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   Welcome to the Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show, the only talk show in the Rochester area that covers Section V sports, and we've been doing it for two decades! You can watch the show LIVE every Saturday at 10 a.m. on the RocSportsNOW YouTube channel. Archived versions of the show are available right here on our website.

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

   More than 5,000 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 show and social media on Jeff DiVeronica's @RocDevo Twitter account. Combined, he and co-host Steve Bradley, have more than 60 years of experience covering high school sports.

   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, departing in 2018 to become the Director of Public Information for West Irondequoit schools.

   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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Nov. 20, 2021: The fall season is drawing to a close with just NYSPHSAA competition in a few sports remaining. Watch it now.

Nov. 13, 2021: Jeff and Steve breakdown and preview Section V football's big games. They talk with Aquinas coach Derek Annechino and McQuaid coach Bobby Bates to preview the big Class AA football championship; Victor girls volleyball coach Matt Glover discusses the comeback win for the program's fifth straight sectional title. Watch it now.

Nov. 6, 2021: Brighton football coach Stephen Lian and UPrep's Isiah Young recapping the Section V Class A1 championship game won by the Rochester charter school; Pittsford Sutherland coach Sean Hopkins and senior forward Will Field on the Knights edging Churchville-Chili, 1-0, in OT for a third straight Section V championship; Gananda junior Larisa Kotok and coach Terry Krocke following her run to the Class B state championship match; in her first varsity season, she was state runner-up. Watch it now.

Oct. 30, 2021: Spencerport football coach John Dowd and senior LB/FB Joe Marcello following the Rangers' 39-8 sectional semifinal rout of East; Victor girls soccer coach and G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Kelly Ahern; Haverling two-sport star, A.J. Brotz, a football S/WR along with goalie for the three-time defending Section V champion soccer team; Hilton boys soccer coach Mike Ellicott and junior midfielder, Alec Smith, on the Cadets' dramatic semifinal win. Watch it now.

Oct. 23, 2021: Greece Arcadia football coach Brian Shonitsky, his son and QB Brian and WR/Safety Jaden Polk after the Titans' 7-6 sectional win over rival Athena; Trojans coach Mike Husdan also joined us; Karen and Gerard Iglesia explained the origin and details about their Adopt-A-Family Thanksgiving program and discussed their local sports coverage; Pittsford football coach Keith Molinich, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, gave us reaction to Friday's stunning 31-21 upset of state No. 2 McQuaid. Watch it now.

Oct. 16, 2021: Aquinas coach Derek Annechino, McQuaid coach Bobby Bates and Knights QB John Mahar recap Friday’s 22-21 McQuaid win in what could be a preview of the Section V Class AA title game; Mercy's Julie Zigrossi and coach Julie Odenback discuss the junior repeating as Section V girls golf champion; Churchville-Chili boys soccer coach John Mahoney and senior midfielder Gaven Egan talk about the Saints' 11-match unbeaten streak headed into sectionals. Watch it now.

         Oct. 9, 2021: UPrep football coach Isiah Young and standout lineman Sharod "Hotrod" Watkins discuss the Griffs' 30-6 win over Webster Schroeder and 5-1 start; Brighton graduate and Cleveland Indians utility man Ernie Clement tells us how he went from being a marginal Division I recruit to a major-leaguer; Spencerport girls soccer coach Jamie Schneider and senior forward Bre Hond discuss the continued dominance of the Rangers' program as they seek a sixth straight sectional title. Watch it now.

Oct. 2, 2021: ER/Gananda football coach Brian Touranjoe and senior QB Carter Lathrop and senior RB Chaunsey Gilbert discuss the Bombers' 5-0 start; Batavia Notre Dame boys basketball coach Mike Rapone talks about why he has announced that this, his 42nd season, will be the last for Section V basketball's career wins leader; Pittsford Sutherland 8th-grader Jamie Kotalik, a varsity diver and volleyball player, discusses why she decided to be a dual-sport athlete this fall, appearing on the show with her father, Jeff, and volleyball coach, Taylor Rivera. Watch it now.

