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National Signing Day: Canisius' Ollison, Touris make it official; Jamestown QB Sisson to Div. II Edinboro

By Keith McShea

As is usualy the case in Western New York, National Signing Day is one of important ceremonies, albeit without a lot of drama, certainly not the type of suspense that will be playing itself out on ESPN throughout the day as top recruits unveil their major college destinations.

The top local recruit, two-time first-team All-Western New York running back Qadree Ollison of Canisius, made is verbal committment to Pittsburgh early during the Crusaders' football season and the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder will make it official with a signing today. 

Western New York's only other Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) signing is Ollison's Canisius teammate Augie Touris, who verbally committed to the University of Texas-El Paso last month. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound lineman will also make it official today during a ceremony at the school. 

St. Joe's senior Tyler Hill has committed to attend Cincinnati and accept a preferred walkon position, but he technically is not signing a letter of intent today. The 6-3, 245-pound Hill was a uber-versatile standout for the Maurauders who earned first-team All-Western New York honors and whose long-snapping abilities made him attractive to colleges.

Also part of Canisius' signing day are a pair of Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) players. Defensive back Ryan Richards, a 6-2, 205-pound second-team All-WNY pick, will commit to Robert Morris; first-team All-WNY selection Mike Sharpe (6-1, 200) announced today he was accepting a preferred walk-on spot with Furman (S.C.).

Joining Richards in signing with Robert Morris this morning -- according to Depew coach Brian Wilson -- was Wildcats lineman Mike Lamb (6-7, 327), a second-team All-WNY pick.

At Alden, senior and first-team All-WNY selection Phil Zobrest, a 6-5, 227-pound defensive end, will sign today with Holy Cross. 

There was some significant news today out of Jamestown as record-setting senior quarterback Jake Sisson, The Buffalo News Player of the Year and the winner of the Connolly Cup as Western New York's most outstanding football player, will sign with Division II Edinboro (Pa.).

The 6-foot, 180-pound Sisson set Western New York records for passing yards in a game and season; he also set the Section VI championship game passing mark as the Red Raiders won the Class AA title.

Another Division II signing has All-WNY second team lineman Steven Stauss (6-5, 300) of Albion headed to Mercyhurst (Pa.).

First-team All-WNY defensive back/wide receiver Dylan Dussault (6-4, 193) of Alden will sign with Division II Walsh (Ohio).

Below are some other recent or upcoming local college signings from various sports: 

Continue reading "National Signing Day: Canisius' Ollison, Touris make it official; Jamestown QB Sisson to Div. II Edinboro" »

Watch PrepTalkTV Week Six: Alden coach Currin & QB Stoldt visit; review live chat

By Keith McShea

Our sixth episode of PrepTalkTV is tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com) as we welcome in Alden coach Rob Currin and senior quarterback Brian Stoldt to talk about the Bulldogs' dramatic season, which has included four come-from-behind wins for the No. 1 small school, the latest being Saturday's 29-20 win at Olean.

We'll talk about the upcoming final week of the Section VI regular season, Week Seven, while my Prep Talk column today will likely be part of the discussion as well. 

Our guest host is Dave DeLuca, a Springville grad and Buffalo State student who contributes to the Springville Journal. 

We have rotated guest hosts throughout the year. If you'd like to be part of the show, and that includes college or high school students, let me know via [email protected] or @KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter. 

After the show, we'll conduct a live chat here on the blog. As always, anything in the world of high school sports, or our coverage of it, is up for discussion.

As always, I will try to get to every question in the live chat. Please be patient.

Week Four Friday: Alden wins big at Depew & updates from our #PrepTalkLive team (which includes you)

Week Four is loaded with great matchups, including the annual showdown between small school powers as No. 1 small school Depew hosts No. 2 Alden at 7:30 p.m. (#ALDvDEP at #PrepTalkLive). That's where I'll be with play-by-play from the game along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.

We'll also have News reporters and photojournalists out at Canisius at St. Francis at 7 (#CANvSTF), Cleveland Hill at Lackawanna at 7 (#CHvLACK) and Randolph at Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake at 7:30 (#RANDvMGCL). 

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). Live chat comments are certainly welcome too. 

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back tomorrow afternoon with more #PrepTalkLive coverage on this big weekend as I'll start my day at the 1 p.m. meeting of Class AA No. 1 Aquinas at News large school No. 1 St. Joe's

PrepTalkTV Week Three: Looking ahead to Alden-Depew with ... Alden & Depew

By Keith McShea

Our third episode of PrepTalkTV is tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com).

With the tremendous annual matchup of Alden at Depew set for Friday at 7:30, we have a little bit of each program on the show. Sean Bruso, an Alden assistant coach who has covered high school football via radio and television since he was a high school student at Lancaster, will be the guest co-host this week.

We will be rotating guest hosts throughout the year, if you'd like to be part of the show, whether you are a college or high school student, let me know via [email protected] or @KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter. 

After the show, we'll conduct a live chat here on the blog. As always, anything in the world of high school sports, or our coverage of it, is up for discussion.

 

As always, I will try to get to every question in the live chat. Please be patient.

State football rankings (Sept. 24): Alden edges Depew here; Randolph still tops in Class D

By Keith McShea

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its second football polls of the season today.

That main link goes to the Class AA & A polls and that page includes a link to Classes B, C and D

Some quick items worth noting, and the complete breakdown of local teams in the state poll:

Continue reading "State football rankings (Sept. 24): Alden edges Depew here; Randolph still tops in Class D" »

Video: Alden rallies in final minute to beat Hutch Tech

By Jonah Bronstein, Special to the Prep Talk blog

For the second week in a row, No. 1 small school Alden came from behind in the fourth quarter to pull out a win.

Brian Stoldt drove the Bulldogs 85 yards in the final two minutes and connected with Austin Hopcia on a 15-yard scoring pass with 19 seconds left to lift Alden over visiting Hutch Tech, 29-22, in a non-league matchup.

Stoldt passed for 132 yards and three touchdowns. Hopcia caught four passes for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Shawn Cooper also caught a touchdown. Lyle Grant rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown and had long run at the start of the Bulldogs' game-winning drive.

Alden (3-0) plays at No. 2 small school Depew (3-0) next Friday.

Week Two Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Alden wins late at Eden (with VIDEO); large crowd watches St. Joe's win big at Clarence

By Keith McShea

Week Two Saturday makes for a long day, but it's worth it as I'll get to see two games. I'm starting at a top 10 small school battle as No. 1 Alden heads to No. 9 Eden at 2 p.m., while St. Joe's is at Clarence at 7 p.m. I'll have play-by-play from those games along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with hashtags #ALDvEDEN & #STJvCLAR).

We'll also have a News photojournalist at Cheektowaga at Bennett (#CHKvBEN), a 2 p.m. start at All High Stadium.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). You can also tweet updates at @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN.

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

Video from Alden's thrilling 22-15 win at Eden

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We'll be back next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: B South

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The eight-team division consists of the Alden Bulldogs, Depew Wildcats, Dunkirk Marauders, East Aurora Blue Devils, Eden Raiders, Olean Huskies, Pioneer Panthers and Springville Griffins.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: B 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 | [email protected]

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