We're doing our running-around-to-games thing tonight, and for the second straight night we're doing a Twitter experiment. I'll be much more mobile if I just tweet, so that's what I'll probably do while I'm running around. At the end of the night I'll provide some overall thoughts and details here.
And if you are out at any kind of varsity high school action, tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores.
You just might win the #preptalkscores Tweet of the Night (check out last night's).
Here's the plan: Hutch-Tech at Riverside (6 p.m.), MST Seneca vs. I-Prep/Grover at Medaille (6), Emerson vs. OTC Middle College at Waterfront (6), Tonawanda at Lackawanna (7) and Williamsville East at Hamburg (7:30).
Here we go. See you on the tweeter.
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You can check out the tweets for my travels ... here are some video highlights ..
Foremost among them is the history-making moment for Tonawanda's Jesse Lalka -- yes, it's a free throw, but it was cruicial in putting the undefeated Warriors up four in the final seconds of a 46-41 win at Lackawanna. Scroll down for six highlights, plus interviews, from that one.
Pretty cool "Jess-ee Lal-kaa!" chant after the big point.
Schunk's Grover teams were talented and often exciting to watch, including one of the most memorable teams in my 11 seasons covering Western New York high school basketball -- the 2004 team featuring do-it-all big man Ace Narvaez and whiz kid point guard Jairo Hernandez. Last year he had a top player in Dazmon Knight at Tapestry, but he did a great job incorporating a run-and-gun style with a deep bench, helping the Thunderhawks to the Section VI Class C final (where they ended up losing to some of Shunk's former players at the newly named I-Prep at Grover).
Schunk was a example of the many coaches in the city that go beyond the the job in caring for his players, driving them to games to play or to check out other teams in Western New York.
His legacy will also include one of the most entertaining sideline shows I've witnessed. Regardless of how the game was going to go, you always knew you'd be in for some fun thanks to his regular, easy-going, smiling shtick.
He'd have wisecracks for his players, the scorer's table (maybe even a sportswriter or two), the officials, even the opposing coaches.
He got fired up as well, but his overall attitude was a great one for high school sports: teach your players as best you can, compete your butt off, but make sure you're having fun and keeping things in perspective.
I'm sure he'll be doing the same for D'Youville. If you check out a game, be sure to enjoy the sideline show.
Three Yale Cup standouts are among an impressive recruiting class for Niagara County Community College and coach Bill Beilein.
All-Western New York first teamer Tremmell Fisher of East and honorable mentions John Black of McKinley and Kadeem Hillman of International Prep at Grover Cleveland will all sign letters of intent to the school on Wednesday. Also signing will be two Niagara Frontier League standouts in Jake Hughes (Niagara-Wheatfield) and Marc Morreale (Lew-Port) as well as Dut Dour, a 2010 Bishop Timon-St. Jude All-WNY honorable mention who is transferring from St. Bonaventure.
The class will be introduced at 5 p.m. Wednesday during a press conference in NCCC's athletics lobby.
Also signing are two out-of-town recruits: Jordan Green from New Rochelle of downstate's Section I and Andre "TJ" McCrea from Brien McMahon High School in Connecticut.
Also making it official tomorrow will be Marcus Feagin of Niagara Falls, who will sign Wednesday with Monroe Community College.
I've written before about how I think Feagin might be the type of player who could use his time at MCC to possibly springboard to a scholarship somewhere; I think Hillman and Fisher could become candidates to do the same via NCCC.
Hello from Rochester's Blue Cross Arena for the second of five Far West Regional games.
Feel free to monitor the game and even comment, but PLEASE be mindful that I won't be able to answer many questions while I'm live blogging. It is a very busy day and I'll need almost every moment to write stories and PrepTalkTV work.
Afterwards, feel free to add your comments on the post.
The box scores for all games will be up at our scoreboard page as soon as possible.
After it was moved from Tuesday to tonight, I was able to get to just the second half of the big small school battle of the Yale Cup.
I saw International Prep at Grover Cleveland give a very impressive performance in a 79-72 win over host Occupational Training Center Middle Early College at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center (a lot of words in that sentence, a full-school-name edition :-) ).
I walked in with I-Prep up, 36-33 at the half, so I was pleased it was still a game. The Presidents took control with a 22-13 third quarter and then held off a relentless OTC team in the fourth.
