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#PrepTalkAwards section, web-style: PrepTalkTV interviews, bios, photos & more

By Keith McShea

Today's 24-page Prep Talk Awards special section has great information and photos on all of Monday night's honorees, and we've got more coverage here. 

* There are PHOTO GALLERIES from:

-- Monday's event featuring winner's photos with Andre Reed (they can be purchased here)

-- as well as photo galleries including feature shots of the Prep Talk Players of the Year

-- and shots of our All-Western New York basketball and football teams.

* Here's our TWEET-by-TWEET post from Monday night, featuring tons of great tweets from those at the event. 

* The BIOs of the Prep Talk Players of the Year in the special section were taken from here on the blog. Our Countdown to #PrepTalkAwards profiled every Prep Talk Player of the Year in a day-by-day feature on the blog that started with Brandon Galanti of Frontier (Prep Talk Soccer Player of the Year) and concluded with McKyla Brooks of Frontier (Prep Talk Girls Three-Sport Player of the Year) -- the post on Brooks includes links to all the previous bios.

* Below are PrepTalkTV VIDEO interviews with nearly all of the Prep Talk Players of the Year (some from the winter), as well as videos featuring the All-Western New York basketball and football teams:

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Prep Talk Player of the Year for softball: Katrina Buczkowski, Clarence

By Keith McShea

Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo NewsLast Wednesday, following Clarence's resounding Section VI Class AA championship victory over Williamsville North, senior pitcher Katrina Buczkowski was notified that she had been selected as the Prep Talk Player of the Year for softball.

Two days later, she pitched a perfect game to propel the Red Devils to the final four. 

Thanks for making us look good, Katrina. 

Buczkowski earned the distinction as our winner for an outstanding season -- not only in the circle, but at the plate -- for a Clarence team that was No. 1 in The News large school poll most of the season before rolling to the AA final. 

Buczkowski is 20-1 this season including an 11-1 mark in ECIC I. She is 38-4 for her career. Entering the final, she had averaged 10 strikeouts per game (176 total) and just one walk per game while she had an ERA of 1.64. 

At the plate, she had a .424 average heading into the AA final. She was second on the team with 28 hits; she was also second in RBIs and extra-base hits and first in doubles. Her hitting from the clean-up spot has been very clutch since many teams have walked Canisius College-bound Moriah Harris, who bats third. Harris has been walked more than 20 times this year, with more than 75 percent of them coming intentionally. 

Katrina -- who will attend Division I Ramapo College in N.J. -- and Clarence aren't done yet. The Red Devils participate in the state final four on Saturday at South Glens Falls.

She talked about her award, season and future plans in a recent visit to 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 every day -- until the big night.

The list thus far:

 

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Katrina Buczkowski's PERFECT GAME (with VIDEO of final out) pushes Clarence to softball final four with Will South, Eden

By Keith McShea

SANBORN -- It was the perfect way to finish off a perfect day for Section VI softball at Niagara-Wheatfield. 

Section VI went 3-0 against its counterparts from Section V (Rochester area) on Friday, with the most impressive performance coming in the finale of the Far West Regional tripleheader. 

Clarence senior Katrina Buczkowski threw her first career no-hitter to lead the Red Devils to a 5-0 victory over Brockport in the Class AA game. 

Buczkowski struck out 13 and did not allow a ball to leave the infield. She also added a key RBI single during the Red Devils' five-run fifth against Brockport senior Julia DiMartino, who this week was named the Gatorade New York State Player of the Year for softball and who beat Clarence in last year's regional. 

Clarence will be joined by Williamsville South and Eden at next Saturday's New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Moreau Recreational Park in South Glens Falls. 

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#PrepTalkLive from state track meet & Far West Regional softball (Clarence, Will South, Eden win)

By Keith McShea

It's another big day in high school sports. I'll be back at Niagara-Wheatfield for the Far West Regionals in softball starting at 4 p.m., Mary Jo Monnin and Taylor Nigrelli are at the state championships in track at Cicero-North Syracuse in the first of two days of action.

