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Today's Georgetown Cup opener moved to St. Joe's at 4:30

By Keith McShea

The Georgetown Cup opener between St. Joe's and Canisius, pushed back from Tuesday due to rain, will be played today at 4:30 p.m. at St Joe's because Coca-Cola Field is unplayable. 

Thursday's Game Two is scheduled for Coca-Cola Field at 4. 

A potential series-deciding Game Three in the Monsignor Martin Association's baseball championship is now scheduled for Saturday at 3 at Coca-Cola Field. 

Monsignor Martin boys & girls basketball playoff schedules

By Keith McShea


Sunday's semifinals at Canisius College
4-St. Mary's (19-6) vs. 1-Canisius (20-4), 6 p.m.
3-Bishop Timon-St. Jude (12-13) vs. 2-St. Joe's (20-5), 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday at Canisius College, 7 p.m.


Saturday's quarterfinals at Canisius College
1-Cardinal O'Hara vs. 8-Nichols, 10 a.m.
4-Nardin vs. 5-Christian Central, 11:30 a.m.
2-Sacred Heart vs. 7-Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
3-Holy Angels vs. 6-Mount St. Mary, 2:30 p.m.
Semifinals: Tuesday at Canisius College, 6 & 7:45 p.m.
Fri. March 1 at Canisius College, 7 p.m.

Manhattan Cup playoff seedings & schedule

By Keith McShea

Here's a look at the Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball playoff picture -- standings and schedule -- heading into Monday's season finales. The playoff matchups are set.


Tuesday's play-in game
8-St. Francis vs. 9-Cardinal O'Hara, 5 p.m. at St. Joe's
Thursday's quarterfinals
at St. Joe's
7-Archbishop Walsh at 2-St. Joe's, 5 p.m.
6-Niagara Catholic vs. 3-Bishop Timon/St. Jude, 6:30 p.m.
at Canisius
St. Francis/O'Hara at 1-Canisius, 5 p.m.
Nichols vs. St. Mary's, 6:30 p.m. (seedings to be determined)
Sunday's semifinals at Canisius College
Winners of games at Canisius HS, 6 p.m.
Winners of games at St. Joe's, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 27 at Canisius College, 7 p.m.
(Note: If a Class B team beats St. Joe's or Timon to advance to the semifinals; a separate Class B playoff will be held, with the final at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 and the Manhattan Cup final following at 7:45)

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Video: Monsignor Martin wins Federation girls hockey title with 3-2 win over Williamsville

Monsignor Martin girls hockey coach Chris Malicki, standout Julia Duquette and game-winning goal-scorer Brigid Keane talk about how they came from behind to beat Williamsville.

Read all about the championship game in our story in Saturday's News.

High school football: Day One from St. Joe's and St. Francis

Just got back from watching St. Joe's and St. Francis on their first day. Wasn't able to see any 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 stuff at either camp, but did get to speak with Joe's quaterback Chad Kelly and St. Francis running back Akeel Lynch.

Lynch and Kelly are regarded as the top two prospects in the area. Over the summer Kelly comitted to play at Clemson and Lynch comitted to Boston College.

Highlights from the summer for Kelly included meeting numerous NFL and college level quaterbacks and being named one of the best QBs in the country at the Elite Eleven camp in Malibu, Calif.

But on Monday Kelly was all about getting his team back to the Monsignor Martin championship game.

"I'm ready to win a championship again, hopefully we can repeat," Kelly said. "St. Francis, they reloaded, Canisius, they reloaded too. It's going to be a great league again this year and hopefully we can get back to another championship. Hopefully we get new chemistry with all these new players and hopefully they are ready to go."

St. Joe's has lost 16 players from last year's squad said heach coach Dennis Gilbert.

As for Lynch, he said he is hoping to be able to play a full 12 games this year. Lynch was forced to sit on the bench for the season's final six weeks because of a ruptured tendon in a finger on his left hand.

One of those six games just happened to be a loss to St. Joe's in the championship game.

"I only played half the season last year. My first goal is to just make it through the season," Lynch said with a laugh. "Then just take it one game at a time. We're trying to go and win every game, that's our goal."

Lynch also said that even though he is comitted to Boston College he still plans on looking at other schools before signing his letter of intent.

St. Francis coach Jerry Smith was pretty optomistic about his teams chances. He said that he thinks he has 22 solid players that he can rely on. As always with high school football though, Smith wondered about his teams depth.

I have to go write a notebook up for tomorrow's paper now, but check back here later. If some stuff doesn't make it into the notebook I might put it up here.


More from St. Francis

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Monsignor Martin football semis at The Ralph

We received the finalized Monsignor Martin football schedule for this season today, and notable is that their semifinals will be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Nov. 11 or 12.

