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Friday Night Live with PrepTalkTV: McKinley routs Will North on Quarterfinal Friday

Tonight marks one of the biggest days on the high school basketball calendar: Section VI's Quarterfinal Friday. 

There are 28 games across seven classes tonight, with the winners advancing to the final four at Buffalo State (Classes AA, A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2) or Jamestown Community College (C and D). Prepare for the big night by reviewing game previews for almost all of the matchups on our scoreboard page. 

Here's our video preview of the night:

Today's snowstorm has postponed four games as of 3:15 p.m. -- all of which were to be hosted by Southern Tier teams.

Section VI boys basketball chairmain Jim Walker said that the Class D matchups of Olmstead at ShermanNorth Collins at Panama and Ellicottville at Clymer, as well as the Class B-1 game of Buffalo Arts at Dunkirk have all been postponed to Saturday at 2 p.m.

PrepTalkTV will visit some early games before settling in for the evening at Williamsville North, which is hosting McKinley at 7 p.m. in a highly anticipated Class AA quarterfinal.

We'll have a live blog of the action from Will North, and we'll provide updates from other games as we receive them; feel free to join the chat via your smartphone or chime in afterwards in our comments section. The same scoreboard page that has the previews during the day will be updated with results and box scores as soon as we receive them at One News Plaza.

5:24 p.m. The first game of the night is a 5 p.m. start for Sweet Home at Hutch-Tech, and the host Engineers have rebounded very nicely after a slow start.

Maurice Miles just took two defenders to the hole and scored for a basket and a foul; he hit the basket for a 26-24 lead with 2:41 left in the second quarter. Sweet Home scored the first seven points of the game and led after one quarter, 17-12. Hutch-Tech has stepped up the defense and is rebounding very well. Sweet Home has brought its usual energy but they've had trouble finishing shots. Miles has been too much to handle for Sweet Home defenders while Hutch-Tech has gotten good contributions from other players, including John Cherry and Marcus Nelson, who hit a three-pointer to give Tech its first lead of the game at 23-20.

5:31 p.m. We are at HALFTIME here at Hutch-Tech, and the Engineers have gone into the locker room on an upswing and with a 33-28 lead over Sweet Home. Miles swished a three-pointer with about 25 seconds left, and, after a basket by Sweet Home guard Rashan Crule (11 first-half points), John Cherry hit a shot in the lane at the buzzer for Tech. Cherry has four baskets for eight points, all in the second quarter.

Miles, as I mentioned, has been simply too much to handle for Sweet Home -- he has 17 points already. Whew. He does a nice job bringing the ball up and distributing as well.

5:49 p.m. With 3:46 left in the third quarter, Hutch-Tech tracks down a loose ball and calls timeout owning a 37-32 lead.

5:59 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, Hutch-Tech leads Sweet Home, 45-35.

Hutch-Tech continues to look good on defense and on offense with some unselfish passing plays, while Sweet Home continues to put up wild shots, most of them rebounded by Hutch-Tech. Nelson had a great steal and no-look pass for a Tim Whittlehead basket late in the third.

6:03 p.m. Great play by Miles to put Tech up 14 (49-35) and prompt a timeout by Sweet Home coach Scott Martin with 6:22 left. Miles stole an errant outlet pass -- dribbled up to the lane, went behind the back, then scooped a pass ahead to an open Nelson for a layup. Sweet.

6:12 p.m. Another very strong play from Miles, who shakes his defender on the right wing, then beats two more defenders on his way to a dominant drive and a 57-38 lead for Tech with 3:20 left. It was all the more impressive because on the previous defensive play, Miles was undercut and fell HARD to the floor. Scary play, but he jumped right back up.

6:13 p.m. Miles off a lob and he scores while being fouled for a 59-40 lead with 1:50 left.

6:17 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Hutch-Tech 59, Sweet Home 43. Very impressive win for the Engineers as they take care of business and advance to next Wednesday's Class A-1 semifinals at Buffalo State.

I'm heading up to Will North and I'll have a live blog from that game.

6:59 p.m. Hello from Williamsville North. Here we go with the live blog.

