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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 boys swimming: Jack Boyd, Canisius

By Keith McShea

Jack Boyd, Canisius (James P. McCoy)Not unlike the other winner from the pool, the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys swimming leaves a legacy not only in Western New York but at the state championship level.

Jack Boyd of Canisius, who will swim at Harvard next season, earned All-American status for the third straight year as he won his third straight state title in the 200-yard freestyle. 

He also set a Western New York record at the state meet in the 500 freestyle. He finished second to Pittsford’s PJ Ransford (4:21.06) in one of the greatest finals in state history (both swimmers were much faster than the previous state mark of 4:24.06).

Boyd won state titles in the 500 as a sophomore and junior. He also helped the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to sixth-place finishes at this year's state meet. 

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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 each day until the June 16 event. 

The list:

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Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls swimming: Dina Rommel, Clarence

By Keith McShea

Dina Rommel, Clarence (Harry Scull/Buffalo News)The Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls swimming was not just dominant at Western New York meets, she was dominant at the state championship meet -- for the second straight year. 

Dina Rommel of Clarence, who will swim at the University of Virginia next year, was the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the state championships. She won two individual events -- the 50-yard freestyle (Section VI record and All-American time of 23.13) and the 100 butterfly (55.77) -- while she also helped the 400 free relay (with fellow seniors Rebecca Anthone, Victoria Butler and Sydney Modeas) break Clarence’s own state record it set last year (3:28.72) with an All-American time of 3:26.98.

Her performance was a major reason that the Red Devils finished with a meet-best team total of 241 points (despite a disqualification in the 200 medley relay) and why Clarence girls swimming earned the top spot in our fall Power 10.

 

Last year Rommel also starred at the state meet, helping Clarence to the top of not only the fall 2012 final Power 10 but also the No. 1 Power 10 spot for the entire 2012-13 school year. She and the Clarence team appeared on PrepTalkTV last season.

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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 each day until the June 16 event. 

The list:

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PrepTalkTV (Jan. 16): All-American swimmers from Canisius

By Keith McShea

Canisius swimming coach Brian Spurlock and All-American swimmers Jack Boyd and Andrew Wotjowicz will join us at 7:30 for our first PrepTalkTV episode of 2014. The very accomplished Canisius swimming program topped my initial Power 10 for the winter season.

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. 

Canisius standout Boyd will swim at Harvard

By Keith McShea

Canisius senior Jack Boyd, who has won two state championships each of the last two years and is one of the top-ranked swimmers in the country, has committed to swim at Harvard University, according to SwimmingWorldMagazine.com.

Boyd, an All-American the last two years, is ranked 46th in the country by collegeswiming.com

Boyd won the 500- and 200-yard freestyle events at last year's state meet in All-America times. He also swam on the Crusaders’ 400 freestyle relay, which finished second to overall champion Fordham Prep. Canisius was third at the meet. 

As a sophomore, he also won state titles in those same events.

PrepTalkTV Weekly starred Cardinal O'Hara girls hoops; live chat talked seedings we're expecting

By Keith McShea

For this week's PrepTalkTV Weekly -- which you can see right here tonight at 9 -- we'll welcome a team fresh off one of the biggest wins in school history (and that's any sport). We'll have the Cardinal O'Hara girls team on one night after beating Sacred Heart in a battle of Western New York's No. 1s.

And yes, we said the team. Part of the reason that O'Hara is a great story -- besides its undefeated record -- is that there are just eight players on the team, so they'll all be on hand along with coach Dan McDermott. 

We'll have another loaded show of highlights from boys and girls hoops as well as hockey, wrestling and swimming -- including a couple of "[BN] The Locker Room" videos of coaches' pregame speeches. We'll also have more highlights in PrepTalkTV Rewind as well our weekly look at the boys basketball polls and a look ahead to this weekend and beyond.

As usual after PrepTalkTV Weekly, I'll have a live chat following the show.

Here's a rundown of the show:

0:00 -- Opening, discussion of McShea's Prep Talk column on Depew Boys & Girls Club
3:10 -- Interview with Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball team, including coach Dan McDermott, senior Leah McDonell and junior Keyonte Edwards
13:40 -- Clarence hockey's win over Frontier, featuring [BN] The Locker Room footage of coach Rick Brooks
18:30 -- Canisius boys swimming dominates St. Joe's to start strong weekend
21:45 -- Canisius boys basketball moves to No. 1 in The News poll and the state Class A poll; featuring [BN] The Locker Room with coach Kyle Husband from Friday's win at Timon
25:50 -- Look at this week's boys basketball polls
28:10 -- PrepTalkTV Rewind (St. Francis wrestling, Iroquois girls basketball, a special guest star on the Bucky & Sully show), followed by discussion of concussions in football and a mention of locals on National Signing Day
35:55 -- Discussion of this weekend's big championship wrestling meets
38:05 -- A look ahead to upcoming action from Thursday to Tuesday; closing.

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Clarence girls swimming state championship page in today's paper

The News' tribute to the state champions of the fall season continued today with a poster page devoted to the Clarence girls swimming team.

We have run poster pages on Orchard Park football (with the All-Western New York team on Dec. 3) as well as girls volleyball champions Eden (Dec. 26) and St. Mary's (Dec. 31).

You can purchase high-quality versions of the championship pages at buffalonewsstore.com.

There will also be a page devoted to the state cross country champions.

The Scholastic Spotlight page returns on Tuesday, as do the basketball polls.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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From state swim championships ...

 Sydney Modeas of Clarence on the pros and cons of having the state swim meet in your own backyard:

  "It would be fun to travel just to stay in a hotel with your team that kind of team-bonding stuff," she said. "It does help that you can sleep in your own bed and eat your own food. You're not tired or tight from long car rides. I feel both ways. If it was somewhere else, I'd enjoy it, but being here is fine too. I swim at this pool [ECC] so much it's kind of like my home pool kinda. I like that the walls are not slippery. It feels good. Water sometimes feels thick, but this is like the perfect texture." 

---Mary Jo Monnin

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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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