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News Player of the Year Sterling Taplin will attend prep school

By Keith McShea

Sterling Taplin, this year's Allen Wilson Award winner as The Buffalo News Player of the Year for boys basketball, will attend prep school next season. 

Taplin, who graduates from Williamsville North this spring, confirmed to me via Twitter direct message that he will be going the prep school route. He has been listed as a member of the Class of 2015 on the roster of the Albany City Rocks team competing this spring in Nike Elite Youth Basketball. 

Taplin has had Division I interest throughout his accomplished career, which included being a three-time first-team All-Western New York selection. In an interview for this year's All-Western New York issue, he said he had an offer from Siena but that he was giving more consideration to prep school.

Watch PrepTalkTV on All-WNY basketball; plus live chat & your #preptalklive updates

By Keith McShea

Tonight's PrepTalkTV episode, featuring News pollster Chad "Centercourt" Andrews, will dissect the All-Western New York boys basketball team.

In tonight's 7:30 p.m. chat, we'll take any and all questions on the boys and girls teams while we monitor the #PrepTalkLive updates. I'll also post some All-WNY related tweets that have went out over the last few days.

You can watch the show live here or at the video home page. Here it is, segment by segment:

Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Showcase rosters set for Thursday's games

By Keith McShea

The Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Showcase will be held Thursday at Niagara Falls High School.

The first game, which includes freshman and sophomores, will start at 6 p.m. The junior-senior game will follow. 

Admission is $5 with proceeds going to the Niagara PAL. 

The rosters:

2014 All-WNY boys basketball team: How'd we do?

Provide your comments below, reach us via Twitter or join the live chat Thursday evening.

Go to the high school home page for more on the team as well as the Player of the Year, the final News polls, league all-stars and more.

Here's the team:

2014 All-WNY girls basketball team: How'd we do?

Provide your comments below, reach us via Twitter or join the live chat Thursday evening.

Go to the high school home page for more on the team as well as the Player of the Year, the final News polls, league all-stars and more.

Here's the team:

Note regarding the 2014 All-WNY girls basketball team

By Keith McShea

Lancaster senior Sarah Saba was named to this year's All-Western New York first team for girls basketball. 

We notified her of the All-WNY first-team cover photo shoot, but she was unable to attend due to an out-of-town trip with her family. That is why she was not included on the cover of Saturday's paper or in our All-WNY videos. 

This was a difficult and unprecedented situation for us at The News.

PrepTalkTV announces the 2014 All-Western New York basketball first teams

A special PrepTalkTV episode announces this year's All-Western New York first teams in boys and girls basketball. At the conclusion of the show, there are player interviews as they reflect on their season (or career) and who has helped them along the way.

The player interviews are also available here:

The entire team will be published with Saturday's All-Western New York issue, which features the Players of the Year, the final News polls, league all-star teams and a special wraparound cover.

All-Western New York basketball teams announced today at noon on PrepTalkTV

By Keith McShea

The All-Western New York basketball teams will be announced this weekend.

The first team for both the boys and girls teams will be announced at noon Friday in a special edition of PrepTalkTV at

Saturday's annual All-Western New York issue will include a special wraparound cover, the full All-Western New York teams (first, second, third and fourth teams as well as honorable mentions), the boys Allen Wilson Player of the Year, the girls Player of the Year, the season's final News poll champions, Western New York's complete all-star teams and more.

Monday marks the third annual Buffalo News/BCANY Awards banquet for boys basketball at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant in Blasdell. The banquet will honor the All-WNY boys selections and many other players and coaches from this season, while also paying tribute to contributors to the game and some past All-WNY greats.

There is always a great deal of feedback about the All-Western New York teams, and I'll host a live chat next Thursday, April 10, which will answer any and all questions and round up what the Twitter feedback about the team has been like. 

How The News voted: Final poll

By Keith McShea

Every week during the basketball season a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls, which are published in Tuesday's Scholastic Spotlight.

And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted. This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll.

And this is the big one -- the final poll. 

Here are our previous blogs: the penultimate poll (Feb. 25, voted on before the start of Championship Week), Feb. 18Feb. 11Feb. 4Jan. 28Jan. 21, Jan. 14, Jan. 7; and our first ballot (there was no blog after the second poll as I was on vacation). Here's last year's final poll

Here's our final ballot: 

Silver Hoops Classic: Three boys all-star games Saturday at Grabiarz School


Saturday, March 29 at Grabiarz School (map here)

Mastrodicasa Memorial: Yale Cup II vs. ECIC, 12:30 p.m.

Bellanti Memorial: ECIC vs. Niagara Frontier League, 2 p.m.

Missana Memorial: Yale Cup I vs. Monsignor Martin, 3:30 p.m.

Here are the rosters:

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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