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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 the Rochester, New York, area, and we've been doing it for two decades! The show can be heard 9 a.m. every Saturday on Fox Sports 1280 (WHTK), online at or via the iHeartMedia app (search "WHTK").

    We feature interviews with coaches and players, previews, and highlights of the biggest games each season. Plus we hand out awards for our Bob Johnson Auto "Athletes of the Week" and G&G Fitness "Coach of the Week." The show also tackles the issues facing teenage athletes, such as proper nutrition and recovery from injury and how to balance academics and athletics.

   More than 3,500 coaches and athletes have been on the show since 2003. Special thanks to Connors & Ferris, Salvatore's Pizza and all of our sponsors. Without their support, our athletes and coaches wouldn't have a chance to be showcased on the radio and social media.

    About the hosts:

    Jeff DiVeronica founded the show and has hosted it since 2003. The St. John Fisher College graduate covered high school sports for the Democrat and Chronicle for nearly 25 years and is now the Director of Public Information for West Irondequoit schools.

    Steve Bradley joined the show as co-host in 2020 and is a former Section V athlete himself. The Pavilion native and Syracuse University graduate's career includes stints as a sportswriter at The Daily News (Batavia), sports editor at The Daily Messenger (Canandaigua) and more than 20 years at the Democrat and Chronicle, including 10-plus as sports editor.



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Listen to previous episodes of the show

Nov. 21, 2020: Coach John Cotsonas and players Joe Vogt, Tahj Mounnarat and Cristiano Mounnarat of the Section V Class AA boys soccer champions of Penfield; coach Nickie Caruso, our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, and players Sam Lewis, Samantha Funk and Riley Wing of Class B/C field hockey champion East Rochester; coach Katlyn Bennetti and players Emma Clarke and Ellie Cochrane of the Class C1 champion Avon soccer team. Plus, Cheesy Eddie's director of operations and former McQuaid soccer star Stephen Baker, on his family's bakery business. [LISTEN]

Nov. 14, 2020: Spencerport girls soccer coach Jamie Schneider, senior Corynna Rotoli and junior Emma Taylor on the Rangers' bid for a fifth straight sectional title; boys soccer coach Matt Hill and players Brendon Strong and Keefer Calkins of two-time defending Section V Class B2 champion Haverling; Honeoye Falls-Lima cross country coach Bernie Gardner, whose boys and girls teams have each won 16 sectional titles. [LISTEN]

Nov. 7, 2020: Section V soccer coordinators Gary Pollock (boys) and Jon Beardsley (girls) discuss the logistics and potential opt-outs for the Section V tournaments; U.S. Army recruiter Chris Poles talks about his journey from East High to military service; Honeoye Falls-Lima soccer coaches Chrissy and Mike Merrill, our G&G Fitness Coaches of the Week; Pittsford Sutherland tennis standout Josie Libby and coach Joe Thyroff. She is our U.S. Army Warrior of the Week. [LISTEN]

Oct. 31, 2020: Livonia boys soccer coach Ray Maxwell, our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, and his son, Ewan, following Maxwell's 500th career win this week; former East High football standout and University of Oregon recruit Seven McGee, on his past and future; Penfield boys soccer coach John Cotsonas and senior captains Joe Vogt and Tahj Mounnarat, on the Patriots' strong start. [LISTEN]

Oct. 24, 2020: Section V executive director Kathy Hoyt; U.S. Army recruiter Sgt. Krystal Stocks; Spencerport sophomore and Section V golf champion Julia Zigrossi; 27th-year Honeoye girls soccer coach and our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, Grace Wood. [LISTEN]

         Oct. 17, 2020: Pittsford Sutherland boys soccer standout Dylan Kladstrup and Sean Hopkins; Kladstrup is our U.S. Army Warrior of the Week; emerging football lineman Rowan McGwin, a future UB player, and coach Dan Fichter, our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week. Running standout Kaelen Ruder, a BYU recruit, and coach Sean VanLaeken from the reigning Section V cross country champions. [LISTEN]

Oct. 10, 2020: Steve and Jeff talk with Webster Schroeder girls soccer coach Kent Brown and two of his team leaders, Emma Leonardo and Ashley Jacobs, our U.S. Army Warriors of the Week. They also interview G&G Fitness coach of the Week Dave Marean of Wayne Football and NYS Elite Athletics, and finish by talking field hockey with Pittsford Sutherland's veteran coach, Kathy Hutteman. [LISTEN]

Oct. 3, 2020: McQuaid cross country coach Todd Stewart discusses the decision to cancel the 56th annual McQuaid Invitational; Victor football lineman and All-County basketball center Connor Williams, who is nearly 7 feet tall, talks about his college prospects and his fitness journey; East Rochester boys soccer coach Mike Domm and his sons, standouts Chuck and Russ, reflect on winning sectionals last year and this season. [LISTEN]

Sept. 26, 2020: Jeff and Steve discuss the Greece school district voting 7-2 to play sports this fall; talk about Fairport football coach Marc Vitticore's decision to step down; and interview Rochester City School District Director of Athletics Carlos Cotto, Wheatland-Chili girls soccer coach Gary Ward and his captains, Niyah Rosado, Hannah Beldue and Morgan Parker. [LISTEN]

