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Video replay & live chat: PrepTalkTV Sunday welcomes Canisius hoops & has football's Plays of the Year

We've got a great mix of basketball and football in our latest episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday tonight at 8:30 p.m., which you can watch 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 will welcome in Canisius basketball coach Kyle Husband as well as senior standout Adam Weir as we review the great start to the boys basketball season and take a look at Canisius' great season opener with Olean on Tuesday at the Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge.

We'll also take a look at the PrepTalkTV Plays of the Year in football and discuss Saturday's 26th annual Western New York High School Football banquet put on by Dick Gallagher.

After the show, 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.

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: Highlights from WNY High School Football Banquet

Live from final day of Cataract Classic: Jamestown opens with win; Falls loses

We are reporting live from Niagara Falls High School for the second of two great days of basketball at the Cataract Classic.

I'll have updates from games in the live blog below; I'll also have periodic #preptalkscores updates on Twitter that will appear in the blog. 

If you want to chime in on the three games -- or if you are out at another high school contest (of any sport) -- your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores will appear in the live blog as well. 

Here is the entire lineup of the Cataract Classic as well as next week's Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge, as well as other games, from our season preview.

We'll have a mix of football and basketball on PrepTalkTV Sunday at 8:30 Sunday at buffalonews.com, including the PrepTalkTV Plays of the Year for football.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Live from the Cataract Classic: Niagara Falls opens with huge win over V-Bishop Kearney

We will be reporting live from Niagara Falls High School for the first of two great days of basketball at the Cataract Classic.

Tonight's tripleheader begins with Sweet Home meeting Niagara-Wheatfield at 5 p.m. Next up, junior standout Sterling Taplin and Williamsville North play Batavia of Section V (Rochester area) at 6:30. (I'll be starting the blog late in the first game).

The 8 p.m. marquee event of the weekend has Niagara Falls talking on a loaded Bishop Kearney team from Section V in the opener for both schools. Kearney has a huge front line, including 6-foot-10 senior and Syracuse recruit Chinonso Obokoh, 6-10 junior Godspower Ogide and 6-9 Thomas Bryant, who is one of the most highly regarded sophomores in the country. Check out James Johnson's story in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

I'll have updates from the three games in the live blog below; I'll also have periodic #preptalkscores updates on Twitter that will appear in the blog. 

If you want to chime in on the three games -- or if you are out at another high school contest (of any sport), your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores will appear in the live blog as well. 

We'll be back tomorrow with the evening games of the Cataract Classic. The final game has the Wolverines playing Brunswick of Ohio. The entire lineup is here in part of our season preview.

We'll have a mix of football and basketball on PrepTalkTV Sunday at 8:30 Sunday at buffalonews.com, including the PrepTalkTV Plays of the Year for football.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Live from the Pastor-Cooper Showcase: Wins for O'Hara girls, St. Mary's and McKinley

Hello from Daemen College for the third and final day of the Pastor-Cooper Showcase, the unofficial tipoff for the Western New York high school basketball season.

This final day is certainly the marquee day of an event which has had compelling matchups every night. At 5:30, we start with a fine girls showdown between Cardinal O'Hara (which made it to Glens Falls last year for the Federation Tournament) and Grand Island. At 7 p.m., the first of two boys games as East High of the Yale Cup meeting last year's Manhattan Cup finalist St. Mary's. At 8:30, another great Monsignor Martin-Yale Cup matchup has last year's Section VI Class A-1 champion McKinley meeting Bishop Timon-St. Jude in Joe Mihalics' first game as head coach of the Tigers.

I'll have updates from the three games in the live blog below; I'll also have periodic #preptalkscores updates on Twitter that will appear in the blog. 

If you want to chime in on the three games -- or if you are out at another high school contest (of any sport), your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores will appear in the live blog as well. 

We'll be back with live blogs from the Cataract Classic in Niagara Falls on Friday and Saturday nights. Niagara Falls has an oustanding matchup against Section V power Bishop Kearney on Friday while the Wolverines play Brunswick of Ohio on Saturday night. There is a great lineup of games on both days.

We'll have a mix of football and basketball on PrepTalkTV Sunday at 8:30 Sunday at buffalonews.com, including the PrepTalkTV Plays of the Year for football.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Questions about All-WNY football team? PrepTalkTV Sunday answered them

Every year, there is great buildup to the All-Western New York football team

And evey year, as soon as it comes out, there is a great amount of reaction. 

That's certainly understandable and an enjoyable part of the process (most of the time :-) ).  

Tonight the entire episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday will be devoted to answering questions about the All-WNY team, our Player of the Year selection and any of the postseason football awards -- including the Connolly Cup.

The show will air tonight at 8:30 p.m. here -- and also right on the home page of buffalonews.com

Tonight we'll have the live chat going during the show so we can field your questions on the air. We'll start the show with some of the feedback we've received already via email or Twitter.

After PrepTalkTV Sunday, I'll continue the live chat right here.

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

And a reminder to please just ask questions once. We promise we'll get to them during the show or I'll get to them afterwards.

