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PrepTalkRewind: Park's Fred Foster & one of the best dunks I've ever seen (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

On Friday night, in the fourth quarter of what would be a 77-75 win for Park over visiting Nichols, I saw one of the best high school dunks I've ever seen. 

This is how I saw it.  I stand by my use of ALL CAPS. :-)

Later in the live blog I said that it might have been the greatest I've ever seen. It's on the short list.

One by Jamestown's Jaysean Paige certainly came to mind, especially Monday after he verballed to Southern Miss; there's Jonny Flynn's putback dunk for Niagara Falls against Fairport in the regionals at Buffalo State, there were a handful by Paul Harris of the Falls (watch a bunch here or a bunch more here). This season, Donte Williams of Bishop Timon-St. Jude had a great one in the first game I saw this year) while Stafford Trueheart has had some fine finishes of alley-oops for Canisius.

The thing that made it such an impressive dunk was that most times -- especially in high school games -- your big dunks are coming on fast breaks or at least with a running start. This one just exploded in what seemed to be a couple of steps after Foster got the ball in the lane. 

My jaw dropped and it stayed that way for a couple of possessions up and down the floor. 

To back up this highlight-worthy play, Foster had about five more big plays in the final minutes for Park, including a slick go-ahead basket in the lane and two steals to stymie any potential answers from Nichols (Check lower down below for my own iPhone videos of the end of the game). 

I tweeted after they game that I'd love to see video of the dunk, and here are two:

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How The News voted: Large schools on repeat (mostly); small schools get new No. 1 (again)

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. 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:

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VIDEO: Canisius on its rout of McKinley

#PrepTalkLive from the MLK Classic: Hutch-Tech beats St. Francis in OT; East routs Sweet Home; Canisius clobbers McKinley

By Keith McShea

This afternoon marks one of the highlights of the season with the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. It is again hosted by City Honors and includes some great boys basketball matchups, with the marquee game pitting last year’s co-No. 1 large school champions against each other when current No. 1 Canisius plays McKinley at 2 p.m. (which I wrote about in my Prep Talk column this week).

The event starts with Hutch-Tech and St. Francis at 11 a.m., followed by East against No. 9 large school Sweet Home at 12:30 p.m..

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 (our apologies for recent malfunctions on the page -- our team are working to remedy the situation).

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.

VIDEO: Park beats Nichols in top 10 small school battle

VIDEO: Williamsville North basketball wins big at Clarence

Williamsville Norths' head coach Chuck Swierski and point guard Sterling Taplin talk about the team's big win over Clarence.

#PrepTalkLive from Park's 77-75 win over Nichols & Will North's 66-49 win at Clarence, plus your updates

By Keith McShea

Tonight's busy lineup features two league games between top 10 teams that we'll be stopping in at: No. 4 small school Nichols at No. 5 Park at 6:30 and No. 6 large school Williamsville North at No. 2 Clarence (7:30).

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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I'll also be live blogging from Saturday's MLK Classic, which I wrote about in today's Prep Talk column

PrepTalkTV (Jan. 16): All-American swimmers from Canisius

By Keith McShea

Canisius swimming coach Brian Spurlock and All-American swimmers Jack Boyd and Andrew Wotjowicz will join us at 7:30 for our first PrepTalkTV episode of 2014. The very accomplished Canisius swimming program topped my initial Power 10 for the winter season.

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 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 huge Yale Cup showdown: McKinley 78, East 74 (with video)

By Keith McShea

Today's best game is one of the best of the year: Two-time defending Yale Cup champion McKinley, winners of 29 straight league games and ranked third in the large school poll, is at No. 1 small school East. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

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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I'll also be on hand to watch both of these teams on Saturday at the Buffalo Public Schools' MLK Classic at City Honors -- with both playing ranked opponents: East vs. No. 9 large school Sweet Home at 12:30 followed by McKinley vs. No. 1 large school Canisius at 2. 

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Video highlights (McKinley did much of its late work at the line, going 6 for 6 in final minutes):

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The postgame show:

#PrepTalkLive from Canisius College: Canisius routs St. Joe's, 73-51

By Keith McShea

Canisius put forth a balanced effort, right from the start, to rout rival St. Joe's Saturday afternoon before a near-capacity crowd of about 2,000 at Canisius College's Koessler Athletic Center.

The Crusaders, ranked first in The Buffalo News large school poll, took a 20-7 lead after one quarter and were up, 40-19, at halftime. Canisius' lead rarely dipped below 20 in the second half as it improved to 9-1 and 4-0 in the Monsignor Martin Association.

Stafford Trueheart, a 6-5 sophomore, had a triple-double with 12 points -- including a pair of thunderous two-handed jams in the first half -- along with 13 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Sophomore Howard Washington had 13 points and seven assists while senior Josh Huffman contributed 13 points and eight steals off the bench. Senior Ryan Richards scored 11 while he, Trueheart and junior TJ Wheatley all also had big blocks on the defensive end in the first half.

St. Joe's (6-6), the No. 3 large school, was led by senior Justin Hollins (17 points, four three-pointers) and sophomore Justin Jones (10).

Click here for the box score as well as today's full scoreboard.

Check back to buffalonews.com and the Prep Talk blog for a video report on the game later today as well as a story published Sunday.

Review the play-by-play from the game in the live blog below.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog  -- 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.

We want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. As it was throughout the football season, the #preptalklive blog (and hashtag on Twitter) 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 | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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