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What to watch for Friday
1. Boys basketball - Bishop Timon-St. Jude at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
The top game on Friday's schedule features No. 2 large school St. Francis (10-4, 3-1) and No. 4 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude (9-3, 3-1) in a showdown between Monsignor Martin Class A contenders.
How these teams are ranked Sunday night when the new polls are released is anybody's guess seeing as the top six large schools have all played one another with plenty of mixed results.
The Red Raiders, for instance, are the only Western New York team to beat No. 1 Park, but it has losses against No. 3 Williamsville South and No. 6 Canisius. The Tigers beat Canisius and No. 5 Amherst but lost to Park and South.
When it comes to the game this evening, the matchups to watch for include the St. Francis big three of Roburt Welch, Bo Sireika and Julian Cunningham against Timon's dynamic scoring duo of seniors Davion Warren and Joe Harrison.
2. Girls basketball - Depew at East Aurora, 7:30 p.m.
No. 1 small school East Aurora (11-1, 7-1) welcomes No. 7 small school Depew (11-5, 6-2) for an ECIC III rematch between two of the top three teams in the division. Lake Shore, which beat East Aurora and split with Depew, is 6-1 in league games.
The Wildcats avenged a seven-point loss at Lake Shore on Dec. 13 by picking up an eight-point win over the Eagles at home last Friday. They'll look to do the same today to East Aurora after a 20-point home loss on Dec. 19. Seniors Aviance Clark (17.1 ppg) and Tess Borgosz (15.1 ppg, 12.8 rpg) have led Depew on its current five-game winning streak.
The Blue Devils remained the unanimous No. 1 in the latest poll despite the loss of third team All-Western New Yorker Emma Brinker for the rest of the season due to injury. Sophomore Sarah Tully has really stepped up her game in Brinker's two-game absence so far averaging 17.5 points, 15 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks. Fifth-year senior guard Julianna Meisenheimer (9.1 ppg, 7 apg) will also be heavily counted on moving forward.
3. Boys hockey - Grand Island vs. West Seneca East, 7 p.m.
Head to West Seneca Ice Rink for the top hockey game of the day between Division 3 foes Grand Island (9-0-1) and West Seneca East (7-4). The Vikings won, 3-0, when these two teams met on Dec. 1.
Grand Island remains the last unbeaten team in the Federation with its tie coming against Lew-Port in a 1-1 game on Jan. 5. Cameron Collignon leads the Vikings with seven goals, while Parker Morrow and Thomas Cecere each have a team-leading seven assists. Goalies Joseph Samplinski and Jason Lupp have both received a fair share of time between the pipes. They've combined for a 1.00 goals against average and four shutouts in 10 appearances.
The Trojans have outscored opponents 17-4 on their current three-game winning streak over West Seneca West, Lew-Port and Kenmore West, all teams with winning records. Jagger Maving has been in goal all three of those games to push his season record to 7-3 and his goals against average down to 1.7o. Danny Flynn leads the team in goals and points with nine and 15, respectively. Cameron Mentel has a team-high 11 assists and is tied with Dominic Khoury for second in points with 14.
4. Girls basketball - Medina at Albion, 7 p.m. (POSTPONED)
No. 5 small school Medina (11-1, 6-0) looks to stay unbeaten in Niagara-Orleans League play when it heads to honorable mention small school Albion (8-4, 4-2). The Mustangs won the first meeting between the two teams, 48-45. The Purple Eagles were up, 34-33, heading into the fourth quarter.
Medina's one and only loss came on Dec. 22 to a 14-1 V-Elba team by three points. It's won five N-O games since, including a 61-56 win at Wilson that ended the Lakewomen's 62 league game winning streak. The Mustangs head to Wilson for the rematch on Feb. 7. Jene Brown is having a solid sophomore season averaging a team-high 21.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. Classmate Maddie Williams is averaging 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game.
The Purple Eagles are on a two-game losing streak against Wilson and V-Oakfield Alabama. They lost to the Lakewomen last Tuesday, 52-39, after the two teams were tied at half, 24-24. Fifth-year senior Chanyce Powell is the leading scorer at 15.8 ppg. Fellow senior Emily Blanchard is next at 9.0 ppg.
5. Boys basketball - Cardinal O'Hara at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 small school Cardinal O'Hara (10-5, 5-1) visits No. 9 small school St. Mary's of Lancaster (10-4, 3-3) for a battle between two of the top teams in Monsignor Martin Class B. The Lancers hope today's game is a lot closer than their 80-58 loss at O'Hara from three weeks ago.
The Hawks are 5-0 against Class B teams with their league loss coming to Class A St. Francis. St. Mary's is 2-2 against Class B teams and 1-1 against Class A.
Sophomores Justin Hemphill, Jermaine Haynes and Torre Cheatham and senior Rene Velazquez all average double figures for O'Hara. Juniors Eric Brown, Matt Ciezki and Christian Szablewski are three offensive leaders for the Lancers.
- Boys basketball: Franklinville at Burgard, 6 p.m.
- Boys basketball: V-Bishop Kearney at Canisius, 6:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: East Aurora at Depew, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Buffalo Arts at Olmsted, 4:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Frewsburg at Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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