Note: PrepTalkTV Sunday follows tonight's 7:30 broadcast of the [BN]TheHuddle Bills wrapup show, which can also be seen in the window above.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Alden's Corey Barczykowski wins the Connolly Cup

We are reporting live from Ilio DiPaolo's, the annual site of the Connolly Cup banquet.

This year's award is expected to be announced shortly after 2 p.m.

It is the 41st award presented by the Connolly Cup Committe. The award is named for John R. Connolly, an ardent supporter of youth athletics up until his passing in 1971; the Riverside Athletic Club started the award in his name. Check out more history, as well as previous winners and finalists, at connollycup.com

This year's finalists are:

Corey Barczykowski, Alden senior RB/DB
James Chambers, Lockport senior RB/DB
Maurice Howie, South Park junior QB/DB
Austin Mietz, Akron senior QB/DB
Ilo Noble, St. Joe's senior RB/DB
Qadree Ollison, Canisius junior RB/DB
Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East senior QB/DB/K
Mike Torrillo, Sweet Home senior QB
Nick Vallone, St. Mary's junior RB/DB
Mitch Wilson, Orchard Park senior RB

Last year's winner was Chad Kelly of St. Joe's, who was also The Buffalo News Player of the Year.

* * *

2:15 p.m. Jehuu Caulcrick, former star at Clymer, Michigan State and a former National Football League player, is the guest speaker.

He gets a big laugh from telling the story that after winning the award in 2002, he drove around with the trophy seatbelted to the front seat of his car! 

He told the players to thank all the people that helped get them to this point. 

He is telling the story about how, in his youth, he and his mother fled Liberia after his father was assassinated during wartime; then how he lived and growing up in Findley Lake and the Clymer community. Clymer coach Howard McMullin always stressed to him, "get that sheepskin," meaning to get his college degree.

"Don't let anyone tell you that you can do something," Caulcrick told the finalists. "Because you can do whatever you put your mind to.

"Do the best you can with football -- and school. ... Keep a close group of people around you that are there for you. Surround yourself with good people."

2:27 p.m. Connolly Cup chairman Dennis Sarow is at the podium. Thanking many people (including Prep Talk :-) ) and explaining how the committee saw over 70 schools this season.

"It's a tough decision," Sarow said of the award and weekly awards. "Sometimes it gets a little heated."

The final award is done via secret ballot.

2:32 p.m. The introduction of the 10 finalists has begun by WGRZ's Stu Boyar.

2:41 p.m. The winner of this year's Connolly Cup is Alden senior Corey Barczykowski.

3:14 p.m. That's it from here -- heading to One News Plaza to do a story on Barczykowski for Sunday's paper.

* * *

The Connolly Cup selection will be among the many things to discuss during our post-All-Western New York edition of PrepTalkTV Sunday.

The show, which starts tomorrow night at 8:30 here at buffalonews.com, will feature a live chat throughout as Dick Gallagher, Lauren Mariacher and myself field questions about The News' All-Western New York team and our Player of the Year Award. 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

2012 All-Western New York football team

Below is this year's All-Western New York football team. 

Links to all of Saturday's coverage: 

Player of the Year story 

First-team offense capsules |  First-team defense capsules

Buffalo Bills Coach of the Year/News Poll winners story  | Final polls

All-league teams from every league in Western New York

We will discuss the team, how it is selected and answer your questions during PrepTalkTV Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Lauren Mariacher, myself and Dick Gallagher will be on hand fielding questions via a live chat. I will continue the chat after the show.

There are 125 players listed here: 25 on the first, second and third teams and 50 received honorable mention. 

FIRST TEAM

Offense
QB/P Ben Holmes, Orchard Park 6-0 178 12
QB/P Mike Torrillo, Sweet Home 6-2 175 12
RB Corey Barczykowski, Alden 6-1 195 12
RB Qadree Ollison, Canisius 6-1 205 11
RB Mitch Wilson, Orchard Park 5-9 185 12
WR Austin Goltz, Orchard Park 5-10 185 12
WR Chaq Nettles, Williamsville South 6-1 170 12
OL Jason Bunk, Alden 6-3 281 12
OL Ryan Hunter, Canisius 6-5 315 12
OL Cortland Haines, Jamestown 6-2 250 12
OL Mike Senn, Orchard Park 6-3 300 12
OL Connor Johnson, Pioneer 6-5 330 12
K Tommy Gioia, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 5-9 225 12
Defense
DL John Czech, Jamestown 6-4 215 12
DL Tyler Studd, Springville 6-3 231 12
DL Sean Murphy, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 6-1 285 12
LB Alec Dietsch, Clarence 6-0 185 12
LB Rod Payne, St. Joe’s 5-10 205 11
LB Jackson Brown, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 5-10 215 12
LB Ryan Johnson, West Seneca East 6-0 205 12
DB Austin Mietz, Akron 6-1 190 12
DB Sean Marshall, Burgard 6-2 190 12
DB James Chambers, Lockport 5-11 185 12
DB Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East 6-1 190 12
U Brad Zaffram, Sweet Home 6-0 205 10

