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Section VI football alignment set for 2012

Section VI football chairman Ken Stoldt has announced that the league alignment for 2012 has been set.

Here are some notes from Stoldt on the changes, followed by the league lineup:

* Niagara-Wheatfield moved from AA down to Class A.

* Class AA now only has 11 teams.

* Williamsville East is still an A school but they shifted from A North to A South.

* Amherst moved from A down to B.

* Barker/Roy-Hart is a combined team and is back in Section VI this year after playing last year as a combined program in Section V (Rochester area). It is A school but will play a B schedule and not participate in the playoffs. Its games will not count in the B standings. They will simply be a non-league filler for the B schools in the B East division.

* Lafayette, which played in C last season, has combined with Riverside.

* Cattaraugus/Little Valley dropped from C back to D.

* The D division will have eight teams this year. It was decided that all eight will qualify for the playoffs; this will prevent a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

* Class DD will have seven schools and again will not qualify for the state playoffs. They will again compete only for a local Section VI Championship.

The league lineup:

AA NORTH: Hutch-Tech (combined with Emerson, daVinci), Kenmore West, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Riverside (combined with Buffalo Arts, City Honors, MST Seneca, OTC Middle College, Lafayette), 

AA SOUTH: Clarence, Frontier, Jamestown, Lancaster, Orchard Park, West Seneca West.

A NORTH: Grand Island, Kenmore East, McKinley, Niagara-Wheatfield, North Tonawanda, Starpoint, Sweet Home, Williamsville North.

A SOUTH: Bennett (combined with Olmsted), Hamburg, Iroquois, Lake Shore, South Park, West Seneca East, Williamsville East, Williamsville South.  

B EAST: Albion, Alden, Barker/Roy-Hart (all games will be nonleague), Depew, East, Medina, Newfane.

B WEST: Amherst, Burgard, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, Lew-Port, Maryvale, Tonawanda. 

B SOUTH: Dunkirk, Eden, East Aurora, Olean, Pioneer, Springville.

C NORTH: Akron, Cleveland Hill, Fredonia, Gowanda, JFK, Wilson. 

C SOUTH: Allegany-Limestone, Cassadaga Valley, Falconer, Salamanca, Southwestern, Westfield/Brocton.

D: Cattaraugus/Little Valley, Chautauqua Lake, Frewsburg, International Prep at Grover Cleveland, Maple Grove, Portville, Randolph, Silver Creek.

DD: Clymer, Ellicottville/West Valley, Franklinville, Forestville, Panama, Pine Valley, Sherman/Ripley. 

Stoldt said the schedule is nearing completion.

---Keith McShea

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Take a bow, Lockport and Lancaster girls

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Lockport and Lancaster played a downright entertaining game on Tuesday night bringing a close to the 37th annual Section VI Girls Basketball Tournament. This battle of LHS vs. LHS came down to the last second when the Redskins missed a three-pointer that would have tied it.

Instead, Lockport earned the berth into the Far West Regionals with a 57-54 win.This game had many in the crowd of 850 on the edge of their seats at Niagara County Community College. The game had a little bit of everything. It was tied seven times, the last time coming at 51-51 with 3:28 left.

Unsung heroes? How about Lockport's 5-foot-3 junior guard, Alexis Cheatham, who can't weigh enough to donate blood, somehow finding herself alone in the paint with 28.1 seconds left and harmlessly dropping the ball through the hoop giving her team a three-point lead.

Subplots? The coaching matchup featured Lockport's Bill Shaw coaching against his pupil Karen Catalano, who coached in his program for seven years before getting her first varsity assignment two years ago at Lancaster. Shaw's statement that it was a shame someone had to lose wasn't lip service or coach-speak - it was from the heart. It would be a bigger shame if that man is forced out of coaching at Lockport after he retires from teaching in June.

