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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 - Section VI quarterfinals

Class AA
- 8-Clarence at 1-Jamestown, 7 p.m.
- 5-Niagara Falls at 4-Lockport, 4 p.m.
- 7-Orchard Park at 2-Lancaster, 7 p.m.
- 6-Williamsville North at 3-Kenmore West, 7 p.m.

The big rubber match between Lockport and Niagara Falls is one of the top games to watch for in this year's quarterfinals. Both teams won on each other's court in the regular season. Niagara Falls won first in a 64-43 rout and Lockport won two weeks later, 56-49.

Class A-1
- 8-Hamburg at 1-Williamsville South, 7 p.m.
- 5-West Seneca East at 4-McKinley, 7 p.m.
- 10-West Seneca West at 2-North Tonawanda, 7 p.m.
- 6-Sweet Home at 3-Grand Island, 7 p.m.
Class A-2
- 8-Starpoint at 1-Amherst, 7 p.m.
- 5-Maryvale at 4-Olean, 7 p.m.
- 7-Lew-Port at 2-Cheektowaga, 7 p.m.
- 11-Lake Shore at 3-South Park, 7 p.m.

Class A-2 is possibly the deepest class in the boys playoffs this year. Any of the top five seeds are capable of winning it all. Maryvale's one of two teams to hand Olean a loss this season. The Huskies, which are going for their 10th sectional title in 11 years, will be looking to avenge that loss on their own home court tonight. Cheektowaga star Dominick Welch is 49 points away from the Western New York career points mark of 2,355 set by 1990 News Player of the Year Ritchie Campbell.

West Seneca East is one of the four teams to beat South Park this season. For what it's worth, McKinley was swept by South Park. That and Sweet Home vs. Grand Island are the top two quarterfinal games to watch for in A-1.

Class B-1
- 8-Burgard at 1-East Aurora, 7 p.m.
- 5-Dunkirk at 4-Springville, 7 p.m.
- 10-Fredonia vs. 2-MST Seneca, 7 p.m. at City Honors
- 6-Depew at 3-Newfane, 7 p.m.
Class B-2
- 8-Gowanda at 1-Medina, 7 p.m.
- 5-Middle College vs. 4-Health Sciences, 7 p.m. at Daemen
- 7-Lafayette at 2-Olmsted, 7 p.m.
- 6-Wilson at 3-Lackawanna, 7 p.m.

Newfane and Depew are both 14-win teams that are capable of making a run to the final. The top-seeded Blue Devils are hosting a tough, Yale Cup-tested Burgard team.

If Lockport-Niagara Falls isn't the game of the day, then Middle College and Health Sciences at Daemen College is. Both teams have been highly ranked in The News' small schools poll, and the Kats are the only small school to beat the Falcons this season.

Class C-1
- 8-Cassadaga Valley at 1-Chautauqua Lake, 7 p.m.
- 5-Allegany-Limestone at 4-Salamanca, 7 p.m.
- 6-Portville at 3-Tapestry, 7 p.m.
- 7-WNY Maritime at 2-Cleveland Hill, 7 p.m.
Class C-2
- 8-Westfield at 1-Randolph, 7 p.m.
- 5-Maple Grove at 4-Frewsburg, 7 p.m.
- 7-Global Concepts vs. 2-East, 7 p.m. at I-Prep/Grover
- 6-Barker at 3-Holland, 7 p.m.

Devin Pope, the top scorer in Section VI averaging 28.7 ppg, is a huge reason why Chautauqua Lake's the favorite in Class C-1. Winners play at Jamestown CC in the semifinals on Monday.

Barker's Nathan Luckman, one of the top shooters in the area, leads the Raiders into Holland, which is led by Coan Relyea. Winners in C-2 play in the semis on Tuesday at JCC.

Class D
- 5-Forestville at 4-Sherman, 7 p.m.
- 6-Pine Valley at 3-Franklinville, 7 p.m.

Two of the top scorers in Section VI look to lead their respective teams to next week's semifinals at Jamestown Community College, where No. 1 Clymer and No. 2 Ellicottville await. Sherman senior Chris Robson (24.4 ppg) and Franklinville junior Sam Erickson (21.95 ppg) are both in the top 10.

2. Wrestling - NYSPHSAA Championships

The first day of the 2017 wrestling championships at the Times Union Center in Albany start with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and continue through the quarterfinals and wrestlebacks until about 8 p.m. Semifinals begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with the finals set for 6:30 p.m.

Wondering where Western New York's wrestlers are seeded? Click here for this year's brackets.

3. Boys hockey - CISAA semifinals

Nichols hosts Upper Canada College at 5 p.m. in the second game of the best-of-three semifinals.

Bryan Bylsma scored twice for the Vikings in their 3-2 loss in Wednesday's game one. Bylsma tied the game up, 1-1, in the first period and scored his second in the middle frame when Nichols was down, 3-1. There was no scoring in the third period.

Game Three, if necessary, will be on Monday in Toronto.

Honor roll
- Girls basketball: Monsignor Martin play-in games at Villa Maria

Playoff schedules
- Section VI boys basketball
- Manhattan Cup
- Section VI girls basketball
- 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

High school roundup (Feb. 24): Canisius gives St. Joe's the slip, plus much more

Girls basketball photo gallery: Fredonia 52, Tonawanda 18

Lancaster baseball earns preseason ranking

High school scores & schedules (Feb. 24)

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After school

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

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