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PrepTalkTV: Highlights from 36th annual All-Star High School Football Classic

Here are some of the highlights from the South's 28-20 victory over the North team in the 36th annual Kensington Lions Club/AD-PRO Sports All-Star High School Football Classic:

Highlights can also be seen on our video page.

Here's an interview with the South's Offensive MVP Anthony Emmanuele:

---Lauren Mariacher

Tom Borrelli Memorial Award raffle drive in fourth quarter

We are in the fourth quarter of our selling of raffle tickets to raise money for the Tom Borrelli Award and Scholarship Fund.

The drawing will take place at Wednesday's third annual Tom Borrelli Memorial Golf Tournament at Holland Hills (participants do not need to be present to win).

TomborrelligolftornlogoThe Borrelli Awards -- this year we are awarding the top male and female senior lacrosse players -- will be handed out at the golf tournament. 

The boys winner, announced in today's News, is Brian Sullivan of Bishop Timon-St. Jude. The inaugural girls winner will be announced in Tuesday's News.

Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. A great lineup of prizes include:

* a Ryan Miller autographed goalie stick;

* a Jim Kelly autographed football; a Dan Marino autographed mini-helmet;

* a framed Masters print from Augusta National;

* a Buffalo Bills golf bag;

* and a $50 restaurant gift certificate. 

If you would like to purchase tickets, email me at Several people have bought tickets through me by ordering them via email and sending us a check.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Chad Kelly of St. Joe's makes final Elite 11

Chad Kelly added another honor to what has become a standout summer by being named to the final Elite 11 in the high school quarterback competition sponsored by Nike held this week in Malibu, Calif.

Kelly, who has verbally committed to Clemson and will be a senior at St. Joe's this fall, was one of 24 quarterbacks invited to the Elite 11 camp at Pepperdine University.

After a week of drills and competition, a final Elite 11 were named, along with three MVPs during today's final day of the camp.

The Elite 11 camp will be summed up in specials on ESPN on Aug. 12 and 19.

Two weeks ago in Oregon, Kelly quarterbacked his team to the Nike 7on passing league championship.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Coach Schunk's sideline show will be missed

I know I'm still going to see Earl Schunk in high school gyms.

But now he'll be scouting for D'Youville College instead of coaching. 

Schunk was announced today as the Spartans' new coach. He had a great run at Grover Cleveland before doing an excellent job in one year at Tapestry Charter last year.

Schunk's Grover teams were talented and often exciting to watch, including one of the most memorable teams in my 11 seasons covering Western New York high school basketball -- the 2004 team featuring do-it-all big man Ace Narvaez and whiz kid point guard Jairo Hernandez. Last year he had a top player in Dazmon Knight at Tapestry, but he did a great job incorporating a run-and-gun style with a deep bench, helping the Thunderhawks to the Section VI Class C final (where they ended up losing to some of Shunk's former players at the newly named I-Prep at Grover).

Schunk was a example of the many coaches in the city that go beyond the the job in caring for his players, driving them to games to play or to check out other teams in Western New York.

His legacy will also include one of the most entertaining sideline shows I've witnessed. Regardless of how the game was going to go, you always knew you'd be in for some fun thanks to his regular, easy-going, smiling shtick.

He'd have wisecracks for his players, the scorer's table (maybe even a sportswriter or two), the officials, even the opposing coaches.

He got fired up as well, but his overall attitude was a great one for high school sports: teach your players as best you can, compete your butt off, but make sure you're having fun and keeping things in perspective.

I'm sure he'll be doing the same for D'Youville. If you check out a game, be sure to enjoy the sideline show. 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

'Man Up' car show Saturday honors Redenbach

A "Man Up" Car Show will be held Saturday in memory of Meghan Redenbach.

Redenbach was a standout Roy-Hart volleyball player who inspired so many before passing away due to cancer last Christmas Eve. Here is the web version of the story I wrote about Meghan for the Christmas Eve day paper.

The car show will be held at the East Amherst Fire Company, 9100 Transit Road, East Amherst, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with all proceeds going to the "Man Up" Memorial Award, Carly's Club and Make-A-Wish of Western New York.

