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#PrepTalkLive from the Manhattan Cup championship: Nichols 49, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 43 (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

Championship Week concludes in boys basketball today with the biggest stand-alone game of the season: The Monsignor Martin Association's Manhattan Cup final in boys basketball. Bishop Timon-St. Jude meets Nichols at 6:30 p.m. There are also Section VI girls basketball championships today. 

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

Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of tonight'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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#PrepTalkLive from Canisius' rout at Bishop Timon-St. Jude (with VIDEO interviews), plus your updates on busy boys hoops night

By Keith McShea

We are in the final full week of the basketball season, and there are, as usual, some major matchups to monitor. I'm headed to South Buffalo for what is, on paper, No. 1 large school Canisius' toughest task on its Monsignor Martin schedule: a road game at fellow top 10 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 7 p.m. Another big meeting in that league, on the small school side, has St. Mary's visiting Park at 6:30. A game that will likely decide the ECIC IV championship has Holland at Cleveland Hill at 6:30 p.m.

We'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

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.

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 will 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.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports 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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The postgame show: 

VIDEO: Timon outshoots Will North in OT at Cataract Classic

By Keith McShea

If you missed Bishop Timon-St. Jude's 66-64 overtime win over Williamsville North last Saturday, here are some pretty great highlights.

Here's my story on the game and here's the live blog from Saturday night. My bad (chest tap) on these not being posted earlier, but there just wasn't enough time in the day.

Note: The iphone camera-man makes no apologies for his commentary, which mostly sounded like this: "OHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Monsignor Martin Association

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The six-team league includes the Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers, Canisius Crusaders, Cardinal O'Hara Hawks, St. Francis Red Raiders, St. Joe's Marauders and St. Mary's Lancers. The Nichols Vikings, who compete in the Monsignor Martin Association in most other sports, are an independent in football.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Monsignor Martin Association" »

Timon lacrosse's Fields breaks state single-season goal record

By Keith McShea

In a year of some big numbers put up in Western New York high school lacrosse, here is another one: 112 (and counting).

Bishop Timon-St. Jude junior Connor Fields broke the state record for goals in a season today with his six-goal effort in the Tigers' 20-1 home victory over Nichols in the Monsignor Martin Association semifinals. 

Fields surpassed the mark of 108, which was set by Billy Kurisko of Nanuet in 1986.

See the New York State list at laxpower.com.

Fields, who committed to the University at Albany last fall, also had five assists while Lewis Vaccaro had four goals in today's game.

Timon has one more game locally with the possibility of another. The Tigers will meet St. Joe's -- which beat St. Francis, 14-11, today -- on Tuesday for the Monsignor Martin title (time and location to be announced). The Monsignor Martin champion will advance to the state Catholic championships downstate, against representative from Long Island or Westchester. 

Continue reading "Timon lacrosse's Fields breaks state single-season goal record" »

St. Joe's lacrosse scores huge win over Timon in hugely controversial finish (with video of non-goal/goal)

By Keith McShea

St. Joe's lacrosse recorded a tremendous victory today. 

But there is a tremendous amount of controversy about the finish. 

St. Joe's beat longtime Monsignor Martin power Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 13-12, in two overtime Monday afternoon at St. Joe's. The loss ended 49-game win streak for Timon in Monsignor Martin regular season games. The Tigers' last loss was to St. Francis on May 19, 2007.

Junior James Bassett scored 59 seconds into the second overtime after Timon thought it had won the game. 

I watched the live video feed via sjci.com. It's available here; the archived broadcast is not available yet but should be within the next 24 hours. I could not tell whether or not Timon's goal was actually a goal. Here's what I saw:

Continue reading "St. Joe's lacrosse scores huge win over Timon in hugely controversial finish (with video of non-goal/goal)" »

Video: Super Monday hockey: St. Joe's 3, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 2

St. Joe's Klapp leads the Marauders to the Niagara Cup.

Read Miguel Rodriguez's story on Super Monday's championship games here.

Live from Super Monday hockey: St. Joe's edges Timon, 3-2, to claim Niagara Cup

By Miguel Rodriguez

The final game of the championship tripleheader at First Niagara Center is the game formerly known as the Federation Catholic Final, now called the Niagara Cup Final, featuring Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs. St. Joe's.

We're kind of on deadline, so we'll provide updates ASAP.

First period

St. Joe's scores first, on the power play as Eric Paradowski backdoor one timer from Dimitrios Gogos with 11:30 left. St. Joe's leads 1-0.

Second period

Typical St. Joe's vs. Bishop Timon game so far (at least parts I've been able to watch) as both teams are playing tough, physical. Goals even harder to come by in this one.

WOW. What a pretty goal by Niagara University commit Dennis Gilbert. After breaking up potential short-handed chance near own blue line, he retrieves puck on left side, makes quick charge down the wing and cuts to front of the net against Timon defender and beats goalie with nifty one-hander. He flat out beat the Timon defender to that spot. Knocked into crossbar at end but St. Joe's leads 2-0 with 19.5 left in period.

Continue reading "Live from Super Monday hockey: St. Joe's edges Timon, 3-2, to claim Niagara Cup" »

Live from the Manhattan Cup semifinals: Canisius routs St. Mary's; Timon knocks off St. Joe's

By Keith McShea

Today is the first of seven straight days of hugely important boys basketball games as the Monsignor Martin Association's Manhattan Cup semifinals are held at Canisius College. Canisius will meet St. Mary's at 6 p.m., followed by St. Joe's meeting Bishop Timon-St. Jude around 7:30. 

I'll provide play-by-play updates in the live blog below and I'll have periodic #preptalkscores updates via Twitter which will also appear in the blog. 

Your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores are welcome -- as they will appear in the live blog as well. You can comment on these games or others. Every night, scoring update tweets (in any sport) are welcome to those on Twitter -- just use the #preptalkscores hashtag.  

Check our scoreboard page for a complete schedule of tonight's games; the scoreboard will be updated as we receive game reports throughout the evening.

Continue reading "Live from the Manhattan Cup semifinals: Canisius routs St. Mary's; Timon knocks off St. Joe's" »

Monsignor Martin boys & girls basketball playoff schedules

By Keith McShea

MANHATTAN CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Sunday's semifinals at Canisius College
4-St. Mary's (19-6) vs. 1-Canisius (20-4), 6 p.m.
3-Bishop Timon-St. Jude (12-13) vs. 2-St. Joe's (20-5), 7:30 p.m.
Championship
Wednesday at Canisius College, 7 p.m.

MONSIGNOR MARTIN GIRLS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Saturday's quarterfinals at Canisius College
1-Cardinal O'Hara vs. 8-Nichols, 10 a.m.
4-Nardin vs. 5-Christian Central, 11:30 a.m.
2-Sacred Heart vs. 7-Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
3-Holy Angels vs. 6-Mount St. Mary, 2:30 p.m.
Semifinals: Tuesday at Canisius College, 6 & 7:45 p.m.
Championship
Fri. March 1 at Canisius College, 7 p.m.

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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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