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. Football - Week Eight Thursday Night Lights
There are 10 football games tonight, with a Monsignor Martin contest at New Era Field headlining the schedule.
Canisius (5-2) and St. Francis (3-4) square off at 7 p.m. for the regular season title.
After an impressive win at Massillon Washington in Ohio in Week Six, the Crusaders lost a 31-7 game at Aquinas last week. The Red Raiders have won their last two games against St. Joe's and Cardinal O'Hara.
Other games on today's schedule:
Chuck Funke Memorial Classic semifinals
- Class A: 6N-North Tonawanda at 5S-McKinley, 7 p.m. at Riverside
- Class A: 6S-Amherst at 5N-Williamsville South, 7:30 p.m.
- Class B: 12-Alden at 9-Medina, 6:30 p.m.
- Class B: 11-Burgard at 10-Olean, 6 p.m.
- Class C: 5S-Gowanda/Pine Valley at 5N-Eden/North Collins, 6 p.m.
- Lew-Port vs. Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton, 5:30 p.m. at Brocton
- Tonawanda at Springville, 6 p.m.
- Lockport at Kenmore East, 7 p.m.
- Kenmore West at Hamburg, 7:30 p.m.
2. Girls soccer - Class A quarterfinals
The Class A playoffs in girls soccer continue with eight games today. Winners are off until next Wednesday's semifinals at Williamsville North.
- 9-West Seneca East at 1-Grand Island, 6 p.m.
- 5-Wmsv. South at 4-North Tonawanda, 6 p.m.
- 7-Kenmore West at 2-Williamsville East, 6 p.m.
- 6-Hutch-Tech at 3-Hamburg, 3:30 p.m.
- 8-Kenmore East at 1-Pioneer, 6 p.m.
- 5-Starpoint at 4-Iroquois, 3:30 p.m.
- 7-Maryvale at 2-East Aurora, 3:30 p.m. at Knox Field
- 6-Amherst at 3-Lew-Port, 6 p.m.
Grand Island and Williamsville East have both spent time at No. 1 in the large schools poll this season, and they're the top two seeds in Class A-1. Hamburg will also be a tough out, as the Bulldogs handed the Flames their only loss this season.
Pioneer boasts the top scorer in Section VI in senior Meghan Root. East Aurora and Starpoint have also received votes at times this season.
3. Boys soccer - Class B & C quarterfinals
There are 12 quarterfinal games across three brackets on Thursday's playoff schedule.
- 8-Tonawanda at 1-Lackawanna, 3:30 p.m.
- 5-Olean at 4- City Honors, 3:30 p.m. at Johnnie B. Wiley
- 6-Alden at 3-I-Prep/Grover, 3:30 p.m. at Riverside
- 7-Oracle/WNY Maritime at 2-Newfane, 3:30 p.m.
- 9-Falconer/Cassadaga Valley at 1-Burgard, 5:30 p.m. at Johnnie B. Wiley
- 5-Roy-Hart at 4-Olmsted, 4 p.m. at All High Stadium
- 6-Riverside at 3-Wilson, 3:30 p.m.
- 10-Akron at 2-Southwestern, 7 p.m.
Five of the eight teams in Class B-1 are ranked in this week's small schools pool: No. 1 Lackawanna, No. 2 I-Prep/Grover, No. 3 Newfane, No. 9 Alden and No. 10 Tonawanda. Olean is an honorable mention.
In Class B-2, Southwestern and Riverside are ranked in the small schools poll at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. Top-seeded Burgard, which is unbeaten at 10-0, is honorable mention.
- 8-Randolph at 1-Allegany-Limestone, 3:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure
- 5-Portville at 4-Holland, 3:30 p.m.
- 6-Chautauqua Lake at 3-Maple Grove, 3:30 p.m.
- 7-Silver Creek/Forestville at 2-Westfield/Brocton, 3:30 p.m. at Westfield
At No. 5, top-seeded Allegany-Limestone is the only ranked team in Class C. The Gators went 15-1, with the lone loss coming at I-Prep.
4. Girls volleyball - Eden at Orchard Park, 6 p.m.
No. 2 large school Orchard Park hosts No. 3 small school Eden in a high-ranked nonleague showdown.
The Quakers had an impressive win last Thursday over Clarence, which is tied with OP for No. 2 in this week's poll, and then followed that up the next day with a loss in three sets at No. 1 small school St. Mary's of Lancaster.
The Raiders have a new coach in Hailee Herc, but it's been more of the same results as Eden has pretty much breezed through its ECIC IV schedule. The Raiders visit St. Mary's next Thursday in an intriguing matchup that should help prepare them for their run to a seventh straight state title.
5. Boys volleyball - Hamburg at Eden, 6:30 p.m.
No. 2 Eden hosts rival No. 9 Hamburg in a nonleague rematch of last year's Division II championship.
The Raiders won the last three sets of the best-of-five final to beat Hamburg last fall. Hitters Collin Rigley and Drew Hesse and setter Gavin Musielak are back looking to defend their title.
The Bulldogs (10-1) came up with a huge five-set win over Sweet Home (10-2) Tuesday that put them in the driver's seat for an ECIC II title. Hamburg has one more game at Williamsville East (9-2) on Monday. A win would give the Bulldogs a title outright, while a loss would mean a three-way tie.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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