I-Prep might have looked as good as I've seen them this year in the third. Good ball movement, good defense, good decisions. Chris Holland (25 points) did his thing as a distributor, three-point shooter and penetrator (not to mention a block or two and several rebounds on the other end). Kenny Pringle (21 points) was excellent in pushing the ball on drives and he hit two threes. Two patient possessions against a zone resulted in mini-baseline drives by Dartwon Brooks and Maurice Cheatom.
Kadeem Hillman (24 points), meanwhile, continues to be extremely impressive. The muscular, 6-5 senior has always had the ability to deliver powerful finishes (as I wrote after watching I-Prep's win over Tapestry), but this season he has worked at polishing what is rapidly becoming a devastating all-around game. He has developed a great touch around the basket, grabbing rebounds and banking in short jumpers, or posting up and hitting fadeaways. Twice while in the high post, he took an entry pass, turned and hit jumpers from the elbow -- shots with a nice arc and the soft touch he's displayed on those short putback shots he's been draining.
And just to remind everyone what those biceps can do with a basketball in transition: The fourth was highlighted by a Hillman dunk which was near-ridiculous. He caught up with a bouncing breakout pass that might have been out of reach for many big men -- reeled it in in the lane and took a couple of steps before delivering a major, two-handed rim-bender that left the crowd buzzing for several minutes. (I didn't have the iPhone cranking, but I believe YNN had a cameraman there -- it's worth checking out).
OTC was impressive in how they just came coming and coming -- that's how they played against St. Joe's despite losing two of their top players. All are healthy now, by the way, which is very good news for the Kats.
Actually, the Kats surged after Hillman's dunk. While most teams would have faded being down 11 points with 2:33 left and the other team having delivered a major blow like that, the Kats kept coming downcourt in waves and causing turnovers until they made it a 73-70 game with just under two minutes to play.
Hillman's 2-for-2 trip to the line started what would be a 6-of-8 free throw finish for I-Prep that helped them hold off OTC.
I-Prep certainly emphasizes its No. 1 standing in the small school poll with its victory while the relentlessness of OTC should keep them rated very high, I think.
For some reason it was not on our schedule, but an important note: the matchup between top city schools International Prep at Grover Cleveland and OTC Middle College is tonight at 6:45 at Erie Community College's city campus.
* All other Buffalo Public Schools boys (Yale Cup) and girls (Canisius Cup) games have been moved from this week. Games scheduled for Tuesday are to be played Monday, Jan. 31; games scheduled for Thursday are to be played Monday, Feb. 7. According to Buffalo Public Schools athletic director Aubrey Lloyd, the move was made due to Regents exams being held in several gyms.
* Saturday's St. Joe's at Canisius game is scheduled for 5 p.m., following the freshman (2 p.m.) and JV (3:30) games.
* Tonight's Orchard Park at Lancaster game has been moved to Wednesday at 6:30.
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Check out our basketball scoreboard through the evening -- and every evening -- for updates on all the action.
Hello from a great matchup at International Prep at Grover Cleveland, where former Presidents coach Earl Schunk has returned to his former school with his new team, Tapestry Charter.
Tapestry is ranked fifth among large schools while I-Prep/Grover has been No. 1 all season.
5:50 p.m. Sorry for the delay, first chance to update after borrowing a chair from football coach Tony Alessi's office (thanks, coach) to let me set up shop at the end of Grover/I-Prep's bench -- conveniently near an electrical outlet.
I-Prep/Grover is up, 41-28, with less than three minutes left in the first half.
I-Prep/Grover took a 25-17 lead after one quarter in which it got up 16-7 but Tapestry did well to hang in there, sticking with its pressure defense and getting two straight threes from senior David Bass.
I-Prep put on another nice burst in the second quarter, going up by as much as 17 twice but Tapestry has again cut into the lead -- this time I-Prep has gotten a little sloppy while Tapestry's Dartwon Brooks has shown off some serious scoring ability.
6:34 p.m. My apologies. Some computer troubles and a restart later, we're in the third quarter with I-Prep having taken a 53-39 lead. I-Prep had a 44-35 lead at the half.
I-Prep has again gotten out to a great start of the quarter, as it has done all game.
6:36 p.m. Chris Holland, who has had a typically standout all-around game, hit a three-pointer to put Grover up by 17 again, but Brooks came down and hit a three to make it 56-42 with 3:57 left in the third as coach Schunk called a timeout.
