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PrepTalk TV Sunday (Week Five): Alden wins battle for No. 1, St. Joe's visits after big Aquinas win, Lockport also visits

Here are our previous episodes of PrepTalkTV Sunday, which airs live at 8:30 p.m. every Sunday:

Week Four (WSE's big win, late drama for Sweet Home, Burgard & Lew-Port, interviews with Depew & Alden before No. 1 vs. No. 2);

Week Three (St. Joe's, Canisius wins, Burgard's Hail Mary, interviews with Sweet Home and All-WNY alums from Buffalo State);

Week Two (OP routs Clarence, winning in West Seneca, interviews with Canisius);

Week One is not available (featured Timon's win at Will South and interview with Ryan Dougherty, OP's win at Lockport and interview with Ben Holmes)

For all of our videos, including many more clips and highlights from each week, check out our video home page.

PrepTalkTV Sunday includes guests from St. Joe's, Lockport; live chat will follow

With Week Five of high school football complete, our fifth episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday will air tonight at 8:30 p.m. right on the home page of buffalonews.com

We'll have highlights, postgame interviews and analysis. We will again have great guests in studio as St. Joe's coach Dennis Gilbert and his son, junior quarterback Dennis Gilbert Jr., join us after the Marauders' huge win at Aquinas. Lockport coach Greg Bronson, as well as standout senior running back James Chambers, will visit to talk about clinching at least a share of the AA title as well as their big Week Six game at home against St. Joe's.

Afterwards, I'll have a live chat right here. It is scheduled for 9 p.m. but may start later depending on how the live video shows go. Let us know what you thought of the show (and our Bills show [BN]TheHuddle) as well as all of the high school action, football and all fall sports.

As always, anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it -- is up for discussion.

As always, please just ask questions once. I promise I'll get to them.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Week Five Saturday with Canisius' rout of St. Francis, Prep Talk Live & your #preptalkscores

Week Five kicks off at noon today as Niagara Falls and Nichols host games. I will be at Canisius' Stranksy Complex in West Seneca for its 1 p.m. game with St. Francis, while there is plenty of other afternoon action going on. 

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up). You can also certainly still tweet those updates to @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN.

Our high school scoreboard page is getting back up to speed. It has been going through some growing pains -- and still has some to get through -- due to our transition to a redesigned web site. Check out the standings link on the right side; we have some bugs to work out but we're excited about that (see football here). We appreciate your patience with us during this major switchover.

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Be sure to join us Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. when Lauren Mariacher and I will bring you our fifth episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday, our live 30-minute wrapup show here at buffalonews.com. PrepTalkTV Sunday follows the 7:30 broadcast of our Bills wrapup show, [BN]TheHuddle; Lauren and I will be a part of that as well.  

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/high-schools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

Week Five Friday: Alden's big win over Depew, St. Joe's wins at Aquinas & other wild #preptalkscores

Week Five of high school football kicks off tonight, and the Friday night lineup is highlighted by a clash of No. 2 small school Depew at No. 1 Alden. I wrote a preview of the game between the two very familiar foes in today's paper.

I'll have live play-by-play updates from that one. Lauren Mariacher and our staff of video/photographers will be at additional games.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up). You can also certainly still tweet those updates to @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN.

Our high school scoreboard page is getting back up to speed. It has been going through some growing pains -- and still has some to get through -- due to our transition to a redesigned web site. Check out the standings link on the right side; we have some bugs to work out but we're excited about that (see football here). We appreciate your patience with us during this major switchover.

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We'll be back with another live blog to monitor Saturday's games, including St. Francis at Canisius at 1.

On Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., Lauren Mariacher and I will bring you our third episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday, our live 30-minute wrapup show here at buffalonews.com. PrepTalkTV Sunday follows the 7:30 broadcast of our Bills wrapup show, [BN]TheHuddle; Lauren and I will be part of that as well.  

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/high-schools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

Live chat (Sept. 27): Alden-Depew; Canisius, Joe's and polls; playoff implications, the Power 10 & irregularity

Our fourth Thursday night live chat of the school year -- whoa, it's almost October -- is tonight at 9 p.m.

We'll talk about this weekend's upcoming Week Five football schedule and the entire fall sports season.

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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Here are our previous chats: Week One kickoff chat (the post includes an archive of 2011-12 chats) and Sunday's post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat.

Week Two Thursday chat and post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat.

Week Three Thursday chat and post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat.

Week Four Thursday chat and post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat.

