Week Four is loaded with great matchups, including the annual showdown between small school powers as No. 1 small school Depew hosts No. 2 Alden at 7:30 p.m. (#ALDvDEP at #PrepTalkLive). That's where I'll be with 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 Canisius at St. Francis at 7 (#CANvSTF), Cleveland Hill at Lackawanna at 7 (#CHvLACK) and Randolph at Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake at 7:30 (#RANDvMGCL).
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). Live chat comments are certainly welcome too.
Our third episode of PrepTalkTV is tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com).
With the tremendous annual matchup of Alden at Depew set for Friday at 7:30, we have a little bit of each program on the show. Sean Bruso, an Alden assistant coach who has covered high school football via radio and television since he was a high school student at Lancaster, will be the guest co-host this week.
We will be rotating guest hosts throughout the year, if you'd like to be part of the show, whether you are a college or high school student, let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org or @KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter.
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.
Photojournalist Harry Scull Jr. continued our #preptalkpreseason coverage with a visit to Depew to talk to coach Brian Wilson and his players. The Wildcats discussed the 2013 season and their status heading into Scrimmage Saturday.
Meanwhile, Mark Mulville checked in with Orchard Park and fellow photojournalist John Hickey visited Burgard's practice at All High Stadium.
Aaron Mansfield/Buffalo News -- Depew High School welcomed back its football players today, but they weren't absent from the gridiron for long. In fact, the athletes conditioned Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the school all summer. They're chasing another shot at taking down rival Alden, which made the state semifinals last season.
By Aaron Mansfield
The Depew Wildcats are 15-4 the past two years. It's an impressive mark, to be sure -- but it's not one with which they're content. That's because all four of those losses have come against their cross-town rival, Alden.
"Obviously, we take one game at a time, but
there’s a little asterisk next to week five," second-year Depew head coach Brian Wilson said of his team's regular-season showdown with Alden. "We’re ready to go."
I was at Alden for the morning practice and didn't make it to Depew in time to catch up with any Wildcats players, but Wilson was still in the locker room. He took the time to chat with The News about his expectations for the 2013 season.
There are few days on the Western New York high school sports calendar like Quarterfinal Friday.
There are 32 games tonight which will determine which teams will advance to the Section VI semifinalis next week at Buffalo State and Jamestown Community College (eight classes x four games each = 32).
I'll be at one game which pits two programs that are very used to making that trip to Buffalo State: seventh-seeded Depew at second-seeded Lackawanna in Class B-1. That game, like all but two tonight, starts at 7 (a doubleheader at MST Seneca has games at 6 & 8 p.m.).
I'll provide updates in the live blog below. I'll have play-by-play and I'll have periodic #preptalkscores updates via Twitter which will also appear in the blog.
Your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores are welcome (especially tonight, with so many games, with such importance) -- as they will appear in the live blog as well. Every night, scoring update tweets (in any sport) are welcome to those on Twitter -- just use the #preptalkscores hashtag.
The final Tuesday of the regular season has quite a few interesting matchups. I'm going to start the evening by checking out Akron at CSAT at 6:30 before heading to Depew at Amherst at 7:30. Some other intriguing games have Hutch-Tech at McKinley at 6, Iroquois at new No. 10 large school Williamsville South and St. Joe's visiting Frontier in a nice nonleaguer.
I'll provide updates in the live blog below. When I have my laptop out I'll be able to do play-by-play, otherwise I'll send #preptalkscores updates via Twitter, which will also appear in the blog.
Your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores are welcome -- as they will appear in the live blog as well. Every night, scoring update tweets (in any sport) are welcome to those on Twitter -- just use the #preptalkscores hashtag.
Check our scoreboard page for a complete schedule of tonight's games; the scoreboard will be updated as we receive game reports throughout the evening.
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.