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Corey Desiderio has contributed to The Buffalo News' high school sports coverage since 2014. He writes the daily Prep Talk Homeroom Announcements, as well as a weekly sports feature for the Niagara Weekend section of Sunday's paper. Send questions, comments or story ideas to cdesiderio@buffnews.com.

Wilson girls basketball coach Brian Baker has noticed a lack of team camps for girls in Western New York. He opens the school gym during the offseason for open sessions and his team participates in the annual Niagara County Community College Shootout in July, but opportunities are still scarce. “Girls basketball is improving but too many kids specialize in one spor…

Adam Scott showed up on the doorstep of Craig Avery’s Lewiston home for the first time 19 years ago. It was 11 p.m. July 16, Scott’s 18th birthday, and he’d arrived for a weeklong stay at Avery’s place on Mountain View Drive while he played in the Porter Cup, an elite amateur golf tournament that attracts the top talent from around the globe. Scott was travel…

David Davidson, Scott Huntington and Joseph Kibler Jr. love to reminisce about the “good old days” of the Lockport Midget Baseball League. Davidson, the interim president of the league, played from 1976-80 and has been a board member the past three years. Huntington started playing at 13 years old and has a combined 44 years under his belt as a player (1971-78), …

Every athlete has a dream school. Michaila Raby’s no different in that sense. She just competes in a sport not usually associated with high school athletics. Basketball players may envision themselves playing at Syracuse, or volleyball players at Penn State. But what about cowgirls? Michaila has her mind set on earning a rodeo scholarship to Montana State Uni…

Jim Kwitchoff spent a career coaching other people’s kids. As much as he enjoyed it, it’s always great when he has an opportunity to coach his own. Instead of roaming the sidelines as a top aide to Reggie Witherspoon at the University at Buffalo, Kwitchoff is coaching his sixth-grade son, Ty, and the 12U North Tonawanda Nighthawks team that will be competing for …

The fourth annual Prep Talk Awards, held on Wednesday, are commemorated in a 14-page special section in Saturday's Buffalo News that chronicles the best of the 2016-17 high school sports season. Players of the Year in 40 categories were honored, along with the All-WNY first teams in football and basketball. Also announced Wednesday evening were additional major awar…

Williamsville East's Chris Durr was named the Prep Talk Coach of the Year at the Prep Talk Awards Wednesday night. Durr coached three sports - girls soccer, girls basketball and softball - once again during the 2016-17 school year. Two of them had great seasons. The soccer team lost in the Section VI Class A-1 final to Grand Island in the fall, while the softball tea…

The resumes of past Prep Talk Female Athletes of the Year have been impressive. This year's honoree might just have them all beat. On top of being named the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls volleyball for the second straight year, Eden's Sam Burgio also took home the overall Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Year at Wednesday's Prep Talk Awards. http://buffalo…

Eight straight state titles. Fourteen state titles overall. A New York State-record 995 overall wins. Longtime Eden girls volleyball coach Stephen Pierce, who's retiring after 28 years on the job, was a no-brainer to be the 2017 inductee into the Prep Talk Hall of Fame. Pierce joins some exclusive company with past inductees Dick Gallagher, the late Sister Maria Pa…

There will be plenty of star power at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center tonight. The best-of-the-best in high school sports will all be under one roof Wednesday at the fourth annual Prep Talk Awards as Prep Talk Players of the Year for every sport will be recognized for their outstanding athletic achievements during the 2016-17 school year. While…

We know there's no homeroom today. But we're up and ready to go. Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Saturday 1. Softball - NYSPHSAA Class A, B & D final four It all comes down to Saturday for the three Section VI softball teams left in the NYSPHSA…

Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Friday 1. Track & field - NYSPHSAA Championships Friday marks the first day of the NYSPHSAA Track & Field Championships at Union-Endicott High School near Binghamton. Championship heats are split over the two…

Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Thursday 1. Baseball - Georgetown Cup Game Three It all comes down to a winner-take-all Game Three to decide who will take home this year's Georgetown Cup. St. Mary's, the No. 2 seed, will host No. 4 St. Joe's at 4 p…

Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Wednesday 1. Baseball - Georgetown Cup Game Two Tuesday's rain forced a postponement of Game Two from yesterday to today. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/06/rain-forces-postponement-game-two-georgetown-cup-series/ S…

Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Tuesday 1. Baseball - Georgetown Cup Game Two St. Joe's has a shot to add to the school's collection of Georgetown Cups in the second game of a best-of-three series against St. Mary's. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at …