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Live from the Section VI boys lacrosse championships: OP, Hamburg, Silver Creek take titles (with video interviews)

I'll be spending the afternoon and evening at the Section VI boys lacrosse championships at All High Stadium.

While I'll have updates from those games, tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog below. So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating the girls lacrosse finals at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my play-by-play updating will come in the live blog.

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

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

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 The postgame show:

Orchard Park seniors Dan Murphy and Ben Johnson and coach Gene Tundo:

Hamburg coach Jerry Severino, junior Max Maxwell and senior Ryan Jurek:

Silver Creek junior Zed Williams and coach Bill Brennan:

---Keith McShea

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Super Tuesday: Lancaster, Hamburg and Amherst win girls lax titles (with video & photos), plus many other #preptalkscores

Class A champion Lancaster (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)


Class B champion Hamburg (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
Class C champion Amherst. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
It is a Super Tuesday in high school sports today with major matchups and championships in baseball, softball, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse. If you are at a game and getting your Tweeter on, make sure to tweet to #preptalkscores.

I'll be spending the afternoon and evening at the Section VI girls lacrosse championships at All High Stadium. We'll also have reporters at the Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse championship and the Georgetown Cup baseball semifinals. 

While I'll have updates from those games, tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog below. So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating the girls lacrosse finals at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my play-by-play updating will come in the live blog.

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

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

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Note: Super Tuesday is so super-full of high school playoff action that we're covering, that my Prep Talk column & the Power 10 will appear in Friday's paper instead of its traditional Wednesday. That actually will be a better fit for the Power 10 since the pool of teams will be whittled down by then. 

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Postgame show from the Section VI girls lacrosse championships: 

Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri, sophomore Allie Stewart and junior goalie Karli Pawlak:

Hamburg coach Katy Ryan and senior Amanda Obenshain:

Amherst coach Jodi Battaglia, senior Carly Martin, sophomore Grace Lawson and sophomore Emily Bitka:

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A later addition I overlooked on my phone originally -- because it's quote far away. It's video of Frontier's final possession in the A game, on which a free position was stopped by Emily Pawlak in the final seconds.

The best part about the clip is watching Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri on the far right of the Redskins' sideline. Early on a foul is called, and let's just say she's not thrilled -- then she ends up watching the final play by herself far down the sideline while coaching the defense.

(Be sure to blow up the video to full-screen for a better look.)

---Keith McShea

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More from the Georgetown Cup semifinals

Christian Central, in its second year in the Monsignor Martin Association (last year they were probabtionary and not eligible for postseason), came close to delivering another stunner in the Georgetown Cup playoffs before a stunning ill-time gaffe in the field and a relentless St. Joe's attack ended the Crusaders' dream of playing for the Cup at Coca-Cola Field.

As difficult a loss as that was for Christian Central to swallow, the program still did a lot of good in finishing with a 7-11 record which included a pair of wins over three-time defending Georgetown Cup champion and perennial WNY power Canisius.

"It's huge (to reach the semifinals)," coach Zack Boron said. "I told the guys at the beginning of the year if we don't make (a lot of) errors and capitalize (on scoring chances), we'll beat teams. ... I think we proved that today. All we needed were three outs and we're the team going to Coca-Cola Field. I think we shocked a lot of people getting this far. ... But you have to give St. Joe's credit. St. Joe's played a great game."

On pitcher Peter Moran, the senior with the unorthodox delivery that frustrated teams all year long -- including Canisius in the quarterfinals and St. Joe's through six innings of the semifinals: "He pitched his heart out for us all season," Boron said. "He was our leader on the team."

Other notes from the Georgetown Cup semifinals:

-- St. Joe's Matt Matre and St. Francis' Drew Bassini not only provided boosts for their teams out of the bullpen but earned the wins in relief.

-- An estimated 600 showed up for the doubleheader at Northtown Center in Amherst.

-- It's not football but the Catholic baseball final features the two programs that battled for the league's football title.

