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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. 

National Signing Day: Canisius' Ollison, Touris make it official; Jamestown QB Sisson to Div. II Edinboro

By Keith McShea

As is usualy the case in Western New York, National Signing Day is one of important ceremonies, albeit without a lot of drama, certainly not the type of suspense that will be playing itself out on ESPN throughout the day as top recruits unveil their major college destinations.

The top local recruit, two-time first-team All-Western New York running back Qadree Ollison of Canisius, made is verbal committment to Pittsburgh early during the Crusaders' football season and the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder will make it official with a signing today. 

Western New York's only other Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) signing is Ollison's Canisius teammate Augie Touris, who verbally committed to the University of Texas-El Paso last month. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound lineman will also make it official today during a ceremony at the school. 

St. Joe's senior Tyler Hill has committed to attend Cincinnati and accept a preferred walkon position, but he technically is not signing a letter of intent today. The 6-3, 245-pound Hill was a uber-versatile standout for the Maurauders who earned first-team All-Western New York honors and whose long-snapping abilities made him attractive to colleges.

Also part of Canisius' signing day are a pair of Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) players. Defensive back Ryan Richards, a 6-2, 205-pound second-team All-WNY pick, will commit to Robert Morris; first-team All-WNY selection Mike Sharpe (6-1, 200) announced today he was accepting a preferred walk-on spot with Furman (S.C.).

Joining Richards in signing with Robert Morris this morning -- according to Depew coach Brian Wilson -- was Wildcats lineman Mike Lamb (6-7, 327), a second-team All-WNY pick.

At Alden, senior and first-team All-WNY selection Phil Zobrest, a 6-5, 227-pound defensive end, will sign today with Holy Cross. 

There was some significant news today out of Jamestown as record-setting senior quarterback Jake Sisson, The Buffalo News Player of the Year and the winner of the Connolly Cup as Western New York's most outstanding football player, will sign with Division II Edinboro (Pa.).

The 6-foot, 180-pound Sisson set Western New York records for passing yards in a game and season; he also set the Section VI championship game passing mark as the Red Raiders won the Class AA title.

Another Division II signing has All-WNY second team lineman Steven Stauss (6-5, 300) of Albion headed to Mercyhurst (Pa.).

First-team All-WNY defensive back/wide receiver Dylan Dussault (6-4, 193) of Alden will sign with Division II Walsh (Ohio).

Below are some other recent or upcoming local college signings from various sports: 

Continue reading "National Signing Day: Canisius' Ollison, Touris make it official; Jamestown QB Sisson to Div. II Edinboro" »

#PrepTalkLive from Canisius College: Canisius routs St. Joe's, 73-51

By Keith McShea

Canisius put forth a balanced effort, right from the start, to rout rival St. Joe's Saturday afternoon before a near-capacity crowd of about 2,000 at Canisius College's Koessler Athletic Center.

The Crusaders, ranked first in The Buffalo News large school poll, took a 20-7 lead after one quarter and were up, 40-19, at halftime. Canisius' lead rarely dipped below 20 in the second half as it improved to 9-1 and 4-0 in the Monsignor Martin Association.

Stafford Trueheart, a 6-5 sophomore, had a triple-double with 12 points -- including a pair of thunderous two-handed jams in the first half -- along with 13 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Sophomore Howard Washington had 13 points and seven assists while senior Josh Huffman contributed 13 points and eight steals off the bench. Senior Ryan Richards scored 11 while he, Trueheart and junior TJ Wheatley all also had big blocks on the defensive end in the first half.

St. Joe's (6-6), the No. 3 large school, was led by senior Justin Hollins (17 points, four three-pointers) and sophomore Justin Jones (10).

Click here for the box score as well as today's full scoreboard.

Check back to buffalonews.com and the Prep Talk blog for a video report on the game later today as well as a story published Sunday.

Review the play-by-play from the game in the live blog below.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog  -- 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 big, 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. As it was throughout the football season, the #preptalklive blog (and hashtag on Twitter) is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.

 

Continue reading "#PrepTalkLive from Canisius College: Canisius routs St. Joe's, 73-51" »

Video: Canisius shuts out rival St. Joe's, 21-0

Coach Rich Robbins and senior Qadree Ollison discuss how Canisius closed out a 5-0 Monsignor Martin Association regular season with a dominant defensive performance and a 21-0 shutout of rival St. Joe's.