Sept. 25, 2021: Honeoye Falls-Lima football coach John Russ and QB Brody Young talk about moving to 4-0 with Friday's 21-20 comeback win at Wayne on a TD with 1:20 left to play. Fairport boys soccer coach Bill Teasdale & players Garrett Kucera and Myles Palmer talk about the Red Raiders' 8-1 start and rivalry with Penfield. Race director and Knights coach Todd Stewart and Rob Bradley discuss the 56th annual McQuaid Invitational coming up on Oct. 2. The largest school-sponsored cross country meet will be the first since the passing of its founder, Mr. Bob Bradley (Rob's father). Watch it now.

Sept. 18, 2021: The first-ever all-video Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show started with our Section V football whip-around. We welcomed Brighton football coach Stephen Lian to break down our Pittsford Pub Game of the Week. Newly retired Honeoye Falls-Lima coaching legend Bernie Gardner talked about his career and was surprised by former runner and now elite fitness trainer Amber Dodzweit Riposta. Penfield girls soccer and G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Libbie Tobin was on with senior Kacie Salva to talk about their 7-1 start. Watch it now.


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Nov. 20, 2021
Bodie Hyde, Oakfield-Alabama/Elba football
The sophomore QB three 3 TD passes and rushed 20 times for 107 yards to lead the Aggies to a 28-23 win over Randolph in Friday's Class D state quarterfinals in Jamestown. He was 6-for-12 passing with TD tosses of 44 and 25 yards. The Aggies (12-0) play Tioga in Friday's 3 p.m. semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Nov. 13, 2021
Sam Lane, Spencerport volleyball
The senior and St. Francis commit led the Rangers to back-to-back Section V Class B titles, recording 18 kills and 6 digs in the semifinals and 12 kills in the championship match vs. Brockport. Spencerport (19-1) didn't drop a set in sectionals, going 12-0.

Nov. 6, 2021
Cody Cavuoto, Hilton soccer
The senior striker scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Monroe County Division I rival Fairport in Tuesday's Section V Class AA championship match. He also nodded home the winner in a semifinal victory, 2-1, over Penfield. The Cadets, who are 17-1-1, played at Williamsville South in Friday’s state quarterfinals.

Oct. 30, 2021
Chaunsey Gilbert, East Rochester/Gananda football
The senior running back had TD runs of 60, 50, 37 and then 60 yards again as the top-seeded Bombers rolled to a 46-8 win over No. 8 Marcus Whitman/Bloomfield in the Class C quarterfinals. Gilbert had 207 yards on just six carries.

Oct. 23, 2021
Jackson Green, Pittsford football
The junior wide receiver caught 8 passes for 149 yards, including three for touchdowns, in the Panthers' 31-21 upset of previously unbeaten McQuaid. For the season, he has 26 receptions for 527 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Oct. 16, 2021
Keefer Calkins, Bath-Haverling soccer
The senior forward, whose 37 goals lead Section V, had 2 goals and 3 assists in a 6-0 win over Wellsville, a hat trick in a 5-0 win over Letchworth/Warsaw and 4 more goals in a 5-0 win over LeRoy. He also has 9 assists for the unbeaten Rams (16-0), who have outscored foes 84-3.

Oct. 9, 2021
Jacob Miller, Brockport soccer
The senior forward racked up eight goals in three wins this week, including hat tricks in triumphs over Wilson/Monroe and Greece Athena and two goals vs. Canandaigua. The Blue Devils (9-5) have won four straight and Miller's 20 goals are tied for tops in Monroe County.

Oct. 2, 2021
Raykim Chenier, UPrep football
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior RB rushed for 307 yards and scored three TDs as the Griffins improved to 4-1 with a 42-12 victory over Gates Chili.

