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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 tennis: Tim Kane, Hamburg

By Keith McShea

Tim Kane, Hamburg (Charles Lewis/Buffalo News)Tim Kane may have taken some time off, but this spring he showed he was still tops on the court. 

Kane, a senior at Hamburg, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys tennis after winning this year's Section VI singles championship. 

At the state championships, Kane won two matches as the sixth seed before falling in the quarterfinals to the third seed.

Kane went to the state tournament as a seventh- and eighth-grader, then stopped playing high school tennis to concentrate on USTA events, then stepped away from the game altogether. Last spring he was a key member of the Hamburg lacrosse team. This year he decided to return to the sport for his final high school season. 

Kane will play collegiately at Duquesne next year.

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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 every day -- until the big night.

The list thus far:

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#PrepTalkLive from the Section VI girls lacrosse finals: Lancaster, Hamburg repeat in tough ones; Lake Shore knocks off Amherst

By Keith McShea

Hello from one of my favorite days after one of my other favorite days on the high school sports calendar, the Section VI championship tripleheader at All High Stadium in girls lacrosse (boys lacrosse was yesterday).

I'll have updates throughout the day in the live blog below, while I'll also have end-of-quarter #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. We start with the Class B final of Hamburg and Williamsville North at 3:30, followed by the Class C final between Amherst and Lake Shore at 5 and the Class A annual showdown of Frontier and Lancaster playing at 8. 

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on another important day in Western New York high school sports. The Section VI quarterfinals in both baseball and softball were played yesterday, but some were postponed to today. 

Contribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag. Those tweets will automatically appear below. 

We want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season and the winter -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

#PrepTalkLive from the Section VI boys lacrosse championships (OP, Hamburg, Akron win), plus your baseball & softball playoff updates

By Keith McShea

Hello from one of my favorite days on the high school sports calendar, the Section VI championship tripleheader at All High Stadium.

I'll have updates throughout the day in the live blog below, while I'll also have end-of-quarter #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. We start with the Class A showdown of Orchard Park and Clarence at 3:30, followed by the Class B final between Hamburg and Niagara-Wheatfield at 5 and the Class C final wrapping things up with Salamanca and Akron playing at 8. 

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on what is a very busy, very important day in Western New York high school sports. The Section VI quarterfinals in both baseball and softball are today, as are the Monsignor Martin Association semifinals in boys lacrosse. 

Contribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag. Those tweets will automatically appear below. 

We want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season and the winter -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A South

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The six-team division consists of the Hamburg Bulldogs, Hutch-Tech Engineers, Iroquois Chiefs, Lake Shore Eagles, South Park Sparks and West Seneca East Trojans.

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

Live from Far West Regional softball, with baseball #preptalkscores updates: Hamburg softball wins (with VIDEO)

2013 Class A Far West Regional champion Hamburg Bulldogs. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

The spring season's most important week begins today -- because it's the last week. Today there Far West Regional playoffs in baseball and softball

I'm at Brockport State for the Class AA, A and B softball games. The C and D games are at Olean. The baseball games are at Niagara Falls (AA), Batavia (A & D) and Jamestown (B & C). We will have reporters providing updates from all baseball games. 

If you are at one of today's big games on the diamonds, be sure to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores. Those tweets will automatically appear in the live blog below. 

Check out our SCOREBOARD PAGE for today's complete schedule, which will be updated with results as soon as we have them.

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The final out for Hamburg, more highlights and interviews:

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Live from the Section VI girls lacrosse finals: Lancaster, Hamburg repeat; Amherst wins 9th in a row (with video interviews)

Class A champion Lancaster (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
Class B champion Hamburg (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
Class C champion Amherst (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

The spring season's Championship Week continues today with several major events, including the Section VI girls lacrosse finals tripleheader at All High Stadium.

That's where I'll be, providing play-by-play updates in the live blog below for the Class A (Lancaster vs. Frontier, 3:30 p.m.), B (Hamburg vs. West Seneca East, 5:30) and C games (Lake Shore vs. Amherst, 8 p.m.). 

The Georgetown Cup series between St. Joe's and Canisius is set to get started (4:30 at St. Joe's) after yesterday's postponement, as is the Section VI Class A boys lacrosse final of Orchard Park vs. Clarence at Hamburg (5:30). There are also several softball finals and semifinals and baseball finals on today's schedule. 

If you are at one of today's big games, be sure to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores. Those tweets will automatically appear in the live blog below. 

Check out our SCOREBOARD PAGE for today's complete schedule, which will be updated with results as soon as we have them.

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Live from Section VI boys lacrosse finals: Hamburg, Silver Creek repeat; OP-Clarence postponed (with video interviews)

By Keith McShea

The spring season's Championship Week begins today with several major events, including the Section VI boys lacrosse finals tripleheader at All High Stadium.

That's where I'll be, providing play-by-play updates in the live blog below for the Class B (Hamburg vs. Niagara-Wheatfield, 3:30 p.m.), C (Silver Creek vs. Akron, 5:30) and A games (Orchard Park vs. Clarence, 8 p.m.). 

The Monsignor Martin lacrosse final is also today. The Georgetown Cup opener has been postponed, as have some Section VI softball games.

If you are at one of today's big games, be sure to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores. Those tweets will automatically appear in the live blog below.

Continue reading "Live from Section VI boys lacrosse finals: Hamburg, Silver Creek repeat; OP-Clarence postponed (with video interviews)" »

Video: Will East, WSW win and will meet for Division II hockey title

Williamsville East defeats Hamburg and West Seneca West beats Sweet Home to advance to the Section VI Division II championship on Super Monday.

