Week Four Saturday has a ton going on, including a matchup of the No. 1 team in the state Class AA poll, Aquinas, visiting the No. 1 team in The Buffalo News large school poll, St. Joe's, at 1 p.m. I'll have play-by-play along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with the hashtag #AQvSTJ).
I'm planning on heading to Robert E. Rich All High Stadium afterwards for the big top 10 small schools matchup of Medina against Burgard at 4 p.m. (#MEDvBURG).
Other games we'll definitely be keeping an eye on: Kenmore East at Grand Island at 2 in a big A North matchup of 3-0 teams; Orchard Park hosts Williamsville South at 1 p.m. in a nonleaguer/
We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well).
Week Four is loaded with great matchups, including the annual showdown between small school powers as No. 1 small school Depew hosts No. 2 Alden at 7:30 p.m. (#ALDvDEP at #PrepTalkLive). That's where I'll be with play-by-play from the game along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.
We'll also have News reporters and photojournalists out at Canisius at St. Francis at 7 (#CANvSTF), Cleveland Hill at Lackawanna at 7 (#CHvLACK) and Randolph at Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake at 7:30 (#RANDvMGCL).
We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). Live chat comments are certainly welcome too.
Olean senior Wil Bathurst told me via Twitter direct message that he has verbally committed to Cornell.
Bathurst was a first-team All-Western New York selection as a junior last year for the Huskies. The 6-3 multi-talented forward was part of a third straight Section VI championship before Olean's season ended with a buzzer-beating loss to Batavia in the Far West Regionals.
I've thought Bathurst had Division I potential all along, and thought he proved it last season. He has good size and has the ability to do pretty much anything you need on the court.
Our third episode of PrepTalkTV is tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com).
With the tremendous annual matchup of Alden at Depew set for Friday at 7:30, we have a little bit of each program on the show. Sean Bruso, an Alden assistant coach who has covered high school football via radio and television since he was a high school student at Lancaster, will be the guest co-host this week.
We will be rotating guest hosts throughout the year, if you'd like to be part of the show, whether you are a college or high school student, let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org or @KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter.
After the show, we'll conduct a live chat here on the blog. As always, anything in the world of high school sports, or our coverage of it, is up for discussion.
As always, I will try to get to every question in the live chat. Please be patient.
"The recommendation to cancel the decision came after consideration of the deep grief our communities have experienced and the impact of Damon’s passing on this team.
"My recommendation to the board was based on discussions with our players, coaches and administration from both schools. The players and coaches have shown such strength and courage during this time and are grieving the loss a friend and teammate. The decision to not field a varsity football team for the remainder of the season will allow this team to remain together and heal in private—away from the bright lights and public eye.
"These young men are to be commended for their strength and determination in honoring Damon in our school communities and our future athletic programs.
"The District had canceled or postponed all athletic events and programs the week of September 16 and that extended to Monday’s junior varsity game. A team meeting was held on Monday where I talked to the players about the upcoming season. I wanted the team to know of my recommendation first."
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.