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PrepTalkTV from Manhattan Cup final: Canisius 63, St. Mary's 46

Van Tine was all about others

On Sunday I helped in the preparation of the obit for an old friend, Ed Van Tine. Making sure the little details of this man’s big life were accurate was painful. How many awards he won seemed so trivial.

I also knew Ed would have none of it. I once tried to put together a list of his accomplishments to nominate him for the Lacrosse Hall of Fame and he was less than helpful. He wasn’t involved in coaching for the plaudits and he wanted no recognition.

Ed was one of the first friends I made after moving to Buffalo in 1983. I introduced myself because he had a “Loch Raven Lacrosse” bumper sticker on his truck. I grew up in Towson, Md., ground zero for lacrosse excellence in the 1960s and ‘70s, and Loch Raven Blvd. was about a mile from my house. Turns out we knew people in common.

 My appreciation for Ed transcends sports. We moved into a home that had an unfinished room at the back and it was October.  Winter was rushing in (and the Orioles were winning the World Series!) I could construct a story but building a room was beyond my abilities. Ed showed us how to removed a stone hearth, which didn’t meet fire code, and how to build a brick one on which we could place a wood stove. When we were slow laying the bricks on a Thanksgiving Day, he came over and quickly finished the job so we wouldn’t be late for turkey dinner. At his house.

 Some of my favorite moments were when Ed would complain about the sports section I worked for. He would say he didn’t care to read about the pros, guys that didn’t come from here. He cared about the kids, he wanted to read about the kids, the ones he coached and the ones others coached. I assured him that most people wanted to read about the Bills and the Sabres but he wasn’t dissuaded. When talking about a subject he cared about, his eyes blazed with passion; picture a blue-eyed Mike Singletary. And he was passionate about the kids. I loved to see that fire blaze.

 His wife always told us she never worried what he was doing when he wasn’t home. She knew he was on some field teaching anyone who would show up how to play lacrosse. He was a person who gave and gave and he did so despite not being in good health the entire time I knew him.

 He belongs in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame for building the game of lacrosse here from an afterthought to a mainstream sport. I also think he belongs in the national Hall of Fame because kids he coached and kids who learned from those he taught are making an impact on the college game.

 His memorial service will be at the Rich Products Atrium on March 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The place will be packed because he gave so much to so many, and it wasn’t all just about a sport.

-- Fletcher Doyle

Live from Canisius' Manhattan Cup championship & your #preptalkscores

Welcome to one of the biggest nights of Championship Week. 

I'll be at the Manhattan Cup championship at Canisius College as Canisius takes on St. Mary's at 6 p.m. 

At Buffalo State (where Mary Jo Monnin will be covering the games and will have a separate blog), it is the A-1 semifinals, both of which are intraleague showdowns: Hutch-Tech vs. McKinley at 6 p.m. and Williamsville South vs. Williamsville East at 7:30. The Class C-1 semifinals are also tonight at Jamestown Community College as Holland faces Oracle Charter at 6 p.m. before OTC Middle College meets Cassadaga Valley.

I'll have play-by-play updates from the Manhattan Cup in the live blog below. Tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog, so if you want to offer commentary or updates on any of the games, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll also have quarterly tweets updating the game at @KeithMcSheaBN.

Check out tonight's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the night for updated box scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the chat and on the tweeter. :-)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Section VI semifinal Tuesday at Buffalo State: CSAT, EA, Amherst advance

Welcome to day two of semifinal madness at Buffalo State. We start off with the B-2 semifinal between No. 1 Cleveland Hill and CSAT. The winner advances to meet Wilson, which defeated City Honors on Monday.

The A-2 semifinals follow with East Aurora meeting Riverside and Cheektowaga facing Amherst.

A-2 Semifinal: Amherst vs. Cheektowaga

After the first quarter, Amherst has a 15-8 lead.

Halftime: Amherst leads, 37-18. It was an impressive performance from the Tigers who found success from outside on offense. Cheektowaga cut the lead to four, 18-14 on two nice scores by Melvin Henley but Amherst responded with back-to-back threes by Johnathan Belton and Ed Doherty to push the lead to 10, 24-14. The Tigers are also playing impressive defense on the guards, forcing turnovers in the backcourt and generally keeping the Warriors from running any type of offense. Most of the points for Cheektowaga have come in transition.

