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#PrepTalkAwards section, web-style: PrepTalkTV interviews, bios, photos & more

By Keith McShea

Today's 24-page Prep Talk Awards special section has great information and photos on all of Monday night's honorees, and we've got more coverage here. 

* There are PHOTO GALLERIES from:

-- Monday's event featuring winner's photos with Andre Reed (they can be purchased here)

-- as well as photo galleries including feature shots of the Prep Talk Players of the Year

-- and shots of our All-Western New York basketball and football teams.

* Here's our TWEET-by-TWEET post from Monday night, featuring tons of great tweets from those at the event. 

* The BIOs of the Prep Talk Players of the Year in the special section were taken from here on the blog. Our Countdown to #PrepTalkAwards profiled every Prep Talk Player of the Year in a day-by-day feature on the blog that started with Brandon Galanti of Frontier (Prep Talk Soccer Player of the Year) and concluded with McKyla Brooks of Frontier (Prep Talk Girls Three-Sport Player of the Year) -- the post on Brooks includes links to all the previous bios.

* Below are PrepTalkTV VIDEO interviews with nearly all of the Prep Talk Players of the Year (some from the winter), as well as videos featuring the All-Western New York basketball and football teams:

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Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys golf: Adam Patronik, Orchard Park

By Keith McShea

(James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)To earn the title of the best high school golfer in Western New York, winning the Section VI title is a pretty good start.

Do it with an eye-popping performance in which you separate yourself from a very competitive field, and that will elevate you to another level.

Adam Patronik of Orchard Park the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys golf.

Patronik capped the local portion of a standout senior year by shooting an even-par 108 over 36 holes in the Section VI championships at River Oaks. During the fall season, he led OP to an 11-0 record, which included the ECIC Large School South Division title, and he was the medalist (even-par 36) in helping the Quakers capture the overall ECIC team championship at Diamond Hawk. 

In previous seasons, Patronik just missed out on competing at sectionals -- missing in 2010 by 1 stroke, in 2011 by 4 and 2012 by 1. In 2013 he finished fourth at the ECIC Championships. 

OP coach Nate Leary credits Patronik for improving his approach to shot-making, which, combined with his immense talent, helped lead to several breakthroughs in the latter part of his high school career.

And that career's not over -- today Patronik and the rest of the Section VI qualifiers will compete in the first day of the New York State Public High School Athletic Associaiton championships at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

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All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball. 

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Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

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Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls golf: Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster

By Keith McShea

John Hickey/Buffalo NewsThere are many outstanding resumes among the Prep Talk Players of the Year. 

There are not many that can win a match of cards with Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster

Dantonio has put together an incredibly impressive list of accomplishments -- and she's not even finished with her junior season -- which is why she has been named the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls golf.

Dantonio won her third straight Section VI championship recently, which was also her fourth title in five years. She will compete at the state championships at SUNY Delhi next weekend.

At this year's championships, Dantonio shot a 5-over-par 77 at Gowanda Country Club to earn a four-stroke victory.

Last week she verbally committed to play Division I golf at Winthrop University.

VIDEO: On Thursday, Dantonio was one of three Lancaster female athletes who won Prep Talk Player of the Year honors in their respective sports to appear on PrepTalkTV

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All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball. 

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Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls golf: Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster" »

PrepTalkTV (May 29): Prep Talk Awards honorees from Lancaster, Will South, Clarence

By Keith McShea

Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, our third of the spring, again tied in with today's edition of the Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards as we welcomed in today's spotlight Prep Talk Player of the Year -- and quite a few more honorees.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track and field, Devon Patterson of Williamsville Southwho was featured on the blog today, appeared on the show with fellow Billie Haley Carroll, the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls bowling.

We also welcomed in field hockey Prep Talk Player of the Year Giovanna Fasanello of Clarence

Lancaster will have several honorees at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16, and four of them visited with us this week. 

Sarah Saba earned her ticket to the banquet at the downtown Hyatt as a member of this year's All-Western New York first team for girls basketball. 

There are currently three Prep Talk Players of the Year from Lancaster, all from the girls side, and they joined us for an interview together: Chelsea Dantonio (girls golf), Courtney Bondanza (girls gymnastics) and McKenzie Keuhlewind (girls indoor track and field).

Another busy Scholastic Spotlight Tuesday

Check out today's paper or the high school home page for a Tuesday Scholastic Spotlight edition which includes a ton of info on lacrosse, golf, football, baseball and softball.

Our online edition of High School Extra, put together by Jay Skurski and Miguel Rodriguez, has bonus baseball and softball coverage that you won't find in the paper (only because we ran out of space!).

Also from the bonus coverage department is Mary Jo Monnin's post below with added information from the Section VI golf championships.