10:59 p.m. Wheeeewwwww. What a night. Story and PrepTalkTV work is finished. We'll post the video later as I take a look ahead to the semifinal matchups at Buffalo State and Jamestown Community College.

Big win for Riverside, obviously. I know some might say I should have been at Maryvale, but as I discover from time to time, I can only be in one spot. McKinley was the highest-ranked team among the four, and with them playing on the road against a good team, and with it being a higher class (bigger schools), it was an easy choice.

I REALLY appreciate all the updates in the chat. It really made the night enjoyable for me and hopefully others "tuning in."

Other big wins? Some thoughts after a scan of our scoreboard:

How about Kenmore East going to win at Williamsville East? Really nice win there. ... Cleveland Hill going south to win its way back to Buffalo State -- nice job by that program. ... Lancaster with a solid home win over Kenmore West. ... With the way Frontier was playing that looked like it might be a scary game for Niagara Falls, but they run away with it and return to Buffalo State. ... The margin for Williamsville South over ECIC II rival Iroquois was an eyebrow-raiser. Joe Licata remains one three-pointer away from tying the all-time state record. ... Olean lived up to the hype that I and others were giving a young team that has been on quite a run with a rout at Amherst. ... Cheektowaga joins Cleveland Hill in returning to Buffalo State with a nice win over Lew-Port. ... No surprises in B-1. ... Maple Grove by one! That was fun to follow on the blog. Great job by Silver Creek. ... Impressive Class C wins for I-Prep, OTC and Tapestry -- which gets 32 from Dazmon Knight in a nice win over MST Seneca. ... Jordan Farrant of Holland scores 33 of his team's 41 points against OTC. What a finish of the regular season for him.

Big day tomorrow as well -- I'll be at Canisius College for the semifinal doubleheader of St. Mary's against Canisius at 6 and St. Joe's against Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 7:45 p.m.

Here's my story on McKinley's win for Saturday's paper.

Here's our finished episode of PrepTalkTV as we look ahead to the final four in six classes.

---Keith McShea

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Orchard Park/Frontier, Williamsville advance to girls Fed hockey finals

What a day at Northtown Center for the WNY girls hockey Federation semifinals. If there was any question about whether this whole experiment would work out, it was put to rest today. Two thrilling, down-to-the-wire games kept an estimated 100 fans on their feet throughout.

Orchard Park/Frontier upset the Monsignor Martin Association, 2-1. And then, Williamsville topped West Seneca in overtime, 2-1.

MMA's path to the finals seemed like a foregone conclusion. OP/F (10-9) hadn't beaten MMA (17-1) in three tries during the regular season, including an ugly 8-0 loss. But with a 30-save day from eighth-grader Mikaela Ditonto and a stingy overall defensive approach, OP/F pulled the shocker. Bernadette O'Connell scored the game-winner on a mad scramble in front of the net with 1:50 to go.

“Yesterday in practice, we had an in-depth conversation with the girls," OP/F coach Jim McCarthy said. "We lost to this team three times. Straight up, man to man, they’re tough to play against. So yesterday, we fixed our defensive zone coverage, tried to outman them down low, fix what we do in the neutral zone and we just really focused on smart plays.

“They played our system to a ‘T’ and our goaltender absolutely stood on her head. She was outstanding.”

Yet still, the individual performance of the day goes to West Seneca's Sydney Glynn. The freshmen goalie made 54 saves in her team's loss. West Seneca was outshot, 56-6, but somehow forced overtime thanks to Glynn. Blair Pembleton scored both goals for Williamsville, including the OT winner.

"We told the girls to just keep shooting and you'll be rewarded," Williamsville coach Rick Hopkins said. "Any time you're dominating a team (and not winning), it can be frustrating. But the girls weren't frustrated."

Check out Friday's paper for more on both games.

---Tyler Dunne

Live chat Feb. 23: Radio talk, poll talk, preq-final scores, q-final matchups, Manhattan Cup semi matchups and other bracket breakdowns

Our weekly chat returns to Wednesday this week, and we'll be chatting it up at 9:45, just as sectional basketball results come in. 

I'll be checking out some games earlier in the night (how about nine?) and then hustling to make a call-in visit to The Late Nick Mendola program on WECK-AM (1230).

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 more hectic.