6:48 p.m. I-Prep has a 65-49 lead after three quarters after a nice close of the quarter which included a key three by Holland in the final minute.
Here's the three by Holland:
Here's some back and forth action just before Holland's quarter-ending three, including Holland getting wayyy up on defense and Tapestry's Dazmon Knight hitting a three.
It is definitely a surreal scene here with Earl in Tapestry green in a gym which has a lot of Grover's old green on the court -- meanwhile I-Prep is in white uniforms with blue and gold trim to reflect their new colors that came along with the new name. Hopefully I keep everything straight :-).
6:54 p.m. I-Prep hasn't let Tapestry back into the second half; they are playing very well.
We have a timeout with 2:24 left in the game with I-Prep up, 82-63.
Kadeem Hillman just threw down a very impressive fast-break alley-oop slam dunk from Chris Holland -- and thank goodness I had the iPhone going. Check back for video of that play later.
Here it is:
Here's a second dunk just moments later:
6:59 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: I-Prep at Grover 88, Tapestry 64.
Highlights and more to come. I'll be collecting a lot of stuff and then heading down to Bishop Timon-St. Jude for their game with St. Joe's.
Here's the postgame show:
7:09 p.m. I-Prep coach Shaunessy Ryan spent some time with Daemen coach Don Silvestri after the game -- Ryan played for Silvestri and coached with him as well before joining Schunk as an assistant at Grover.
8:06 p.m. We're tipping off here in South Buffalo.
I was here on time after zipping around the I-190, but the game was delayed by overtime in the JV game, won by Timon, 76-72 (how about that JV coverage! :-) That was a fun topic during our last live chat of 2010).
8:17 p.m. After one quarter, St. Joe's has an 11-9 lead on Timon.
The game had its sloppy moments early as scoring slowed down. Reggie Agbeko put on a strong baseline drive to put St. Joe's up, 11-6, with 2:10 left in the quarter. Ryan Dougherty, a sophomore, hit a three for Timon in the final minute of the quarter.
Great atmosphere here, as always, with the standing, shouting, chanting student section giving St. Joe's everything its got. And when it comes to excellent, enthusiastic PA guys who are also loudly all over the refs and pumping up his team when the mike isn't on, nobody beats Timon. Great stuff.
8:27 p.m. Slight delay as Timon starting sophomore Bryant Fulton walks off with assistance after falling. Timon leads, 21-18, with 4:13 left in the second.
8:30 p.m. Timeout St. Joe's as coach Mark Simon and assistant Jack Herlan are furious over a defensive lapse as Timon cuts the Joe's lead to 27-22 with 2:44 left in the second.
8:37 p.m. We are at HALFTIME at Timon with visiting St. Joe's up, 27-25. I'm getting some work done on the Grover game.
8:47 p.m. The second half has begun.
9:05 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, we are fittingly tied at 46-46.
9:15 p.m. Timon coach Jim Palano calls a timeout with 4:21 left in the game and Timon up, 53-49. Timon started the quarter with a three by Dougherty and a follow basket by Kobis before Rehbaum responded with a three.
9:21 p.m. With 1:41 left in the game, St. Joe's calls a timeout after a Jake Spitler basket that cut the Timon lead to 56-53. Right down to the wire, just as expected.
Here's Spitler's three, which followed a Kobis drive:
9:27 p.m. Still down to the wire. St. Joe's has the ball and calls a timeout with 24 seconds left and Timon leading, 58-56.
9:29 p.m. St. Joe's gets the ball down low to Reggie Agbeko, who is fouled with 15 seconds left. He misses the first. St. Joe's calls a timeout.
9:31 p.m. Agbeko makes the second, St. Joe's has a substitute to go in, but Timon calls a timeout holding a 58-57 lead with 15 seconds left.
9:33 p.m. Kobis is fouled in the backcourt by Steven Moser; Kobis misses the first but makes the second and Timon calls a timeout now holding a 59-57 lead with 13.6 seconds left.
9:35 p.m. Now there are 6.6 seconds left, St. Joe's still with the ball after Fulton -- who has had a very good game -- knocks the ball out of bounds as Rehbaum was trying to dribble up the right side.
