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Watch PrepTalkTV on All-WNY basketball; plus live chat & your #preptalklive updates

By Keith McShea

Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, featuring News pollster Chad "Centercourt" Andrews, will dissect the All-Western New York boys basketball team.

In tonight's 7:30 p.m. chat, we'll take any and all questions on the boys and girls teams while we monitor the #PrepTalkLive updates. I'll also post some All-WNY related tweets that have went out over the last few days.

You can watch the show live here or at the BuffaloNews.com video home page. Here it is, segment by segment:

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2014 All-WNY boys basketball team: How'd we do?

Provide your comments below, reach us via Twitter or join the live chat Thursday evening.

Go to the high school home page for more on the team as well as the Player of the Year, the final News polls, league all-stars and more.

FIRST TEAM
F Donte Williams Bishop Timon-St. Jude 6-4 12
G Zach Panebianco Jamestown 5-10 11
F Bri’an Brown Middle Early College 6-4 12
F Wil Bathurst Olean 6-4 12
G Sterling Taplin Williamsville North 6-1 12 (Allen Wilson Player of the Year)

SECOND TEAM
G Howard Washington Canisius 6-2 10
G Johnathon Lewis East 5-8 12
F Quinn Lee Yaw Jamestown 6-5 12
F Cam Lewis Nichols 6-5 11
C Sam Eckstrom Olean 6-7 12

THIRD TEAM
F Stafford Trueheart Canisius 6-6 10
F Ryan Funk Clarence 6-5 12
G Kevin Briggs Middle Early College 5-10 12
F Chris Miner Nichols 6-4 11
G Nick Schmidt Olean 6-0 12

FOURTH TEAM
F Jake Haight Barker 6-4 12
G Dylan Meyer Fredonia 6-2 12
G Phil Bowen Iroquois 6-2 12
G Lester Diaz Lafayette 5-8 12
C Bill Brooks Silver Creek 6-7 11

HONORABLE MENTION
T.C. Brown-10 (Amherst), Jordan Nwora-10 (Amherst), Mitchell Luckman (Barker), Derick Simpson-11 (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), LaTerrance Reed-11 (Canisius), Ryan Richards (Canisius), Cody Johnson-11 (Cassadaga Valley), Dominick Welch-9 (Cheektowaga), Zak Ciezki-11 (Cheektowaga), Bryan Jost (Clarence), Jermaine Hairston-11 (Cleveland Hill), Aaron Phillips (Cleveland Hill), Percy Bryant-11 (East), Tyree Tyson (East), Ben Erickson-11 (Franklinville), Nick Johnson (Fredonia), Allen Wright Jr. (Health Sciences), Clay Lewis-11 (Holland), Alex Price (Kenmore West), Noah Whalen (Kenmore West), Colin Dougherty (Lockport), Ryan Lawrence (Lockport), Varin Lenard (McKinley), D’Andre Steward (McKinley), Mungie Brown (Medina), Tarron Scott (Middle Early College), Tanner Schmit-11 (Nichols), Luke Hennessy (Olean), Derek Cheatom-11 (Park), Bryce Morrison-11 (Randolph), Willie Smith (Riverside), Jared Fish-11 (Salamanca), Damien Taylor (Salamanca), Andrew Graham (Sherman), Ryan Robson (Sherman), Kordell Holness-Lightbody-11 (St. Francis), Justin Hollins (St. Joe’s), Tyler English (St. Mary’s), Cort Williams-11 (Williamsville East), Sam Castronova-11 (Williamsville South).

2014 All-WNY girls basketball team: How'd we do?

Provide your comments below, reach us via Twitter or join the live chat Thursday evening.

Go to the high school home page for more on the team as well as the Player of the Year, the final News polls, league all-stars and more.

FIRST TEAM
F Keyonte Edwards Cardinal O’Hara 5-7 12
G Jontay Walton Cardinal O’Hara 5-6 12 (Player of the Year)
G/F Chrisanna Green Jamestown 5-8 11
F/G Sarah Saba Lancaster 6-0 12
C Ciara Rosten Maryvale 6-1 12
G/F Mckenna Maycock Randolph 5-9 11

SECOND TEAM
F Kelsey McCarthy Cardinal O’Hara 6-2 12
F Jenna Einink Chautauqua Lake 5-11 11
G Victoria Pryor Niagara Falls 5-3 12
C Adila Gathers Tapestry 5-10 12

THIRD TEAM
G Olivia Schmidt Holland 5-5 10
G Anne Campion Jamestown 5-4 11
G Nicole Frantz Nardin 5-6 12
F/G Jacque Law Pioneer 5-8 12
F Sarah Young Sacred Heart 6-2 10

FOURTH TEAM
F Jordan Heinold Immaculata 5-10 10
PG Colleen Wirth Iroquois 5-6 11
G Daesha Thomas McKinley 5-6 12
PG Shaquana Owens Tapestry 5-8 11
C/F Ericka Taplin Wmsv. North 6-0 10