Amherst holds on to a 48-30 lead. Cheektowga played better overall in the third, but too deep a hole to climb out of.

Final: Amherst 63, Cheektowaga 54. The Warriors made a game of it, getting to eight points, 56-48, but ran out of time. Amherst plays East Aurora in the finals at 3:30 p.m., Saturday.

A-2 Semifinal: Riverside vs. East Aurora

After one quarter, East Aurora holds a 10-3 lead.

Halftime: Riverside leads, 20-17. East Aurora went up 14-7 in the second quarter but a 7-0 run stagged by Justice Feggans, including a three-pointer with 4:11 left, tied the game. The Frontiers played more aggressive defense on East Aurora's shooters and quickly converted on the other end of the floor. Riverside went up by four, 18-14, but a three-pointer from Chris Bourne kept East Aurora in the game.

Stan Wier hit a deep three at the buzzer to pull East Aurora within four, 31-27, at the end of the third quarter. A three from Ian Allen has helped the Blue Devils stay in the game as Riverside is aggressive on both ends of the floor to create opportunities.

Final: East Aurora 49, Riverside 42. Three-point shooting keyed the comeback for the Blue Devils.

 B-2 Semifinal: Cleveland Hill vs. CSAT

Cleveland Hill spurted to a 6-0 run but better defesne and ball movement by CSAT allowed the Eagles to rally. Game is tied, 12-12, at the end of the first quarter.

Halftime: CSAT leads, 24-21. The Eagles zone seems to be causing troulbe for Cleveland Hill which missed shots, had shots blocked and turend the ball over.

End of the third and CSAT holds a 38-33 lead but Cleveland Hill has started to make plays on both ends of the floor.

Final: CSAT 59, Cleveland Hill 43. CSAT becomes the first Buffalo Charter school to advance to a Section VI final. They will meet Wilson at noon on Saturday back at Buffalo State. Correction: CSAT is the second charter school to make a final. Bad info from Prep Czar Keith McShea.

PrepTalkTV: Highlights, interviews from Monsignor Martin semifinals

Note: The interviews in this video are, in order, with St. Mary's coach Dan Gill, St. Mary's senior Erik Simmons (not Canisius), St. Mary's senior Devin Redden (not Jake Cercone), Canisius coach Kyle Husband, Canisius senior Aaron White (not Erik Simmons), Canisius senior Matt Hart, and Bishop Timon-St. Jude coach Jim Palano. Our apologies regarding some technical errors on-screen.

How The News voted: The penultimate poll

Every week during the basketball season 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: last week as we headed into the postseason (Feb. 21), Feb. 14, Feb. 7, Jan. 31 (New World Order), Jan. 24 (when I said I thought Canisius would win at St. Joe's), Jan. 17 (MLK edition), Jan. 10 (back from the break), Dec. 20, Dec. 13 (the tipoff).

Here are this week's polls, and here's our Championship Week ballot ... filled out BEFORE Monday night's games because they're so potentially poll-altering (during the season I often wrote the blog on Mondays).


1. Canisius (19-6) [last ballot: 1] -- Playing like No. 1 school at the right time.

2. McKinley (17-2) [2] -- Playing like a top two school at the right time. 

3. St. Joe's (20-4) [4] -- Very nice bounce-back win over St. Francis. Agbeko and Briggs played with the desperation good seniors play with at the right time. 

4. Niagara Falls (15-4) [3] -- Leading Lockport by two at halftime in a sectional quarterfinal gave us flashbacks of the Clarence q-final loss two years ago and earns them a slide below St. Joe's. Be sure to enjoy the excellent Niagara Falls Pep Band at Buff State -- its director is retiring.

5. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (16-9) [5] -- Very good win over a very good Walsh team. Results from other top 10 teams (or teams that used to be in the top 10) back up the fact that Timon needs to be in the top five.