9:38 p.m. We are going to OVERTIME. Agbeko with a follow shot just before the buzzer ties it at 59-59. Whew. Four more minutes (at least :-) ).
Here's Agbeko's buzzer-beater:
9:44 p.m. There will only be one overtime. It has been all St. Joe's as it leads, 65-59, with 48.7 seconds left in the overtime session. Chad Kelly, Spitler and then Kelly again with the baskets. Agbeko has been huge inside altering shots and on the boards on Timon's empty possessions and also had a steal.
Agbeko rebounded Timon's miss on the first possession of overtime, which turned into a Kelly basket off a loose ball. Agbeko rebound, then a steal to start a possession in which Spitler swished a jumper from near the top of the key. Agbeko had a block on Timon's next possession, which ended when Kelly stole the ball. After a miss, Agbeko grabbed another rebound and a Agbeko-to-Rehbaum-to-Spitler-to-Kelly transition put Joe's up by six with about a minute. Agbeko had yet another rebound before Joe's called its timeout.
9:53 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: St. Joe's 68, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 62.
Agbeko was huge obviously with the buzzer-beater and on the boards in overtime.
Here's the postgame show:
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A few thoughts at the end of the night:
* Hillman was fantastic today for Grover. The dunks, we knew about. The big blocked shots, we knew about.
But there was great self-control on defense -- he did a very nice job just going straight-up with his hands and he altered shots anyway (one shooter accounted for him so much his shot went over the backboard). On offense he showed off a spot-up short-range jumper (which would be devastating if he can hit that regularly) and had some nice passes. Just some really good court awareness for the big man.
* Holland was his usual orchestrating self, setting up several transition baskets, hitting his share of shots from inside and out, as well as rebounding very strong and playing solid inside-outside defense.
* In the game I would have been at if I had a cloning device or time machine (or both), McKinley got a great road win at Riverside -- also in overtime. I thought McKinley could be extremely good this year after seeing them at the Pastor-Cooper, but they were more impressive in the win over East on Tuesday. Lots of weapons, unselfish play and tenacious defense. The potential AA bracket matchups get more intriguing by the day.
Riverside had a better spot in the poll than McKinley thanks to the Frontiers' win at St. Joe's, so the Macks will certainly get a big bounce.
A tradition unlike any other continued tonight as I and plenty of other high school hoopheads checked out opening night of the week-long Pastor-Cooper Memorial Tournament at Daemen College.
I wasn't there for a quality start of the season for the St. Mary's girls team, which beat Williamsville North, 37-34.
I caught the last four minutes of McKinley beating the St. Mary's boys, 66-51. The Macks looked good as they finished off the Lancers, very active on defense and some nice fast-break finishes, including one by a high-rising Antonio Avery, a returning senior starter. It appeared that the Macks are back to their throw-a-lot-of-bodies-at-you, up-tempo attack as they had 12 people scoring. I saw some nice decisions down the stretch as well.
The final game had Grover Cleveland taking on Orchard Park, with many (including me) expecting the Presidents to win since it has some key returning players (very key in Chris Holland). However, OP played smart and Kyle Witkowski kept hitting three-pointers (five for all 15 of his points) in a 57-52 victory.
First eyebrow-raiser was that Grover is now wearing uniforms to reflect the school's name change to International Prep at Grover. As the picture shows, it's now I-Prep at Grover on the uniforms, and the colors are a deep navy blue and white. Throw in how former assistant Shawn Ryan has taken over for longtime head coach/sideline comedian Earl Shunk (who retired and is now coaching Tapestry Charter), and it really was like watching a new entity.
Chris Holland was back, along with fellow seniors guard Kenny Pringle and big man Kadeem Hillman. Holland showed why he is a returning All-Western New Yorker with his usual well-rounded game that showed off scoring, rebounding (especially rebounding), passing and defense (steals and blocks). Junior Maurice Cheatom showed some great energy for the Presidents but overall the team could have used some more; could be the football season hangover as many players were on the Class C North champions' roster.
Grover did trim the lead to 49-48 with 4:37 left, but OP responded with an up-and-under move off a baseline drive by senior Zach Schenk (watch below) and a jumper by senior Ryan Lindquist. Schenk and junior Matt McCormick delivered some clutch two-for-two trips to the foul line in the final 1:30 to push a 53-51 lead to 57-51 with 43.7 seconds left.
