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National Signing Day: Canisius' Ollison, Touris make it official; Jamestown QB Sisson to Div. II Edinboro

By Keith McShea

As is usualy the case in Western New York, National Signing Day is one of important ceremonies, albeit without a lot of drama, certainly not the type of suspense that will be playing itself out on ESPN throughout the day as top recruits unveil their major college destinations.

The top local recruit, two-time first-team All-Western New York running back Qadree Ollison of Canisius, made is verbal committment to Pittsburgh early during the Crusaders' football season and the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder will make it official with a signing today. 

Western New York's only other Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) signing is Ollison's Canisius teammate Augie Touris, who verbally committed to the University of Texas-El Paso last month. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound lineman will also make it official today during a ceremony at the school. 

St. Joe's senior Tyler Hill has committed to attend Cincinnati and accept a preferred walkon position, but he technically is not signing a letter of intent today. The 6-3, 245-pound Hill was a uber-versatile standout for the Maurauders who earned first-team All-Western New York honors and whose long-snapping abilities made him attractive to colleges.

Also part of Canisius' signing day are a pair of Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) players. Defensive back Ryan Richards, a 6-2, 205-pound second-team All-WNY pick, will commit to Robert Morris; first-team All-WNY selection Mike Sharpe (6-1, 200) announced today he was accepting a preferred walk-on spot with Furman (S.C.).

Joining Richards in signing with Robert Morris this morning -- according to Depew coach Brian Wilson -- was Wildcats lineman Mike Lamb (6-7, 327), a second-team All-WNY pick.

At Alden, senior and first-team All-WNY selection Phil Zobrest, a 6-5, 227-pound defensive end, will sign today with Holy Cross. 

There was some significant news today out of Jamestown as record-setting senior quarterback Jake Sisson, The Buffalo News Player of the Year and the winner of the Connolly Cup as Western New York's most outstanding football player, will sign with Division II Edinboro (Pa.).

The 6-foot, 180-pound Sisson set Western New York records for passing yards in a game and season; he also set the Section VI championship game passing mark as the Red Raiders won the Class AA title.

Another Division II signing has All-WNY second team lineman Steven Stauss (6-5, 300) of Albion headed to Mercyhurst (Pa.).

First-team All-WNY defensive back/wide receiver Dylan Dussault (6-4, 193) of Alden will sign with Division II Walsh (Ohio).

Below are some other recent or upcoming local college signings from various sports: 

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PrepTalkTV: Canisius-Jamestown football & more

By Keith McShea

The week's weather difficulties bumped our original guests from tonight's PrepTalkTV show, but we've got plenty to talk about with yesterday's news that Canisius and Jamestown will play a regular season nonleague football game in Week Four of the 2014 season.

News Sports Clerk and contributor Nick Veronica will join me for the show at 7:30 p.m. as we talk some football, the basketball polls as well as what's coming up this weekend and beyond. 

The Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball team was to be guests on the show, but they had a postponed game from Wednesday moved to today. We hope to have them on in the future.

You can watch the show live here or at the BuffaloNews.com home page. After the show the complete broadcast segments will be posted here.

The live show will be again be followed shortly thereafter by a live chat in which we'll discuss anything about Western New York high school sports, or our coverage of it.

We'll also monitor tonight's action -- including Federation hockey game between Canisius and Bishop Timon-St. Jude -- through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter.

Please be patient in the chat. I promise I'll get to all questions. 

Jamestown, Canisius will play football in 2014

By Keith McShea

Canisius and Jamestown have set a date for the 2014 football season, The Buffalo News has learned.

This will be a rare nonleague meeting of top-flight large schools from Section VI and the Monsignor Martin Association, and the timing is excellent because of how the two programs finished the 2013 season. 

Jamestown, the champion of Section VI's Class AA, and Canisius, the Monsignor Martin champion, finished tied for the top spot in the final 2013 News large school poll (see the polls & story).

The teams will play at Jamestown's Strider Field in Week Four: Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The schools are expected to officially announce the matchup later today. 