-- Brian Dudek went 2 for 4 with a three-run triple for St. Mary's. While some thought it was an inside the park Grand Slam, the St. Mary's scorer ruled the shot a triple. A bobble/fumble by the cut-off on the relay throw into the infield creating the opening for Dudek to score on the exciting fifth-inning play. He was being held up at third otherwise.

---Miguel Rodriguez

Georgetown Cup final set: St. Francis vs. St. Joe's

St. Joe's rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final two innings to end Christian Central's Cinderella run in the Georgetown Cup playoffs. Jared Baldinelli's two-run double to right-center completed St. Joe's 4-3 triumph. A walk and an error on what could have been a double-play ball by St. Joe's opened the door in the bottom of the seventh for the Marauders, who will appear in the Georgetown Cup final for the first time since 2005.

They will face usual finalist St. Francis, which rallied from a 6-2 deficit for a 12-6 triumph over St. Mary's in the early semifinal game at Northtown Center in Amherst. The Red Raiders secured their seventh straight trip to the final when sophomore Andrew Krakowski drilled a three-run triple with two out in the bottom of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie.

Game One of the title series is at 4 p.m. Monday at Coca-Cola Field. Games Two and Three will be next Tuesday and June 6 (if necessary).

Each program has won 11 titles during their history. St. Francis last won in 2008. St. Joe's in 2005.

---Miguel Rodriguez

Final live chat of the season (May 23): Sectional baseball and softball & watching NCCC baseball finish second in country

With the quickest-of-all-seasons zooming towards the finish, we will hold our final live chat of the school year tonight at 9 p.m.

The hectic playoff schedule over the next two weeks -- the last weeks of the spring season -- keep me too busy to hold a chat. I will, however, be doing several live blogs from postseason games. There may be a chat after the season is over, but we'll see.

For tonight ... 

* We'll monitor on the scoreboard page and the #preptalkscores hashtag on Twitter as the playoffs continue tonight. Included are championships in Monsignor Martin softball, All-High track and Section VI boys tennis. We have correspondents at all three.

* Pick a sport and there are brackets to break down: baseball and softball are headed to the quarterfinals while girls lacrosse (Thursday) and boys lacrosse (Friday) have semifinals later this week (if those postseason schedule pages don't have results, they should be on our scoreboard page).

* The third Power 10 of the spring is out. 

* I wrote about Jasen Oden of East High signing with Colorado State football in today's Prep Talk column.

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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Last week's chat was May 16, which followed May 9 (debut of spring Power 10) and May 2 (polls & rankings of all spring sports).

We bridged the winter and spring seasons with: April 18 (a mix of spring, All-WNY hoops and the All-WNY banquet); our post-All-Western New York basketball Q&A session started with a video chat on April 11; that followed April 4 (pre-All-WNY hoops).

Our previous winter chats: March 29 (post-Fed hoops), 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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East High grad Jason Oden signs with Colorado State football

Jason Oden, joined by family and friends at Delevan-Grider before signing his financial aid agreement with Colorado State. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Jasen Oden, a 2011 East High grad who attended North Carolina Tech Prep this past year, signed with Colorado State football Tuesday afternoon at the Delevan-Grider Community Center. 

Wearing a Colorado State lanyard given to him on his official visit, as well as a green-and-gold Rams baseball cap, he signed a financial aid agreement with Colorado State for a full scholarship in front of family and friends at Delevan-Grider. 

Oden said his trip to Colorado State went so well that he canceled scheduled visits with Illinois and Connecticut.

Oden headed to NC Tech in order to improve is standardized test score and make him eligible for NCAA Division I football. He headed there after former Sweet Home standout D.J. Nettles had attended NC Tech (Nettles signed with Bethune-Cookman after attending NC Tech, but a transcript glitch has him headed to a junior college this fall to help clear that up).

By the looks of its website, NC Tech has cranked out players to Division I.

Oden is believed to be the first football player from the Buffalo Public Schools to head to Division I since 2008 Grover Cleveland grad Steve Means headed to the University at Buffalo; the last major college signing from the former Harvard Cup schools was current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Williams from Riverside (2006) to Syracuse.

