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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 Player of the Year for boys lacrosse: Connor Fields, Bishop Timon-St. Jude

Charles Lewis/Buffalo NewsBy Keith McShea

Connor Fields of Bishop Timon-St. Jude scored 108 goals this year, the most in New York State and in the top three in the country -- one year after scoring 129, believed to be a national record. 

For his astounding offensive numbers, and how it helped push his team to another outstanding season, Fields has been named the Prep Talk Player of the Year in boys lacrosse.

He, along with talented senior teammate Adam Dimillo, has been named an Under Armour All-American and will play in the national showcase game this summer. Dimillo is headed to Maryland while Fields is headed to the University at Albany. 

Timon went 14-5 with its only losses to North American powers Boys Latin of Maryland, Culver Institute of Indiana (twice) and Hill Academy of Ontario (Timon went 1-2). 

Fields was also named the Prep Talk Player of the Year in boys hockey. He was the only Western New York player who earned all-state honors in that sport as he scored 47 goals for the Tigers. 

He talked about his 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 Player of the Year for boys lacrosse: Connor Fields, Bishop Timon-St. Jude" »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys hockey: Connor Fields, Bishop Timon-St. Jude

By Keith McShea

Buffalo News file photoJust to be clear: This is a hockey post. 

Connor Fields of just completed another outstanding lacrosse season for Bishop Timon-St. Jude, but he's mentioned in this space to honor the senior for being the Prep Talk Player of the Year award for boys hockey.

Fields earned first-team Division I all-state honors after helping lead the Tigers to a terrific season. Fields, also a first-team Federation Division I all-star, had 47 goals and 81 points in 25 games.

Feilds was the only player from Western New York to be honored as an all-state first teamer.

The Tigers took first place in the competitive Division I of the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation in the regular season; the Tigers were seeded first for the Monsignor Martin Association's Niagara Cup playoffs before losing to St. Joe's in the title game. 

Fields scored 129 goals last lacrosse season (believed to be a national record) and had 108 this year as Timon was ranked the top team in lacrosse for the entire season.  

The Prep Talk Players of the Year for lacrosse (and other spring sports) will be announced next week. 

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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. 

* * * 

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 boys hockey: Connor Fields, Bishop Timon-St. Jude" »

#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.

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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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