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Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys soccer: Troy Brady, Grand Island

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues.

We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards on June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

See the complete countdown list of Players of the Year at the bottom of this post.

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Troy Brady

School: Grand Island

Year: Senior

Twitter: @troy_brady10

#PrepTalkResume: The forward was first team All-Western New York as a junior and a senior. ... All-conference in the Niagara Frontier League for three straight years. ... All-State pick as a senior. ... Niagara Frontier League player of the year and coaches' Western New York Player of the Year.

Troy Brady

Troy Brady's 27 goals as a senior gave him 57 for his career.

Statistics 101: Brady had 27 goals an 15 assists as a senior. He finished his career with 57 goals and 39 assists in his three-year career with the Vikings.

Favorite moment in H.S. competition: Beating Honeoye Falls/Lima in overtime in the Far West Regional game to advance to states for the first time in school history.

Favorite teammate: Andrew Carlson

Toughest opponent (team): Amityville

Pro/college athlete I look up to: Mesut Ozil

Role model: Lionel Messi

I wouldn't be Prep Talk Athlete of the Year without ... "Frank Cotroneo, Mike Ertel, Lynn Brady, and my group of best friends."

When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... "sleeping or at school."

What's ahead: Committed to play soccer at Canisius College.

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#PrepTalkAwards info

What: The third annual Prep Talk Awards -- our version of Oscar Night for WNY high school sports.

When: Wednesday, 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 Olympic gold medalist and Western New York native Steve Mesler will be the guest speaker. News Executive Sports Editor Lisa Wilson and Deputy Sports Editor Keith McShea are your hosts.

Reservations and tickets: Contact Lisa Cislo as soon as possible at 849-5522 or

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. There will also be 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 the 2015 #PrepTalkAwards via Twitter. Here's a photo gallery from the 2015 Prep Talk Awards. Here's a look back the 2015 Prep Talk Players of the Year and finalists for other Prep Talk Awards.

Special Prep Talk Awards section in The Buffalo News: Published Saturday, June 18.

Who will be the Prep Talk Team of the Year? Miguel Rodriguez's final Power 10 of the fall determined our choices of the top teams from the first season of the school year. Rodriguez's final Power 10 of the winter listed our choices from 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

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Prep Talk Players of the Year

Girls soccer: Marissa Birzon, Williamsville East (announced May 31)

Boys soccer: Troy Brady, Grand Island (May 31)

Field hockey: June 1

Girls volleyball: June 1

Boys volleyball: June 1

Girls gymnastics: TBA.

Girls cross country: TBA

Boys cross country: TBA

Girls swimming: TBA

Boys swimming: TBA

Girls hockey: TBA

Boys hockey: TBA

Wrestling: TBA

Girls bowling: TBA

Boys bowling: TBA

Girls squash: TBA

Boys squash: TBA

Rifle: TBA

Girls indoor track: TBA

Boys indoor track: TBA

Girls tennis: TBA

Boys tennis: TBA

Girls golf: TBA

Boys golf: TBA

Girls lacrosse: TBA

Boys lacrosse: TBA.

Girls rowing: TBA.

Boys rowing: TBA.

Girls rugby: TBA.

Boys rugby: TBA.

Girls track and field: TBA.

Boys track and field: TBA.

Softball: TBA.

Baseball: TBA.

Girls three-sport athlete: TBA

Boys three-sport athlete: TBA.

Coach of the Year finalists (five finalists): TBA

Program of the Year finalists (five finalists): TBA

Third annual #PrepTalkAwards: Wednesday, June 15 -- 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.

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