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Homeroom Announcements: Friday'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 Friday

1. Boys basketball - Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Canisius, 7 p.m.

No. 5 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude (16-6, 10-2) looks for the season sweep of No. 7 large school Canisius (14-8, 8-4) in this Monsignor Martin heavyweight battle.

The Tigers needed a 19-12 fourth quarter to top the Crusaders, 67-65, back on Jan. 3. The Canisius loss snapped its 36-game winning streak against Western New York competition.

Davion Warren (27 points, 20 rebounds) and Juston Johnson (18 points) combined to score 16 over the final eight minutes. Junior Ryan Bradley had a team-high 24 points for the Crusaders.

2. Girls basketball - Lockport Tournament

Sacred Heart vs. Williamsville South, 6 p.m.

The No. 7 large school Sharks (13-7) and No. 2 large school Billies (15-3) tip off Friday's Lockport Tournament action. South, led by 6-foot-4 eighth-grader Amari DeBerry (20 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.4 blocks per game), is winners of 11 straight. Junior Micaela Ryan, the most recent Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week, is the top player for Sacred Heart averaging about 20 ppg.

East Aurora vs. Lockport, 7:30 p.m.

The No. 4 small school Blue Devils (15-3) then take on the honorable mention large school Lions (13-5). East Aurora's led by the inside-outside duo of Sarah Tully (12.3 ppg) and Julianna Meisenheimer (9.4 ppg). Lockport has won eight straight Niagara Frontier games up to this point. Senior Kathryn Krchniak leads the team offensively averaging 11.8 ppg.

The winners move on to the championship game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game is at 6 p.m.

3. Girls basketball - Cleveland Hill at Wilson, 7:30 p.m.

The championship game of the Wilson Prep Tournament features honorable mention small school Cleveland Hill (14-5) and No. 6 small school Wilson (16-3).

Sydney Turley's 35 points and 11 rebounds propelled the Eagles to a 66-59 win over Cheektowaga in Wednesday's opening game of the tournament. It was the third win in a row for Cleve Hill, which lost three straight games prior to that.

The Lakewomen on Wednesday took a 41-24 lead into the fourth quarter and held on for a 49-42 win over Mount Mercy. Senior standouts Rachel Senek and Kayla Neumann went for 17 and 14 points, respectively.

4. Boys basketball - North Tonawanda at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.

Honorable mention large school North Tonawanda (15-4) visits No. 4 small school St. Mary's of Lancaster (16-6) in an intriguing nonleague boys hoops matchup.

The Lumberjacks earned a share of the Niagara Frontier League title with Kenmore West and Lockport, the first three-way tie since the 1978-79 season. Their top wins have come against Health Sciences, Niagara Falls, Grand Island and Kenmore West. NT's one of the taller teams in the area with 11 of its 13 players standing 6-feet or taller. The other two players are 5-foot-11.

The Lancers are 7-1 so far against Section VI opponents this season, the lone loss coming to Cheektowaga. They look to add another quality win to a resume that already includes triumphs over St. Joe's, Lancaster, Cardinal O'Hara and Walsh. Junior Christian Schablewski leads an extremely balanced offensive attack.

5. Boys hockey - Section VI small schools prequarterfinals at Northtown Center

7-West Seneca East vs. 10-Williamsville South, 6 p.m.

The Trojans (9-5-1-1) and Billies (7-9) split their season series with a 6-3 East win on Dec. 10 and a 6-1 South win two weeks ago on Feb. 3. Both teams feature a 20-point scorer: Zach Rehbaum (16 goals, nine assists) for South and Danny Flynn (11 goals, nine assists) for East.

8-Lew-Port vs. 9-Sweet Home, 8 p.m.

Division 4 foes Lew-Port (9-5-2) and Sweet Home (9-7) also play for the third time. The Lancers swept in the regular season 7-2 and 5-3. Mat Carden leads Lew-Port in goals and assists with 13 and 14, respectively. Tyler Edholm leads the Panthers with 14 goals and 22 points, while Matthew Gademske has a team-high 14 assists.

Playoff schedules
- Boys basketball (coming soon)
- Girls basketball (coming soon)
- Boys hockey

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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Thursday's roundup

Boys bowling: Niagara-Wheatfield's Nate Maloney three-peats as Section VI champ

High School Extra (Feb. 17): Cheektowaga, South Park end division title droughts, plus much more

Cheektowaga's Welch among seniors named as finalist for BCANY's Mr. Basketball New York honor

Medina's Jalin Cooper receives offer from Boston College

High school scores & schedules (Feb. 17)

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After school

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

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