We will have our live chat tonight after I run around to prequarterfinal basketball games.
There's no video start as Lauren Mariacher is off -- plus, I'm not exactly sure when I'll be back in the ofice to get things started. I'd guess around 9:30 or 9:45 p.m.
We'll open the chat window early so we can share updates of #preptalkscores on a fairly busy night of outbracket games that will set the field for Quarterfinal Friday.
Tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog (including mine). So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag.
Check out tonight's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the night for updated box scores and highlights.
As far as the chat goes, I promise I'll get to your question or comment -- but please be patient. It can get busy fielding all of the questions and I can only answer one at a time. And PLEASE don't enter your question/comment multiple times -- that only makes things more hectic.
Note: My apologies for my brainfart-caused errors regarding Albion and the A-2 bracket in today's paper. They have been fixed in the story online.
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Video from my Wednesday travels:
Emerson took the lead for good in the final minute on Trevon Tubbins' off-balance jumper.
Raytrel Finley hits the free throw and Deron Adams makes a big steal to help seal the game for the Steelers.
The post-game show:
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Our previous winter chats: Feb. 15 (starting with Ken West at Ken East), Feb. 8 (scorekeepers), Feb. 1 (twitter smh column & football signing day), Jan. 25 (pre-Canisius-Joe's), Jan. 18 (2012 video debut), Jan. 11 (2012 debut/Aquinas-Kearney viewing), Dec. 14 (from the MMA-ECIC Challenge), All-WNY football talk (Dec. 7 w/video); our first was Nov. 30 (live from the Pastor-Cooper Showcase tipoff).
The car show will be held at the East Amherst Fire Company, 9100 Transit Road, East Amherst, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with all proceeds going to the "Man Up" Memorial Award, Carly's Club and Make-A-Wish of Western New York.
There will be basket raffles, Chinese auction, 50/50 drawings, food and music.
The Western New York high school wrestling family got together for their annual reunion.
Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant in Blasdell served as the site of this gathering also known as the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Award dinner. The 15th annual event, which brought together 200, honored the best from the 2009-2010 wrestling season in the form of six awards and five college scholarships totaling $9,000.
Bob Koshinski of the Executive Committee made the case for the Class of 2010 being the most elite group in the award's history. The competition was so tough, two New York State Champions did not make the final list.
The winners combined for 836 career wins, 12 Section VI individual championships, nine place finishes at states and three state championships.
The distinguished group included: Ilio DiPaolo award: Dominic Montesanti, Medina Gary Castanza award: Kyle Colling, Pioneer Destroyer award: Angelo Malvestuto, Niagara-Wheatfield Bill Hein award: Joe Kalinka, Iroquois Cauiflower Alley Club: James Donner, Niagara-Wheatfield St. Francis football captain's award: Adam Pasnik
• Past winner of the Ilio DiPaolo scholarship, Kane Smith, was the guest speaker. The 2005 Salamanca graduate gave a polished delivery in which he talked about how revealing 6 minutes on a wrestling mat can be, and how the sacrifice, sweat and pain it takes to be a wrestler prepares you for everyday life.
• A DVD presentation prepared by the committee gave a look into the life of man who brought everyone together. The 1950s black and white footage showed DiPaolo in the ring displaying amazing athleticism for a man his size and he disposed of each opponent.
• Dennis DiPaolo, always a gracious host, did his best to recognize some of his guests: former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, former Buffalo Bills trainer Eddie Abramoski, retired Niagara-Wheatfield wrestling coach Ace Cacciatore, retired Roy-Hart/Newfane coach Dick Lange, Empire State Games local chairman Ralph Galanti, Preston Teague of the Buffalo Bills Community Relations department, Linda Knuutila of WNY Wrestling Review and his charming mother.
The lineup is set for the Niagara-Orleans League vs. Genesee Regional League Showcase, a great late-season event in its second year. Some nice matchups that make for great tuneups for the teams heading into the postseason.
Here's the schedule:
NIAGARA-ORLEANS VS. GENESEE REGION SHOWCASE at Genesee Community College Friday, Feb. 12
Akron vs V-Elba, 6:30 p.m.
Medina vs V-Alexander, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13
CSAT vs. V-Kendall, noon
Roy-Hart vs. V-Pembroke, 1:30 p.m.
Barker vs. V-Byron-Bergen, 3 p.m.
Newfane vs. V-Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.
Albion vs. V-Wheatland-Chili, 6 p.m.
Wilson vs. V-Oakfield-Alabama, 7:30 p.m.
Somewhat of a bummer is that private school Notre Dame of Batavia is not participating -- I'm not sure why; perhaps it was a scheduling issue. Batavia Notre Dame is the only Genesee Region school in the state rankings -- it is fifth in Class D, one spot behind Maple Grove..
Don't get me started on private schools being permitted to participate in Class D of the state's public school athletic association.
I had never visited Roy-Hart before -- it's always cool to visit the different schools of Western New York. You not only get a better feel for whatever story you're writing, it's always neat to see each school's unique characteristics -- including how they decorate their gym.
Here are some snapshots of the home of the Rams, including a huge banner that is a tribute to 1986 grad Lou Rosselli, who went on to become an 1996 U.S. Olympic wrestler.
I loved the Ram busting through the wall and the R-A-M-S lettering above the big windows in the gym. Great stuff.
It was such a homey environment for what seems to be quite the homey team -- the coach (Bill Holahan) has his daughter (Erin Holahan) as an assistant and a team he calls "the nicest 12 kids in the school." The players, while we're on the family angle, referred to themselves as sisters when I talked to them.
Below are some video excerpts from interviews I did last week at the Middleport school with senior captains Michelle Quackenbush and Caitlin Lewandowski as well as junior standout Bridget Shanahan.
Shanahan leads off by talking about the Rams' goals for the season ... (my apologies about this one -- for some reason my auto-everything video-taking phone auto focused at the wrong setting)
Next up is Quackenbush talking about how it is like to play with a Division I recruit like Shanahan ...
Then it's Lewandowski on how the team gets along so well ...
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.