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PrepTalkTV: Canisius-Jamestown football & more

By Keith McShea

The week's weather difficulties bumped our original guests from tonight's PrepTalkTV show, but we've got plenty to talk about with yesterday's news that Canisius and Jamestown will play a regular season nonleague football game in Week Four of the 2014 season.

News Sports Clerk and contributor Nick Veronica will join me for the show at 7:30 p.m. as we talk some football, the basketball polls as well as what's coming up this weekend and beyond. 

The Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball team was to be guests on the show, but they had a postponed game from Wednesday moved to today. We hope to have them on in the future.

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 discuss anything about Western New York high school sports, or our coverage of it.

We'll also monitor tonight's action -- including Federation hockey game between Canisius and Bishop Timon-St. Jude -- through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter.

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

Jamestown, Canisius will play football in 2014

By Keith McShea

Canisius and Jamestown have set a date for the 2014 football season, The Buffalo News has learned.

This will be a rare nonleague meeting of top-flight large schools from Section VI and the Monsignor Martin Association, and the timing is excellent because of how the two programs finished the 2013 season. 

Jamestown, the champion of Section VI's Class AA, and Canisius, the Monsignor Martin champion, finished tied for the top spot in the final 2013 News large school poll (see the polls & story).

The teams will play at Jamestown's Strider Field in Week Four: Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The schools are expected to officially announce the matchup later today. 

Discussions began in December, including when Canisius coach Rich Robbins and Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy talked about scheduling a 2014 game at Dick Gallagher's Western New York football banquet.

“I'd like to thank Jamestown's Tom Langworthy and Ben Drake, and our coach, Rich Robbins, for their efforts to bring this game together,” Canisius athletic director Jim Mauro said in a prepared statement. “Anytime you are able to get two strong programs competing on a Friday night under the lights is great for Western New York high school football.

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VIDEO: Canisius on its rout of McKinley

#PrepTalkLive from the MLK Classic: Hutch-Tech beats St. Francis in OT; East routs Sweet Home; Canisius clobbers McKinley

By Keith McShea

This afternoon marks one of the highlights of the season with the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. It is again hosted by City Honors and includes some great boys basketball matchups, with the marquee game pitting last year’s co-No. 1 large school champions against each other when current No. 1 Canisius plays McKinley at 2 p.m. (which I wrote about in my Prep Talk column this week).

The event starts with Hutch-Tech and St. Francis at 11 a.m., followed by East against No. 9 large school Sweet Home at 12:30 p.m..

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 (our apologies for recent malfunctions on the page -- our team are working to remedy the situation).

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 big, 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.

PrepTalkTV (Jan. 16): All-American swimmers from Canisius

By Keith McShea

Canisius swimming coach Brian Spurlock and All-American swimmers Jack Boyd and Andrew Wotjowicz will join us at 7:30 for our first PrepTalkTV episode of 2014. The very accomplished Canisius swimming program topped my initial Power 10 for the winter season.

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. 

#PrepTalkLive from Canisius College: Canisius routs St. Joe's, 73-51

By Keith McShea

Canisius put forth a balanced effort, right from the start, to rout rival St. Joe's Saturday afternoon before a near-capacity crowd of about 2,000 at Canisius College's Koessler Athletic Center.

The Crusaders, ranked first in The Buffalo News large school poll, took a 20-7 lead after one quarter and were up, 40-19, at halftime. Canisius' lead rarely dipped below 20 in the second half as it improved to 9-1 and 4-0 in the Monsignor Martin Association.

Stafford Trueheart, a 6-5 sophomore, had a triple-double with 12 points -- including a pair of thunderous two-handed jams in the first half -- along with 13 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Sophomore Howard Washington had 13 points and seven assists while senior Josh Huffman contributed 13 points and eight steals off the bench. Senior Ryan Richards scored 11 while he, Trueheart and junior TJ Wheatley all also had big blocks on the defensive end in the first half.

St. Joe's (6-6), the No. 3 large school, was led by senior Justin Hollins (17 points, four three-pointers) and sophomore Justin Jones (10).

Click here for the box score as well as today's full scoreboard.

Check back to buffalonews.com and the Prep Talk blog for a video report on the game later today as well as a story published Sunday.

Review the play-by-play from the game in the live blog below.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog  -- 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 big, 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 day of the week. As it was throughout the football season, the #preptalklive blog (and hashtag on Twitter) is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

 

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Canisius basketball on PrepTalkTV; live chat included big St. Joe's hockey win & your #preptalkscores

By Keith McShea

Canisius basketball players Howard Washington, Ryan Richards and LaTerrance Reed will be our guests on the final PrepTalkTV episode of 2013. The show is tonight at 7:30 and can be watched right here. 

Canisius was supposed to be on last week's show, but we had to cancel due to snowstorm.

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The final live chat of the calendar year will follow at about 8:15, as we'll discuss anything in the world of high school sports while keeping an eye on basketball and hockey action via #PrepTalkLive. 

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

Live chat (Dec. 12): All-Western New York football review & feedback

By Keith McShea

UPDATE (7:15 p.m.): Due to the traffic nightmare near One News Plaza caused by the snowstorm and a concert whose name rhymes with "Christmas Rash," PrepTalkTV is cancelled tonight.

But the live chat will go on.

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Tonight's episode of PrepTalkTV welcomes in one season while closing the book on another. 

We will welcome Canisius basketball coach Kyle Husband along with sophomore Howard Washington and lone returning starter Ryan Richards for our 7:30 p.m. episode. 

We'll talk a little football with Richards in the latter half of the program, as we transition into our yearly live chat (around 8:15) to discuss feedback of the All-Western New York football team. We'll be taking your questions in the chat, while I'll pipe in various tweets that have been directed my way (or discuss the All-WNY team in general).

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

ECIC-MMA hoops event becomes Public/Private Challenge and moves to Canisius HS

By Keith McShea

For the past few years, the ADPRO Sports Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge has been a staple of the December boys basketball season. 

This year the name has changed, the event has changed, and the site has changed, and all the changes are good ones. 

Welcome to the ADPRO Sports Public/Private Challenge, which will be hosted at Canisius High.

St. Mary's in Lancaster was a tremendous host since the event's inception several years ago and they were a big part of it coming together. The only thing that could be improved upon how St. Mary's hosted the event is if St. Mary's were located in downtown Buffalo so that potentially even more fans could attend the games in a more centralized location. 

There are still plenty of MMA-ECIC matchups, but the name change frees up the event to include other leagues -- namely the Buffalo Public Schools -- along with Olean (an independent this year) without the showcase becoming a misnomer. That's what has happened in past years -- two two best matchups in the event's history varied from the name when the Nichols team that would go on to win the state Federation title played Niagara Falls, and last year when defending No. 1 poll schools Canisius and Olean met (Olean held on to win after getting out to a huge first half lead). 

Here's the lineup:

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Video: Canisius shuts out rival St. Joe's, 21-0

Coach Rich Robbins and senior Qadree Ollison discuss how Canisius closed out a 5-0 Monsignor Martin Association regular season with a dominant defensive performance and a 21-0 shutout of rival St. Joe's.

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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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