HONORABLE MENTION
Justice Nauden-11 (Albion), Allison Forness-10 (Allegany-Limestone), Ashton Albanesius-11 (Chautauqua Lake), Courtney Hewes-11 (Chautauqua Lake), Emily Miller-10 (Christian Central Academy), Shadymone Newsome-11 (Cleveland Hill), Mia Jones-11 (CSAT), Erin Nason-11 (East Aurora), Ally Haskell (Franklinville), Caisey Lipka-12 (Frontier), Kendra Quinn-Moultrie (Hamburg), Peyton Butts-11 (Jamestown), Alyssa Wagner-11 (Lockport), Toni Polk-11 (Niagara Falls), Brooke Horning-11 (Newfane), Alex Bentham-11 (Pine Valley), Kayla Mansfield (Pine Valley), Chelsea Smith (Sacred Heart), Jordan Brooks (Silver Creek), Nia Caver-9 (Tapestry), Alanna Herne (Tonawanda), Lauren DiDuro (Williamsville East), Emily Smith-11 (Williamsville South), Emily Lasher (Wilson), Dana Smith (Wilson).

PrepTalkTV announces the 2014 All-Western New York basketball first teams

A special PrepTalkTV episode announces this year's All-Western New York first teams in boys and girls basketball. At the conclusion of the show, there are player interviews as they reflect on their season (or career) and who has helped them along the way.

The player interviews are also available here:

The entire team will be published with Saturday's All-Western New York issue, which features the Players of the Year, the final News polls, league all-star teams and a special wraparound cover.

#PrepTalkLive from state FEDERATION Class A CHAMPIONSHIP: Cardinal O'Hara 76, PSAL-Martin Luther King 47 (with VIDEO)

Federation Class A champion Cardinal O'Hara (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

Hello from the Times Union Center for the third of three days of basketball for Monsignor Martin Association girls teams -- and the final day of the high school basketball season in New York State -- at the Federation Tournament of Champions. 

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive contributions from these contests via Twitter. 

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

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

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

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

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You make the call on the 2014 All-WNY boys basketball team

By Keith McShea

So you want to try and pick a 2014 All-Western New York boys basketball team?

Here's your chance.

As is our annual tradition, below we have put together a semi-unscientific list of players under consideration for All-WNY honors, listed league-by-league. As we have in past years, we tried to err on the side of having too many names on this list rather than too few.

For our All-Western New York team, we attempt to pick the 20 best players who had the best seasons. There is plenty of grey area and room for interpretation in that description, and that's on purpose. That's the way we like it. There really can be countless factors discussed when it comes to determining the All-WNY team. 

Our top 20 are divided into four five-member teams: First team, second team, third team, fourth team. We then pick around 35-40 honorable mentions. That might sound like a lot of spots to fill. But start going down the list and you'll see how things get very difficult.

Our general guideline for this list was to include the first and/or second team from the all-league squads. Some teams have several names listed -- it might be because they might all be worthy top 20 candidates, because those teams went deep into the postseason and had many contributors, because those teams are deep and it is tough to determine which is a team's second- or third- best player for honorable mention reasons. Like we said, we err on the side of having too many names.

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If anyone thinks there's a player who is not listed who deserves legitimate consideration for the All-WNY team, just add it in a comment below or email me at kmcshea@buffnews.com and he'll be added to the list.

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COACHES OF EVERY TEAM IN WNY: We want ballots from ALL of you. You have been emailed once. Please email your selections to me at kmcshea@buffnews.com as soon as possible. Thanks.

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Here's the list:

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#PrepTalkLive from state Federation Class B girls semifinal: Staten Island Academy 57, Mount Mercy 53

By Keith McShea

Hello from the Times Union Center for the second of three days of basketball for Monsignor Martin Association girls teams at the state Federation Tournament of Champions. 

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive contributions from these contests via Twitter. 

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

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

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

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

#PrepTalkLive from state Federation Class A girls basketball semifinal: Cardinal O'Hara 73, Pittsford-Sutherland 65 (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

Hello from the Times Union Center for what could be the first of three days of basketball for Monsignor Martin Association girls teams at the state Federation Tournament of Champions. NYSCHSAA champion Cardinal O'Hara plays in the Class A semifinal against NYSPHSAA champion Pittsford-Sutherland at 10 a.m.

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive contributions from these contests via Twitter. 

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

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

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

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

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VIDEO: Jamestown on its loss in Class AA state public school championship game

#PrepTalkLive from the NYSPHSAA Class AA championship: II-Green Tech 54, Jamestown 49

By Keith McShea

Hello from the Glens Falls Civic Center for the third of three days of basketball, and the third straight day of action for Section VI -- Jamestown plays Albany's Green Tech for the Class AA championship of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association at 3:15 p.m.

We'll keep tabs of the action in the Class A title game here between Rochester's East and another local school in Section II (Albany area) champion Scotia-Glenville. Also we'll check in on the Chautauqua Lake girls, who are playing for the Class C state title down teh road in Troy.

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive contributions from these contests via Twitter. 

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

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

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

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

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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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