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St. Joe's lacrosse scores huge win over Timon in hugely controversial finish (with video of non-goal/goal)

By Keith McShea

St. Joe's lacrosse recorded a tremendous victory today. 

But there is a tremendous amount of controversy about the finish. 

St. Joe's beat longtime Monsignor Martin power Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 13-12, in two overtime Monday afternoon at St. Joe's. The loss ended 49-game win streak for Timon in Monsignor Martin regular season games. The Tigers' last loss was to St. Francis on May 19, 2007.

Junior James Bassett scored 59 seconds into the second overtime after Timon thought it had won the game. 

I watched the live video feed via It's available here; the archived broadcast is not available yet but should be within the next 24 hours. I could not tell whether or not Timon's goal was actually a goal. Here's what I saw:

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2013 Section VI football schedule

By Keith McShea

Here is the 2013 Section VI football schedule, sent to us by Section VI football chairman Ken Stoldt.

Here's the divisional breakdown for 2013 and other details about the 2013 season.


Friday games 7 p.m. and Saturday games 2 p.m. unless noted. City host fields: All High Stadium (AH), Riverside (R), Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium (JBW)


Friday, Sept. 6
Clarence at Frontier
Niagara Falls at Jamestown
Orchard Park at West Seneca West
Grand Island at Hamburg
Sweet Home at Iroquois
North Tonawanda at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.
Kenmore East at East Aurora/Holland, 7:30 p.m.
Williamsville South vs. East (AH)
Williamsville North vs. McKinley (R)
Amherst at Medina /Lyndonville (Veterans Park), 7:30 p.m.
Bennett vs. Burgard (AH), 4:30 p.m.
Dunkirk at Alden
Wilson at Akron
Barker/Roy-Hart at Lackawanna (Veterans Stadium)
Cattaraugus/Little Valley at Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Salamanca at Falconer
Fredonia at Silver Creek/Forestville
Southwestern at Gowanda
Sherman at Franklinville
Frewsburg at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Portville at Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (at MG)
Westfield/Brocton at Randolph
Cassadaga Valley at Ellicottville/West Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7

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Canisius' White, East's Bryant are winning MVPs at Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Classic

By Keith McShea

I was unable to cover it this year, but here is the rundown from Thursday night's Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Classic at Niagara Falls. Both games featured impressive performances by Canisius guards, one graduating (Aaron White), and two seemingly poised to step up as they heads into their junior (LaTerrance Reed) and sophomore (Howard Washington) seasons.

Falls coach Sal Constantino reported that the Freshman/Sophomore game that tipped off the night was "the best game we've had since I have been involved" with the games.

The East beat the West, 95-91, in TRIPLE-overtime. "It was a tough game all the way through, and at the end of regulation and the OTs, kids kept hitting clutch shots," said Constantino.

East High sophomore Percy Bryant (22 points) and Canisius freshman Washington (16) led the winning East side while Canisius sophomore Reed had 30 for the West, including many clutch shots in the late going.

Freshman/Sophomore box score (full rosters here):

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Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Classic rosters

By Keith McShea

The rosters for Thursday night's Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Showcase at Niagara Falls (admission: $5).

Freshman/Sophomore Game — 6 p.m.

East: Percy Bryant-10 (East), Nick Clough-10 (Williamsville East), Howard Washington-9 (Canisius), Chris Miner-10 (Nichols), Zach Panebianco-10 (Jamestown), Jaquoine Fogan-9 (Tapestry), Justin Jones-9 (St. Joe’s), Derek Cheatom-10 (Park), Hunter Anderson-9 (Park), Joe Staton-9 (Middle Early College). Coach: Tony Pulvirenti.

West: Zak Cieski-10 (Cheektowaga), Nehimiah Stone-10 (North Tonawanda), LaTerrance Reed-10 (Canisius), Cam Lewis-10 (Nichols), Matt Cieslak-10 (City Honors), Terrel Ford-9 (Kenmore West), Quinton Lamar-9 (CSAT), Javelle Littlejohn-10 (Riverside), Cort Williams-10 (Williamsville East), Trent White-10 (Kenmore West). Coach: Ryan Hogan.

Junior/Senior Game (following fr./so. game)

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2013 Prep Talk/BCANY Awards banquet list of honorees

By Keith McShea

Here is the entire list of award winners from Monday's second Prep Talk/BCANY Awards banquet at Ilio DiPaolo's.

The event was supported by The Buffalo News, BCANY, ADPRO Sports and UNYTS. Sal Capaccio of WGR and Time Warner Cable Sports donated his time as the emcee.

All-BCANY Large Schools: Johnathan Belton, Amherst-12, Marcus Morris, McKinley-12, Matt MacDonald, Canisius-12 Lovell Smith, McKinley-12, Ryan Funk, Clarence-11, J.J. Wilkins, Niagara Falls-12, Nate Wilkinson, Iroquois-12, Jordan Glover, St, Joe’s-12, Tommy Campion, Jamestown-12, Sterling Taplin, Williamsville North-11

All-BCANY Small Schools: Jordan Parker, Cleveland Hill-12, Ahmad Abdo, Lackawanna-12, Wil Bathurst, Olean-11, Keir Anderson, Middle Early College-12, Sam Eckstrom, Olean-11, Gerald Bibbs, Oracle Charter-12, Paul Rath, St. Mary’s/Lanc.-12, Zed Williams, Silver Creek-12, Tyree Tyson, East-11, Clayton Hess, Tonawanda-12.