If you have a question but you won't be able to make the chat, post one in the comments section here, email me or Tweet it and I'll do my best to address it.

---Keith McShea

buffalonews.com/high-schools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

How The News voted: Week Four

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted.

The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls. 

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Orchard Park (4-0) [1] -- I thought that perhaps the unexpected struggle at Frontier might lead to a slide, but they're still on top overall (except again, for one misguided soul) and here. OP surged late to win, and Frontier has proven a very stingy out before -- I remember a similar eyebrow-raising game for OP at Frontier when Jeff Tundo was running the ball.

2. Canisius (4-0) [7] -- The win at Walsh Jesuit is worthy of a reward. This was where we thougth about putting the Crusaders after an impressive showing against McKinley, but their close call with St. Mary's wouldn't let it happen. Also, the McKinley comparison games show the Crusaders deserve to be ranked ahead of Sweet Home; and their season-opening home rout of McQuaid sure looks nice after McQuaid battled Aquinas in a close one this past weekend. The other three wins do more than enough than make up for the St. Mary's win. Said it on the chat Sunday night: This is the ONLY team worthy of even being in the discussion of No. 1 vote. And I give them the top seeding in the Monsignor Martin Association over ...    

3. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (2-2) [2] -- ... the Tigers, who posted a strong shutout at Wilson Magnet with Adam DiMillo having returned to the backfield. Still think they've been written off too quickly by many pollsters. They play their first (!) home game Friday, welcoming in St. Mary's in a good one.

4. Sweet Home (4-0) [3] -- Panthers were routing McKinley, then held on to survive a McKinley comeback. 54 straight wins vs. WNY, with the remaining regular season schedule (Niagara-Wheatfield, Williamsville North, Starpoint) not exactly imposing. 

5. West Seneca East (4-0) [4] -- Trojan Territory is a fun place to be these days. Seriously thought about putting them higher. A bigger press box might have gotten them there. KIDDING. Not kidding about putting them higher. Yes, I said that. They might be better than my No. 4 team. Can the playoffs start sooner in Class A? Please? 

6. Lockport (3-1) [5] -- James Chambers delivers the individual performance of the year with seven TDs against Niagara Falls. He had two long TD runs against OP, remember. The guy is for real. I think the Lions are for real. The AA North title is likely decided Saturday when Lions visit Kenmore West. 

7Jamestown (4-0) [6] -- Very impressive dispatching of West Seneca West, and along with OP not winning in a rout, the chatter for the Week Six OP trip to Jamestown on Friday night has gotten louder. First things first, however, and that's a trip to Frontier against the pesky Falcons.

8. St. Joe's (4-0) [8] -- Wins over Wilson Magnet, Bennett, St. Francis and Cardinal O'Hara. Said it many times: I like the Marauders, but wins over those four will only get you so far, ballot-wise.

WaitWhat? Someone is still voting Joe's No. 1? I wonder what the color of the sky is in their world. I'm going to go with maroon.

Talk about that schedule getting serious in a hurry. On Friday night, the Marauders step it up about 10 notches with a trip to Aquinas.   

9. McKinley (2-2) [NR] -- Throw a scare into Sweet Home? (Again?) That deserves some props. We certainly put them a notch above the best of the rest ...

10. Williamsville East (3-1) [NR] -- ... which is led by the Flames, in our opinion. They played West Seneca East tougher than Will South, they've got a closer win over Will North than McKinley (thus McKinley's spot at No. 8), and the win over Iroquois is solid as well. In two weeks, Flames are at South in what should be a great game in the district.

Who's next? We mentioned that South needs to be put behind East. West Seneca West might deserve to be No. 11. Grand Island might be as well -- their schedule, which still isn't enough to have us put the Vikings ahead of the likes of McKinley or Will East, has a trip to Williamsville North next, followed by winless Niagara-Wheatfield before finally a finale against a top 10 team when it plays McKinley at Riverside. Frontier's tough stand against OP and win over Clarence make it the next AA South team to talk about (over Clarence and Lancaster). St. Francis is the best 0-4 team. Hutch-Tech is next.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Alden (4-0) [1] -- No. 1 hosting No. 2 on Friday night. Awesome. Again. 

2. Depew (4-0) [2] -- No. 2 heads to No. 1 on Friday night. Awesome. Again.

3. Cheektowaga (4-0) [3] -- Racking up some serious points. Still had to go OT to beat Burgard, so definitely a No. 3 and not in the same conversation as the two teams with a date on Friday night. 