Let's go to the iPhone video:
Great starts for McKinley and OP, great to have hoop season back. I'll be at Friday's championship triple-header, which I will start looking forward to as soon as I get through a ton of work this week.
In related stories, my weekly chat will be Wednesday at 9 p.m., the All-Western New York football team will be published Saturday, the Connolly Cup will be awarded Saturday, the boys basketball preview will be published next Tuesday, and we are working on a new feature for our Web site that we're hoping will be really, really cool (and it will include a master season schedule). Stay tuned.
Hello from what should be an eventful day of football -- after an eventful night of football.
Check out our Friday Night Live post, which features tons of details from NT's win over Riverside. The high school home page has my story on that game as well as the roundup that include's East big win at Cheektowaga.
The day gets off to an early kickoff with a 10 a.m. top 10 small school battle between Grover Cleveland and Cleveland Hill at Riverside -- which is being referred to as the "Cleveland Bowl."
10:48 a.m. We've got a long day ahead of us, so forgive us if we weren't here for kickoff. Grover Cleveland has a 14-0 lead.
I would have been here sooner but for some difficulties parking -- the good news is that a lot of people are at this game; the bad news is the lot next to the field was full and the offstreet parking was not easy. While driving around I heard an announcement of Grover's Chris Holland running in for a touchdown -- I had a glimpse of the scoreboard, too -- 7:21 left in the second quarter. That was a 23-yard run and the two-point conversion pass was no good.
As I walked into the press box, another touchdown for Grover with 2:51 left in the first half. Junior Devonte Whitsett scored on a 30-yard run. On the conversion run, Whitsett zig-zagged up the middle in tight quarters and reached across the goal line to break the plane.
10:58 a.m. It is now halftime with Grover Cleveland leading Cleveland Hill, 14-0.
Yet another impressive performance by the Buffalo Public Schools. I thought Cleveland Hill would be the favorite in this game. In the action I've seen, Grover's defense has been tough up the middle and quick to the outside, while Holland is one of the top offensive weapons in Western New York.
11:18 a.m. The second half has begun -- Grover is kicking off to Cleve Hill.
11:26 a.m. Great start of the second half for Grover. Cleve Hill went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Grover 23, but junior Tom Butler was all over the handoff and practically tackled Cleve Hill junior Brandon Davis right after he took the ball from junior quarterback Daryl Spencer.
Here's the replay:
11:36 a.m. Cleveland Hill got the ball back after a Grover punt, made a big fourth down play of their own this time, and they are on the board with a TOUCHDOWN.
Davis ran to the left on first-and-goal and had a big hole and an easy run to the end zone on a 3-yard run with 48.2 seconds left in the third. Jonathan Thomas, a sophomore, runs up the middle for the two-point conversion. The score was set up by a big play on fourth-and-13 from the Grover 30, where Spencer rolled left hit wide open junior Marquel McCarly on the left side for the first down at the Grover 8. Grover's lead is 14-8 over Cleveland Hill.
11:39 a.m. At the end of the third quarter, Grover Cleveland leads Cleveland Hill, 14-8. Grover faces second-and-11 at its 22.
11:43 a.m. Time for a major kicking myself session. I did not have the iPhone going and Chris Holland just ran for an outstanding, 67-yard TOUCHDOWN.
He ran to the right side, found some space, then accelerated down the right sideline while fending off a few tacklers while he did it. Wow. Hating that I missed that one. Tough to type and watch and do video at the same time, but ugh.
Grover's Whitsett is stopped short on the conversion run. With 10:48 left in the game, Grover leads Cleve Hill, 20-8.
11:54 a.m. We've still got a game here. Cleve Hill gets a great drive finished with a 14-yard TOUCHDOWN run by McCarly, followed by a two-point conversion run by Spencer in which he took a pitch and went airborne while taking a hit to get in the end zone on the right side. With 6:20 left in the game, Grover Cleveland leads Cleve Hill, 20-16.
12:01 p.m. We are in for quite a finish. Grover just had a pass go through the fingers of Ronnie Ashton, which looked like it would become not only a first down on third-and-42 (yes, that's right), but probably more. Grover punts and Cleve Hill takes over at its 38 with 4:26 left in the game.
