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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School: Williamsville East
#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.
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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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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
Girls bowling: TBA
Boys bowling: TBA
Girls squash: TBA
Boys squash: 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.
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.