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    Welcome to the Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show, the only radio talk show in the Rochester area that covers Section V sports in Rochester, New York. The show can be heard live every Saturday at noon on FOX SPORTS 1280 (WHTK) and on the Web at www.whtk.com or by using the iHeartRadio app on your smart device. The show features interviews with coaches and players, previews and highlights of the biggest games each season and honors "Athletes of the Week." It also tackles the issues facing teenage athletes, such as proper nutrition and recovery from injury and how to balance academics and athletics.

    Since 2003, more than 3,000 coaches and athletes have been on the show. A special thanks goes to Connors & Ferris and all of our sponsors Without their continued support, area athletes and coaches wouldn't have a chance to be showcased on the radio.

    A native of Canastota, N.Y., Jeff DiVeronica covered high school sports for the Democrat and Chronicle for nearly 25 years and was honored as the "Sportswriter of the Year" by the Rochester Press-Radio Club in 2014 and 2002. A graduate of St. John Fisher College and member of its Communications/Journalism Hall of Fame, he founded the show in 2003.


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Listen to previous episodes of the 2019-2020 show

Jan. 25, 2020: NYS Sportswriters Association President John Moriello, in studio; Victor boys basketball coach Tyler Roberts and senior point guard Matt Caggiano; College Assistance Plus Counselor Kate Patterson; retiring Brockport Aquatics Director/Coach Scott Fake. [LISTEN]

Jan. 18, 2020: Sam Schrier in studio; UPrep boys basketball coach Demond Stewart to preview Saturday's showdown with Leadership; Irondequoit girls basketball coach Scott Smith and senior point guard Alahna Paige on the Eagles' nine-game win streak; Pittsford boys swim coach Rick Schmitt on his team going after a record 18th straight Section V Class A title.[LISTEN]

Jan. 11, 2020: Hilton boys basketball coach Troy Prince and star player Tah'Jae Hill, a Niagara University commit; Penfield girls basketball coach Mark Vogt and senior captains Baylee Teal and Nyara Simmons; former Aquinas/Spencerport football coach and Irondequoit athletic director Tony Lipani; College Assistance Plus founder Paul Celuch. [LISTEN]

Jan. 4, 2020: A tribute to late McQuaid cross country coach, Mr. Bob Bradley; interviews with NYS Sportswriters Association President John Moriello, HF-L coach Bernie Gardner and ex-McQuaid runner Marc Dovi. Penfield boys basketball coach Jason Ellis and players Dyllon Scott and RJ Wilkins also talked about their 7-1 start and last-second win at Wayne. [LISTEN]

Dec. 14, 2019: D&C sportswriter Stevie Johnson guest-hosting for Jeff DiVeronica. Guests included D&C's James Johnson, East High boys basketball coach Darrell Barley and his sons in studio and Bishop Kearney girls basketball coach Kevan Sheppard live from Washington, D.C. [LISTEN]

Dec. 7, 2019: Rush-Henrietta boys basketball coach Chris Reed and senior guard Eddie Beverly on Friday's big win at Hilton; Pittsford girls swimming coach Marty Keating and 12-time state champion Megan Deuel; New York State Sportswriters Association president John Moriello. [LISTEN]

Nov. 30, 2019: Pittsford Mendon runner and Federation state champion Sam Lawler and coach Chris Compson on Lawler's cross country success; McQuaid football coach Bobby Bates and two-way lineman Quinn Bergeron previewing Saturday's Class AA state title game; Hilton hockey coach Chris Monfiletto on the Cadets' fundraiser that has generated nearly $5,000.[LISTEN]

Nov. 23, 2019: Paul Gotham of PickinSplinters.com to wrap up the soccer season; McQuaid volleyball coach Christopher Parks and senior hitter Owen Wickens on the loss of Dane LeClair and their season; Canandaigua football coach Jeff Welch after the Braves' 16-6 state semifinal loss; College Assistance Plus founder Paul Celuch on how to gain scholarship leverage vs. colleges. [LISTEN]

