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Two-time All-Western New York first-team boys basketball player Mansa Habeeb of McKinley has verbally committed to accept a full scholarship to attend Iowa's Southestern Community College, one of the top junior college programs in the country. The news is according to Mike Mennenga, who is an assistant at Nichols and is a coach with the Team United summer basketball p…

This is long overdue, but we've been a little busy in between March Madness and May madness. The inaugural first annual premiere debut of the Prep Talk March Madness Pool took place this year and the winner was St. Joe's boys basketball assistant coach Jack Herlan. I promised that the only fabulous prize I could offer the winner was "writing all about him or…

Longtime Section VI chairman and 35-year Orchard Park coach Terry McMahon consulted with coaches past and present -- as well as the record book -- to come up with the most top-heavy boys tennis teams of all-time in Western New York. The discussion began after the success of this season's top three singles players for Hamburg. While Hamburg doesn't have the …

Any high school football player with aspirations to play at the college level, take a knee and listen up. College coaches want to get a look at you at the Football Recruiting Combine on Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. The junior combine is open to all football players across Western New York who will be seniors in the fall. This seventh annual event is sp…

Got some quick thoughts about track? Some high-aiming or long-reaching opinions about the field? Let us know what you think of this year's track and field season, whether it is action that's already taken place or what's yet to come over the next month and a half. The boys and girls leaders have been posted as part of this week's Scholastic Spotlight. T…

For the All-Western New York boys basketball team, we pick four teams. Twenty players. That's it. But every year there's what I like to call the "mythical fifth team." Take a look at the honorable mention selections at the bottom of our All-WNY chart (or on our "How'd we do?" post on the blog) and our "behind-the-music" brea…

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I don't care what the schedules said, today was the first day of the spring season in high school sports. Seemed like the whole Western New York world was outside on a day perfect for getting out on the field -- to play or to watch.I'm working on lacrosse stories for next week's Scholastic Spotlight, so I watched Clarence's 9-4 win over Section V's…

Hey, it's a blog, so we can have some fun with the name. Welcome to the story behind the story. [Insert VH1 theme music here.]Here's how we picked the All-Western New York team. We start, as always, with what happened the year before: Will Regan of Nichols and Mansa Habeeb of McKinley were first-teamers; Kelvin Agee of Niagara Falls and Chris Secky of Maple Grove…

I got to a great deal of All-Western New York matters in this week's live chat, but there were plenty of questions that came up since our All-WNY teams were published April 18. Here's a question-and-answer session cobbled together from comments made on the Prep Talk blog (amazingly, I didn't get one question or complain e-mailed to me): * * * Dumbfounded: &q…

The state sportswriters association has announced its boys basketball all-state teams.We have a breakdown of the complete list of local players in the paper. Chris Secky of Maple Grove was named Class D co-Player of the Year along with Greenport senior Ryan Creighton. That's a great honor for Secky, a junior, since Creighton finished his career second on the state…

It's time for the first chat of the spring season -- or the last one of the winter, depending on the way you look at it (or what you want to talk about). Got a question about the All-Western New York basketball teams or the final polls? Ask away. Spring is about to get really get springing this week, so we can certainly talk about the action on the diamonds, lacrosse …

Our softball outlook, as well as a story of coaches Tom "T.K." Murphy and Larry Lash teaming up at North Tonawanda, were part of today's Scholastic Spotlight. Check them out at the high school home page. Here are a few extra slap hits:* * * Fredonia coach Dave Polechetti has a senior-dominated Fredonia team that has come up one game short of a state title t…

In case you were sunning yourself on Spring Break and happened to miss it, here's a breakdown of the All-Western New York basketball package, which was published Saturday. Your first stop is our overview story, which not only gets you started but has links to a wealth of information, like: ** The All-WNY team pages. There is a link right at the top so you can tog…

The All-Western New York boys basketball team is in the paper and on our Web site, along with a ton of information. Check out the links to the cover, audio slideshow and an outstanding, fact-filled and photo-filled page for both boys and girls that was put together by video/Web guru Dan Kirchberger. And here it is for discussion purposes ... 2009 All-Western New Yor…

The All-Western New York girls basketball team is in the paper and on our Web site, along with a ton of information. Check out the links to the cover, audio slideshow and an outstanding, fact-filled and photo-filled page for both boys and girls that was put together by video/Web guru Dan Kirchberger. And here it is for discussion purposes ... 2009 All-Western New Yo…