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Catch St. Joe's QB Chad Kelly on ESPNU

St. Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly has spent this week at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for what is being billed as "The Opening," an event that gathers the top high school football recruits in the country for a -- Nike's words here -- "training competition."

There is a ton of information about the event at the ESPNU site as well as the ESPNRISE site (that's the mothership's high school outlet).

ESPNU will have its second evening of coverage Saturday night starting at 9.

I caught most of Kelly's seven-on-seven game on Friday evening, in which he led his Team Alpha Talon to a 19-12 victory over the Field Generals. Kelly's squad was coached by former NFL quarterback Browning Nagle, who was miked on the field, and it was fun to listen to Kelly interact with him and lead his teammates. 

Kelly, the nephew of Jim Kelly who verbally committed to Clemson last month, delivered the strong passes I saw plenty of last season and he was lauded by the announcing team for his decision-making against defenses loaded with the same caliber of top recruits that the offenses boasted. 

A fun moment late in the game had Kelly answered an opponent's hamming for the cameras with a shoutout for "Western New York."

The program also gives you a chance to check out Kelly's new hairdo, which features a Clemson paw carved into one side of his buzzcut. 

It will be quite an eventful July for Kelly. He qualified for another Nike/ESPN "training competition" called the Elite 11. He is one of 24 finalists vying to earn the MVP of the event on July 18-22 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. The Elite 11 will be broadcast on ESPNU on Aug. 12 and 19.

In case you're interested in planning your fall football watching already -- and with a player like this, I'm doing the same thing -- here is the Marauders' 2011 schedule from the St. Joe's website

Our scoreboard pages also have the 2011 football schedule (use the calendar to maneuver to the fall), so you can check things out week-by-week. We're in the process of getting soccer games and other fall sports incorporated to the schedule as well. 

Saturday of football's Week One (Sept. 3) features two clashes a few blocks from each other in the Town of Tonawanda: St. Joe's hosts defending state champion Aquinas while Kenmore West hosts Orchard Park. Whew.

Like I said in yesterday's Canisius post, it's right around the corner. Friday marked a month and a week to go to Aug. 15 -- the first day of practice for the fall.

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Update: Kelly continued to put up some highlights on ESPNU, leading his team to the "7on" final in what was the main event of Saturday night's coverage.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Borrelli Memorial Scholarship Fund raffle is on

In the weeks leading up to the third annual Tom Borrelli Memorial Golf Tournament on July 27, we are selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Borrelli Award and Scholarship Fund.

TomborrelligolftornlogoTickets 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.

The drawing will take place at the golf tournament on July 27 at Holland Hills (participants do not need to be present to win). 

If you would like to purchase tickets, email me at

We've been fortunate that a number of people have taking a block of tickets to sell to their own group or organization -- if you are interested, send an email as well.

I will be trying to make the rounds at summer high-school-ish events (like summer basketball leagues or football camps) on a raffle-ticket-selling tour.

I may try to shoot up to Niagara Falls on Saturday for the finals of the Niagara PAL boys hoops tournament. If you have any suggestions for events where I can sell tickets, email me, comment on this post, send a tweet or comment via the Prep Talk blog page on facebook (links below). 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Buffalo girls team tryouts set for BCANY Hoops Festival

Tryouts for the Buffalo girls team that will participate in the BCANY Hoops Festival in Binghamton have been set.

Tryouts are July 18 and 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Medaille College. The team will be coached by Bill Shaw of Lockport with assistants Chris Durr (former Williamsville East coach) and Jenepher Banker (Grand Island). 

The festival will be held Aug 5-7 in Johnson City; the event was formulated by the BCANY after the cancellation of the Empire State Games. The boys squad has already been picked.

All players must be eligible to play in high school next season. For more information contact Shaw at 622-0742 or e-mail 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Canisius' Timmis honored at UMiami camp

If you follow me on twitter, you've already seen my retweet of Canisius (@CanisiusHSFB) spreading the news that Mercer Timmis was awarded "best linebacker" at the Miami Hurricanes' camp.

Timmis, the standout running back from Canada, was invited to participate in the camp -- and didn't play much LB last year. Certainly an impressive trip for him. I'd have to think that the success of James Gaines down Miami way helped the U learn about Timmis.

Timmis (6-foot-2, 225) and lineman Jack Plunkett (6-5, 290) have both had official visits to Boston College and Pittsburgh while Stanford, Akron, Bowling Green and Syracuse have all been in contact with both -- that's according to Canisius' coaching staff. Timmis is drawing interest from other Big East schools, like Syracuse and West Virginia, along with the University at Buffalo. UConn and Bowling Green have also expressed interest in Plunkett.

Chris Jugovic, the anticipated starting quarterback after sitting behind Travis Eman as a junior, has gone to camps with Yale and Akron and has received interest from Pennsylvania, UB and West Virginia. Receiver Trevor Jachimowicz is also receiving interest from several Division I program.