Nov. 16, 2019: Democrat and Chronicle Sports Editor Steve Bradley sits in for Jeff DiVeronica as host. Guests include McQuaid football coach Bobby Bates, Mercy volleyball coach C.J. Denk and senior captain Liza Huber, Greece Athena boys soccer coach Mike Butler and Pittsford Mendon field hockey coach Kara Brown. [LISTEN]

Nov. 9, 2019: Batavia Notre Dame football coach Joe Zambito; Liane Crane from College Assistance Plus; Fairport boys soccer coach Gianni Bussani and goalie Michael Nesser; Irondequoit girls volleyball coach Marc Callari and seniors Drew Kemp and Emma Sheehan; Greece Olympia girls soccer coach Danielle Boneberg and sophomore Kuditra Derosa. [LISTEN]

         Nov. 2, 2019: Hilton football coach Rich Lipani; Greece Athena boys soccer coach Mike Butler and junior midfielder Dylan Rice; Victor girls volleyball coach Matt Glover and senior hitter KK McFadden; Paul Gotham of PickinSplinters.com; Spencerport girls soccer coach Jamie Schneider and senior captain, Maddie Brongo. [LISTEN]

Oct. 26, 2019: Football coaches Keith Molinich (Pittsford) and Brad Patchett (Palmyra-Macedon) following big Section V football playoff wins; Spencerport boys soccer coach Jody Wyant and senior Max LaRosa; Brighton girls soccer coach Rita Kladstrup and senior Eileen Kelly; Webster Schroeder boys volleyball coach Greg Kennedy, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week. [LISTEN]

Oct. 19, 2019: Jeff DiVeronica and D&C Sports Editor Steve Bradley discuss the accomplishment and controversy surrounding Chloe DeLyser's pursuit of becoming the nation's leader as a soccer goal-scorer. Coach Trevor Sousa & Honeoye Falls-Lima senior Claire Yioulos talk about her winning the Section V golf championship & her career. G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Tim Mattle of Wayne boys soccer talks about his career and influences. [LISTEN]

Oct. 12, 2019: Greg Connors discussing the value and importance of high school sports; U.S. Army Sgt. Luce offering an "Army workout" at local schools to phys ed teachers; Pittsford Sutherland boys soccer coach Sean Hopkins & senior captain Will Bowen; Honeoye Falls-Lima girls soccer coach Chrissy Merrill, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Fairport football coach Marc Vitticore. [LISTEN]

Oct. 5, 2019: In-studio guest D&C sportswriter Stevie Johnson. Eastridge football coach Jasson Jobson to preview the Lancers' showdown vs. Wilson. East Rochester boys soccer coach Mike Domm and players from the unbeaten Bombers. College Assistance Plus Director of Consulting Brenda Piazza on financial aid. [LISTEN]

Sept. 28, 2019: Local mindful expert Erica Ebert, who works in that capacity for Webster schools and around the area, discusses what she coaches young students and athletes -- right down to toddlers -- on in sessions; Paul Gotham of PickinSplinters.com breaks down the top boys and girls soccer teams in Section V; Churchville-Chili boys soccer coach John Mahoney discusses the program's longstanding "Blue September" fundraiser to fight prostate cancer and talks about his gritty squad. [LISTEN]

Sept. 21, 2019: NYS Sports Association president John Moriello; HF-L football coach John Russ and RB Mason Ferrara; Avon football's Andy Englert, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Webster Thomas boys soccer coach Steve Grose & defender Cam Webb; Pittsford Sutherland girls soccer coach Adam Palumbo. [LISTEN]

Sept. 14, 2019: In-studio guest, John Moriello, president of the NYS Sportswriters Association; Spencerport football coach John Dowd & lineman J.J. Crawford; U.S. Army Sgt. Luce; LeRoy boys soccer's Bob Hammer, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Hilton girls volleyball coach Mike Harnden & seniors Kylie Ashline & Megan Loomis. [LISTEN]

