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Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys soccer: Pa Lu, I-Prep

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 14 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Pa Lu

School: I-Prep

Year: Senior

Twitter: @paaluu7

#PrepTalkResume: He earned All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Statistics 101: Finished the season with 32 goals and 21 assists as his team went 19-2. Had a hat trick to help his team win the Section VI Class B title against Lackawanna.

Favorite high school teammate: All of them

Toughest high school opponent (team): Clarence

I-Prep's Pa Lu scores on Lafayette goaltender Somo Somo during first half action at Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Role model: Ezana Kahsay (former teammate now playing for U. of Akron)

Pro/college athlete I look up to: Robert Lewandowski

I wouldn't be here without these people: Family, teammates, coaches and teachers

When I'm not playing and practicing my sport, I'm: Watching movies, hanging out with friends, and fishing.

Favorite academic subject: Gym

Planned college major: Management

Future plans: Will play at Rowan University in New Jersey

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#PrepTalkAwards info

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

When: Wednesday, June 14, 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 former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will be the guest speaker. News Deputy Sports Editor Keith McShea is your host.

Reservations and tickets: Contact Megan Termini at 716-849-5551 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or via

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 video wrapuup of the 2016 awards. Check out a photo gallery of the 2016 Prep Talk Awards winners as well as a Smiles photo gallery from last year's event. Here's a look back the 2016 Prep Talk Players of the Year, finalists for other Prep Talk Awards and the night's big winners.

Special Prep Talk Awards section in The Buffalo News: Published Saturday, June 17.

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 30)

Boys soccer: Pa Lu, I-Prep (May 30)

Girls cross country: Coming soon

Boys cross country: Coming soon

Girls volleyball: Coming soon

Boys volleyball: Coming soon

Field hockey: Coming soon

Program of the Year finalists: Coming soon

Coach of the Year finalists: Coming soon

Girls gymnastics: Coming soon

Girls swimming: Coming soon

Boys swimming: Coming soon

Girls indoor track: Coming soon

Boys indoor track: Coming soon

Wrestling: Coming soon

Girls hockey: Coming soon

Boys hockey: Coming soon

Rifle: Coming soon

Girls bowling: Coming soon

Boys bowling: Coming soon

Girls squash: Coming soon

Boys squash: Coming soon

Girls tennis: Coming soon

Boys tennis: Coming soon

Girls rowing: Coming soon

Boys rowing: Coming soon

Softball: Coming soon

Baseball: Coming soon

Girls rugby: Coming soon

Boys rugby: Coming soon

Girls lacrosse: Coming soon

Boys lacrosse: Coming soon

Girls golf: Coming soon

Boys golf: Coming soon

Girls track and field: Coming soon

Boys track and field: Coming soon

Girls three-sport athlete: Coming soon

Boys three-sport athlete: Coming soon

Fourth annual #PrepTalkAwards: Wednesday, June 14 – 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.

Former Buffalo Bill Fred Jackson the guest speaker for fourth annual Prep Talk Awards


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