Oden was a third-team All-Western New York selection at defensive back in 2010. He helped East to a 6-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in Class B Central, although the Panthers were ineligible for the postseason due to an administrative move that placed East, an A-sized school, in Class B. East impressed with a victory at Cheektowaga and were part of a very strong first season in Section VI for the Buffalo Public Schools.

Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference is entering its first season under coach Jim McElwain, who came to the Rams after four years as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Alabama, where he was part of two national titles. In the recruiting process, Oden dealt mainly with assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Billy Napier, who came with McElwain from Alabama. 

I'll have more in my Prep Talk column in Wednesday's paper.

---Keith McShea

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Live chat (May 16): Power 10, spring planning, MVP appearance by Mr. Wolverine, & some predictions of NT over Sweet Home (football!)

We'll chat at 9 tonight and there's plenty to blabber about: 

* We'll monitor on the scoreboard page and the #preptalkscores hashtag on Twitter as the regular season winds down and the postseason gets going. 

* The second Power 10 of the spring is out. 

* I wrote about a player's long-distance path to Division I-A football in today's Prep Talk column.

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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Last week's chat was May 9 (debut of spring Power 10), which followed May 2 (polls & rankings of all spring sports).

Prior to that, there was: April 18 (a mix of spring, All-WNY hoops and the All-WNY banquet); our post-All-Western New York basketball Q&A session started with a video chat on April 11; that followed April 4 (pre-All-WNY hoops).

Our previous winter chats: March 29 (post-Fed hoops), 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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Jaysean Paige, 2011 boys hoops POY for Jamestown, headed to top JC Southern Idaho

Jaysean Paige, who starred in Western New York before moving to Kentucky for his senior season, is headed to the College of Southern Idaho, according to the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho. 

Paige was The Buffalo News Player of the Year in boys basketball in 2011 after a season in which he led Jamestown to the Class AA state championship game. He transferred to Perry County Central in Hazard, Ky., late last summer.

The College of Southern Idaho is a top-flight junior college which won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I championship in 2011; it lost in the first round this year. The men's basketball home page features stories on four players who are going on to play Division I next season. In the final NJCAA Division I poll of the season, held before the postseason, Southern Idaho was No. 4 in the country.

---Keith McShea

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State championship pages conclude Monday with individual state champs

The News has paid tribute to the state champions of the winter season with special poster pages. 

Today's page focuses on Western New York's individual champions in indoor track, wrestling, boys swimming and rifle -- a total of 12 athletes from 12 different schools.

Past state championship pages, all being published as part of our weekly Monday Extra sports page, included the Section VI girls gymnastics team (April 16), which took the team title at the state championship meet; Kenmore East boys hockey (April 23); and the Niagara Falls girls bowling and Section VI boys bowling teams, both of which won state championships (May 7).

In the fall, state championship pages were devoted to Orchard Park football (with the All-Western New York team on Dec. 3), girls volleyball champions Eden (Dec. 26) and St. Mary's (Dec. 31), girls swimming champion Clarence (Jan. 9) and the cross country champion East Aurora boys, Barker boys and Maple Grove girls.

High-quality versions of the championship pages -- from this season and previous seasons -- can be purchased at buffalonewsstore.com.

---Keith McShea

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2012 All-WNY boys basketball team

This story was originally published April 7, 2012

KEITH McSHEA
News Sports Reporter

The All-Western New York first team is a combination of youth and experience — and the No. 1 large school is responsible for a dose of each.

Canisius, ranked first at the beginning of the season and again at the end, boasts senior Matt Hart and junior Adam Weir on the first team.

Rounding out the top five are Player of the Year Stan Wier of East Aurora and fellow senior Reggie Agbeko of St. Joe’s as well as Williamsville North’s Sterling Taplin, who is just the fourth sophomore to earn first-team honors in the last 18 years.

The last time time two underclassmen made the first team was when Will Regan of Nichols and Chris Secky of Maple Grove made it as juniors in 2009.

The 54th annual All-Western New York team was chosen by The Buffalo News with an assist from area coaches, officials and voters on The News polls.