4. St. Mary's (3-1) [5] -- The Canisius game holds a little greater weight as we've moved the Crusaders up the large school ballot, and ...

5. Cleveland Hill (4-0) [4] -- ... these Golden Eagles went OT at Akron and had a battle with Wilson, creating enough doubt for us to slide them down a spot. 

6. Pioneer (4-0) [6] -- Rolled up a big win down in Olean Saturday night.

7. Maple Grove (4-0) [7] -- No. 1 in the state in Class D. If they keep rolling in what is an otherwise very tough, very competitive division, they could move up this ballot before the playoffs.  

8. Burgard (3-1) [8] -- Hard-fought win at Maryvale Friday night, OT loss to Cheektowaga, rout of Lew-Port in Week One looks nice after L-P beat Class A South Park on Saturday (great highlights in PrepTalkTV Sunday and on our video page of both Burgard's win and Lew-Port's win this week).

9. Maryvale (2-2) [10] -- Close loss to Burgard, but we're keeping them on the ballot. B West deserves it.

10. JFK (3-1) [NR] -- Bears have a season-opening loss at Fredonia and a season-ending date with Cleve Hill and wins over Akron and Wilson that deserve recognition. 

Next up? Maybe 4-0 Eden. Maybe the next-best of the tough-to-tell-who's-next Ds (Chautauqua Lake, Portville, Frewsburg, Randolph). Maybe Salamanca after crazy OT loss to Southwestern (have we learned to never count them out?). Maybe East, which understandably got worn down by Alden. Maybe Lew-Port. Maybe Lackawanna, which could make me talk more about how crazy B West is if they make noise against Burgard this weekend. 

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below, let us know via Twitter or facebook (addresses below), or join the live chat Thursday evening at 9.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/high-schools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

PrepTalkTV Sunday (Week Four): WSE's big win, late drama for Sweet Home, Burgard & Lew-Port, visits from Depew & Alden before No. 1 vs. No. 2

Hosts Keith McShea and Lauren Mariacher analyze the weekend in high school football. Special guests from Depew and Alden stop by.

Here are our previous episodes of PrepTalkTV Sunday, which airs live at 8:30 p.m. every Sunday: Week Three (St. Joe's, Canisius wins, Burgard's Hail Mary, interviews with Sweet Home and All-WNY alums from Buffalo State); Week Two (OP routs Clarence, winning in West Seneca, interviews with Canisius); Week One is not available (featured Timon's win at Will South and interview with Ryan Dougherty, OP's win at Lockport and interview with Ben Holmes)

For all of our videos, including many more clips and highlights from each week, check out our video home page.

PrepTalkTV Sunday postshow chat (Week Four): Canisus' case for No. 1, race for No. 2 & a visit from 'mom'

With Week Four of high school football complete, our fourth episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday will air tonight at 8:30 p.m. right on the home page of buffalonews.com

We'll have highlights, post-game interviews and analysis. We will again have great guests in studio as Alden head coach Dick Diminuco and junior quarterback Brian Stoldt and Depew coach Brian Wilson as well as senior running back Brian Rybak will be in. We'll look ahead to the major Week Five showdown between the top two small schools in Alden Friday night.

Afterwards, I'll have a live chat right here. Let us know what you thought of the show (and our Bills show [BN]TheHuddle) as well as the third weekend of high school action.

As always, anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it -- is up for discussion.

As always, please just ask questions once. I promise I'll get to them.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Video: Lew-Port vs. South Park

Week Four Saturday with Prep Talk Live, your #preptalkscores & big wins for Canisius, Cleve Hill

Week Four kicks off at noon today. I will be at Cleveland Hill for their 2 p.m. game with Wilson while there is plenty of afternoon action going on near and far. 

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up). You can also certainly still tweet those updates to @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN.

Our high school scoreboard page is getting back up to speed. It has been going through some growing pains -- and still has some to get through -- due to our transition to a redesigned web site. Check out the standings link on the right side; we have some bugs to work out but we're excited about that (see football here). We appreciate your patience with us during this major switchover.

* * * 

Be sure to join us Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. when Lauren Mariacher and I will bring you our fourth episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday, our live 30-minute wrapup show here at buffalonews.com. PrepTalkTV Sunday follows the 7:30 broadcast of our Bills wrapup show, [BN]TheHuddle; Lauren and I will be a part of that as well.  

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/high-schools     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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