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#PrepTalkLive from Championship Friday: Middle Early College, Randolph, Sherman win titles

By Keith McShea

Championship Week continues in boys basketball today and I'll be at Jamestown Community College for three games in what is usually a fantastic environment: Class D final at 5:30 p.m. (Sherman vs. Panama); C-2 final at 7 (Randolph vs. Maple Grove) and C-1 final at 8:30 (Middle Early College vs. Silver Creek).

The girls tournament also continues with the AA semifinals at Kenmore West. 

There is also some key action going on throughout the state as it is the first day of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in wrestling (at Albany's Times-Union Center) and boys swimming (at the Webster Aquatic Center).

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of tonight'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.

PrepTalkTV: Cheektowaga wrestling standout Rodriguez-Spencer & an old friend co-hosts

By Keith McShea

Cheektowaga senior wrestler Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, an All-American and state champion who is headed to Iowa State, will join us on PrepTalkTV tonight along with his coach Matt Haberl, and a special guest co-host appearance by former News reporter Lauren Burroughs (you'll remember her last name as Mariacher in her PrepTalkTV days). We'll get started at 7:30.

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 -- including the 9 p.m. Federation hockey game between Williamsville North and St. Joe's -- 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. 

Cheektowaga's Rodriguez-Spencer & the 'Flying Squirrel'

By Keith McShea and Lauren Mariacher

Today's Prep Talk feature story takes a look at outstanding Cheektowaga wrestler Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer and the move known as the "Flying Squirrel" that he pulled off to win a National High School Coaches Association wrestling championship last month at Virginia Beach.

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Below, watch Rodriguez-Spencer's match-winning move against Alfred Bannister of Maryland, who entered the match the country's fifth-ranked junior at 138 pounds. Rodriguez-Spencer, who moved up from his state championship weight of 132, was trailing before the forward-flip move with 10 seconds left helped him to a 4-3 victory.

The move earned him a national Junior Class (11th graders) title as well as the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the juniors' meet. 

Check it out here in video uploaded by allsportswny:

Continue reading "Cheektowaga's Rodriguez-Spencer & the 'Flying Squirrel'" »

Watch Rodriguez-Spencer go 'Flying Squirrel' to national title

By Keith McShea

I ran out of room way too quickly in Wednesday's PrepTalk -- I was only able to mention what happened: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer of Cheektowaga won a national title at the National High School Coaches Association wrestling championships at Virginia Beach. That is major enough, but it was how he did it. 

Watch Rodriguez-Spencer's "flying squirrel" move to beat Alfred Bannister of Maryland, the country's fifth-ranked junior at 138 pounds, by a 4-3 score. Rodriguez-Spencer, who moved up from his state championship weight of 132, was trailing before the forward-flip move with 10 seconds left.  

The move earned him a national Junior Class (11th graders) title as well as the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the juniors' meet. 

Check it out here in video uploaded by allsportswny:

Continue reading "Watch Rodriguez-Spencer go 'Flying Squirrel' to national title" »

Video: PrepTalk TV highlights of EVERY Section VI wrestling champion

We put together some highlights from the Section VI Wrestling Championships that were held at the University at Buffalo Sunday. Every Section VI Champ (large and small schools) is represented in video:

 

Blow to Olympic wrestling hurts youth levels

By Lauren Mariacher

Tuesday was a sad day for a lot of people in the sports world. My Twitter feed was jammed with emotional tweets from wrestlers and wrestling fans fired up over the International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games.

My first reaction was not concern for the Olympics, or Olympic wrestlers. It was for kids. It was for high school wrestlers like the ones Keith McShea and I covered this weekend during the state qualifier meet at the University at Buffalo.

That is because in wrestling, it is not adults who drive the sport. It is the kids -- kids with dreams. Young wrestlers can’t dream like young football or basketball players can. There are no “professional wrestlers,” unless you’re talking about the fake stuff. When it comes to real competition on a mat, there are very few bright lights and big money contracts. So what do these kids dream of if not being a pro athlete?

Olympic medals.

Penn State senior wrestler David Taylor tweeted his reaction Tuesday: 

 

In wrestling, there is no bigger dream. The only thing better than an Olympic gold medal is two Olympic gold medals, but no Olympic medals? That is a hard concept to grasp for the wrestling community.

Continue reading "Blow to Olympic wrestling hurts youth levels" »

Live from the Section VI Wrestling Championships & PrepTalkTV video

By Keith McShea

Hello from the University at Buffalo and the Section VI Wrestling Championships -- great to have both Division I and II in one spot so we can bring you all of the action. Our head might be spinning a little, but we'll do our best with the live blog. 

I'll have match-by-match updates in the live blog below and I'll also be providing #preptalkscores updates on Twitter (those will also appear in the blog). 

Your tweets with the hashtag #preptalkscores are welcome -- they will appear in the live blog as well. Every night, scoring update tweets (in any sport) are welcome to those on Twitter -- just use the #preptalkscores hashtag.  

Check our scoreboard page for a complete schedule of tonight's action; the scoreboard will be updated as we receive game reports throughout the evening.

Here are the championship bouts:

Continue reading "Live from the Section VI Wrestling Championships & PrepTalkTV video" »

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.

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

PrepTalkTV Weekly (Jan. 30): Niagara Falls boys basketball visits, tons of wrestling, miked-up hoops coaches & more

Keith & Lauren welcome guests from Niagara Falls boys basketball and look back at the week in high school sports.

0:00 -- Opening, discussion of McShea's Prep Talk column on Oracle Charter.
3:40 -- Interview with Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino and seniors J.J. Wilkins and Jermaine Crumpton
16:25 -- Wrestling (Clarence, Wednesday's matches, Mariacher's blog on the 'Pit' at Iroquois
27:20 -- Sacred Heart girls basketball (including coach Sister Maria Pares' pregame speech & a flashback to the Sharks' PTTV visit last week)
33:25 -- Amherst boys basketball (including coach Chris Kensy's postgame speech after the Tigers first win in Maryvale in 10 years, one that came over Maryvale coach Mark Kensy, Chris' dad)
37:45 -- Look at this week's boys basketball polls
39:10 -- PrepTalkTV Rewind (St. Joe's basketball, Lockport girls basketball coach Bill Shaw's halftime speech, Tonawanda girls basketball, Mount Mercy's "Mercy's Heroes")
43:15 -- A look ahead at ton of action from Thursday to Tuesday; closing.

Video: St. Francis 45, St. Joe's 30 (wrestling)

Wrestling: St. Francis 45, St. Joe's 30

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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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