The #PrepTalkCountdown continues.
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 June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list at the bottom of this post.
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School: Williamsville South
#PrepTalkResume: One of just five high school female bowlers named a 2014 USBC/Dexter High School All-American. Last year, she was the inaugural winner of the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls bowling.
Statistics 101: She finished fourth overall at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament, with her 1201 series for six games helping Section VI to the state championship among sectional teams. It was the second time Carroll helped Section VI to the state title, she also did so in 2013. Finished second in the Section VI championships this year after winning the title last year. As captain at Williamsville South, she helped lead the Billies to the Section VI Class B championship.
Favorite moment in H.S. competition: "Making it to states on the all-star team four years in a row and winning two state championships."
Favorite teammate: Lizzie Tirone.
Toughest opponent: Sweet Home.
Role model: My mother, Cindy Coburn-Carroll.
Pro/college athlete I look up to: Ryan Ciminelli.
I wouldn't be Prep Talk Player of the Year without ... "my parents, who not ony have been my coaches but my supporters."
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... "hanging out with my family and friends."
What's ahead: Carroll has signed with St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, where she will bowl for the Red Flash.
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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 (announced May 28)
Boys soccer: Shane Greene, Hamburg (May 28)
Girls volleyball: Leah Meyer, St. Mary's (May 29)
Boys volleyball: Zach Yerington, Hamburg (May 29).
Girls swimming: Andrea Ernst, Orchard Park (May 30).
Rifle: Noah Fox, Alden (May 30).
Girls bowling: Haley Carroll, Williamsville South (May 31).
Boys bowling: Coming later today.