With the likes of those players -- along with UB verbal commit lineman Corey Madlock -- and highly-touted Chad Kelly (Clemson verbal) at St. Joe's and Akeel Lynch (mulling several offers) at St. Francis, this fall's Monsignor Martin football season has no shortage of hype. Even Bishop Timon-St. Jude has serious buzz with all-time great Charlie Comerford coming as coach. 

Less than two months to go ... :-)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Playing catch (up) with some summer hoops

I had a summer break that started as soon as the 2010-11 season concluded, and now I'm back -- and here to throw some notes out regarding some summer news and notes ... 

* Late in the spring season we told you about the BCANY Hoops Festival set for Johnson City from Aug. 5-7. The event seems like a great one, and it's one that came about due to the unfortunate absence of the Empire State Games this summer. 

The roster has been selected by the coaching staff of head coach Larry Jones (Depew) and assistants Mike Haskell (retired Pioneer) and Mike Berkun (Medaille):

Reggie Agbeko (St. Joe's), Stan Wier (who has transferred back home to East Aurora), Sterling Taplin (Williamsville North), Ryan Whelpley (Walsh), Matt Hart (Canisius), Aaron Frasier (Seneca), Aaron White (Canisius), Jamaal Carter (City Honors), Adam Weir (Canisius), Jordan Williams (Bishop Timon-St. Jude).

Alternates are: Matt McDonald (Canisius), Demone Harris (Timon), Kyle Kobis (Timon), Derrick Sekuterski (Depew).

The team will play Long Island on Friday, Aug 5 at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Buffalo team plays New York City at 9 a.m. and Hudson Valley at noon. Saturday's evening session includes a dunk contest and three-point contest at 4:30 p.m.; a parent clinic on recruiting at 5:30 and a player clinic with college coaches at 6:30.

The event concludes on Sunday, Aug. 7 with the seventh-place game (9 a.m.), fifth-place game (10:30 a.m.), consolation (noon) and championship (1:30 p.m.).

While the event is being run by BCANY, there are some expenses that will need to be covered for teams and players (food, lodging, transportation -- costs mostly taken care of by the ESG during the Games). The squad is seeking sponsorships -- if you are interested in helping the team defray some costs, call Jones at (585) 746-8327.

This team deserves some serious commenting -- that squad is a really good one, a much better collection than I expected for what is a startup event this year. Great talent, great depth, great mixture of schools. Excellent job by the basketball community in getting the word out and credit the coaching staff for what must have been some difficult choices after the tryouts. 

* Speaking of some good hoops competition, this weekend might be the Taste of Buffalo but fans can get a taste of hoops up in Niagara Falls. Some top programs are in action at the Niagara PAL Team Camp at Niagara Falls. Here's the lineup: 

Friday: 5 p.m. -- Main gym, Niagara Falls vs. Canisius; Aux. gym, St. Joe's vs. Niagara-Wheatfield; 6 p.m. -- Batavia vs. Grand Island; Aux. gym, Wilson vs. Holland; 7 p.m. -- Main gym, Jamestown vs. Sweet Home.

Saturday: 9 a.m. -- Main gym, St. Joe's vs. Niagara Falls; Aux. gym, Canisius vs. Jamestown; 10 a.m. -- Main gym, Sweet Home vs. Wilson; Aux. gym, Batavia vs. Niagara-Wheatfield; 11 a.m., Main gym, Grand Island vs. Holland.

Single elimination tournament begins at noon, with championship at 5 p.m.

There is a $2 admission for fans 13 and older.

* I will hopefully hit some summer events of all sorts -- I'll be soon selling raffle tickets to benefit the Tom Borrelli Award and Scholarship Fund. We have some great prizes and it's a great cause as we continue to honor our fallen coworker. 

The third Borrelli Award for boys and the inaugural Borrelli Award for girls will be announced later this month and the winners will receive their trophies at the July 27 Tom Borrelli Golf Tournament at Holland Hills. For those interested in golfing ($100 per person) or donating, please email me at 

* By the way, the spring All-WNY teams and all-league teams (for baseball, softball and boys and girls lacrosse), which have been published over the last month, have all been collected at the high school home page.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge set

An announcement that I'm overdue in passing along after my vacation ... 

Boys basketball's ADPRO Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge is set for Dec. 12-14 at St. Mary's in Lancaster. 

As always, the lineup is loaded with good, fun matchups: 

Monday, Dec. 12

Cardinal O’Hara vs. Holland, 5 p.m.

St. Francis vs. Iroquois, 6:30 p.m.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs. Williamsville South, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Archbishop Walsh vs. Lackawanna, 5 p.m.

St. Mary’s vs. Olean, 6:30 p.m.

Canisius vs. Kenmore West, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Christian Central vs. Grand Island, 4 p.m.

Nichols vs. Cheektowaga, 5:30 p.m.

Niagara Catholic vs. Depew, 7 p.m.

St. Joe’s vs. Sweet Home, 8:30 p.m.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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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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