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Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys volleyball: Brian Costello, Canisius

By Keith McShea

Brian Costello, Canisius (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Brian Costello graduated from Canisius on Wednesday after an accomplished volleyball career that included two All-Western New York first-team selections along with Monsignor Martin Player of the Year honors his senior season. 

Next month he'll add another honor to the list. 

Costello, who helped lead the Crusaders to another stellar season, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys volleyball.

Costello, the setter for a Canisius team which won the Monsignor Martin Association regular season and playoff championships for the 14th straight year, was named to the all-tournament teams at the high-level Clarence, Penfield and Hamburg tournaments. He played in 105 sets for the season and had 1,081 assists (10.3 per set), 37 aces and 82 blocks. 

Costello will attend the University at Buffalo, where he'll play for UB's club program. 

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Costello will appear on this evening's episode of PrepTalkTV, which will be posted around 7 p.m. We'll also announce the girls volleyball Prep Talk Player of the Year on the show.

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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 day.

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

Today -- Boys volleyball: Brian Costello, Canisius


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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.

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