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Longtime Riverside football coach Truilizio will take over at NT

Tony Truilizio, who coached the Riverside football program to great success in the Buffalo Public Schools for the last decade, has been named the new coach at North Tonawanda.

Trulizio told The Buffalo News that he accepted the job offer from NT athletic director Cindy Bullis on Tuesday night.

"I'm grateful for everything that happened at Riverside, and I'm so excited about working in a new community and working with the kids at NT," said Truilizio, who said he will remain a physical education teacher at Riverside, where he will also continue to coach swimming and lacrosse. "It's a professional decision to move upward. My ultimate goal is to coach at the collegiate level. To move in the direction of NT is just a blessing."

Riverside won the Buffalo Public Schools' Harvard Cup championship four times under Trulizio, including its final season in 2009. When the Buffalo schools joined Section VI for the 2010 season, the Frontiers won the AA North title.

"It's bittersweet," said Truilizio. "If it weren't for those kids [at Riverside], the Buffalo Public Schools and Riverside, I wouldn't have this opportunity. The success came from the hard work of the kids and we had a great staff that allowed me to be a successful coach. You can't do it alone."

Rick Tomm coached NT last season but did not reapply for the position. Tomm followed Eric Jantzi, who coached at NT for 11 years -- including the 2009 Class AA state championship -- before stepping down.

"Everybody knows abotu the T-NT game and I'm looking forward to that," said Truilizio. "I'm looking forward to being a competior and obviously our goal is the same as everybody else's: to win a state championship. The division is nice, but winning states is what it's about."

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Truilizio raved about the NT program. I've often said that NT football games are one of the best game-day high school sports experiences in Western New York. 

Their new football coach has been a fan of the program for a long while, and it wasn't forged in football. 

Truilizio was impressed with NT dating back to his time as a swim coach for Grand Island. 

"hen I'd walk in as a coach from Grand Island, you'd see the stands full, parents, fans, just the general community," he said of the swim meets. "People would treat you with the utmost respect, even if you were an opponent. This was my first experience with NT, must have been 15 years ago.

"After I got the job at Riverside, coach Jantzi opened up a four-way scrimmage and we at Riverside got into it for three or four years. When we'd walk in as kids from Buffalo, they had respect for the team, for the kids, for me as coach -- the community was there, the booster club was there. It was just the most wonderful feeling walking into NT.

"I'd go to scout at NT and go to sit in the stands, and you'd just see left to right a full stadium of students, parents, alumni -- I was in shock. I'd walk in there wearing my Riverside colors, and instead of being jerks the fans were the most wonderful fans. 'Hey coach do you need anything?' They'd move over. I've been around long enough -- you don't get that everywhere."

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Trulizio's Riverside lacrosse team, which consists of players from throughout the Buffalo Public Schools, is a member of the Independent Lacrosse Conference this season. The Frontiers, which are fielding varsity and JV teams this year, open its varsity season at home at 5 p.m. Friday against Newfane.

---Keith McShea

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Live chat (March 28): Look back at the Fed, Truilizio-to-NT talk, point guards & close lax games

We'll have our live chat tonight, when we can talk about about last weekend's Federation basketball championships, the upcoming All-Western New York selection process (I'll take your votes but you won't get mine :-) ) and anything else that comes up. 

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 -- 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: March 22 (pre-Federation), March 14 (NYSPHSAA should be benched), March 7 (pre-Far West Regionals), Feb. 22 (Prequarterfinal Wednesday), Feb. 15 (starting with Ken West at Ken East), Feb. 8 (scorekeepers), Feb. 1 (twitter smh column & football signing day), Jan. 25 (pre-Canisius-Joe's), Jan. 18 (2012 video debut), Jan. 11 (2012 debut/Aquinas-Kearney viewing), 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. 9Nov. 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

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Benefit for basketball coach Joe Corey is May 3

A benefit party for longtime basketball coach and mentor Joe Corey is May 3 from 6-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee St.

