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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:

Continue reading "#PrepTalkAwards section, web-style: PrepTalkTV interviews, bios, photos & more" »

#PrepTalkLive from the MLK Classic: Hutch-Tech beats St. Francis in OT; East routs Sweet Home; Canisius clobbers McKinley

By Keith McShea

This afternoon marks one of the highlights of the season with the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. It is again hosted by City Honors and includes some great boys basketball matchups, with the marquee game pitting last year’s co-No. 1 large school champions against each other when current No. 1 Canisius plays McKinley at 2 p.m. (which I wrote about in my Prep Talk column this week).

The event starts with Hutch-Tech and St. Francis at 11 a.m., followed by East against No. 9 large school Sweet Home at 12:30 p.m..

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 (our apologies for recent malfunctions on the page -- our team are working to remedy the situation).

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 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.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, 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.

Section VI football Media Day at The Ralph: AA & A interviews

By Keith McShea

If it is Tuesday before the Section VI football championship games at The Ralph, that means it is Media Day at The Ralph. 

I spent my time talking with the Class AA & A coaches, largely because it features two significant underdogs (who have succeeded in that role already in Frontier and Williamsville North) against two significant favorites: No. 1 large school Jamestown in AA and No. 3 Sweet Home in A.

Here's what they had to say Tuesday afternoon. 

Please excuse the wind-disturbed audio (and the leaf-blowers in the background -- The Ralph was getting spruced up at the time): 

The finals will be the subject of my Prep Talk column on Thursday. 

Mary Jo Monnin broke down all six games and has some terrific info as part of today's Scholastic Spotlight

We'll also have gameday capsules later this week. 

Video: Sweet Home shakes off slow start to rout McKinley

Sweet Home coach John Faller discusses the Panthers' completion of a 7-0 season, a 58-22 rout of McKinley. 

Week Seven Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Sweet Home, Ken West wrap up Section VI regular season with blowout wins

By Keith McShea

By the end of today, Week Seven Saturday, we'll have all of the Section VI playoff matchups set, we'll see if Sweet Home's streak will continue and we'll find out which team rules Kenmore-Tonawanda.

[UPDATE: Sweet Home wins, 58-22; Ken West wins, 42-0 and the Section VI playoff schedule is SET.] 

I'll be at Sweet Home for its showdown with fellow Class A divisional champion McKinley at 2 p.m. I'll have play-by-play along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with the hashtag #MCKvSH on #PrepTalkLive).

Another 2 p.m. game not too far away is that we'll keep an eye on is Kenmore East at Kenmore West at Crosby Field; the rivals enter the game with 4-2 records. Pioneer at Eden in B South and Bennett at Barker/Roy-Hart in B North will help clear up the playoff picture for good. 

Check out our exhaustive post that set up the Section VI playoff picture heading into the weekend, and our Section VI playoff schedule post that we'll update as soon as matchups become finalized.

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 Five Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Sweet Home wins 65th straight vs. WNY at GI; Kenmore West upsets Frontier

By Keith McShea

Week Four Saturday is a fairly limited lineup, but there are some nice matchups, including a Class A North top 10 large school showdown of undefeated teams as Sweet Home heads to Grand Island at 2 p.m. I'll have play-by-play along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with the hashtag #SHvGI).

Other 2 p.m. games we'll definitely be keeping an eye on: Frontier at Kenmore West in Class AA, Williamsville South at Williamsville East in Class A; St. Mary's at Canisius in Monsignor Martin Association action, and Lackawanna at Williamsville North in a nonleaguer. The day's last game has Eden at Olean in a game which may determine who will make the playoffs in Class B South.

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. 

PrepTalkTV Week Four kicks off a day early with Sweet Home & guest co-host Aaron Mansfield

By Keith McShea

Our fourth episode of PrepTalkTV is tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com). Yes, faithful viewers, we're on one day earlier this week due to the Bills playing on Thursday night. 

There is another great lineup of games this weekend, and again we've got some team members from one of those schools with us. Sweet Home coach John Faller and junior captain Brandon Smiley will be in to talk about their successful season (again) and their big game at Grand Island on Saturday afternoon. 

Our guest host is Aaron Mansfield, a graduate of Christian Central and current UB senior who is in his second year as editor in chief of The Spectrum, UB's student newspaper. Mansfield has also been an intern at The News for the last two summers and has contributed to our high school coverage here and there.  

We will be rotating guest hosts throughout the year, if you'd like to be part of the show, whether you are a college or high school student, let me know via kmcshea@buffnews.com or @KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter. 

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 in the live chat. Please be patient.

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A North

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The six-team division consists of the Grand Island Vikings, Kenmore East Bulldogs, Niagara-Wheatfield Falcons, North Tonawanda Lumberjacks, Starpoint Spartans and Sweet Home Panthers.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A North" »

The #preptalkpreseason tour continues: PrepTalkTV interviews from Sweet Home, Jamestown, Randolph, Fredonia and Springville

Buffalo News photographers Harry Scull and Mark Mulville logged some serious miles in the last 24 hours to bring you more training camp reports. 

Mulville toured the Southern Tier to check in with Randolph, Jamestown and Fredonia

Scull visited with Sweet Home and Springville

Check them out: 

Check back for more coach interviews and reports from high school football training camps, and watch more video reports at our video home page

#preptalkpreseason kicks off with start of practice: Visits with OP, Sweet Home & Canisius (with video)

Sweet Home goes through a drill to start its afternoon session. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
By Keith McShea

Welcome to the first day of the 2013-14 high school sports season. Today is the first day that fall season teams can practice throughout the state. For football teams, which have held workouts and passing leagues throughout the summer, the preparation begins today for Week One (Sept. 6-7).

At Canisius, a most notable transfer will not be on the field today. TJ Wheatley, the junior standout who I wrote about in Sunday's paper, is out with what the coaching staff is calling -- get ready hockey fans -- an "upper body injury." The team says it has not been authorized by Wheatley's family to disclose the specific injury. 

Wheatley is listed as day-to-day. The team is hopeful it will have him in the opening-night lineup at Rochester's McQuaid on Friday, Sept. 6.

Wheatley participated in passing leagues with Canisius this summer. Once the injury was diagnosed it was determined that it occurred back at the Sound Mind/Sound Body camp in Michigan in June, which was prior to the Wheatleys' decision to attend Canisius.

UPDATE: Wheatley has been CLEARED. 

Continue reading "#preptalkpreseason kicks off with start of practice: Visits with OP, Sweet Home & Canisius (with video)" »

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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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