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Final live chat of the season (May 23): Sectional baseball and softball & watching NCCC baseball finish second in country

With the quickest-of-all-seasons zooming towards the finish, we will hold our final live chat of the school year tonight at 9 p.m.

The hectic playoff schedule over the next two weeks -- the last weeks of the spring season -- keep me too busy to hold a chat. I will, however, be doing several live blogs from postseason games. There may be a chat after the season is over, but we'll see.

For tonight ... 

* We'll monitor on the scoreboard page and the #preptalkscores hashtag on Twitter as the playoffs continue tonight. Included are championships in Monsignor Martin softball, All-High track and Section VI boys tennis. We have correspondents at all three.

* Pick a sport and there are brackets to break down: baseball and softball are headed to the quarterfinals while girls lacrosse (Thursday) and boys lacrosse (Friday) have semifinals later this week (if those postseason schedule pages don't have results, they should be on our scoreboard page).

* The third Power 10 of the spring is out. 

* I wrote about Jasen Oden of East High signing with Colorado State football in today's Prep Talk column.

As always, anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it -- is up for discussion.

I promise I'll get to your question or comment -- but please be patient. It can get busy fielding all of the questions and I can only answer one at a time. And PLEASE don't enter your question/comment multiple times -- that only makes things more hectic.

<a href="" _mce_href="" >Prep Talk live chat May 23</a>

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Last week's chat was May 16, which followed May 9 (debut of spring Power 10) and May 2 (polls & rankings of all spring sports).

We bridged the winter and spring seasons with: April 18 (a mix of spring, All-WNY hoops and the All-WNY banquet); our post-All-Western New York basketball Q&A session started with a video chat on April 11; that followed April 4 (pre-All-WNY hoops).

Our previous winter chats: March 29 (post-Fed hoops), March 22 (pre-Federation), March 14 (NYSPHSAA should be benched), March 7 (pre-Far West Regionals), Feb. 22 (Prequarterfinal Wednesday), Feb. 15 (starting with Ken West at Ken East), Feb. 8 (scorekeepers), Feb. 1 (twitter smh column & football signing day), Jan. 25 (pre-Canisius-Joe's), Jan. 18 (2012 video debut), Jan. 11 (2012 debut/Aquinas-Kearney viewing), Dec. 14 (from the MMA-ECIC Challenge), All-WNY football talk (Dec. 7 w/video); our first was Nov. 30 (live from the Pastor-Cooper Showcase tipoff).

Our chats of the 2011 fall season: Nov. 16Nov. 9Nov. 2Oct. 26Oct. 19Oct. 12Oct. 5Sept. 28Sept. 21 (our video chat debut)Sept. 14Sept. 7 and our preseason chat (Aug. 31), which also includes links to all of of the chats from 2010-11.

As always, if you have a question but you won't be able to make the chat, post one in the comments section here, email me, Tweet it or post it on Facebook and I'll do my best to address it.

---Keith McShea

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