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Homeroom Announcements: Saturday's big games & more

We know there's no homeroom today. But we're up and ready to go.

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 Saturday

1. Girls Basketball - Jamesville-DeWitt at Cardinal O'Hara, noon

Only a select few teams in recent years have received the satisfaction of knocking off Cardinal O'Hara, not only the top team in Western New York, but a state power on the girls basketball scene.

The Lady Hawks have won their last 66 games against WNY opponents and haven't lost more than four games in a season since going 21-5 in 2011-12. They're currently 13-2 this season, with one of those losses coming to defending NYSPHSAA Class A champion Jamesville-DeWitt, 60-54, at The Best of New York Tournament hosted by the Red Rams.

O'Hara looks to avenge that loss today, but it'll be without injured All-WNY first teamer Anndea Zeigler. The Hawks are 3-0 in her absence so far, with wins over Andrews Osborne Academy of Ohio, Section V power Bishop Kearney and Monsignor Martin rival Sacred Heart.

Can the Lady Hawks make it 4-0? This will be their toughest test yet.

2. Wrestling - League championships

The 26 ECIC wrestling teams reconvene at Starpoint for the second day of the ECIC Championships this morning. Saturday's action starts with the quarterfinals in all weight classes. Pioneer won the team title last year.

Meanwhile, the one-day Niagara-Orleans League Championships are hosted by Akron. Schools participating include Akron, Albion, Barker/Roy-Hart, Medina, Newfane and Wilson.

3. Track & field - Section VI vs. Section V Invitational, 10 a.m.

The best track and field athletes of Section VI take on the best of Section V in this invitational clash at Houghton College.

Western New York's representatives swept the challenge last year, winning both the boys and girls challenges. Lancaster had the most points among boys teams with 88.5 and was second in the girls competition with 56. Section V's Rush-Henrietta scored 75 to beat out Lancaster in the girls rankings and came in second in the boys with 38.

4. Boys basketball - Lancaster at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 2 p.m.

Lancaster (9-5) makes the two-mile drive across Walden Ave. to St. Mary's (9-3) to battle it out for town bragging rights Saturday afternoon.

The Legends have won their last five games, all against ECIC I competition. While Lancaster's 7-0 in the division, it's 2-5 outside of it with three of those coming to teams outside the area. Three-sport star LG Castillo leads the team in scoring at 13.4 ppg. Vito Fulciniti and Alec Tamburri are next at 12.3 and 10.2 ppg, respectively.

The Lancers responded to back-to-back Monsignor Martin losses with wins against Nichols, St. Joe's and Christian Central in their last three games. Collin Tytka, Christian Szablewski, Daquan Hunt, Matt Ciezski, Eric Brown and Frank Propis have each led St. Mary's in scoring at least once. Needless to say, this is a balanced offensive team.

5. Boys hockey - Kenmore West vs. St. Francis, 3:30 p.m.

Kenmore West (7-2-1) and St. Francis (6-3-0-1), both enjoying successful campaigns up to this point, meet on the Northtown Center Olympic Rink in an interdivisional contest.

The Blue Devils sit on top of the Division 4 standings currently. They're 6-0 against teams in their division and lost to Grand Island and West Seneca West, which are in Division 3. Ethan Yotter, Michael Barker and Sean Degnan each have seven goals for West. Netminder Matt Bogacki has a 1.78 goals against average in nine appearances.

The Red Raiders are third in Division 3 behind aforementioned Grand Island and West Seneca West, which they've lost to. Erik Pawelski leads the team with nine assists and 14 points, while Ian Schmidt has a team-leading six goals and 10 points.

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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Friday's roundup

Split decision: Amherst boys, Williamsville South girls rally as rivals split Battle of Main Street doubleheader

Obituary: Sister Maria Pares, pioneer in women's sports, dead at 75
Gallery: Sister Maria Pares through the years

Scheduling change: Niagara Falls-Lockport boys basketball game moved to Jan. 28 for precautionary reasons

High School Extra (Jan. 21): Cardinal O'Hara contains Walsh's Kemp, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (Jan. 21)

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After school

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

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