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PrepTalkTV: Scrimmage Saturday with Canisius & Will South

By Keith McShea

Photojournalist Harry Scull Jr. & made Canisius' Stransky Complex in West Seneca our final stop of the day on Scrimmage Saturday. 

Check out more video clips in my "Live from Scrimmage Saturday" post. 

Live from Scrimmage Saturday (with 28 video highlights)

By Keith McShea

All over Western New York (and New York State), high school football teams are lining up against an opponent for the first time. These past few years, we've been calling it Scrimmage Saturday.

Photojournalist Harry Scull Jr. and I will be hitting a few scrimmages today. I'll have updates and photos in the live blog below, and we'll have some videos posted later today. 

We have Tonawanda, Lockport and Canisius on our short list for places to visit -- here's our complete list of scrimmages.

If you are out catching some of the action (before the real action), tweets with the hashtag #scrimmagesaturday will appear in the live blog below. 

Just a reminder that our season preview will be published Thursday, just before we get started with Week One of the 2013 football season Friday and Saturday (Sept. 6-7).

We'll have a live chat Wednesday evening at 9 to discuss the upcoming season. 

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Here are some iPhone video highlights from today, many of which I mentioned in the live blog.

The first one is probably the best one of the day:

Here are other highlights from Canisius' defense against Williamsville South's offense:

Continue reading "Live from Scrimmage Saturday (with 28 video highlights)" »

Canisius' Ollison to announce college decision Sept. 9

By Keith McShea

Canisius senior standout running back Qadree Ollison will announce his college decision on Monday, Sept. 9 in a ceremony at the Delaware Ave. school. 

Ollison, who was the Buffalo News co-Player of the Year (with teammate lineman Ryan Hunter), will decide from among his five finalists -- Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin -- at 3:15 p.m. in Canisius' auditorium. Ollison was offered scholarships by 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs. 

Continue reading "Canisius' Ollison to announce college decision Sept. 9" »

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A South

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The six-team division consists of the Hamburg Bulldogs, Hutch-Tech Engineers, Iroquois Chiefs, Lake Shore Eagles, South Park Sparks and West Seneca East Trojans.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A South" »

Video: Our #preptalkpreseason tour visits with Depew, Orchard Park & Burgard

Photojournalist Harry Scull Jr. continued our #preptalkpreseason coverage with a visit to Depew to talk to coach Brian Wilson and his players. The Wildcats discussed the 2013 season and their status heading into Scrimmage Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mark Mulville checked in with Orchard Park and fellow photojournalist John Hickey visited Burgard's practice at All High Stadium.

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: B North

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The nine-team division consists of the Albion Purple Eagles, Amherst Tigers, Barker/Roy-Hart Raiders, Bennett Tigers, Burgard Bulldogs, Cheektowaga Warrriors, Lew-Port Lancers, Maryvale Flyers and Medina/Lyndonville Mustangs.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: B North" »

Lineup for Scrimmage Saturday 2013

By Keith McShea

Below is our working lineup for high school football's Scrimmage Saturday (Aug. 31) that we've compiled via emails from coaches and officials as well as some school sites.

If you have scrimmages or details to add, email them to me at or tweet to @KeithMcSheaBN and I'll update the list as soon as I can.

Cheektowaga and Springville at Tonawanda, 8:15 a.m.
LockportSt. FrancisLancasterSweet HomeGrand IslandNiagara-Wheatfield and Lockport at Lockport's Emmet Belknap Intermediate School, 9 a.m.

Continue reading "Lineup for Scrimmage Saturday 2013" »

Video: Today's #preptalkpreseason visit with Iroquois

Head coach Keith Marshall and Iroquois players discuss the 2013 season, including their opener against visiting Sweet Home.

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: B South

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The eight-team division consists of the Alden Bulldogs, Depew Wildcats, Dunkirk Marauders, East Aurora Blue Devils, Eden Raiders, Olean Huskies, Pioneer Panthers and Springville Griffins.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: B South" »

The #preptalkpreseason video tour hits Alden: Bulldogs prepare for season opener vs. Dunkirk

Head coach Rob Currin and Alden players give their thoughts as the team prepares for first game against Dunkirk.

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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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