Corey, who is recovering from major heart surgery and dealing with complications from prior illnesses, was the head coach at Baker Victory and was an assistant at Buffalo State, Erie Community College and Sweet Home High School.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or at joecoreybenefit.com. Sponsorships area available at the gold ($1,000), silver ($500) and bronze ($250) levels. Auction items are needed. To help with the benefit, contact Jon Gardner at jgardner@kavinokycook.com or Amanda Corey Palumbo at Amanda923@verizon.net.

The Joe Corey Benefit Committee consists of Gardner, Palumbo, Mayor Byron W. Brown, David Hart, John Rumschik, News Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan and University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon. Checks can be made payable to: "Benefit for Joe Corey" and sent to Kavinoky Cook LLP, c/o Benefit for Joe Corey, 726 Exchange St., Suite 800, Buffalo, 14210.

---Keith McShea

Junior Recruiting Football Combine kicks off May 5

Any high school football player with aspirations to play at the college level, take a knee and listen up.

College coaches from around the state will be on hand to evaluate local talent at the Junior Recruiting Combine on May 5 at Ralph Wilson Stadium at 6 p.m. There is no cost for athletes. The Combine is open to all football players across Western New York who will be seniors in the fall. This 10th annual event is sponsored by the Western New York Amateur Football Alliance and Section VI Football Federation.

Local high school coaches will put athletes through position-specific drills so college coaches can judge quickness, athleticism, explosiveness and footwork. Athletes will be grouped according to their position.

Players can register through their coach. There is no charge. Sign-in at The Ralph is at 6 p.m., a warm-up is at 6:15 p.m. followed by the evaluation period at 6:30 p.m. Last year's combine drew 140 football players and 20 NCAA Division II and III coaches. Any questions email Len Jankiewicz at: LJankiewicz@roadrunner.com or Eric Jantzi at: coachjantzi@hotmail.com.

---Mary Jo Monnin

New ESG unveils new logo; dates set for 2013

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The rebirth of the Empire State Games has a new logo to go along with the renewed effort to bring the Games back in 2013.

The Empire State Sports Foundation, the Rochester-based nonprofit which announced last November it reached an agreement with the state to take over the event, issued a press release with its new logo.

The most significant developments to me are:

* We have dates: July 24-28, 2013. The Games, as previously announced by the foundation, are planned for Rochester.

* The foundation is meeting with the six regional directors this weekend, in Rochester.

* The foundation states it has committments from "local colleges and universities" pledging "housing, facilities and more."

* The foundation also states that it has "solidified partnerships for traditional, digital and social marketing and sponsorship fulfillment."

Sounds like decent progress with 16 months to go. I'm hoping to have more -- including more specifics on which colleges and sponsors have signed on -- next week based on this weekend's meetings.

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Here is the complete text from the press release:

The Empire State Sports Foundation unveils a new logo for the Empire State Games, slated for July 24 – 28, 2013 in Rochester.

“With all the support we’re receiving from across the state, we’re absolutely excited about making this event a part of our athletic culture again, says Scott Bell, COO of the Fairport-based foundation. “And the new logo embodies that commitment and energy. Games on!”

Many athletes, sponsors, and sports enthusiasts with ties to the Games are showing strong support for the return of the event. Even local colleges and universities are getting in the spirit, committing to housing, facilities and more for the athletes and events.

“We’re also pleased to have the Monroe County Sports Commission developing and working closely with our Local Organizing Committee,” says Bell. “Their experience with the Games in the past is such a huge resource for us.”

The foundation has solidified partnerships for traditional, digital and social marketing and sponsorship fulfillment and is developing a State-wide awareness campaign to help promote the Games in schools, as well as in wider public circles.

“Social Media will play a huge role in our communications,” says Vince Hope, Foundation president. “We will be part of the conversation again. Our goal is to reach every household in the State of New York, giving our competitive athletes a platform to compete and an experience that all New York Citizens can cheer for.”

Additionally, the foundation is running a “Friends of the Empire State Games” fundraising campaign. An annual initiative focused on keeping the cost for every athlete to a single low entry fee.

“We want the athletes to be able to enjoy what could be the single-best athletic event of their amateur careers,” says Hope. “They give their all, we’re rallying the community to give theirs as well.”

