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#PrepTalkLive from Championship Friday: Middle Early College, Randolph, Sherman win titles

By Keith McShea

Championship Week continues in boys basketball today and I'll be at Jamestown Community College for three games in what is usually a fantastic environment: Class D final at 5:30 p.m. (Sherman vs. Panama); C-2 final at 7 (Randolph vs. Maple Grove) and C-1 final at 8:30 (Middle Early College vs. Silver Creek).

The girls tournament also continues with the AA semifinals at Kenmore West. 

There is also some key action going on throughout the state as it is the first day of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in wrestling (at Albany's Times-Union Center) and boys swimming (at the Webster Aquatic Center).

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of tonight'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 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.

We want tweets from all varsity sports, every season, 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 from Championship Week Thursday: Will South, McKinley to meet in A-1 final

By Keith McShea

Championship Week continues in boys basketball today. I'll be at Buffalo State for the A-1 semifinals as North Tonawanda meets Williamsville South at 6 p.m., followed by McKinley against Hamburg at 7:45.

The girls tournament also continues with B-1 and C-1 semifinal action. 

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of tonight'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 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.

We want tweets from all varsity sports, every season, 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: Nichols coach & players after stunning upset of Canisius

VIDEO: Section VI boys hoops winners from Amherst, Cheektowaga & Cleveland Hill

#PrepTalkLive from Championship Week Wednesday: NICHOLS UPSETS CANISIUS, 57-50; Timon beats St. Mary's in OT

By Keith McShea

It's Championship Week in boys basketball, with big games in both the Manhattan Cup and Section VI playoffs, while there is girls basketball playoff action today as well.

I'll be at Canisius High School for the semifinals, as Canisius meets Nichols at 6 p.m. followed by a terrific game of Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs. St. Mary's at 7:30. 

At Buffalo State, Championship Week continues with a tripleheader of games in Class B-2 (Salamanca vs. Cleveland Hill, 5:30 p.m.) and the A-2 semifinals of Amherst vs. Lew-Port at 7 and Cheektowaga vs. Maryvale at 8:30 p.m. News Reporter Mary Jo Monnin is on hand for those.

Down at Jamestown Community College, the Class D semifinals will take place while the girls tournament continues with A-2, B-2 and C-2 semifinal action. 

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of tonight'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 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.

We want tweets from all varsity sports, every season, 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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Canisius coach Kyle Husband on the loss:

"That team we just lost to, one, played very well together, and played very hard. Unfortunately, they came out today … and they played harder than we did -- which I always think is one of our better attributes -- and they played more together than we did.

"In any sport, obviously people are not going to lay down and let you win. And I think a little bit of that crept in. We played back on our heels until it was too late.

"They made more plays than we did throughout the entire game. They made bigger shots than we did, they made better passes than we did, they certainly rebounded the ball better than we did, and they probably defended at a higher level."

I asked Husband about it seemed like it was 'one of those nights' early on:

"Whether it was a bounce that went right into their hands, or missed free throws, missed layups, 2 for 18 from three … it was definiltey one of those nights. But when you don’t play as hard as the other team, that’s what happens.

"It’s certainly not an excuse because we didn’t make shots. In the Timon game, I said we made shots because we passed the ball at a high level, because we had better energy … we didn’t do that today as a team.

"And after this many months, and after as many good wins that we’ve had, obviously the disappointment is pretty high."

VIDEO: Boys basketball semifinal winners East, Fredonia & Olean

#PrepTalkLive from Championship Week Tuesday

It's Championship Week in boys basketball, and there is girls basketball playoffs today as well.

At Buffalo State, Championship Week continues with a tripleheader of games in Class B-2 (East vs. Health Sciences, 5:30 p.m.) and the B-1 semifinals of Fredonia vs. Tonawanda at 7 and Olean vs. Depew at 8:30 p.m. News Reporter Mary Jo Monnin is on hand for those.

Down at Jamestown Community College, the Class C-2 semifinals will take place. The girls tournament continues with semifinal and quarterfinal action. 

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a full 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 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.

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 from hockey's Super Monday & the start of basketball's Championship Week

It's Championship Week in boys basketball, and it starts with the biggest day of the year in Western New York boys hockey.

Super Monday, where Miguel Rodriguez will be reporting from, will decide the champions of the Monsignor Martin Association's Niagara Cup (St. Joe's vs. Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 4 p.m.) as well as Section VI's Division II (small schools: Williamsville East vs. Kenmore East at 6:15) and Division I (large schools: Williamsville North vs. Niagara-Wheatfield at 8:30).

 

At Buffalo State, Championship Week starts with two major matchups, the Class AA semifinals. Williamsville North and Clarence play at 6 p.m. with Jamestown taking on Lockport at 7:45. Correspondent Nick Veronica is on hand for those. Down at Jamestown Community College, the Class C-1 semifinals will take place: Barker vs. Silver Creek and Middle Early College vs. Allegany-Limestone.

We'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via 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 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.

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.

How The News voted: Ultimate week, penultimate poll

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 Tuesday'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 (Feb. 18), Feb. 11Feb. 4Jan. 28Jan. 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

This is the penultimate poll -- the last one before the final poll that is published as part of our All-Western New York basketball issue. We're publishing this a day earlier than we usually do (Tuesday) due to Monday's huge Section VI Class AA semifinals. 

Here's this week's ballot: 

Continue reading "How The News voted: Ultimate week, penultimate poll" »

#PrepTalkLive from club hockey's Super Sunday & Monsignor Martin girls hoops semifinals

As the postseason on, there are fewer events, but they are of great importance. Today is Super Sunday for club hockey, where correspondent Nick Veronica is on hand at First Niagara Center, while correspondent Erich Neuhaus is at the Monsignor Martin Class A girls basketball semifinals at Daemen College. 

We'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via 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 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.

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 | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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