You'll find info on the Tom Borrelli Memorial Golf Tournament at a post below as well as in the print edition of this week's column. Keep an eye out for me selling Borrelli raffle tickets at a high school event near you.

---Keith McShea

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More from the Section VI boys golf championships

For Alex Kammerer, it was an unfortunate end to a memorable round.

The Niagara-Wheatfield sophomore found himself in a playoff with Matt Petrosian of Lew-Port for Monday's Section VI golf title.

Niagara-Wheatfield sophomore and Section VI runner-up Alex Kammerer, right, is headed to the state tournament along with champion Matt Petrosian of Lew-Port. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News) Instead, he took an eight on the par 5, 10th hole, putting back-to-back shots in the fields to the right of the fairway. Petrosian wasn't much better taking a 7, but it was enough to win the title.

Kammerer settled for second place in the field of 72, not a bad consolation prize.

Kammerer posted the lowest score after the first 18 holes, a 1-under 71. He had a 39 over the final 9.

"It bothers me that I kind of blew up on the playoff hole, but it really doesn't bother me too much because I'm going to states. I'm still happy about the day," said Kammerer. "I pushed my drive and got a real bad kick, and it pushed into the hazard. [Then] I made stupid move. I should have made a smarter play and ended up hitting a shot back into the hazard. From there on, it was just a disaster."

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* With the win, Petrosian joins a select fraternity of Lew-Port golfers who have won Section VI golf titles. Frank Garcia won it in 1998 and Nick Morreale of the Lancers was the 1997 champion. Petrosian looks to continue his golf career as a walk-on at Division II University of Tampa.

* Lew-Port was the only team to qualify two golfers. Joining Petrosian was teammate Mike Boss, a junior. Iroquois had two make the team, but only junior Brennan Fonfara is expected to play while Kyle Kapturowski is the alternate. Fonfara birdied No. 14 twice and made a nice save on No. 15 after hitting into the hazard.

* Diamond Hawk made a big impression on some of the top finishers. Most said the greens were firm and rolled great.

* Senior Scott Brady of Olean earned his first trip to states. His round was highlighted by a 50-foot, par-saving putt on his last hole. He's taking his golf talent and ping-pong skills to St. Bonaventure in the fall.

* Austin Nowak of Lancaster returns to states after finishing 13th last year.

* Williamsville East's Sean Mahon's first 18 holes included chip-ins on No. 7 and No. 16.

* Kyle Jeziorski of Orchard Park carded an eagle on No. 9, capped with a 20-foot putt.

* How about that Niagara Frontier League with golfers finishing 1-2, on an Erie County course, no less?

* The Lancaster-Depew rivalry doesn't quite extend to golf as Andrew Romano of Depew and Austin Nowak of Lancaster have played their share of rounds together. They'll play two more at states. "Right now I'm not playing to my full potential," said Romano. "Me and Austin, gees we got so many rounds in. We actually had good weather to start the year off, but we could both play so much better."

---Mary Jo Monnin

A boost for Trench Trophy

The Lancaster Elks had their annual charity golf tournament on Saturday and the big winner was the Trench Trophy. Carl Kuras, the Trench Trophy's co-chairman and co-founder, reports enough money was raised to fund this year's $1,000 scholarship.

The Trench Trophy award recognizes the top football linemen in Western New York. It is run and sponsored by Lancaster Elks Lodge 1478, a national charitable organization. The 2009 award winner will be announced after the season.

Ninety golfers braved daylong winds to compete in the event hosted by Kis-N-Green Golf Course in Alden. The tournament was a four-person per team format and a best ball scramble.

This year's champions Jamie Palumbo, Scott Cashmore, Mike Cashmore and Joe Freitas posted a tournament record 11-under par 61. The runners-up, Christian Williams, Brian Sinclair, Mike Piccilo and Dave Brozyna, were two shots off the pace at 63. Third place, in a tiebreaker, went to defending champions Jonathon Neunder, Will Kisiel, Louis Kisiel and Mark Overhoff, who were at 6 under.

--Mary Jo Monnin

What I did on my summer vacation

Here's what a certain high school sports reporter is doing on his vacation. 

---Keith McShea

Great follow-through by Blackwell of St. Joe's

James Blackwell of St. Joe's won the state Catholic golf title Friday, which is pretty cool. And he did it as a freshman, which is pretty cool.

But if you google his name, you'll see something really cool.

Blackwell was in the Buffalo News as an 8-year-old because he was part of a group of youth golfers invited to the clinic by the Tiger Woods Foundation. Click this link at buffaloinnercityyouthgolf.org for the picture we ran in the paper.

A great story all-around. Blackwell hung out with Woods, then goes on to turn heads as a high school golfer.

His win Friday came on the first hole of a playoff. Check out how Kevin Devaney Jr. of downstate's Journal News described it on the paper's golf blog:

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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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