12:05 p.m. Huge sack by junior Maurice Cheatom, who gets to Spencer on fourth-and-6 from the Cleve Hill 42 and Grover takes over at the CH 33 with 2:02 left. On the previous play, Cleve Hill was lining up for a fourth-and-1, but took too much time and was flagged for delay of game, a huge misstep.
12:12 p.m. Last chance for Cleve Hill, which takes over at its 25 with 1:40 to go after stopping Grover on fourth-and-3. Senior Zachary Sheisley is in at quarterback for Spencer, who was hurt when Cheatom sacked him on the last series. Tough stuff for Cleve Hill, which has no timeouts.
12:16 p.m. The final shot ends with an interception by Grover senior Keyon Miller. The Presidents take over at the Cleve Hill 40 with 1:05 left.
12:19 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Grover Cleveland 20, Cleveland Hill 16.
Yet another big win for the city. I'm heading down to the field for interviews and I'll be back from Canisius for their game with Cathedral Prep.
1:53 p.m. We're settled in at Canisius' Stransky Complex and found a seat in the press box thanks to some kind folks from the Cathedral Prep stat crew. They have a radio crew here as well.
I stopped by All High Stadium and caught what I figured I'd catch: Clarence scoring on its opening drive. It leads, 6-0, after a 4-yard run by Michael Gelz with 9:58 left in the first quarter.
Here's the play:
It's our first taste of football weather this season, windy and getting a little nip in the air. There aren't too many fans here for either side at the moment.
2:11 p.m. Great first opening possession for Canisius, which drives 79 yards in 6:40 for a TOUCHDOWN.
The score came on a rifle of a pass by senior Travis Eman to senior Theo Russell on the left side of the end zone, a 9-yard play on second-and-4. Senior Alec Curtis -- a new addition to the Crusaders -- adds the extra point and Canisius has a 7-0 lead with 5:15 left in the first quarter.
2:14 p.m. Cathedral Prep comes right back. Anthony Jordan runs for a 77-yard TOUCHDOWN, bursting into the secondary and just outrunning the Crusaders to the end zone. Noah Ackerman adds the extra point and we're tied at 7-7 with 4:19 left in the first.
2:23 p.m. We are at the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER with Canisius and Cathedral Prep tied at 7-7.
UPDATES: Clarence's lead over Bennett is 20-6 at half. ... Niagara Falls and Jamestown are scoreless with about four minutes left in the first quarter, thanks to a text from Sal Constantino.
2:37 p.m. Cathedral Prep calls a timeout with 4:46 left in the second quarter; Canisius has third-and-goal at the Cathedral Prep 5.
2:41 p.m. Canisius' drive came up empty after a field goal attempt of 22 yards fizzled with a bad snap. Cathedral Prep calls a timeout with 3:19 left in the second quarter facing a third-and-4 at its 15.
2:56 p.m. We are at HALFTIME with Canisius and Cathedral Prep tied at 7-7.
Cathedral Prep had a 56-yard field goal attempt by senior Noah Ackerman with 0.4 seconds left come up well short. After the missed field goal by Canisius, Cathedral Prep had a drive fizzle and got a great punt bounce from its own 5. Canisius' next drive ended with a Travis Eman fumble with 1:05 left in the half -- he was fighting for extra yards but Michael Amendola's hit popped the ball loose. Cathedral Prep took over at the Canisius 49 with 1:05 left in the half but the drive ended with their missed long field goal attempt; if it would have been good it would have been the longest in Prep history.
UPDATES: Sean Bruso texts in with St. Francis up, 15-8, with 6:30 left in the first half; Kenmore West up, 14-7, over Williamsville North in the second quarter; and Lockport up, 21-0, on Hutch-Tech in the first half. ... From Matt Mariacher at All High: Clarence 35, Bennett 6. ... From Constantino at Niagara Falls: Jamestown leads Niagara Falls, 14-0, at halftime. Interesting development there.
St. Joe's golf coach/assistant hoops coach Jack Herlan reports that Joe's and Frannies are 21-21 late in the second quarter.
3:08 p.m. Make that 28-21 St. Francis over St. Joe's after another Herlan update, and we're kicking off with the third quarter, Cathedral Prep to receive.
3:17 p.m. Canisius starts the second half like it did the first, with another long, impressive scoring drive. Eman hits Russell again for a 19-yard TOUCHDOWN pass, lofting a pretty ball to the left side for Russell, who had plenty of separation from his defender. Canisius' low extra point is blocked and Canisius leads Cathedral Prep, 13-7, with 7:39 left in the third quarter.
