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Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Class DD

By Keith McShea

Who's who: The six-team division consists of the Clymer Pirates, Franklinville Panthers, Frewsburg Bears, Panama Panthers, Pine Valley Panthers and Sherman/Ripley Wildcats.

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Review live blog from Class DD sectional final

PrepTalkTV: Preseason interviews with nine Southern Tier football coaches

PrepTalkTV photographer/videographer Mark Mulville caught up with several Southern Tier coaches at a Section VI preseason meeting.

Check out what they had to say about their teams and divisions below.

Also check out previous posts loaded with videos:

* St. Francis, Burgard, Sweet Home, Hamburg, Wilson, South Park and St. Mary's.

* Lancaster, Cheektowaga, Cleveland Hill, Amherst, Maryvale and Lake Shore.

* Our first PrepTalkTV episode of the season from Clarence, Iroquois and St. Joe's.

* Or browse through the videos by clicking "PrepTalkTV" on our video player page.

Olean coach Mike Kane (Class B South):


Salamanca coach Jason Marsh (Class C South):


Allegany-Limestone coach Chad Lyter (Class C South):


Cassadaga Valley coach Nick Spitzer (Class C South):


Cattaraugus/Little Valley coach Tim Miller (Class C South):


Maple Grove coach Curt Fischer (Class D):


Portville coach Gary Swetland (Class D):

(Our apologies for the incorrect screen graphic - this is really Swetland).


Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek (Class DD)

(Our apologies for the incorrect screen graphic - this is really Buczek).


Clymer coach Mark Heiser (Class DD)


Be sure to check back to the PrepTalk blog for more videos as we continue to gear up for the 2011 season.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Clymer girls tip off championship pages

The Clymer girls basketball team is the first of this week's state champions we're honoring with poster pages and audio slideshows. 

Our buffalonews.com/champions page is the headquarters for the state titlists. The pages are available for purchase -- along with tons of other pages and photos -- out buffalonews.mycapture.com.

Here's the schedule for the rest of the pages, with a special edition at the end of the week:

Tuesday: Maple Grove boys basketball
Thursday: OTC Middle College boys basketball
Friday: Nichols boys basketball
Saturday: All-Western New York issue (boys and girls)

While we're talking scheduling, the Scholastic Spotlight will spring back into action three days later on Tuesday, April 13.

---Keith McShea

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Live from the D girls state final: Clymer wins STATE TITLE with 49-35 win over X-Harrisville (with video)

Clymer's first state championship girls basketball team. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Another day, another state championship game in hoops as Clymer takes on Harrisville of Section X (North Country) in the Class D final at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

Feel free to add comments below after the game.

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Here's the end of the game with the final seconds ticking down ...

---Keith McShea

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Clymer girls will play for state D title

The Clymer girls basketball team just keeps on knocking off top-ranked teams.

The Pirates beat John A. Coleman Catholic, 31-26, in this morning's Class D state semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. 

Coleman Catholic was the defending champion and came into the game ranked first in the state. Last week Clymer beat the state's No. 2 in Elba; in the Section VI title game it beat Pine Valley, which was ranked first in the state at that point.

Correspondent Maureen Kelly reports that Clymer sank 11 of 14 free throws in the final quarter to come back after trailing for most of the game.

A basket by Andrea Lictus with 1:25 remaining tied the game. She then hit two free throws with 58.4 seconds left. Kailyn Bentley, Jenn Rhodes and Sydney Bennink finished out the scoring by converting 1-of-2 foul shots, while Clymer held Coleman scoreless. The Pirates defense was a huge key late in the game as it forced three shot clock violations in the final quarter.

Clymer will play Harrisville, which beat Davenport, 33-29, in this morning's second semifinal. 

Harrisville is the Section X champion and hails from the North Country, just north of Fort Drum. Harrisville was also considered an underdog, being ranked fourth in the state entering this week while Davenport was second (Clymer is third).

Tip off is at noon Sunday. I'll be covering the game and will have a live blog going here, as I will tonight for the boys finals. Maple Grove plays for the Class D title at 5:30 p.m. followed by OTC Middle College in the C final at 7:15.

---Keith McShea

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Who's going to win a state title?

