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Lake Shore's TJ Hornberger breaks 27-year-old Section VI record in 1,600

By Mary Jo Monnin

OLEAN - TJ Hornberger no longer has to remind himself what the Section VI record is in the 1,600 meters.

The mark now belongs to him.

For the past year, the Lake Shore senior has been writing the record time of 4:13.07 down on small pieces of paper and leaving them in places he would frequent during the course of his day, a notebook, his locker, rooms in his home … “I wrote it down like everywhere. I just wanted it so bad,” he said.

The motivation worked. On Saturday he put the race of his life together running a 4:12.77 to break the long-sought-after 27-year record set by Charlie Kern of Sweet Home in 1987.

“This was the best I felt all year because I was injured, so I’m so excited I could run this fast,” said Hornberger, who won by a gaudy 16 seconds. “I was going for 4:13 or faster. I saw my time (after the third lap) and I knew I could get there, so I just picked it up and went as fast as I could go.”

Fans sitting in the bleachers at Olean sensed they were witnessing history. They stood and cheered during Hornberger’s final 100 meters, an all-out sprint to the finish.

The two-day Section VI Track and Field Championships at Olean High School attracted athletes from 85 schools. 

More on the meet in Sunday's News.

#PrepTalkLive from a BIG day of high school championships: baseball (Lancaster beats OP for AA title), track & lacrosse

By Keith McShea

It's a BIG Saturday in high school sports. I'll be at the Section VI Class AA baseball championship at Niagara Falls at 1, Mary Jo Monnin and correspondent Sean McGrath will be at the Section VI track & field championships at Olean, while correspondents Ryan Nagelhout (boys at All High Stadium) and Aaron Mansfield (girls at Honeoye Falls-Lima) will be covering Far West Regional lacrosse tripleheaders. 

We'll have our own #PrepTalkLive updates in the blog below, but we, as always, are looking forward to yours. 

Contribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog below. The easiest way to do provide updates is to tweet scores and big plays with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag. Those tweets will automatically appear below. 

We want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season and the winter -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls golf: Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster

By Keith McShea

John Hickey/Buffalo NewsThere are many outstanding resumes among the Prep Talk Players of the Year. 

There are not many that can win a match of cards with Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster

Dantonio has put together an incredibly impressive list of accomplishments -- and she's not even finished with her junior season -- which is why she has been named the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls golf.

Dantonio won her third straight Section VI championship recently, which was also her fourth title in five years. She will compete at the state championships at SUNY Delhi next weekend.

At this year's championships, Dantonio shot a 5-over-par 77 at Gowanda Country Club to earn a four-stroke victory.

Last week she verbally committed to play Division I golf at Winthrop University.

VIDEO: On Thursday, Dantonio was one of three Lancaster female athletes who won Prep Talk Player of the Year honors in their respective sports to appear on PrepTalkTV

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All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball. 

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Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls golf: Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster" »

#PrepTalkThrowback: 2008 Lancaster girls lacrosse & 'Forget prom!'

John Hickey/Buffalo News
Top row (left to right): Brittany Nagowski, Caitlin Formato, Susan May, Angie Sanita, Lindsay Morgan, Gina Sanita, Bottom row: Jessica Rogers, Liz Nagowski, Maria Kotas.

 

By Keith McShea

When I learned this afternoon (via live tweeting by Metro's Tom Gallagher) that West Seneca East softball was playing without three starters in its Section VI Class A semifinal against Williamsville South (South would win, 8-2), it reminded me of one of the best teams I have ever covered, and one of the best stories I've been able to be around for. 

So I dug it up.

The 2008 Lancaster girls lacrosse team made history on the field -- and they had people talking off of it.

The two words I remember the team by are: "Forget prom!"

Here's the story (check out this blog post about it as well, which includes some backstory on the picture above, which ran on the front page of the paper):

Continue reading "#PrepTalkThrowback: 2008 Lancaster girls lacrosse & 'Forget prom!' " »

Your #PrepTalkLive updates from sectional track championships & softball semifinals

After a terrible spring for weather, it is a great day for the Section VI track and field championships in Olean and the Section VI semifinals in softball -- where 10 games will determine five championship matchups.  The tennis state championships are also being held at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on another important day in Western New York high school sports. 

Contribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag. Those tweets will automatically appear below. 

We want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season and the winter -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track: McKenzie Kuehlewind, Lancaster

By Keith McShea

KuehlewindMcKenzie Keuhlewind of Lancaster won the Section VI indoor track championship in the shot put as a sophomore and junior.

As a senior, she finished second.

But in her next meet, she went out and won the state title. 