Good news is that obviously more teams will get the spotlight of playing at The Ralph. It's a nice move that goes along with the league going to a one-division, six-team format. Last year's large-school semifinals, held at school sites, had St. Joe's beating Canisius and St. Francis beating Bishop Timon-St. Jude. We'll have to see if Cardinal O'Hara or St. Mary's will be able to earn a semifinal spot this year; based on recent history, O'Hara would have a worthy shot. 

A bit of bad news for fans like this one -- Nov. 11-12 is also the Friday and Saturday of the Far West Regionals, which will be hosted at Rochester's Sahlen's Stadium.

The Monsignor Martin final -- on Nov. 18 or 19 -- will be at a site to be determined. The University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, All High Stadium and Depew are among those under discussion. All seem to be worthy choices. 

---Keith McShea

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Live from the Manhattan Cup semifinals: Canisius, St. Joe's will meet again in final (with video interviews)

Hello from Canisius College for the Manhattan Cup semifinals. We'll do separate live blogs for each game below.

You can check our scoreboard with box scores of today's Section VI quarterfinals and we'll have the Manhattan Cup box scores there as soon as we can. Tonight's winners meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Canisius College.

Here's the postgame show from both games as Canisius and St. Joe's talk about their victories and their upcoming third meeting of the season.

Canisius talked about how defense keyed its win:

St. Joe's talked about how the Marauders rallied despite Reggie Agbeko going down in the opening seconds:

Here's my game story for Sunday's paper.

Stay tuned for what should be an exciting Championship Week, including a live blog from Wednesday's final.

For a look at the Section VI final fours and how those teams got there, check our video after Quarterfinal Friday.

---Keith McShea

Prep Talk Live's Monsignor Martin AA replay: St. Joe's vs. St. Francis

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from both of tonight's Monsignor Martin championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium (as well as this weekend's Far West Regionals from All High Stadium).

Let us know what you thought of the game in the comments section.

---Keith McShea

Prep Talk Live's Monsignor Martin A replay: Cardinal O'Hara vs. St. Mary's

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from both of tonight's Monsignor Martin championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium (as well as this weekend's Far West Regionals from All High Stadium).

Let us know what you thought of the game in the comments section.

---Keith McShea

More from the Monsignor Martin girls semifinals

Some additional notes and quotes from Tuesday's semifinals at Canisius College, where Sacred Heart beat Nardin, 38-29, and Nichols beat Mount St. Mary, 61-48:

* Sacred Heart will have the definite size advantage Sunday, but if Nichols shoots the way it did Tuesday, the Vikings will be tough to beat in the championship game.

* Congratulations to Mount St. Mary, which reached the semifinals for the first time in school history. Second-year coach Steve Gathers is building a nice program.

* Former Bills GM Tom Donahoe was among those in attendance.

And now, some additional quotes from Tuesday's games:

Sacred Heart sophomore Katie Healy

On the win: "We stayed under control and looked for good passes. We got some good open looks."

On playing varsity with her older sister: "It’s a lot easier. We know how each other’s game goes."

Sacred Heart coach Sister Maria Pares

On how Nichols beat them last game: "They pressed us. That’s exactly what happened to us. We know whoever we’re going to play is going to press us, so we’ll be working on it."

Nardin coach Jackie D'Orazio

On her team's energy level and the use of the full-court press: "In the first half we started slow. We did [use the press] in the beginning of the game, we just weren't getting what we wanted out of it."

Nichols coach Bob Torgalski

On the prospect of facing Sacred Heart a fourth time this season: "I just hope I’m healthy for Sacred Heart so we can give them a good run. They’re big. Sister [Maria Pares] is going to make her adjustments. She’s a smart coach, she’s been doing it for ages."

On how far the team has come: "The kids just hung in there. We talked about where we came from and where we are. Our tallest starter is 5-10."

Nichols senior Siobhan Hanley

On playing Sacred Heart: "They’re always a tough team. They’re really aggressive. I feel like if we play like we did today, we play as a team, we’ll definitely have a shot."

Mount St. Mary coach Steve Gathers

On is team's offensive struggles: "I think the whole night we played timid. The plan was to attack the inside. We were making passes from NBA range instead of attacking and dumping off. They weren’t that deep. They didn’t have as many players after their five starters. The idea was to get them into foul trouble and we didn’t even get near it.

On Hanley's shooting: "We really weren’t expecting her to be the shooter, but they’re all good shooters. I figured in this gym it’s going to be even tougher to hit the big threes. But once you hit one or two and you’re a shooter that’s just the way it happens."

Nichols and Sacred Heart will play at 1 p.m. Sunday for the MMA title at Daemen College.

---Jay Skurski

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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.

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