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Previous chats from this winter season: last week (Feb. 17)Feb. 9Feb. 2, Jan. 26, Jan. 19, Jan. 12, Jan. 5 (back from the break), 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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Live from our prechat tour of as many basketball playoff games as we can get to (which ended up being NINE)

Game No. 1: Seneca-Cattaragus Little Valley at City Honors

There are 17 boys basketball games tonight -- two Monsignor Martin quarterfinals and 15 Section VI prequarterfinals -- and we're going to check in with as many as we can get to. 

We'll provide updates here before a visit on The Late Nick Mendola program on WECK-AM (1230) around 9:30 and then discuss the evening's events in our weekly chat around 9:45 p.m.  

There are three games starting at 6 p.m. at different points of the city, a ton of 7 p.m. games, plus a 7:45 and 8 p.m. game back in the city.

Game No. 2: St. Joe's-Niagara Catholic at Canisius College Having doubleheaders at City Honors, Canisius College and McKinley make this a prime night for catching a lot of action.

I might not be able to stay long during my stops, but I'll at least get a score update and hopefully I'll get lucky and see some key action.

Here we go. 

6:05 p.m. Here at City Honors for the tip of Seneca-Cattaraugus Little Valley.

Game No. 3: Riverside-East Aurora at McKinley 6:19 p.m. Seneca went up, 9-0, but Catt-Little Valley called a timeout with 6:27 left and then got back into it.

It was tied at 14-14 when I walked out with 1:20 left in first.

On to Canisius College ...


6:30 p.m.
Here at Canisius College, where I walk in with
s up, 37-13, on Niagara Catholic with just over four minutes left in the second quarter.

Game No. 4: Grand Island at Sweet Home I won't be here for long.

6:33 p.m. Told you. St. Joe's up, 44-17, in final minute of first half. I'm off to McKinley.

6:53 p.m. Here at McKinley, where I arrived to find Riverside up, 46-31, with 6:43 left in the third.

Now they are up, 61-34, prompting a timeout by East Aurora coach Chris Koselny with 3:27 left.

6:57 p.m. Riverside lead is up to 71-36 in final minute of third.

Game No. 5: Starpoint at Kenmore East  
I'm heading out -- it's quantity tonight, and I think I can make a bunch more games. It's 72-38 after three at 7:01 p.m.

7:21 p.m. Drove up and around the I-190/90/990 to Sweet Home, which leads Grand Island, 12-11, at the end if the first quarter after a last-second basket gave them the lead.

Next stop: Kenmore East.

Update from noted Prep Talk contributor TML1000: Kenmore West up on Orchard Park, 18-4, in the second after taking a 10-4 lead after one.

Game No. 6: Orchard Park at Kenmore West 7:39 p.m. Another quick look-in: Kenmore East and visiting Starpoint are tied at 33-33 at half.

Another update from my next stop: Ken West up on OP, 31-11, at half. Whoa.

7:58 p.m. My plan worked out time-wise, but I was hoping to see a good fourth quarter at Ken West.

I arrived for the last few minutes of the third quarter; after three, Kenmore West leads Orchard Park, 46-26.

8:15 p.m. Leaving Ken West with the Blue Devils up, 55-38, with 1:38 left.

Game No. 7: West Seneca West at McKinley

We're off to retrace our steps -- back to McKinley.

8:36 p.m. McKinley leads West Seneca West at halftime, 41-23. Macks look good.

Back to Canisius College for the Manhattan Cup quarterfinals.


8:48 p.m.
Back at Canisius College, where I walked in with Bishop Timon-St. Jude up on St. Francis, 50-30, in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

Game No. 8: St. Francis-Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Canisius College. 8:57 p.m. Timon's lead is 54-35 with 3:43 left. I'm headed back to City Honors for what would be a ninth game. Whoa.

Back where we started: Host City Honors is up big on Gowanda, 51-28, heading to the fourth quarter.

9:15 p.m. City Honors fans are having a lot of fun, notably a top row with "CITY HONORS!!" spelled out on their collective chests.

Very nice job by them. Loud, too.

Game No. 9: Gowanda at City Honors Junior guard Jamaal Carter is having a very impressive game.