Keuhlewind, who was Section VI's only state champion in indoor track this year, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track.

Keulewind will attend the University at Buffalo next year.

She then finished 14th place nationally at the New Balance Indoor Track High School Championships in the shot put; she was also eighth in the weight throw. 

In the shot put, she battled senior Jesse Dhaliwall of Grand Island all season; Dhaliwall finished second at states after winning the Section VI title. 

Kuehlewind is also currently ranked first in Western New York in the shot put. The Section VI meet is this weekend. Kuelhewind has met the standard for the state championships, but she has to place at sectionals to completely earn the trip. 

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All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball. 

* * * 

Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track: McKenzie Kuehlewind, Lancaster" »

PrepTalkTV (May 29): Prep Talk Awards honorees from Lancaster, Will South, Clarence

By Keith McShea

Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, our third of the spring, again tied in with today's edition of the Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards as we welcomed in today's spotlight Prep Talk Player of the Year -- and quite a few more honorees.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track and field, Devon Patterson of Williamsville Southwho was featured on the blog today, appeared on the show with fellow Billie Haley Carroll, the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls bowling.

We also welcomed in field hockey Prep Talk Player of the Year Giovanna Fasanello of Clarence

Lancaster will have several honorees at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16, and four of them visited with us this week. 

Sarah Saba earned her ticket to the banquet at the downtown Hyatt as a member of this year's All-Western New York first team for girls basketball. 

There are currently three Prep Talk Players of the Year from Lancaster, all from the girls side, and they joined us for an interview together: Chelsea Dantonio (girls golf), Courtney Bondanza (girls gymnastics) and McKenzie Keuhlewind (girls indoor track and field).

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South

By Keith McShea

John Hickey/Buffalo NewsThe name Devon Patterson doesn't just mean success in Western New York.

There are plenty of people nation-wide who know the name of the Williamsville South junior, who is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track.

Patterson, who will attend the University at Buffalo next year, was considered one of the best throwers of the shot put in the nation all indoor track season.

The Section VI champion and record holder finished third at the state meet (62 feet, 9-3/4 inches) and then went on to take second with a throw of 63 feet, 3-1/2 inches at the national New Balance Indoor Track High School Championships, earning All-American status (top six). 

That followed an outstanding junior year in which his throw of 59 feet, 4-3/4 inches put him sixth at the New Balance nationals following a state championship and Section VI crown. 

He has continued to put up big numbers during the spring season, setting the ECIC championships record in the shot (63-7) this past weekend, one week after establishing a record at the prestigious Carl Roesch meet (63 feet, 3-3/4).

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All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball. 

* * * 

Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South" »

#PrepTalkLive from the Section VI girls lacrosse finals: Lancaster, Hamburg repeat in tough ones; Lake Shore knocks off Amherst

By Keith McShea

Hello from one of my favorite days after one of my other favorite days on the high school sports calendar, the Section VI championship tripleheader at All High Stadium in girls lacrosse (boys lacrosse was yesterday).

I'll have updates throughout the day in the live blog below, while I'll also have end-of-quarter #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. We start with the Class B final of Hamburg and Williamsville North at 3:30, followed by the Class C final between Amherst and Lake Shore at 5 and the Class A annual showdown of Frontier and Lancaster playing at 8. 

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on another important day in Western New York high school sports. The Section VI quarterfinals in both baseball and softball were played yesterday, but some were postponed to today. 

Contribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag. Those tweets will automatically appear below. 

We want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season and the winter -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls cross country: Sophia Tasselmyer, Starpoint/EA

By Keith McShea

Sophia Tasselmyer photo courtesy of tullyrunners.com.No matter where she is running, you can look for Sophia Tasselmyer at the head of the pack. 

Tasselmyer, a sophomore who ran the cross country season for Starpoint before transferring to East Aurora, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls cross country. 

Tasselmyer was the All-Western New York cross country girls Runner of the Year this fall. She was the Section VI Class B individual champion and the top Section VI girls finisher overall at the state championships. She was eighth (17:54.9) among the field of 472 at states, finishing second in Class B. She was fifth at states in Class B as a freshman.

A few weeks later, running with East Aurora's team, Tasselmyer finished fourth at the Nike New York Regional Championship to qualify for the Nike Nationals in Portland, Ore. She then earned All-American status by finishing 21st in the Championship Race with a career-best 17:59 over 3.1 miles. 

Running track for East Aurora this spring, she is currently holds the fastest times in the 1,500 (4:42.01) and 3,000 meters (10:05.24) heading into this weekend's Section VI championships. 

* * *

All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball. 

* * * 

Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls cross country: Sophia Tasselmyer, Starpoint/EA" »

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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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