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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. 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. 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.

Jan. 4, 2019
Taj'Jae Hill, Hilton basketball
   The senior swingman erupted for 49 points and hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer to give the Cadets an 81-79 win over Eastridge in the title game of the Hilton Hall of Fame Tournament. He grabbed 11 rebounds and made 19 of 33 shots. Hill also had 15 points and 11 boards in the Cadets' first-round win.

Dec. 14, 2019
Markus Robinson, C.G. Finney basketball
   The freshman guard is putting up video game numbers this week for the Falcons. He scored 33 points against Clyde-Savannah and had 53 points, 18 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals in a win over Rochester Prep.


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Pittsford Pub
Female athlete of the week

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.

Jan. 4, 2020
Terah Echols, Gates Chili
   The 5-foot-10 sophomore forward scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a win over Honeoye Falls-Lima and had 17 points and 18 boards in a 68-42 victory over Spencerport. The surprising Spartans are off a 7-0 start under coach Rachel Leonard.

Dec. 14, 2019
Maria Ferris, Brockport track
   The junior got the indoor season off to a terrific start by winning the 1,000 meters in 3:16.88 and finishing as runner-up in the 3000 meters. Last fall she was a first-team All-Monroe County and second-team Section V All-Star in cross country.


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G&G Fitness
Coach of the week

Jan. 11, 2020
Austin Donroe
Austin Donroe The second-year Victor track coach knows teens face challenges and stress beyond competition. To that end, Donroe sees his age (24) as a benefit. "I think I have a decent understanding what they're up against, the pressures involved these days," says Donroe, a high school social studies teacher from Long Island who ran for SUNY Geneseo. "He truly cares about his athletes, all 86 of them!" says the person who nominated him. "He actually allows them to take a mental health day if needed." Donroe listens to his athletes. "I let the kids know at practice we're here to work, but I empathize with what they're going through." Congrats, Austin.

Jan. 4, 2020
Bob Bradley
Bob Bradley In 44 seasons, his track and cross country teams won 19 Section V titles, two state crowns and broke countless records. Mr. Bradley, who also taught English at McQuaid for decades, died on Dec. 29, 2019. The New Jersey native was 89. He taught dedication to academics and athletics, having a strong faith and conducting oneself with integrity at all times. "Embodiment of an angel on earth," ex-McQuaid runner Marc Dovi told the D&C. "A very spiritual, faith-based, authentic and blessed man, and he shared every ounce of it with others. If I made a list of lives well-lived, this is the one I'm putting on top." RIP, Mr. Bradley.


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