Honors is up, 65-37, with 1:51 left and I'm headed back to One News Plaza to call in to WECK and our chat.

Whew.

---Keith McShea

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Tuesday Night Live: St. Mary's beats Walsh in Manhattan Cup quarterfinals

Hello from the first of what are going to be many playoff basketball games for this reporter. It's the most wonderful time of the year :-).

Big game tonight as Archbishop Walsh meets St. Mary's in the Manhattan Cup quarterfinals, a game that will likely determine the league's representative in the Catholic state championship game.

Keep track above and chime in at our comments section -- and let us know what game you saw tonight, if any.

Check our scoreboard for the box score from this game as well as all of the night's action.

Barring what would be a massive upset by Niagara Catholic over St. Joe's on Wednesday night, St. Mary's will be the Monsignor Martin's representative in the state Catholic Class B playoffs. The Lancers, as they were last year when they won it, are one win away from a Catholic state championship and a trip to the state Federation championships in Albany on March 25-27.

---Keith McShea

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How The News voted: February Frenzy before March Madness

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

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

The ninth polls were published today in the Scholastic Spotlight, during a final week of February which will set the final fours for all sectional brackets as well as the championship of the Manhattan Cup.

And after the difficulty putting these polls together, thank goodness we have two weeks of games that should help sort things out.

Here are links to our previous How The News voted posts: last week (Feb. 15)Feb. 8Feb. 1, Jan. 25, Jan. 18 (after the MLK Classic), Jan. 11 (first poll of 2011), Dec. 21 (holiday edition) and Dec. 14 (first polls). And here's this week's:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (17-1) [last week: 1] -- Kept them here due to the closeness of a loss on the road; it's fair to say if the game with St. Joe's is at Falls it could go the other way. Falls didn't play their best at the end of the game, which -- as the Wolverines said afterwards -- should help them over the next week or so.

2. Jamestown (15-3) [2] -- In a recurring theme, no reason to move these guys down.

3. Williamsville South (17-1) [3] -- See No. 2. Sidenote: The ECIC II sweep of Williamsville East looks a little glossier after East won at North. 

4. Canisius (17-7) [5] -- Crusaders win at their rival on Tuesday for possibly their best win of the year, and they watch their rival pass them in the poll. But not this ballot. Which brings us to ... 

5. St. Joe's (19-5) [4] -- Marauders post their biggest win in recent history, and they move down on this ballot.

A little crazy, I know. However, it should be noted that most pollsters didn't skyrocket Joe's to the top of their ballots, either, since the home loss to Canisius dragged them down. I'm weighing a home league loss to a main rival more than a great home nonleague win, which I think makes sense. 

St. Joe's did not play its best game on Tuesday, and then probably did on Friday, making a great coaching move with the zone and Falls didn't handle it well. Falls played a great game -- until the end -- and as I mentioned above, toss the ball up again (at either school), and I think the games could go either way.

The Marauders reached the high ceiling many have seen for them all year in the Falls game: Connor Rehbaum the offensive, at-times-team-carrying force; Reggie Agbeko the not-in-foul-trouble force inside at both ends, contributions from their depth like A. Keith Louie, among many others. If they bottle that the rest of the way, they'll have another shot against Canisius as well as a chance to play a long time and move to the very top of this poll. 

Sidenote: St. Joe's is 19-5 with 13 nonleague games. Falls is 17-1 with four nonleague games, three of which were played in December. The Marauders have had six more games to work on reaching that high ceiling, six more chances to schedule good teams (which they've done, as always) to get them there. Falls admittedly -- players and coaching staff alike -- did not make the best moves in their first crunch-time game of 2011. It's all the more reason for Falls to go independent next year; they'd be in a better position to try and make their team better under the all-too-constricting confines of the state's 18-game regular season.  

6. East (14-4) [7] -- Looked very, very strong in finale rout of Riverside.

7. Bennett (13-5) [8] -- Longtime resident of this ballot makes a big bounce back into the top 10 of the poll after finishing a season sweep of McKinley -- which was especially impressive in that it came at McKinley.

8. McKinley (15-3) [6] -- Nice finish against Hutch-Tech after loss to Bennett. A most intriguing team, with a most intriguing road, in the AA playoffs.

