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Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls gymnastics: Zoe Kyriakopoulos, Williamsville North

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.

Zoe Kyriakopoulos

School: Williamsville North

Class: Sophomore

Twitter: @zoekyria

#PrepTalkResume: Kyriakopoulos is a two-time Section VI all-around champion, and won the state all-around title for the first time. She is a repeat Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls gymnastics.

Statistics 101: Turned in a record-breaking score of 9.85 on the floor exercise at states, shattering the record of 9.825 set by Brittan Tassar of Section XI (Suffolk County) in 2009. She also won the bars with a 9.55 score.

Favorite moment in High School competition: Breaking the state record on floor with a 9.85 and winning states as a team for the second year in a row.

Favorite high school teammate: Everyone.

Toughest high school opponent (team): Williamsville South

Toughest high school opponent (individual): Miranda Roberson

Williamsville North's Zoe Kyriakopoulos competes in the floor exercise at the Section VI girls gymnastics championships last fall. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Role model: Aly Raisman

Pro/college athlete I look up to: Lexi Priessman

I wouldn't be here without ... : My supportive family, my coaches, and my teammates who make this sport worthwhile.

When I'm not playing my sport, I'm ... : Studying, watching Netflix, doing homework.

Favorite academic subject: Chemistry

Planned college major: Biology

Future plans: Hopefully a Division I scholarship

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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: Danielle Orie, Nardin (May 31)

Boys cross country: Christopher Nowak, Sweet Home (May 31)

Girls volleyball: Samantha Burgio, Eden (June 1)

Boys volleyball: Henry Payne, Clarence (June 1)

Field hockey: Abby Ferenczy, Williamsville South (June 2)

Girls gymnastics: Zoe Kyriakopoulos, Williamsville North (June 2)

Wrestling: Coming soon

Rifle: Coming soon

Girls swimming: Coming soon

Boys swimming: Coming soon

Program of the Year finalists: Coming soon

Coach of the Year finalists: Coming soon

Girls indoor track: Coming soon

Boys indoor track: Coming soon

Girls hockey: Coming soon

Boys hockey: 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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