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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" »

Middle Early College's Keir Anderson to Pensacola State JC

Keir Anderson (photo provided by Middle Early College coach Randy Rich)By Keith McShea

Keir Anderson, a second-team All-Western New York selection in 2013 for Middle Early College, has signed a letter of intent with Pensacola (Fla.) State. 

Pensacola State competes at the Division I level of the National Junior College Athletic Association

Anderson spent this past season at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C.

#PrepTalkLive from the NYSPHSAA Class C championship: II-Hoosic Valley 67, Middle Early College 55

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 -- including 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.

#PrepTalkLive from NYSPHSAA Class C semifinal: Middle Early College 72, private school VIII-Friends Academy 66

By Keith McShea

Hello from Glens Falls for the middle game of three for Section VI in the Class D, C and B semifinals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.

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 on a special-edition Saturday, concluding with Middle Early College's huge Yale Cup win at McKinley (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

It's a special Saturday in boys basketball in that there are several top teams in action, and there's a lot on the line (with just one week to go to Section VI's Selection Saturday).

I know where I'll be ending up today: The very important Yale Cup showdown of Middle Early College at McKinley at 6:30 p.m., a game postponed from Wednesday due to our latest bout with snow. However, the day is full of interesting games, notably first-place Iroquois at Hamburg in top ECIC II action at 1:30, Cathedral Prep (Pa.) -- which is 10-6 on the season -- at No. 1 large school Canisius at 3, and, in another makeup due to weather, Nichols at St. Mary's at 3:30 in a Monsignor Martin matchup of top 10 small schools. 

While I'll be getting to as many games as I can, we'll certainly be 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 Iroquois' win at Hamburg, including several from senior Phil Bowen:

Now, you'll hear me on the video above say that Bowen's three was a two. When it happened I was sure he had his foot on the line (I even tweeted it). When I watched the video (including the higher-quality version before it goes to youtube) and tried to go frame-by-frame, it also sure looked like his foot was on the line.

When it happened, I felt like the only guy in the gym who thought it was a two -- no one said a word about it, and obviously you can see the official signal a three immediately even though to me it looks like Bowen's right foot (and maybe even his left) is on the line. Again, in real time I thought his foot was on the line and I'm stunned noone in the gym said anything.

It's certainly no matter now -- Hamburg never hit another shot in the game. However, if it was a two, then it's a tie game, and I think that changes the end-game dynamic completely. Just a weird deal.

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Postgame show from Middle Early College after its win at McKinley:

#PrepTalkLive from Middle Early College ending McKinley's 33-game Yale Cup win streak (with VIDEO), plus your updates

By Keith McShea

It's again a very busy Friday night in basketball, and our stop is a very big one in the Yale Cup as No. 2 large school McKinley aims to keep its outstanding success in league play going against co-No. 4 small school Middle Early College at 7 p.m. at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center, which is MEC's home gym. 

There are a ton of league games in both boys and girls play. 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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A couple of highlights:

And the postgame show:

Your #PrepTalkLive updates on a busy Monday: Middle College beats East; Cheektowaga tops Amherst

By Keith McShea

As noted in today's High School Extra, there might not be a great quantity, but there is great quality in tonight's lineup of boys basketball games. 

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): Canisius canceled school today, so the big Bishop TImon-St. Jude at Canisius contest has been postponed; no makeup date has been announced. 

Tonight's lineup is still very solid as No. 2 small school East and No. 5 Middle Early College meet for the first time this season in Yale Cup action at 7 p.m. at ECC-City’s Flickinger Center. The ECIC matchups among the dozen games scheduled tonight include Williamsville East (9-4) at Sweet Home at 7 p.m. in ECIC II; Cheektowaga plays No. 8 large school and ECIC III rival Amherst for the first time, 7:30 at Amherst; and in ECIC IV co-leader Holland hosts Alden at 6:30 p.m. just days after beating the Bulldogs by four.

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter (especially because I'm off today -- I set this up ahead of time).

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.

How The News voted: Let the playoffs begin

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.

This week starts the postseason -- today there will be play-in rounds in both the Monsignor Martin Association's Manhattan Cup playoffs and the Section VI tournament.

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. This week's News poll is available via the high school home page. The direct link is here.

Here's last week's ballot (Week Eight, Feb. 12 -- Valentine's edition). Previous polls: Week Seven, Feb. 5 (Canisius No. 1), Week Six, Jan. 29 (Super week); Week Five, Jan. 22 (inauguration), Week Four, Jan. 15 (MLK), Week Three (Jan. 8, back from two-week holiday break); Week Two (special Christmas edition, Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Also, here's last year's final 2011-12 post

With not much movement in the poll and not many games left, here's a look at this week's ballot along with each team's remaining schedule:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Canisius (17-4) [last week: 1] -- Crusaders playing at a very high level right now, right according to plan.

Continue reading "How The News voted: Let the playoffs begin" »

Thursday Night Live from Middle Early College's big win at East & your #preptalkscores

By Keith McShea

It is the final Thursday of the basketball regular season, which includes the final day of league play in the Yale Cup. While McKinley is expected to close out a perfect year against Bennett, I'll be headed to a great small-school showdown as Middle Early College visits East at 6 p.m.

Also big on this busy night is Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Canisius in a 6:30 start. Jamestown and Silver Creek look to finish off fine regular seasons while St. Joe's hosts Sweet Home at 7.

I'll provide updates in the live blog below. When I have my laptop out I'll be able to do play-by-play, otherwise I'll send #preptalkscores updates via Twitter, which will also appear in the blog. 

Your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores are welcome -- as they will appear in the live blog as well. Every night, scoring update tweets (in any sport) are welcome to those on Twitter -- just use the #preptalkscores hashtag.  

Check our scoreboard page for a complete schedule of tonight's games; the scoreboard will be updated as we receive game reports throughout the evening.

Continue reading "Thursday Night Live from Middle Early College's big win at East & your #preptalkscores" »

How The News voted: Happy February to Canisius

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.

Thanks to the Jesuit Tournament in D.C. for having this picture on their web site.

This week marks a change at the top as Canisius takes over the No. 1 large school spot for Niagara Falls. Canisius had a great start to what should be a fun month, winning at Timon Friday, beating Section V Class AA power Fairport (then ranked second in the state) on Saturday, becoming the top-ranked team in the Class A state poll on Monday and ascending to The News No. 1 spot today. 

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. This week's News poll is available via the high school home page. Here's the direct link.

Here's last week's ballot (Week Six, Jan. 29 - Super week). Previous polls: Week Five, Jan. 22 (inauguration), Week Four, Jan. 15 (MLK), Week Three (Jan. 8, which followed a two-week holiday break); Week Two (our special Christmas edition, Dec. 18); Week One (Dec. 11). Also, here's last year's final 2011-12 post

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Canisius (15-3) [last week: 2] -- I said I was waiting to see Niagara Falls and Canisius this past weekend to see if there was a move to be made for this spot, and the results made it a clear one. Canisius was all over Fairport from the start and then made the plays to hold on. Fairport, Bishop Kearney (which Falls lost to Sunday) and Webster Schroeder (which Falls lost to Saturday) are considered to be tightly grouped together when it comes to who is the best Class AA team in Section V. 

Continue reading "How The News voted: Happy February to Canisius" »

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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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