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VIDEO: Jamestown on its loss in Class AA state public school championship game

#PrepTalkLive from the NYSPHSAA Class AA championship: II-Green Tech 54, Jamestown 49

By Keith McShea

Hello from the Glens Falls Civic Center for the third of three days of basketball, and the third straight day of action for Section VI -- Jamestown plays Albany's Green Tech for the Class AA championship of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association at 3:15 p.m.

We'll keep tabs of the action in the Class A title game here between Rochester's East and another local school in Section II (Albany area) champion Scotia-Glenville. Also we'll check in on the Chautauqua Lake girls, who are playing for the Class C state title down teh road in Troy.

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive contributions from these contests via Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

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

#PrepTalkLive from NYSPHSAA Class AA semifinals: Jamestown 64, IV-Union-Endicott 63

By Keith McShea

Hello from Glens Falls for the second of three days of basketball, and the second straight day of three games for Section VI -- the Class AA semifinals (12:30 p.m.), then the Class C final (Middle Early College at 7:15 p.m.) and the Class B final (Olean at 9 p.m.) of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive contributions from these contests via Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

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

National Signing Day: Canisius' Ollison, Touris make it official; Jamestown QB Sisson to Div. II Edinboro

By Keith McShea

As is usualy the case in Western New York, National Signing Day is one of important ceremonies, albeit without a lot of drama, certainly not the type of suspense that will be playing itself out on ESPN throughout the day as top recruits unveil their major college destinations.

The top local recruit, two-time first-team All-Western New York running back Qadree Ollison of Canisius, made is verbal committment to Pittsburgh early during the Crusaders' football season and the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder will make it official with a signing today. 

Western New York's only other Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) signing is Ollison's Canisius teammate Augie Touris, who verbally committed to the University of Texas-El Paso last month. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound lineman will also make it official today during a ceremony at the school. 

St. Joe's senior Tyler Hill has committed to attend Cincinnati and accept a preferred walkon position, but he technically is not signing a letter of intent today. The 6-3, 245-pound Hill was a uber-versatile standout for the Maurauders who earned first-team All-Western New York honors and whose long-snapping abilities made him attractive to colleges.

Also part of Canisius' signing day are a pair of Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) players. Defensive back Ryan Richards, a 6-2, 205-pound second-team All-WNY pick, will commit to Robert Morris; first-team All-WNY selection Mike Sharpe (6-1, 200) announced today he was accepting a preferred walk-on spot with Furman (S.C.).

Joining Richards in signing with Robert Morris this morning -- according to Depew coach Brian Wilson -- was Wildcats lineman Mike Lamb (6-7, 327), a second-team All-WNY pick.

At Alden, senior and first-team All-WNY selection Phil Zobrest, a 6-5, 227-pound defensive end, will sign today with Holy Cross. 

There was some significant news today out of Jamestown as record-setting senior quarterback Jake Sisson, The Buffalo News Player of the Year and the winner of the Connolly Cup as Western New York's most outstanding football player, will sign with Division II Edinboro (Pa.).

The 6-foot, 180-pound Sisson set Western New York records for passing yards in a game and season; he also set the Section VI championship game passing mark as the Red Raiders won the Class AA title.

Another Division II signing has All-WNY second team lineman Steven Stauss (6-5, 300) of Albion headed to Mercyhurst (Pa.).

First-team All-WNY defensive back/wide receiver Dylan Dussault (6-4, 193) of Alden will sign with Division II Walsh (Ohio).

Below are some other recent or upcoming local college signings from various sports: 

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PrepTalkTV: Canisius-Jamestown football & more

By Keith McShea

The week's weather difficulties bumped our original guests from tonight's PrepTalkTV show, but we've got plenty to talk about with yesterday's news that Canisius and Jamestown will play a regular season nonleague football game in Week Four of the 2014 season.

News Sports Clerk and contributor Nick Veronica will join me for the show at 7:30 p.m. as we talk some football, the basketball polls as well as what's coming up this weekend and beyond. 

The Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball team was to be guests on the show, but they had a postponed game from Wednesday moved to today. We hope to have them on in the future.

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 discuss anything about Western New York high school sports, or our coverage of it.

We'll also monitor tonight's action -- including Federation hockey game between Canisius and Bishop Timon-St. Jude -- through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter.

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

Jamestown, Canisius will play football in 2014

By Keith McShea

Canisius and Jamestown have set a date for the 2014 football season, The Buffalo News has learned.

