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Thursday Evening Live from wins by I-Prep/Grover and St. Joe's (with video of dunks, a buzzer-beater and interviews)

Hello from a great matchup at International Prep at Grover Cleveland, where former Presidents coach Earl Schunk has returned to his former school with his new team, Tapestry Charter.

Some former fellow faculty members had some fun with the former Grover coach. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) Tapestry is ranked fifth among large schools while I-Prep/Grover has been No. 1 all season.

5:50 p.m. Sorry for the delay, first chance to update after borrowing a chair from football coach Tony Alessi's office (thanks, coach) to let me set up shop at the end of Grover/I-Prep's bench -- conveniently near an electrical outlet. 

I-Prep/Grover is up, 41-28, with less than three minutes left in the first half.

I-Prep/Grover took a 25-17 lead after one quarter in which it got up 16-7 but Tapestry did well to hang in there, sticking with its pressure defense and getting two straight threes from senior David Bass.

I-Prep put on another nice burst in the second quarter, going up by as much as 17 twice but Tapestry has again cut into the lead -- this time I-Prep has gotten a little sloppy while Tapestry's Dartwon Brooks has shown off some serious scoring ability.

6:34 p.m. My apologies. Some computer troubles and a restart later, we're in the third quarter with I-Prep having taken a 53-39 lead. I-Prep had a 44-35 lead at the half.


Surreal scene at Grover with Tapestry and Earl Schunk (wayyyy on the left) in green and I-Prep at Grover in white. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
I-Prep has again gotten out to a great start of the quarter, as it has done all game.

6:36 p.m. Chris Holland, who has had a typically standout all-around game, hit a three-pointer to put Grover up by 17 again, but Brooks came down and hit a three to make it 56-42 with 3:57 left in the third as coach Schunk called a timeout.

6:48 p.m. I-Prep has a 65-49 lead after three quarters after a nice close of the quarter which included a key three by Holland in the final minute.

Here's the three by Holland:

Here's some back and forth action just before Holland's quarter-ending three, including Holland getting wayyy up on defense and Tapestry's Dazmon Knight hitting a three.

It is definitely a surreal scene here with Earl in Tapestry green in a gym which has a lot of Grover's old green on the court -- meanwhile I-Prep is in white uniforms with blue and gold trim to reflect their new colors that came along with the new name. Hopefully I keep everything straight :-).

 


6:54 p.m. I-Prep hasn't let Tapestry back into the second half; they are playing very well.

We have a timeout with 2:24 left in the game with I-Prep up, 82-63.

Kadeem Hillman just threw down a very impressive fast-break alley-oop slam dunk from Chris Holland -- and thank goodness I had the iPhone going. Check back for video of that play later.

Here it is:

Here's a second dunk just moments later:

6:59 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: I-Prep at Grover 88, Tapestry 64.

Highlights and more to come. I'll be collecting a lot of stuff and then heading down to Bishop Timon-St. Jude for their game with St. Joe's.

Here's the postgame show:

7:09 p.m. I-Prep coach Shaunessy Ryan spent some time with Daemen coach Don Silvestri after the game -- Ryan played for Silvestri and coached with him as well before joining Schunk as an assistant at Grover. 

I'll post the box score on our basketball scoreboard page once I get to Timon.

Mel Palano Gym is packed for pregame. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) 8:06 p.m. We're tipping off here in South Buffalo.

I was here on time after zipping around the I-190, but the game was delayed by overtime in the JV game, won by Timon, 76-72 (how about that JV coverage! :-) That was a fun topic during our last live chat of 2010).

8:17 p.m. After one quarter, St. Joe's has an 11-9 lead on Timon.

The game had its sloppy moments early as scoring slowed down. Reggie Agbeko put on a strong baseline drive to put St. Joe's up, 11-6, with 2:10 left in the quarter. Ryan Dougherty, a sophomore, hit a three for Timon in the final minute of the quarter.

Great atmosphere here, as always, with the standing, shouting, chanting student section giving St. Joe's everything its got. And when it comes to excellent, enthusiastic PA guys who are also loudly all over the refs and pumping up his team when the mike isn't on, nobody beats Timon. Great stuff.