Sept. 7, 2019: McQuaid football coach Bobby Bates and Aquinas football coach Derek Annechino to preview their season-opening showdown; Webster Schroeder girls soccer coach Kent Brown and junior Anna Hewlett; Oakfield-Alabama cross country coach Pete Beuler; College Assistance Plus Founder, Paul Celuch. | [WATCH]

Our weekly Section V award recipients

Pittsford Pub
Male athlete of the week

Jan. 25, 2020
Ryan Garwood, Northstar Christian basketball
   The sophomore guard broke the Section V record by drilling 13 three-pointers in Thursday’s 127-51 win over Global Concepts. He scored 51 points, making 13 of his 20 shots. He followed that up with 26 points and six 3-pointers in Friday’s 90-83 double overtime win over Buffalo East for the Knights (12-1).

Jan. 18, 2020
Cade Spencer, Webster Thomas hockey
   The forward recorded a hat trick in Wednesday's big 4-2 win over Fairport, the Division I leader. He leads the defending Section V Class B champions with 8 goals and also has 4 assists. The Titans (11-1) have won 10 straight entering Tuesday's game vs. Penfield.

Jan. 11, 2020
Markus Robinson, C.G. Finney basketball
   The 6-foot-1 freshman guard scored 65 points in an 87-85 loss to Rochester Prep on Tuesday, tying the Section V mark set by Cuba's Gordon Enderle in 1978-79, and followed that up with 54 on Friday in a loss to Northstar Christian. He has scored more than 50 points six times in 13 games.


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Pittsford Pub
Female athlete of the week

Jan. 25, 2020
Sydney Close, Red Jacket basketball
   The 4-foot-11 senior point guard scored 18 points in Friday's 59-39 win over Bloomfield and pumped in 24 in a 55-43 victory over East Rochester. The Indians (10-5) and have won four straight.

Jan. 18, 2020
Aaliyah Pennie, Northstar Christian
   The senior forward had 14 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 67-37 win over Lima Christian and followed that up with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 steals in a 55-37 win over Rochester Prep. At 12-0, the Knights are one of only two unbeaten teams left in Section V with Gates Chili.

Jan. 11, 2020
Nyara Simmons, Penfield basketball
   The senior, who has been a double-double machine, had 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Churchville-Chili and 20 points and 11 boards in win over Webster Schroeder. She averages team highs with 18.1 points and 12.5 rebounds.


More of the recent girls
athletes of the week Go to awards
 

G&G Fitness
Coach of the week

Jan. 25, 2020
Scott Fake
Scott Fake Scott Fake has coached swimming for 45 years and has not only left an indelible mark at Brockport Central, where he has been the school Aquatics Instructor since 1983. But the former physical education teacher (36 years) has helped move the sport forward in the Rochester area as both the Section V and Monroe County Boys and Girls Swimming chairman for 20-plus years. "Scott has had an incredible impact on thousands of students, athletes and families in Brockport," AD Todd Hagreen says. "He has the ability to develop genuine relationships with athletes and their families beyond swimming. He will be sorely missed."

Jan. 18, 2020
Rick Schmitt
Rick Schmitt No one has been a bigger proponent of promoting Section V swimming over the past 20 years. A Penfield physical education teacher, Schmitt turned the Patriots into a contender from 2000 to 2006 before joining Pittsford, where he replaced Mark Morris in 2013. The Panthers haven't missed a beat. As dominant as ever, they're chasing history this season, trying to eclipse Fairport's record of winning 17 straight Section V swim titles. "Rick has a great work ethic as a coach and models expectations for his athletes," Pittsford AD Scott Barker said of the Section V Class A coordinator. "Rick has a unique ability to form positive relationships with his athletes that allows him to get the best out of each one."


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