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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.

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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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#preptalkpreseason kicks off with start of practice: Visits with OP, Sweet Home & Canisius (with video)

Sweet Home goes through a drill to start its afternoon session. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

Welcome to the first day of the 2013-14 high school sports season. Today is the first day that fall season teams can practice throughout the state. For football teams, which have held workouts and passing leagues throughout the summer, the preparation begins today for Week One (Sept. 6-7).

At Canisius, a most notable transfer will not be on the field today. TJ Wheatley, the junior standout who I wrote about in Sunday's paper, is out with what the coaching staff is calling -- get ready hockey fans -- an "upper body injury." The team says it has not been authorized by Wheatley's family to disclose the specific injury. 

Wheatley is listed as day-to-day. The team is hopeful it will have him in the opening-night lineup at Rochester's McQuaid on Friday, Sept. 6.

Wheatley participated in passing leagues with Canisius this summer. Once the injury was diagnosed it was determined that it occurred back at the Sound Mind/Sound Body camp in Michigan in June, which was prior to the Wheatleys' decision to attend Canisius.

UPDATE: Wheatley has been CLEARED. 

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Canisius' Ollison will make official visits to Pitt, Wisconsin

By Keith McShea

Qadree Ollison said Saturday he will make official visits this fall to Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. 

He made the comments during an appearance on WGR 550-AM's "Inside High School Sports" broadcast.

Ollison trimmed his list of 15 Division I suitors to five in June. Joining Pitt and Wisconsin as finalists were Rutgers, Penn State and Syracuse.

Ollison has said he will make his college decision in the week prior to the Crusaders' season opener at McQuaid on Friday, Sept. 6.

Canisius' Matt MacDonald signs with Farleigh Dickinson

By Keith McShea

Recent Canisius graduate Matt MacDonald signed a Division I basketball scholarship with Farleigh Dickinson today, according to a tweet from Crusaders coach Kyle Husband. 

MacDonald was a third-team All-Western New York selection this past season. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and two assists to help the Crusaders win their third straight Manhattan Cup.

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Canisius' Ollison trims list of colleges to five: Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse & Wisconsin

By Keith McShea

Canisius' Qadree Ollison, who will be a senior this fall, trimmed his list of potential college destinations to five today via Twitter. 

 

 

A total of 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools offered scholarships to Ollison: Penn State, Temple, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Cincinnati, Boston College, Rutgers, Connecticut, Nevada and the University at Buffalo.

Ollison's plan, according to Canisius football sources, is to verbally commit to a school on Sept. 4, two days prior to Canisius' season-opening game at McQuaid of Rochester. 

Ollison was selected (along with graduated senior Ryan Hunter) as The Buffalo News Player of the Year last season after he ran for a school-record 1,876 yards on 240 carries in the Crusaders' 11-0 season. 

The Niagara Falls native’s 25 rushing touchdowns were a school record, as were his 26 total touchdowns. With career totals of 2,679 yards and 35 total touchdowns, the junior is also now 401 yards and four touchdowns away from the Canisius records in both of those categories.

Canisius' Adam Weir getting accustomed to college game in summer workouts

Adam Weir
James P. McCoy / Buffalo News

By Aaron Mansfield

 

As part of a story on local high school graduates preparing for their first year of college basketball, The News sat down with Canisius High School grad and Canisius College forward Adam Weir today. Weir is one of four Western New Yorkers who will play Division I ball this winter; Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls, Canisius College), La'Trice Hall (Sacred Heart, Hartford) and Cassie Oursler (Grand Island, Robert Morris) are the others.

Weir has been making quite a few adjustments to his game; he was a small forward and power forward in high school and will handle the two-guard position in college. He said he is focusing primarily on improving his ball-handling and defense this summer, which are the areas in which he has struggled most to keep up in summer practice. Today, he was running five-on-five at Canisius' Koessler Athletic Center.

"I'm willing to do whatever we need," Weir said. "If they need me to play this year, I'll be more than ready, and if not, I'll do whatever we need."

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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.

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