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By Keith McShea » Wednesday, September 17, 2014

By Keith McShea The New York State Sportswriters Association released its first football polls of the season today, and they are quite notable for Western New York football fans. (That main link goes to the Class AA & A polls and that page includes a link to Classes B, C and… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, September 15, 2014

The quest for perfection continues. My ballot for the football rankings, as expected, did not totally match the Week Two poll unveiled in today’s editions. One thing I and pretty much the rest of the voters see eye-to-eye on though is Canisius, Jamestown and Orchard Park are the top three… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wow, what a day of football. I know I’m a little tired but here is some of the postgame audio from Canisius’ 34-0 win over Aquinas. Here are interviews with Aquinas coach Chris Battaglia, Canisius quarterback Jakob Loucks and Canisius coach Rich Robbins. It was a little windy at the… Read more »

Saturday, September 13, 2014

With most high school football games being played under Friday night lights, the Friday lineups are usually more compelling than those on Saturdays. Not this week. Week Two Saturday’s #PrepTalkLive coverage includes these four great matchups today: Aquinas at Canisius (1 p.m.), Clarence at St. Joe’s (1 p.m.), Orchard Park at Kenmore West (2 p.m.) and South Park at St. Francis (7 p.m.). Miguel Rodriguez will be at Canisius’ Stransky Complex… Read more »

Friday, September 12, 2014

Week Two of #PrepTalkLive kicks off tonight in what should be another eventful weekend of high school football. Miguel Rodriguez and photojournalist James P. McCoy will be at McKinley at Hamburg at 7 p.m. while photojournalist Mark Mulville will be at Burgard at Fredonia at 7:30. We will also have correspondents at the… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, September 8, 2014

Drum roll, please. The moment you’ve been waiting for, I’m sure. Here is how the News voted this week. Let the debate begin (debate is always good) as my large schools ballot read: 1. Canisius: Based on last year’s co-No. 1 status, the Crusaders came out and quickly throttled the… Read more »

Saturday, September 6, 2014

High school football is back and we’re #PrepTalkLive on a Saturday that is a lot busier than originally scheduled. Miguel Rodriguez will be at the tremendous matchup of Jamestown at Sweet Home at 2 p.m. Several games were not completed Friday night due to lightning delays that became delays from Friday night… Read more »

By Keith McShea » Friday, September 5, 2014

High school football is back. And so is #PrepTalkLive. There is plenty to keep an eye on tonight as the 2014 season kicks off. Miguel Rodriguez and photojournalist Harry S cull Jr. will be at the season opener for Westfield/Brocton, which canceled its season after two games last year due… Read more »

By Keith McShea » Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our annual high school football preview issue was published today. Here’s a rundown of what’s inside today’s 12-page issue, along with some exclusives: In today’s preview: Jamestown-Canisius: One-game wonder. Cover story by Miguel Rodriguez Returning all-stars, division realignments, 2013 final polls, coaching changes, Week One highlights, plus outlines of… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, August 30, 2014

Canisius High senior T.J. Wheatley is keeping cool about the important decision he will have to make by National Signing Day, Feb. 4. The All-WNY First Team pick has five major Division I programs pursuing his services in Alabama, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), USC and UCLA. “They’re all amazing,” he said… Read more »
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About the reporter

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.