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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:

Continue reading "#PrepTalkAwards section, web-style: PrepTalkTV interviews, bios, photos & more" »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys hockey: Connor Fields, Bishop Timon-St. Jude

By Keith McShea

Buffalo News file photoJust to be clear: This is a hockey post. 

Connor Fields of just completed another outstanding lacrosse season for Bishop Timon-St. Jude, but he's mentioned in this space to honor the senior for being the Prep Talk Player of the Year award for boys hockey.

Fields earned first-team Division I all-state honors after helping lead the Tigers to a terrific season. Fields, also a first-team Federation Division I all-star, had 47 goals and 81 points in 25 games.

Feilds was the only player from Western New York to be honored as an all-state first teamer.

The Tigers took first place in the competitive Division I of the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation in the regular season; the Tigers were seeded first for the Monsignor Martin Association's Niagara Cup playoffs before losing to St. Joe's in the title game. 

Fields scored 129 goals last lacrosse season (believed to be a national record) and had 108 this year as Timon was ranked the top team in lacrosse for the entire season.  

The Prep Talk Players of the Year for lacrosse (and other spring sports) will be announced next week. 

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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:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys hockey: Connor Fields, Bishop Timon-St. Jude" »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls hockey: Julianna Iafallo, Nichols

By Keith McShea

Buffalo News file photoWith all the success attained by the Nichols girls hockey program this year, including the No. 1 spot in our final winter Power 10 ranking, it should not be a surprise that the Prep Talk Player of the Year is a Viking.

On a team considered one of the nation's best programs, there were several candidates for the award, and the recipient of the Prep Talk Player of the Year award for girls hockey is Julianna Iafallo.

The Vikings went 31-4-3 and won their last 17 games to earn championships in the North American Prep Hockey Association as well as the Ontario-based Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Iafallo, an Eden resident, is headed to Ohio State. A three-year varsity player, she had 30 goals and 21 assists this year to give her career totals of 70 goals and 56 assists. She has been selected to attend USA Hockey National Camps.

She is not the only Nichols player who will go on to high-level collegiate hockey, as evidenced by Madison Sansone (Providence), Brandy Streeter (Union), Annika Zalewski (Colgate), Elizabeth Viola (Division III national champion Plattsburgh State) and Allison Gasuik (Ohio State).

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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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Iafallo was part of Nichols hockey's visit to PrepTalkTV in March

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls hockey: Julianna Iafallo, Nichols" »

PrepTalkTV: St. Joe's & Canisius hockey visit before their back-to-back showdowns

By Keith McShea

St. Joe's and Canisius have been part of the upper half of Western New York Varsity Federation Hockey's tough Division I all season, and they've got not one but two big games coming up with each other, and they'll be on PrepTalkTV tonight at 7:30 to talk about it.

The teams play their regular season finale on Sunday, and they are paired up also for the first round of the playoffs. St. Joe's coach Rich Crozier will be on along with seniors Paul LoVullo and Nick Zenger.

Canisius seniors Zach Grace & Quinn Beiter will join us along with interim coach Jason Bridge. Bridge replaces Gene Naab, who was removed as coach today; Canisius AD Jim Mauro did not comment on the reasons for Naab's dismissal.

We'll also take a look at the basketball polls and the top upcoming games.  

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 monitor tonight's action through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter. As always, we'll discuss anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it.

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

PrepTalkTV's [BN]TheDressingRoom: Niagara Cup champion St. Joe's

St. Joe's players and coaches celebrate the big win.

Read Miguel Rodriguez's story on Super Monday's championship games here.

PrepTalkTV's [BN]TheDressingRoom: Division I champion Niagara-Wheatfield

Niagara-Wheatfield players celebrate their win in the locker room after the game.

Read Miguel Rodriguez's story on Super Monday's championship games here.

Video: Super Monday hockey: St. Joe's 3, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 2

St. Joe's Klapp leads the Marauders to the Niagara Cup.

Read Miguel Rodriguez's story on Super Monday's championship games here.

Video: Super Monday hockey: Niagara-Wheatfield 7, Clarence 2

Niagara-Wheatfield won its second straight Section VI Division I (large school) hockey title by beating Clarence 7-2.

Read Miguel Rodriguez's story on Super Monday's championship games here.

Live from Super Monday hockey: St. Joe's edges Timon, 3-2, to claim Niagara Cup

By Miguel Rodriguez

The final game of the championship tripleheader at First Niagara Center is the game formerly known as the Federation Catholic Final, now called the Niagara Cup Final, featuring Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs. St. Joe's.

We're kind of on deadline, so we'll provide updates ASAP.

First period

St. Joe's scores first, on the power play as Eric Paradowski backdoor one timer from Dimitrios Gogos with 11:30 left. St. Joe's leads 1-0.

Second period

Typical St. Joe's vs. Bishop Timon game so far (at least parts I've been able to watch) as both teams are playing tough, physical. Goals even harder to come by in this one.

WOW. What a pretty goal by Niagara University commit Dennis Gilbert. After breaking up potential short-handed chance near own blue line, he retrieves puck on left side, makes quick charge down the wing and cuts to front of the net against Timon defender and beats goalie with nifty one-hander. He flat out beat the Timon defender to that spot. Knocked into crossbar at end but St. Joe's leads 2-0 with 19.5 left in period.

Continue reading "Live from Super Monday hockey: St. Joe's edges Timon, 3-2, to claim Niagara Cup" »

Live from Super Monday hockey: West Seneca West wins Div. II to claim first championship

By Miguel Rodriguez

Niagara-Wheatfield opens Super Monday at First Niagara Center with a 7-2 win over Clarence for its second straight large school playoff title.

Now we bring the Small School final between first-time participant West Seneca West against last year's runner-up Williamsville East. Williamsville East is vying for its second title in three years.

 First period

Some early activity by West Seneca West around Flames net but nothing doing.

Adam Dentico is goalie for Williamsville East who had a 1.50 GAA during regular season. West Seneca West goalie is Dalton Kruger who had a 1.85 GAA and went 11-1-2 in league play during the regular season.

With 5:23 left, after some buzzing around the last couple shifts by Williamsville East in W.S.W zone, Flames break through. Jason Cohen's quick one-timer from slot off pass by Austin Maciok. Will East leads, 1-0.

Continue reading "Live from Super Monday hockey: West Seneca West wins Div. II to claim first championship" »

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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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