9. Lancaster (13-5) [11th in the bonus below] -- Hutch-Tech (finale loss at home to McKinley) and Riverside (finale loss big at East) didn't keep their momentum going, so they slide out and the Redskins return along with ... 

10. Bishop TImon-St. Jude (16-7) [12th in the bonus below] -- ... the Tigers, who -- as I've been saying for a while now -- have yet to beat a higher-ranked team this season (they went down firing at Canisius -- by three -- on Friday). They've got one shot left at an upset, and if the seedings hold that makes for one dramatic semifinal with Joe's on Saturday.

In the bonus, week two:

11. Hutch-Tech (11-7) [9] -- Engineers' late-season surge boosts the A-1 bracket.

12. Riverside (11-7) [10] -- Have been on and off during the Yale Cup; a Wednesday win over East Aurora would send them into a great quarterfinal ... (jump to No. 14)

13. Williamsville East (14-4) [18] -- Talk about a great way to go into the playoffs. 

14. Maryvale (16-2) [15] -- (continued from No. 12) ... at the Flyers. PrepTalkTV captured the gym-a-rockin in the ECIC III-clincher against Cheektowaga, would be a great gym to be in for a Riverside game.

15. Williamsville North (12-4) [13] -- Maybe the Spartans were looking ahead to the playoffs?

While we're at it ... the what-the-heck expanded rankings (upped from 21 to 30 this week):

16. Clarence [16]; 17. Frontier [21]; 18. Orchard Park; 19. Kenmore West [14]; 20. Cheektowaga [17];

21. St. Francis; 22. Olean; 23. West Seneca West; 24. Lew-Port [19]; 25. Amherst;

26. Niagara-Wheatfield [20]; 27. Depew; 28. Burgard; 29. Lafayette; 30. West Seneca East.

 

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. International Prep at Grover Cleveland (15-3) [1] -- The OT win over OTC Middle College was certainly an eyebrow-raiser, but it was a post-division clinched game and there certainly aren't any challengers to this throne right now. 

We're still in near pick-them-out-of-a-hat-stage, we'll see if we get more help in the next few weeks :-)

2. Wilson (14-4) [2] -- We'll have to see how they fare without Truesdell in the postseason, but I don't see that as a reason to move them down right now.

3. Newfane (14-4) [3] -- Panthers remain attached to the Lakemen.

4. Tonawanda (14-3) [5] -- I freely admit to pushing the Warriors up thanks to a push from the ...

5. Lackawanna (10-8) [6] -- ... Steelers, two ECIC IV teams who should make the B-1 bracket a blast (along with Newfane and Dunkirk).

6. St. Mary's (16-8) [4] -- Loss at Walsh requires a slip; tonight Lancers can erase that and clinch a trip to the Catholic Class B state final.

7. Dunkirk (18-0) [7] -- This may sound familiar to small-school football fans: Win in the playoffs and things will take care of itself (i.e., the Marauders will move up this ballot). I understand the No. 2 train for these guys, but the schedule prevents me from jumping on it. 

8. Maple Grove (16-2) [8] -- Another Southern Tier team with a high ceiling on this ballot.

9. OTC Middle College (11-7) [10] -- Great effort at I-Prep shows how dangerous these guys can be, something I've been saying all season. That City Honors loss is a head-scratcher, however, and anchors them to the bottom half of the poll.

10. Tapestry Charter (15-3) [9] -- Schedule of late hasn't been great, the schedule upcoming should be a lot of fun.

No room in the inn for Archbishop Walsh after their nice win, and Cassadaga Valley would be our No. 12.

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

Or join me for our weekly chat on Wednesday night. We'll start up at 9:45 p.m., just after boys basketball games are finishing up that will finalize the always intriguing quarterfinals.

---Keith McShea

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Section VI sending strong contingent to wrestling states

Here's a look at the sizable Section VI team headed to the state championships Friday and Saturday at the Times-Union Center in Albany.

The pictures were taken at Saturday's Section VI team practice, where coaches from throughout Western New York come together to prepare the wrestlers for the big meet.

