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Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys volleyball: Henry Payne, Clarence

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues.

We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards on June 14 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Henry Payne

School: Clarence

Class: Senior

Twitter: @paynziez

#PrepTalkResume: Henry led Clarence to its first Division I championship in volleyball since 1999. He was a first team All-Western New York selection, in part because he made all of his teammates better.  Henry won multiple Most Valuable Player honors in midseason tournaments.

Statistics 101: The Red Devils' standout is the school's all-time leader in career attempts and kills.

Favorite moment in high school competition: Winning the 2016 Section VI Division I championship against Lockport

Favorite high school teammate: All of my teammates, especially my brothers Teddy and Dale

Toughest high school opponent (team): Canisius

Toughest high school opponent (individual): Devin Joslyn and Griffin Schmit

Henry Payne gets up high at the net against West Seneca West early in the 2016 season. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Role models: My parents

Pro/college athlete I look up to: Matt Anderson

I wouldn't be here without these people: My mom and dad, my brothers and sister - Seth, Claire, Dale and Teddy, all my coaches and teammates over the years, especially Coach Starr, Coach Pierce, and Coach Johnson.

When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm: Spending time with family and friends

Favorite academic subject: History

Planned college major: Kinesiology

Future plans: Play Division I volleyball at Penn State University

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#PrepTalkAwards info

What: The fourth annual Prep Talk Awards – our version of Oscar Night for WNY high school sports.

When: Wednesday, June 14, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.

Headliners (other than the athletes): The night features radio personalities Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas while former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will be the guest speaker. News Deputy Sports Editor Keith McShea is your host.

Reservations and tickets: Contact Megan Termini at 716-849-5551 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or via mtermini@buffnews.com.

Who's invited: 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. There will also be 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).

What's the night like? Here's a video wrapuup of the 2016 awards. Check out a photo gallery of the 2016 Prep Talk Awards winners as well as a Smiles photo gallery from last year's event. Here's a look back the 2016 Prep Talk Players of the Year, finalists for other Prep Talk Awards and the night's big winners.

Special Prep Talk Awards section in The Buffalo News: Published Saturday, June 17.

Who will be the Prep Talk Team of the Year? Miguel Rodriguez's final Power 10 of the fall determined our choices of the top teams from the first season of the school year. Rodriguez's final Power 10 of the winter listed our choices from 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.

Sponsorship opportunities: Contact your Buffalo News sales representative or Ann Brooker at 849-4413 or abrooker@buffnews.com.

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Prep Talk Players of the Year

Girls soccer: Marissa Birzon, Williamsville East (announced May 30)

Boys soccer: Pa Lu, I-Prep (May 30)

Girls cross country: Danielle Orie, Nardin (May 31)

Boys cross country: Christopher Nowak, Sweet Home (May 31)

Girls volleyball: Samantha Burgio, Eden (June 1)

Boys volleyball: Henry Payne, Clarence (June 1)

Field hockey: Coming soon

Girls gymnastics: Coming soon

Girls swimming: Coming soon

Boys swimming: Coming soon

Program of the Year finalists: Coming soon

Coach of the Year finalists: Coming soon

Girls indoor track: Coming soon

Boys indoor track: Coming soon

Wrestling: Coming soon

Girls hockey: Coming soon

Boys hockey: Coming soon

Rifle: Coming soon

Girls bowling: Coming soon

Boys bowling: Coming soon

Girls squash: Coming soon

Boys squash: Coming soon

Girls tennis: Coming soon

Boys tennis: Coming soon

Girls rowing: Coming soon

Boys rowing: Coming soon

Softball: Coming soon

Baseball: Coming soon

Girls rugby: Coming soon

Boys rugby: Coming soon

Girls lacrosse: Coming soon

Boys lacrosse: Coming soon

Girls golf: Coming soon

Boys golf: Coming soon

Girls track and field: Coming soon

Boys track and field: Coming soon

Girls three-sport athlete: Coming soon

Boys three-sport athlete: Coming soon

Fourth annual #PrepTalkAwards: Wednesday, June 14 – 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.

Former Buffalo Bill Fred Jackson the guest speaker for fourth annual Prep Talk Awards

 

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