8:27 p.m. Slight delay as Timon starting sophomore Bryant Fulton walks off with assistance after falling. Timon leads, 21-18, with 4:13 left in the second.

8:30 p.m. Timeout St. Joe's as coach Mark Simon and assistant Jack Herlan are furious over a defensive lapse as Timon cuts the Joe's lead to 27-22 with 2:44 left in the second.

8:37 p.m. We are at HALFTIME at Timon with visiting St. Joe's up, 27-25. I'm getting some work done on the Grover game.

8:47 p.m. The second half has begun.

9:05 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, we are fittingly tied at 46-46.

9:15 p.m. Timon coach Jim Palano calls a timeout with 4:21 left in the game and Timon up, 53-49. Timon started the quarter with a three by Dougherty and a follow basket by Kobis before Rehbaum responded with a three.

9:21 p.m. With 1:41 left in the game, St. Joe's calls a timeout after a Jake Spitler basket that cut the Timon lead to 56-53. Right down to the wire, just as expected.

Here's Spitler's three, which followed a Kobis drive:

9:27 p.m. Still down to the wire. St. Joe's has the ball and calls a timeout with 24 seconds left and Timon leading, 58-56.

9:29 p.m. St. Joe's gets the ball down low to Reggie Agbeko, who is fouled with 15 seconds left. He misses the first. St. Joe's calls a timeout.

9:31 p.m. Agbeko makes the second, St. Joe's has a substitute to go in, but Timon calls a timeout holding a 58-57 lead with 15 seconds left.

9:33 p.m. Kobis is fouled in the backcourt by Steven Moser; Kobis misses the first but makes the second and Timon calls a timeout now holding a 59-57 lead with 13.6 seconds left.

9:35 p.m. Now there are 6.6 seconds left, St. Joe's still with the ball after Fulton -- who has had a very good game -- knocks the ball out of bounds as Rehbaum was trying to dribble up the right side.

9:38 p.m. We are going to OVERTIME. Agbeko with a follow shot just before the buzzer ties it at 59-59. Whew. Four more minutes (at least :-) ).

Here's Agbeko's buzzer-beater:

9:44 p.m. There will only be one overtime. It has been all St. Joe's as it leads, 65-59, with 48.7 seconds left in the overtime session. Chad Kelly, Spitler and then Kelly again with the baskets. Agbeko has been huge inside altering shots and on the boards on Timon's empty possessions and also had a steal.

Agbeko rebounded Timon's miss on the first possession of overtime, which turned into a Kelly basket off a loose ball. Agbeko rebound, then a steal to start a possession in which Spitler swished a jumper from near the top of the key. Agbeko had a block on Timon's next possession, which ended when Kelly stole the ball. After a miss, Agbeko grabbed another rebound and a Agbeko-to-Rehbaum-to-Spitler-to-Kelly transition put Joe's up by six with about a minute. Agbeko had yet another rebound before Joe's called its timeout.

9:53 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: St. Joe's 68, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 62.

Agbeko was huge obviously with the buzzer-beater and on the boards in overtime.

Here's the postgame show:

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A few thoughts at the end of the night:

* Hillman was fantastic today for Grover. The dunks, we knew about. The big blocked shots, we knew about.

But there was great self-control on defense -- he did a very nice job just going straight-up with his hands and he altered shots anyway (one shooter accounted for him so much his shot went over the backboard). On offense he showed off a spot-up short-range jumper (which would be devastating if he can hit that regularly) and had some nice passes. Just some really good court awareness for the big man.

(Check out a cool picture of Hillman dunking in our roundup ... see if you recognize anyone in the background.)

* Holland was his usual orchestrating self, setting up several transition baskets, hitting his share of shots from inside and out, as well as rebounding very strong and playing solid inside-outside defense.

* In the game I would have been at if I had a cloning device or time machine (or both), McKinley got a great road win at Riverside -- also in overtime. I thought McKinley could be extremely good this year after seeing them at the Pastor-Cooper, but they were more impressive in the win over East on Tuesday. Lots of weapons, unselfish play and tenacious defense. The potential AA bracket matchups get more intriguing by the day.

Riverside had a better spot in the poll than McKinley thanks to the Frontiers' win at St. Joe's, so the Macks will certainly get a big bounce.

