PrepTalkTV and News reporter Keith McShea spent time with 11 Prep Talk Players of the Year Thursday as we close in on the completion of our countdown to our Prep Talk Awards Monday night at the Hyatt.
First segment: Softball winner Katrina Buczkowski of Clarence and boys three-sport winner Charlie Sobieraski of Lockport:
Second segment: Frontier's Chad Mee (boys bowling) and McKyla Brooks (girls three-sport) and baseball's Dave "Bubba" Hollins of Orchard Park.
Third segment: Clarence's Teddy Okon, the boys track & field Player of the Year.
Fourth segment: The hockey/lacrosse edition with Julianna Iafallo of Nichols (girls hockey), Connor Fields of Bishop Timon-St. Jude (boys hockey and boys lacrosse) and Allie Stewart of Lancaster (girls lacrosse).
Fifth segment: Girls track & field/cross country edition with Sophia Tasselmyer of East Aurora (girls cross country) and Jess Dhaliwall of Grand Island (girls track and field).
Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, our fourth of the spring, again tied in with our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards (our inaugural event is June 16) as we welcomed in seven different Prep Talk Players of the Year.
Our first segment featured Prep Talk Players of the Year Carlee Conway of Sacred Heart (girls tennis) and Noah Roberson of Williamsville South (boys gymnastics).
Our middle segment saw three major college-bound athletes who were among the best in (and on) the water: Prep Talk Players of the Year Dina Rommel of Clarence (girls swimming), Joseph Ebner of Canisius (boys rowing) and Ashley Johnson (girls rowing) of Clarence, who rows for West Side Rowing Club. Rommel will swim at Virginia while Ebner is headed to Penn and Johnson will row at Syracuse.
Our final segment had two Prep Talk Players of the Year from Orchard Park: State rifle champion Rhianna Lichtenthal and Section VI boys golf champion Adam Patronik.
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.
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.
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).
In our second segment of our first episode of the spring, colleague Miguel Rodriguez joined me to talk about the move of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament from downtown Buffalo to Darien Lake amusement park. We also talked about the season's first Power 10, looked back at the winter's top team and more.
Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, featuring News pollster Chad "Centercourt" Andrews, will dissect the All-Western New York boys basketball team.
In tonight's 7:30 p.m. chat, we'll take any and all questions on the boys and girls teams while we monitor the #PrepTalkLive updates. I'll also post some All-WNY related tweets that have went out over the last few days.
You can watch the show live here or at the BuffaloNews.com video home page. Here it is, segment by segment:
A special PrepTalkTV episode announces this year's All-Western New York first teams in boys and girls basketball. At the conclusion of the show, there are player interviews as they reflect on their season (or career) and who has helped them along the way.
The player interviews are also available here:
The entire team will be published with Saturday's All-Western New York issue, which features the Players of the Year, the final News polls, league all-star teams and a special wraparound cover.
Hello from the Times Union Center for the third of three days of basketball for Monsignor Martin Association girls teams -- and the final day of the high school basketball season in New York State -- at the Federation Tournament of Champions.
As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive contributions from these contests via Twitter.
Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.
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 set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on 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 season, 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.
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.