huge 67-64 win over No. 5 East on Tuesday. That win left MEC as the lone unbeaten in Yale Cup I. Six players average at least seven points, led by the 14.4 ppg scored by junior guard Hakeem Dobbins.
4. Boys basketball - Lafayette at MST Seneca, 6 p.m.
In Yale Cup II, Lafayette (7-4, 5-0) heads to MST Seneca (6-4, 3-1) for a game between league contenders.
The Violets look to keep their division record even with first-place Olmsted at 6-0. Lafayette lost its first three games of the season but have won seven of its past eight and the last five in a row. Junior guard Carlos Rosa is the top scorer at 18.7 ppg.
The Indians started the season with an impressive nine-point win against Middle College and have been up and down since. They lost their first league game on Tuesday to Olmsted, 46-39. Sophomore guard Earl Howard leads the team in scoring at 15.6 ppg.
5. Boys hockey - Lancaster vs. Williamsville East, 7 p.m.
Lancaster (4-3-1) and Williamsville East (4-3) face off in an interdivisional contest at Northtown Center in the top hockey game on Thursday's schedule.
The Flames started the season 4-0, all against Division II competition, and have lost their last three, all against Division I opponents. East aims to snap that trend against another D-I team in Lancaster today. Senior captain Mike Steffan leads D-II with nine goals and 17 points.
The Legends sit on the bottom of the D-I standings, but they have one less point and three less games played than fifth-place Canisius. Chris Blachowski, Shawn Kross and Jeff Coons lead Lancaster with 10 points a piece. Goalie Justin Stotz has a stellar 1.71 goals against average in seven appearances.
- Boys basketball: Burgard at East, 4:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Maryvale at Cheektowaga, 6:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Cleveland Hill at Springville, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Randolph at Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls hockey: Kenmore/Grand Island vs. Monsignor Martin, 4:30 p.m. at Tacoma Ice Rink
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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