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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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PrepTalkTV (May 29): Prep Talk Awards honorees from Lancaster, Will South, Clarence

By Keith McShea

Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, our third of the spring, again tied in with today's edition of the Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards as we welcomed in today's spotlight Prep Talk Player of the Year -- and quite a few more honorees.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track and field, Devon Patterson of Williamsville Southwho was featured on the blog today, appeared on the show with fellow Billie Haley Carroll, the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls bowling.

We also welcomed in field hockey Prep Talk Player of the Year Giovanna Fasanello of Clarence

Lancaster will have several honorees at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16, and four of them visited with us this week. 

Sarah Saba earned her ticket to the banquet at the downtown Hyatt as a member of this year's All-Western New York first team for girls basketball. 

There are currently three Prep Talk Players of the Year from Lancaster, all from the girls side, and they joined us for an interview together: Chelsea Dantonio (girls golf), Courtney Bondanza (girls gymnastics) and McKenzie Keuhlewind (girls indoor track and field).

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls bowling: Haley Carroll, Williamsville South

By Keith McShea

Haley Carroll, Williamsville South (John Hickey/Buffalo News)Haley Carroll has a last name that makes people thing of excellent bowling in Western New York. And she's got the game to go along with it. 

Carroll, a junior at Williamsville South, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls bowling as she's carried on a championship-level tradition. 

She was the Section VI champion this year by rolling a 1,215 series at AMF Thruway Lanes. She also helped the Section VI team to a second-place finish at the state championships in Babylon, Long Island. 

Last year, she was fourth overall at the state championships in helping the Section VI all-star team to the state title.

Carroll's mother, Cindy Coburn-Carroll, and her grandmother, Doris, are have been inducted into several Halls of Fame, and they are the only mother and daughter to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. 

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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 each day until the big day.

The list thus far:

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Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys bowling: Chad Mee, Frontier

By Keith McShea

MeeIn boys bowling, the award could have been called the Player of the Years.

Chad Mee of Frontier has been synonymous with excellence in bowling going back to his eighth-grade year, when he won the Section VI individual title, all the way through his senior year, when he ... won the Section VI individual title.

Every year, Mee made the state tournament, either by virtute of making the Section VI team or helping lead Frontier to the state championships.

The last two years, he helped Frontier advance as a team, and this year the Falcons won the school’s first state title with a dominating performance at Babylon Lanes on Long Island. Mee was the top individual in the state team competition with a 1,346 pinfall for a 224.33 average. Mee was also the individual champion as Frontier won Section VI after an unbeaten ECIC I championship year.

Mee's teams did not lose a league match since his eighth-grade season.

Away from high school competition, he has won several adult tournaments. Last year, he finished at the Obenauer Masters Tournament.

He received Division I partial scholarship offers but bypassed those and will attend the University at Buffalo to study chemical engineering.He hopes to start a bowling club team at UB, which does not have a bowling program.

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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 each day until the big day.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys bowling: Chad Mee, Frontier" »

Video: Eden's Andrew Herbert wins Section VI boys bowling individual title

Andrew Herbert of Eden talks with The News' Mary Jo Monnin about winning the Section VI bowling championship.

Learn more by reading Monnin's story on the Section VI boys bowling championships.

Video: Frontier wins Section VI boys bowling team championship

Frontier bowling coach John Cordier and junior standout Chad Mee talk with The News' Mary Jo Monnin about winning the title.

Learn more by reading Monnin's story on the Section VI boys bowling championships.

Video: Sweet Home wins Section VI girls bowling championship

Sweet Home girls bowling coach Jim Russo and standout Diamond Carter talk with The News' Mary Jo Monnin about the steadiness of the Panthers in winning sectional title.

Learn more about the Section VI championships in Monnin's story in Friday's Buffalo News.

Video: NT's Cassidy Powers wins Section VI bowling championship

Cassidy Powers of North Tonawanda talks with The News' Mary Jo Monnin about her effort in winning the title.

Learn more about the Section VI championships in Monnin's story in Friday's Buffalo News.

Several postponements Thursday

A weather day like this in Western New York is probably not the right time to tell people where I'm working right now.

But I still get the emails with postponements ...  

** Today's Section VI girls bowling championships have been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Thruway Lanes.  

** Tonight's St. Mary's at St. Joe's basketball game has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday night at the same time (7:30 p.m.). Also, Sunday's Canisius at St. Joe's game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

** With the Buffalo Public Schools closed today, Thursday's full athletic schedule -- including Yale Cup and Canisius Cup basketball games -- will now be played Friday. Any previously scheduled Friday events will be rescheduled.

** For Jamestown, its girls basketball home game vs. Clarence has been moved to Friday at 6 p.m., making it a boys-girls doubleheader as the Red Raider boys play Clarence at 7:30 p.m.

Of course, if anyone has anything to add, just throw it on the comments section (and e-mail kmcshea@buffnews.com and sports@buffnews.com while you're at it).                  

---Keith McShea

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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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