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Homeroom Announcements: Wednesday'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 Wednesday

1. Boys basketball - Manhattan Cup finals at Canisius College

Class B: 1-St. Mary’s of Lancaster vs. 3-Nichols, 6:05 p.m.

Nichols always has a knack for reaching the Manhattan Cup no matter what its record is in the regular season. This is the fourth consecutive appearance in the final and eighth in the last 11 years for the defending champs. St. Mary's swept the Vikings in the regular season and handled Walsh to make to its second Class B final in the last three years.

Class A: 2-St. Francis vs. 4-Canisius, 8:05 p.m.

The Red Raiders, who last won the Cup in 1978, are in the championship game for the first time since 2007. St. Francis didn't need OT this time, but it beat Park for the third time this season on Saturday in a 66-64 nail-biter to reach one of the signature championship games in all of Western New York high school sports

The Crusaders have many newcomers that weren't part of the state Catholic winning teams the past two years, but that didn't stop them from reaching their eighth final in the past nine seasons. Canisius went 1-5 against the top three seeds in the Monsignor Martin in the regular season, with the one win coming over St. Francis.

2. Boys basketball - Section VI semifinals at Buffalo State

Class AA
- 2-Lancaster vs. 3-Kenmore West, 5:15 p.m.
- 1-Jamestown vs. 5-Niagara Falls, 6:45 p.m.
Class A-2
- 1-Amherst vs. 4-Olean, 8:15 p.m.

Lancaster and Kenmore West, both teams that shared division champs, open up the action at Buffalo State on Wednesday. How the Legends duo of LG Castillo and Vito Fulciniti match up with Blue Devils duo of Tyler Aquilina and Tal James should be entertaining in this one.

The rematch of last year's Class AA final between WNY powers Jamestown and Niagara Falls takes place in the semifinals this year. The Wolverines took it to the Red Raiders in 2016, 58-44.

Olean, until recently, flew as under the radar as a two-loss team possibly could. The defending Class B state champ Huskies haven't lost since Dec. 20, a 15-0 streak. The Tigers, the only public school to beat No. 1 large school Williamsville South this season, will most certainly provide their toughest test to date.

3. Girls basketball - Section VI Class B-2 semifinals at Sweet Home

2-Buffalo Arts vs. 3-Wilson, 5:30 p.m.

Perennial Niagara-Orleans League power Wilson looks to make it back to Buff State after falling to Fredonia in this round last season. Senior Rachel Senek always seems to play her best in the biggest moments for the Lakewomen. She'll be key offensively and defensively against the Buffalo Arts' senior duo of Alexis Campbell and Gabrielle Outling.

1-Olmsted vs. 5-Medina, 7:30 p.m.

The nightcap between Olmsted and Medina is another N-O/Canisius Cup matchup. The Mustangs are led by sophomores Jene Brown and Maddie Williams, while the Owls are led by freshman Gabrielle McDuffie and sophomore Eliza Conyers.

4. Girls basketball - Section VI Class A-1 semifinals at Williamsville North

2-Grand Island vs. 3-Hamburg, 5:30 p.m.

Hamburg and Grand Island both flirted around .500 records this season. The Vikings don't have a player who averages double figures, but Kelsey Harrigan and Samantha Bailey both average about nine points per game. Katie Villarini is the top scorer for the Bullddogs ar 15.7 ppg.

1-Williamsville South vs. 5-McKinley, 7:30 p.m.

Williamsville South's inside-outside duo of Amari DeBerry and Zaria McCullough, among others, will be a handful for Salandra Debose and McKinley. The Billies are the overwhelming favorite in this one.

5. Girls basketball - Section VI semifinals at Jamestown CC

Class C-2
- 2-Holland vs. 3-Frewsburg, 5 p.m.
- 4-Randolph vs. 8-Westfield, 6:30 p.m.
Class D
- 1-Franklinville vs. 5-Clymer, 8 p.m.

Holland and Frewsburg start off Wednesday's girls hoops action at JCC. Gabby Iuculano, Kaitlyn Blanchard and Olivia Lynn all average double figures for the Bears. Junior Cassidy Slocum is the leading scorer for the defending Class C champ Dutchwomen.

Westfield upset top-seeded East in the quarterfinals to advance to today's semi against Randolph. The Cardinals routed the Wolverines on Feb. 11, 72-45.

Franklinville and freshman phenom Danielle Haskell get their first taste of playoff action against Clymer, which topped No. 4 Pine Valley last Thursday in the quarterfinals, 64-59.

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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Tuesday's roundup

Section VI boys basketball semifinals
Class A-1: Williamsville South, North Tonawanda advance to final
Photo gallery: Williamsville South 63, McKinley 51
Photo gallery:North Tonawanda 63, Grand Island 34
Class A-2: Welch sets career scoring record, but South Park ends Cheektowaga's title quest
Photo gallery:
 South Park 74, Cheektowaga 64
Video: Dominick Welch talks about breaking the WNY career scoring record

Section VI girls basketball semifinals
Class A-2: Amherst, Olean post victories over higher seeds

High School Extra (March 1): East rolls past Barker, plus much more

High school scores & schedules (March 1)

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After school

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