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By Keith McShea » Monday, January 18, 2016

Five months to go. The 2015-16 high school sports season is less than half way over, but we've already got big plans for the third annual Prep Talk Awards. This year's awards will again be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, on Wednesday, June 15. Here's a look back at the 2015 #PrepTalkAwards via... Read More

By Keith McShea » Friday, January 15, 2016

Lancaster native Kristen Romano swam her way to the U.S. Olympic Trials last weekend. Romano, who was a Section VI champion as a sophomore at Lancaster last year, moved to Long Island prior to this season in hopes of advancing her swimming career. Currently a junior at Long Beach High who competes for the Long Island... Read More

By Keith McShea » Friday, December 18, 2015

Some stunning news out of today's New York State Public High School Athletic Association executive meetings: The NYSPHSAA boys basketball championships, a longtime staple in Glens Falls each March, will move to Binghamton for 2017-19. The three-year contract was voted on in a meeting in Albany today. Reporting from... Read More

By Keith McShea » Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Daryle Gustavel passed away last week at age 47. This is a remembrance.  * * * The first time I met Daryle Gustavel, I didn't know I was meeting Daryle Gustavel. It was Nov. 2, 2008 and I was headed to cover a big Iroquois football playoff game against visiting Grand Island. A super high school football fan and... Read More

By Keith McShea » Monday, November 16, 2015

Seven months to go. The 2015-16 high school sports season might still be in the fall season, but we've already got big plans for the third annual Prep Talk Awards. This year's awards will again be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Here's a look back at the 2015 #PrepTalkAwards via... Read More

By Keith McShea » Thursday, October 15, 2015

Eight months to go. The 2015-16 high school sports season may practically have just begun, but we've already got big plans for the third annual Prep Talk Awards. This year's awards will again be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Here's a look back at the 2015 #PrepTalkAwards via... Read More

By Keith McShea » Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday may have been the first time that he and other players were on the field as the Bishop Timon-St. Jude football team, but senior Tyler Ringwood says they've been working on being teammates for quite some time. "Our offense has been together all summer long, coming out after lifts and working together, getting to... Read More

By Keith McShea » Monday, August 3, 2015

Longtime Fredonia High basketball and softball coach Dave Polechetti gave The News a call to make sure we knew about the passing of a treasure of Southern Tier high school sports: Bill Schroeder passed away at the age of 68 last week. The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame posted on its Facebook page a remembrance by Scott... Read More

By Keith McShea » Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LaTerrance Reed, a first-team All-Western New York pick in boys basketball for Canisius, has tweeted that his next stop will be Salisbury (Conn.) Prep. The 6-3 senior point guard averaged 19 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Crusaders, who won the Class A Federation Tournament of Champions state title. He... Read More

By Keith McShea » Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Howard Washington was asked if transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida was worth it. "For sure, for sure," said Washington. His move from Canisius to Montverde Academy for his just-completed junior year helped enable him to make a major announcement Tuesday afternoon in the living room of his family's home in... Read More

By Keith McShea » Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Howard Washington has verbally committed to BUTLER. * * *  Washington went on his first and only official visit to Butler this past weekend. He said the Bulldogs began recruiting him this past season at Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He took unofficial visits to Central Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Dayton. Some of Howard... Read More

By Keith McShea » Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Here are some updates on past Borrelli Award winners as the most outstanding senior lacrosse player in Western New York, following inaugural boys 2009 winner Jeff Tundo of Orchard Park (a 2013 All-American honorable mention at Stony Brook. Thanks much to fellow Borrelli Memorial commmittee member Bob DiCesare for the... Read More

By Keith McShea » Thursday, June 18, 2015

This year marks the seventh year of the Borrelli Award, an honor that goes to the top senior boys and girls lacrosse players in Western New York. The Tom Borrelli Memorial Award and Scholarship Fund was started by a group of us at The News following the 2008 death of our colleague, a Hall of Fame lacrosse writer who... Read More

By Keith McShea » Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Be sure to pick up the 28-page #PrepTalkAwards special section in Wednesday's Buffalo News, but here's your digital rundown of the second annual event hosted by The Buffalo News and presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Monday night at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. For everything on the #PrepTalkAwards,... Read More

By Keith McShea » Monday, June 15, 2015

The #PrepTalkCountdown concludes with this post, and tonight is the big night. We have unveiled the Prep Talk Players of the Year (36 honorees) in our countdown to tonight's Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list at the... Read More

By Keith McShea » Sunday, June 14, 2015

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues, with just ONE day until the big night. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (this is the 36th of 36 honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown... Read More

By Keith McShea » Sunday, June 14, 2015

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues, with just ONE day until the big night. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (a total of 36 honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list at... Read More

By Keith McShea » Sunday, June 14, 2015

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues, with just ONE day until the big night. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (a total of 36 honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list at... Read More

By Keith McShea » Sunday, June 14, 2015

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues, with just ONE day until the big night. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (a total of 36 honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list at... Read More

By Keith McShea » Saturday, June 13, 2015

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues, with just two days until the big night. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (a total of 36 honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list at... Read More

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Miguel Rodriguez, a Buffalo native and University of Rochester graduate, began his career at The News in 2003 as a sports copy editor and joined the high school beat in 2014. One of the most versatile members of the team, he has covered all manner of high school, college and professional events. The former college hockey goalie has contributed to the Sabres beat, written about youth hockey and covered the IIHF World Junior Championship and the men's and women's NCAA Frozen Four.

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. The Syracuse graduate joined the high school coverage team in 2015. He also covers running and the National Lacrosse League's Bandits for The News.

Keith McShea, named deputy sports editor in 2014, 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) has been #PrepTalkLive from everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps coordinate The News' All-Western New York selections.

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