By Keith McShea
That's rifle, where boys and girls compete with and against each other. The state champion -- and our pick as the Prep Talk Player of the Year in that sport -- is Rhianna Lichtenthal of Orchard Park.
Lichtenthal, a junior, had the top shooting average all season in ECIC competition (276.417) -- that's an aggregate total of scores in prone, offhand and kneeling. She also recorded the top score this season (284.10).
She qualified for the state championships with a solid fourth-place finish at the Section VI meet, but at West Point she earned the state individual title with a total of 277.12. That included first-place finishes in kneeling and prone, and it helped Section VI to the overall team title.
Buffalo News photo by Robert Kirkham
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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 every 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
May 29 -- Boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South
May 30 -- Girls indoor track: McKenzie Keuhlewind, Lancaster
May 31 -- Girls golf: Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster
June 1 -- Boys golf: Adam Patronik, Orchard Park
June 2 -- Girls hockey: Julianna Iafallo, Nichols
June 3 -- Boys hockey: Connor Fields, Bishop Timon-St. Jude
June 4 -- Girls tennis: Carlee Conway, Sacred Heart
June 5 -- Boys tennis: Tim Kane, Hamburg
Today -- Rifle: Rhianna Lichtenthal, Orchard Park
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All Prep Talk Players of the Year were selected by The Buffalo News in consultation with area coaches and scouts.