There will be basket raffles, Chinese auction, 50/50 drawings, food and music.

Check this link for more information about registering for the car show.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Rosters set for 36th annual Kensington Lions all-star football game

The rosters have been set for the 36th All-Star High School Football Classic, which will take place Wednesday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at Depew. 

The game, which features seniors from the Class of 2011, is presented by the Kensington Lions Club and Adpro Sports. 

Tickets are available from all players and coaches are and also available at the gate (adults $7; $2 children 12-under).

The game, founded in 1976 by Kensington Lions Harry R. Chambers, Gene Zinni and Milt Dickerson, has benefited Kids Escaping Drugs since 2001. The game has donated $95,000 to KED over that time. 


John Alessandra (Kenmore East DB), Dominic Bargnesi (St. Joe's LB), Dillon Bender (Roy-Hart DB), Matt Benedict (Nichols OLB), Bob Blackman (Kenmore West OLB), Shamari Cheney (Burgard WR), Mikal Coleman (Sweet Home DE), Keeon Colvin (Amherst RB), Josh Cory (Akron RB), Jeremy Crone (Lew-Port OL), Adam Donner (Niagara-Wheatfield OL), Nick Fisher (Kenmore West K), Nick Hall (St. Joe's DB), Kevin Hall (Williamsville North QB), Von Harman (East OL), Joseph Hill (Lew-Port FB), Maurell Johnson (Medina RB), Nick Kellner (Grand Island WR), Tony LaMancusa (St. Joe's P), Joe Licata (Williamsville South QB), Kyle Luchey (Sweet Home DB), Michael McCartney (Niagara Falls LB), Ryan Meldrum (Kenmore West OL), Joe Montesanti (North Tonawanda DB), Dan Montesanti (North Tonawanda LB), Ralph Neasman (Sweet Home RB), James Phillips (Clarence DE), Dorian Polk (Lockport DB), Dominic Principale (Clarence LB), Cody Reimers (Wilson WR), James Renford (Lockport LB), Tyler Robinson (Starpoint RB), Ryan Schmidt (Amherst OL), Trevor Schulz (Albion OL), Phil Stasiak (Williamsville South WR), Dale Stewart (Niagara Falls WR), David Stupnick (Medina DE), Kyrill Threats (Canisius DL), Edwin Young (Williamsville North WR).

Head coach: Bill Atlas (Wilson head coach). Assistants: John Faller (Sweet Home head coach), Charles Jufer (Wilson assistant), Brian Baker (Wilson assistant), Al Scarpine (Wilson assistant), Jim Randles (Grand Island assistant).


Nate Bailey (Alden WR), Cam Baker (Chautauqua Lake LB), Byron Banks (South Park LB), Josh Beres (West Seneca East DE), Greg Burroughs (Fredonia DE), Joe Campion (Jamestown RB/LB), Bilal Clay (Maryvale RB), Anthony Emmanuel (Depew WR), Dwayne R. Gillison Jr. (Cleveland Hill MLB), Chad Griffin (St. Mary's QB), Chris Holland (I-Prep/Grover QB), Markell Ingram (McKinley QB), Willie Jefferson (Riverside OLB), Mike Kasprzak (Depew C/DE), Steve Kenny (Chautauqua Lake RB), Pat Langworthy (Southwestern OLB), Andrew Lanphere (Silver Creek CB), Paul Leavell (Orchard Park S), Justin Liberta (Frontier LB), Jeremiah Ludeman (Lancaster OL/DL), Zakk Packard (St. Francis DT), Adam Pasnik (St. Francis OLB), Dakota Peel (Alden RB/DB), Donte Perry (Cheektowaga DB), Travis Pitzonka (Lancaster LB), Anthony Sanders (McKinley TE), Mike Schiavi (Lackawanna OL), Tyler Shaw (Eden OLB), Michael Siejak (Iroquois WR), Jesse Skubis (St. Mary's OT), Shane Smith (Fredonia S), Christian Smith (Lackawanna UT), Frank Sterlace (Silver Creek LB), Jailyn Tompkins (Cleveland Hill WR), Eric Tyra (Jamestown TE), Derien Washington (Riverside OLB), Josh Wiechelt (Depew LB), Kyle Witkowski (Orchard Park QB).

