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Prep Talk Live's A regional replay: Sweet Home vs. V-Aquinas

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from all of this weekend's Far West Regionals from All High Stadium.

Let us know what you thought of the game in the comments section.

---Keith McShea

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Prep Talk Live's D regional replay: Silver Creek vs. V-Caledonia-Mumford

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from all of this weekend's Far West Regionals from All High Stadium.

Let us know what you thought of the game in the comments section.

---Keith McShea

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Prep Talk Live's Monsignor Martin AA replay: St. Joe's vs. St. Francis

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from both of tonight's Monsignor Martin championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium (as well as this weekend's Far West Regionals from All High Stadium).

Let us know what you thought of the game in the comments section.

---Keith McShea

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Prep Talk Live's Monsignor Martin A replay: Cardinal O'Hara vs. St. Mary's

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from both of tonight's Monsignor Martin championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium (as well as this weekend's Far West Regionals from All High Stadium).

Let us know what you thought of the game in the comments section.

---Keith McShea

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Live chat Nov. 10: All sorts of VI vs. V football, great Alden talk (after some not so great), the dreaded S-word and a few Dwight Schrute quotes

Our weekly chat is tonight at 8:30 (we've pushed it back to 9 because we're working on a story), and, as always, anything in the world of high school sports or our coverage of it is up for discussion.

With the Monsignor Martin finals at The Ralph kicking off in less than 24 hours, it's almost a pregame show. :-) Plus there are the Far West Regionals in football at All High Stadium Friday and Saturday.

We'll again call a chat timeout to appear on The Late Nick Mendola show on WECK (1230 AM) at 9:30. 

I promise I'll get to your question or comment in the chat -- but please be patient. It can get busy fielding all of the questions and I can only answer one at a time. And please don't enter your question/comment multiple times -- that only makes things crazier.

Here are this season's previous chats: Nov. 3, Oct. 27, Oct. 20, Oct. 13, Oct. 6, Sept. 22, Sept. 15, Sept. 8 and our kickoff (Sept. 1). Here's a link to the final session of the spring (which also includes last school year's spring and winter archives).

As always, if you have a question but you won't be able to make the chat, post one in the comments section or email me and I'll do my best to address it.

---Keith McShea

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How The News voted: Week 10

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls. Check out this week's polls here.

We have one vote in each poll. Here's how we voted in the preseason, Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week FourWeek Five, Week SixWeek Seven, Week Eight and Week Nine.

Here's this week's ballot, which is the last poll before the last poll, so we might as well look at how far teams might go:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Sweet Home (10-0) [last week's ballot: 1] -- And here we are: Sweet Home-Aquinas IV. It's been the de facto state championship for three years and it's No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the polls. The winner can get its orbitz.com on and search for rooms for a post-Thanksgiving trip (if it hasn't already).

2. Clarence (10-0) [2] -- Orchard Park, North Tonawanda, Clarence? The AA road seems tougher this year than the last two, starting with Rush-Henrietta and stud QB Ashton Broyld.

3. Orchard Park (8-2) [3] -- Quakers went out with a bang, even in the loss. Great second half made for super high drama.

4. Williamsville South (9-1) [4] -- I think the past weekend justifies my having the Billies fourth for quite a while. They're just not as big/deep as the top three. Told You So Part I: The rest of the poll has come around to that thinking.

5. St. Joe's (5-5) [5] -- 4-1 vs. WNY. Last week's ranking justified by big win over Canisius. Could the Marauders move up with a championship? It's possible. Waiting to see what happens at The Ralph. Fantasy football: Can you imagine a Licata vs. Kelly offensive showdown?

6. Canisius (7-3) [6] -- 3-2 vs. WNY. Crusaders not playing at The Ralph certainly a surprise this season.

7. St. Francis (4-6) [7] -- 4-1 vs. WNY. Keeping in line with my ballot for much of the season and certainly the  last three weeks, the Msgr. Martin trio certainly deserves to be ahead of the second tier of Section VI large schools below. Told You So Part II: Seems like the rest of the poll has come around as well (all three are ranked).

8. McKinley (6-3) [10] -- Losses at Will East (playoff team), two at Sweet Home (enough said). Big wins: Grand Island, Starpoint by 20, at St. Mary's by 36, at Amherst by 14 in quarters. Look at it this way, after Week One, they're 6-2 with two losses to Sweet Home. I still don't like the mistakes they made against the Panthers in the two times I saw them, but I think we can give the Panthers credit for making a lot of those happen (South sure didn't look like the South we knew at The Ralph with five turnovers).

9. Jamestown (5-4) [8] -- Knocked down one spot with McKinley moving up. Loss Week One at Frontier, loss at Clarence, loss to OP, loss at OP. Big win: at Riverside in quarters.

10. Kenmore West (6-3) [9] -- Knocked down one spot with McKinley moving up. Loss Week Two at the very good version of schitzo Niagara Falls, loss at home to Riverside, loss at Clarence. Big wins: Lockport and Will North in tough AA North, vs. Frontier in quarters.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Alden (10-0) [3] -- Maybe the live chat will be different this week? :-). Bulldogs have a huge challenge in defending state champion Hornell ... but if they are able to win Saturday, who knows?

