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 basketball - Section VI Class B-2 semifinals at Buffalo State
1-Medina vs. 4-Health Sciences, 6 p.m.
Two of the most athletically-gifted players in Western New York square off in the first game at Buff State on Thursday. Davonte Gaines, a 6-foot-6 junior, leads Health Sciences against Medina and 6-foot-4 junior Jalin Cooper. The Falcons are currently No. 2 and have been highly-ranked among small schools all season, while the Mustangs have shot up as of late and are No. 5 in the latest News poll.
2-Olmsted vs. 3-Lackawanna, 7:45 p.m.
Olmsted and leading-scorer Daniel Reid (22.1 ppg) look to make it back to a sectional final for the second year in a row. The Owls are the defending Class C-1 champs and lost to eventual state champ Middle College in the overall Class C final. Lackawanna's back at Buff State for the first time since losing to Olean in the B-1 final in the 2012-13. Noah Grabar leads the Steelers averaging 15.3 ppg.
2. Girls basketball - Section VI Class B-1 semifinals at Sweet Home
2-East Aurora vs. 6-Fredonia, 5:30 p.m.
East Aurora's made it to the semifinals without All-WNY third-teamer Emma Brinker, a testament to how talented the rest of the No. 2-ranked small school's roster truly is. Sarah Tully and Julianna Meisenheimer, among others, have stepped up in her absence. Now the Blue Devils face an under-seeded Fredonia squad determined to make it back to Buff State, where it lost to Southwestern in the Class B-2 final a year ago. Hannah Cybart, Caitlin Cybart and Katie Price all improved on their scoring averages for the No. 4-small school Hillbillies from last season to this season.
1-Depew vs. 12-CSAT, 7:30 p.m.
Depew, the No. 1 small school in WNY, looks to end CSAT's cinderella run. The Wildcats, winners of 10 straight and 13 of their last 14, are led by the duo of seniors Tess Borgosz and Aviance Clark. CSAT upset 4-I-Prep and 5-Alden behind the play of senior Kiara King.
3. Girls basketball - Section VI semifinals at Jamestown CC
- 2-Chautauqua Lake vs. 3-Cleveland Hill, 5 p.m.
- 1-Allegany-Limestone vs. 4-Tapestry, 6:30 p.m.
- 2-Ellicottville vs. 3-Panama, 8 p.m.
Cleveland Hill topped Chautauqua Lake at the Pioneer Tournament back on Jan. 19, 43-42. The Eagles clawed back from 19-4 first-quarter and 38-29 third-quarter deficits to outscore the Thunderbirds, 14-4, over the last eight minutes.
Allegany-Limestone's Morgan Davis (20.8 ppg, 13.5 rpg) and Tapestry's Nia Caver (24.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg) are both double-double machines. The clash between these standout forwards is the matchup within the matchup to watch for in the middle game at JCC on Thursday.
A win by Ellicottville would set up Round Three between the Eagles and Franklinville, which won its semifinal matchup yesterday over Clymer. UB-bound senior Marissa Hamilton and Emmalea Erlandson are the top scorers for Ellicottville. Natalie Angeletti, a third-year freshman, averages a double-double for Panama with 15.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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Manhattan Cup finals
Class A: Canisius denies St. Francis to complete three-peat
Photo gallery: Canisius 57, St. Francis 53
Class B: St. Mary's adds its name to the list of Manhattan Cup champions
Photo gallery: St. Mary's 64, Nichols 61
Section VI boys basketball semifinals
Class AA/A-2: Amherst, Lancaster, Niagara Falls move on with semifinals wins
Section VI girls basketball semifinals
Class A-1: Hamburg earns another shot at Williamsville South
High school roundup (March 2): Wilson, Medina advance in girls basketball, plus more
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- As always, we'll monitor today's action in our #PrepTalkLive post