The #PrepTalkCountdown continues, with just eight days until the big night.
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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#PrepTalkResume: Became a five-time Section VI champion this spring to earn her second straight Prep Talk Player of the Year award.
Statistics 101: Dantonio never had a sectional title win as close as this year's, as she came from four strokes down after nine holes, then made a putt on the third playoff hole to beat Southwestern junior Marissa DelMonaco after both players shot a 2-over-par 74 at Gowanda Country Club. Dantonio was last year's winner of the Buffalo District Golf Association Open Women's Championship while she was the runner-up at the New York State Junior Girls Championship and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament.
Favorite moment in H.S. competition: "Winning sectionals five out of six years and the team bonding days we had for high school golf."
Favorite teammate: Nicole Filipski (2014 Lancaster graduate).
Toughest opponent (team): Clarence.
Toughest opponent (individual): Sarah Singleton (Depew).
Role model: "Both of my parents."
Pro/college athlete I look up to: Rory McIlroy
I wouldn't be Prep Talk Player of the Year without ... "my family, coaches Allen and Cindy Miller, high school coach Pat Smith, and friends who supported and helped me get where I am today."
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... "hanging with my friends or shopping."
What's ahead: Dantonio will golf at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., after verbally committing to the Division I women's golf program during the spring of her junior year. But first, there is the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships on Saturday and Sunday at SUNY Delhi.
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What: The second annual Prep Talk Awards, presented by UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and sponsored by Valu Home Centers -- our version of Oscar Night for WNY high school sports.
When: Monday, June 15, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.
Headliners (other than the athletes): 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.
PrepTalkTV interview with Steve Tasker: Watch the interview with Tasker here 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.
Reservations and tickets: buffalonews.com/preptalkawards.
Who's invited: 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).
What's the night like? Here's a look back at last year's awards via Twitter.
Special Prep Talk Awards section: Published Wednesday, June 17. Here's an online look back at last year's special section.
Who will be the 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).
Girls bowling: Haley Carroll, Williamsville South (May 31).
Boys bowling: Nate Maloney, Niagara-Wheatfield (May 31).
Girls cross country: Sophia Tasselmyer, East Aurora (June 1).
Boys cross country: Kenny Vasbinder, East Aurora (June 1).
Girls hockey: Maddi Welch, Nichols (June 2).
Boys hockey: Carson Gicewicz, Nichols (June 2).
Wrestling: Kellen Devlin, Amherst (June 3).
Boys swimming: Matt Marsh, Jamestown (June 3).
Field hockey: McKenna Rushford, Amherst (June 4).
Girls indoor track: McKyla Brooks, Frontier (June 5).
Boys indoor track: Mitch Daddario, Sweet Home (June 5).
Girls tennis: Haley Hollins, Orchard Park (June 6).
Boys tennis: Jack McClaren, East Aurora (June 6).
Girls golf: Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster (June 7).
Boys golf: Coming later today.
More winners coming every day.