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Watch PrepTalkTV Week Eight: Standouts (& mascots) from St. Joe's and Canisius; live chat followed

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).

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.

Section VI & Monsignor Martin football playoff schedule

By Keith McShea

Here is the updated schedule for Week Nine, which includes site changes this week.

Our full season schedule includes Monsignor Martin games as well as all playoff rounds through the state championships.

WEEK NINE

SECTION VI PLAYOFFS

CLASS A semifinals

Continue reading "Section VI & Monsignor Martin football playoff schedule" »

How The News voted: Week Eight

By Keith McShea

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted. The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls, which are published each Tuesday in the Sidelines section of the Scholastic Spotlight.

Here are our previous ballots: Week SevenWeek SixWeek Five, Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

And here our versions of this week's top 10s:

Continue reading "How The News voted: Week Eight" »

Video: Kenmore West avenges Lancaster loss, earns trip to Jamestown

Kenmore West scored its 28 points in the middle quarters to run away from Lancaster, 28-15, and earn a trip to Jamestown next week for the Section VI Class AA semfinals.

Updated Section VI football playoff schedule: AA, A, B, C semifinals are set

By Keith McShea

Here are the updated scores and matchups.

Our full season schedule includes Monsignor Martin games as well as all playoff rounds through the state championships.

WEEK EIGHT

SECTION VI PLAYOFFS

CLASS AA quarterfinals

Continue reading "Updated Section VI football playoff schedule: AA, A, B, C semifinals are set" »

Video: West Seneca East answers: 'What are you gonna do now?'

Mike Waterman made big plays on both sides of the ball Friday night to lead West Seneca East over Williamsville South, 35-14, in a Section VI Class A quarterfinal at District Field in Williamsville.

Waterman, a senior running back and linebacker, rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns, gained another 98 yards on three receptions, and intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter, including one that he returned for a touchdown.

Sam Castranova threw a touchdown pass to Kevin Mason and ran for another one for the Billies (4-4), who lost to their former A South division rivals for the third time in two years.

West Seneca East (7-1), the News' No. 7 Large School, will meet the winner of today’s quarterfinal between top-seeded Sweet Home and No. 8 seed Kenmore East next Saturday in the Class A semifinals. Sweet Home defeated West Seneca East in last year’s Class A final.

Week Eight Friday with #PrepTalkLive: Section VI playoffs kick off with 14 games, including GI-McKinley

By Keith McShea

The postseason begins tonight.

Fourteen Section VI games kick off the playoffs, with all but one of those being quarterfinals, and foremost among them is the top 10 large school matchup of No. 10 Grand Island against co-No. 8 McKinley at Riverside at 7:30 p.m. I'll have play-by-play from the game (#GIvMCK) along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.

We'll also have News correspondents and photojournalists at other top quarterfinals like Clarence at Orchard Park in Class AA (#CLARvOP at 6:30), West Seneca East at Williamsville South in Class A (#WSEvWSO at 7) and Bennett at Depew (#BENvDEP at 7:30) in Class B.

Here's this weekend's full lineup. We'll post an updated Section VI semifinal schedule towards the end of the night.

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 high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back tomorrow afternoon with more #PrepTalkLive coverage as I'll be at the 2 p.m. Class AA quartefinal of Lancaster at Kenmore West.

Watch PrepTalkTV Week Seven: Roundtable breaks down Section VI playoffs; review live chat

By Keith McShea

We're going into a different formation for our seventh episode of PrepTalkTV tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com).

I'll be joined by News pollsters Dick Gallagher (longtime Western New York High School Sports publisher and banquet organizer) and with now-frequent PrepTalkTV guest co-host and Buffalo State freshman Dave DeLuca (Springville Journal) as we break down the Section VI playoffs, class by class (which I did in this week's Prep Talk column).

We'll sneak in a little poll talk as we go from the smallest classes to the largest. 

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.

Week Eight poll: Which #PrepTalkLive Friday game are you looking forward to the most?

State football rankings (Oct. 22): Jamestown up to 7th in AA; Sweet Home (A), Randolph (D) still No. 1

By Keith McShea

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its third football polls of the season today.

That main link goes to the Class AA & A polls and that page includes a link to Classes B, C and D

Some quick items worth noting, and the complete breakdown of local teams in the state poll:

Continue reading "State football rankings (Oct. 22): Jamestown up to 7th in AA; Sweet Home (A), Randolph (D) still No. 1" »

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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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