SECOND TEAM

Offense
QB Maurice Howie, South Park 5-10 185 11
RB Adam DiMillo, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 5-11 175 11
RB Jordan Dowiasz, Randolph 5-10 170 12
RB Ilo Noble, St. Joe’s 6-0 185 12
WR Denzel Benton, Canisius 6-0 180 12
WR Nate Wilkinson, Iroquois 6-2 160 12
OL Pat Haley, Canisius 6-2 255 12
OL Nick Nocek, Fredonia 5-11 195 12
OL Jake Swan, Maple Grove 6-1 210 12
OL Adam Belica, Orchard Park 5-10 260 11
OL Steve Wilde, Starpoint 6-1 225 12
K Connor Ladd, Akron 6-2 216 12
P Kyle Few, Lockport 5-8 220 12
Defense
DL Khalil Sommerville, Bennett 6-2 275 12
DL Dylan Hall, St. Joe’s 6-2 215 12
DL Ryan Byrne, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 6-0 245 11
LB Scott Ackerman, West Seneca East 5-10 180 12
LB Cody Oldro, Randolph 6-3 225 11
LB Connor Eddy, Orchard Park 6-1 220 12
LB Mike Sharpe, Canisius 6-2 200 11
DB Ryan Richards, Canisius 6-2 200 11
DB Stephen Johnson, McKinley 5-11 185 12
DB Reyjzon Jordan, McKinley 5-8 170 12
DB Cameren Smith, Lackawanna 5-11 165 11
U Tanner John, Salamanca 6-3 190 12

THIRD TEAM

Offense
Quarterback: Brian Stoldt-11 (Alden). Running back: DaQuan Hollingsworth-11 (Jamestown), Alex Misterman-12 (St. Francis), Nick Vallone-11 (St. Mary’s). Wide receiver: Emaure Williams-11 (Clarence), Zach Panebianco-10 (Jamestown). Offensive line: Jake Muscarella-12 (Canisius), Ryan Mullin-12 (Cleveland Hill), Jared Dolan-12 (Kenmore East), Franklin Spina-12 (St. Joe’s), Greg Crane-12 (Williamsville South). Kicker: Brandon Belles-11 (St. Joe’s). Punter: Lonnie Taylor-12 (Medina).
Defense
Defensive line: Robert Buono-12 (Depew), J.J. Marin-12 (Sweet Home), Zach Osmanski-12 (West Seneca East). Linebacker: Jonathan Thomas-12 (Cleveland Hill), Bill Schiavetti-12 (Lew-Port), Jarrett Dolegala-12 (St. Francis), Shaun Heubert-12 (Sweet Home). Defensive back: Jake McNamara-12 (Alden), Kyle Abernathy-12 (Canisius), Nick Anderson-12 (JFK), Nigel Davis-11 (St. Joe’s). Utility: Marquel Jackson-12 (Cheektowaga).

Honorable mention

Quarterback: Tyler Mascio-11 (Canisius), Matt Keating-12 (Iroquois), Jake Sisson-11 (Jamestown), Mike Wawrzyniak-12 (Maryvale), Jason Hellwig-10 (Medina).
Running back: Brandon Thomas-11 (Cleveland Hill), Rodney Turner-10 (Depew), Phalla Musall-10 (Ellicottville), Oliver Simpson-12 (Maple Grove), Adam Noonan-12 (Nichols), Kyle Hoffman-12 (Pioneer), Evan Majewski-11 (Starpoint), Jordan Evert-10 (Sweet Home), Khalil Humphrey-12 (Sweet Home), Jaleel Battle-11 (Williamsville East).
Wide receiver: Lewis Vaccaro-12 (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Mike Watson-12 (Jamestown), Kolbe Hughes-11 (Williamsville North).
Linemen: Dan Lictus-12 (Clymer), Devin Shaw-11 (Eden), Khari Demos-12 (Lockport), Tom Furlong-12 (Lockport), Clifton Brown-12 (McKinley), Michael Bowers-10 (Randolph), Andrew Hoffman-12 (St. Mary’s), Billy Attea-12 (Sweet Home), Jeff Pinto-12 (Sweet Home), Brandon Reilly-11 (West Seneca East), Hank Ransom-12 (Williamsville East).
Linebacker: Domenic Brotz-12 (Alden), Brad Wellenzohn-12 (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Nick King-12 (Frontier), Chris Connors-12 (Grand Island), Anthony Zogaria-12 (Grand Island), Hayden Schonert-12 (Lancaster), Bobby Akinyele-12 (Orchard Park), Imani Davis-12 (Niagara Falls), Peter Trathen-12 (Southwestern), Casey Nuchereno-12 (Williamsville South).
Defensive back: Matt Shields-12 (Alden), Josh Huffman-10 (Canisius), Preston Summers-11 (Cheektowaga), Jared Watkins-11 (Cleveland Hill), Brian Rybak-12 (Depew), Shaquille Brooks-12 (Lackawanna), Jett Modkins-12 (Orchard Park), Chris Doubek-11 (Randolph), Zed Williams-12 (Silver Creek), Tyrell Mitchell-12 (South Park).
Kicker: Luke Topolski-12 (North Tonawanda).

As always, your feedback is appreciated via the comment space below, Twitter or facebook (addresses below) or Sunday's live chat.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

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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.

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