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.
School: Orchard Park
#PrepTalkResume: Crean placed second in the 300-meter dash during the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship meet during the winter. She captured Section VI titles in the 300 and 55-meter dash. She also anchored the triumphant efforts of the Quakers' 4x200 relay at sectionals.
Statistics 101: Crean is a past state champion in the 300, winning it as a freshman. She holds the Section VI record for fastest time in the event and also holds school records in the 55 and is a contributor to the record-setting efforts of the 4x200 relay team.
Crean, who placed in the top three in the 100, 200 and 400 during the 2016 outdoor state track and field championship meet, earned the distinction of fastest freshman in the 300-meter at indoor nationals two years ago.
Favorite moment in high school competition: Winning the state title in the 300 as a freshman at Cornell University.
Favorite high school teammates: Jake Graves
Toughest high school opponent (team): Lancaster
Toughest high school opponent (individual): My biggest opponent is myself. I am always striving to better myself.
Role models: My mother is my role model. She cares for everyone she meets and never fails to make people smile. She is such a hard worker, and I try to be like her every day.
Pro/college athlete I look up to: Matt Mercer
I wouldn't be here without these people: My coaches, my teammates and my family
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm: hanging out with family and friends, listening to music or watching movies.
Favorite academic subject: Science
Planned college major: Bio-chemistry
Future plans: I plan to start visiting colleges this summer to get an idea of where I would like to continue my education.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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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: Laith Alsous, Lew-Port (June 3)
Rifle: Kiersten Mucha, Lancaster (June 3)
Girls swimming: Olivia Sapio, Orchard Park (June 4)
Boys swimming: Seth Farrand, Olean (June 4)
Girls hockey: Katy Knoll, Nichols (June 5)
Boys hockey: Cole Donhauser, Nichols (June 5)
Girls indoor track: Jenna Crean, Orchard Park (June 6)
Boys indoor track: Coming soon
Girls bowling: Coming soon
Boys bowling: Coming soon
Program of the Year finalists: Coming soon
Coach of the Year finalists: 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.