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Video: Bishop Timon-St. Jude beats Canisius, 4-3; earns Super Monday date with St. Joe's

Bishop Timon-St. Jude celebrates 4-3 win over Canisius and looks to the championship game against St. Joe's Monday at First Niagara Center.

Read more about Tuesday's hockey action in our report for Wednesday's paper.

How The News voted: Let the playoffs begin

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.

This week starts the postseason -- today there will be play-in rounds in both the Monsignor Martin Association's Manhattan Cup playoffs and the Section VI tournament.

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. This week's News poll is available via the high school home page. The direct link is here.

Here's last week's ballot (Week Eight, Feb. 12 -- Valentine's edition). Previous polls: Week Seven, Feb. 5 (Canisius No. 1), Week Six, Jan. 29 (Super week); Week Five, Jan. 22 (inauguration), Week Four, Jan. 15 (MLK), Week Three (Jan. 8, back from two-week holiday break); Week Two (special Christmas edition, Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Also, here's last year's final 2011-12 post

With not much movement in the poll and not many games left, here's a look at this week's ballot along with each team's remaining schedule:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Canisius (17-4) [last week: 1] -- Crusaders playing at a very high level right now, right according to plan.

Continue reading "How The News voted: Let the playoffs begin" »

Video: St. Joe's 81, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 58

How The News voted: Happy February to Canisius

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.

Thanks to the Jesuit Tournament in D.C. for having this picture on their web site.

This week marks a change at the top as Canisius takes over the No. 1 large school spot for Niagara Falls. Canisius had a great start to what should be a fun month, winning at Timon Friday, beating Section V Class AA power Fairport (then ranked second in the state) on Saturday, becoming the top-ranked team in the Class A state poll on Monday and ascending to The News No. 1 spot today. 

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. This week's News poll is available via the high school home page. Here's the direct link.

Here's last week's ballot (Week Six, Jan. 29 - Super week). Previous polls: Week Five, Jan. 22 (inauguration), Week Four, Jan. 15 (MLK), Week Three (Jan. 8, which followed a two-week holiday break); Week Two (our special Christmas edition, Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Also, here's last year's final 2011-12 post

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Canisius (15-3) [last week: 2] -- I said I was waiting to see Niagara Falls and Canisius this past weekend to see if there was a move to be made for this spot, and the results made it a clear one. Canisius was all over Fairport from the start and then made the plays to hold on. Fairport, Bishop Kearney (which Falls lost to Sunday) and Webster Schroeder (which Falls lost to Saturday) are considered to be tightly grouped together when it comes to who is the best Class AA team in Section V. 

Continue reading "How The News voted: Happy February to Canisius" »

Live from RAP Invitational in Rochester: Canisius beats V-Fairport; Niagara Falls falls to Schroeder (with video interviews)

By Keith McShea

Hello from what should be an outstanding tripleheader of boys basketball games at East High in Rochester. It's the RAP Invitational, an event named for the local AAU group the Rochester Area Players. Great lineup of games all weekend.

Today's Buffalo-area partipation begins with News No. 2 large school Canisius vs. No. 1 Section V large school Fairport at 5:15 p.m., followed by No. 1 large school Niagara Falls vs. No. 2 Section V large school Webster Schroeder at 7. Then it's  No. 7 Bishop Timon-St. Jude against the host East Orientals at 8:45.

I'll have updates from games in the live blog below and I'll also be providing #preptalkscores updates on Twitter, which will also appear in the blog. 

If you want to chime in from any of tonight's high school contests (of any sport) -- your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores will appear in the live blog as well. 

Continue reading "Live from RAP Invitational in Rochester: Canisius beats V-Fairport; Niagara Falls falls to Schroeder (with video interviews)" »

Friday Night Live from Canisius at Timon-St. Jude & your #preptalkscores (with videos)

By Keith McShea

Tonight's major matchup we'll be on hand for is No. 2 large school Canisius at No. 7 Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 7 p.m.

There should be the usual great crowd on hand and great atmosphere at Palano gym. It's also the start of quite the weekend for boys basketball, including for both of these teams. On Saturday, the Crusaders (vs. Fairport) and Timon (vs. Rochester East) will take on Section V powers at the RAP Invitational at East High in Rochester.

The RAP event begins tonight with Olean traveling to take on East High in a compelling matchup. Other key games tonight include McKinley vs. Middle Early College at ECC-City at 7 in Yale Cup I and Frontier at Williamsville North at 7:30 in ECIC I. In Yale Cup III, Lafayette heads to Olmsted at 6 p.m. in a battle for first place; at 7 p.m., second place in the Niagara Frontier League is on the line as North Tonawanda hosts Lockport.

I'll have updates from games in the live blog below and I'll also be providing #preptalkscores updates on Twitter, which will also appear in the blog. 

If you want to chime in from any of tonight's high school contests (of any sport) -- your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores will appear in the live blog as well. 

Continue reading "Friday Night Live from Canisius at Timon-St. Jude & your #preptalkscores (with videos)" »

How The News voted: Super Week (& we're not talking football)

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. This week's News poll is available via the high school home page.

It's a Super Week, and we're not talking about Sunday's football game. As you'll see throughout the blog, there are several big-time games this week -- there's even one on Super Bowl Sunday that is worth a bit of hype. 

Here's last week's ballot (Week Five, Jan. 22). Previous polls: Week Four, Jan. 15Week Three (Jan. 8, which followed a two-week holiday break); Week Two (our special Christmas edition, Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Also, here's last year's final 2011-12 post

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (10-1) [last week: 1] -- The 100-18 win over Kenmore East revived calls for the Niagara Frontier League to allow Falls to play as an independent. I've said they should have remained that way since the 2005 Federation championship team. 

Continue reading "How The News voted: Super Week (& we're not talking football)" »

Video: St. Joe's 61, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 57 (boys basketball)

Timon's Williams takes walk-on opportunity with Niagara hoops

Bishop Timon-St. Jude senior Jordan Williams will try and walk on with the Niagara University men's basketball program.

Williams, a 6-foot-2 senior sharpshooter for the Tigers, committed to attend the school Tuesday night after a meeting with NU coach Joe Mihalics and his staff. That's according to an email I received from the Williams family today. 

Williams, who was a first-team All-Western New York football player at wide receiver, chose the walk-on opportunity over offers to play football at the University at Albany, Hobart and Edinboro. Williams had 10 touchdown catches and 988 receiving yards his senior season. 

Williams excelled for the Tigers' top 10 large school basketball team as well. He was Timon's leading scorer and capped his career with a 29-point effort in a loss to eventual champion Canisius in the Manhattan Cup semifinals at Canisius College. That game was witnessed by Niagara coach Mihalics. 

According to Williams, he is being given the opportunity to walk on and then may be red-shirted.

"I had football offers on the table but ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to play Division I basketball," Williams said in a staement.  "Now I’m going to get that opportunity and to be able to stay home to do it is exciting."

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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PrepTalkTV: Highlights, interviews from Monsignor Martin semifinals

Note: The interviews in this video are, in order, with St. Mary's coach Dan Gill, St. Mary's senior Erik Simmons (not Canisius), St. Mary's senior Devin Redden (not Jake Cercone), Canisius coach Kyle Husband, Canisius senior Aaron White (not Erik Simmons), Canisius senior Matt Hart, and Bishop Timon-St. Jude coach Jim Palano. Our apologies regarding some technical errors on-screen.

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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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