The #PrepTalkCountdown is now concluded.
We have unveiled the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) for the last several days as we counted down to the Prep Talk Awards for tonight's banquet at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
#PrepTalkResume: There was little that LG didn't do this season. Castillo was the dominant player in the region in baseball, was all-Western New York in football, and had a solid year in basketball.
Statistics 101: Baseball - Hit .577 with an on-base percentage of .622 and a slugging percentage of 1.028. LG had nine homers and 26 RBIs, and was walked intentionally nine times. Basketball – Averaged 11.6 points and 10 rebounds per game, had 70 steals and 74 assists. Football – Had 39 catches for a school-record 850 yards.
Favorite moment in high school competition: Every Section VI championship
Favorite high school teammate: Too many to name
Role model: My parents
Pro/college athlete I look up to: Yoenis Cespedes
I wouldn't be here without: My parents, coaches, close friends and teammates
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ...: Working out, dancing
Favorite academic subject: English
Planned college major: Criminal law
Future plans: Playing baseball for University of Oklahoma
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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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 (June 5)
Boys hockey: Cole Donhauser, Nichols (June 5)
Girls indoor track: Jenna Crean, Orchard Park (June 6)
Boys indoor track: Treston White, Lockport (June 6)
Girls bowling: Britney Grey, Cattaraugus/Little Valley (June 7)
Boys bowling: Nate Maloney, Niagara Wheatfield (June 7)
Program of the Year finalists: Announced June 8
Coach of the Year finalists: Announced June 8
Girls lacrosse: Shayla Scanlan, Lake Shore (June 8)
Boys lacrosse: Owen Hill, Akron (June 9)
Girls rugby: Emily Henrich, Orchard Park (June 9)
Boys rugby: Jack Wiles, Canisius (June 9)
Girls golf: Melanie Green, Medina (June 10)
Boys golf: Mitchell Smith, Orchard Park (June 10)
Girls track and field: Nia Stevens, Tapestry (June 10)
Boys track and field: Nathaniel Davis, Sweet Home (June 11)
Softball: Karsen Cotton, Depew (June 11)
Baseball: Leugim Castillo, Lancaster (June 11)
Girls rowing: Kiera Bohen, Nardin (June 12)
Boys rowing: Charlie Pratt, St. Joe's (June 12)
Boys tennis: Harry Wang, Williamsville North (June 12)
Girls tennis: Eileen Wang, Williamsville North (June 13)
Girls squash: Maureen Foley, Nichols (June 13)
Boys squash: Matthew Dukarm, Canisius (June 13)
Girls three-sport athlete: Madalyn Bowen, Panama (June 14)
Boys three-sport athlete: Leugim Castillo, Lancaster (June 14)
Fourth annual #PrepTalkAwards: Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.