The Prep Talk player of the year in boys swimming is Seth Farrand of Olean (James P. McCoy / Buffalo News)

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.

Seth Ferrand

School: Olean (He actually attends Franklinville, but swims for the Huskies)

#PrepTalkResume: Earned a second and a third at states, leading the Western New York contingent in the competition. He earned All-American honors for his performance in the 50 free. Seth won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team at the CCAA championships.

Statistics 101: Seth's time in the 50 free at the state finals was 20.59. It was the best time of his career.

Favorite moment in high school competition: Placing second in the state and making the automatic All-American cut for the 50 free.

Favorite high school teammate: Josiah Farrand

Toughest high school opponent (team): Frewsburg/Southwestern

Toughest high school opponent (individual): Jordan Powers

Role model: Rick Bull

Seth Farrand of Olean captures a Section VI title in the 100 freestyle. (Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News)

Pro/college athlete I look up to: Lance Brennan

I wouldn't be here without ... : Parents Joey and Carol, Daniel Brown, Ben Wright, Lance Brennan, Rick Bull, Pete, Wheatley, Brian Edmister

When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm: Either hunting, playing soccer, or running track.

Favorite academic subject: Agriculture

Planned college major: Environmental science

Future plans: Attend Nazareth College.

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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: Abby Ferenczy, Williamsville South (June 2)

Girls gymnastics: Zoe Kyriakopoulos, Williamsville North (June 2)

Wrestling: Laith Alsous, Lew-Port (June 3)

Rifle: Kiersten Mucha, Lancaster (June 3)

Girls swimming: Olivia Sapio, Orchard Park (June 4)

Boys swimming: Seth Farrand, Olean (June 4)

Girls hockey: Coming soon

Boys hockey: Coming soon

Girls indoor track: Coming soon

Boys indoor track: Coming soon

Girls bowling: Coming soon

Boys bowling: Coming soon

Program of the Year finalists: Coming soon

Coach of the Year finalists: 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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