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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:

Continue reading "#PrepTalkAwards section, web-style: PrepTalkTV interviews, bios, photos & more" »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys volleyball: Brian Costello, Canisius

By Keith McShea

Brian Costello, Canisius (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Brian Costello graduated from Canisius on Wednesday after an accomplished volleyball career that included two All-Western New York first-team selections along with Monsignor Martin Player of the Year honors his senior season. 

Next month he'll add another honor to the list. 

Costello, who helped lead the Crusaders to another stellar season, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys volleyball.

Costello, the setter for a Canisius team which won the Monsignor Martin Association regular season and playoff championships for the 14th straight year, was named to the all-tournament teams at the high-level Clarence, Penfield and Hamburg tournaments. He played in 105 sets for the season and had 1,081 assists (10.3 per set), 37 aces and 82 blocks. 

Costello will attend the University at Buffalo, where he'll play for UB's club program. 

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Costello will appear on this evening's episode of PrepTalkTV, which will be posted around 7 p.m. We'll also announce the girls volleyball Prep Talk Player of the Year on the show.

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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:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys volleyball: Brian Costello, Canisius" »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys swimming: Jack Boyd, Canisius

By Keith McShea

Jack Boyd, Canisius (James P. McCoy)Not unlike the other winner from the pool, the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys swimming leaves a legacy not only in Western New York but at the state championship level.

Jack Boyd of Canisius, who will swim at Harvard next season, earned All-American status for the third straight year as he won his third straight state title in the 200-yard freestyle. 

He also set a Western New York record at the state meet in the 500 freestyle. He finished second to Pittsford’s PJ Ransford (4:21.06) in one of the greatest finals in state history (both swimmers were much faster than the previous state mark of 4:24.06).

Boyd won state titles in the 500 as a sophomore and junior. He also helped the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to sixth-place finishes at this year's state meet. 

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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 June 16 event. 

The list:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys swimming: Jack Boyd, Canisius" »

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.

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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#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: 

#PrepTalkLive on a special-edition Saturday, concluding with Middle Early College's huge Yale Cup win at McKinley (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

It's a special Saturday in boys basketball in that there are several top teams in action, and there's a lot on the line (with just one week to go to Section VI's Selection Saturday).

I know where I'll be ending up today: The very important Yale Cup showdown of Middle Early College at McKinley at 6:30 p.m., a game postponed from Wednesday due to our latest bout with snow. However, the day is full of interesting games, notably first-place Iroquois at Hamburg in top ECIC II action at 1:30, Cathedral Prep (Pa.) -- which is 10-6 on the season -- at No. 1 large school Canisius at 3, and, in another makeup due to weather, Nichols at St. Mary's at 3:30 in a Monsignor Martin matchup of top 10 small schools. 

While I'll be getting to as many games as I can, 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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Highlights from Iroquois' win at Hamburg, including several from senior Phil Bowen:

Now, you'll hear me on the video above say that Bowen's three was a two. When it happened I was sure he had his foot on the line (I even tweeted it). When I watched the video (including the higher-quality version before it goes to youtube) and tried to go frame-by-frame, it also sure looked like his foot was on the line.

When it happened, I felt like the only guy in the gym who thought it was a two -- no one said a word about it, and obviously you can see the official signal a three immediately even though to me it looks like Bowen's right foot (and maybe even his left) is on the line. Again, in real time I thought his foot was on the line and I'm stunned noone in the gym said anything.

It's certainly no matter now -- Hamburg never hit another shot in the game. However, if it was a two, then it's a tie game, and I think that changes the end-game dynamic completely. Just a weird deal.

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Postgame show from Middle Early College after its win at McKinley:

PrepTalkTV: St. Joe's & Canisius hockey visit before their back-to-back showdowns

By Keith McShea

St. Joe's and Canisius have been part of the upper half of Western New York Varsity Federation Hockey's tough Division I all season, and they've got not one but two big games coming up with each other, and they'll be on PrepTalkTV tonight at 7:30 to talk about it.

