|Feb 09, 2019: Bill Thomson, Logan Blankenberg, Matt McDermott, Nate Rich, Alaina Forbes, Dan Fichter, Jadon Turner, James Johnson|
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 09, 2019: Wayne boys basketball coach Bill Thomson and senior Logan Blankenberg, the school's new all-time leading scorer; Matt McDermott, the owner of Vittorio Tuxedo and Men's Formalwear (www.RochesterProm.com); Irondequoit football coach Dan Fichter ad senior RB/DB Jadon Turner on Turner's ascent as a Division I recruit; D&C sportswriter James Johnson on Section V wrestling.|
|February 02, 2019: Guest host Steve Bradley of the D&C sitting in for Jeff DiVeronica; McQuaid basketball coach Jack Leasure; Batavia Notre Dame boys basketball coach Mike Rapone, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Edison Tech girls basketball coach Jack Palmieri and senior guard Dyaisha Fair, the top scorer in Section V; D&C sportswriter Stevie Johnson.|
|January 26, 2019: Hilton boys basketball coach Troy Prince and players Tah-Jae Hill and Mitch Carr following a thrilling 74-73 win over Rush-Henrietta on Carr's last-second 3-pointers; Webster Thomas hockey coach David Evans and senior Devin Mulcahy on the Titans' solid start; D&C Content Strategist and sports guru, Steve Bradley; College Assistance Plus Director of Consulting, Brenda Piazza|
|January 19, 2019: Sam Schrier on Section V boys basketball; an in-depth conversation about coaching with retiring Holley-Kendall wrestling coach John Grillo, who is stepping away after 44 years; Jamie Hammond, GM at Total Sports Experience on the facility's youth and adult programs; head coach Bob Nally and senior guard Michael Harrington from the unbeaten and high-scoring Pittsford Mendon boys basketball team; D&C sportswriter Stevie Johnson on hoops and Isaiah Stewart's future; Paul Celuch, founder of College Assistance Plus.|
|January 12, 2019: Pittsford boys swim coach Marty Keating and standouts Liam Murphy and Kyle Yuan on the Panthers' dominance and pursuit of a 17th straight Section V Class A title; Canandaigua hockeyc coach Patrick Wade and captain Josh Fitzpatrick on the Braves' five-game win streak; Brockport girls basketball coach Justin Laureano and senior point guard Bryn Hayes on the Blue Devils' emergence; Daily Messenger sports eidtor Bob Chavez on his job and love of high school sports.|
|January 05, 2019: Northstar Christian Academy boys basketball coach J.J. Garwoodn and Miles Brown on the Knights' 9-0 start and the senior guard's amazing start to the season; Mercy High basketball coach Tom Vasey and junior guard Emily Tabone on the Monarchs' 7-1 start despite being hit with big graduation losses; Fairport hockey coach Chris Moretter and junior captain Caleb Kaiser on the Red Raiders' being No. 1 in the D&C poll and Saturday's showdown with Victor; Mercy grad and American International student Olivia Ortega on how College Assistance Plus helped her and her family.|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
February 10, 2019:
GIRLS: Marianna Freeman, Bishop Kearney. It was a big week for the Kings and they were led by their smallest player. The sophomore point guard pumped in a season-high 31 points in Thursday's 84-70 win over Amherst and also led Kearney with 16 points in its 64-51 win on Tuesday over Penfield that stamped the Kings as the favorite in the Section V Class AA Tourney. She added 10 points in a rout of rival Mercy and at 16.4 points per game leads the team in scoring.
BOYS: Jeff Jung Jr., Greece Olympia basketball. The 6-foot-5 senior swingman exploded for a career-high 50 points in a win last Saturday (a night after his buzzer-beating layup vs. Eastridge), then had 27 points Wednesday in a win over World of Inquiry and 18 points in Friday's 52-45 triumph over HF-L. He's averaging 21.5 points per game.
G&G FITNESS COACH OF THE WEEK
JOHN LEONE, PENFIELD WRESTLING
The leader of the Patriots program since 2001, Leone hasn't just left his mark in Section V by developing Section V and state champions. He is a nationally respected coach who stepped out from the shadow of the Spencerport wrestling machine to build up his alma mater. "His connections with his athletes is generated on mutual trust and respect," Penfield athletic director Pete Shambo says. "He speaks to his athletes in a way that gains their respect and trust and he sees them as people first and athletes second. He's an amazing teacher and can adjust his methods to meet the kids at their level. John could be coaching at the college or Olympic level and he'd have the same success because he gets that coaching and teaching is about relationships first."
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.