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#PrepTalkLive from Championship Week Tuesday

It's Championship Week in boys basketball, and there is girls basketball playoffs today as well.

At Buffalo State, Championship Week continues with a tripleheader of games in Class B-2 (East vs. Health Sciences, 5:30 p.m.) and the B-1 semifinals of Fredonia vs. Tonawanda at 7 and Olean vs. Depew at 8:30 p.m. News Reporter Mary Jo Monnin is on hand for those.

Down at Jamestown Community College, the Class C-2 semifinals will take place. The girls tournament continues with semifinal and quarterfinal action. 

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates 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 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 hockey's Super Monday & the start of basketball's Championship Week

It's Championship Week in boys basketball, and it starts with the biggest day of the year in Western New York boys hockey.

Super Monday, where Miguel Rodriguez will be reporting from, will decide the champions of the Monsignor Martin Association's Niagara Cup (St. Joe's vs. Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 4 p.m.) as well as Section VI's Division II (small schools: Williamsville East vs. Kenmore East at 6:15) and Division I (large schools: Williamsville North vs. Niagara-Wheatfield at 8:30).

 

At Buffalo State, Championship Week starts with two major matchups, the Class AA semifinals. Williamsville North and Clarence play at 6 p.m. with Jamestown taking on Lockport at 7:45. Correspondent Nick Veronica is on hand for those. Down at Jamestown Community College, the Class C-1 semifinals will take place: Barker vs. Silver Creek and Middle Early College vs. Allegany-Limestone.

We'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via 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 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 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: Ultimate week, penultimate poll

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls, which are published in Tuesday's Scholastic Spotlight.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted. This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll.

Here are our previous blogs: last week (Feb. 18), Feb. 11Feb. 4Jan. 28Jan. 21, Jan. 14, Jan. 7; and our first ballot (there was no blog after the second poll as I was on vacation). Here's last year's final poll

This is the penultimate poll -- the last one before the final poll that is published as part of our All-Western New York basketball issue. We're publishing this a day earlier than we usually do (Tuesday) due to Monday's huge Section VI Class AA semifinals. 

Here's this week's ballot: 

#PrepTalkLive from club hockey's Super Sunday & Monsignor Martin girls hoops semifinals

As the postseason on, there are fewer events, but they are of great importance. Today is Super Sunday for club hockey, where correspondent Nick Veronica is on hand at First Niagara Center, while correspondent Erich Neuhaus is at the Monsignor Martin Class A girls basketball semifinals at Daemen College. 

We'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via 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 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 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 Manhattan Cup Quarterfinal Saturday: Timon survives (with VIDEO), St. Mary's surges in second half; Canisius, Nichols win big

By Keith McShea

From Quarterfinal Friday to Quarterfinal Saturday. 

One day after Section VI set its final fours for Championship Week, it's time for the Monsignor Martin Association to do the same with today's Manhattan Cup quarterfinals: Canisius hosts its game with Niagara Catholic at noon before Nichols and Park meet at 1:30; Bishop Timon-St. Jude hosts St. Francis at noon before St. Joe's and St. Mary's play at 1:30. 

Here's a rundown of what's in store from my Prep Talk column Wednesday. You can also watch News pollster Chad Andrews and I discuss the playoff brackets on PrepTalkTV.

While I'll be at one half of the four games, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from the others  via 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 postseason -- 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 day of the week -- in every season. 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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Here is Donte Williams' end-to-end rush to win the game for Timon, plus St. Francis' last chance.

And here's the postgame show:

Schedule for boys basketball's Championship Week

Note: Nightly schedules and results are available at our scoreboard page while live blogs will be posted (featuring #PrepTalkLive Twitter updates) throughout the postseason.

The original boys seedings and schedule is available here.

The original girls seedings and schedule is available here.

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We've kept the Selection Saturday breakdowns by PrepTalkTV here because most of what is discussed is relevant heading into the semifinals and finals.

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MANHATTAN CUP

Wednesday's semifinals at Canisius HS
4-Nichols at 1-Canisius, 6 p.m.
3-St. Mary's vs. 2-Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 7:30 p.m.

Final: Sunday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. (or 8 p.m.)

Note: If a Class B playoff is needed, it will be held at 6:30 and the Manhattan Cup final will be at 8. The furthest-advancing Class B team (now down to St. Mary's and Nichols) earns the league's Class B berth in the state playoffs. If they both lose in the semifinals, there will be a playoff.

CLASS AA BOYS

Semifinals: Monday, Feb. 24 at Buffalo State
3-Clarence (15-3) vs. 2-Williamsville North (14-4), 6 p.m.
4-Lockport (15-3) vs. 1-Jamestown (14-4), 7:45 p.m.

Final: Saturday, March 1, 8:15 p.m.

CLASS A-1 BOYS

#PrepTalkLive from Quarterfinal Friday (with VIDEO interviews with Williamsville North)

By Keith McShea

Happy Quarterfinal Friday. 

It's one of the biggest -- and busiest -- days on the high school sports calendar as 32 boys basketball games determine the Section VI final four participants in eight classes. Here's a rundown of what's in store tonight from my Prep Talk column Wednesday. You can also watch News pollster Chad Andrews and I discuss the playoff brackets on PrepTalkTV.

I'm headed to Williamsville North to see the No. 3 large school Spartans take on Niagara Falls in Class AA.

We'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these games via Twitter. Reliable tweeters (like @centercourt42) will be at Kenmore West for the game with Lockport and I know many others will be at all the other games. 

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 postseason -- 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 day of the week -- in every season. 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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PrepTalkTV welcomed No. 1 Cardinal O'Hara girls & we monitored #PrepTalkLive girls playoff action

By Keith McShea

The Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball team has been atop the large school poll all season long, and seniors Keyonte Edwards, Jontay Walton and Kelsey McCarthy will be our guests on PrepTalkTV tonight at 7:30. 

We'll also take a look at the basketball polls and the top upcoming games.  

You can watch the show live here or at the BuffaloNews.com home page. After the show the complete broadcast segments will be posted here.

The live show will be again be followed shortly thereafter by a live chat in which we'll monitor tonight's action through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter. As always, we'll discuss anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it.

Please be patient in the chat. I promise I'll get to all questions. 

#PrepTalkLive from Section VI Div. II final four hockey & boys hoops prequarterfinals

By Keith McShea

It's again a major day in hockey as Miguel Rodriguez will be at the Section VI Division II final four featuring Williamsville East and North Tonawanda at 6 and Hamburg and Kenmore East at 8:30 at the Northtown Center at Amherst. Winners advance to Super Monday's Division II (small school) final at First Niagara Center.

It's also Prequarterfinal Wednesday for the Section VI boys basketball tournament -- doesn't have the importance of Quarterfinal Friday of course, but these high-seeded teams are playing to keep their season alive.

We'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these games, or other contests today (the Section VI basketball tournaments tip off and the Monsignor Martin boys basketball regular season closes out today), via 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.

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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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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