Week Four Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Big day as Aquinas wins at St. Joe's, Burgard pounds Medina

By Keith McShea

Week Four Saturday has a ton going on, including a matchup of the No. 1 team in the state Class AA poll, Aquinas, visiting the No. 1 team in The Buffalo News large school poll, St. Joe's, at 1 p.m. I'll have play-by-play along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with the hashtag #AQvSTJ).

I'm planning on heading to Robert E. Rich All High Stadium afterwards for the big top 10 small schools matchup of Medina against Burgard at 4 p.m. (#MEDvBURG). 

Other games we'll definitely be keeping an eye on: Kenmore East at Grand Island at 2 in a big A North matchup of 3-0 teams; Orchard Park hosts Williamsville South at 1 p.m. in a nonleaguer/

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). 

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

Week Two Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Alden wins late at Eden (with VIDEO); large crowd watches St. Joe's win big at Clarence

By Keith McShea

Week Two Saturday makes for a long day, but it's worth it as I'll get to see two games. I'm starting at a top 10 small school battle as No. 1 Alden heads to No. 9 Eden at 2 p.m., while St. Joe's is at Clarence at 7 p.m. I'll have play-by-play from those games along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with hashtags #ALDvEDEN & #STJvCLAR).

We'll also have a News photojournalist at Cheektowaga at Bennett (#CHKvBEN), a 2 p.m. start at All High Stadium.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). You can also tweet updates at @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN.

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

Video from Alden's thrilling 22-15 win at Eden

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We'll be back next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

PrepTalkTV kicks off its season with St. Joe's football & our first guest host

By Keith McShea

Welcome to another season of PrepTalkTV. We're getting started tonight (here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com) and we'll continue to come at you weekly on Thursdays at 7:30.

That will put is in a great spot to talk about the upcoming weekend of high school football. Each week we'll be joined by a guest, and we're starting off with St. Joe's coach Dennis Gilbert and senior standout Nigel Davis. The Marauders had an outstanding win over Long Island power St. Anthony's to start the season, and they play at Clarence in a fine public-private matchup at 7 p.m. Saturday.

We'll also have our first guest host of the season with Springville grad and current Buffalo State freshman Dave DeLuca, who has had a hand in covering high school football the last few seasons.

We will be rotating guest hosts throughout the year, and we're still accepting applications from current high school students.

After the show, we'll conduct a live chat here on the blog. As always, anything in the world of high school sports, or our coverage of it, is up for discussion.  

As always, I will try to get to every question. Please be patient.

Week One Saturday on #PrepTalkLive: St. Joe's knocks off L.I. power St. Anthony's (with video interviews)

By Keith McShea

After an eventful opening night (check out our four videos here on the blog & last night's #preptalklive blog debut), we're back again for Saturday afternoon to see how the rest of Western New York high school football opens the 2013 campaign.

I'll have live play-by-play updates in the blog below, and I'll have scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter. We'll also have staffers at other games (here are some other top games today). The day kicks off with Nichols hosting Cardinal O'Hara at noon.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). You can also certainly still tweet any updates at @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN as well.

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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Chest tap (my bad) on the Davis interview video being fuzzy. One of some major gaffes for me today, video-wise.

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We'll be back with more #PrepTalkLive coverage next weekend.

Until then, we'll have the season's first polls in Tuesday's paper, as well as my "How The News voted" blog post here. The first Power 10 and Prep Talk column will be Wednesday or Thursday. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, it's the debut of PrepTalkTV. And then we'll be at it all over again. :-) 

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Monsignor Martin Association

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The six-team league includes the Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers, Canisius Crusaders, Cardinal O'Hara Hawks, St. Francis Red Raiders, St. Joe's Marauders and St. Mary's Lancers. The Nichols Vikings, who compete in the Monsignor Martin Association in most other sports, are an independent in football.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: Monsignor Martin Association" »

Today's Georgetown Cup opener moved to St. Joe's at 4:30

By Keith McShea

The Georgetown Cup opener between St. Joe's and Canisius, pushed back from Tuesday due to rain, will be played today at 4:30 p.m. at St Joe's because Coca-Cola Field is unplayable. 

Thursday's Game Two is scheduled for Coca-Cola Field at 4. 

A potential series-deciding Game Three in the Monsignor Martin Association's baseball championship is now scheduled for Saturday at 3 at Coca-Cola Field. 

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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 | [email protected]

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