3:25 p.m. Cathedral Prep has taken the lead, 14-13, on a 21-yard pass from Damion Terry to Kimani Smith, who did a great job to make a catch on the right side and keep a foot inbounds. The extra point made the difference as Ackerman put it up and good with 3:58 left in the third quarter.
3:28 p.m. And Canisius strikes back so fast I didn't get the video and I'm not happy about it.
Eman keeps it up the middle, makes some tacklers miss, then uses his speed to burst through the secondary and no one can catch him. An 80-yard TOUCHDOWN. Great run by Eman. A two-point conversion pass is incomplete and Canisius leads Cathedral Prep, 19-14 with 3:45 left in the third.
UPDATE from St. Joe's: St. Francis leads, 35-21, at halftime. ... Jamestown is up, 24-0, after three quarters at Niagara Falls.
3:41 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, Canisius leads Cathedral Prep, 19-14.
The Ramblers just converted a key third-and-4 as Terry hit Luke Trucilla over the middle. Prep has a first down at the Canisius 38 on a possession that began with a muffed punt by Canisius.
3:47 p.m. Cathedral Prep takes a 20-19 lead on a TOUCHDOWN from Terry to junior Michael Amendola on a very clutch play, a 3-yard score on fourth-and-2 at the Canisius 3 that gives Cathedral Prep a 20-19 lead with 9:32 left in the game. Prep goes for two but the pass is incomplete.
3:54 p.m. An injury timeout here with Canisius driving; it has a first down at the Cathedral Prep 31 with 6:51 to play.
3:59 p.m. Canisius regains the lead with a clutch drive and a 17-yard TOUCHDOWN from Eman to Denzel Benton -- a great bootleg play by Eman. Eman hits Russell on the two-point conversion pass and Canisius leads Cathedral Prep, 27-20, with 5:18 left.
4:09 p.m. UPDATE: Jamestown with a big win at Niagara Falls, 24-0.
4:11 p.m. A FIELD GOAL of 22 yards by Curtis put Canisius up, 30-20, on Cathedral Prep with 1:14 left.
UPDATE: St. Francis leads St. Joe's, 49-21, with 3:15 left in third.
4:16 p.m. Cathedral Prep appeared to have a kickoff return for a touchdown, but it was called back on a holding penalty (to the outrage of Prep people in the press box)
4:17 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Canisius 30, Cathedral Prep 20.
I'm off to run around and do interviews ...
4:39 p.m. HUGE win for Canisius. Canisius people are already talking about being No. 1 -- a few turned to the press box and were waving No. 1 fingers up at me. Good stuff. They definitely have a case after a win like this. If there wasn't a two-time defending state champion who I have considered to be the best team in the entire state in Western New York, it would be an easy answer. I'll spend the rest of the weekend mulling it over. :-)
I'm off to All High to catch whatever I can from Amherst-Lafayette, do some writing and some video blabbering.
5:39 p.m. We're back in the All High press box -- where we were about 22 hours ago.
Amherst has a 12-0 lead on Lafayette at halftime thanks to two second-quarter touchdowns by senior Cameron Mathews.
Here's his first touchdown, coming right at me moments after I arrived.
Mathews added another score with 37.3 seconds left in the first half.
6:05 p.m. Amherst's lead is up to 18-0 after a 7-yard run by Keon Colvin with 7:06 left in the third quarter.
6:24 p.m. Amherst now up, 26-0, after Matt Gallineau scooped up a fumble and returned it about 40 yards for a score with 2:40 left in the third. Tigers add a two-pointer on a run by Brandon Borden.
6:40 p.m. The final at St. Joe's was a big win for St. Francis, 49-21.
Some more FINAL SCORES: Kenmore West 54, Williamsville North 22 ... Lockport 42, Hutch-Tech 0 ... Clarence 42, Bennett 6 ... Grand Island 28, Starpoint 21 ... Williamsville East 27, Kenmore East 13 ... Burgard 26, JFK 3 ... Depew 46, South Park 15 ... Cardinal O'Hara 27, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 14 ... Sweet Home 26, Lake Shore 0.
6:50 p.m. And another one: Amherst beats Lafayette, 26-0.
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.