November 30, 2012 - 7:00 PM
November 30, 2012 - 7:00 AM
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.
This is our final ballot for the season and we're getting a jump on All-Western New York weekend by posting it now.
The final poll will be released Saturday as part of our All-Western New York issue.
The 25 members of the All-Western New York first team will be announced at 7 p.m. tonight in our special All-WNY edition of PrepTalkTV.
1. Canisius (11-0)  -- Perfect spot to finish perfect season.
2. Orchard Park (11-2)  -- New Rochelle was outstanding at the Dome. I had the Quakers ahead of Sweet Home most of the season and I think they are a step ahead of their fellow state finalist.
3. Sweet Home (12-1)  -- Burnt Hills was also outstanding at the Dome. Just see A below AA, here and state-wide (New Rochelle over Burnt Hills).
4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (6-5)  -- Strong performances in semifinal (beating St. Joe's) and in final, losing by one score to Canisius.
5. Jamestown (8-2)  -- Tough call here for 4 and 5, but I liked Timon's much stronger finish.
6. St. Joe's (8-3)  -- Two losses to Timon, one to Canisius.
7. West Seneca East (9-1)  -- The one loss was a clear one, but one that came to a state finalist.
8. Lockport (6-3)  -- Same spot. Two losses to OP, one to St. Joe's.
9. Grand Island (7-2)  -- Kind of a crapshoot down here on the ballot, and we're giving the Vikings credit for that 13-0 semifinal loss in the mud at Sweet Home.
10. Frontier (6-3)  -- Nudged down after GI's nudge up. Class AA South is toughest league in Section VI because of teams like the Falcons (which beat Jamestown during regular season). A clear 10th in front of Clarence, Iroquois and Will South.
1. Alden (11-1)  -- Loss wasn't pretty, but their opponent did nearly the same thing in the state championship game. Maine-Endwell is considered one of the best teams in the state overall.
2. Randolph (11-2)  -- The way the state champion Cardinals played in the postseason, I think an Alden-Randolph game would be a lot of fun.
3. Depew (7-2)  -- Two losses were both at Alden.
4. St. Mary's (5-5)  -- Big loss to St. Francis in the finale, but certainly showed enough during the year to continue to hold a top five spot. From here on out, the poll looks the same as it did last time.
5. Springville (5-5)  -- Best story of the season.
6. Burgard (6-2)  -- Still like the Bulldogs over Class C teams.
7. Cleveland Hill (8-3)  -- Played Hornell tough in regional. C title earned them a spot ahead of the team they beat at The Ralph in the ...
8. Fredonia (7-3)  -- ... Hillbillies, who didn't lose by much.
9. Maple Grove (9-1)  -- The D final didn't show us enough to have them hurdle any other teams, despite Randolph going on to state title.
10. JFK (7-2)  -- Keeping the C North champions here (they beat Cleve Hill in Week Seven, lost to Fredonia in the much in Week Nine) just ahead of neighbor Cheektowaga. Just couldn't trust the Warriors the way their season ended.
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November 28, 2012 - 3:13 PM
The 25 members of the All-Western New York football first team will be unveiled during a special episode of PrepTalkTV.
The special episode will be hosted by Lauren Mariacher and myself and it will air at 7 p.m. Friday -- a fitting time since that's when our Prep Talk Live coverage kicked off each week during the high school football season.
The annual All-Western New York football issue is Saturday. The issue will include The Buffalo News Player of the Year, the final News poll champions, the all-star teams from every league in Western New York, the NFL/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Year and capsules and photos for each of the 25 All-WNY first teamers.
November 25, 2012 - 10:56 PM
Whewwwwwww. Thirteen weeks of football finished up this past weekend at the state championships.
We will wrap up the final football games of the Western New York season in our 13th episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday tonight at 8:30 p.m. We will also look forward to "Awards Season," including a very big announcement about the All-Western New York football team.
You can watch it here -- and also right on the home page of buffalonews.com.
PrepTalkTV Sunday follows tonight's 7:30 broadcast of the [BN]TheHuddle Bills wrapup show, which can also be seen in the window below.
We'll have highlights, postgame interviews and analysis.
Afterwards, I'll have a live chat right here. It should start around 9:30 p.m. -- the exact time depends on how long the live video show goes. Let us know what you thought of the show, as well as all of the high school action this fall season.
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.
November 24, 2012 - 5:04 PM
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The Canisius boys soccer team's state Catholic title earned it a big jump in the New York State rankings of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
In the NSCAA Region II poll, which consists solely of schools from New York, Canisius is No. 4.
The top-ranked team is Arlington of Section I (Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties), which won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA title over the weekend; No. 2 is New York City's Martin Luther King, the champion of the city's Public Schools Athletic League; No. 3 is state AA runner-up Brentwood of Section XI (Long Island's Suffolk County).
Canisius is one spot ahead of Long Island's Chaminade, which it beat, 2-1, in double overtime Sunday for the New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association title. Chaminade won Long Island's Catholic title last week when it prevailed on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie with fellow perennial power St. Anthony's.
Canisius was unranked in last week's poll.
Last week's poll did include Williamsville East (eighth) and Clarence (12th). This week's poll has Clarence 12th and Lockport 15th.
Clarence and Lockport were co-champions of Section VI Class AA, with Clarence advancing to the state tournament on penalty kicks. Clarence fell in the Far West Regionals; Williamsville East advanced to the Class A state final four before losing, 4-2, to eventual state champion Jericho (eighth in this week's poll).
[UPDATE: Canisius was listed among others receiving votes in the NSCAA national top 25.]
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Also, we need to correct what we reported regarding Canisius' state title.
We originally reported that the championship was a first for a boys team from the Monsignor Martin Assocation.
That was incorrect. St. Joe's won the 1995 state Catholic title by beating St. Anthony's of Long Island.
We apologize for the error and it has been corrected in our web story.
November 18, 2012 - 11:27 AM
BIG PrepTalkTV Sunday show at 8:30 p.m. tonight.
We welcomed in Canisius coach Rich Robbins and junior standout Qadree Ollison, after the Crusaders completed an undefeated 11-0 season on Saturday.
We also wrapped up the state semifinals and how Orchard Park, Sweet Home and Randolph advanced to the state championship games.
And we had another exciting announcement as Trench Trophy committee co-chairmen Carl Kuras and Ed Sciera helped us reveal the finalists for the award that goes to Western New York's most outstanding lineman.
The 10 finalists are: Jason Bunk (Alden), John Czech (Jamestown), Cortland Haines (Jamestown), Ryan Hunter (Canisius), Sean Murphy (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Nick Nocek (Fredonia), Michael Senn (Orchard Park), Tyler Studd (Springville), Khalil Summerville (Bennett) and Jake Swan (Maple Grove).
November 17, 2012 - 10:37 AM
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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.
Lauren Nicole Mariacher
Lauren Nicole Mariacher joined The News in 2009 after graduating from the Columbia University School of Journalism. The Elma native and Iroquois graduate can usually be found on a sideline, capturing highlights for PrepTalkTV. She also hosts Prep Talk's weekly live show, with Keith McShea, as well as The News' live postgame Bills show — [BN]TheHuddle.
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