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Prep Talk Player of the Year for rifle: Noah Fox, Alden

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues.

We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (a total of 36 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. See the complete countdown list at the bottom of this post.

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Noah Fox

School: Alden

Year: Junior

Twitter: @fonoah101

#PrepTalkResume: Won four individual state championships this year at West Point, setting a state record in air rifle.

Statistics 101: Fox set the air rifle state record with a score of 294.19 out of 300 at the state championships, breaking the old mark of 292. He also won state titles in prone (99.08), kneeling (95.03) and aggregate (283.13). He was second in offhand (91.02) by 1/100th of a point. He also helped Alden and Section VI to team state titles in .22 caliber. He was a sectional champion in .22 aggregate, offhand and air rifle. This season he set an Alden record in kneeling (100.06) while he owned the top air rifle average in Western New York (283.375).

Favorite moment in H.S. competition: "When I broke the New York State air rifle record."

Favorite teammate: Mike McMurtree.

Toughest opponent: Rhianna Lichtenthal (Orchard Park senior who won last year's Prep Talk Player of the Year for rifle).

Role model: My parents.

Pro/college athlete he looks up to: Steph Curry.

I wouldn't be Prep Talk Player of the Year without ... "my parents, rifle coach (Paul Borkowski), and family and friends."

When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... "hanging out with friends or relaxing."

What's ahead: He still has his senior season to try and break more records and participate in shooting competitions. Recently he finished ninth in his age group (and 39th overall) at the Junior Olympic Rifle Finals at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

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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.

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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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Prep Talk Players of the Year

Girls soccer: Sydney Cerza, Clarence (announced May 28)

Boys soccer: Shane Greene, Hamburg (May 28)

Girls volleyball: Leah Meyer, St. Mary's (May 29)

Boys volleyball: Zach Yerington, Hamburg (May 29).

Girls swimming: Andrea Ernst, Orchard Park (May 30).

Rifle: Noah Fox, Alden (May 30).

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