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PrepTalkTV Weekly (Jan. 30): Niagara Falls boys basketball visits, tons of wrestling, miked-up hoops coaches & more

Keith & Lauren welcome guests from Niagara Falls boys basketball and look back at the week in high school sports.

0:00 -- Opening, discussion of McShea's Prep Talk column on Oracle Charter.
3:40 -- Interview with Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino and seniors J.J. Wilkins and Jermaine Crumpton
16:25 -- Wrestling (Clarence, Wednesday's matches, Mariacher's blog on the 'Pit' at Iroquois
27:20 -- Sacred Heart girls basketball (including coach Sister Maria Pares' pregame speech & a flashback to the Sharks' PTTV visit last week)
33:25 -- Amherst boys basketball (including coach Chris Kensy's postgame speech after the Tigers first win in Maryvale in 10 years, one that came over Maryvale coach Mark Kensy, Chris' dad)
37:45 -- Look at this week's boys basketball polls
39:10 -- PrepTalkTV Rewind (St. Joe's basketball, Lockport girls basketball coach Bill Shaw's halftime speech, Tonawanda girls basketball, Mount Mercy's "Mercy's Heroes")
43:15 -- A look ahead at ton of action from Thursday to Tuesday; closing.

Video: St. Francis 45, St. Joe's 30 (wrestling)

Wrestling: St. Francis 45, St. Joe's 30

PrepTalkTV Weekly welcomes in Niagara Falls hoops; live chat talks seedings & polls

By Keith McShea

For this week's PrepTalkTV Weekly -- which you can see right here tonight at 9 -- we'll welcome in Western New York's No. 1 large school boys basketball team has they head into a super weekend of matchups.

Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino and seniors Jermaine Crumpton (who has signed with Canisius College) and Jaleo Wilkins will be our in-studio guests for what will be another loaded show of highlights from boys and girls hoops as well as wrestling. We'll also have more highlights in PrepTalkTV Rewind, our weekly look at the boys basketball polls and a look ahead to this weekend and beyond.

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Iroquois wrestling: Alumni saddened over loss of 'Pit'

By Lauren Mariacher

At first glance, it's a dungeon, a poorly-lit basement, a storage area 
for the school's old junk.

While the “Pit" at Iroquois High School is a place for rusted
 school desks and athletic equipment from as far back as 1968, it is also a place that has soaked up more than 40 years of wrestling tradition.

I can't even begin to count the hours I spent in that wrestling room 
underneath the gymnasium, while I waited after my basketball practices 
for my father, the coach then, and my three brothers to wrap up their 
practice.

It's not an exactly comfortable place for a young girl; it's dark and smells
 like sweat. But when you spend that
 much time down there you would begin to notice less the smell and more the 
spirit of such a place.

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Tuesday Night Live from Jamestown's big win at Will North & your #preptalkscores (with video interviews)

By Keith McShea

Hello from Williamsville North for a huge matchup in ECIC I and the large school poll as Jamestown is in for a seemingly always-entertaining visit. 

I'll have updates from games in the live blog below and I'll also be providing #preptalkscores updates on Twitter, which will also appear in the blog. 

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How The News voted: Super Week (& we're not talking football)

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. This week's News poll is available via the high school home page.

It's a Super Week, and we're not talking about Sunday's football game. As you'll see throughout the blog, there are several big-time games this week -- there's even one on Super Bowl Sunday that is worth a bit of hype. 

Here's last week's ballot (Week Five, Jan. 22). Previous polls: Week Four, Jan. 15Week Three (Jan. 8, which followed a two-week holiday break); Week Two (our special Christmas edition, Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Also, here's last year's final 2011-12 post

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (10-1) [last week: 1] -- The 100-18 win over Kenmore East revived calls for the Niagara Frontier League to allow Falls to play as an independent. I've said they should have remained that way since the 2005 Federation championship team. 

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Video: St. Joe's 61, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 57 (boys basketball)

Video: Amherst 53, Maryvale 48 (boys basketball)

Amherst coach Chris Kensy credits free throws and rebounding in Tigers' win over Maryvale, which is coached by Mark Kensy, Chris' father.

Video: Sacred Heart 73, Holy Angels 29 (girls basketball)

Sacred Heart remains unbeaten.

Friday Night Live from big Clarence wrestling win (with PrepTalkTV video), plus your #preptalkscores

By Keith McShea

It's a pretty huge night in high school sports -- and it's a pretty huge night at Clarence. That's where Lauren Mariacher and I will be for two big events.

Wrestling's seventh "Border Brawl" takes place as the Red Devils, ranked first in Western New York, host No. 3 Lancaster at 6:30 p.m. Next door (in the divided gym) at 7:30, the No. 9 large school Clarence boys basketball team hosts ECIC I rival Jamestown, which is ranked third. 

Among the other top matchups tonight include No. 1 girls basketball large school Sacred Heart vs. No. 7 Holy Angels at Villa Maria College at 6:30; the father-son matchup of boys basketball coaches Chris (Amherst) and Mark (Maryvale) Kensy in their ECIC III matchup at Maryvale at 7:30; and a high-quality Monsignor Martin small school showdown as No. 7 St. Mary's visits No. 4 Nichols at 7:30. 

I'll have updates from games in the live blog below and I'll also be providing #preptalkscores updates on Twitter, which will also appear in the blog. 

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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 | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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