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Live chat (Nov. 9): Talking Monsignor Martin semifinal and Far West Regional football, from video to chat

We're chatting tonight at 8 p.m., we'll again start with a video chat, and a big part of our discussion will be football's Monsignor Martin semifinals and Far West Regionals. We're also in the midst of a huge two-week period for all of the fall sports.

I'll be joined by fellow News Sports Reporter Lauren Mariacher as we answer your questions on camera. Afterwards, I'll go back to the traditional chat and get to your questions and comments there. The video portion of the chat will be able to be accessed here and will also be available on the home page.

We took a look at the upcoming football games in today's paper. There are, as always, the football polls and our "How The News voted" ballot.

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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Here are our past chats of the season: last week (Nov. 2)Oct. 26Oct. 19Oct. 12Oct. 5Sept. 28Sept. 21 (our video chat debut), Sept. 14Sept. 7 and our preseason chat (Aug. 31), which also includes links to all of of the chats from 2010-11.

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

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

How The News voted: Week 10 (the last polls .... before the final polls)

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

This will be the last poll before the last poll -- the next time voters will fill out a ballot is for the final poll. With that in mind, and with three weeks left in the season, we'll size up how high teams can go.

For reference: Week NineWeek EightWeek SevenWeek SixWeek FiveWeek FourWeek ThreeWeek TwoWeek One and the preseason poll.


1. Orchard Park (10-0) [last week: 1] -- Quality second half against Jamestown. Based on what we've seen this season, it would take quite a stumble and quite a finish by either one of the next two teams for the top spot to change.  

2. St. Joe's (7-2) [2] -- Couldn't ask for a much better semifinal pairing at The Ralph Thursday as these guys take on their rival while ...

3. St. Francis (6-3) [3] -- ... these guys take on Timon; the first time you may recall as The Akeel Lynch Show. We have seen these two teams as part of a separate top three all season. Certainly the No. 2 spot could be on the line two Thursdays from now at The Ralph.

4. Sweet Home (10-0) [5] -- They did enough to move up past Jamestown. If they put it all together, which is certainly what teams want to be doing at this point of the season, and beat Aquinas, then we could be talking about a whole other top of the poll.   

5Jamestown (8-2) [4] -- Only two losses to No. 1. Not too shabby.

6. Williamsville South (9-1) [6] -- Only loss to No. 4. And if QB Ferguson doesn't go out, who knows.

7. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (7-2) [7] -- I certainly thought St. Mary's would be a stingy out and they were. Repeating: If DiMillo is still playing, I might have these guys higher. They can move up if they get in the way of another episode of that Akeel show.

8. North Tonawanda (7-2) [8] -- No change here ... 

9. Kenmore West (7-2) [9] -- ... or here ...

10. Bennett (5-4) [10] -- ... or here.

Who is No. 11? Niagara Falls stays ahead of Clarence due to the quarterfinal win. Part of me still wants to say Canisius could beat those two, and maybe even Bennett, but Crusaders haven't shown anything. They'd certainly need a about-face performance over their rival at The Ralph to crack the top 10. 


1. Alden (10-0) [1] -- Have lived up to No. 1 ranking all year long and get another shot at Hornell. 

2. Depew (8-2) [2] -- Only two losses to No. 1.

3. Cheektowaga (7-2) [3] -- The Warriors still definitely need to stay here after a one-TD loss to Depew -- without Jackson.

4. Maple Grove (9-0) [4] -- I've had them here for a while and on Thursday they showed they deserve it. Could they move up? If they play 12 weeks? (Maybe). If they play 13 weeks? (Possibly). If they win in the 13th week? (Probably).

5. Pioneer (8-1) [5] -- Repeating from last week: The way Class C played out keeps very good B teams -- not to mention the D above -- ahead of the C Ralph reps. Panthers' only loss was at No. 1 in sectional semis. They earned themselves some space between them and other Bs, and certainly other Ds and Cs.

6. Frewsburg (7-3) [7] -- Bears traded punches with Maple Grove big-time. I did give No. 5 a thought.

7. Southwestern (9-1) [8] -- The Cs need to be tightly grouped (see below), and while the Trojans are certainly the best of that class, we can't see moving them up higher at this point. However, they keep playing and they certainly could keep rising.

8. Fredonia (8-1) [9] -- No. 2 in the tightly-grouped Cs with the OT semifinal loss to the Trojans. 

9. Cleveland Hill (8-2) [10] -- No. 3 in the tightly-grouped Cs with the regular-season loss to Fredonia and the 10-0 final loss to Southwestern.

10. Lackawanna (6-3) [6] -- Upon further review, and after seeing the C & D finals, those teams deserve to move past the Steelers for playing their best football at the end of the season. 

The mythical No. 11 remains Randolph. Chautauqua Lake can NOT be voted for simply for winning the DD title. You have to think they would beat the teams you are giving them a spot over. I like the Thunderbirds, think the are a quality team, think they've had a great season. But I can't put them past Randolph, much less the other squads. 

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below, let us know via Twitter or facebook (addresses below), or join the live chat Wednesday evening (which starts live-video style at 8).

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live from Section VI girls soccer finals on fall Championship Saturday

Class AA champion Williamsville North with their guests for the game, the Holland girls soccer team. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Class A champion Williamsville South. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Class B champion Newfane. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

It's the fall season's Championship Saturday. I'm live from the Section VI girls soccer championships at Amherst but I'll be getting updates from other contests today. 

Join the live blog below and feel free to provide updates from any contests you are attending -- just like we've done during the football season at our Prep Talk Live page.

You can join the blog  through your smartphone. Also, we have the Twitter hashtag #preptalkscores open as we have all season -- so if you're tweeting about the action today, the tweets will appear in the live chat. You can also certainly tweet to @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN

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---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Section VI's Cross Country champions

Here is the list of the Section VI individual cross-country champions from Friday's races.

And here's the link to the story:

Class A: Justin Bender-12 (Clarence) 16:26.8;
Class B: TJ Hornberger-10 (Lake Shore) 16:03.9; Class C: Jeremy Rushok-12 (Akron) 16:08.3; Class D: Corey Wefing-10 (Maple Grove) 16:39.0.


Class A: Marissa Saenger-10 (Clarence) 19:11.1; Class B: Jenny DelSignore-11 (Sweet Home) 19:06.5; Class C: Lauren Reyda-9 (Fredonia) 19:04.3; Class D: Hope Pietrocarlo-8 (Maple Grove) 19:12.1

Review live blog from Class AA sectional final

Review live blog from Class C sectional final

Review live blog from Class B sectional final

Review live blog from Class A sectional final

Review live blog from Class D sectional final

Review live blog from Class DD sectional final

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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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