Sept. 25, 2021
Myles Palmer, Fairport boys soccer
The junior forward leads all Monroe County scorers with 13 goals. He pumped in seven in four wins over the past week for the streaking Red Raiders (8-1). Palmer nicked Webster Thomas for a goal in a 2-1 win and converted twice vs. Rush-Henrietta, Spencerport and in Friday's big 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Hilton.

Sept. 18, 2021
De'marion Mewborn, Gates Chili football
The senior running back rambled for 300 yards on 35 carries and scored on runs of 19, 5, 2 and 42 yards as the Spartans routed Penfield, 24-6, on Thursday. He also scored 4 times in a Week 2 win over Webster Schroeder.


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Nov. 20, 2021
Candace Tytler, Irondequoit cross country
The senior who was named Section V's Runner of the Year turned in the top finish among all Section V runners for the second straight week, finishing 19th in the Class A state championship race at Chenango Valley State Park. That followed up her third straight win in the Section V Class championships on Nov. 6 at Letchworth State Park.

Nov. 13, 2021
Ann Brennan, Honeoye Falls-Lima cross country
A year after finishing runner-up in the Section V Class B race, she won the championship to lead the Cougars to a second straight crown and in qualifying for states. The senior became the 12th different HF-L runner to win sectionals. An All-Greater Rochester pick last year in cross country and Nordic skiing, Brennan finished 13th at states and HF-L was second as a team.

Nov. 6, 2021
Gabby Curtis, Penfield field hockey
The junior scored both goals in the Section V Class A championship, a 2-0 win over Brighton, to deliver the Patriots' second title in three years. She followed that up by scoring the winner with 97 seconds left to play in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Maine-Endwell. Penfield, which is 13-5 under coach Jillian Esposito, faces Clarence (15-1) in Saturday's state quarterfinals at Pittsford Sutherland.

Oct. 30, 2021
Maggie Cregan, Brighton soccer
The junior scored 4 goals -- all in the second half and OT -- as the second-seeded Bruins exploded to beat Churchville-Chili in the Class A1 semifinals. She has a team-high 31 goals and 8 assists.

Oct. 23, 2021
Larisa Kotok, Gananda tennis
The junior ran her record to 28-0 by winning Section V's state qualifier with a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2 win over Brighton's Leyla Tozin on Friday. Kotok, who never played varsity tennis before this season, is on the combined Gananda/Marion team and will represent Section V at the state championships next week.

Oct. 16, 2021
Eleanor Martins, Pittsford Mendon field hockey
She had a four-goal week as the Vikings improved to 13-1-1. Martins scored twice in a 4-0 win over Brighton on Saturday, added a goal in a 6-1 win over Hilton on Wednesday and scored again in a 5-0 triumph over Webster Schroeder on Friday.

Oct. 9, 2021
Trinity Wells, Newark
The senior posted the fastest finish among girls runners from Section V at the McQuaid Invitational, finishing the new 3-mile course at Genesee Valley Park in 18:22.4 to earn the Katie Harper Memorial Plaque. Wells finished second in her race, the girls varsity race for medium schools.

Oct. 2, 2021
Alex McKenzie, Victor volleyball
The senior outside hitter had 6 kills, 6 digs and 2 aces in a win over Churchville-Chili, and 12 kills, 6 digs and 2 aces in a win over Penfield as the Blue Devils improved to 9-0.

Sept. 25, 2021
Julia Petry, Batavia football
The Blue Devils kicker made 7 of 8 point-after kicks in Friday's 55-0 win over Palmyra-Macedon. The junior also was 6-for-6 in last week's win over Geneva and is 23-for-24 in her first varsity season for Batavia (4-0).

Sept. 18, 2021
Abigail Marotta, Marion soccer
The sophomore had 3 goals and an assist earlier this week in wins over Red Creek and North Rose-Wolcott, then erupted for 4 goals in Friday's 5-0 homecoming match win over Waterloo. She has a Section V-best 16 goals for the 4-2 Black Knights.


