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Countdown to the #PrepTalkAwards: Interview with guest speaker Steve Tasker

The biggest night in Western New York high school sports is less than three weeks away, and our guest speaker is ready to go.

The Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, will be held on Monday, June 15, and -- for the second straight year -- they will be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

It's Oscar Night for WNY high school sports: We will honor the Prep Talk Players of the Year in every sport that we cover, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and boys and girls basketball -- as well as 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.

Check out News Deputy Sports Editor Keith McShea's interview with Buffalo Bills all-time great and CBS sportscaster Steve Tasker. Tasker will be the guest speaker at the Prep Talk Awards, and he discusses that, along with his own experience as a high school athlete, and a high school parent in Western New York, among other topics.

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We will be unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year -- starting this week -- during our #PrepTalkCountdown to this year's big night.

Also earning invites to the Prep Talk Awards: The All-Western New York football first team and the first-team members of the All-Western New York boys and girls basketball teams.


Here's a look back at last year's awards via Twitter.

Here's an online look back at last year's special section.

Miguel Rodriguez's final Power 10 of the fall determined our choices as the top teams from the first season of the school year. Rodriguez's final Power 10 of the winter determined the top teams of 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.

More to come. Stay tuned.

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