BCANY WNY Players of the Year (also earn “Best of BCANY” designation as two of the top 50 players in New York State) Adam Weir, Canisius and Jermaine Crumpton, Niagara Falls

BCANY Coaches Awards

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Live chat (April 10): All-Western New York basketball, McKinley-Canisius & ton of tweets

Usually one of the most entertaining chats of the year is scheduled for tonight at 9: You ask, I answer on the All-Western New York basketball team. I'll likely get things started by going over some of the tweets that have been fired off since Saturday. 

In today's Prep Talk column, I wrote something of a preamble on a certain word -- a cop-out of a word -- that people often use when critizing/complaining about the All-WNY teams. 

The complete lists of the teams, including honorable mentions are here: boys and girls. Here are bios of the second, third and fourth teams for boys and girls. And the bios of the first team for boys and girls, except the Players of the Year: CanisiusAdam Weir and Grand Island's Cassie Oursler.

Here's the blog post in which we attempted to list all possible candidates for All-Western New York.

There's also that matter of a tie for the No. 1 large school ranking by McKinley and Canisius: my story, the poll, and my ballot

And here's the chat:

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Applicants sought for ESG Legacy Scholarship

 Buffalo's hosting of the 2010 Empire State Games continues to pay dividends with its
annual awarding of the Legacy Fund Scholarship.

  The success of the Buffalo Games generated excess revenue that has been reinvested into the community in the form of scholarships and grants for the purpose of further developing amateur sports in the Buffalo Niagara region.

 Once again this year two $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually to one male and one female who has participated in the Games and has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in the community. Application deadline for this year is May 17 and the winners will be announced on May 31.


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Watch Rodriguez-Spencer go 'Flying Squirrel' to national title

By Keith McShea

I ran out of room way too quickly in Wednesday's PrepTalk -- I was only able to mention what happened: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer of Cheektowaga won a national title at the National High School Coaches Association wrestling championships at Virginia Beach. That is major enough, but it was how he did it. 

Watch Rodriguez-Spencer's "flying squirrel" move to beat Alfred Bannister of Maryland, the country's fifth-ranked junior at 138 pounds, by a 4-3 score. Rodriguez-Spencer, who moved up from his state championship weight of 132, was trailing before the forward-flip move with 10 seconds left.  

The move earned him a national Junior Class (11th graders) title as well as the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the juniors' meet. 

Check it out here in video uploaded by allsportswny:

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Video: All-WNY basketball players introduce themselves, and say thanks

All-Western New York players say thanks to the people who help them on and off the court.

PrepTalkTV unveiled All-WNY basketball first teams Friday; special annual edition published Saturday

By Keith McShea

It's a BIG week for us here as we prepare for Saturday's annual All-Western New York basketball issue.

Here's a look at some key upcoming dates:

Friday: As we did during football season, we will have a special digital tipoff to the All-WNY festivities. Lauren Mariacher and I will host a special PrepTalkTV episode in which we will reveal the first team selections in boys and girls basketball. It will first air at 11:30 a.m. at (following the Bucky & Sully Show and GustoTV) and will be available throughout the day.

Saturday: The complete 55th annual All-WNY boys basketball team and complete 33rd annual All-WNY girls basketball team will be unveiled, as will The News Players of the Year, in our special keepsake edition.

The All-Western New York edition will again feature a wraparound poster page cover and will also include the final poll winners, the all-league teams from every division in Western New York, the all-time WNY basketball teams and scoring leaders, and more.

Here's a look at last year's wraparound cover poster page, which was taken at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (our apologies, some of the links are outdated).

Here are all top 40 All-WNY players introducing themselves in a video released Saturday:

Wednesday, April 10: I will discuss this year's team and our selection of it as well as our special issue in a live chat at 9 p.m. Along with the post-All-WNY football chat, it is usually one of our most lively discussions of the year. 

Monday, April 15: The second annual Prep Talk/BCANY boys basketball banquet will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell 14219.

Honored will be the Allen Wilson Player of the Year, the entire All-WNY team and many other players, as well as the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Western New York chapter's coaches of the year. Honorees have been contacted or will be in the coming days.

Tickets to the event are $20 ($18 for BCANY members) and can be reserved by forwarding payment (make checks out to BCANY) by April 10 to Al Monaco, 1956 Hanley Drive, Lake View, 14085; after April 10, email or for information.

Award recipients are guests and do not have to pay.

The event is supported by The Buffalo News, BCANY, ADPRO Sports, Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant and UNYTS.

Other businesses or associations who are interested in sponsoring the event or taking out ads in the special souvenir program should email me at

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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.

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