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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

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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 each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

#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):

Your #PrepTalkLive updates from sectional track championships & softball semifinals

After a terrible spring for weather, it is a great day for the Section VI track and field championships in Olean and the Section VI semifinals in softball -- where 10 games will determine five championship matchups.  The tennis state championships are also being held at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on another important day in Western New York high school sports. 

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 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:

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).

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South

By Keith McShea

John Hickey/Buffalo NewsThe name Devon Patterson doesn't just mean success in Western New York.

There are plenty of people nation-wide who know the name of the Williamsville South junior, who is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track.

Patterson, who will attend the University at Buffalo next year, was considered one of the best throwers of the shot put in the nation all indoor track season.

The Section VI champion and record holder finished third at the state meet (62 feet, 9-3/4 inches) and then went on to take second with a throw of 63 feet, 3-1/2 inches at the national New Balance Indoor Track High School Championships, earning All-American status (top six). 

That followed an outstanding junior year in which his throw of 59 feet, 4-3/4 inches put him sixth at the New Balance nationals following a state championship and Section VI crown. 

He has continued to put up big numbers during the spring season, setting the ECIC championships record in the shot (63-7) this past weekend, one week after establishing a record at the prestigious Carl Roesch meet (63 feet, 3-3/4).

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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:

#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 cross country: Sophia Tasselmyer, Starpoint/EA

By Keith McShea

Sophia Tasselmyer photo courtesy of tullyrunners.com.No matter where she is running, you can look for Sophia Tasselmyer at the head of the pack. 

Tasselmyer, a sophomore who ran the cross country season for Starpoint before transferring to East Aurora, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls cross country. 

Tasselmyer was the All-Western New York cross country girls Runner of the Year this fall. She was the Section VI Class B individual champion and the top Section VI girls finisher overall at the state championships. She was eighth (17:54.9) among the field of 472 at states, finishing second in Class B. She was fifth at states in Class B as a freshman.

A few weeks later, running with East Aurora's team, Tasselmyer finished fourth at the Nike New York Regional Championship to qualify for the Nike Nationals in Portland, Ore. She then earned All-American status by finishing 21st in the Championship Race with a career-best 17:59 over 3.1 miles. 

Running track for East Aurora this spring, she is currently holds the fastest times in the 1,500 (4:42.01) and 3,000 meters (10:05.24) heading into this weekend's Section VI championships. 

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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:

#PrepTalkLive from the Section VI boys lacrosse championships (OP, Hamburg, Akron win), plus your baseball & softball playoff updates

By Keith McShea

Hello from one of my favorite days on the high school sports calendar, the Section VI championship tripleheader at All High Stadium.

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 A showdown of Orchard Park and Clarence at 3:30, followed by the Class B final between Hamburg and Niagara-Wheatfield at 5 and the Class C final wrapping things up with Salamanca and Akron playing at 8. 

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on what is a very busy, very important day in Western New York high school sports. The Section VI quarterfinals in both baseball and softball are today, as are the Monsignor Martin Association semifinals in boys lacrosse. 

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 boys cross country: T.J. Hornberger, Lake Shore

By Keith McShea

T.J. Hornberger (courtesy ny.milesplit.com)While all of our Prep Talk Players of the Year have impressive resumes, it is hard to find an athlete who has been as synonymous with success in his sport as T.J. Hornberger of Lake Shore

Hornberger, a senior who is headed to Syracuse University, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys cross country.

He won four straight Section VI Class B championships. As a junior, he was second at the state meet, setting a Section VI record at Elma Meadows in doing so. This past fall, he capped off his senior high school season with a New York State Public High School Athletic Association title in Class B.

He was named the All-Western New York cross country boys Runner of the Year following his outstanding fall.

He is back on the track this spring, returning from some wear-and-tear issues to win the 800 and 1,600 at the Carl Roesch two weeks ago and at the ECICs in Jamestown this past weekend.

He owns the Section VI record in the 3,200 and school records in the 800 and 1,600 and will certainly be a runner to watch this coming weekend at the Section VI championships and the following weekend at the state meet. 

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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:

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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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