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Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls soccer: Marissa Birzon, Williamsville East

The #PrepTalkCountdown is really on now.

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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Marissa Birzon

School: Williamsville East

Year: Junior

Twitter: @marissabirzon

#PrepTalkResume:  First-team All-WNY in 2014 and 2015, first team All-New York State Class A, and coaches' choice as Western New York Player of the Year. Verbally committed as a junior to Ohio State.

Marissa Birzon in action during the Flames' memorable postseason. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Marissa Birzon in action during the Flames' memorable postseason. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Statistics 101: Scored a school-record 50 goals for the 20-2 Flames, who advanced to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A final four. Has 77 career goals.

Favorite moment in H.S. competition: Winning the sectional championship game in overtime, 4-2.

Favorite teammate: Audrey McNamara

Toughest H.S. opponent (team): Grand Island

Toughest H.S. opponent (individual): Maddie Pezzino

Favorite postgame meal: Ice cream

Pro/college athlete I look up to: Mia Hamm

I wouldn't be Prep Talk Player of the Year without ... "my family, coaches, teammates and friends."

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

What's ahead: "Committed to the Ohio State University."

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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 lcislo@buffnews.com.

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 abrooker@buffnews.com.

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Prep Talk Players of the Year

Girls soccer: Marissa Birzon, Williamsville East

Boys soccer: Coming tonight.

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

2nd annual #PrepTalkAwards: Wednesday, June 15 -- 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.

 

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