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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. Boys basketball - Battle at the Border at Niagara Falls
St. Joe's vs. Notre Dame Welland (Ont.) - 1 p.m.
The quadruple-header at Niagara Falls starts with St. Joe's (7-9) and Notre Dame Welland. The Marauders picked up one of their top wins of the season on Thursday, topping Dominick Welch and Cheektowaga, 55-53. They also beat Lockport and Kenmore West.
Niagara-Wheatfield vs. St. Francis (Ont.) - 2:30 p.m.
Wheatfield (5-12) is coming off a 53-44 loss to Kenmore East yesterday. Jeager Martino scored a team-high 15 points, while eighth-grader Jalen Bradberry added 13, nine from beyond the arc.
St. Francis beat Nichols, 68-43, in the Can-Am Shootout at Niagara Falls back in November.
V-Aquinas vs. St. Paul (Ont.) - 4 p.m.
Aquinas takes on St. Paul in the only game not involving Western New York competition. The Little Irish beat Williamsville South on Thursday with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Jason Hawkes. St. Paul also played in the Can-Am Shootout, losing to East and winning against Niagara Catholic.
Niagara Falls vs. Sir Allen MacNab (Ont.) - 5:30 p.m.
The headliner of the Battle at the Border features the host Wolverines (10-8) and Sir Allen MacNab. Niagara Falls is still a contender in Class AA, but the reigning sectional champs have taken a step back from last year's 18-6 season. The Wolverines haven't won or lost more than two games in a row this year.
2. Boys hockey - Niagara-Wheatfield vs. Orchard Park, 6:45 p.m.
Division 1 contenders Niagara-Wheatfield (8-5) and Orchard Park (9-2-1-1) meet at Niagara University in the top hockey game of the day.
The Falcons look to snap a three-game losing streak but are one of the few teams to beat OP this season. They battled back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to score a 3-2 overtime win on Jan. 8. Chace Woods tied the game with six seconds left on a penalty shot, and Nick Peters scored the game-winner in overtime on the power play to complete the comeback. Woods (10 goals, eight assists) and Peters (six goals, 11 assists) lead Wheatfield in points.
The Quakers lost their second regulation game this season yesterday to Williamsville North, 2-1. Eric Lyon scored the lone goal for OP with 1:39 left in the third period to make it 2-1, but they weren't able to tie it up in the time remaining. The loss dropped OP to third in Division 1 but still four points ahead of Wheatfield in the standings.
3. Wrestling - Section VI Class Championships
A week after the inaugural Section VI Dual-Meet Tournaments, all five classes hold their championships in day-long tournaments this Saturday. Locations are listed below:
- Class AA at Lancaster
- Class A at Starpoint
- Class B at Cheektowaga
- Class C at Falconer
- Class D at Maple Grove
Each tournament starts at 9 a.m. with finals starting around 4:30 p.m.
4. Boys swimming - Section VI Class Championships
There aren't as many swimming classes as there in wrestling, but there are still three class championships taking place today. Locations are listed below:
- Class A at at Clarence
- Class B at at Maryvale
- Class C at Newfane
The Class A and B championships start at 10 a.m., while Class C starts at 1 p.m.
5. Track & field - Section VI Team Championships
The best from Section VI head to the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex at Houghton College to compete in the team championships. The meet starts at 10 a.m.
The drive to the Section V state of the art facility is a bit awkward and long for most Western New York schools. Budd Bailey talked with local track & field officials about the need for a local indoor track facility in his Scholastic Spotlight this week.
- Boys basketball: Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Williamsville North, 2:30 p.m.
- Boys hockey: Clarence vs. Williamsville East, 1 p.m. at Northtown Center
- Boys hockey: Kenmore West vs. Lew-Port, 8:45 p.m. at Niagara University
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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- As always, we'll monitor Saturday's action in our #PrepTalkLive post
- The seventh News basketball polls of the season will be released Sunday night