Three teams head to Glens Falls this weekend (and next weekend) seeking state titles.

Vote in the polls and let us know why you voted the way you did in the comments section.

---Keith McShea

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Research material: State hoops final four

First off, this is research for something else -- the NCAA and its stop here in Buffalo this weekend. Definitely get your hands on today's paper, which includes a great preview section, and check out all sorts of cool content at our Tournament Central.

Of course, no NCAAs in Buffalo for me as I'm off to Glens Falls. Here's some links that were part of my research for my story as well as the charts (I love doing that chart -- lots of stuff in there) that ran with it: 

* The current state rankings thanks to the New York State Sportswriters Association.

* The home page for the NYSSWA's Road to Glens Falls has tons of stuff. 

* The Glens Falls Post-Star kicks this thing's butt. You should see the print edition in town. (Note: Go to their live blogs instead of my live blogs and I might have to committ a Flagrant 2 on you).

* A bunch of final four related stuff came up in Wednesday night's edition of our weekly chat.

In semi-random order (I've got windows opened up all over my computer): 

* The Moravia roster (that's who Middle College plays) via MaxPreps.

* A story from the Auburn Citzen on how the Moravia community is rallying around its Blue Devils.

* Middle College's stats page via MaxPreps.

* A nice home site of New York Mills.

* Excellent Oneonta Star story on New York Mills avenging last year's regional loss to defending champion South Kortright.

* Syracuse.com wrapup of New York Mills' regional win.

* Clymer plays John A. Coleman Catholic in the state semifinals. Coleman Catholic is also in the Class D final four.

A reminder that I strongly feel that private schools should not be allowed in Class D. Here's a 2008 post I dust off from time to time.

* One of the teams in the Class D final four is Davenport ... or is it Charlotte Valley? C'mon people. Pick one name. Like Middle Coll .... I mean OTC.

* Mary Jo Monnin has some cool down-home info on the Clymer girls' first trip to the final four.

---Keith McShea

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Clymer on cloud nine after 1-2 punch

Dennis Hinsdale was driving through Clymer when four older women came out of the Dutch Village Restaurant on East Main, recognized his truck, and in unison gave him an enthusiastic thumbs up.

That's a small sampling of the support the Clymer girls basketball coach has enjoyed since his team earned a berth in the New York State Girls Basketball championships.

This Chautauqua County town, population around 1,500, has been in the grips of its own March Madness ever since the Pirates qualified for states. Clymer (18-4) will play John A. Coleman Catholic of Section IX (19-3) on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Class D semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. A win and it plays for the title Sunday at noon.

"You can't go anywhere without someone talking about basketball," said Hinsdale, now in his ninth season.

Clymer's ride started three weeks ago with a field of 75 teams competing in the Section VI tournament. Clymer, the second-smallest school in Section VI with an enrollment of 96 students, is the only team left.

"I've been on cloud nine since we beat Pine Valley in the sectional finals," said Hinsdale. "I think about Tara Bailey and Amy King, and all the kids who played here, but never got the chance [to go to states] because Pine Valley was going every year."

The win over Pine Valley gave Clymer its first Section VI title since 1977-1978. Not only was the win historic, it was also an upset as Pine Valley came into the contest ranked No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriter's poll.

So what could top that?

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Football schedule updates after the dropout fallout

These are the updates to the football schedule we have received, almost all a result of the dropout fall out caused by Brocton, Hinsdale and Walsh pulling the plug on their seasons:

Week One
Sherman vs. Forestville at Silver Creek - Friday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Clymer at West Valley - Saturday, Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m.
Week Two
Portville at Silver Creek - Friday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Falconer at Randolph - Friday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Pine Valley at Westfield - Friday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Week Three
West Valley at Pine Valley - Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.
V-Charles Finney at Salamanca - Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude has a bye week (after being scheduled against Walsh)
Week Four
Cattaraugus-Little Valley vs. Forestville at Silver Creek - Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Week Five
Randolph at Portville - Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Week Six
Silver Creek at Franklinville - Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Week Seven
Frewsburg at Ellicottville - Friday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Niagara Catholic at Allegany-Limestone - Friday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.

All of the changes have been made to the 2009 week-by-week schedule accessible via the high school home page.

---Keith McShea

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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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