Matt Hart

On a Canisius team that started three talented juniors, senior captain Hart was the most vital organ.

The 6-foot senior set the tone for the best team in Western New York whether he was needed to score (15 points per game) or set up his teammates with excellent passes (3.5 assists), and he loved the big shots at the most important times.

His season high of 30 (with three threes) came when the Crusaders were pushed by McKinley in January’s MLK Classic. In the Crusaders’ late-season visit to Timon, the score was tied in overtime when Hart drained a dagger of a three-pointer that gave him 20 points and Canisius the win. He then hit six threes among his 22 points in a home rout of St. Joe’s, and had 21 and three threes to help Canisius overcome Timon in the Manhattan Cup semifinals.

He shot 35 percent from three and 82 percent from the line. He will play at Hamilton next year.

Adam Weir

You name it, you’ll get it from this talented 6-4 junior.

Weir has a devastating shot from all parts of the court, including from three. Respect that shot and he has a quick, long step that leads to finished drives or fouls. Canisius loved to cause turnovers and run the floor, and the fierce competitor and defender was outstanding in finishing in the open floor.

He averaged 18 points and seven rebounds per game and earned Manhattan Cup MVP honors after leading the Crusaders in scoring in the postseason. Consistent, reliable point production included a 21-point game in a victory at Rochester power Bishop Kearney as well as in wins over Timon (19 in first meeting, 18 in second) and St. Joe’s (23 at home).

Reggie Agbeko

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound senior was a instant force for St. Joe’s after arriving from his native Ghana last season, and he made tremendous strides in his game in a short amount of time.

Agbeko’s footwork, ballhandling, aggressiveness and touch around the basket was on display all season, helping St. Joe’s to the top spot of the large school poll for three weeks. If he was delivered the ball anywhere near the post, the options seemingly were endless: soft fadeaway, a nice hook or put the defender on his heels by putting the ball on the floor. Defensively he was omnipresent in the lane, averaging 2.2 blocks and altering countless more.

He averaged 18.6 points on 56 percent shooting along with 14.5 rebounds. His progress showed in the point column, scoring 466 this year after 308 as a junior.

He said he expects to make a college decision in the next month, considering offers from Marquette, Oklahoma, Auburn, Fordham, Drexel and recent entry Rhode Island. He also is considering a year at a prep school.

Sterling Taplin

The 6-1 sophomore has been one of Western New York’s young standouts for three seasons already, and this year he showed off his high level of talent in key postseason performances.

He had 19 points in Will North’s quarterfinal victory at Kenmore West, displaying his ability to hit from deep and drive through traffic in the first half, then set up teammates several times for crucial baskets in the second. Had 26, including five fourth-quarter threes, against Niagara Falls in the Class AA semifinals at Buffalo State

Averaged 19.1 points per game and stands third on North’s all-time scoring list with 1,010. Hit 38 threes. Was 73 percent from the line — 82 percent in the fourth quarter. Led team in assists (3.6), steals (2.7), blocks (1.1) and was second in rebounds (5.7).

After becoming only the third freshman to be honored with top 20 All-WNY honors as a third-teamer last year, he becomes the first sophomore on the first team since Nichols’ Regan made it in 2008. Prior to Regan’s first-team selection, it had been 14 years since Traditional’s Jason Rowe and LaSalle’s Tim Winn both earned first-team spots as sophomores in 1994.

SECOND TEAM

Ryan Whelpley

Archbishop Walsh: 6-3 senior guard

PPG: 20.6 Reb: 11.6 Assts.: 4.0

Perhaps the most impressive statistic from this entire season belongs to this savvy scorer and all-around talent: He finished his career with 2,347 points — second all-time in Western New York and just seven points behind all-time leader Ritchie Campbell. The five-year varsity player averaged 20.6 points and 13.0 rebounds (1,399 total) for his career. Team captain and valedictorian will play at Union College.

