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Connolly Cup 10 finalists revealed on PrepTalkTV

By Keith McShea

Here are this year's 10 finalists for the Connolly Cup, as announced on PrepTalkTV this afternoon:

Nigel Davis, St. Joe'’s senior, 5-10, 180 RB/WR/DB/P/K

Chris Doubek, Randolph senior, 5-9, 170 RB/DB

Lyle Grant, Alden sophomore, 5-6, 165 RB/DB

Austen Lauricella, Akron senior, 5-6, 150 WR/DB/P

Tyler Mascio, South Park senior, 5-10, 175 QB/DB

Matt McCarthy, Fredonia junior, 6-0, 178 RB

Qadree Ollison, Canisius senior, 6-1, 220 RB

Jake Sisson, Jamestown senior, 6-0, 190, QB/DB

Brian Stoldt, Alden senior, 6-0 190, QB/DB

Brandon Thomas, Cleveland Hill senior, 5-10, 190, RB/DB

The winner will be announced at the Connolly Cup banquet on Dec. 7 at Ilio DiPaolo's. 

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We're thrilled to announce that for the second straight year, top 10 finalists for the Connolly Cup will be revealed live on PrepTalkTV. 

Connolly Cup Committee members Dennis Sarow and Gregg O'Shei will be part of our 4 p.m. Thursday broadcast (watch in the window above or on our home page) as we unveil the finalists for the coveted award, which annually goes to Western New York's most outstanding high school football player. 

Each year, the Riverside Athletic Club's Connolly Cup Committee scouts games throughout the season, announcing weekly honor rolls all with the intent on determining the most outstanding football player in Western New York.

This year's finalists won't even know they've been selected until their names are announced on PrepTalkTV.

The top 10 finalists are announced late in the season, generally after local championship games, with the Connolly Cup usually announced on the first Saturday of December during a banquet at Ilio DiPaolo's in Blasdell.

Corey Barczykowski of Alden was last year's Connolly Cup winner. Last year The Buffalo News Players of the Year were Canisius lineman Ryan Hunter and running back Qadree Ollison (our award is separate and The News is not part of the Connolly Cup committee).

Check out a ton of information on the award at

PrepTalkTV is our weekly Thursday live show at in which myself and various guests recap each weekend of high school football and look forward to the top upcoming games with analysis and in-studio interviews.

This week, guest co-host Dave DeLuca will join me as -- in addition to the Connolly Cup unveiling -- we review last week's Far West Regionals, take a look at this weekend's state semifinals, and also preview Thursday night's Monsignor Martin championship game at Ralph Wilson Stadium between Canisius and St. Joe's

Usually, PrepTalkTV airs at 7:30 Thursdays; this week it has been moved to an earlier time due to the Monsignor Martin final.

Another scheduling tweak for next week: Due to Thanksgiving, both the Bills Roundable (9:30 a.m.) and PrepTalkTV (1 p.m.) will air at earlier times on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

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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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