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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" »

Prep Talk Girls Three-Sport Player of the Year: McKyla Brooks, Frontier

By Keith McShea

2BrooksOne of the best volleyball players in Western New York, and a multiple champion in track & field -- with some history thrown in. 

That's the resume of McKyla Brooks of Frontier. Her excellence during all three seasons led to her selection as the Prep Talk Girls Three-Sport Player of the Year. 

Brooks was a first-team All-Western New York selection in volleyball as an overwhelmingly dominant force at the net.

In indoor track, she won championships in the long jump and triple jump. In the outdoor season she won championships in the same events, including setting a Section VI record in the triple jump. 

Brooks, a junior, has already verbally committed to Stony Brook, which recruited her to participate in both sports.

She talked about her award, season and future plans in a recent visit to PrepTalkTV

* * *

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. 

* * * 

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:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Girls Three-Sport Player of the Year: McKyla Brooks, Frontier" »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls track & field: Jess Dhaliwall, Grand Island

(Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

By Keith McShea

This has been called the "Year of the Throwers" in Western New York track and field.

And Jess Dhaliwall of Grand Island is a major reason why.

Dhaliwall won the state championship in the discus last weekend, capping off an outstanding senior season and career that also includes her being named the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls track and field.

At the Section VI championships, Dhaliwall won the discus as well as the shot put, continuing a top-of-the-state rivalry with Lancaster's McKenzie Kuehlewind, the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track. 

Keuhlewind finished first in the shot put at the state outdoor meet, with Dhaliwall second. Dhaliwall won the Section VI indoor title in the shot put before also finishing second to Kuehlewind at the state indoor meet. 

As juniors, Dhaliwall won the Section VI outdoor title in the discus over Kuehlewind; Kuehlewind won the shot put over Dhaliwall.

Dhaliwall is one of several local throwers (along with Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track, Devon Patterson of Williamsville South) headed to the University at Buffalo next year.

Her planned roomate at UB? Kuehlewind. 

She talked about her award, season and future plans in a recent visit to PrepTalkTV

* * *

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. 

* * * 

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:

 

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls track & field: Jess Dhaliwall, Grand Island" »

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys track & field: Teddy Okon, Clarence

By Keith McShea

Photo from Twitter.His Twitter handle is @Ted_jumps. And he sure does. 

Teddy Okon of Clarence is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys track and field for being at the top of his game throughout his career. 

Okon won the Section VI high jump and finished fifth at the state meet after having the best mark in the state for much of the season. He also won the Division I triple jump.

In indoor track, he won the last two Section VI high jump championships. He was also a second-team All-ECIC selection in volleyball.

He owns the Clarence records in the high jump and triple jump and is headed to Binghamton on a scholarship.

He talked about his award, season and future plans in a recent visit to PrepTalkTV

* * *

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. 

* * * 

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:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys track & field: Teddy Okon, Clarence" »

#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.

Lake Shore's TJ Hornberger breaks 27-year-old Section VI record in 1,600

By Mary Jo Monnin

OLEAN - TJ Hornberger no longer has to remind himself what the Section VI record is in the 1,600 meters.

The mark now belongs to him.

For the past year, the Lake Shore senior has been writing the record time of 4:13.07 down on small pieces of paper and leaving them in places he would frequent during the course of his day, a notebook, his locker, rooms in his home … “I wrote it down like everywhere. I just wanted it so bad,” he said.

The motivation worked. On Saturday he put the race of his life together running a 4:12.77 to break the long-sought-after 27-year record set by Charlie Kern of Sweet Home in 1987.

“This was the best I felt all year because I was injured, so I’m so excited I could run this fast,” said Hornberger, who won by a gaudy 16 seconds. “I was going for 4:13 or faster. I saw my time (after the third lap) and I knew I could get there, so I just picked it up and went as fast as I could go.”

Fans sitting in the bleachers at Olean sensed they were witnessing history. They stood and cheered during Hornberger’s final 100 meters, an all-out sprint to the finish.

The two-day Section VI Track and Field Championships at Olean High School attracted athletes from 85 schools. 

More on the meet in Sunday's News.

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.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track: McKenzie Kuehlewind, Lancaster

By Keith McShea

KuehlewindMcKenzie Keuhlewind of Lancaster won the Section VI indoor track championship in the shot put as a sophomore and junior.

As a senior, she finished second.

But in her next meet, she went out and won the state title. 

Keuhlewind, who was Section VI's only state champion in indoor track this year, is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track.

Keulewind will attend the University at Buffalo next year.

She then finished 14th place nationally at the New Balance Indoor Track High School Championships in the shot put; she was also eighth in the weight throw. 

In the shot put, she battled senior Jesse Dhaliwall of Grand Island all season; Dhaliwall finished second at states after winning the Section VI title. 

Kuehlewind is also currently ranked first in Western New York in the shot put. The Section VI meet is this weekend. Kuelhewind has met the standard for the state championships, but she has to place at sectionals to completely earn the trip. 

* * *

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. 

* * * 

Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls indoor track: McKenzie Kuehlewind, Lancaster" »

PrepTalkTV (May 29): Prep Talk Awards honorees from Lancaster, Will South, Clarence

By Keith McShea

Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, our third of the spring, again tied in with today's edition of the Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards as we welcomed in today's spotlight Prep Talk Player of the Year -- and quite a few more honorees.

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track and field, Devon Patterson of Williamsville Southwho was featured on the blog today, appeared on the show with fellow Billie Haley Carroll, the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls bowling.

We also welcomed in field hockey Prep Talk Player of the Year Giovanna Fasanello of Clarence

Lancaster will have several honorees at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16, and four of them visited with us this week. 

Sarah Saba earned her ticket to the banquet at the downtown Hyatt as a member of this year's All-Western New York first team for girls basketball. 

There are currently three Prep Talk Players of the Year from Lancaster, all from the girls side, and they joined us for an interview together: Chelsea Dantonio (girls golf), Courtney Bondanza (girls gymnastics) and McKenzie Keuhlewind (girls indoor track and field).

Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South

By Keith McShea

John Hickey/Buffalo NewsThe name Devon Patterson doesn't just mean success in Western New York.

There are plenty of people nation-wide who know the name of the Williamsville South junior, who is the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track.

Patterson, who will attend the University at Buffalo next year, was considered one of the best throwers of the shot put in the nation all indoor track season.

The Section VI champion and record holder finished third at the state meet (62 feet, 9-3/4 inches) and then went on to take second with a throw of 63 feet, 3-1/2 inches at the national New Balance Indoor Track High School Championships, earning All-American status (top six). 

That followed an outstanding junior year in which his throw of 59 feet, 4-3/4 inches put him sixth at the New Balance nationals following a state championship and Section VI crown. 

He has continued to put up big numbers during the spring season, setting the ECIC championships record in the shot (63-7) this past weekend, one week after establishing a record at the prestigious Carl Roesch meet (63 feet, 3-3/4).

* * *

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. 

* * * 

Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the big night.

The list thus far:

Continue reading "Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South" »

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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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