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#PrepTalkAwards section, web-style: PrepTalkTV interviews, bios, photos & more

By Keith McShea

Today's 24-page Prep Talk Awards special section has great information and photos on all of Monday night's honorees, and we've got more coverage here. 

* There are PHOTO GALLERIES from:

-- Monday's event featuring winner's photos with Andre Reed (they can be purchased here)

-- as well as photo galleries including feature shots of the Prep Talk Players of the Year

-- and shots of our All-Western New York basketball and football teams.

* Here's our TWEET-by-TWEET post from Monday night, featuring tons of great tweets from those at the event. 

* The BIOs of the Prep Talk Players of the Year in the special section were taken from here on the blog. Our Countdown to #PrepTalkAwards profiled every Prep Talk Player of the Year in a day-by-day feature on the blog that started with Brandon Galanti of Frontier (Prep Talk Soccer Player of the Year) and concluded with McKyla Brooks of Frontier (Prep Talk Girls Three-Sport Player of the Year) -- the post on Brooks includes links to all the previous bios.

* Below are PrepTalkTV VIDEO interviews with nearly all of the Prep Talk Players of the Year (some from the winter), as well as videos featuring the All-Western New York basketball and football teams:

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Prep Talk Boys Three-Sport Player of the Year: Charlie Sobieraski, Lockport

By Keith McShea

2SobieraskiCharlie Sobieraski of Lockport hadn't played football during his high school career until he had one year left. Not surprisingly, he was a major factor for the Lions.

Sobieraski earned All-Western New York team honorable mention in football, adding to another all-Niagara Frontier League honor in basketball (second team) and what is all but certainly an upcoming first-team honor in baseball (the team has not been voted on yet). 

That kind of resume has earned Sobieraski the Prep Talk Boys Three-Sport Player of the Year award. 

The senior is committed to play baseball at the University at Buffalo, and he completed his high school career with a fine all-around season on the diamond. He hit .520 with three home runs and 27 RBIs and was 6-1 with 57 strikeouts on the mound. 

In basketball, he was a key component on a talented, deep Lions team which made the Class AA semifinals, putting a scare into eventual state runner-up Jamestown before falling. In football, he was a major weapon at wide receiver, setting the Lockport single-season record for touchdown catches with 12.  

He talked about her award, season and future plans in a recent visit to PrepTalkTV

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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:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Boys Three-Sport Player of the Year: Charlie Sobieraski, Lockport" »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for baseball: Dave 'Bubba' Hollins, Orchard Park

By Keith McShea

Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo NewsOne high school baseball player from Western New York was selected in the Major League Baseball draft last week.

It was Dave "Bubba" Hollins of Orchard Park, who is our Prep Talk Player of the Year for baseball.

Hollins prevailed in what was a very close race from among a deep pool of talent as he was selected just ahead of Charlie Sobieraski of Lockport and Ryan Stekl of Lancaster

Hollins was the best player on what was the best team for the majority of the Western New York baseball season. The slugging shortstop helped lead OP to an 18-3 record, the ECIC I title and a trip to the Class AA championship game. 

He hit .508 (31 for 61) with four home runs, 31 RBIs, three triples, nine doubles, 30 runs, 16 walks, six stolen bases, a slugging percentage of .951 and an on-base percentage of .598. He played what coach Jim Gibson termed "outstanding" defense at shortstop as he was involved in 15 double plays. 

He is presently deciding to attend St. Petersburg Junior College or to join the Detroit Tigers organization after the Tigers drafted Hollins in the 35th round of last week's draft. During OP's season, Gibson said scouts from the Giants, Braves, Orioles, Phillies and Twins watched Hollins play. 

Read Bucky Gleason's column on Hollins, his nickname and his future ... and his prom night.

He talked about his award, season and future plans in a recent visit to PrepTalkTV

* * *

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. 

* * * 

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:

 

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for baseball: Dave 'Bubba' Hollins, Orchard Park" »

#PrepTalkLive from Section VI softball (Clarence, Will South, Eden win) & baseball (Albion, Fredonia win) championships

By Keith McShea

It's a pretty big Wednesday in high school sports. I'll be at the Section VI Class AA softball championships at Niagara-Wheatfield starting at 4 p.m., Mary Jo Monnin will be at the Class A baseball final at Lew-Port and correspondent Nick Veronica will be at the Class B baseball final at Jamestown. St. Joe's and Cardinal O'Hara also are playing for the right to advance to the Monsignor Martin Association's Georgetown Cup baseball championship series, while the Buffalo Public Schools' Cornell Cup holds its title game today.

We'll have our own #PrepTalkLive updates in the blog below, but we, as always, are looking forward to yours. 

Contribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog below. The easiest way to do provide updates is to tweet scores and big plays with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag. Those tweets will automatically appear below. 

We want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season and the winter -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

Your #PrepTalkLive updates on a very busy, very sunny Monday

By Keith McShea

The good news is, it's sunny out in Western New York. 

The bad news is, it might be wet tomorrow. And the next day ... and the rest of this week. 

Weather forecasts are calling for rain for Tuesday through Friday, so high school sports fans need to enjoy today. The good news there is, there's plenty to enjoy. 

A very busy lineup includes the first baseball meeting between St. Joe's and Canisius (4:30 p.m. at St. Joe's) as well as a ton of baseball, softball and lacrosse. 

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

Ccontribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag. Those tweets will automatically appear below. 

