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Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys cross country: T.J. Hornberger, Lake Shore

By Keith McShea

T.J. Hornberger (courtesy ny.milesplit.com)While all of our Prep Talk Players of the Year have impressive resumes, it is hard to find an athlete who has been as synonymous with success in his sport as T.J. Hornberger of Lake Shore

Hornberger, a senior who is headed to Syracuse University, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys cross country.

He won four straight Section VI Class B championships. As a junior, he was second at the state meet, setting a Section VI record at Elma Meadows in doing so. This past fall, he capped off his senior high school season with a New York State Public High School Athletic Association title in Class B.

He was named the All-Western New York cross country boys Runner of the Year following his outstanding fall.

He is back on the track this spring, returning from some wear-and-tear issues to win the 800 and 1,600 at the Carl Roesch two weeks ago and at the ECICs in Jamestown this past weekend.

He owns the Section VI record in the 3,200 and school records in the 800 and 1,600 and will certainly be a runner to watch this coming weekend at the Section VI championships and the following weekend at the state meet. 

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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:

Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards / Prep Talk Players of the Year

May 15 -- Boys soccer: Brandon Galanti, Frontier

May 16 -- Girls soccer: Carissima Cutrona, Williamsville South

May 17 -- Girls swimming: Dina Rommel, Clarence

May 18 -- Boys swimming: Jack Boyd, Canisius

May 19 -- Wrestling: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, Cheektowaga

May 20 -- Boys bowling: Chad Mee, Frontier

May 21 -- Girls bowling: Haley Carroll, Williamsville South

May 22 -- Boys volleyball: Brian Costello, Canisius

May 23 -- Girls volleyball: Lainy Pierce, Eden

May 24 -- Boys gymnastics: Noah Roberson, Williamsville South

May 25 -- Girls gymnastics: Courtney Bondanza, Lancaster

May 26 -- Field hockey: Giovanna Fasanello, Clarence

Today -- Boys cross country: T.J. Hornberger, Lake Shore

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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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