* PrepTalkTV and I will be on the scene Saturday at City Honors' new gym for the four games of the MLK Classic starting at 11 a.m. (see full schedule in our Sidelines from Tuesday's Scholastic Spotlight).

---Keith McShea

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Live chat Jan. 12: Lots of boys hoops chatter (from AA to Joe's-Timon to MLK lineup), wrestling coverage questions and more

Our second chat of 2011 gets going tonight at 9:30 p.m.

As always, anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it -- is up for discussion.

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.

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Here's a link to our previous chats from this winter season: last week (Jan. 5), Dec. 15 (from the Monsignor Martin-ECIC challenge), Dec. 9 (All-Western New York football discussion) and Dec.1.

You can check out the final live chat of the fall season -- as well as check out an archive of the 12 weekly discussions of the fall -- via our post of the Nov. 23 chat. For the super-chat-fan out there, this link takes you to the 2009-10 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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Tuesday Evening Live from McKinley's win over East (with video)

A busy day in high school hoops today. I'm going to check out East at McKinley, which has a 5:30 p.m. scheduled start, hopefully followed by St. Mary's at Canisius, which starts at 6:30 -- although that might be cutting it close, especially with the roads getting snowier.

Full house at McKinley, so full they locked the doors. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) 6:32 p.m. The only good excuse to be late to a basketball game is for another basketball game (weekly pickup action. I won't bore you with details from that stuff).

At halftime, McKinley has a 21-19 lead on East in a super-packed gym. I had to bang on the door outside for a few minutes before someone let me in.

6:48 p.m. McKinley up, 29-24, with 5:05 left in the third quarter. The Macks had jumped to a 29-21 lead before East got a free throw and a basket off a turnover.

6:53 p.m. Timeout McKinley after East's fullcourt pressure caused some confusion. McKinley leads, 32-24, with 3:49 left in third.

6:57 p.m. Antonio Avery for McKinley gets out in transition after a turnover and gets up to finish while being fouled -- and the Macks home crowd gets LOUD. He misses the free throw so McKinley's lead is 34-24 with just over three minutes left in the third.

7 p.m. Timeout East with two minutes left in the third. Jasen Oden has hit back-to-back three-pointers to bring the Panthers to within 34-30. FUN game.

7:11 p.m. I was about two seconds from getting the iPhone out for a powerful two-handed hammer dunk by Avery, who got out in transition and just powered through the lane for a jam that got the bleachers going nuts. At the end of the third quarter, McKinley leads East, 41-36. Kicking myself that I missed that. Tremendous highlight. The sound in here is tremendous, and it went off the charts after the Avery dunk. McKinley went bouncing to the sideline into their huddle at the close of the quarter.

7:19 p.m. Both teams are in the bonus so it has become a free throw game very early in the fourth. Tremmell Fisher goes to the line for East with 6:14 left and hits two to cut the McKinley lead to 45-41.

John Black, who had 13 of his 15 in the second half, hooks one in here:

7:27 p.m. McKinley's lead is 52-47 with 3:04 left with Damone Canty just having fouled out for McKinley.

7:28 p.m. McKinley coach Zaire Dorsey calls a timeout with East pressuring a McKinley inbound under the basket. Avery just answered an East basket on the previous possession to put the Macks up, 54-49, with 2:21 left.

7:30 p.m. East calls a timeout after a slick play by Avery -- the inbounds pass went down the left sideline and he didn't see it at first, but he got to it and found Rutledge for a layup and a 56-49 lead with 2:11 left in the game.

7:36 p.m. McKinley will win - another transition basket by Rutledge has McKinley up seven with 18.8 seconds left.

7:37 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: McKinley 61, East 56.

I'm going to get some work done and I'll be back with whereever I'm headed next :-).

8:49 p.m. Sorry for the delay but it is a SLOW-go out there on the snowy roads. If you're out or have to head out, be careful and take it slow.

With the Canisius-St. Mary's game starting at 6:30 and the Yale Cup game going so long -- and with me sticking around for interviews and stats -- AND with the roads being so bad, Canisius wasn't an option by the time I was leaving McKinley. It seems that it wasn't much of a contest as the Crusaders posted a big win.

I spend about 40 minutes driving to Williamsville East -- not the greatest idea. I got a call from a fellow hoop head that the game was over when he walked in at 8:40 or so. Timon won big.