We will set up blogs like this throughout the spring, especially on busy days -- we'll monitor some games with not only our own tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

We want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season and the winter -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

2nd WNY Baseball/Softball Showcase in North Collins this weekend

By Keith McShea

The second annual Western New York Baseball/Softball Showcase will be held at North Collins this weekend. 

All players are underclassmen, and they compete on teams that are organized mostly by high school league. 

The event begins Saturday with the baseball side, with the ECIC taking on CCAA at 11 a.m., followed by the Monsignor Martin/Buffalo Public Schools vs. Niagara Frontier League/Niagara-Orleans League at 2 p.m., with the winners playing at 5 p.m. 

On Sunday, the same matchups occur in softball at noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m.

Here are the rosters for the event, supplied by event organizers:

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Clarence's Armstrong taken in third round, Amherst's Heim in fourth, in MLB draft; with the history of WNY HS picks

By Keith McShea

Today was a momentous day for Western New York baseball as two high school players were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. 

Clarence pitcher Mark Armstrong was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round, 104th overall.

Amherst catcher Jonah Heim was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round, 129th overall

Below are the Western New York players who were drafted as high school players, according to baseball-reference.com's database (the search is set for players from New York; many are from NY colleges).

This list includes last time a player was selected (Hoppy in 2009), the last time a player was selected as high as Armstrong (Rehbaum in the second round in 1979), as well as back to the last time a Western New Yorker was taken in the first round out of high school (Matt Winters, who is listed as being from Williamsville, in 1978).  

2009 Kyle Hoppy, Orchard Park; 28th round by the Orioles

2003 Ricky Brooks, North Tonawanda; 11th round by the White Sox

1999 John Andrianoff, Portville; 19th round by the Astros

1996 David Wesolowski, Williamsville North; 15th round by the Marlins

1996 Aaron Bouie, Albion; 33rd round by the Rays

1996 Gerald Perkins, Roy-Hart; 71st round by the Marlins

1989 John Vandemark, Lockport; 62nd round by the Astros

1983 Louis Monte, Bishop Turner; 29th round by the Yankees

1980 John Sullivan, Grand Island; eighth round by the Athletics

1980 Mark Gabriel, Niagara Catholic; 24th round by the Pirates

1979 Chris Rehbaum, St. Joe's; second round by the Indians

1978 Matt Winters, Williamsville; first round by the Yankees

Continue reading "Clarence's Armstrong taken in third round, Amherst's Heim in fourth, in MLB draft; with the history of WNY HS picks" »

Live from Far West Regional softball, with baseball #preptalkscores updates: Hamburg softball wins (with VIDEO)

2013 Class A Far West Regional champion Hamburg Bulldogs. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

The spring season's most important week begins today -- because it's the last week. Today there Far West Regional playoffs in baseball and softball

I'm at Brockport State for the Class AA, A and B softball games. The C and D games are at Olean. The baseball games are at Niagara Falls (AA), Batavia (A & D) and Jamestown (B & C). We will have reporters providing updates from all baseball games. 

If you are at one of today's big games on the diamonds, be sure to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores. Those tweets will automatically appear in the live blog below. 

Check out our SCOREBOARD PAGE for today's complete schedule, which will be updated with results as soon as we have them.

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The final out for Hamburg, more highlights and interviews:

Continue reading "Live from Far West Regional softball, with baseball #preptalkscores updates: Hamburg softball wins (with VIDEO)" »

Live from the Section VI baseball finals at Sal Maglie: Clarence, Will South win

9:17 -- FINAL -- 2-1 CLARENCE: The top of the seventh was a chaotic affair that ended with Armstrong striking out the final batter with a man on third and being mobbed by his teammates. Clarence claims the Section VI Class AA championship 2-1 over Lancaster and advances to the Far West Regionals. Read the full game stories for both of tonight's matchups in tomorrow's Buffalo News. This is Aaron Mansfield signing off. Thank you for reading. Have a great night!

9:06 -- END 6 -- 2-1 CLARENCE: Armstrong got Lancaster 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. He's been dominant. Stekl allowed an infield single and hit a batter in the bottom of the inning, but he bounced back to close the frame without any damage. We head to the top of the seventh: last licks for Lancaster.

8:54 -- END 5 -- 2-1 CLARENCE: Armstrong walked one batter and a successful but advanced the runner to second with one out, but the impressive hurler closed out the inning without any damage. Clarence jump started its offense in the bottom of the frame. With a man on first and one out, second baseman Bryan Jost doubled to deep right to put runners at second and third with Armstrong coming to the plate. He was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, loading the bars with one out and DH Ryan Jelonek coming up. Stekl walked Jelonek on five pitches to even the score. Stekl struck out first baseman Evan Harof for the second out, but he walked home third baseman Mark Materise to make it 2-1 Clarence. Stekl got left fielder Matt Nawrot on three pitches to get out of trouble.

Continue reading "Live from the Section VI baseball finals at Sal Maglie: Clarence, Will South win" »

Today's Georgetown Cup opener moved to St. Joe's at 4:30

By Keith McShea

The Georgetown Cup opener between St. Joe's and Canisius, pushed back from Tuesday due to rain, will be played today at 4:30 p.m. at St Joe's because Coca-Cola Field is unplayable. 

Thursday's Game Two is scheduled for Coca-Cola Field at 4. 

A potential series-deciding Game Three in the Monsignor Martin Association's baseball championship is now scheduled for Saturday at 3 at Coca-Cola Field. 

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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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