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Prep Talk Player of the Year in girls hockey: Katy Knoll, Nichols

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.

Katy Knoll

School: Nichols

Year: Sophomore

Twitter: @Knollyrolly

#PrepTalkResume: The forward led the Vikings to winning records in both of their leagues in the regular season. Katy already has caught the attention of USA Hockey, and already is set to play at the next level at Northeastern - in the fall 0f 2019.

Statistics 101: Katy had 23 goals and nine assists in 32 games for Nichols. The team's overall record, 10-19-3, was deceptive because it played in some tough tournaments. The Vikings were 7-6-1 in NAPHA and 5-3-2 in CISAA.

Favorite moment in high school competition: Scoring my first high school goal against Ridley my freshman year

Favorite high school teammate: Taylor Pietrowski

Toughest high school opponent (team): Stanstead College (Quebec)

Role model: My sister Kristy

Katy Knoll of Nichols only needed 32 games to score 23 goals this season. (James P. McCoy / Buffalo News)

Pro/college athlete I look up to: Olivia Zafuto

I wouldn't be here without: Mom and Dad, sister Kristy, brother Danny, grandmother, all of my youth hockey coaches, Scott Welch and Shelley Looney

When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... : Focusing on schoolwork and spending time with family and friends

Favorite academic subject: Math

Planned college major: Business management

Future plans: Playing hockey at Northeastern 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: 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: Katy Knoll, Nichols

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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