This will be a rare nonleague meeting of top-flight large schools from Section VI and the Monsignor Martin Association, and the timing is excellent because of how the two programs finished the 2013 season. 

Jamestown, the champion of Section VI's Class AA, and Canisius, the Monsignor Martin champion, finished tied for the top spot in the final 2013 News large school poll (see the polls & story).

The teams will play at Jamestown's Strider Field in Week Four: Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The schools are expected to officially announce the matchup later today. 

Discussions began in December, including when Canisius coach Rich Robbins and Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy talked about scheduling a 2014 game at Dick Gallagher's Western New York football banquet.

“I'd like to thank Jamestown's Tom Langworthy and Ben Drake, and our coach, Rich Robbins, for their efforts to bring this game together,” Canisius athletic director Jim Mauro said in a prepared statement. “Anytime you are able to get two strong programs competing on a Friday night under the lights is great for Western New York high school football.

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#PrepTalkLive on a very busy Friday, including Lockport beating Ken West & Clarence avenging Jamestown loss (with VIDEO interviews)

By Keith McShea

It's a very busy Friday night on both the boys and girls basketball sides, with top league showdowns in ECIC I (Jamestown at Clarence at 7:30 p.m.) and the Niagara Frontier League (Kenmore West at Lockport at 6:30). I'm headed to Clarence with a likely stop at an early game beforehand. There's also a big wrestling showdown as No. 1 large school Clarence heads to No. 4 Lancaster for their "Border Brawl" dual meet. 

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

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Highlights from the end of Clarence's win over Jamestown: 

The postgame show from Clarence: 

#PrepTalkLive Tuesday hoops: Will North beats Jamestown in final seconds; Ken West tops Lockport (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

It's another busy night in high school basketball full of some big early-season games: Jamestown visits Williamsville North and Clarence is at Frontier in ECIC I; Lockport is at Kenmore West in an early Niagara Frontier League showdown; in the Monsignor Martin Association, Canisius heads to a Park team that started well while Bishop Timon-St. Jude hosts St. Mary's in a matchup that has been a very good one in recent years, while Fredonia visits Lackawanna in a very nice small-school nonleaguer.

Check out links to today's boys basketball coverage before heading out to the games.

I think I'll be starting at Kenmore West before heading up to Will North.

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on big, busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag. Last week we did it Tuesday and Friday. And while tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports.

Much of it starts with you high school fans out there. Tweet updates and observations with the hashtag #preptalklive, and those will appear instantly in the blog below, making the #preptalklive blog -- as it was during football season -- the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.    

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games and will have box scores as games are reported to us.

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Video highlights from my evening. 

Lockport's last possession, down three at Kenmore West: 

Then from Williamsville North's 61-60 victory over Jamestown, North's final possession, on which Maceo Jack's three-pointer put them ahead:

Postgame show:

Section VI football Media Day at The Ralph: AA & A interviews

By Keith McShea

If it is Tuesday before the Section VI football championship games at The Ralph, that means it is Media Day at The Ralph. 

I spent my time talking with the Class AA & A coaches, largely because it features two significant underdogs (who have succeeded in that role already in Frontier and Williamsville North) against two significant favorites: No. 1 large school Jamestown in AA and No. 3 Sweet Home in A.

Here's what they had to say Tuesday afternoon. 

Please excuse the wind-disturbed audio (and the leaf-blowers in the background -- The Ralph was getting spruced up at the time): 

The finals will be the subject of my Prep Talk column on Thursday. 

Mary Jo Monnin broke down all six games and has some terrific info as part of today's Scholastic Spotlight

We'll also have gameday capsules later this week. 

Week Three Friday with #PrepTalkLive: Jamestown routs South Park at All High, plus our updates (and yours)

Springville helmet with stickers to honor the late Damon Janes. (Harry Scull/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

Tonight, after the toughest of weeks, Western New York heads back to the high school football fields

Week Three marks the first Friday night that I'm not heading off to Rochester to cover preseason state No. 1 Canisius. I'll be settling in at All High Stadium for a great nonleague matchup of 2-0 large schools as No. 3 Jamestown meets South Park at 7 (#JAMvSP). I'll have play-by-play from the game along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.

We'll also have News reporters and photojournalists out at West Seneca East at Iroquois at 7 (#WSEvIRO), Salamanca at Fredonia at 7:30 (#SALvFRED), Depew at Springville at 7:30 (#DEPvSGI) and Hutch-Tech at Alden (#HTvALD) at 7. 

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 of Saturday's action. 

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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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