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Video: #preptalkpreseason continues with Williamsville South

Day Three of high school football practice meant a stop at Williamsville South to check in with the Billies. Photojournalist Harry Scull Jr.'s video: 

Video: #preptalkpreseason visit with St. Joe's football

St. Joe's football coach and players talk about QB battle and their expectations as they enter the second day of practice.

Video: Coach Robbins & Canisius players on getting started

Canisius football players express what it's like to begin practice and what they look forward to.

New conference, same challenge: Depew looks to take down rival Alden

 

Aaron Mansfield/Buffalo News -- Depew High School welcomed back its football players today, but they weren't absent from the gridiron for long. In fact, the athletes conditioned Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the school all summer. They're chasing another shot at taking down rival Alden.
Aaron Mansfield/Buffalo News -- Depew High School welcomed back its football players today, but they weren't absent from the gridiron for long. In fact, the athletes conditioned Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the school all summer. They're chasing another shot at taking down rival Alden, which made the state semifinals last season.

By Aaron Mansfield

 

The Depew Wildcats are 15-4 the past two years. It's an impressive mark, to be sure -- but it's not one with which they're content. That's because all four of those losses have come against their cross-town rival, Alden.

"Obviously, we take one game at a time, but there’s a little asterisk next to week five," second-year Depew head coach Brian Wilson said of his team's regular-season showdown with Alden. "We’re ready to go."

I was at Alden for the morning practice and didn't make it to Depew in time to catch up with any Wildcats players, but Wilson was still in the locker room. He took the time to chat with The News about his expectations for the 2013 season.

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Alden looks for return to prominence behind Stoldt, Currin

 

Aaron Mansfield/Buffalo News -- The Alden Bulldogs, who made it to the state semifinals in 2012 for the first time in school history, were back on the practice field Monday for the first day of fall preparation.
Aaron Mansfield/Buffalo News -- The Alden Bulldogs, who made it to the state semifinals in 2012 for the first time in school history, were back on the practice field Monday for the first day of fall preparation.


By Aaron Mansfield

After a season in which Alden won the Section VI championship and made the state final four for the first time in school history, you might expect the Bulldogs to have a bit of self-assured swagger heading into the 2013 season. You might expect to sense an arrogance in their demeanor that says, ‘We’re good and we know it.’

But the Bulldogs are embracing a much different outlook – an underdog mentality. They’re hungrier than ever; they’re hungry to prove they can dominate without legendary coach Dick Diminuco, who left the team after last season to become the quarterbacks coach at SUNY Brockport.

Though Diminuco is gone, the team’s on-the-field leader from last year, senior quarterback Brian Stoldt, is back. Stoldt has been one of the primary attractions in Western New York high school football since he became the starting signal-caller as a sophomore.

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[BN]TheLockerRoom video: Canisius coach Rich Robbins' opening address to team

Drosendahl returns to EA as volunteer coach

By Mary Jo Monnin

While East Aurora's practice included plenty of new faces with the addition of Holland players at today's opening practice, it also included a familiar one.

Scott Drosendahl, an all-star quarterback from the 2008 Blue Devils, has joined the team as a volunteer coach. He had signed a four-month contract to play professional football in Finland with the Tampere Saints of Europe’s Second Division, but tore his ACL in the season opener. He's scheduled to have surgery Sept. 9.

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Video: EA and Holland team up as combined football program

Mary Jo Monnin and John Hickey were at East Aurora for the kickoff of the #preptalkpreseason. EA has welcomed players from Holland this year, part of a trend of programs combining throughout Western New York and throughout the state. Holland has not had a football program.  

Mary Jo will have more in a story for Tuesday's News.

#preptalkpreseason kicks off with start of practice: Visits with OP, Sweet Home & Canisius (with video)

Sweet Home goes through a drill to start its afternoon session. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

Welcome to the first day of the 2013-14 high school sports season. Today is the first day that fall season teams can practice throughout the state. For football teams, which have held workouts and passing leagues throughout the summer, the preparation begins today for Week One (Sept. 6-7).

At Canisius, a most notable transfer will not be on the field today. TJ Wheatley, the junior standout who I wrote about in Sunday's paper, is out with what the coaching staff is calling -- get ready hockey fans -- an "upper body injury." The team says it has not been authorized by Wheatley's family to disclose the specific injury. 

Wheatley is listed as day-to-day. The team is hopeful it will have him in the opening-night lineup at Rochester's McQuaid on Friday, Sept. 6.

Wheatley participated in passing leagues with Canisius this summer. Once the injury was diagnosed it was determined that it occurred back at the Sound Mind/Sound Body camp in Michigan in June, which was prior to the Wheatleys' decision to attend Canisius.

UPDATE: Wheatley has been CLEARED. 

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#preptalkpreseason with PrepTalkTV: Interviews with AA coaches from Clarence, Ken West, Falls, W.S. West & Lockport

Get the lowdown on Class AA football from coaches from Clarence, Kenmore West, Niagara Falls, Lancaster, West Seneca West and Lockport

Mary Jo Monnin sat down with the coaches prior to the Section VI preseason coaches meeting, and Harry Scull compiled the video: 

Check back for more coach interviews and reports from high school training camps, and check out more video reports at our video home page

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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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