Sept. 19, 2020: Jeff DiVeronica opens the 18th year of the show by welcoming new co-host, former Democrat and Chronicle sports editor Steve Bradley. Guests were: NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas, to discuss the restarting of high school sports; Sgt. Dan Luce of the Greece Army Recruiting Center; Hilton Athletic Director Mike Giruzzi; Greece Athena boys soccer coach Mike Butler and senior standout Dylan Rice; Irondequoit girls volleyball coach Marc Callari and senior hitter Jashawna Luke. [LISTEN]

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Our weekly Section V award recipients

Bob Johnson male athlete of the week
Male athlete of the week

Nov. 21, 2020
Riley Rease, Keshequa soccer
The senior forward scored the game-winning goal in the Section V Class D1 championship game, a 2-0 win over Fillmore, and had five goals in a 7-1 win over Alfred-Almond in the semifinals. He finished this with 31 goals and 17 assists for the Indians (16-1).

Nov. 14, 2020
Julian Distant, Aquinas soccer
The junior connected from long distance, netting the winning goal from 45 yards as the 14th-seeded Little Irish stunned No. 3 Webster Thomas 2-1 in the first round of the Section V Class AA tournament. It was Distant's first goal this fall.

Nov. 7, 2020
John Mittiga, Geneva golf
The senior birdied the final hole to shoot an even-par 71 at Geneva Country Club and capture his fourth straight Finger Lakes League golf championship.

Oct. 31, 2020
Gunnar Wetzel, Honeoye Falls-Lima soccer
The senior midfielder has scored four goals and added in an assist in the past three matches, all wins as the Cougars are off a 7-0 start. His nine goals lead the team.

Oct. 24, 2020
Evan Stevely, Bishop Kearney soccer
The senior had a good season last week, scoring 10 goals and adding an assist in three victories. Stevely, who had five goals in an 8-1 win over Finney, entered Thursday's game against Aquinas with 14 goals and one assist in six games.

Oct. 17, 2020
Shane McMillan, Penfield soccer
The junior's hot start has included two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win over Hilton on Monday and a goal and assist in the Patriots' season-opening 3-0 win over Webster Schroeder.

Oct. 10, 2020
Mason Rusinko, Geneva soccer
The senior erupted for three goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Mynderse and had four goals and two assists in an 8-0 drubbing of Waterloo.

Female athlete of the week

Nov. 21, 2020
Bre DeHond, Spencerport soccer
The senior forward scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's Section V Class A title match on a header, unlocking what turned into a 3-0 win over Mercy to give the Rangers their fifth straight crown. She also had a goal and assist in a 3-1 semifinal win over Brighton.

Nov. 14, 2020
Katie Petratta, Wayne soccer
The senior exploded for five goals as the seventh-seeded Eagles rolled over No. 10 Lyndonville-Medina 7-0 in the first round of the Class B1 tournament. Petratta has 10 goals on the season.

Nov. 7, 2020
Ellie Cochrane, Avon soccer
The junior scored the game-winner and had two assists in a 3-2 win over Hornell and added four goals in a 7-0 triumph over Perry. She finished the regular season with 22 goals and 13 assists. That's tops in Section V in goals and points (57).

Oct. 31, 2020
Ali Hess, Pittsford Mendon field hockey
The senior and four-year starter has scored six goals and added three assists in three straight wins. The defending Section V Class B champions are 5-1.

Oct. 24, 2020
Maya Ikewood, Palmyra-Macedon soccer
The freshman pumped in six goals and added three assists in 7-1 wins over Waterloo and Newark and a 6-0 rout of Penn Yan. Headed into Friday the Red Raiders were 6-0 and her 13 goals and 34 points led Section V.

Oct. 17, 2020
Julia Zigrossi, Spencerport golf
The sophomore shot a 1-over par 37 to win the Monroe County Tournament of Champions on Tuesday at Ravenwood Golf Club. She and three teammates qualified for Monday's Section V championship tournament at Ridgemont CC.

Oct. 10, 2020
Anna Costello, Mercy soccer
The junior forward scored in the 20th and 28th minutes and Molly Maxwell made eight saves to give the Monarchs a tidy 2-0 win at rival Aquinas in their opener.

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  Army Warrior of the Week
Army Warrior
of the Week

Nov. 21, 2020
Pittsford Sutherland boys soccer
The second-seeded Knights repeated as Section V champs despite losing leading scorer Dylan Kladstrup to an injury in the first round of sectionals. They topped a gritty Churchville-Chili team, the No. 5 seed, 2-0, for the program's third title four years.

Nov. 14, 2020
Sophie Meuwissen, Fairport diving
The junior won the Class A diving championship last week with a score of 504.65 points, 20-plus points better than the runner-up.

Nov. 7, 2020
Josie Libby, Pittsford Sutherland
The senior and sixth-year varsity tennis player is a three-time state qualifier for the defending Section V Class B1 champions. She also has more than 100 career wins.

