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What to watch for Friday
1. Boys hockey - Orchard Park vs. Williamsville North, 7:15 p.m.
The top game on Friday's schedule will take place at Leisure Rinks between the top two public school teams in Division 1.
Orchard Park (9-1-1-1) suffered its regulation loss in a 6-0 domination by its opponent today, Williamsville North. But the Quakers are the only team this season to beat St. Joe's, which is 18-1-2 overall and 11-1-2 in the Federation after a tie last night against Canisius. Zachary Biasillo and Tyler Bienias both have eight goals and 11 assists on the season, while Thomas Held has been stellar between the pipes with 1.57 goals against average in 12 appearances.
Williamsville North (10-3) is tied with the Quakers in points with 20 but have two more regulation losses, which have come to Lancaster, Canisius and St. Joe's. The win against OP and a 5-2 win against Niagara-Wheatfield are the top wins of the season. Brett Sardina leads the Spartans with 11 goals and 18 points. He's one of seven guys with double-digit points on the team. Netminder Jake Zurat has been equally as impressive with a 1.50 GAA in 12 games.
2. Boys basketball - Park at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 6:30 p.m.
No. 1 large school Park (13-2, 7-1) looks for the season sweep against No. 6 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude (11-4, 6-2) when the Pioneers head to McKinley Parkway for a Monsignor Martin battle. Park won at home in early January, 65-52.
The Pioneers have rolled to four straight wins against Class B Catholic opponents since its 70-66 overtime loss against St. Francis, so this will be their toughest competition in more than two weeks. Junior big man Joe Jones (14.5 points per game) and sophomore guards Daniel Scott (17.5 ppg) and Noah Hutchins (11.5 ppg) continue to impress for Park.
Timon's other league loss came at St. Francis last Friday by seven points. The Tigers rebounded with a 22-point win over St. Mary's of Lancaster and a 12-point win against Cardinal O'Hara, the top two Class B schools in the Monsignor Martin. Senior Davion Warren had a huge game in their win over O'Hara on Wednesday with 22 points, 21 rebounds and five assists. Fellow senior Joe Harrison scored 17 points, while sophomore Adrian Baugh added 10.
3. Boys hockey - Grand Island vs. West Seneca West, 7 p.m.
Grand Island (11-1-1) and West Seneca West (11-2), the top two teams in Division 3, face off at West Seneca Ice Rink in another big Federation matchup.
The Vikings lost for the first time this season last Friday in a 1-0 game against West Seneca East. The goalie trio of Joseph Samplinski (seven games), Jason Lupp (five games) and Nick Jennings (one game) have combined for a Federation-low 12 goals against. Parker Morrow leads the team in goals and points with eight and 15, respectively.
The Indians opened the year with a 5-2 loss to Grand Island, and rival West Seneca East handed them the other one in a 6-1 game on Jan. 16. Tyler Dunning (11 goals, nine assists) and Kyle Haettich (seven goals, 12 assists) are the top two point-getters for West. Dan Browne has been solid in net with a 1.96 GAA in 11 appearances.
4. Boys swimming - Section VI Class Diving Championships, 6 p.m.
The Class A, B and C diving championships all take place at Maryvale on Friday.
The name to keep an eye on is Williamsville East's Tim Finley in Class A. A two-time state meet participant, he's far and away the top diver in Western New York.
Olean senior Logan Cross is the top seed in Class B, while sophomore Tyler Ridout of Frewsburg/Southwestern is in Class C.
5. Girls basketball - Lancaster at Frontier, 7:30 p.m.
No. 5 large school Frontier (10-5, 8-0) and honorable mention large school Lancaster (8-6, 4-4) meet for the first time this season.
The Falcons are the last undefeated team left in ECIC I after a 46-40 win over Clarence in early January. Sophomore Kennedy Izzo (13.6 ppg) and freshman Claire Kruska (13.4 ppg) are the top scorers for Frontier.
This'll be a tough game for the Legends to snap their three-game losing streak against Kenmore East, Depew and Clarence. Junior Molly Mahony is the top player for Lancaster.
- Boys basketball: Grand Island at Kenmore West, 7:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Canisius at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Cleveland Hill at Alden, 7 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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