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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

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

Nov. 16, 2019
Joe Wolke, Churchville-Chili volleyball
   The senior setter followed up his MVP performance in leading the Saints (21-1) to the Section V Class B1 title by posting 27 assists in Friday's state tournament qualifier, a tight straight-sets win over Midlakes. He also had 27 assists in the sectional championship victory for the No. 1 seeds over Spencerport.

Nov. 9, 2019
Nick Bauman, Irondequoit cross country
   The senior became the first boy in school history to capture an individual Section V cross country championship, winning the Class A race at Midlakes in 16 minutes, 15 seconds. It was the second-best time of the day behind only Pittsford Mendon’s Sam Lawler.

Nov. 2, 2019
Dylan Rice, Greece Athena soccer
   The junior scored two goals, including the first-half equalizer and then the winner after a dynamite 50-yard sprint with the ball with 11 minutes to play , as No. 1 Athena edged rival Greece Arcadia, 3-2, for the Section V Class A-1 championship. It is Athena's fourth crown in six years. An eighth-grader on its last title team, Rice has 16 goals and 13 assists.


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Pittsford Pub
Female athlete of the week

Nov. 16, 2019
Megan Deuel, Pittsford swimming
   The two-time AGR Swimmer of the Year helped lead the Panthers to an 18th straight Section V crown on her 18th birthday by winning the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly while also swimming on winning medley and 400 freestyle relays. In prelims, she broke the Section V Class A and meet record in the IM with an All-American Consideration time and in the finals broke her own fly record.

Nov. 9, 2019
Madison Johnson, Victor cheerleading
   A junior and strong tumbler, she is the main base and a captain who helped lead Blue Devils to the Section V Fall championship. As a freshman she became a Section V and state champion and since then has led her team its first Monroe County League title and the state finals last winter and a sectional title this fall.

Nov. 2, 2019
Lara Phipps, Pittsford
   The junior at Sutherland won her first Section V Class A diving championship on Friday, breaking her own school record with a score of 535 points. Phipps was third last year at sectionals. She dives year-round at Upstate Diving with Cliff Devries at RIT. The Pittsford S'Women go for their 18th straight Section V crown next Saturday at Webster Aquatic Center.


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G&G Fitness
Coach of the week

Nov. 16, 2019
John Gammon
John Gammon After three football title-game misses in five seasons, Livonia broke through. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs edged No. 1 HF-L, 12-0, to capture the school's first Section V Class B championship in 26 years. Named the Section V Class B Coach of the Year, Gammon's players also know about giving back. They participate annually in the Cystic Fibrosis Walk. "John runs a complete program that goes year-around, always getting the most out of his players," AD Mark Kress said. "The program has always been a place for all kids, even those that struggle are welcomed into the family." A coach for 27 years, Gammon also guided Eastridge to a Section V crown in 2004. His Livonia record is 48-13.

Nov. 9, 2019
Rene Monks
Rene Monks In her 11th year as coach at Honeoye Falls-Lima, she has led the Cougars to seven Monroe County championships and on Saturday they'll compete for a fifth sectional title under her guidance. HF-L's crowning achievement was the 2016 state title. "Her impact on her athletes off the court is as impressive as it is on it," says HF-L AD Brian Donohue. "Rene is a tremendous role model and is not only an outstanding teacher of the game but her commitment to teaching life skills is exemplary. She has high expectations for her athletes as people and she holds them accountable." The relationships she builds with players leads to many of them, after they've graduated, returning to watch HF-L games to support the current team.


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