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Week Four Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Big day as Aquinas wins at St. Joe's, Burgard pounds Medina

By Keith McShea

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). 

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

Video: Randolph coach happy at how his players responded when they fell behind

Randolph coach Brent Brown says the best thing tonight was seeing how his players responded when they fell behind.

Video: Alden QB credits team's young players

Brian Stoldt, Alden's QB, credits young players who stepped up and helped team win games.

Video: Cleveland Hill coach says his team played well defensively

Cleveland Hill's head coach Glenn Graham says his team continues to play well defensively as his team defeats Lackawanna.

Week Four Friday: Alden wins big at Depew & updates from our #PrepTalkLive team (which includes you)

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. 

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back tomorrow afternoon with more #PrepTalkLive coverage on this big weekend as I'll start my day at the 1 p.m. meeting of Class AA No. 1 Aquinas at News large school No. 1 St. Joe's

Olean basketball's Bathurst verbally commits to Cornell

By Keith McShea

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.

PrepTalkTV Week Three: Looking ahead to Alden-Depew with ... Alden & Depew

By Keith McShea

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 kmcshea@buffnews.com 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.

Week Four poll: Which Friday night #PrepTalkLive game are you looking forward to the most?

McShea discusses Westfield/Brocton canceling its football season on NPR's All Things Considered

Keith McShea appeared on National Public Radio's All Things Considered program this afternoon to discuss the decision by Westfield/Brocton to cancel its football season.

Westfield/Brocton decided to cancel its season following the death of Brocton's Damon Janes after he suffered injuries in the team's Sept. 13 game.

Listen to the full interview below:

Here is the link to the interview.

Westfield superintendent on the cancellation of Westfield/Brocton's football season

By Keith McShea

Below are comments e-mailed to me today by Westfield superintendent David Davison.

The Westfield Board of Education Monday night, on the recommendation of the superintendent, approved the cancellation of the football season following the death of junior football player Damon Janes a week ago Monday.

"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."

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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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