Head coach: Mike McFadden (Hamburg head coach). Assistants: Dave Hersey (St. Mary's head coach), Tim Delaney (South Park head coach), Pat Cauley (Hamburg assistant), Jeff Tripp (Hamburg assistant), Tom Butera (Hamburg assistant).

The teams practice at 6 p.m. weeknights and 10 a.m. Saturdays through July 26; the practices are open to the public. The North practices at Sweet Home; the South at Hamburg Middle School on Division St.

A banquet for all playres in the game will be hosted by the Kensington Lions Club at the Hearthstone Manor on Tuesday night.  

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Section VI boys soccer holding golf tournament

The coaches and officials of Section VI boys soccer are holding a golf tournament being held Monday, Aug. 22 at Tan Tara Golf Club, 4391 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda 14120.

Registration is at 12:45 p.m. for the 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. In the best ball format, all members of each team play their own balls on each hole; the lowest two scores among all team members on each hole serve as the team score. Fee of $60 includes 18 holes of golf and cart, buffet dinner and one-hour open bar.

Registrations are due Aug. 1 and should be sent to Scott Martin, 3414 Lakewood Drive, North Tonawanda, 14120.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

St. Francis RB Lynch commits to Boston College (with video)

St. Francis coach Jerry Smith congratulates Akeel Lynch as several Red Raiders look on. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

St. Francis
running back Akeel Lynch verbally committed to Boston College this afternoon. 

Lynch, a native of Toronto who will be a senior this fall, made the decision in the Athol Springs private school's weight room.

The 6-foot, 1/2-inch, 205-pound Lynch -- who runs a 4.45 40-yard dash -- said he selected BC over Penn State. 

"The offense fits my style, it's the zone offense that we run here," Lynch said. "Also, their ability to move me around [on offense], which I really like. I think what really made the difference were the coaches. They made me feel like I was part of the family. I think that's key in anywhere you go, because after football you got to have people to help you succeed in life."

Other schools to offer Lynch a scholarship included Duke, Cincinnati, Syracuse, UConn, University at Buffalo and Akron.

Lynch played just six games as a junior, missing the final five after undergoing surgery to repair a detached tendon on his left ring finĀger. He still earned a spot on the All-Western New York second team by running for 828 yards on 121 carries for an average of 6.8. He scored a total of 10 touchdowns, including five in one game in a 49-21 win at St. Joe's.

This gives Western New York in general, and the Monsignor Martin Association in particular, two major college verbal commitments for the Class of 2012. Quarterback Chad Kelly of St. Joe's has committed to Clemson. 

I'll have much more after taking part in today's Sully Live video chat.

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Here's some video:

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Review the live chat with McShea and Sully

News Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan hosts his weekly live chat at 1 p.m. today. At 2 p.m., he shifts in front of the camera along with News Sports Reporter Keith McShea. Continue to submit your questions in the same fashion and watch for a response.

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Trench Trophy tees it up Aug. 6

Anyone with a passion for both and football, what more could you ask for than a spot in the annual Lancaster Elks Lodge No. 1478 Charity Golf Tournament? The annual event is Sat., Aug. 6 at Kis-N-Green Golf Course in Alden. Proceeds benefit the Trench Trophy, which honors high school football linemen, the John Gebhardt Memorial Fund, and other charities. The tournament is a four-person best ball scramble with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

A charitable contribution of $70 per golfer includes 18 holes with cart, BBQ hamburger and snack lunch at the turn and free beverages per cart. Another feature is the John Gebhardt Memorial Scholarship Hole Challenge on the par 3 No. 13 hole. Proceed will help curb the cost of the Elk's annual $1,000 scholarship award in honor of Gebhardt, one of the organization's original members and most generous donors. A steak dinner will be included after the tournament back at the Elks in the main hall banquet facility.

Contributions to the program book are also welcome. Ad prices are: full page: $100, half page $50 and 1/4 page $25. Also, products, etc. can be donated to earn hole sponsorship. Anyone interested in sponsoring or playing should contact Carl Kuras at Lancaster Elks at 685-1478 or e-mail:

---Mary Jo Monnin

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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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