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Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls soccer: Sydney Cerza, Clarence

Let the #PrepTalkCountdown begin.

We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 30 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, on June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. We're kicking it off with girls soccer. The boys soccer winner will be announced later today.

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Sydney Cerza

School: Clarence

Year: Junior

Twitter: @sydneycerza

#PrepTalkResume: 2014 Western New York Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-Western New York honoree, as voted by area coaches. NSCAA All-East Region and all-state selection.

Statistics 101: Scored 30 of her team’s 66 goals. She’s led the Red Devils in scoring since eighth grade. Helped lead Clarence to 20-1 season, the Section VI championship and a trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA final four.

Favorite moment in H.S. competition: "Beating Webster Thomas in the Far West Regionals to make it to states to become the first Section VI team to beat a Section V (Rochester area) team in the history of Class AA."

Favorite teammate: Hannah Spitzer.

Toughest opponent: Williamsville North.

Role model: My mom, Jodi Cerza.

Pro/college athletes she looks up to: Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.

I wouldn't be Prep Talk Player of the Year without ... "my mom, my dad, my sister Nicole, coach Furminger, my teammates, my trainer (John Opfer)."

When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... "spending time with family and friends. Also, doing strength and conditioning training as well as focusing on my studies."

What's ahead: With her senior season still to come this fall, she has already committed to play at St. Bonaventure.

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The second annual Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and sponsored by Valu Home Centers, is our version of Oscar Night for WNY high school sports.

The night features radio personalities Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas while Buffalo Bills all-time great and CBS sportscaster Steve Tasker will be the guest speaker. Watch our PrepTalkTV interview with Tasker as discusses the awards, along with his own experience as a high school athlete and a high school parent in Western New York, among other topics.

For information on making reservations and ordering tickets, visit

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 -- 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 (and some surprises).

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

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

Who will be this year's Prep Talk Team of the Year? 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.

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