With the majority of marketing and logistics underway, the foundation is meeting with all six Empire State Games Regional Directors this weekend in Rochester to solidify the operations, games design, and determine host cities for future events.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Live from the Class B girls Federation semifinals: I-Irvington 74, Cardinal O'Hara 57

Welcome to the Federation Championships from Albany's Times-Union Center.

I'll have play-by-play updates 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 via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll also have quarterly tweets updating the game at @KeithMcSheaBN.

Check out today's entire schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back for updated box scores.

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

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Live chat (March 21): Looking ahead to Fed tournament, All-WNY hoops, first Prep Talk/BCANY banquet & the suddenly sunny spring

We'll have our live chat tonight at 10 p.m. (busy day here), where we can talk about last weekend's state basketball championships, the upcoming All-Western New York selection process (I'll take your votes but you won't get mine :-) ) and weather so nice I wrote about it today

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 -- 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: March 14 (NYSPHSAA should be benched), March 7 (pre-Far West Regionals), Feb. 22 (Prequarterfinal Wednesday), Feb. 15 (starting with Ken West at Ken East), Feb. 8 (scorekeepers), Feb. 1 (twitter smh column & football signing day), Jan. 25 (pre-Canisius-Joe's), Jan. 18 (2012 video debut), Jan. 11 (2012 debut/Aquinas-Kearney viewing), 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. 9Nov. 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

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Bowman makes point with high school players

  Scotty Bowman wasn't at First Niagara Center on Tuesday night just to present a trophy named
for him to the winner of an all-star hockey game. He was also there to deliver a message.

   Both were well-received.

   In a postgame ceremony, he gave the Bowman Cup to the Rochester Seniors after they defeated the Buffalo Seniors, 4-3, as part of the eighth annual Scotty Bowman Showcase. But before the game, the winningest coach in NHL history had some advice in the locker room. In his lockerroom, Buffalo Juniors coach Rich Crozier said you could hear a pin drop.

   "I tell them basically there are certain things they can get better at. You try to convince them maybe 10 percent of the players are at the top level, but the other 90 percent, it all depends on their attitude," said Bowman.

   "If they go on to play hockey, or other sports, or go to a university, if they are athletes or go into business, somebody has to make a decision based on how good they are, and the ones who have the good attitudes get their foot in the door," he added. "You tell them to enjoy the moment and have fun."

- Mary Jo Monnin

You make the call on the 2012 All-WNY boys basketball team

So you want to try and pick a 2012 All-Western New York boys basketball team?

Here's your chance.

Below is a semi-unscientific list of players under consideration for All-WNY honors, listed league-by-league. As we have in past years, we tried to err on the side of having too many names on this list rather than too few.

For our All-Western New York team, we attempt to pick the 20 best players who had the best seasons. The 20 are divided into four five-member teams: First team, second team, third team, fourth team. We then pick around 30-35 honorable mentions. That might sound like a lot of spots to fill. But start going down the list and you'll see how things get very difficult.

Our general guideline was to include the first and/or second team from the all-league squads. Some teams have several names listed -- it might be because they might all be worthy top 20 candidates, because those teams went deep into the postseason and had many contributors, because those teams are deep and it is tough to determine which is a team's second- or third- best player for honorable mention reasons. Like we said, we err on the side of having too many names.

COACHES OF EVERY TEAM IN WNY: Please email your selections to me at kmcshea@buffnews.com as soon as possible. Thanks.

