Chas Palka and the Canisius volleyball team had quite a week.
The Crusaders defeated St. Joe’s and Eden, two old rivals, early last week. Then they won the Burnt Hills Tournament in the Albany area, which was filled with top teams. Palka was the MVP of that tournament, and he’s our Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week.
Position: Outside hitter.
Uniform number: 1.
What has been the highlight of your year so far? Beating McQuaid at McQuaid for the first time in years. We won in five sets and the gym was packed with McQuaid fans.
Favorite teammate: I like all of my teammates. To say I like any one teammate above the others would be wrong.
Toughest opponent: Penfield High School.
WNY Athlete I look up to: John Urschel.
Pro/college athlete I admire: D’Angelo Russell.
Future plans: I am looking to major in pre-medicine at either Notre Dame, Georgetown, Princeton, or Northwestern.
Other nominees for Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week:
• Trevor Moreland, boys soccer, Newfane: Scored four goals and one assist in only two games.
• Dan Wilde, boys soccer, Clarence: Had six saves for the Red Devils in a big shutout win over divisional rival Orchard Park.
Coaches can nominate athletes who deserve to be recognized. Send their names and background information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday night.