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#PrepTalkLive on a very busy Friday, including Lockport beating Ken West & Clarence avenging Jamestown loss (with VIDEO interviews)

By Keith McShea

It's a very busy Friday night on both the boys and girls basketball sides, with top league showdowns in ECIC I (Jamestown at Clarence at 7:30 p.m.) and the Niagara Frontier League (Kenmore West at Lockport at 6:30). I'm headed to Clarence with a likely stop at an early game beforehand. There's also a big wrestling showdown as No. 1 large school Clarence heads to No. 4 Lancaster for their "Border Brawl" dual meet. 

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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Highlights from the end of Clarence's win over Jamestown: 

The postgame show from Clarence: 

Week Two Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Alden wins late at Eden (with VIDEO); large crowd watches St. Joe's win big at Clarence

By Keith McShea

Week Two Saturday makes for a long day, but it's worth it as I'll get to see two games. I'm starting at a top 10 small school battle as No. 1 Alden heads to No. 9 Eden at 2 p.m., while St. Joe's is at Clarence at 7 p.m. I'll have play-by-play from those games along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with hashtags #ALDvEDEN & #STJvCLAR).

We'll also have a News photojournalist at Cheektowaga at Bennett (#CHKvBEN), a 2 p.m. start at All High Stadium.

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.

Video from Alden's thrilling 22-15 win at Eden

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We'll be back next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Class AA

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The nine-team division consists of the Clarence Red Devils, Frontier Falcons, Jamestown Red Raiders, Kenmore West Blue Devils, Lancaster Redskins, Lockport Lions, Niagara Falls Wolverines, Orchard Park Quakers and West Seneca West Indians.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Class AA" »

#preptalkpreseason with PrepTalkTV: Interviews with AA coaches from Clarence, Ken West, Falls, W.S. West & Lockport

Get the lowdown on Class AA football from coaches from Clarence, Kenmore West, Niagara Falls, Lancaster, West Seneca West and Lockport

Mary Jo Monnin sat down with the coaches prior to the Section VI preseason coaches meeting, and Harry Scull compiled the video: 

Check back for more coach interviews and reports from high school training camps, and check out more video reports at our video home page

Clarence's Armstrong taken in third round, Amherst's Heim in fourth, in MLB draft; with the history of WNY HS picks

By Keith McShea

Today was a momentous day for Western New York baseball as two high school players were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. 

Clarence pitcher Mark Armstrong was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round, 104th overall.

Amherst catcher Jonah Heim was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round, 129th overall

Below are the Western New York players who were drafted as high school players, according to's database (the search is set for players from New York; many are from NY colleges).

This list includes last time a player was selected (Hoppy in 2009), the last time a player was selected as high as Armstrong (Rehbaum in the second round in 1979), as well as back to the last time a Western New Yorker was taken in the first round out of high school (Matt Winters, who is listed as being from Williamsville, in 1978).  

2009 Kyle Hoppy, Orchard Park; 28th round by the Orioles

2003 Ricky Brooks, North Tonawanda; 11th round by the White Sox

1999 John Andrianoff, Portville; 19th round by the Astros

1996 David Wesolowski, Williamsville North; 15th round by the Marlins

1996 Aaron Bouie, Albion; 33rd round by the Rays

1996 Gerald Perkins, Roy-Hart; 71st round by the Marlins

1989 John Vandemark, Lockport; 62nd round by the Astros

1983 Louis Monte, Bishop Turner; 29th round by the Yankees

1980 John Sullivan, Grand Island; eighth round by the Athletics

1980 Mark Gabriel, Niagara Catholic; 24th round by the Pirates

1979 Chris Rehbaum, St. Joe's; second round by the Indians

1978 Matt Winters, Williamsville; first round by the Yankees

Continue reading "Clarence's Armstrong taken in third round, Amherst's Heim in fourth, in MLB draft; with the history of WNY HS picks" »

Live from Far West Regional softball, with baseball #preptalkscores updates: Hamburg softball wins (with VIDEO)

2013 Class A Far West Regional champion Hamburg Bulldogs. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

The spring season's most important week begins today -- because it's the last week. Today there Far West Regional playoffs in baseball and softball

I'm at Brockport State for the Class AA, A and B softball games. The C and D games are at Olean. The baseball games are at Niagara Falls (AA), Batavia (A & D) and Jamestown (B & C). We will have reporters providing updates from all baseball games. 

If you are at one of today's big games on the diamonds, be sure to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores. Those tweets will automatically appear in the live blog below. 

Check out our SCOREBOARD PAGE for today's complete schedule, which will be updated with results as soon as we have them.

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The final out for Hamburg, more highlights and interviews:

Continue reading "Live from Far West Regional softball, with baseball #preptalkscores updates: Hamburg softball wins (with VIDEO)" »

Video: Super Monday hockey: Niagara-Wheatfield 7, Clarence 2

Niagara-Wheatfield won its second straight Section VI Division I (large school) hockey title by beating Clarence 7-2.

Read Miguel Rodriguez's story on Super Monday's championship games here.

Live from Super Monday hockey: Niagara-Wheatfield wins second straight Div. I title

By Miguel Rodriguez

Clarence meets defending Federation (Section VI) Large School hockey champion Niagara-Wheatfield in the first of three games here today at First Niagara Center.

The Federation Small School Final is supposed to start at 6 p.m. and feature West Seneca West against Williamsville East. The Niagara Cup Final, formerly known as Federation Catholic Playoff final, starts at 8 p.m. or so featuring Bishop Timon against St. Joe's.


First period

N-W needs just 51 seconds to take 1-0 lead. Frank Vecchio II knocks in own rebound following a transition rush off Red Devils' neutral zone turnover.

On power play, Clarence ties it at 1 with 8:11 left on goal by Matt Colicchia.

Just 31 seconds later, N-W strikes again. Justin Durkee's change up from slot slips past Clarence goalie Devin Paluh. N-W leads, 2-1.

Continue reading "Live from Super Monday hockey: Niagara-Wheatfield wins second straight Div. I title" »

Video: Clarence 65, Lockport 54

A strong performance by junior Ryan Funk helped Clarence beat Lockport to advance to the semifinals at Buffalo State.

Read about the game and other key games from the busy Quarterfinal Friday in our report for Saturday's paper.

How The News voted: Let the playoffs begin

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.

This week starts the postseason -- today there will be play-in rounds in both the Monsignor Martin Association's Manhattan Cup playoffs and the Section VI tournament.

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. This week's News poll is available via the high school home page. The direct link is here.

Here's last week's ballot (Week Eight, Feb. 12 -- Valentine's edition). Previous polls: Week Seven, Feb. 5 (Canisius No. 1), Week Six, Jan. 29 (Super week); Week Five, Jan. 22 (inauguration), Week Four, Jan. 15 (MLK), Week Three (Jan. 8, back from two-week holiday break); Week Two (special Christmas edition, Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Also, here's last year's final 2011-12 post

With not much movement in the poll and not many games left, here's a look at this week's ballot along with each team's remaining schedule:


1. Canisius (17-4) [last week: 1] -- Crusaders playing at a very high level right now, right according to plan.

Continue reading "How The News voted: Let the playoffs begin" »

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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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