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Watch PrepTalkTV Week Eight: Standouts (& mascots) from St. Joe's and Canisius; live chat followed

By Keith McShea

We've got a BIG episode of PrepTalkTV tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com).

After the show, we'll conduct a live chat here on the blog. As always, anything in the world of high school sports, or our coverage of it, is up for discussion.

                    

As always, I will try to get to every question in the live chat. Please be patient.

Canisius standout Boyd will swim at Harvard

By Keith McShea

Canisius senior Jack Boyd, who has won two state championships each of the last two years and is one of the top-ranked swimmers in the country, has committed to swim at Harvard University, according to SwimmingWorldMagazine.com.

Boyd, an All-American the last two years, is ranked 46th in the country by collegeswiming.com

Boyd won the 500- and 200-yard freestyle events at last year's state meet in All-America times. He also swam on the Crusaders’ 400 freestyle relay, which finished second to overall champion Fordham Prep. Canisius was third at the meet. 

As a sophomore, he also won state titles in those same events.

Week Two Friday with #PrepTalkLive: Aquinas knocks off Canisius, 3-0 (with video interviews)

By Keith McShea

Week Two has me headed to Rochester for the second straight Friday night as Canisius, considered the No. 1 team in New York State, plays at Aquinas (7:30, #CANvAQ), a program which has held that spot often in recent years. I'll have play-by-play from the game along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.

We'll also have News reporters and photojournalists out at Lockport at Orchard Park (#LOCKvOP), Lackawanna at Tonawanda (#LACKvTON), Grand Island at North Tonawanda (#GIvNT) -- all 7 p.m. starts -- and West Seneca West at Lancaster (#WSWvLANC) at 7:30.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). You can also tweet updates at @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN.

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back tomorrow afternoon with more #PrepTalkLive coverage of Saturday's action. 

Video: Coach Robbins, Ollison on senior RB signing with Pitt

Canisius High football head coach Rich Robbins says he is happy for Qadree Ollison in his decision to play for the University of Pittsburgh next year.

Canisius RB Qadree Ollison verbally commits to Pittsburgh (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

Hello from Canisius High's auditorium. 

Podium is set up and lot of media members are awaiting the announcement of Qadree Ollison's verbal committment

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Ollison verbally commits to the University of Pittsburgh. 

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound back started the announcement by saying, "I'm going to be leaving Canisius next year, and taking off the blue and gold, and I'll be attending ... 

[Gets hat out from under the podium.]

"The University of Pittsburgh."

He ended his podium speaking with:

"I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of my senior year here at Canisius. And I can't wait to be rocking the blue and gold again at Pittsburgh."

Here's video of the announcement (my apologies for the shakiness, it's because I had one hand on holding the iPhone and one hand typing on the blog).

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Canisius' Ollison to announce college decision today

By Keith McShea

Canisius senior standout running back Qadree Ollison will announce his college decision today in a ceremony at the Delaware Ave. school. 

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Ollison will announce where he is verbally committing from among his five finalists -- Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin -- at 3:15 p.m. in Canisius' auditorium. Ollison was offered scholarships by 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs. 

The announcement comes one day after the Niagara Falls' native's 17th birthday. 

Conjecture by many, including myself, has Pitt and Penn State as his finalists. Ollison said during the summer that he would make official visits to both schools. 

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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" »

PrepTalkTV: Scrimmage Saturday with Canisius & Will South

By Keith McShea

Photojournalist Harry Scull Jr. & made Canisius' Stransky Complex in West Seneca our final stop of the day on Scrimmage Saturday. 

Check out more video clips in my "Live from Scrimmage Saturday" post. 

Live from Scrimmage Saturday (with 28 video highlights)

By Keith McShea

All over Western New York (and New York State), high school football teams are lining up against an opponent for the first time. These past few years, we've been calling it Scrimmage Saturday.

Photojournalist Harry Scull Jr. and I will be hitting a few scrimmages today. I'll have updates and photos in the live blog below, and we'll have some videos posted later today. 

We have Tonawanda, Lockport and Canisius on our short list for places to visit -- here's our complete list of scrimmages.

If you are out catching some of the action (before the real action), tweets with the hashtag #scrimmagesaturday will appear in the live blog below. 

Just a reminder that our season preview will be published Thursday, just before we get started with Week One of the 2013 football season Friday and Saturday (Sept. 6-7).

We'll have a live chat Wednesday evening at 9 to discuss the upcoming season. 

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Here are some iPhone video highlights from today, many of which I mentioned in the live blog.

The first one is probably the best one of the day:

Here are other highlights from Canisius' defense against Williamsville South's offense:

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Canisius' Ollison to announce college decision Sept. 9

By Keith McShea

Canisius senior standout running back Qadree Ollison will announce his college decision on Monday, Sept. 9 in a ceremony at the Delaware Ave. school. 

Ollison, who was the Buffalo News co-Player of the Year (with teammate lineman Ryan Hunter), will decide from among his five finalists -- Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin -- at 3:15 p.m. in Canisius' auditorium. Ollison was offered scholarships by 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs. 

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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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