Here's the list:

(league Player of the Year/MVP honors are mentioned, as are last year's All-WNY honors, including honorable mentions):

YALE CUP I
East - Johnathon Lewis 10, Tyree Tyson 10, Daquan Griggs 12, Rashan Brown 12
McKinley - Marcus Morris 11, Lovell Smith 11, Michael Davis 12, Reyzon Jordan 11 (POY), Daequan Warren 11, Devonte Bell 11
Riverside - Justice Feggans 11 ('11 HM), Lamont Little 12, Mike Leonard 12, Walter Pryor 10, Willie Smith 10, Shawn Johnson 11
Lafayette - Jon Colon 11
Hutch-Tech - Marcus Nelson 12, Denzell Washington 12, Tim Whitehead 11, Andrew Strug 12
Bennett - Javon Fogan 12
Burgard - Arzell Kaigler 12

YALE CUP II
I-Prep at Grover Cleveland - Maurice Cheatom 12, Devonte Whitsett 12
OTC Middle College - Cordell Torres 12 (POY), Khalid Brown 12, Devonte Harper 12, Bri'an Brown 10, Keir Anderson 11, Kevin Reese 10
City Honors - Jamaal Carter 12, Marquell Massey 11, Howard Washington 8
MST Seneca - Aaron Frasier 12 ('11 HM), Jaleyn Pierson 12
Buffalo Arts - Johnny Linton 12
Emerson - Lenny Dowell 11, Ameer Franklin 12

MONSIGNOR MARTIN ASSOCIATION
Canisius - Matt Hart 12 (HM '11), Adam Weir 11, Matt MacDonald 11, Aaron White 11
St. Joe's - Reggie Agbeko 12 (POY, HM '11), Jordan Glover 11, Jaylen Morris 11, Kyle Briggs 12, Louis Olivieri 11 
St. Mary's - Jake Denz 12, Erik Simmons 12, Devin Redden 12, Nate Meyers 12, Paul Rath 11, Nicc Johnson 12 
Archbishop Walsh - Ryan Whelpley 12 ('11 HM), Marcus Clarke 12 
St. Francis - Tyler Wagner 12, Cory Cullen 11 
Timon/St. Jude - Jordan Williams 12 ('11 HM), Kyle Kobis 12 ('11 HM), DeMilo Gibbs 12, Bryant Fulton 11  
Niagara Catholic - Joe Lowery 12

ECIC I
Jamestown - Tommy Campion 11 (co-POY), Adam Cecchini 12, Kareem Walker 12, Kevin Diaz 12, Quinn Lee Yaw 10, Zach Panebianco 9, Branden Kellam 9
Lancaster - Sean Murray 11
Sweet Home - Jayson Moore 12, Kole Gilchrist 11
Williamsville North - Sterling Taplin 10 (THIRD TEAM '11, co-POY), Justin Bangert 12, David Berkun 11 
Frontier - Matt Taylor 12, Alex Warren 12
Clarence - Stephen Hughes 12
Orchard Park - Matt McCormick 12, Neal Farrell 12

ECIC II
Williamsville South - Chaquiel Nettles 11, Damian Powers 12, Jim Caputi 12
Williamsville East - Connor Keenan 12, Mike Kyarunts 12, Isaiah Kaudeyr 12
Iroquois - Nate Wilkinson 11, Madison Wesolowski 12
Hamburg - Nick Benningfield 12, Eric Moscato 12

ECIC III (have not received league all-stars yet)
Cheektowaga - Kyle McDuffie 12, Marquel Jackson 11
Maryvale - Sean Weisansal 12
Depew - Jaden Cotton 12, John Gemerek 12, Derek Sekuterski 10, Aaron Ertel 12
Amherst - Glenn Belton 12, Jonathan Belton 11, Alex Turecki 11, Ed Doherty 12, Dion Lewis 11, Dorian Billups 9  
East Aurora - Stan Wier 12, Brendan Cox 10, Ian Allen 11, James Ritchie 11, D.J. Miller 12, Chris Bourne 12 

ECIC IV
Lackawanna - Shaquille Brooks 11, Raytrel Finley 12, Norman Sweat 11
Tonawanda- Jesse Lalka 12 ('10 HM), Clayton Hess 11 ('11 HM)
Holland - Jordan Farrant 12 (POY, 2010 HM, 2011 HM)
JFK - Ken MInorczyk 12, Nick Anderson 11
Cleveland Hill - Daryl Spencer 12, Miles Barker 12, Jared Watkins 10
Alden - Paul Matuszak 12, Zack Stone 12

