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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 girls lacrosse: Allie Stewart, Lancaster

By Keith McShea

2StewartFor Allie Stewart of Lancaster, there is quantity and quality when it comes to lacrosse.

Stewart has been playing varsity lacrosse since seventh grade, and she has played at a high level almost since she stepped on the varsity field.

She is a four-time All-Western New York first teamer and a two-time All-American who has been a pivotal part of Lancaster's championship program every year, which is why she has been named the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls lacrosse. 

Stewart has helped Lancaster to a third straight Section VI championship this year, while she also was part of a title team in her first two varsity seasons. 

She is headed to reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Canisius College, where she verbally committed to as a sophomore. 

She talked about her award, season and future plans in a recent visit to 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 every day -- until the big night.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls lacrosse: Allie Stewart, Lancaster" »

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

* * *

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. 

* * * 

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" »

#PrepTalkThrowback: 2008 Lancaster girls lacrosse & 'Forget prom!'

John Hickey/Buffalo News
Top row (left to right): Brittany Nagowski, Caitlin Formato, Susan May, Angie Sanita, Lindsay Morgan, Gina Sanita, Bottom row: Jessica Rogers, Liz Nagowski, Maria Kotas.

 

By Keith McShea

When I learned this afternoon (via live tweeting by Metro's Tom Gallagher) that West Seneca East softball was playing without three starters in its Section VI Class A semifinal against Williamsville South (South would win, 8-2), it reminded me of one of the best teams I have ever covered, and one of the best stories I've been able to be around for. 

So I dug it up.

The 2008 Lancaster girls lacrosse team made history on the field -- and they had people talking off of it.

The two words I remember the team by are: "Forget prom!"

Here's the story (check out this blog post about it as well, which includes some backstory on the picture above, which ran on the front page of the paper):

Continue reading "#PrepTalkThrowback: 2008 Lancaster girls lacrosse & 'Forget prom!' " »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track: McKenzie Kuehlewind, Lancaster

By Keith McShea

KuehlewindMcKenzie Keuhlewind of Lancaster won the Section VI indoor track championship in the shot put as a sophomore and junior.

As a senior, she finished second.

But in her next meet, she went out and won the state title. 

Keuhlewind, who was Section VI's only state champion in indoor track this year, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track.

Keulewind will attend the University at Buffalo next year.

She then finished 14th place nationally at the New Balance Indoor Track High School Championships in the shot put; she was also eighth in the weight throw. 

In the shot put, she battled senior Jesse Dhaliwall of Grand Island all season; Dhaliwall finished second at states after winning the Section VI title. 

Kuehlewind is also currently ranked first in Western New York in the shot put. The Section VI meet is this weekend. Kuelhewind has met the standard for the state championships, but she has to place at sectionals to completely earn the trip. 

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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. 

* * * 

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 indoor track: McKenzie Kuehlewind, 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).

#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.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls gymnastics: Courtney Bondanza, Lancaster

By Keith McShea

Courtney Bondanza, Lancaster (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)Winning the all-around competition at the Section VI championships will earn you the title of best high school gymnast in Western New York.

Courtney Bondanza, a Lancaster junior, has done that for three years. This year she capped off her high school competition with an all-around capper: The state all-around title.

Bondanza won the all-around competition at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships to help the Section VI all-star team to the state title. She scored 38.125 at the states after winning sectionals with a score of 37.775.

Bondanza also competed in the Women’s U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships earlier this month in Jackson, Miss.

* * *

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. 

* * * 

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 gymnastics: Courtney Bondanza, Lancaster" »

Video: Kenmore West avenges Lancaster loss, earns trip to Jamestown

Kenmore West scored its 28 points in the middle quarters to run away from Lancaster, 28-15, and earn a trip to Jamestown next week for the Section VI Class AA semfinals.

Video: #preptalkpreseason interviews with Grand Island, St. Francis & Lancaster

Photojournalist Harry Scull Jr. continued our #preptalkpreseason coverage with Scrimmage Saturday interviews with Grand Island, St. Francis and Lancaster coaches and players.

 

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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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