Oct. 31, 2020
Zach Wolfe, Webster Thomas
The senior forward, a two-sport standout (hockey), scored twice in a win over rival Schroeder and had a goal and assist in a win over Brighton. He has a team-high 10 goals for the Titans (6-1-1).

Oct. 24, 2020
Riley Rease
A senior on the Keshequa boys soccer squad.

Oct. 17, 2020
Dylan Kladstrup, Pittsford Sutherland soccer
The senior who has scored the winning goal in each of the Knights' Section V title match wins in the last three years has spent considerable time in Spain over the past year to improve his game.

Oct. 10, 2020
Emma Leonardo and Ashley Jacobs
Two of the team leaders for the Webster Schroeder girls soccer team.

Oct. 3, 2020
Connor Williams, Victor senior
The nearly 7-foot tall standout in football and basketball has committed himself to better training to get ready for college.

  G&G Fitness coach of the week
Coach of the week

Nov. 21, 2020
Nickie Caruso, East Rochester
Nickie Caruso To build her own championship field hockey team at her alma mater and impact young women has been extra special for Caruso. In her 10th year as coach and third shot at a title, the Bombers are champs. They closed the season with seven straight wins, culminating with a 3-2 win over previously unbeaten Pittsford Sutherland for the Section V Class B/C crown. A physical education/health teacher at ER, Caruso and the Bombers went 10-3 after going 6-12 last year. She is a graduate of SUNY Brockport, a wife and mom to Nolan (age 6) and Ashton (3).

Nov. 14, 2020
Matt Hill, Haverling
Matt Hill Hill took over for a legend in Bath (his former coach, Tom Hagadorn) and became one himself at his alma mater. The Rams won eight Section V boys soccer championships and nine league titles in his 20 seasons and are trying to win a third straight Class B2 crown this fall. A longtime math teacher, he was named the state's small-school Coach of the Year in 2018. A Finger Lakes CC and Keuka College alum, he is a member of FLCC's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Nov. 7, 2020
Chrissy & Mike Merrill, Honeoye Falls-Lima
Chrissy & Mike Merrill With three children under age 12, the Merrills model teamwork, dedication and efficiency for their players/ students by juggling coaching, teaching and family to do what they love each fall -- coach soccer. They also just made history, as each of their teams completed a perfect 10-0 regular season. Chrissy and Mike met at SUNY Geneseo and have each coached at HF-L for 15 years. Mike's boys teams have won three Section V titles from 2014-16 and Chrissy's girls triumphed in 2013.

Oct. 31, 2020
Ray Maxwell, Livonia
Ray Maxwell In his 31 years as boys soccer coach, Maxwell has built the Bulldogs into a perennial Section V power. This week, he won his 500th career match to become the fourth coach in Section V history to reach that milestone. A native of Scotland and former social studies/history teacher at Livonia, Maxwell has guided the Bulldogs to 11 sectional titles and the 2012 Class B state championship. Before that, three of his five teams at Geneseo Central won sectional crowns.

Oct. 24, 2020
Grace Wood, Honeoye
Grace Wood In her 27th season as the Bulldogs' head soccer coach, Wood recently won her 300th career match. Honeoye has won seven Finger Lakes league titles and three Section V crowns under Wood, a member of the first girls soccer team in Bulldogs history in 1979. She played soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball at Honeoye and went on to play college basketball at the University of Buffalo. An eight-time Finger Lakes West Coach of the Year, Wood also has coached basketball at Honeoye, where she is a music teacher.

Oct. 17, 2020
Dan Fichter, Irondequoit
Dan Fichter A 1991 Division III All-American wide receiver at SUNY Brockport, Fichter has coached football at his alma mater since 2013 and also guided the track team to multiple Section V titles. His football Eagles won Section V crowns in 2014 and 2018. A Section V Football and Brockport Hall of Famer, Fichter is a West Irondequoit physical education teacher. He's passionate about fitness and training. His specialty: Teaching athletes the connection between the brain and body to enhance performance. He speaks at national conventions and consults for NFL and NCAA programs.

Oct. 10, 2020
Dave Marean, Wayne football
Dave Marean The Eagles' head coach since 2004 and a physical education teacher, Marean has won numerous Coach of the Year awards, including the 2015 Compeer Coach of the Year. His squads raise money annually for charity via a "Border Bowl" game with Palmyra-Macedon. He also started a Teacher Appreciation program for his players and founded NYS Elite Athletics to help area players get noticed by college recruiters.

Oct. 3, 2020
Todd Stewart, McQuaid cross country
Todd Stewart The veteran coach of the Knights and race director for one of the biggest cross country invitationals in the nation shows tremendous dedication to his athletes and with his race committee makes sure this prestigious event stays prominent.

Sept. 26, 2020
Gary Ward, Wheatland-Chili
Gary Ward The girls soccer coach starting his 39th season has molded generations of girls through his coaching, teaching teamwork and hard work. His Wildcats have won nine Section V titles and a trio of state titles in 1991, 2016 and 2017. A member of the Frontier Field Walk of Fame, Ward's 541 wins rank second all-time in Section V history.

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