You can check out all of tonight's action at our full-page of box scores.

Right now I'm sitting in a parking lot at Hopkins and Klein (I was so close to East!) updating the game report on McKinley with quotes. I'll add some video here as soon as I can.

9:17 p.m. My game report is complete -- just check it out at the full page of box scores I just linked above. I'm heading home and will post some video highlights and interviews (now I'm reallllly frustrated I missed getting Avery's dunk on video -- since I only got to one game). I feel kind of defeated that I only got to one, but Mother Nature crossed me up. We'll get to plenty this season.

---Keith McShea

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How The News voted: Happy 2011

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls. Here are the third polls, published today in the Scholastic Spotlight.

And every week we let you know, like the blog title says ... how The News voted.

Here's a link to the previous poll taken before the holidays (one of our proudest efforts, already looking forward to next year's holiday edition :-) ) while here's the first ballot.

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (7-0) [last week: 1] -- Will the NFL provide more drama (like Ken West did?)

2. Jamestown (7-2) [2] -- Red Raiders' rout at OP says they'll say no thanks to what would seem to be a lot of ECIC I drama.

3. Williamsville South (7-1) [3] -- Billies' game with Will East should be a fun one, but otherwise ECIC II does not appear to present much drama.

4. Canisius (8-4) [4] -- 8-4? Man, these guys have been busy.

5. Williamsville North (7-1) [6] -- Had a wait-and-see approach last ballot, with Riverside bumped ahead of North based on a win at OP. Then Will North had its own impressive win at OP. Some other pollsters obviously don't believe it, but North is for real.

6. Riverside (5-1) [5] -- Nice bounce-back in OT to beat a tough-playing Hutch-Tech team Friday.

7. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (8-0) [7] -- Still not sure about these Tigers due to the schedule. This week (tonight at Will East and Thursday at home vs. St. Joe's) shows up right on time.

8. St. Joe's (8-4) [8] -- We'll still give Timon the edge -- for now. And a reminder that Riverside beat these guys on Kenmore Ave.

9. McKinley (4-0) [9] -- Definitely interested in seeing the Macks today ...

10. East (4-2) [10] -- ... host the Panthers, who stay down here after coming up empty in a top tourney in Rochester.

Just getting boxed out: Almost all of the rest of ECIC I along with Depew.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. International Prep at Grover Cleveland (4-2) [1] -- It should be a wacky scene at Grover Thursday, with the green Tapestry team led by coach Schunk vsiting to play the blue I-Prep-pers.

2. St. Mary's (6-5) [4] -- What I Did On My Christmas Vacation essay would include two tournament wins at Akron (over Hutch-Tech) and at Depew (over the hosts).

3. Newfane (4-3) [5] --  A little surprised at the loss to St. Francis in consolation at Will South, but just more evidence that this year there seems to be quite the chasm between large and small.

4. Wilson (4-4) [3] -- Loss to Lew-Port is no great shame ... see large/small note above.

5. Tapestry Charter (8-1) [6] -- Timon and Tapestry should play each other. Probably would help both's schedules.

6. Maple Grove (7-1) [9] -- Red Dragons of CCAA III edge ...

7. Dunkirk (2-0) [7] -- ... the Marauders of CCAA I due to the Grove's higher margin of victory over Southwestern. The Trojans lost consecutive games to these two, both at home (Maple Grove beat Southwestern by 10 on Dec. 28 to while Dunkirk won by 2 on Jan. 3).

8. Lackawanna (3-5) [8] -- When I filled out my ballot, I was like, OK, the Steelers had some key people missing early on, and the win at Tonawanda shows they're back. With the ballot all sent off to poll headquarters, thennnnn Lackawanna lost at home to Cleve Hill Monday night. We are already reworking the poll for next week. 

9. OTC Middle College (3-3) [2] -- Status up top was a bit tenuous and based on last year, loss to a much different Olean team around the holidays was a needed barometer of where these Kats are.

10. Tonawanda (4-0) [10] -- ECIC IV is its most exciting in years.

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

Or pepper me with questions during our weekly live chat at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

---Keith McShea

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Video: PrepTalkTV's 2011 debut goes to OT -- twice

Happy New Year from PrepTalkTV:

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You can find all of our videos easily by going to the video player and clicking the "PrepTalkTV" tab.

