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Weather wipes out some Friday night games

Winter finally got its game face on today with some serious snowfall, and it has canceled plenty of school activities.

Cancelations that have been emailed to me include: all afterschool sports at Niagara-Wheatfield and St. Mary's, both of which were to host boys hoops games tonight.

The St. Mary's-Niagara Catholic games have been rescheduled to: Jan. 22 (at Niagara Catholic, 5:30 p.m.) and Feb. 7 (at St. Mary's, 7:30 p.m.).

Rescheduled for Niagara-Wheatfield: Girls -- Lew-Port at N-W, Fri. 6:30; Boys -- N-W at Lew-Port, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Also postponed: Lancaster at Jamestown (will now be played on Jan. 25) and CSAT at Medina.

If you know of any cancellations, comment on this post, email me at or Tweet at @KeithMcSheaBN.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Thursday Night Live, tweeting #preptalkscores & getting video highlights from four games (including Tonawanda's record-breaker)

We're doing our running-around-to-games thing tonight, and for the second straight night we're doing a Twitter experiment. I'll be much more mobile if I just tweet, so that's what I'll probably do while I'm running around. At the end of the night I'll provide some overall thoughts and details here. 

So follow along at

And if you are out at any kind of varsity high school action, tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores.

You just might win the #preptalkscores Tweet of the Night (check out last night's).

Here's the plan: Hutch-Tech at Riverside (6 p.m.), MST Seneca vs. I-Prep/Grover at Medaille (6), Emerson vs. OTC Middle College at Waterfront (6), Tonawanda at Lackawanna (7) and Williamsville East at Hamburg (7:30). 

Here we go. See you on the tweeter. 

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You can check out the tweets for my travels ... here are some video highlights .. 

Foremost among them is the history-making moment for Tonawanda's Jesse Lalka -- yes, it's a free throw, but it was cruicial in putting the undefeated Warriors up four in the final seconds of a 46-41 win at Lackawanna. Scroll down for six highlights, plus interviews, from that one.

Pretty cool "Jess-ee Lal-kaa!" chant after the big point.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Mouse McNally football clinic to be held Feb. 10-11; Needs local support to survive


High school football coaches don't have to look far for coaching advice from a pro. Jim McNally's 2012 Western New York Football Clinic is Feb. 10-11 at the West Middle School, 395 Center Road, West Seneca.

Last year's event drew more than 200 coaches. An immediate response from local coaches is needed otherwise the clinic will be forced to cancel.

If you are committed to attending the clinic send an email immediately to: stating your name, school and number of attendees. This information is needed prior to registration to determine the number of committed attendees.

This year's fourth-annual event brings in legendary coaches, Tom Moore (former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator), option football guru, Tony DeMeo and defensive authority Rick Lantz. University at Buffalo staff member Zach Duval and new Buffalo Bills defensive line assistant coach Bill Inge, along with other prominent high school coaches, are on the information-packed agenda. For registration information visit: After a successful college coaching career, McNally accepted the offensive line coaching job with the Cincinnati Bengals, where for more than 15 years he tutored and mentored the line anchored by Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz.

After leaving the Bengals, Mouse coached the offensive line for the Carolina Panthers, helping the team reach the NFC championship game. Later he coached the New York Giants 'offensive line, helping them to the Super Bowl in 2000. In 2004, the call came from Buffalo where after four years he concluded his remarkable career coaching the Bills' offensive line. McNally is a proud graduate of Kenmore West High School and the University at Buffalo.

---Mary Jo Monnin


Live chat (Jan. 11): Tipped off by watching tweets of Aquinas-Kearney, then talked Power 10 and hoops between visits from South Pole elves

Our first chat of the new year tips off at 9 p.m. tonight.

Plenty to talk about -- the first basketball polls of the new year, the debut of Prep Talk's Power 10, the all-state football teams and more.

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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Our previous winter chats: Dec. 14 (from the MMA-ECIC Challenge), All-WNY football talk (Dec. 7 w/video); our first was Nov. 30 (live from the Pastor-Cooper Showcase tipoff).

Our chats of the 2011 fall season: Nov. 16Nov. 9, Nov. 2Oct. 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)

St. Joe's QB Chad Kelly is state's AA Player of the Year

Add another postseason honor for St. Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly. 

Kelly, who was The Buffalo News Player of the Year and was the only player from New York to participate in last week's Under Armour All-American game, was announced today as the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA Player of the Year. 

More information and the complete list of all-state teams are at the NYSSWA site.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

How The News voted: Week Three, back from the break

Every week during the basketball season (except a two-week vacation over the holiday break which has concluded) a panel of voters participates 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.

Here is a link to previous ballots: Dec. 20, Dec. 13 (the tipoff).

Here are this week's polls, and here's our ballot:


1. Canisius (6-4) [last ballot: 1] -- Did Santa show up at pollsters houses and give them Niagara Falls prize packages? Before the break: Canisius eight first-place votes; Falls two. After the break: Falls eight first-place votes, Canisius two. 

