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Preseason Prep Talk: Boys basketball

Here's a brief rewind to last year as we tip off some preseason talk with some basics.

2008-09 champions

Class AA: Niagara Falls (lost in state public school championship for the second straight year, this time to to Newburgh).

Class A: McKinley (lost to Batavia in Far West Regionals). 

Class B: Olean (lost to Section V private school Bishop Kearney in Far West Regionals).

Class C: Randolph (lost to Avon in Far West Regionals).

Class D: Maple Grove (lost to Long Island's Greenport in the state semifinals).

Manhattan Cup: Canisius. Monsignor Martin League A/Class B: St. Mary's.

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All-Western New York selections (underclassmen listed with this year's grades)

First team: Will Regan-12, Nichols; Chris Secky-12, Maple Grove.

Second team: Domonique Jackson-12, East; Marc Coppola-12, Williamsville South; Keron Briggs-12, Sweet Home. 

Third team: Ronald Canestro-12, Nichols; Davon Marshall-12, Niagara Falls; Blair Helton-12, Canisius.

Fourth team: Carlos Rivera-12, Jamestown.

Honorable mention (listed alphabetically by school): Trevor Short-12, Akron; Christian Barczykowski-12, Alden; Marcus Aiello-12, Allegany-Limestone; Stan Wier-10, Nichols (transferred from East Aurora), Jonas Stagyla-12, Grand Island; Chris Holland-11, Grover Cleveland; Levi Pace-12, Medina; Justin Stokes-12, Middle College; Darale Young-12, Middle College; Kenny Stokes-11, Niagara Falls; Aaron Davis-12, North Tonawanda; Joe Palumbo-12, Olean; Ryan Carney-12, Olean; Alex Moore-12, Olean; Isaiah Jefferson-12, Riverside; Vince Kazmierczak-12, St. Mary's/Lancaster; Michael Bova-11, Westfield; Phil Stasiak-11, Williamsville South; Ethan Baker-12, Wilson.

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Here's a link to last season's All-WNY team post, which lists the entire 2009 team. For those interested in more dribble-drives down memory lane, just click "February 2009" or "March 2009" in the archives section on the lower right side of your screen and check out last year's accounts of the playoffs.

You can also click "high school basketball" on the right and get any posts labeled as such.

There's obviously been a ton of lively discussion at our building-the-schedule post we've had up since May. We apologize very much for there not being more updates to that post. We have schedules rolling in and we're trying to compile a master schedule that will be posted on our high school home page as soon as possible.

Coaches, please continue to send in your rosters and schedules -- it's vitally important that we get your schedules to accompany master schedules we have for most leagues so our overall schedule is as complete as possible. Thanks very much.

We'll have more hoops soon enough. There are a handful of games tonight -- including the Niagara Catholic Tip-Off -- while the unofficial tip-off of the season is Monday's Pastor-Cooper Tournament.

Our preview will run on Dec. 8 -- which will be our first Scholastic Spotlight of December.

We'll also have a blogosphere preview from one of the names Prep Talk Nation knows very well.

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

@KeithMcSheaBN | [email protected]

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