Read more about Tuesday's hockey action in our report for Wednesday's paper.

Live from Section V's sweep of the boys lacrosse regionals (plus video highlights & interviews), and all of Saturday's #preptalkscores

I'll be spending the afternoon and evening at the Far West Regional boys lacrosse games championships at Hamburg High School.

While I'll have updates from those games, tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog below. So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating these games at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my play-by-play updating will come in the live blog.

Check out today's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the evening for updated scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the blog and on the tweeter. :-)

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My story is here.

Here are some video highlights from the Class C game -- pretty cool ones at that, particularly the exciting endgame. It's either really cool, or really distracting -- but there are two play-by-plays going on with the Penn Yan radio coverage along with the Time Warner Cable broadcast. And yes, I'm kicking myself for missing Zed's game-tying record-breaker. Talk about a turnover/failed clear by me. Ugh. Chest-tap (my bad):

Some of the postgame show:

More quotes from postgame interviews:

Silver Creek junior Zed Williams:

"I'm disappointed -- I wanted to win it for the seniors.
"I saw time ticking down, and I had to take a shot, in case we missed we'd get another chance -- but he made a good save."

Orchard Park coach Gene Tundo:

"We just didn't have a whole lot of scoring opportunities. They slid fast and took away our [offense]. They're just good. Big defenders, a big goalie, we just never really got in a flow.

"We didn't clear the ball well. We had the ball 8 or 9 times where we just didn't get it in the offensive zone. They' played defense the whole length of the field -- they're a good team.

On OP's defense: "They did a great job , awesome. They played great. Our goalie [Taylor Ferrino} made some great saves. They got tired. You play that much defense, you get tired."

"We threw the ball away a couple of times clearing it, and on offense, and those extra possessions hurt you.

"We needed a little spark, and we just didn't get it. Their defense shut down any hope we had. They don't really have any weaknesses. Their attack is good, middies are good, there's not really a weakness. And they play a tougher schedule, too.

"I don't think we've ever been shut out. Never. I don't think we have."

Irondequoit senior Nick Doktor:

On difference of first & second halves: "I think we were a little antsy at first. We had a lot of bad turnovers, not taking care of the ball, and that allowed them to get off to a good start. They were capitalizing on our turnovers and our mistakes. That was a catalyst for them.  Another big problem in the first half was they were killing us on time of possession.

"We wanted to settle the ball down once we got it, and work our offense, and once we knew we could do that, we know we have a lot of offense, a lot of guys that can put the ball in the back of the net.  

On winning on Hamburg's home field: "They had a great crowd, it was a great atmosphere, and obviously they're very comfortable here playing on their home field. We battled and they battled and it was a great game.

On Hamburg pulling its goalie in a one-goal game with three minutes to play: "We were just trying to be patient. They have a lot of guys on offense -- they could have come back as easily as we did. We were just trying to keep it from them as long as we could."

Irondequoit coach Craig Whipple:

On playing on Hamburg's home field: "It was a difficult situation -- we couldn't do anything about it. We just knew that we would have to take care of our business to come out with a win. Was it a difficult scenario? It definitely was. But I'm proud that they were able to come out and captailize and adjust to being in this environment.

On the great second half: "I think they settled down. It was a hostlie environment, and once they settled down and knew they could play their style of lacrosse they came out and did that. That represented in goals, and then it represented in everything else on the field. As soon as everyone settled down and put a few in the back of the net, they understand all right, we're comfortable. The defense settles down, the next guy hustles a bit harder and finds those ground balls and we're able to capitalize.

On Section V's sweep: "Definitely [pleased to complete the sweep]. You battle teams thoughout the year, but when you leave [the section], you want the guys around you to do well as well. So I'm excited about that.

On faceoffs: "It defintely changed the flow of the game. It enabled us to get back in there because we were seeing more poss on offense, and I thought if we were to see more possessions on offense, that we would establish goals, and once we get comfortable scoring , you thrive off of that and you build off of that.

On if Hamburg pulled its goalie too early -- with three minutes left in one-goal game: "Not necessarily.

"I think they respected the fact that our six guys on offense are really good ballhandlers. I think they respected the fact that we were going to be able to capitalize and maybe even put one more by them. I appreciate the fact that they went out swinging. They wanted the ball back. If they created a turnover , who knows, they could have went down there, got a goal and got the momeneum. I don't think it was necessarily too early for them. I think they knew we've been in a lot of tight games before this year [and were able to close them out]."

Hamburg coach Jerry Severino:

"We were supposed to end this game in a different way. We played a great first half, I was so happy with the way they were playing. We were really attempting not to have what happened in the second half. But Irondequoit was a great challenge. They took advantage of our mistakes. Honestly, we played our worst half at the most important time of the year. We played a pretty poor second half.

"When we get on a run like that [like Irondequoit did], we say it's like sharks when they sense blood in the water, and that's what happened. They had a sense that they could do what they did; and we weren't able to stop them. The ball bounced one way a couple of times. They were much better on the ground ball; they were better on the faceoff in the second half. we made some decisions that we we'd like to have back.

On pulling the goalie late in the game: "it's risky when you do that, but we were in a desperate situation and that's the way it goes.

On faceoffs: "We had an awful lot of trouble getting the ball at the faceoff 'X'. I rotated three or four guys in, but they gained probably three or four faceoffs for every two we got. Those kind of possessions are huge."

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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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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