Our thanks to Western New York Wrestling Coaches Association president and Williamsville North coach Brian Swatland for sending the pictures along (our apologies that we can't match up the names, those weren't sent along). The wrestlers are sporting sweatshirts provided by the WNYWCA.

Division I photo provided by the WNYWCA (sorry no names provided).


Division I

96: x-Anthony Orefice (Lockport), Austin Acquard (Iroquois). 103: Rocco Russo (Frontier). 112: Steve Michel (Lancaster). 119: Eric Lewandowski (Lancaster). 125: x-Dylan Caruana (Kenmore West), Dylan Cohen (Wmsv. East). 130: x-Tim Schaefer (Lancaster), Dan Reagan (Lew-Port). 135: x-Patrick Mix (Lake Shore), Jason Kromer (Lew-Port). 140: x-Mike Feeney (Lockport), Luke Falzone (Wmsv. South). 145: x-James Kloc (Iroquois), Joe Difrancesco (Niagara Falls). 152: x-Irvin Buck (Niagara Falls), Jacob Gullo (Jamestown). 160: Tyler Bruce (North Tonawanda). 171: x-Joe Amoia (Kenmore West), Nicholas Bannister (Frontier). 189: x-Jake Kelly (Niagara-Wheatfield), Rodney Offhaus (Iroquois). 215: Adam Donner (Niagara-Wheatfield). 285: Max Antone (Niagara-Wheatfield).



Division II photo provided by WNYWCA (sorry no names available).


Division II

96: x-Cody McGregor (Tonawanda), Ryan Kromer (Lew-Port). 103: x-Majed Mohamed (Lackawanna), Zach Bickle (Roy-Hart), Steve Seibert (Cassadaga Valley). 112: x-Abdulgawi Mohamed (Lackawanna), Eddie Hutschenreuter (Alden). 119: Tom Page (Eden). 125: x-Kevin Strong (Frewsburg), David Ciaramella (Newfane), Alex Smythe (Eden). 130: x-Matt McCauley (Roy-Hart), Jordan McGregor (Tonawanda). 135: x-Drew Hull (Roy-Hart), Justin Hunt (Ripley). 140: x-Dylan Duncanson (Medina), Jesse Anderson (Falconer), Brandon Hassenbohler (Alden). 145: x-Ben Haas (Salamanca), Phil Czapla (East Aurora), Azel Tapia (Albion). 152: x-Tristian Hammer (Medina), Frank Sterlace (Silver Creek), Ameen Harhara (Lackawanna). 160: x-Nick Mitchell (Frewsburg), Jerrold Roosa (Randolph), Ryan Baer (Depew). 171: x-Tony Lock (Pioneer), Marcus Dwaileebe (Olean), Kris Schimek (Pine Valley). 189: x-John Mistretta (Southwestern), Thomas Cornell (Randolph), Joe Hill (Lew-Port). 215: x-Greg Burroughs (Fredonia), Bashar Srouji (Lew-Port). 285: x-Pat Langworthy (Southwestern), Mike Kasprzak (Depew).

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For a look back at the Section VI championships, here's a link to my Division I championship story, which includes links to the championship results as well as Tyler Dunne's Division II story. There's also a my Division I blog post, which features video of several finals, as well as Dunne's post on Division II

---Keith McShea

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St. Joe's QB Kelly offered by Florida State

St. Joe's junior Chad Kelly has been offered a scholarship by Florida State, according to rivals.com

The site states he has received offers from the University at Buffalo and Western Michigan.

Based on his first-team All-Western New York performance as a junior in leading St. Joe's to the Monsignor Martin Association championship (review the championship game at Prep Talk Live), including becoming the first quarterback in state history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000, I would think this is just the start of the offers for Kelly.

Also, Rodney McKissic reports over at the Campus Watch blog that UB has also offered St. Francis running back Akeel Lynch and Canisius defensive tackle Corey Madlock.

---Keith McShea

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You make the call: Who's going to win basketball titles?

Every basketball bracket has a post and poll -- vote for which teams you think will win it all and let us know why in the comments section.

Boys: Manhattan CupAA, A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2, C and D.

Girls: Monsignor Martin, AA, A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2, C and D.