Canisius did well against national competition at Father George Jesuit Classic at Georgetown Prep in Maryland. They were 1-2 for seventh place, but they were in the much tougher half of the bracket, and had a eight-point loss to one of the best teams from Washington state (Bellarmine).  Plus, I view a Matt Hart-less tough home loss to Aquinas just as good, and probably better, than Falls' home loss to Kearney because I consider Aquinas better than Kearney (we'll find out about that on Wednesday night). It's enough to keep them where I had them (and where everyone else had them) before Falls won two Niagara Frontier League blowouts. I could see perhaps a shift. But 8-2 to 2-8 has me turned around as if Loren Stokes just broke my ankles at the top of the key. 

2. Niagara Falls (5-1) [2] -- Falls gets its shot at national-caliber competition this weekend at the Burger King Classic in Erie, Pa.

3. Jamestown (7-1) [3] -- I repeat: You can depend on Jamestown. They deserve this spot. Very impressive win over a fine Kennedy Catholic program of Section I, loss is to a Kingston team ranked third in the state in AA.

4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (9-3) [4] -- The Timon-Joe's matchups will certainly be fun to watch; Timon's last lost was to Mount St. Michael, ranked 10th in state in AA, I like their competition better than ... 

5. St. Joe's (10-2) [6] -- ... the Marauders, who beat two Syracuse teams to win a tourney there. Still think they are a step behind the top four, and remember they started with a one-point hold-on win against ... 

6. McKinley (4-1) [7] -- ... the Macks, who had a nice start to the Yale Cup with close win over ... 

7. Hutch-Tech (3-2) [10] -- ... Engineers, who beat East two days later; and East beat ... 

8. Riverside (4-2) [5] -- ... the Frontiers, who we still think will be heard from and certainly see as rounding out a top eight (these guys had that No. 5 ranking before the break).

9. Kenmore West (5-2) [8] -- Two big losses to Canisius and Falls, but you can see the talent there, particularly with a strong leader like Bailey. We'll give the NFL's No. 2 the edge over the No. 2 from the entire ECIC ...

10. Williamsville East (8-2) [NR] -- ... and that's the Flames. We like East as with their one-point win at Clarence at the Red Devils' holiday tournament. It was a close one, as that is Clarence's only loss, and the Devils are coming off a big win over Frontier. East has been routing ECIC II competition; its losses are not bad: to Will North in its opener and to St. Joe's in the Lockport Tourney final.   


1. Olean (8-1) [1] -- Again the easiest spot in the poll.

2. OTC Middle College (3-2) [3] -- Initially, the dilemma was, St. Mary's or Depew? What to do here after No. 2 St. Mary's lost at Depew by one point? Head-to-head is as good as you're going to get when it comes to poll-making, but the body of work of St. Mary's was clearly at a different level than Depew's (notably there's a loss to Amherst and the lack of another big win).

Then I looked at the ballot, was impressed how OTC ran away from I-Prep the other night, and went with the formidable Kats.  

3. St. Mary's (8-4) [2] -- Still struggled with the next two, but I'll go with this: If Depew is at St. Mary's, who wins? I'd say St. Mary's, and they have that body of work thing going for them.

4. Depew (6-2) [7] -- Nice tough test at East Aurora on Thursday night.

5. East (1-5) [6] -- Yale Cup-opening win over top 10 large school Riverside backed up the votes I've been giving the Panthers so far. Five losses have come to large schools, and very good ones at that: Timon, St. Joe's, Olean, Aquinas, Hutch-Tech.

6. MST Seneca (5-0) [4] -- Very interested to see these guys take on OTC, I'll have to be patient -- their meeting is the last in the Yale Cup II rotation.  

7. Archbishop Walsh (9-2) [5] -- Like the big wins, like them hanging around with Olean, other loss was to Timon.

8. Tonawanda (9-0) [8] -- Two of their last three wins might be their best of the season: East Aurora and Cleve Hill. Great undefeated roll, but a two-point home win over Roy-Hart tempered things for me.

9. Silver Creek (5-0) [NR] -- Undefeated (entering Monday night's play) makes them king of the Section VI Southern Tier ... for now. But there are mannnnnnnnny candidates (Maple Grove, Portville, Panama, Randolph, Cassadaga Valley, Dunkirk ... whewww).

10. Newfane (4-1) [NR] -- The crazy competitive Niagara-Orleans League deserves a nod. The Panthers' victories over Will South and St. Francis at Will South's holiday tourney deserve a nod. The N-O is so wild they could have three or four reps in this space by the time we get to Buffalo State.

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

---Keith McShea

Clarence girls swimming state championship page in today's paper

The News' tribute to the state champions of the fall season continued today with a poster page devoted to the Clarence girls swimming team.

We have run poster pages on Orchard Park football (with the All-Western New York team on Dec. 3) as well as girls volleyball champions Eden (Dec. 26) and St. Mary's (Dec. 31).

You can purchase high-quality versions of the championship pages at

There will also be a page devoted to the state cross country champions.

The Scholastic Spotlight page returns on Tuesday, as do the basketball polls.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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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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