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Homeroom Announcements: Thursday'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 Thursday

1. Soccer - Clarence Tournament

Clarence's kick-off tournament continues with another four games Thursday.

Boys matchups:

  • Clarence vs. St. Joe's, 3 p.m.
  • I-Prep/Grover vs. Nichols, 5 p.m.

St. Joe's recorded an impressive 5-0 win over I-Prep yesterday. Tom Stankowski and Hunter Parucki each had two goals, while Chris Collins and Dom Greco split the shutout in net. The host Red Devils shut out Nichols, 4-0, behind three goals from Ross Showalter.

Girls matchups:

  • Clarence vs. Grand Island, 3 p.m.
  • Nardin vs. Nichols, 5 p.m.

Clarence scored a 4-0 shutout over Nardin Wednesday. Emma Faso scored twice, Megan McCraith had a goal and an assist, and Grace Fabian made seven saves between the pipes. Grand Island continued its high-scoring attack from last season with a 5-1 win over Nichols.

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2. Girls soccer - North Tonawanda at Niagara Wheatfield, 4:45 p.m.

Niagara Wheatfield (2-0, 2-0) hosts Niagara Frontier League rival North Tonawanda (1-0, 1-0).

The Falcons opened their season with a nice 2-1 win over Lancaster last Friday and followed that up with a 5-1 league win over Niagara Falls on Tuesday. Wheatfield went 13-4-1 last season, 10-3-1 in the NFL, and beat NT twice by scores of 4-1 and 2-1.

The Lumberjacks topped Lockport on Tuesday, 2-1, in their first game of the season. Second-year sophomore Isabella Finley scored both goals. NT went 11-6 last year, including 9-5 in the NFL.

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3. Field hockey - Akron at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.

Niagara-Orleans League rivals Akron and Wilson open their seasons against one another for the second straight year.

The Tigers went 14-1 last season, with their lone loss coming in the Class C final to league foe Barker, 1-0. Three-time All-WNY pick Abigail Stone returns for her fifth season. She scored 13 goals in 2016.

The Lakewomen started last season 3-4, but won six in a row before losing to Barker in the sectional semifinals, 2-0, to finish with a 9-5 record.

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4. Boys soccer - East Aurora at Starpoint, 7 p.m.

Starpoint opens up its season with a nonleague matchup against perennial power East Aurora (1-0, 1-0).

The Blue Devils beat Iroquois on Tuesday, 2-0. All-WNYer Bryce Schiltz scored once, as did Jimmy Tanner.

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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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Wednesday's roundup

It took a village to nurture a football star: Jalin Cooper's story

Sideline to sideline: H.S. football's new coaches, new divisions, top players & more

Starpoint hockey becomes newest member of The Fed

High School Extra: St. Joe's tops I-Prep soccer in Clarence Tournament opener

Boys soccer photo gallery: Clarence 4, Nichols 0

High school scores & schedules (Aug. 31)

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