NIAGARA FRONTIER LEAGUE (no player of the year selected)
Niagara Falls - Jermaine Crumpton 11, Taijay Williams 12 ('11 HM), Jaleo Wilkins 11 ('11 HM), Ramir Burton 11, Tikere Ralands 11, Jamere Ollison 12 
Kenmore West - Martin Bailey 12 ('11 HM), Marcus Lobdell 12, Quinton Campbell 11, Mike Wilcox 12
Lew-Port - John Dziewit 12 
Niagara-Wheatfield - Jack Mulcahy 11 
North Tonawanda - Corey Mis 12
Lockport - DiAntre Cullens 12, Nick DiMartile 12 
Kenmore East - P.J. Blanch 12

NIAGARA-ORLEANS (no player of the year selected)
Newfane - Sean Seefeldt 12, Scott Kneeland 12, Connor Sears 11
Wilson - Tyler Martin 12, Dustin DiLaura 12, Pat Diez 12
CSAT - Darnell Carson 11, Dyjon Robinson 12, Justin Black 12, Paul Locke 12, Desmond LaMar 12, Jaquille Peay 11, Dylanta Carson 9
Barker - Josh Haight 12, Jacob Haight 10
Roy-Hart - Brad Bobbitt 11
Akron - Conner Ladd 11

CCAA I (have not received league all-stars yet)
Dunkirk - Kevin Holmes 12 ('11 HM)
Olean - Sam Eckstrom 10 ('11 HM), Wil Bathurst 10, Nick Schmidt 10, Patrick Scholla 11, Luke Hennessy 10, Max Portlow 11
Falconer - Ryan Nord 12 
Allegany-Limestone - Zach Harrington 12

CCAA II
Cassadaga Valley - Dustin Schauman 12 ('11 HM) 
Portville - Zach Blask 11
Silver Creek - Zeddy Williams 11, Jon Jimerson 11, Frank Brown 12, Steve Marcey 11, Kaine Kettle 10
Salamanca - Jevon Battle 12, Jackson John 12
Frewsburg - Gage Bird 12 
Randolph - Brady Morrison 12, John Morgante 12

CCAA III
Maple Grove - Alex Grace 12, Skylar Liddell 12, Jason Pembridge 12, Joe Frazier 12
Westfield - Austin Alonge 12, Jon Coe 11, Trey North 12
Chautauqua Lake- Jason McMahon 12
Franklinville - Jake Reynolds 12   

CCAA IV (have not received league all-stars yet)
Panama - Nick Lenart 12 ('11 HM), Zach Lubi 12, Dylan Stow 12, Tyler Marsh 12
Clymer - Adam Walker 12, Dan Lictus 11, Lee Barczyk 12 
Sherman - David Kelley 12, Marcus Lindstrom 12

IAC
Christian Central - Jack Ranallo 12

If anyone thinks there's a player who is not listed who deserves legitimate consideration for the All-WNY team, just add it in a comment or email me at kmcshea@buffnews.com and he'll be added to the list.

Note: If we haven't received a league's all-stars yet, that is noted; we are very likely missing players who belong on this list because of that. We will add worthy names ASAP.

And be sure to be TOTALLY RESPECTFUL of the players you are discussing -- no matter where you are discussing them. Thanks.

We've got a relatively short amount of time for some fun debating and discussion. The News' team, along with all the all-stars, the Player of the Year and the final polls, is scheduled to be published Saturday, April 7.

Special note: This year's All-WNY team and Player of the Year will be honored at the first Prep Talk/BCANY Awards Banquet on Monday, April 16 at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant. More details to come.

Here's last year's post, which preceded the selection of the 2011 team.

---Keith McShea

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Live from the Class C girls state championship: II-Hoosic Valley 43, Randolph 42

Welcome to the NYSPHSAA girls basketball Class C championship at Hudson Valley Community College.

I'll have play-by-play updates in the live blogs below. Tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog, so if you want to offer commentary via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll also have quarterly tweets updating the game at @KeithMcSheaBN.

Check out today's entire playoff schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back for updated box scores.

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

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Check out a photo gallery from The News' Mark Mulville.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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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.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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