Discussions began in December, including when Canisius coach Rich Robbins and Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy talked about scheduling a 2014 game at Dick Gallagher's Western New York football banquet.

“I'd like to thank Jamestown's Tom Langworthy and Ben Drake, and our coach, Rich Robbins, for their efforts to bring this game together,” Canisius athletic director Jim Mauro said in a prepared statement. “Anytime you are able to get two strong programs competing on a Friday night under the lights is great for Western New York high school football.

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Live chat (Dec. 12): All-Western New York football review & feedback

By Keith McShea

UPDATE (7:15 p.m.): Due to the traffic nightmare near One News Plaza caused by the snowstorm and a concert whose name rhymes with "Christmas Rash," PrepTalkTV is cancelled tonight.

But the live chat will go on.

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Tonight's episode of PrepTalkTV welcomes in one season while closing the book on another. 

We will welcome Canisius basketball coach Kyle Husband along with sophomore Howard Washington and lone returning starter Ryan Richards for our 7:30 p.m. episode. 

We'll talk a little football with Richards in the latter half of the program, as we transition into our yearly live chat (around 8:15) to discuss feedback of the All-Western New York football team. We'll be taking your questions in the chat, while I'll pipe in various tweets that have been directed my way (or discuss the All-WNY team in general).

Please be patient in the chat. I promise I'll get to all questions. 

VIDEO: Williamsville North's magical postseason run concludes with loss in Class A state final

VIDEO: Randolph wins second straight state title; Doubek sets WNY single-season rushing record

PrepTalkTV reviews MMA final, state semis, looks ahead to A & D state championships

Trench Trophy finalists unveiled on PrepTalkTV

By Keith McShea

UPDATE: The finalists for this year's Trench Trophy, as unveiled on PrepTalkTV this afternoon: 

Jerimiah Bill, Hamburg
Ryan Byrne, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 
Tommy Doctor, Grand Island
Dawson Hillis, Orchard Park
Mike Lamb, Depew
Steven MacIllwain, Cleveland Hill
Ryan Merlau, Pioneer
Cody Oldro, Randolph
Kevon Perry, Burgard
Steven Stauss, Albion
Phil Zobrest, Alden

Note: Our utmost apologies. The first half of the show, which included the first six candidates on the list above, was not recorded due to technical difficulties.

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#PrepTalkLive from Section VI Class D championship: Randolph 35, Maple Grove/CL 12

Championship Weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium kicks off tonight.

We'll have play-by-play from all of the Section VI football finals, starting with tonight's 6 p.m. Class D final between Randolph and Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake. We'll also have scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with the hashtag #RANDvMGCL on #PrepTalkLive).

Check out our Class D scouting report; here's an overview of all the finals as well as Keith McShea's Prep Talk column on the weekend -- and here's PrepTalkTV's take on how this weekend will unfold.

We encourage you to tweet observations and updates from this game -- or any other playoff contest, no matter what sport -- with the hashtag #preptalklive included. 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). 

Our high school scoreboard page has today's full high school sports schedule, and it will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

If you are looking for a score from today, please scroll through and/or use CTRL-F (find) to search for the team involved before asking if there has been an update. Often updates have come through; also, it's difficult for us to respond to questions seeking specific scores while live blogging. 

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We will have separate blogs for each Section VI final. The Class A blog will be posted at about 8 p.m. in advance of the 8:30 kickoff for Sweet Home and Williamsville North.

And we'll be back tomorrow with more #PrepTalkLive coverage of the four remaining finals: DD-10 a.m., C-1 p.m., B-4 p.m., AA-7 p.m.

Watch PrepTalkTV Week Nine: Our rundown of Championship Weekend at The Ralph; review live chat

By Keith McShea

We've got a big episode of PrepTalkTV tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com) as we head into a big weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

We'll be joined by Sean Bruso (Alden JV coach and Time Warner Cable Sports color commentator), "Milt Latimer" of Prep Talk blog fame and PrepTalkTV guest co-host and Buffalo State freshman Dave DeLuca (Springville Journal). We'll break down the six championship matchups as well as this week's large and small school polls.

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.

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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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