Aaron Frasier

MST Seneca: 5-11 senior guard

PPG: 23.0 Reb: 8.2 Assts.: 9.7

Well-rounded playmaker set up teammates but also had ability to take over games with explosive drives and deadly shooting as he capped off a standout career for Math, Science, Technology Prep at Seneca (1,393 points). Helped the Indians to a spot in The News small school poll all year. Considering North Carolina A&T of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Division II Glenville (W.Va.) State College.

Jermaine Crumpton

Niagara Falls: 6-5 junior forward

PPG: 17.0 Reb: 9.0 Blocks: 2.0

Imposing combination of a big body who operates well under the basket and is also uniquely near-automatic with jumpers from the elbows. Averaged three assists for a team with four double-figure scorers. This past fall he verbally committed to accept a scholarship offer from Canisius College; however, that was under now-fired coach Tom Parrotta so that situation may change under new coach Jim Baron.

Cordell Torres

OTC Middle College: 6-3 senior forward

PPG: 13.1 Reb: 9.1 Blocks: 2.3

Averaged three assists for Section VI Class C champion team that had five starters average double figures, but the two-way impact player came up biggest when Kats needed it most. Highest outputs were versus St. Joe’s (21), East Aurora (21), MST Seneca (26) and Cooperstown (21) in the Class C state semifinals, where the all-tournament team pick hit two FTs with :01 left in OT to give OTC a one-point win. Will play at Genesee CC.

Connor Keenan

Williamsville East: 6-3 senior guard

PPG: 23.0 Reb: 6.6 Assts.: 3.1

Contributed in every column of the stat sheet (2.7 steals, 1.1 blocks) in leading Flames to share of ECIC II title and Class A-1 final. Went for 30 five times, including career-high 37 vs. Iroquois. Scored 26, including a final-minute game-winning three, in an early statement win at rival Will South. Fifth on Will East’s all-time scoring list with 1,028 points. Ranked 15th in his class (96.5 avg.). Will play at Geneseo.

THIRD TEAM

Jordan Farrant

Holland: 6-0 senior guard

PPG: 19.2 Reb: 9.1 Assts.: 3.1

The epitome of a do-it-all player (also had 3.7 steals per game), he earned first team All-ECIC honors playing for the smallest school in the conference. Can drive, shoot from long range, find teammates and handle the ball. Torrid postseason player, averaging 25 points in 14 games over five seasons. Totaled 1,575 points and 600 rebounds for his career. Considering Daemen or a walk-on attempt at St. Bonaventure.

Tommy Campion

Jamestown: 5-9 junior guard

PPG: 18.6 Assts.: 4.3 Steals: 2.1

Jamestown lost last year’s Player of the Year (Jaysean Paige) to a transfer to Kentucky, but the Red Raiders stayed in the top echelon of Western New York thanks in large part to the leadership and grit of Campion. Often hurt teams with his three-point shooting but never shied away from entering the lane to set up teammates and certainly makes his presence known playing man-to-man defense.

Wil Bathurst

Olean: 6-2 sophomore forward

PPG: 11.8 Reb: 7.6 Assts.: 2.2

On a young, talented team that seemed to have it all among its five underclassmen starters, Bathurst has a bit of everything in his game. Great size, ballhanding, leaping ability, body control, knack around the basket, three-point range, defense (2.1 steals), rebounding, unselfishness, explosiveness. The X-factor on a team that went 22-2, advanced to the state final four in Class B and held the top spot in The News small school poll all year.

Sam Eckstrom

Olean: 6-7 sophomore center

PPG: 14.8 Reb: 9.2 Blocks: 2.0

The poster boy — and a big one — for the precocious Huskies as he displays fundamentals, shooting touch and footwork beyond his years as a serious post presence — despite regularly battling double teams. Also very solid with short jumpers around the basket. Scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half of regional to help send Olean to Glens Falls for the state final four.

Jesse Lalka

Tonawanda: 6-1 senior forward

PPG: 22.0 Reb: 9.0 Steals: 3.7

Helped lead a Tonawanda turnaround that included winning its first ECIC IV title since 1958 last season, a co-championship this year (with Cleveland Hill), two straight trips to the final four at Buffalo State and a two-year record of 34-6. His long arms, great knack around the basket and serious three-point range enabled him to finish as Tonawanda’s all-time leading scorer (1,185). Will play at Daemen.