We'll have our own #PrepTalkLive updates in the blog below, but we, as always, are looking forward to yours. 

Contribute updates and keep track of others in the blog. The easiest way to do provide updates is to tweet scores and big plays 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.

VIDEO: Williamsville South softball walks off with Section VI Class A title

By Keith McShea

Here's the shot heard 'round Western New York softball Wednesday evening. 

Williamsville South, trailing 4-0 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, came back to beat Starpoint, 6-4, with a rally that was fantastically finished off by senior Brianna Clark's three-run walkoff homer. 

Here it is: 

Behind-the-scenes: After Starpoint got two outs in the bottom of the seventh, I moved from my scorer's table spot, where I was live blogging, to the other side of the backstop so I could get iPhone video of what I thought would be a celebration by the Spartans following the final out. I went on that side so that I'd have a better shot of players streaming out of the dugout. 

Well, that final out never happened. What an amazing finish to a championship game. I love my job. 

#PrepTalkLive from Section VI softball (Clarence, Will South, Eden win) & baseball (Albion, Fredonia win) championships

By Keith McShea

It's a pretty big Wednesday in high school sports. I'll be at the Section VI Class AA softball championships at Niagara-Wheatfield starting at 4 p.m., Mary Jo Monnin will be at the Class A baseball final at Lew-Port and correspondent Nick Veronica will be at the Class B baseball final at Jamestown. St. Joe's and Cardinal O'Hara also are playing for the right to advance to the Monsignor Martin Association's Georgetown Cup baseball championship series, while the Buffalo Public Schools' Cornell Cup holds its title game today.

We'll have our own #PrepTalkLive updates in the blog below, but we, as always, are looking forward to yours. 

Contribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog below. The easiest way to do provide updates is to tweet scores and big plays 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.

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.

Your #PrepTalkLive updates on a very busy, very sunny Monday

By Keith McShea

The good news is, it's sunny out in Western New York. 

The bad news is, it might be wet tomorrow. And the next day ... and the rest of this week. 

Weather forecasts are calling for rain for Tuesday through Friday, so high school sports fans need to enjoy today. The good news there is, there's plenty to enjoy. 

A very busy lineup includes the first baseball meeting between St. Joe's and Canisius (4:30 p.m. at St. Joe's) as well as a ton of baseball, softball and lacrosse. 

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.

As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

Ccontribute updates and keep track of others as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag. Those tweets will automatically appear below. 

We will set up blogs like this throughout the spring, especially on busy days -- we'll monitor some games with not only our own 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 and the winter -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

Depew softball's Wildcat Tournament moved to Sunday

By Keith McShea

UPDATE: The tournament was called off on Saturday afternoon. It will not be rescheduled.

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Depew softball's 17th annual Wildcat Tournament has been moved from Saturday to Sunday. Coach Dan Seelig announced the change today after consulting the weather forecast. 

The one-day event, which features two separate brackets of eight teams each at Walden Pond Park, is now scheduled to begin with games at 10:30 a.m.

Games are also scheduled for 12:15, 2 (loser's bracket games) and 3:45 p.m., with the championship games set for 5:30.

Last year's champions were Clarence and Hamburg (both of which went on to win sectional championships with Hamburg winning the Class A state title).

The complete schedule:

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2nd WNY Baseball/Softball Showcase in North Collins this weekend

By Keith McShea

The second annual Western New York Baseball/Softball Showcase will be held at North Collins this weekend. 

All players are underclassmen, and they compete on teams that are organized mostly by high school league. 

The event begins Saturday with the baseball side, with the ECIC taking on CCAA at 11 a.m., followed by the Monsignor Martin/Buffalo Public Schools vs. Niagara Frontier League/Niagara-Orleans League at 2 p.m., with the winners playing at 5 p.m. 

On Sunday, the same matchups occur in softball at noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m.

Here are the rosters for the event, supplied by event organizers:

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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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