---Keith McShea

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Friday Night Live with PrepTalkTV returns, hoop-style from Hutch-Tech and Will North

PrepTalkTV is back.

It's the first Friday of the year, and it's a busy one as league action in boys basketball is getting into full swing.

Here's our intro video, setting tonight's table just as we did during football season.

There are several good games tonight, and with the tipoffs scheduled the way they are, video reporter Lauren Mariacher and I are going to try and visit as many as we can.

Check out our high school home page for today's lineup, which includes games in the Yale Cup, Monsignor Martin Association the ECIC and the Niagara Frontier League, among others.

Also definitley check out a beta version of the scoreboard -- on its own page. You can click on Thursday's game sumarries, some of which have details written up below the box score. That's part of our ongoing improvements to our Web site.

Riverside and Hutch-Tech go at it before a big crowd packed into Tech's beautiful (but small) gym.
5:40 p.m.
The 5:30 tipoff here at Riverside at Hutch-Tech was slightly delayed, but we are officially underway.

I will stay here as long as I can since it is a good matchup between a powerful Riverside team and an always tough Hutch-Tech squad which has had a great start from senior Maurice Miles. Coach Dave Rappl told me before the game that Miles has had a double-double in every game, along with about five steals and assists each game.

5:53 p.m. At the end of the first quarter at Tech, Riverside has a 10-6 lead. 10 from 11 on a Riverside's last basket was a great one, as Deon Artis finished off a great alley-oop pass from Willie Jefferson to finish an excellent transition for the Frontiers. Rebound, quick outlet to Jefferson, eye contact with Artis, lob pass to the hoop, two points. Nice.

6 p.m. Riverside now up, 18-6, with 4:50 left in the second quarter on two free throws by Artis that followed another fine transition basket in which Glibert Herrera finished off a break off a nice dish from Lamont Little.

6:11 p.m. We are at halftime and Riverside leads Hutch-Tech, 27-20. The Frontiers threatened to run away with it but the Engineers hung in there nicely by playing some tough ball.

My next stop is going to be Lackawanna at Tonawanda, a 6:30 p.m. scheduled tip. I'll catch some third quarter action here before heading to Tonawanda; then I'm headed to Clarence at Williamsville North.

Video reporter Lauren Mariacher is on her way to check out Archbishop Walsh at Bishop Timon-St. Jude (6:30 start) before catching some of Jamestown at Orchard Park before meeting up with me at North. 

6:31 p.m. Hutch-Tech is hanging in there very well, scoring in fast breaks and earning fouls. Riverside leads, 33-26, with 3:07 left in the third.

6:40 p.m. I'm staying here for what should be a fun finish. We are tied 35-35 heading to the fourth.

6:50 p.m. Timeout Hutch-Tech with 4:38 left and Riverside up, 44-40.

7:10 p.m. SICK stuff here as Maurice Miles hits a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to OVERTIME. Whoa.

Here it is:

7:29 p.m. What a game. We have a FINAL SCORE: Riverside 61, Hutch-Tech 57 in overtime.

Great stuff here. More to come. I may not be able to get to Tonawanda before Clarence after this doozy.

8:32 p.m. Hello from Williamsville North, where the host Spartans have a 20-19 lead on Clarence at halftime. I caught the last three minutes or so of the first half of this one, which is close, as expected.

10:02 p.m. As you've probably seen on our scoreboard, we have a FINAL SCORE: Williamsville North 60, Clarence 55, in overtime.

Gotta love it. Two games, two overtimes. Freshman Sterling Taplin goes for 30 points, including four three-pointers over the fourth quarter and overtime. Whoa. My apologies on not getting an update up here sooner but it's been a busy night. More to come.

10:54 p.m. Not a bad tip-off for PrepTalkTV, which will be coming at you soon.

Fun games and big wins for Riverside and Williamsville North, two teams that I would think will certainly remain in my large school poll -- the polls return Tuesday with the Scholastic Spotlight.

In looking over the scores (hope you like the new scoreboard page featuring box scores for all games and writeups for many) ...