FOURTH TEAM

Kyle Kobis

Bishop Timon-St. Jude

One of the best pure shooters in Western New York, the 6-2 senior took on point guard duties this year and was particularly adept at delivering fine feeds (3.5 assists) to big man DeMilo Gibbs for the large school top 10 Tigers. Deadly if left alone (44 threes), he was also able to create his own shot, drive and added toughness on defense. Averaged 12.7 points and five rebounds and finished with 1,105 career points. Considering Medaille, St. John Fisher and Point Park (Pittsburgh).

Jordan Williams

Bishop Timon-St. Jude

The 6-2 senior guard formed a superior sharpshooting tandem with Kobis. Equally lethal from long range (45 threes), Williams could also be very disruptive on defense. He put up 29 — including five three-pointers — in a 75-66 loss to No. 1 Canisius in the Manhattan Cup semifinals (Kobis had 23). Averaged 12.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2 assists. Williams, an All-WNY football first-teamer at wide receiver, will head to Niagara and attempt to walk on.

Jamaal Carter

City Honors

Whatever the Centaurs needed, the 6-1 senior guard was able to do, as the triple-double threat helped extend the season until a Class B-2 semifinal loss to Wilson. Averaged 22.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Highest point totals came against top Yale Cup II rivals and top 10 small schools OTC Middle College (32) and MST Seneca (30 twice). Recorded triple-doubles against Lancaster and I-Prep/Grover.

Martin Bailey

Kenmore West

The Blue Devils had one of their finest seasons in years, and a main reason why was the 5-8 senior guard who would not be denied when driving to the rim. Tremendous on-ball defender racked up 3.2 steals per game. Starred on both ends (26 points) in program’s historic first-ever victory over Niagara Falls. Averaged 16.9 points despite playing all season with a torn ligament in his right shoulder.

Justice Feggans

Riverside

Gifted 6-1 junior forward helped lead Riverside into The News large school top 10 all season before being ousted by East Aurora in A-2 semifinals. Capable of devastating shooting runs, with great touch on midrange to three-point range. Averaged 22.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.8 assists. Has 969 career points.

Honorable mention

(Underclassmen indicated by grade after name)

Jonathan Belton-11 (Amherst), Marcus Clarke (Archbishop Walsh), Josh Haight (Barker), DeMilo Gibbs (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Aaron White-11 (Canisius), Matt MacDonald-11 (Canisius), Dustin Schauman (Cassadaga Valley), Jack Ranallo (Christian Central), Adam Walker (Clymer), Darnell Carson-11 (CSAT), Jon Gemerek (Depew), Kevin Holmes (Dunkirk), Brendan Cox-10 (East Aurora), Matt Taylor (Frontier), Marcus Nelson (Hutch-Tech), Maurice Cheatom (I-Prep/Grover), Adam Cecchini (Jamestown), Quinton Campbell-11 (Kenmore West), Alex Grace (Maple Grove), Marcus Morris-11 (McKinley), Lovell Smith-11 (McKinley), Reyzon Jordan-11 (McKinley), Jaleo Wilkins-11 (Niagara Falls), Taijay Williams (Niagara Falls), Nick Schmidt-10 (Olean), Bri’an Brown-10 (OTC Middle College), Khalid Brown (OTC Middle College), Matt McCormick (Orchard Park), Nick Lenart (Panama), Lamont Little (Riverside), Zeddy Williams-11 (Silver Creek), Jordan Glover-11 (St. Joe’s), Jake Denz (St. Mary’s), Nate Meyers (St. Mary’s), Erik Simmons (St. Mary’s), Devin Redden (St. Mary’s), Clayton Hess-11 (Tonawanda), Austin Alonge (Westfield), Chaquiel Nettles-11 (Williamsville South), Tyler Martin (Wilson).

kmcshea@buffnews.com

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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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