|Feb 17, 2018: Terry Nowden, Damon Payton, Sam Roche, Ben Beldner, Kara Houppert, Steve Parshall, Hunter Olsen, Steve Vacanti|
Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show
Welcome to the website of the Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show, the only radio talk show in the Rochester area that covers Section V and local High School sports in Rochester NY. The show can be heard live every Saturday at noon on FOX SPORTS 1280 WHTK in the Rochester area and also 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 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 2,000 coaches and athletes have been on the show. A special thanks goes to Connors & Ferris and all of our sponsors (link to sponsors) Without their continued support, area athletes and coaches wouldn't have a chance to be showcased on the radio.
|February 17, 2018: Gates Chili boys basketball coach Terry Nowden and senior guard Damon Payton talking about the Spartans' turnaround; Pittsford swim co-captains Sam Roche and Ben Beldner after the Panthers won a 16th straight Section V Class A crown; Naples girls basketball coach and former Webster Thomas and SUNY Geneseo standout Kara Houppert on the Big Green Machine's 14-6 record in her rookie season as a varsity coach; Webster Schroeder hockey coach Steve Parshall and senior forward Hunter Olsen after the Warriors' rallied to dethrone Pittsford 3-2 in the Class A quarterfinals; Zweigle's VP of Marketing and Sales Steve Vacanti on the company's reasons for supporting Section V sports.|
|February 10, 2018: John Boccacino guest hosting for Jeff DiVeronica; Caledonia-Mumford boys basketball coach Dan Dickens and senior guard Jon Boilard on the Red Raiders' solid 16-1 season and 13-game winning streak headed into sectionas; Webster Thomas hockey coach David Evans and forward Colin Horan on the Titans' big win over Canandaigua and 12-5-3 season; Pittsford Mendon boys basketball coach Bob Nally and forward Daniel Cook on the Vikings' 79-76 victory over red-hot Greece Athena, ending the Trojans' 13-game win streak.|
|February 03, 2018: Feb. 3 Show: Penfield wrestler and three-time state champion Frankie Gissendanner on his career, future and being part of Unified sports; Midlakes girls basketball coach Nate Rich and junior guard Alaina Forbes on the Screaming Eagles (15-0) being the lone unbeaten left in Section V; Victor hockey coach Mike Ferreri on the Blue Devils’ showdown on Tuesday with defending Section Class A champion Pittsford; McQuaid point guard Anthony Iglesia on the Knights’ five-game win streak and his strong play, especially in Friday’s OT win over Bishop Kearney; Wilson boys basketball coach Brendan O’Toole and junior guard Robert Davis talking about the Wildcats’ surge and Davis’ amazing alley-oop, off-the-backboard pass to Brennan Clark for a dunk.|
|January 27, 2018: Penfield hockey coach Nate Miller and senior defenseman Andrew Ebersol on the Patriots six-game surge (4-0-2); Bloomfield girls basketball coach Mike Schunk and senior forward Braelin Scott on her strong senior season, including 12 double-doubles and scoring her 1,000th point on Thursday; Northstar Christian assistant boys basketball coach Mike Brown and junior point guard Miles Brown (his son) on the team's 13-1 start and drive to make it back to the Class C state final four; longtime area athletic administrator Denny Fries on Unified sports in Section V and statewide.|
|January 20, 2018: Pittsford Mendon boys basketball coach Bob Nally and senior guard Matt Powers following a 68-63 OT win over rival Sutherland in the Rainbow Classic; Mendon girls basketball coach Todd Julien and senior forward Sarah Stark on the team's Rainbow Classic rout of Sutherland and 12-0 start; Greece Arcadia girls basketball coach Brandon Banks and senior Alyssa Ballou on the Titans' turnaround from 4-17 two years ago to 8-4 this winter; Webster Thomas girls basketball coach Jason Charno and senior guard Miranda Lynch on the Titans' 11-2 season and Lynch closing in on 1,000 points; Brockport hockey coach Greg Stahl on the Blue Devils losing two key players headed into Saturday's showdown with defending Section V Class A champion Fairport.|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
February 17, 2018:G&G FITNESS COACH OF THE WEEK
Terry Nowden, Gates Chili boys basketball: A former Spartans player himself, Nowden moved up from spending five years as JV coach to lead Gates Chili to its best season in seven years. A program with talented players that won no more than 7 games in any of the past five seasons and combined to win just 13 in the past two has gone 14-6 and earned the No. 3 seed in the Section V Tournament. Named the Class AA Coach of the Year on Friday, Nowden did that by changing the culture at Gates, talking the talk and walking the walk. He led by example and has gotten players to buy into a team-first mentality instead of thinking me-first.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
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BOYS: Sam Roche, Pittsford swimming. The senior broke a 36-year-old school record in winning the 100-yard freestyle and also won the 100 backstroke to help lead the Panthers to a 16th straight Section V Championship on Friday night. Both times were good enough for All-American consideration. Roche also swam on the winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams. He was named the Class A Swimmer of the Meet and the Monroe County Swimmer of the Year.
GIRLS: Kayla Jackson, Aquinas girls basketball. The senior forward scored 18 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a 72-41 win over Penn Yan and had 29 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks in a loss to Sacred Heart. She's averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Little Irish, who are 14-6 and the top seed in the Section V Class A2 tournament.
More of our Athletes and Coach of the Week
About the hosts
Jeff DiVeronica, host
A native of Canastota, N.Y., DiVeronica has covered high school sports for the Democrat and Chronicle since 1994, 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 also hosts a show on WHTK about Rochester Rhinos, Rochester Lancers & Western New York Flash soccer. He founded the CNB Show in 2003. He writes a blog on soccer and co-contributes to another, Varsity Voices, about high school sports at www.DemocratandChronicle.com/blog/varsityvoices.
John Boccacino, co-host
A Brighton native, Boccacino is the director of sports information at Keuka College. He formerly was assistant SID at State University of New York at Brockport and worked for the Democrat and Chronicle from 2007-10 as its youth sports reporter. Prior to that, he worked part-time at the D&C while also doing the CNB Show. A 2003 graduate of Syracuse University's prestigious Newhouse School of Communications, Boccacino also contributed to the D&C's Section V coverage with his "Boccacino's Blitz" football video highlight package.