|Apr 20, 2019: Cierra Dillard, Neil Cook, Bob Chavez|
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.
|April 20, 2019: Devo goes in-depth with former University of Buffalo basketball star Cierra Dillard on her journey from Gates Chili to being drafted recently by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx; Webster Thomas wrestling coach Neil Cook remembers his friend and former area wrestling coach Lou Lombardo; Daily Messenger sports editor Bob Chavez talks about covering sports in his hometown of Canandaigua and transitioning from being a D&C copy editor back to writing.|
|April 13, 2019: Section V Football coordinator Scott Barker on the switch to Federation scheduling; Fairport boys lacrosse coach Mike Torrelli and senior captain Kole Herren; Bishop Kearney junior pitcher Emily Phelan; local photographer Patrick Luke of Luke Photography. Torrelli was the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week and Phelan our Girls Athlete of the Week!|
|April 06, 2019: Newly inducted Section V Football Hall of Fame former coaches Dennis Greco of East Rochester/Gananda and Steve Girolmo of Livonia; Brighton girls lacrosse coach Rich Curtis and junior midfielder Katie Lederman; Greece Athena baseball coach Jason Bunting and versatile senior, Jorge Oropeza.|
|March 30, 2019: Local officiating organizers Steve Montanino (soccer) and Dale Trott (basketball) discuss the shortage in referees/officials, how people can sign up and how we can fix the problem; Coach George Giordano talks about how eSports aren't worthwhile and shouldn't be connected to "Athletics;" Victor boys lacrosse coach Jim Andre and defensive captain Sutton Boland on the Blue Devils' season-opening win over Pittsford; College Assistance founder/CEO Paul Celuch on the nationwide college admission scandal.|
|March 23, 2019: Ronald McDonald House Exceptional Senior All-Star Game/Banquet Chairman Rich Dibble; Pittsford Mendon girls basketball coach Todd Julien and senior guards Courtney Naugle & Ellie Mooney as the newly crowned NYSPHSAA champions go for the Federation title; former Irondequoit High School basketball and football star Gerald Drumgoole on leaving Rochester, where he has improved and his future with Pitt basketball; retiring Spencerport athletic director John Pelin on his 40-year career in education.|
|March 16, 2019: Pittsford Mendon boys basketball coach Bob Nally hours before his team took the court to play for the Class A state championship; Bishop Kearney girls basketball coach Kevan Sheppard LIVE from Troy right before his Kings play in the Class AA state semifinals; Midlakes girls basketball coach Nate Rich after his team's big Class B state semifinal victory and previewing the state title game; Fairport boys bowling coach Rob Wrights and standout senior Stefano Cittidino on the Red Raiders' ascent to the Division I state title.|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
April 23, 2019:Brought to you by The Basin Pub and Pittsford Pub & Grille
GIRLS: Clancy Rheude, Canandaigua girls lacrosse. After OT losses to Pittsford and Rush-Henrietta, the Braves found a way to win a tight one, 8-6, over Spencerport and Rheude was a key reason. The senior midfielder shut out Rangers catalyst Erin Coykendall, holding the Northwestern recruit to no goals or assists.
BOYS: Gage Ziehl, Penfield baseball. The versatile sophomore led the Patriots to a 4-0 start in Myrtle Beach, going 8-for-12 with 6 doubles and 4 RBI. He also drew 4 walks. On the mound, he struck out 5 in 4 1/3 innings to earn his first win this spring. Penfield outscored foes 39-11.
G&G FITNESS COACH OF THE WEEK
Chris Ruggieri, Greece Arcadia baseball
In his 21st year as varsity coach and 28th year overall, his Titans won sectional titles in 2003 and 2008. This week, Ruggieri won his 250th career game but he's much more than just a coach. "He prides himself on teaching young men how be good people," athletic director Sue Penepent says. "He shares his passion for the game through having a great deal of respect for it, your opponent and your teammates - right down to the dirt you play on." Ruggieri has been around long enough to coach the sons of his players and he seems plenty of alums at Arcadia games. "That's how you know he has made real connections that have become lasting friendships," Penepent says.
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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.