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Homeroom Announcements: Thursday'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 Thursday

1. Boys hockey - St. Joe's vs. Williamsville North, 7 p.m.

St. Joe's (11-1-2) and Williamsville North (11-3) are not only the top two teams in the Federation, they're two of the top three Division I teams in the state according to the latest NYSSWA rankings. Luckily for Western New York hockey fans, these Original Eight rivals meet tonight on the Northtown Center Feature Rink

St. Joe's handled North in the first matchup, 5-1, back on Dec. 22. That's part of a 14-0-1 streak the Marauders have been in their last 15 overall games. The Spartans are 7-1 in their last eight Federation games since the loss against St. Joe's.

The teams have a combined 13 players with at least 10 points, but the numbers of their netminders are even more impressive. Donovan Boshier (0.98 GAA) and Benjamin Weppner (1.43 GAA) have each appeared in seven games for St. Joe's, and they've combined for four shutouts and 17 goals against, which is the second lowest in the Fed. North's starter Jake Zurat has four shutouts by himself and a 1.50 GAA in 12 appearances.

2. Girls basketball - Frontier at Clarence, 7 p.m.

The ECIC I lead is at stake when No. 6 large school Frontier (12-6, 9-1) visits No. 5 large school Clarence (15-2, 9-1) in one of the top basketball games on Wednesday.

The Falcons beat the Red Devils, 46-40, the first time these teams met on Jan. 9. Frontier freshman Claire Kruska led all scorers with 21 points, nine from beyond the arc. Clarence's high-scorer was junior Ella Rose Eckert with 16 points.

A 58-43 loss at Lancaster on Tuesday was Frontier's first in the league.

3. Girls basketball - Wilson at Sacred Heart, 6:30 p.m.

No. 8 large school Sacred Heart (11-6) hosts No. 6 small school Wilson (14-2) in an intriguing late-season nonleague game that should help both teams come playoff time.

The Sharks have won two league games in a row since losing back-to-back games against V-Penfield and Mount St. Mary. The duo of junior Micaela Ryan and sophomore Jennifer Grimm have been playing some of their best basketball of the season recently. Ryan had 28 points (five three-pointers) and Grimm 18 points and 12 rebounds in Sacred Heart's 50-39 win against Nardin last night.

The Lakewomen avenged a loss to Medina, which snapped their 62-game Niagara-Orleans League winning streak, with a 50-43 win over the Mustangs on Tuesday. They locked up at least a share of their eighth straight N-O title in the process. Rachel Senek was the only player in double figures for Wilson on Tuesday, but she poured in 34 points while also adding nine steals, five rebounds and five assists. Kayla Neumann had eight points and eight steals.

4. Boys basketball - McKinley at Middle College, 6 p.m.

Middle College (10-6, 8-3) and McKinley (11-6, 7-4) are in third and fourth place, respectively, in the Yale Cup I race, but it's always one of the top attractions of the day when these two traditional Buffalo powers square off on the hardwood.

Honorable mention large school McKinley handed the No. 4 small school Kats their first league loss of the season in a 71-57 contest on Jan. 19.

The Macks got out to a 19-point halftime lead that was cut to 10 before McKinley outscored the Kats, 17-13, in the final frame. McKinley's Davonti Wardlaw had a game-high 29 points, while Shawn Goree led Middle College with 14.

5. Boys basketball - Newfane at Medina, 6:30 p.m.

Honorable mention small school Newfane (12-5, 8-1) heads to Niagara-Orleans League rival Medina (13-4, 9-0) with first place in the division on the line.

The Mustangs used a 21-8 first quarter and 24-12 fourth quarter to score a big 77-65 win at Newfane on Jan. 13.

Medina junior Jalin Cooper, one of the most exciting players to watch in Western New York, scored a game-high 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Max Weber led the Panthers with 21 points.

Honor Roll
- Boys basketball: East at Burgard, 4:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Chautauqua Lake at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Medina at Albion, 7 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Tonawanda at Holland, 7 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Fredonia at Southwestern, 7:30 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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Wednesday's roundup

Section VI girls hockey championship
 Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore ends Kenmore/Grand Island's title run
Photo gallery: FLOP 3, Kenmore/GI 2

Prep Talk Athletes of the Week
 Anthony Robinson of Starpoint wrestling
Girls: Julia Mings of Sweet Home girls hockey

High School Extra (Feb. 9): Kenmore West needs late plays to win, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (Feb. 9)

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After school

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

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