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Live from the Class C state championship: I-Tuckahoe 77, OTC Middle College 66

Welcome to the NYSPHSAA Class C boys basketball championship between OTC Middle College and Section I (Westchester County) champion Tuckahoe, the top-ranked team in the state.

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. :-)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Video: Randolph girls advance to state final

Live from the Class C girls state semifinal: Randolph 65, III-Little Falls 38

Welcome to the NYSPHSAA girls final four 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. :-)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/highschools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

Video: Olean boys fall in state semifinals

Marion named nation's Deaf Player of the Year

Crystle Marion of St. Mary's School for the Deaf has been selected as the 2012 Deaf Player
of the Year by Deaf Digest. The 19-year-old senior center was also named to the Deaf Digest
Sports Girls' All-American Basketball team for the second year in a row.

Marion ended her long career as the Western New York all-time scoring leader with 2,527
points breaking the record of 2,420 points held by Sam Kopp of Franklinville since 2009.

Live from the Class B state semifinal: III-Bishop Ludden tops Olean, 60-44

Welcome to the NYSPHSAA final four at the Glens Falls Civic Center, one of the very best events of the entire high school sports year.

It's time for Olean's meeting with Section III (Syracuse area) champion Bishop Ludden in the Class B state semifinals. Here's today's preview of both games for Section VI teams, as well as scouting reports.

OTC Middle College beat Cooperstown, 58-57, in overtime in this afternoon's Class C semifinal and will play for the state title at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

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. :-)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/highschools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

Video: Middle College advances to state final

Cordell Torres hit two free throws in the final second of OT on Friday as Middle College defeated Cooperstown, 58-57, in the Class C semifinals of the state final four at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The News' Keith McShea and Mark Mulville are in Glens Falls to follow the action. Review the play-by-play on Keith's live blog, and see Mark's photo gallery. Keith and Mark caught up with the team after the game:

Live from the Class C state semifinal: OTC Middle College beats III-Cooperstown, 58-57, in OT

Welcome to the state final four at the Glens Falls Civic Center, one of the very best events of the entire high school sports year.

First up is OTC Middle College and Section III champion Cooperstown in the Class C semifinals. Here's today's preview of both games for Section VI teams, as well as scouting reports. We'll have a separate blog on Olean's B semifinal this evening.

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. :-)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/highschools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

Silver Hoops all-star games set for Saturday

The 15th annual Paul R. Missana Memorial Silver Hoops Classic will held Saturday at Buffalo's Grabiarz School, 225 Lawn Ave.

The lineup of the boys basketball all-star event, which is being presented by ADPRO Sports, is:

* James "Peepers" Mastrodicasa Memorial, 12:30 p.m. (ECIC all-division vs. Yale Cup II);

* John A. Bellanti Memorial, 2 p.m. (All-ECIC vs. Niagara Frontier League);

* Paul R. Missana Memorial, 3:30 p.m. (Yale Cup I vs. Monsignor Martin Association).

The rosters:

Paul R. Missana Memorial (3:30 p.m.)

YALE CUP I (large school): Justin Jennings (Burgard), Arzel Kaigler (Burgard), Javon Fogan (Bennett), Ed Bishop (Bennett), Andrew Strug (Hutch-Tech), Marcus Nelson (Hutch-Tech), Denzel Washington (Hutch-Tech), Micheal Davis (McKinley), Daquawn Griggs (East), Rashaan Brown (East), Jayvon Vanoy (East), Mike Leonard (Riverside), Lamont Little (Riverside), Anthony Rodgers (Lafayette). Coach: Willie Hutch Jones (Burgard).

MONSIGNOR MARTIN: Jordan Williams (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Kyle Kobis (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Demilo Gibbs (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Erik Simmons (St. Mary's), Jake Denz (St. Mary's), Nate Meyers (St. Mary's), Devin Redden (St. Mary's), Reggie Agbeko (St. Joe's), Kyle Briggs (St. Joe's), Ryan Whelpley (Archbishop Walsh), Joe Lowery (Niagara Catholic), Matt Hart (Canisius). Coach: Dan Gill (St. Mary's).

John Bellanti Memorial (2 p.m.)

ALL-ECIC: Connor Keenan (Williamsville East), Jesse Lalka (Tonawanda), Nick Benningfield (Hamburg), Sean Weisansal (Maryvale), Jon Gemerek (Depew), Jaden Cotton (Depew), Jordan Farrant (Holland), Glenn Belton (Amherst), Matt Taylor (Frontier), Matt McCormick (Orchard Park). Coaches: Larry Jones (Depew), Chris Kensy (Amherst).

NFL: PJ Blanch (Kenmore East), Jakai Daniels (Kenmore East), Mike Wilcox (Kenmore West), Martin Bailey (Kenmore West), John Dziewit (Lew-Port), Nick DiMartile (Lockport), DiAntre Cullens (Lockport), Taijay Williams (Niagara Falls), Ryan Bradt (North Tonawanda), Corey Pietkiewicz (North Tonawanda), Corey Mills (North Tonawanda). Coaches: Ryan Mountain (North Tonawanda), Dave Gilson (Lockport).

James "Peepers" Mastrodicasa Memorial (12:30 p.m.)

ECIC ALL-DIVISION: Jayson Moore (Sweet Home), Miles Barker (Cleveland Hill), Daryl Spencer (Cleveland Hill), Mike Kyarunts (Williamsville East), Madison Wesolowski (Iroquois), Zach Stone (Alden), Stephen Hughes (Clarence), Alex Warren (Frontier), Aaron Ertel (Depew). Coaches: Mike Trzybinski (Williamsville East), Jason Przybysz (Cleveland Hill).

YALE CUP II (small school): Devonte Whitsett (I-Prep), Maurice Cheatom (I-Prep), Johnny Linton (Buffalo Arts), Aaron Frasier (Seneca), Jaleyn Pierson (Seneca), Marquis Shaw (Seneca), Ameer Franklin (Emerson), Jamal Madison (Emerson), Jamaal Carter (City Honors). Coach: Todd Strange (Buffalo Arts).

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/highschools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

Timon's Williams takes walk-on opportunity with Niagara hoops

Bishop Timon-St. Jude senior Jordan Williams will try and walk on with the Niagara University men's basketball program.

Williams, a 6-foot-2 senior sharpshooter for the Tigers, committed to attend the school Tuesday night after a meeting with NU coach Joe Mihalics and his staff. That's according to an email I received from the Williams family today. 

Williams, who was a first-team All-Western New York football player at wide receiver, chose the walk-on opportunity over offers to play football at the University at Albany, Hobart and Edinboro. Williams had 10 touchdown catches and 988 receiving yards his senior season. 

Williams excelled for the Tigers' top 10 large school basketball team as well. He was Timon's leading scorer and capped his career with a 29-point effort in a loss to eventual champion Canisius in the Manhattan Cup semifinals at Canisius College. That game was witnessed by Niagara coach Mihalics. 

According to Williams, he is being given the opportunity to walk on and then may be red-shirted.

"I had football offers on the table but ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to play Division I basketball," Williams said in a staement.  "Now I’m going to get that opportunity and to be able to stay home to do it is exciting."

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/highschools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

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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 | [email protected]

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