What a display by the senior the post players from both teams. Emma Sobieraski and Marisa Guyton of Lockport can flat out play displaying great instincts, the ability to shoot off balance and negotiate the lane. Lancaster's Katie Healy looked every bit the future Division I player she is. She can play away from the basket, runs the floor like she's on fire, and times her block attempts well. Lancaster's backcourt of Kim Siresi and Sam Wozniak had a way of making Healy feel like they had her back. They don't force the ball inside to Healy. Instead, they are money from three-point range and win most of the battles for those 50-50 balls.

The feeling that both teams respected each other's abilities was in the air. This game was so different from the turnover-fests, jump ball marathons and air ball conventions girls basketball has become. Take a bow Lancaster and Lockport for a game well-played.

---Mary Jo Monnin

(Photo of Lockport's Emma Sobieraski and Lancaster's Katie Healy by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

PrepTalkTV: Championship Tuesday

Here's PrepTalkTV's coverage of Tuesday's three championship games, thanks to reporter/producer Lauren Maraicher:

In Class A, East Aurora upended McKinley:

In Class B, Olean proved to be too much for CSAT:

In Class C, OTC Middle College won a tight one with Silver Creek:

PrepTalkTV will be back on the scene on Saturday for five Far West Regional contests. 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Live from Championship Tuesday night at Buffalo State: EA knocks off McKinley, Olean, OTC win

It's Championship Tuesday at Buffalo State -- time for the overall finals in Class C (Silver Creek vs. OTC Middle College, 5:30 p.m.); B (Olean vs. CSAT, 7 p.m.) and A (McKinley vs. East Aurora, 8:30 p.m.).

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

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

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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MacKinnon let go as Nichols boys hoop coach

The Nichols School is seeking a new boys basketball coach.

Nichols athletic director Rob Stewart confirmed that Jim MacKinnon has been let go after one season.

"We decided to make a change and go in a different direction," Stewart told The Buffalo News. "It just wasn't the right fit."

Stewart said that an "extensive search" would be conducted soon. He said that, if possible, the school preferred to have a coach who was also a faculty member. "That is the ideal," he said.

MacKinnon was named coach a little less than a year ago, replacing Greg Plumb.

Nichols was 10-16 this season with a roster which included just one senior. The Vikings went 2-11 in the Monsignor Martin Association, won the Manhattan Cup play-in game against Cardinal O'Hara and lost to top-seeded Canisius in the quarterfinals.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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PrepTalkTV's wrapup of Championship Friday & Saturday

We'll be live tonight from Buffalo State for three overall Section VI finals in A, B and C.

To get you fired up for more hoops at Buff State, check out the video below. In addition to the five videos News reporter Lauren Mariacher produced on each Section VI final on Championship Saturday at Buffalo State, here's a wrapup of the weekend: 

We'll have separate live blogs tonight from Buffalo State.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

PrepTalkTV: Championship Saturday

Niagara Falls comes back in impressive fashion to defeat Jamestown for AA Championship:

McKinley fights off the Flames to win A1:

East Aurora's 4th quarter run leads them to A2 championship:

Olean holds off Depew for Class B1 title:

CSAT captures Class B2 crown:

Live from Championship Saturday night at Buffalo State: Falls wins AA thriller, McKinley takes A-1

It's Championship Saturday at Buffalo State -- here are the two evening finals for Section VI boys basketball: A-1 (McKinley vs. Williamsville East) at 6:30 and AA (Niagara Falls vs. Jamestown) at 8:15.

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

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

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Live from Championship Saturday afternoon at Buffalo State: EA wins A-2, Olean B-1, CSAT B-2

It's Championship Saturday at Buffalo State -- five finals for Section VI boys basketball.

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

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

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Section VI Wins State Gymnastics

Lancaster's Courtney Bondanza placed second in the all-around with a score of 37.725 and Lily Jagodzinski of Williamsville North tied for first in the floor exercise with a 9.5, helping Section VI claim the state girls gymnastics title today in Albany.

-- Bob DiCesare

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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.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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