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Homeroom Announcements: Monday'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 Monday

1. Boys basketball - Dunkirk at Olean, 7:30 p.m.

No. 9 large school Olean (11-2, 5-1) hosts No. 10 small school Dunkirk (8-5, 5-1) in a showdown between one-loss CCAA West I teams. Both teams suffered their league loss at Chautauqua Lake, which sits on top at 6-1.

The Huskies avenged their loss to the Thunderbirds on Thursday, when senior Monty Shoemaker drained a three-pointer with 3.5 second left for the 68-66 win. The Marauders get their second chance against Chautauqua Lake on Feb. 9.

Shoemaker's the leading scorer on Olean at 19 points per game. Tristen Snyder and Mike Schmidt also average double figures at 11.7 and 10.7 ppg, respectively. Juniors Darnell Butts and Tyreese Kristan Johnson are two of the top players for Dunkirk.

2. Girls hockey - Monsignor Martin vs. Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore, 4:30 p.m.

Three teams have distanced themselves in the WNY Federation girls hockey standings, and two of them meet at the open-air Riverworks facility on Monday. Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore won both previous matchups with Monsignor Martin this season by identical 5-1 scores.

FLOP (14-2) sits in second behind Williamsville, which handed FLOP its two losses. FLOP survived a 4-3 scare against a one-win West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden squad on Friday. Frangelica Bautz had a goal and three assists that day.

Monsignor Martin (8-3-2-0-1) is in third place with an overtime loss to Kenmore/Grand Island, a loss and two ties against Williamsville and the aforementioned losses to FLOP. Kaitlyn Drew-Mead has scored 11 of her team's 34 goals this season.

3. Boys basketball - Canisius at Walsh, 6:30 p.m.

If the boys basketball season has taught us anything up to this point, it's that there are no sure-wins when it comes to the Monsignor Martin Association. So when No. 6 large school Canisius (7-5, 2-2) and honorable mention small school Walsh (7-4, 2-3) tip off in Olean this evening, throw out any and all preconceived notions.

Since the program's first-ever loss to Park, Canisius rebounded with back-to-back wins against St. Francis (which beat Park) and Middle College behind the emerging play of juniors Austin James and Brendan Trapper. The Crusaders look to make it three in a row tonight.

To do that, they'll have to slow down senior scoring star Tavien Kemp, who's hoping to help the Eagles get back in the MMHSAA win column after two straight Class B losses to Niagara Catholic and Cardinal O'Hara. Kemp leads Western New York in scoring at 36.1 ppg.

4. Girls Basketball - Mount St. Mary at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 7 p.m.

No. 9 small school St. Mary's (11-3, 1-2) hosts honorable mention large school Mount St. Mary (11-5, 3-1) in the top girls basketball matchup of the day.

The Lancers started their Monsignor Martin Association schedule with back-to-back losses against Cardinal O'Hara and Sacred Heart, but picked up a 60-24 win against Park. Sophomore Caroline Zanghi is the leading scorer for St. Mary's.

The Thunder have won six of their last seven games, with their lone league loss coming to O'Hara. Key wins in that stretch include nonleaguers against Grand Island and Kenmore West. Seniors Kelly Burns and Molly Meegan are two of the top scorers for MSM.

5. Boys hockey - Kenmore West vs. West Seneca East, 6:30 p.m.

Division 4 leader Kenmore West (8-2-1) takes on Division 3 West Seneca East (5-4) at HarborCenter this evening.

The Blue Devils have won their last two games against Williamsville South and St. Francis after dropping a 2-1 decision to Grand Island, which is currently atop Division 3 at 8-0-1. Ethan Yotter leads Division 4 in points with 18 and is tied with teammate Michael Barker for the assists lead with nine. Barker's second in the division with 16 points. Matt Bogacki has a 7-2-1 record and has given up a division low 1.80 goals against average in his 10 appearances this season.

The Trojans dominated West Seneca West, 6-1, on Rivalry Monday last week in their most recent Fed contest. And they also have a dominant goalie in Jagger Maving, whose 1.75 GAA is tops among Division 3 netminders with at least 230 minutes this season. Dominic Khoury and Cameron Mentel are tied for third in the division with eight assists each. Danny Flynn leads East in goals with six.

Honor roll
- Boys basketball: Middle College at Burgard, 6 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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Weekend roundup

Buffalo News boys and girls basketball polls (Jan. 23)

High school scores & schedules (Jan. 23)

Girls basketball: Cardinal O'Hara rallies to defeat defending state champs in overtime
Photo gallery: Cardinal O'Hara 66, Jamesville-DeWitt 57

High School Extra (Jan. 22): Clarence depth too much in ECIC wrestling, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (Jan. 22)

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After school

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

- High school standings, polls and leaders in Tuesday's paper

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