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 Monday
1. Baseball - Fredonia at Gowanda, noon
Schedules in all sports are pretty bare this week with schools off on break, but this matchup between Gowanda (1-1) and Fredonia (0-1) is about as good of a nonleaguer as it gets regardless of the how many games are on the schedule.
Fredonia, last year's Class B state runner-up, had its season get off on the wrong foot with a 4-3 CCAA West I loss to Maple Grove last Monday. Championship aspirations still remain for the Hillbillies, though. They return all nine starters, including all-leaguers Reid Tarnowski, Ryan Mroczka, Lucas Voss and Vince Gullo.
All-Western New Yorker Matt Kruszka is the top returning member for Gowanda, which lost its season-opener to Orchard Park last Monday, 20-5, but bounced back two days later with a 3-2 win at Frontier. The Panthers were eliminated by Fredonia in the Class B-2 semifinals last season, 2-0.
2. Softball - Medina at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
The best softball game of the day is the lone softball game of the day in Western New York.
Akron (1-0, 1-0) returns two-time All-WNYer Abby Stone, one of the top hitters in the area. She had a .567 average as a sophomore with 26 of her 38 hits going for extra bases. She also accounted for 90 of her team’s runs, including 51 RBIs. Mattie Klein, Sydney Leeds, Shaylie Carberry and Darion Jonathan are also standouts for the Tigers.
Medina (1-0, 0-0) is the only team in the N-O to not play a league game yet. All-N-O pitcher Emily Kams is the ace of the staff, while Alisha Scroger and Destiny Satkowski were on the second team as sophomores last season. The Mustangs beat Section V's Lyndonville, 16-8, last Monday.
3. Baseball - JFK at East Aurora, 1 p.m.
JFK and East Aurora both open their seasons in today's nonleague contest.
JFK has been around a .500 team the past few seasons and has been competitive in ECIC IV. The Bears lost a few all-league members from last year's fifth-seeded team in the B-2 playoffs, so some young talent from a roster featuring just one senior will have to step up this season.
East Aurora lost All-WNYer Noah Thompson but return starters Alex Baase, Tyler Phillips, Charlie Cook and Nate Mucci. The Blue Devils went 15-5 last season, losing to Springville in the Class B-1 semifinals.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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- As always, we'll monitor today's action in our #PrepTalkLive post