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#PrepTalkLive from Middle Early College ending McKinley's 33-game Yale Cup win streak (with VIDEO), plus your updates

By Keith McShea

It's again a very busy Friday night in basketball, and our stop is a very big one in the Yale Cup as No. 2 large school McKinley aims to keep its outstanding success in league play going against co-No. 4 small school Middle Early College at 7 p.m. at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center, which is MEC's home gym. 

There are a ton of league games in both boys and girls play. As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

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A couple of highlights:

And the postgame show:

PrepTalkTV: Canisius-Jamestown football & more

By Keith McShea

The week's weather difficulties bumped our original guests from tonight's PrepTalkTV show, but we've got plenty to talk about with yesterday's news that Canisius and Jamestown will play a regular season nonleague football game in Week Four of the 2014 season.

News Sports Clerk and contributor Nick Veronica will join me for the show at 7:30 p.m. as we talk some football, the basketball polls as well as what's coming up this weekend and beyond. 

The Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball team was to be guests on the show, but they had a postponed game from Wednesday moved to today. We hope to have them on in the future.

You can watch the show live here or at the BuffaloNews.com home page. After the show the complete broadcast segments will be posted here.

The live show will be again be followed shortly thereafter by a live chat in which we'll discuss anything about Western New York high school sports, or our coverage of it.

We'll also monitor tonight's action -- including Federation hockey game between Canisius and Bishop Timon-St. Jude -- through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter.

Please be patient in the chat. I promise I'll get to all questions. 

Jamestown, Canisius will play football in 2014

By Keith McShea

Canisius and Jamestown have set a date for the 2014 football season, The Buffalo News has learned.

This will be a rare nonleague meeting of top-flight large schools from Section VI and the Monsignor Martin Association, and the timing is excellent because of how the two programs finished the 2013 season. 

Jamestown, the champion of Section VI's Class AA, and Canisius, the Monsignor Martin champion, finished tied for the top spot in the final 2013 News large school poll (see the polls & story).

The teams will play at Jamestown's Strider Field in Week Four: Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The schools are expected to officially announce the matchup later today. 

Discussions began in December, including when Canisius coach Rich Robbins and Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy talked about scheduling a 2014 game at Dick Gallagher's Western New York football banquet.

“I'd like to thank Jamestown's Tom Langworthy and Ben Drake, and our coach, Rich Robbins, for their efforts to bring this game together,” Canisius athletic director Jim Mauro said in a prepared statement. “Anytime you are able to get two strong programs competing on a Friday night under the lights is great for Western New York high school football.

Continue reading "Jamestown, Canisius will play football in 2014" »

How The News voted: Fast-breaking to February

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls, which are published in today's Scholastic Spotlight.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted. This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll.

Here are our previous blogs: last week (Jan. 21), Jan. 14, Jan. 7; and our first ballot (there was no blog after the second poll as I was on vacation). Here's last year's final poll

And here's this week's ballot (note: vote was put together before Monday's games). When next week's poll rolls around, all of a sudden we'll be in a busy month for hoops:

Continue reading "How The News voted: Fast-breaking to February" »

Your #PrepTalkLive updates on a busy Monday: Middle College beats East; Cheektowaga tops Amherst

By Keith McShea

As noted in today's High School Extra, there might not be a great quantity, but there is great quality in tonight's lineup of boys basketball games. 

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): Canisius canceled school today, so the big Bishop TImon-St. Jude at Canisius contest has been postponed; no makeup date has been announced. 

Tonight's lineup is still very solid as No. 2 small school East and No. 5 Middle Early College meet for the first time this season in Yale Cup action at 7 p.m. at ECC-City’s Flickinger Center. The ECIC matchups among the dozen games scheduled tonight include Williamsville East (9-4) at Sweet Home at 7 p.m. in ECIC II; Cheektowaga plays No. 8 large school and ECIC III rival Amherst for the first time, 7:30 at Amherst; and in ECIC IV co-leader Holland hosts Alden at 6:30 p.m. just days after beating the Bulldogs by four.

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter (especially because I'm off today -- I set this up ahead of time).

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

#PrepTalkLive on a very busy Friday, including Lockport beating Ken West & Clarence avenging Jamestown loss (with VIDEO interviews)

By Keith McShea

It's a very busy Friday night on both the boys and girls basketball sides, with top league showdowns in ECIC I (Jamestown at Clarence at 7:30 p.m.) and the Niagara Frontier League (Kenmore West at Lockport at 6:30). I'm headed to Clarence with a likely stop at an early game beforehand. There's also a big wrestling showdown as No. 1 large school Clarence heads to No. 4 Lancaster for their "Border Brawl" dual meet. 

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

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Highlights from the end of Clarence's win over Jamestown: 

The postgame show from Clarence: 

PrepTalkTV: Cheektowaga wrestling standout Rodriguez-Spencer & an old friend co-hosts

By Keith McShea

Cheektowaga senior wrestler Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, an All-American and state champion who is headed to Iowa State, will join us on PrepTalkTV tonight along with his coach Matt Haberl, and a special guest co-host appearance by former News reporter Lauren Burroughs (you'll remember her last name as Mariacher in her PrepTalkTV days). We'll get started at 7:30.

You can watch the show live here or at the BuffaloNews.com home page. After the show the complete broadcast segments will be posted here.

The live show will be again be followed shortly thereafter by a live chat in which we'll monitor tonight's action -- including the 9 p.m. Federation hockey game between Williamsville North and St. Joe's -- through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter. As always, we'll discuss anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it.

Please be patient in the chat. I promise I'll get to all questions. 

#PrepTalkLive from V-Penfield's rout of Cardinal O'Hara girls, plus your updates

By Keith McShea

This evening is not overloaded with games, but there are a few key ones, particularly on the girls side. No. 1 large school Cardinal O'Hara hosts Section V power Penfield at 6, while there is a battle for first place in ECIC II as No. 6 Hamburg is at No. 10 Williamsville South at 7:30. There's also a key wrestling matchup in the Niagara Frontier League as No. 3 Niagara-Wheatfield is at No. 2 Lockport starting at 5.

After an assignment, I'll be heading to O'Hara, and I'm looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

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Tomorrow we'll have our PrepTalkTV episode at 7:30, featuring Cheektowaga All-American wrestler Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer and his coach, Matt Haberl, while our special guest co-host is former News reporter Lauren (Mariacher) Burroughs.

We'll have a live chat after the show, as always, where we'll monitor Thursday's action, including Williamsville North and St. Joe's playing a 9 p.m. Federation hockey game. 

VIDEO: Olean on its big win at St. Mary's

#PrepTalkLive from Olean's 79-51 rout at St. Mary's, plus your updates

By Keith McShea

This evening marks yet another gem from Olean's independent schedule. The Huskies, who moved back into the No. 1 small school spot in The News poll this week (poll and my ballot), visit No. 3 small school St. Mary's at 7:30 p.m. 

There are a handful of other top games to keep an eye on tonight, including a top 10 large school battle of Clarence at Jamestown in their first ECIC I meeting of the season, and an intriguing Monsignor Martin matchup of No. 4 small school Park (check out today's dunk-rific post about the Pioneers) at No. 4 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Also on the schedule: North Tonawanda at Kenmore West in the Niagara Frontier League, Williamsville South at Williamsville East in ECIC II and St. Francis at Lancaster in a nice nonleaguer. 

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag .

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on big, busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

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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 | [email protected]

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