You can review the overall postseason schedules for both boys hoops and girls hoops -- which go all the way to the Federation championships in Glens Falls -- and check our high school scoreboard each night as the results roll in. 

---Keith McShea

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Selection Saturday: Live from the Section VI basketball seeding meeting

Hello from Cayuga Heights Elementary in Depew, site of the Section VI basketball meetings. A happy Selection Saturday to you all. I'm at the boys meeting in the cafeteria. The tables are small but we'll survive :-)

9:25 a.m. Section VI chairman Jim Walker's opening announcement includes the fact that the first-round games will be played Tuesday instead of Monday, as was scheduled; this is due to the President's Day holiday.

Class AA

1. Jamestown; 2. Niagara Falls; 3. Williamsville North; 4. Lancaster; 5. Kenmore West, 6. McKinley, 7. Niagara-Wheatfield; 8. Clarence; 9. Lockport; 10. Frontier; 11. West Seneca West; 11. Orchard Park; 13. North Tonawanda.

First coin-flip of the day: West Seneca West is 11th; Orchard Park is 12th.

Class A-1

1. Williamsville South; 2. Williamsville East; 3. Bennett; 4. Hutch-Tech; 5. Sweet Home; 6. West Seneca East; 7. Kenmore East; 8. Iroquois; 9. Hamburg; 9. Starpoint; 11. Lafayette; 12. Grand Island; 13. Lake Shore.

Coin-flip: Hamburg is 9th; Starpoint is 10th.

Class A-2

1. Maryvale; 2. East; 3. Cheektowaga; 3. Amherst; 5. Lew-Port; 6. Olean; 7. Riverside; 7. Depew; 9. East Aurora; 10. Pioneer; 10. Burgard; 12. Albion; 13. Springville.

Coin-flip for 3/4: Amherst is 3rd; Cheektowaga is 4th.

Coin-flip for 7/8: Depew is 7th; Riverside is 8th.

Coin-flip for 10/11: Burgard is 10th; Pioneer is 11th.

Big coin flip there sets up a possible 8-Riverside at 1-Maryvale matchup. Whoa.

Class B-1

1. Dunkirk; 2. Newfane; 3. Tonawanda; 4. JFK; 5. Lackawanna; 6. Alden; 7. Roy-Hart; 8. Akron; 9. Buffalo Arts; 10. Medina; 11. Eden.

Class B-2

1. Wilson; 2. CSAT; 3. Cassadaga Valley; 4. Southwestern (CV wins tiebreaker due to more league wins); 5. Cleveland Hill; 6. Fredonia; 7. City Honors; 8. Allegany-Limestone (CH wins tiebreaker due to more league wins); 9. Emerson; 10. Gowanda. 

Class C

1. International Prep at Grover Cleveland; 2. Tapestry Charter; 3. Maple Grove; 4. OTC Middle College; 5. Salamanca; 6. Portville; 7. MST Seneca; 8. Westfield; 9. Chautauqua Lake; 10. Barker; 11. Silver Creek; 12. Randolph; 13. Holland; 14. Cattaraugus/Little Valley; 15. WNY Maritime Charter; 16. Oracle Charter; 17. Franklinville.

Note: Franklinville is playing Oracle today at Tapestry at 2 p.m.

Class D

1. Clymer; 1. Panama; 1. Sherman; 4. Pine Valley; 5. Forestville; 6. North Collins; 7. Ellicottville; 8. West Valley; 9. Olmstead.

There is a blind draw to see which the first coin flip will between. The first flip is 2/3 between Panama and Sherman. Panama is the third seed. Another flip is 1/2 between Sherman and Clymer. Sherman is the first seed, Clymer is second.

Top seeds: 1. Sherman; 2. Clymer; 3. Panama.

* * *

Next up to be worked out are some dates and site issues. I'll have the complete schedule posted as soon as possible after it is finalized.

12:10 p.m. The boys seedings and schedule have been posted.

Mary Jo Monnin has been at the girls meeting and we'll get that information up as soon as possible.

1:42 p.m. The girls seedings and schedule have been posted.

We'll have more to come here and we'll have a story in tomorrow's paper regarding the brackets -- we'll also have full-fledged breakdowns of the tournaments in Tuesday's Scholastic Spotlight. 

---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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