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VIDEO: Great moment after great Olean-East game

By Keith McShea

I posted this on the tweeter yesterday while the blog was down ... definitely worth a look. 

Your #PrepTalkLive updates on a busy Monday: Middle College beats East; Cheektowaga tops Amherst

By Keith McShea

As noted in today's High School Extra, there might not be a great quantity, but there is great quality in tonight's lineup of boys basketball games. 

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): Canisius canceled school today, so the big Bishop TImon-St. Jude at Canisius contest has been postponed; no makeup date has been announced. 

Tonight's lineup is still very solid as No. 2 small school East and No. 5 Middle Early College meet for the first time this season in Yale Cup action at 7 p.m. at ECC-City’s Flickinger Center. The ECIC matchups among the dozen games scheduled tonight include Williamsville East (9-4) at Sweet Home at 7 p.m. in ECIC II; Cheektowaga plays No. 8 large school and ECIC III rival Amherst for the first time, 7:30 at Amherst; and in ECIC IV co-leader Holland hosts Alden at 6:30 p.m. just days after beating the Bulldogs by four.

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter (especially because I'm off today -- I set this up ahead of time).

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.

#PrepTalkLive from the MLK Classic: Hutch-Tech beats St. Francis in OT; East routs Sweet Home; Canisius clobbers McKinley

By Keith McShea

This afternoon marks one of the highlights of the season with the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. It is again hosted by City Honors and includes some great boys basketball matchups, with the marquee game pitting last year’s co-No. 1 large school champions against each other when current No. 1 Canisius plays McKinley at 2 p.m. (which I wrote about in my Prep Talk column this week).

The event starts with Hutch-Tech and St. Francis at 11 a.m., followed by East against No. 9 large school Sweet Home at 12:30 p.m..

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 (our apologies for recent malfunctions on the page -- our team are working to remedy the situation).

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 big, 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.

#PrepTalkLive from huge Yale Cup showdown: McKinley 78, East 74 (with video)

By Keith McShea

Today's best game is one of the best of the year: Two-time defending Yale Cup champion McKinley, winners of 29 straight league games and ranked third in the large school poll, is at No. 1 small school East. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

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 big, 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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I'll also be on hand to watch both of these teams on Saturday at the Buffalo Public Schools' MLK Classic at City Honors -- with both playing ranked opponents: East vs. No. 9 large school Sweet Home at 12:30 followed by McKinley vs. No. 1 large school Canisius at 2. 

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Video highlights (McKinley did much of its late work at the line, going 6 for 6 in final minutes):

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The postgame show:

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A Central

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The six-team division consists of the East Panthers, McKinley Macks, Riverside Frontiers, Williamsville East Flames, Williamsville North Spartans and Williamsville South Billies.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A Central" »

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:

LARGE SCHOOLS

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" »

Thursday Night Live from Middle Early College's big win at East & your #preptalkscores

By Keith McShea

It is the final Thursday of the basketball regular season, which includes the final day of league play in the Yale Cup. While McKinley is expected to close out a perfect year against Bennett, I'll be headed to a great small-school showdown as Middle Early College visits East at 6 p.m.

Also big on this busy night is Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Canisius in a 6:30 start. Jamestown and Silver Creek look to finish off fine regular seasons while St. Joe's hosts Sweet Home at 7.

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.

Continue reading "Thursday Night Live from Middle Early College's big win at East & your #preptalkscores" »

How The News voted: Super Week (& we're not talking football)

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 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.

It's a Super Week, and we're not talking about Sunday's football game. As you'll see throughout the blog, there are several big-time games this week -- there's even one on Super Bowl Sunday that is worth a bit of hype. 

Here's last week's ballot (Week Five, Jan. 22). Previous polls: Week Four, Jan. 15Week Three (Jan. 8, which followed a two-week holiday break); Week Two (our special Christmas edition, Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Also, here's last year's final 2011-12 post

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (10-1) [last week: 1] -- The 100-18 win over Kenmore East revived calls for the Niagara Frontier League to allow Falls to play as an independent. I've said they should have remained that way since the 2005 Federation championship team. 

Continue reading "How The News voted: Super Week (& we're not talking football)" »

Live from the MLK Classic: Canisius tops McKinley; Middle College, East, Lackawanna win (with video interviews)

By Keith McShea

Greetings from City Honors, again site of the seventh Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic, hosted by the Buffalo Public Schools. 

Today's lineup includes ranked teams in each of the four games here at City Honors. The day begins with No. 8 small school Lackawanna taking on the host Centaurs at 11 a.m., followed by No. 3 small school East meeting East Aurora (not ranked but I had them at No. 10 in my ballot) at 12:45. 

The second session begins at 4 p.m. with ECIC II leader Sweet Home taking on No. 6 small school Middle Early College. The marquee matchup of the day has No. 2 large school Canisius meeting No. 3 McKinley at 5:45. 

I'll have updates from games in the live blog below and via #preptalkscores updates on Twitter. 

Continue reading "Live from the MLK Classic: Canisius tops McKinley; Middle College, East, Lackawanna win (with video interviews)" »

East High grad Jason Oden signs with Colorado State football

Jason Oden, joined by family and friends at Delevan-Grider before signing his financial aid agreement with Colorado State. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Jasen Oden, a 2011 East High grad who attended North Carolina Tech Prep this past year, signed with Colorado State football Tuesday afternoon at the Delevan-Grider Community Center. 

Wearing a Colorado State lanyard given to him on his official visit, as well as a green-and-gold Rams baseball cap, he signed a financial aid agreement with Colorado State for a full scholarship in front of family and friends at Delevan-Grider. 

Oden said his trip to Colorado State went so well that he canceled scheduled visits with Illinois and Connecticut.

Oden headed to NC Tech in order to improve is standardized test score and make him eligible for NCAA Division I football. He headed there after former Sweet Home standout D.J. Nettles had attended NC Tech (Nettles signed with Bethune-Cookman after attending NC Tech, but a transcript glitch has him headed to a junior college this fall to help clear that up).

By the looks of its website, NC Tech has cranked out players to Division I.

Oden is believed to be the first football player from the Buffalo Public Schools to head to Division I since 2008 Grover Cleveland grad Steve Means headed to the University at Buffalo; the last major college signing from the former Harvard Cup schools was current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Williams from Riverside (2006) to Syracuse.

Oden was a third-team All-Western New York selection at defensive back in 2010. He helped East to a 6-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in Class B Central, although the Panthers were ineligible for the postseason due to an administrative move that placed East, an A-sized school, in Class B. East impressed with a victory at Cheektowaga and were part of a very strong first season in Section VI for the Buffalo Public Schools.

Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference is entering its first season under coach Jim McElwain, who came to the Rams after four years as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Alabama, where he was part of two national titles. In the recruiting process, Oden dealt mainly with assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Billy Napier, who came with McElwain from Alabama. 

I'll have more in my Prep Talk column in Wednesday's paper.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/highschools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

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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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