The #PrepTalkCountdown continues, with just four 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: Two-time All-Western New York first-team selection and two-time All-American filled up the record book as he helped lead Akron to its second straight Section VI Class C championship.
Statistics 101: Sundown leaves the high-scoring Tigers program as the second-most prolific scorer in state history with 641 points (behind 2013 Silver Creek graduate Zed Williams) and the state's all-time leader in assists (308) after a senior season in which he set the state's single-season record for points with 202. He is fourth on state's all-time goals list with 333. His 114 goals this season were second only in state history to Connor Fields, last year's Prep Talk Player of the Year winner from Bishop Timon-St. Jude (and current All-American at Albany).
Favorite moment in H.S. competition: "Sharing back-to-back sectional championships with my father."
Favorite teammate: Garrett Schultz.
Toughest opponent (team): Penn Yan.
Toughest opponent (individual): Zed Williams.
Role model: My mom.
Pro/college athlete I look up to: Larry Bird.
I wouldn't be Prep Talk Player of the Year without ... "my family, friends, coaches and teammates."
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... "hanging with family and friends."
What's ahead: Sundown will attend perhaps the top junior college in the country for men's lacrosse in Onondaga Community College.
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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: Contact Lisa Cislo as soon as possible at 849-5522 or email@example.com. Info: 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.
Sponsorship opportunities: Contact your Buffalo News sales representative or Ann Brooker at 849-4413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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: Gregory Sibick, Nichols (June 8).
Football: #PrepTalkFlashback to Buffalo News Player of the Year TJ Wheatley and the All-WNY first team (June 9).
Boys and girls basketball: #PrepTalkFlashback to Buffalo News Players of the Year Zack Panebianco and Chrisanna Green and the All-WNY first teams (June 10).
Girls lacrosse: Grace Gabriel, Lancaster (June 11).
Coach of the Year finalists (five finalists): Kyle Husband (Canisius boys basketball), Rich Robbins (Canisius football), Walt McLaughlin (East Aurora cross country), Stephen Pierce (Eden girls volleyball), Kristin Dolan (Williamsville South girls basketball) (June 11).
Boys lacrosse: Larson Sundown, Akron (June 11).
Girls three-sport athlete: Friday.
Program of the Year finalists (five finalists): Friday.
Boys three-sport athlete: Friday.
Girls gymnastics: Saturday.
Boys gymnastics: Saturday.
Girls rowing: Saturday.
Boys rowing: Saturday.
Girls track and field: Sunday.
Boys track and field: Sunday.
2nd annual #PrepTalkAwards: Monday -- 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.