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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:

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PrepTalkTV: Prep Talk Players of the Year in soccer, Gus Macker move, the spring & more

By Keith McShea

Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode ties in with today's kickoff of the Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards as we welcomed in today's spotlight Prep Talk Player of the Year -- along with tomorrow's. 

Boys soccer Prep Talk Player of the Year Brandon Galanti of Frontier, who was featured on the blog today, appeared on the show with girls soccer Prep Talk Player of the Year Carissima Cutrona of Williamsville South. Cutrona will be Friday's spotlighted player on the blog as we countdown to the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16.

In our second segment of our first episode of the spring, colleague Miguel Rodriguez joined me to talk about the move of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament from downtown Buffalo to Darien Lake amusement park. We also talked about the season's first Power 10, looked back at the winter's top team and more. 

George Washington becomes Howard Washington's 12th scholarship offer

By Keith McShea

Howard Washington, the Canisius standout sophomore point guard, received his 12th Division I scholarship offer recently from George Washington of the Atlantic 10. 

Washington confirmed the offer today via direct message.

Last week we detailed Washington's list of suitors in a Prep Talk blog post.

Buffalo News/BCANY Awards boys basketball honorees

By Keith McShea

In today's Prep Talk column, I mentioned how pleased our committee was with the third annual Buffalo News/BCANY Awards banquet for boys basketball.

To reiterate, we were able to honor not only the top players and coaches from this season, as well as some contributors to the game, but we also paid tribute to 50th anniversary 1964 All-Western New York first-teamers Tom Balen (Lackawanna), Jack Hassett (Timon) and Greg Hudecki (St. Joe’s) as well as George Mayer of Williamsville, who was a member of the very first All-WNY team in 1959.

Also honored were the fathers of two All-WNY first teamers who were also first-teamers themselves: Rickey Williams (Bishop Timon, 1974), father of Donte; and Brian Brown (Emerson, 1986), father of Bri'an.

Damone Brown, a first-teamer in 1997 for Seneca, was on hand to present the Allen Wilson Player of the Year Award. Brown was one of the players who Wilson, who died of lukemia in 2011, covered during his time on the boys basketball beat at The News.

Here is a complete list of honorees from the banquet, held April 7 at Ilio DiPaolo's in Blasdell and supported by ADPRO Sports and UNYTS:

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O'Hara coach McDermott steps down, hands reins to assistant O'Neil

By Keith McShea

Last night, Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball coach Dan McDermott surprised just about everyone at the team's season-ending banquet when he announced that he was stepping down as head coach. 

He announced that he would still be involved with the team in a coaching capacity, but that assistant Nick O'Neil would take over as head coach. McDermott has lauded O'Neil in recent years as the Hawks won three straight Catholic state championships, the first two in Class B and the latest in Class A this season, which the team followed up with a rare state Federation championship. 

The Federation title was just the sixth for a girls basketball team from Western New York, just the second in a large school division and the first since 1997.

Here's how I tweeted the news.

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Middle Early College's Keir Anderson to Pensacola State JC

Keir Anderson (photo provided by Middle Early College coach Randy Rich)By Keith McShea

Keir Anderson, a second-team All-Western New York selection in 2013 for Middle Early College, has signed a letter of intent with Pensacola (Fla.) State. 

Pensacola State competes at the Division I level of the National Junior College Athletic Association

Anderson spent this past season at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C.

St. Bonaventure the 11th school to offer scholarship to Canisius H.S. sophomore Howard Washington

By Keith McShea

Howard Washington, the standout sophomore guard for Canisius High, has continued to attract Division I scholarship offers, with the latest coming from down the road in Olean.

St. Bonaventure became the 11th school to offer the 6-2 sophomore guard, Washington confirmed to me via Twitter direct message this afternoon. 

Washington confirmed a Twitter report by @GiveNGobball that he recently received an offer from St. Bonaventure.

Washington told me that St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt offered a scholarship after watching a workout Wednesday. The workout was also attended by the University at Buffalo and Canisius, who have already offered scholarships to Washington. 

Schmidt's son, Olean senior Nick, just completed a standout career with the Huskies with a third-team All-Western New York selection. News small school champion Olean lost, 67-49, at Canisius in December. 

The complete list of schools to offer Washington, in chronological order:

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News Player of the Year Sterling Taplin will attend prep school

By Keith McShea

Sterling Taplin, this year's Allen Wilson Award winner as The Buffalo News Player of the Year for boys basketball, will attend prep school next season. 

Taplin, who graduates from Williamsville North this spring, confirmed to me via Twitter direct message that he will be going the prep school route. He has been listed as a member of the Class of 2015 on the roster of the Albany City Rocks team competing this spring in Nike Elite Youth Basketball. 

Taplin has had Division I interest throughout his accomplished career, which included being a three-time first-team All-Western New York selection. In an interview for this year's All-Western New York issue, he said he had an offer from Siena but that he was giving more consideration to prep school.

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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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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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