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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 Boys Three-Sport Player of the Year: Charlie Sobieraski, Lockport

By Keith McShea

2SobieraskiCharlie Sobieraski of Lockport hadn't played football during his high school career until he had one year left. Not surprisingly, he was a major factor for the Lions.

Sobieraski earned All-Western New York team honorable mention in football, adding to another all-Niagara Frontier League honor in basketball (second team) and what is all but certainly an upcoming first-team honor in baseball (the team has not been voted on yet). 

That kind of resume has earned Sobieraski the Prep Talk Boys Three-Sport Player of the Year award. 

The senior is committed to play baseball at the University at Buffalo, and he completed his high school career with a fine all-around season on the diamond. He hit .520 with three home runs and 27 RBIs and was 6-1 with 57 strikeouts on the mound. 

In basketball, he was a key component on a talented, deep Lions team which made the Class AA semifinals, putting a scare into eventual state runner-up Jamestown before falling. In football, he was a major weapon at wide receiver, setting the Lockport single-season record for touchdown catches with 12.  

He 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 Boys Three-Sport Player of the Year: Charlie Sobieraski, Lockport" »

#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:

Week Three Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Frontier rolls to shutout at Lockport (with VIDEO); St. Mary's beats Timon; Canisius wins

By Keith McShea

Week Three Saturday is highlighted by a Class AA clash of Frontier up at Lockport. Both teams are 2-0 and are ranked in the large school top 10. I'll have play-by-play along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with the hashtag #FROvLOCK).

Two other games I'll be keeping an eye out for on are St. Mary's hosting Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 1 p.m. and Canisius hosting Walsh Jesuit of Ohio at 2.

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). 

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 next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

PrepTalkTV Week Two: Lockport football, guest host Jonah Bronstein & postshow live chat

By Keith McShea

Our second episode of PrepTalkTV is tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com).

Our guests are coach Greg Bronson and senior quarterback Dan Bronson of Lockport, which recorded a huge win last Friday at Orchard Park. The Lions upended the Quakers despite Dan Bronson, the returning starting quarterback, being knocked out for the season after suffered a broken collarbone in their Week One game. Lockport has another great matchup this week as they host fellow 2-0 Class AA team Frontier at 2 p.m. Saturday.   

We'll also have our second guest host of the season with Jonah Bronstein of homebasebuffalo.com. Bronstein is a Kenmore East and Brockport State graduate, a veteran sportswriter in Western New York and the founder and publisher of homebasebuffalo.com, which tracks local athletes who have gone on to participate in college athletics.

We will be rotating guest hosts throughout the year, and we're still accepting applications from current high school students.

After the show, we'll conduct a live chat here on the blog. As always, anything in the world of high school sports, or our coverage of it, is up for discussion.

As always, I will try to get to every question. Please be patient.

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Class AA

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The nine-team division consists of the Clarence Red Devils, Frontier Falcons, Jamestown Red Raiders, Kenmore West Blue Devils, Lancaster Redskins, Lockport Lions, Niagara Falls Wolverines, Orchard Park Quakers and West Seneca West Indians.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Class AA" »

Video: #preptalkpreseason tour stop in Lockport, including both sides of a father-son coach-QB relationship

Head coach Greg Bronson is excited about the upcoming season and gives an overview of his team.

#preptalkpreseason with PrepTalkTV: Interviews with AA coaches from Clarence, Ken West, Falls, W.S. West & Lockport

Get the lowdown on Class AA football from coaches from Clarence, Kenmore West, Niagara Falls, Lancaster, West Seneca West and Lockport

Mary Jo Monnin sat down with the coaches prior to the Section VI preseason coaches meeting, and Harry Scull compiled the video: 

Check back for more coach interviews and reports from high school training camps, and check out more video reports at our video home page

Video: Clarence 65, Lockport 54

A strong performance by junior Ryan Funk helped Clarence beat Lockport to advance to the semifinals at Buffalo State.

Read about the game and other key games from the busy Quarterfinal Friday in our report for Saturday's paper.

Video: No. 1 girls basketball small school Cardinal O'Hara beats No. 1 large school Lockport, 49-47

Cardinal O'Hara coach Dan McDermott and standouts Kelsey McCarthy and Aisha Shabazz talk about how the Hawks, ranked first in The News small school poll, came through to win a close game at Lockport, which is ranked first among large schools, at the Lockport Kiwanis Shootout.

Read more about the game in our game report from Saturday's News.

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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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