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Watch PrepTalkTV on All-WNY basketball; plus live chat & your #preptalklive updates

By Keith McShea

Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, featuring News pollster Chad "Centercourt" Andrews, will dissect the All-Western New York boys basketball team.

In tonight's 7:30 p.m. chat, we'll take any and all questions on the boys and girls teams while we monitor the #PrepTalkLive updates. I'll also post some All-WNY related tweets that have went out over the last few days.

You can watch the show live here or at the BuffaloNews.com video home page. Here it is, segment by segment:

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PrepTalkTV announces the 2014 All-Western New York basketball first teams

A special PrepTalkTV episode announces this year's All-Western New York first teams in boys and girls basketball. At the conclusion of the show, there are player interviews as they reflect on their season (or career) and who has helped them along the way.

The player interviews are also available here:

The entire team will be published with Saturday's All-Western New York issue, which features the Players of the Year, the final News polls, league all-star teams and a special wraparound cover.

Read the boys basketball brackets & watch PrepTalkTV break them down

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 girls seedings and schedule is available here.

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MANHATTAN CUP

Thursday's play-in game
Cardinal O'Hara vs. Niagara Catholic at St. Joe's, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday's quarterfinals
At Canisius H.S.
O'Hara/NC at 1-Canisius, noon
5-Nichols vs. 4-Park, 1:30 p.m.
At Bishop Timon-St. Jude
7-St. Francis at 2-Bishop Timon-St. Jude, noon
6-St. Joe's vs. 3-St. Mary's, 1:30 p.m.

Semifinals: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 & 7:30 p.m. at top seed

Final: Sunday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. (If a Class B playoff is needed, it will be held at 6:30 and the Manhattan Cup final will be at 8).

CLASS AA BOYS

Wednesday's prequarterfinals, 7 p.m.
9-West Seneca West (7-9) at 8-Frontier (5-11)
10-Orchard Park (2-14) at 7-Niagara Falls (6-11)
11-Niagara-Wheatfield (2-16) at 6-Lancaster (11-6)

Friday's quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
Frontier/WSW at 1-Jamestown (13-4)
5-Lockport (14-3) at 4-Kenmore West (14-3)
N-W/Lancaster at 3-Clarence (14-3)
OP/NF at 2-Williamsville North (13-4)

Semifinals: Monday, Feb. 24, 6 & (bottom half of bracket); 7:45 p.m. (top half) at Buffalo State

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

CLASS A-1 BOYS

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PrepTalkTV: St. Joe's & Canisius hockey visit before their back-to-back showdowns

By Keith McShea

St. Joe's and Canisius have been part of the upper half of Western New York Varsity Federation Hockey's tough Division I all season, and they've got not one but two big games coming up with each other, and they'll be on PrepTalkTV tonight at 7:30 to talk about it.

The teams play their regular season finale on Sunday, and they are paired up also for the first round of the playoffs. St. Joe's coach Rich Crozier will be on along with seniors Paul LoVullo and Nick Zenger.

Canisius seniors Zach Grace & Quinn Beiter will join us along with interim coach Jason Bridge. Bridge replaces Gene Naab, who was removed as coach today; Canisius AD Jim Mauro did not comment on the reasons for Naab's dismissal.

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. 

PrepTalkTV: Canisius-Jamestown football & more

By Keith McShea

The week's weather difficulties bumped our original guests from tonight's PrepTalkTV show, but we've got plenty to talk about with yesterday's news that Canisius and Jamestown will play a regular season nonleague football game in Week Four of the 2014 season.

News Sports Clerk and contributor Nick Veronica will join me for the show at 7:30 p.m. as we talk some football, the basketball polls as well as what's coming up this weekend and beyond. 

The Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball team was to be guests on the show, but they had a postponed game from Wednesday moved to today. We hope to have them on in the future.

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 discuss anything about Western New York high school sports, or our coverage of it.

We'll also monitor tonight's action -- including Federation hockey game between Canisius and Bishop Timon-St. Jude -- through the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter.

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

PrepTalkTV: Cheektowaga wrestling standout Rodriguez-Spencer & an old friend co-hosts

By Keith McShea

Cheektowaga senior wrestler Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, an All-American and state champion who is headed to Iowa State, will join us on PrepTalkTV tonight along with his coach Matt Haberl, and a special guest co-host appearance by former News reporter Lauren Burroughs (you'll remember her last name as Mariacher in her PrepTalkTV days). We'll get started at 7:30.

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 -- including the 9 p.m. Federation hockey game between Williamsville North and St. Joe's -- 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. 

Canisius basketball on PrepTalkTV; live chat included big St. Joe's hockey win & your #preptalkscores

By Keith McShea

Canisius basketball players Howard Washington, Ryan Richards and LaTerrance Reed will be our guests on the final PrepTalkTV episode of 2013. The show is tonight at 7:30 and can be watched right here. 

Canisius was supposed to be on last week's show, but we had to cancel due to snowstorm.

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The final live chat of the calendar year will follow at about 8:15, as we'll discuss anything in the world of high school sports while keeping an eye on basketball and hockey action via #PrepTalkLive. 

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

Live chat (Dec. 12): All-Western New York football review & feedback

By Keith McShea

UPDATE (7:15 p.m.): Due to the traffic nightmare near One News Plaza caused by the snowstorm and a concert whose name rhymes with "Christmas Rash," PrepTalkTV is cancelled tonight.

But the live chat will go on.

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Tonight's episode of PrepTalkTV welcomes in one season while closing the book on another. 

We will welcome Canisius basketball coach Kyle Husband along with sophomore Howard Washington and lone returning starter Ryan Richards for our 7:30 p.m. episode. 

We'll talk a little football with Richards in the latter half of the program, as we transition into our yearly live chat (around 8:15) to discuss feedback of the All-Western New York football team. We'll be taking your questions in the chat, while I'll pipe in various tweets that have been directed my way (or discuss the All-WNY team in general).

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

PrepTalkTV reviews MMA final, state semis, looks ahead to A & D state championships

Trench Trophy finalists unveiled on PrepTalkTV

By Keith McShea

UPDATE: The finalists for this year's Trench Trophy, as unveiled on PrepTalkTV this afternoon: 

Jerimiah Bill, Hamburg
Ryan Byrne, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 
Tommy Doctor, Grand Island
Dawson Hillis, Orchard Park
Mike Lamb, Depew
Steven MacIllwain, Cleveland Hill
Ryan Merlau, Pioneer
Cody Oldro, Randolph
Kevon Perry, Burgard
Steven Stauss, Albion
Phil Zobrest, Alden

Note: Our utmost apologies. The first half of the show, which included the first six candidates on the list above, was not recorded due to technical difficulties.

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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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