6. Jamestown (17-2) [6] -- I know Orchard Park was on a roll, but I thought the Red Raiders would rebound from that Frontier loss with a bigger quarterfinal win at home (eight points). 

7. Riverside (15-4) [8] -- Forceful dismissal of Maryvale. Matchup with EA could be the best of the semifinals. Gave them strong thought for No. 6 spot.

8. Hutch-Tech (13-6) [9] -- I thought they'd win at Iroquois, but 90-51? 53-24 at half? 74-37 after three? Holey moley. Shows a divide between haves and have-nots.

9. Frontier (16-3) [10] -- Impressed by how they ran away from a very solid NT squad. Look out, Jamestown.

10. Williamsville North (13-7) [NR] -- Win on the floor of a ranked team and you get a deserved promotion.

Who's next? Ken West, Will South, Will East (those two could be in for a great one after another holey-moley score, East over Hamburg, 78-29), Amherst, East Aurora. Next is a group a notch below: North Tonawanda, Sweet Home, St. Francis, Cheektowaga, Lockport ... not necessarily in that order (but probably close). 


1. Olean (18-1) [1] -- So much for Lackawanna shocking the world. 29-point win for Huskies. Looks like they're ready.

2. St. Mary's (19-6) [2] -- First team to clinch a state playoff spot. 

3. OTC Middle College (16-3) [3] -- Expected big win to open sectionals. 

4. Archbishop Walsh (17-6) [4] -- Going to keep them here. 

5. MST Seneca (16-3) [5] -- Very solid win over Randolph at McKinley. A more emphatic win perhaps moves them past Walsh.

6. Depew (14-6) [6] -- Their league was tough. Their nonleague games were also tough (hint, hint, hint team that lost to them in OT).

7. Tonawanda (18-1) [7] -- No. 6 and No. 7 on this ballot should be fun Monday night. 

8. Silver Creek (18-1) [8] -- Win over Chautauqua Lake was not what we thought we'd see from No. 1 vs. No. 8 (eight points).

9. East (11-9) [9] -- There were people moaning and groaning that this team was ranked all season despite losses to outstanding large schools. This team made it to Buffalo State (again).

10. City Honors (14-6) [10] -- Nice to the the Centaurs following our placement of them in this spot with a very solid win wayyyy down at A-L.

Just missing (and rounding out a top 20): Maple Grove, I-Prep, Portville, Cleveland Hill, Newfane, Dunkirk, CSAT, Wilson, Randolph, Cassadaga Valley.  

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below and our weekly chat is here Wednesday evening.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Manhattan Cup final four: St. Mary's knocks off St. Joe's; Canisius tops Timon

Championship Week tips off tonight, and it is announcing its presence with authority. 

I'll be at the Manhattan Cup final four at Canisius College as Canisius takes on Bishop Timon-St. Jude in a 6 p.m. semifinal, followed by St. Mary's meeting St. Joe's at 7:45. 

At Buffalo State (where Amy Moritz will be covering things tonight and tomorrow and will have separate blogs), a week of Section VI action starts with a fun semifinal tripleheader of Wilson against City Honors (B-2, 5:30), Olean vs. East (B-1, 7) and Depew vs. Tonawanda (B-2, 8:30). The Class D semifinals are also tonight at Jamestown Community College.

I'll have play-by-play updates from the Manhattan Cup in the live blog below. Tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog, so if you want to offer commentary or updates on any of the games, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll also have periodic tweets updating the game at @KeithMcSheaBN.

Check out tonight's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the night for updated box scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the chat and on the tweeter. :-)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Section VI semifinal Monday from Buffalo State: Wilson, Olean, Depew move on

Welcome to the Buffalo State Sports Arena and the first day of Section VI boys basketball semifinals. Three games tonight start with the B-2 semifinal feature Wilson and City Honors. Wilson (11-3) had a solid start to the season but suffered some losses in the Niagara Orleans League late in the season. City Honors (10-4) has standout senior guard Jamaal Carter who has racked up several triple doubles this season.

The other B-2 semifinal between Clevleand Hill and Applied Technologies will be held Tuesday night. The other two semi's on the schedule today are in B1: Olean vs. East and Tonawanda vs. Depew. Check back for updates throughout the evening. And away we go.