Definitely two big wins for Lackawanna in ECIC IV at Tonawanda and for Cheektowaga at home against Maryvale in ECIC III. Lancaster gets a solid win in a ECIC I race in which all the wins will be hard-fought -- although Jamestown's blowout at OP is certainly an exception to that rule.

---Keith McShea

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Live chat Jan. 5: New Year rings in Player of the Year talk among lots of boys hoops chatter

The first chat of 2011 gets going tonight at 9:30 p.m. After a vacation break, I'm looking forward to catching up on what went down over the holidays and sizing up the rest of the winter season. We'll be fully into the thick of basketball league play in the next few days, and before you know it it will be playoff time in several sports.

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.

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Here's a link to our last chat on Dec. 15 (from the Monsignor Martin-ECIC challenge), as well as previous winter season chats on Dec. 9 (All-Western New York football discussion) and Dec.1.

You can check out the final live chat of the fall season -- as well as check out an archive of the 12 weekly discussions of the fall -- via our post of the Nov. 23 chat. For the super-chat-fan out there, this link takes you to the 2009-10 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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Niagara Wheatfield, Newfane picked as Teams of the 1990s

    Niagara-Wheatfield and Newfane high schools have been selected as the varsity wrestling "Team's of the 1990's" in their respective divisions by the Teams of the Decades Committee.

   The committee was created in 2009 to research and select the teams of the past six decades and members include Section VI Wrestling Hall of Fame coaches Walt Thurnau (Southwestern), and Dick Lange (Roy-Hart and Newfane).

   Members also include Niagara County Community College coach Eric Knuutila, an inductee of several national, state and local wrestling Halls of Fame and Bob Koshinski, Chairman of the Ilio DiPaolo Wrestling Scholarship Committee.

   Using a wrestling tournament style scoring system, in which points are awarded for finishing in first place, second, third, etc, the committee reviewed the final top ten rankings from the 1990-91 season to the 1999-2000 season. Total points were then added up and the teams from the respective divisions were revealed.

   Finishing with the top point total in division one over the decade of the 1990's was Niagara-Wheatfield. The Falcons had five number one finishes and twice were ranked number two among large schools. The Falcons finished with 146 total points, 63 ahead of second place Lancaster, which finished with 83 points. Rounding out the top 10 respectively were Pioneer (73), Jamestown (60), Lockport (58), Orchard Park (53), Iroquois (41), Clarence and Tonawanda (40) and Lew-Port (33).

   Niagara-Wheatfield was coached in the 90's by legendary wrestling coach Armand Cacciatore, a member of several wrestling Halls of Fame at the national, state and local levels, as well as the late Bill Dixon and Dennis Matteson. Some of Niagara-Wheatfield's outstanding wrestlers in the 1990's were the Dixon brothers, Bill, Dan and Dave, Mike Luick, Jon Hoover, Dave Brewer, Mike Ambrosia, Kris Proietti, Paul Garver, Joel Griffith, Mike Grimmer, Jason Herman, Jim Valentic, Rashad Evans, Marty Valery and Cleyton Smith.

   In Division two the top team in the 1990's was Newfane. The Panthers claimed five No. 1 rankings and two No. 2 two rankings, edging out Falconer, also with five No. 1 rankings and one No. 2. The point totals for the top 10 were Newfane (155), Falconer (153), Southwestern (76), Ripley (70), Franklinville (53), Portville (43), Fredonia (40), Medina (31), Eden (24) and Allegheny Limestone (15).

    Newfane was coached by Dick Lange, a member of the Section Six wrestling Hall of Fame and Doug Ames. Outstanding wrestlers for the Panthers in the 1990's were Matt Dawson, Allen Gerhardt, Keith Jones, Dan Rafferty, State Champion Ryan Needle, Jason Ethridge, Tim Lukasik, Tom McCabe, Jeff Kingsbury, Mike Brown, Mike Adinolfe and Ray Needle.

   Niagara-Wheatfield and Newfane will be honored prior to the finals at the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association tournament to be held at Niagara County Community College on Jan. 7-8 and again at the Section VI Coaches Banquet in March.

   The committee will announce the teams of the 1980's just prior to Section VI State Qualifier tournament in February. In February of 2010, Niagara-Wheatfield and Fredonia were named the two respective teams of the 2000's by the "Teams of the Decades" committee.

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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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