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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. 

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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

May 27 -- Boys cross country: T.J. Hornberger, Lake Shore

May 28 -- Girls cross country: Sophia Tasselmyer, Starpoint/East Aurora

Today -- Boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South

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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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