The #PrepTalkCountdown continues.
We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 30 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, on June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list at the bottom of this post.
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School: St. Mary's
Position: 6-foot-3 middle blocker
#PrepTalkResume: Gatorade New York State Player of the Year, MaxPreps second-team All-American, three-time All-Western New York first teamer, three-time Monsignor Martin Association Player of the Year.
Statistics 101: Had 460 kills, 139 digs, 79 blocks and 53 service aces while hitting at a .468 percentage. Helped Lancers to a 47-0-1 record and the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association championship.
Favorite moment in H.S. competition: "Winning states senior year."
Favorite teammate: Ashley Drzymala.
Toughest opponent: Eden.
Role model: My parents.
Pro/college athletes he looks up to: Misty May Treanor.
I wouldn't be Prep Talk Player of the Year without ... "my coaches (both club and high school), my parents and sisters (Kristin and Caitlyn), my trainer (Rick Williamson for helping me come back from my injury!), all of my teammates, teachers and everyone who has supported me."
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... "relaxing and exercising."
What's ahead: She'll play at one of the top programs in the country in Duke. She verbally committed to the Blue Devils as a sophomore.
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The second annual Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and sponsored by Valu Home Centers, is our version of Oscar Night for WNY high school sports.
The night features radio personalities Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas while Buffalo Bills all-time great and CBS sportscaster Steve Tasker will be the guest speaker. Watch our PrepTalkTV interview with Tasker as discusses the awards, along with his own experience as a high school athlete and a high school parent in Western New York, among other topics.
For information on making reservations and ordering tickets, visit buffalonews.com/preptalkawards.
We will honor the Prep Talk Players of the Year in every sport that we cover -- along with the All-Western New York football first team and the first-team members of the All-Western New York boys and girls basketball teams -- as well as some very special Prep Talk Awards: Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year and Program of the Year (and some surprises).
Who will be this year's Prep Talk Team of the Year? Miguel Rodriguez's final Power 10 of the fall determined our choices as the top teams from the first season of the school year. Rodriguez's final Power 10 of the winter determined the top teams of the second season of 2014-15. The No. 1 in each season's Power 10 becomes a finalist for Prep Talk Team of the Year.
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Prep Talk Players of the Year
Girls soccer: Sydney Cerza, Clarence (May 28)
Boys soccer: Shane Greene, Hamburg (May 28)
Girls volleyball: Leah Meyer, St. Mary's (May 29)
Boys volleyball: Coming later today.