B-1 Semifinal: Tonawanda vs. Depew

Depew has taken an 8-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mike Ballistrea had four points and Jaden Cotton has four for the Wildcats.

Halftime: Depew leads, 19-14. The Wildcats are moving the ball well on offense. A steal and fastbreak layup by Jon Gemerek gave Depew a 16-9 lead with 4:30 left int he half. Tonawanda had troubles with turnovers and rebounding.

Depew leads, 32-25 after three quarters. A traditional three-point play from Jake Sepncer for Tonanwanda cut the lead to three, 26-23 with 1:52 left after a steal and fastbreak lead pass from Jesse Lakla. But the Warriors commited backcourt turnovers and failed to secure defensive rebounds as Depew went on a 6-0 spurt.

Final: Depew 47, Tonawanda 39

B-1 Semifinal: Olean vs. East

Olean jumped out to an 11-2 lead but East used a 6-0 run to stay in the game. Still at the end of the first quarter, the Huskies have a 12-8 lead.

East comes back but a three-pointer by Nick Schmidt gives Olean a 15-12 lead with 4:09 to play in the half. By my count the teams have combined for 17 turnovers. It is not a pretty game.

Halftime: Game is tied, 19-19. It's a sloppy affair with 22 turnovres between teh two teams. East held an 11-7 advantage in the second quarter, led by Daquawn Griggs who has eight points for the game. 

Olean has a nice set play to find Sam Eckstrom under the basket for a laypu and a 29-27 lead at the end of the third quarter. 

Final: Olean 48, East 44

B-2 Semifinal: Wilson vs. City Honors

Wilson is getting good looks inside and offensive rebounds while City Honors is spotty with its outside shooting. Wilson holds a 12-11 edge at the end of the first quarter.

With 1:42 left a technical foul was called on the City Honors bench which was rather annimated at the last foul called. For the record, the fouls are 10 against the Centaurs and one against Wilson. City Honors leads, 28-26. 

Halftime: City Honors leads, 32-28. Jamaal Carter scored nine points in the second quarter and has 13 in the game for the Centaurs. Tyler Martin leads Wilson with eight points.

City Honors led by as many as 10, but Wilson got some layups off turnovers and good offensive sets to cut into the lead. The Centaurs lead, 48-42.

Final: Wilson 52, City Honors 48. The Lakeman shut down City Honors in the fourth quarter and found enough offense to nab the win and advance.

--- Amy Moritz

Annual wrestling luncheon Sunday at Ilio's

 The 8th annual Luncheon of Champions, sponsored by the Western New York Wrestling Coaches'
Association, is Sunday at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant in Blasdell starting at noon. Among the
many highlights will be in induction of the 2012 Hall of Fame class and the recognition of
this year's New York State champions Jim Kloc of Iroquois, Ben Haas of Salamanca and Tony Lock
of Pioneer.

   Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling Paul Conklin at 208-3302 before Thursday.
The Class of 2012 is Dennis Beck (Lancaster), the winningiest coach in Western New York, along
with wrestlers Dick Minekime (Eden), Mel Cunningham (Niagara Falls), Chris Leichtweis (Olean)
and Tom Shifflet (Sweet Home).


Super Sunday Fed hockey wrapup and more

Niagara-Wheatfield, Kenmore East and St. Francis all earned the right to be called champions Sunday in winning their respective Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation league titles at First Niagara Center.

The three hit the road for the state playoffs with Niagara-Wheatfield facing the state's No. 1 Division I (Large) School West Genesee of Section III (Syracuse area) on Saturday in a quarterfinal. Ken East visits Section V champ Batavia Notre Dame on Saturday in a Division II quarter, while St. Francis plays St. Anthony's (L.I.) for the state Catholic title at Nassau Coliseum.

Here is an audio podcast wrapping up the Fed title games as well as interviews with the winning coaches: Rick Wrazin (Niagara-Wheatfield), Kyle Pray (Ken East) and Craig Fattey (St. Francis).




Rick Wrazin


Craig Fattey


Kyle Pray

--Miguel Rodriguez

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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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