Recently, there have been some very big nights when it comes to boys basketball. And there are still possibly a few more to come at next weekend's state Federation tournament.
But we'd like to think the biggest night of the Western New York boys basketball year is now about a month away.
The fourth Buffalo News/BCANY Awards banquet will be held Monday, April 20 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell.
The event will again be supported by The Buffalo News, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, ADPRO Sports, UNYTS and high school sports advocate Dick Gallagher. For those interested in sponsorships or program advertisements, email email@example.com.
The invitation-only event, a cooperative effort by The News, members of the BCANY and News pollster/blogger Chad "Centercourt" Andrews, honors the very best in the 2014-15 high school boys basketball season.
Contributors, coaches and players will be honored with various awards, including some from our Championship Week Awards column.
"Centercourt" will honor his Coach of the Year, one of many honors that lead up to the honoring of the 2015 All-Western New York team and this year's Allen Wilson Player of the Year. Our Player of the Year Award was renamed in honor of News reporter Wilson, who was a former high school reporter and longtime supporter of high school basketball, after he died of leukemia in 2011.
We again will honor some select "All-WNY legends." We will pay tribute to the All-WNY first teamers who are celebrating their 50th anniversary of being named to the 1964-65 team: Invitations have been sent to Mike Kull (Timon), John Hayes (Niagara Falls), Bill Young (Angelica) and Tony Masiello (Cardinal Dougherty). We were saddened to learn that Mike Brown (Lockport), passed away in 2009.
There will also be some surprises.
For next year's banquet in 2016, we aim to honor the 1965-66 first team's 50th anniversary. That team consisted of Brown, Roger Brown (Hutch-Tech), Bill Case (Franklinville), Bob Lanier (Bennett) and Dale Tepas (St. Joe’s). Please help us track these players down by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.