2. Fredonia (9-1) [5] -- They've beaten Southwestern, so who knows? Hillbillies may have to guard against post-huge-win-letdown syndrome. (One of the great mysteries of this season -- Hillbillies go OT against A-L).

3. Southwestern (9-1) [1] -- A championship drive did in a championship program. Trojans aren't going anywhere, of course, but they should be lauded for their part in an unbelievable run of Western New York football.

4. Lackawanna (8-2) [2] -- Oh, those point afters. Steelers could have been tied with Alden. That's true. It's also true that Alden could have been up three touchdowns instead of one.

5. Silver Creek (10-0) [9] -- Maple Grove, Randolph, Silver Creek? Strongest case for a state title right now, although Cal-Mum is a bonafide brand name for good football. I admit that I was wrong about Silver Creek (not ranked until last week) and also wrong about Randolph (ranked too high most of the season). After seeing everyone at The Ralph, this is where I've got to put the Black Knights.

6. Depew (8-1) [6] -- Not that it matters, but I definitely think Alden would have beat them.

7. Burgard (6-3) [7] -- I don't think it would have mattered, but it still stinks that Sanders was out in the semis.

8. Randolph (9-1) [4] -- See No. 5.

9. Cardinal O'Hara (5-4) [8] -- Losses remain to Canisius, St. Joe's, St. Francis and Ohio's Stuebenville. The Hawks deserve to be ranked and almost were this week. For those voting for Grover, the Nichols games really need to be looked at. I thought about them at No. 8. We'll see what we see on Thursday.

10. Pioneer (7-2) [10] -- Hang on by a chain link over Grover. If Fredonia keeps winning, maybe that pulls up the Presidents. 

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below.

Also, visit here Wednesday for another live chat at 8:30 p.m. -- again on the eve of three straight days of fun football.

---Keith McShea

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Pastor-Cooper hoops field announced

The field for the 25th edition of Western New York's unofficial tip-off of high school basketball was announced Monday at Mayor Byron W. Brown's office at City Hall. 

Here is the lineup for the tournament, which is named in honor of the memory of Al and Rose Pastor as well as son-in-law Gerald Cooper. It will be hosted again by Daemen College and includes its traditional two divisions for boys and one for girls.

Monday, Nov. 29
Rose Pastor Division (girls)
St. Mary's/Lanc. vs. Wmsv. North, 5:15 p.m.
Al Pastor Division (boys)
St. Mary's/Lanc. vs. McKinley, 6:45 p.m.
Orchard Park vs. Grover Cleveland, 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 29
Rose Pastor Division (girls)
Sacred Heart vs. Grand Island, 5:15 p.m.
Jerry Cooper Division (boys)
OTC Middle College vs. Hutch-Tech, 6:45 p.m.
East vs. Nichols, 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 2 -- consolation games
Rose Pastor Division (girls), 5:15 p.m.
Jerry Cooper Division (boys), 6:45 p.m.
Al Pastor Division (boys), 8:15 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3 -- championship games
Rose Pastor Division (girls), 5:15 p.m.
Jerry Cooper Division (boys), 6:45 p.m.
Al Pastor Division (boys), 8:15 p.m.

The Gerald Cooper Sportsmanship Award will be presented to the athlete who best exemplifies the standards set forth by Al Pastor.

On Friday there is the always-fun chicken wing eating contest sponsored by long-time tournament supporter Santora's Phase II Pizza.

We've got some other early-season boys hoops tournaments at our bulding-the-schedule post and we're compiling a season schedule right now. We'll let you know as soon as it is available on our site.

Coaches are asked to send schedules -- and league chairs are asked to send league master schedules -- to us as soon as possible. Email to me at [email protected]

---Keith McShea

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Monday homeroom quarterback: What a Week 10!

What a Week 10 it was, from Thursday and Friday's stellar Section VI championships to Saturday's Monsignor Martin semifinals.

Be sure to review our coverage of the Section VI championships at our Prep Talk Live page, which has everything you need to know -- from the game stories to videos to live blogging accounts of the game -- about the thrilling five games at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

As usual, there's also a ton of info at the high school home page, including additional copies of the polls below as well as stories and roundups on what was an extremely busy high school weekend in all sports. 

 

 

What will tomorrow's football polls look like? Who is the No. 1 small school? Who will continue to have standout seasons in all fall sports?

Let us know what you thought of the weekend in the comments section below.

---Keith McShea

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St. Joe's beats Canisius again and heads to The Ralph

St. Joe's beat Canisius this afternoon to earn a trip to the Monsignor Martin Association League AA championship. The Marauders swept their rivals in both meetings this season and will play St. Francis at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Here's the story from Sunday's paper.)

Prep Talk Live's Class AA replay: Clarence vs. Orchard Park

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from all of the Section VI championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Let us know what you thought of the game in the comments section.

---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.

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