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Prep Talk Player of the Year for baseball: Dan Dallas, Canisius

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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Dan Dallas

School: Canisius

Year: Senior

Twitter: @dandukedallas

#PrepTalkResume: Powerful left-handed pitcher and excellent hitter was the dominant player in Western New York baseball this past season. He completed a four-year varsity career with the Crusaders, and was taken in the seventh round of the MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. Dallas also has been offered a full scholarship at Monmouth University.

Dan Dallas

Canisius' Dan Dallas throw a pitch during his no-hitter in Game One of the Georgetown Cup. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Statistics 101: Had a 10-0 record with an 0.15 ERA in 2016, striking out 90, walking 16 and allowing 16 hits in 48 innings. He had a 0.62 ERA his junior year. In his last two seasons, Dallas went 16-1 with two no-hitters. Batted .492 with 27 RBIs, 35 runs scored, 23 walks and three homers as a senior, including a memorable blast at Coca-Cola Field in his final game with the Crusaders that helped lead the team to a two-game sweep of St. Francis for the Georgetown Cup championship.

Favorite moment in H.S. competition: Being part of a team that worked hard all year and was rewarded by winning the Monsignor Martin Association's Georgetown Cup.

Favorite H.S. teammate: The entire 2016 Canisius varsity team.

Toughest H.S. teammate (team): St. Francis, as they always came to play and gave it their best.

Toughest H.S. teammate (individual): Every player who stepped in the batter's box was my toughest opponent.

Role model: My cousin and best friend Kevin Gasper, as he lives each day to the fullest.

Pro/college athlete I look up to: My cousin, Paul Goldschmidt, as he defines the epitome of any outstanding work ethic.

I wouldn't be Prep Talk Athlete of the Year without ... : "My parents, my sister Tainne, my grandparents, and my extended family. Also, my teammates, coaches Tenney, Gabrielle, Karstedt, Carnevale, Leib, Lilley, Trey and Smaldone, Mr. Jim Mauro, Morgan Collins and the Canisius High School community."

When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm ... : "working out, serving the community, and spending valuable time with family and friends."

Future plans: Monmouth University or professional baseball.

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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)

Girls volleyball: Samantha Burgio, Eden (June 1)

Boys volleyball: Griffin Schmit, Canisius (June 1)

Girls cross country: Sophia Tasselmyer, East Aurora (June 2)

Boys cross country: Kenny Vasbinder, East Aurora (June 2).

Field hockey: McKenna Rushford, Amherst (June 3)

Program of the Year finalists (June 6)

Coach of the Year finalists (June 6)

Girls gymnastics: Zoe Kyriakopoulos, Williamsville North (June 7).

Girls swimming: Andrea Ernst, Orchard Park (June 9)

Boys swimming: Matthew Marsh, Jamestown (June 9)

Girls indoor track: Tiana Luton, Sweet Home (June 9)

Boys indoor track: Steven Neumaier, Lancaster (June 9)

Wrestling: Kellen Devlin, Amherst (June 10)

Girls hockey: Abigail Welch, Nichols (June 10)

Boys hockey: Trevor Pray, Kenmore East (June 10)

Rifle: Noah Fox, Alden (June 10)

Girls bowling: Angela Gabriele, Niagara Falls (June 11)

Boys bowling: Nate Maloney, Niagara-Wheatfield (June 11)

Girls squash: Isobel Brinkworth, Nichols (June 11)

Boys squash: Leyton Johnston, Nichols (June 11)

Girls tennis: Jesse Hollins, Orchard Park (June 12)

Boys tennis: Jack McClaren, East Aurora (June 12)

Girls rowing: Tara Finlayson, Nardin (June 12)

Boys rowing: Daniel Wrafter, Canisius (June 12)

Softball: Kara Paradowski, Lancaster (June 13)

Baseball: Dan Dallas, Canisius (June 13)

Girls rugby: Coming later today

Boys rugby: Coming later today

Girls lacrosse: June 14

Boys lacrosse: June 14

Girls golf: June 14

Boys golf: June 14

Girls track and field: June 15

Boys track and field: June 15

Girls three-sport athlete: June 15

Boys three-sport athlete: June 15

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

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