The teams play their regular season finale on Sunday, and they are paired up also for the first round of the playoffs. St. Joe's coach Rich Crozier will be on along with seniors Paul LoVullo and Nick Zenger.

Canisius seniors Zach Grace & Quinn Beiter will join us along with interim coach Jason Bridge. Bridge replaces Gene Naab, who was removed as coach today; Canisius AD Jim Mauro did not comment on the reasons for Naab's dismissal.

We'll also take a look at the basketball polls and the top upcoming games.  

You can watch the show live here or at the BuffaloNews.com home page. After the show the complete broadcast segments will be posted here.

The live show will be again be followed shortly thereafter by a live chat in which we'll monitor tonight's action through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter. As always, we'll discuss anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it.

Please be patient in the chat. I promise I'll get to all questions. 

National Signing Day: Canisius' Ollison, Touris make it official; Jamestown QB Sisson to Div. II Edinboro

By Keith McShea

As is usualy the case in Western New York, National Signing Day is one of important ceremonies, albeit without a lot of drama, certainly not the type of suspense that will be playing itself out on ESPN throughout the day as top recruits unveil their major college destinations.

The top local recruit, two-time first-team All-Western New York running back Qadree Ollison of Canisius, made is verbal committment to Pittsburgh early during the Crusaders' football season and the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder will make it official with a signing today. 

Western New York's only other Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) signing is Ollison's Canisius teammate Augie Touris, who verbally committed to the University of Texas-El Paso last month. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound lineman will also make it official today during a ceremony at the school. 

St. Joe's senior Tyler Hill has committed to attend Cincinnati and accept a preferred walkon position, but he technically is not signing a letter of intent today. The 6-3, 245-pound Hill was a uber-versatile standout for the Maurauders who earned first-team All-Western New York honors and whose long-snapping abilities made him attractive to colleges.

Also part of Canisius' signing day are a pair of Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) players. Defensive back Ryan Richards, a 6-2, 205-pound second-team All-WNY pick, will commit to Robert Morris; first-team All-WNY selection Mike Sharpe (6-1, 200) announced today he was accepting a preferred walk-on spot with Furman (S.C.).

Joining Richards in signing with Robert Morris this morning -- according to Depew coach Brian Wilson -- was Wildcats lineman Mike Lamb (6-7, 327), a second-team All-WNY pick.

At Alden, senior and first-team All-WNY selection Phil Zobrest, a 6-5, 227-pound defensive end, will sign today with Holy Cross. 

There was some significant news today out of Jamestown as record-setting senior quarterback Jake Sisson, The Buffalo News Player of the Year and the winner of the Connolly Cup as Western New York's most outstanding football player, will sign with Division II Edinboro (Pa.).

The 6-foot, 180-pound Sisson set Western New York records for passing yards in a game and season; he also set the Section VI championship game passing mark as the Red Raiders won the Class AA title.

Another Division II signing has All-WNY second team lineman Steven Stauss (6-5, 300) of Albion headed to Mercyhurst (Pa.).

First-team All-WNY defensive back/wide receiver Dylan Dussault (6-4, 193) of Alden will sign with Division II Walsh (Ohio).

Below are some other recent or upcoming local college signings from various sports: 

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#PrepTalkLive from Canisius' win over Aquinas (with VIDEO) plus your Tuesday night updates

By Keith McShea

Tonight features a fairly full lineup of high school sports, with the No. 1 boys basketball large school getting a tough test coming in from Rochester. Section V power Aquinas visits Canisius at 7 p.m. Other top events tonight include Williamsville East at Iroquois in boys hoops, Jamestown at Frontier and Sacred Heart at Williamsville North in girls hoops, as well as the All-Catholic girls bowling championships. 

There are a ton of league games in both boys and girls play. As always, we're 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:

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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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