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Nov. 20, 2021
Isiah Young, UPrep football
Isiah Young The second-year coach guided the Griffins to their best season. They won the school's first Section V Class A1 championship, downing previously unbeaten Brighton 40-8 in the title game, before losing a hard-fought matchup with Canandaigua, 16-14, on a late FG in the state qualifier. A history teacher at UPrep (9-2), he is a former Alfred University player. Young also earned his Masters degree at St. John Fisher. He has a daughter, Gemma Marie, and is engaged to Kayli Westervelt. Young counts Alfred's Bob Rankl and former UPrep coach Kala Gause among his coaching mentors.

Nov. 13, 2021
Rex Eighmey, Pavilion Girls Volleyball
Rex Eighmey A Pavilion CSD employee for 40-plus years, he guided the Golden Gophers to back-to-back Section V Class D2 championships. Pavilion (24-0) enters Saturday's state quarterfinal vs. Chautauqua Lake with a 72-0 mark in sets. It has won more than 100 straight dating to the spring season. A Pavilion graduate, Eighmey, who is in his 19th year as coach, also coaches softball. "When you think of Pavilion it is hard to not think about Rex. He is one of the main cogs in keeping the school up and running smoothly every day," AD Matt Roth said. "It's awesome to see the great success Rex has brought the volleyball program. His commitment and dedication has really paid off over the last several years. As great of a coach as he is, he's an ever better person. You'd be hard pressed to find someone with anything negative to say about Rex. He is a great example, for our athletes and students, of how to live a good life and how hard work can really pay off."

Nov. 6, 2021
Stephen Lian, Brighton football
Stephen Lian In his 10th season as head coach of the Bruins, he guided them to an unbeaten regular season, No. 1 seed and spot in the Section V Class A1 championship. A graduate of Pittsford Mendon (1996) and Kenyon College (2000), Lian is a sixth-grade teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School. He took a 48-38 career record into Friday's title matchup with UPrep. He has built Brighton into a perennial contender. "Steve is a true leader. He has put a great deal of time along with his staff in developing our program," athletic director Nate Merritt said. "He cares about every kid in the program and they respect and play hard for him. He's a great person first and coach second. We are very lucky to have him!"

Oct. 30, 2021
Kelly Ahern, Victor girls soccer
Kelly Ahern The number of wins this fall (3) equals the number of Section V championships the Blue Devils have won under Ahern, but she knows sports are about a lot more than wins & losses. After her squad lost its sectional opener to Hilton in a lightning-shortened match that ended with 32:12 minutes left on the clock, Ahern had an idea. Instead of ending the season on that note, Victor played a 32-minute intra-squad scrimmage a few days later. "I had to do something for them," the 1995 Mercy graduate and former two-sport D1 college athlete said. A varsity coach for 14 seasons, Ahern has been an assistant at Victor, Mercy and with MCC's powerhouse women's soccer squad. A physical education teacher at Victor, she specializes in outdoor units (fly fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, ski, canoe, etc.). Ahern and her husband, Michael, have three daughters, Fionnula (age 9), Mairin (7), Keeva (5).

Oct. 23, 2021
Keith Molinich, Pittsford football
Keith Molinich In his 15th season at his alma mater, Molinich's passion as a coach and school counselor makes an impact on his players and students each day. His team is also active in charitable work and doing things to make the community better. Molinich's advocacy has played a key role in helping many players land college scholarships. On Friday, the Panthers stunned two-time defending Section V champion McQuaid, 31-21, to improve to 6-2 and stamp themselves as a contender to capture their first Section V title since 1982. He did his undergrad work at Ithaca College and holds a Masters in Counseling from Syracuse University. He is a husband (Erin) and father of three grown sons Glynn, Jake and Wyatt -- former or current University at Buffalo players.

Oct. 16, 2021
Julie Odenbach, Mercy golf
Julie Odenbach The first lady of Section V girls golf, you won't find a better ambassador for the sport and supporter of Rochester-area players. Odenbach is and has always been supportive of Section V players -- even if they're not wearing an Our Lady of Mercy uniform. A Greece Arcadia graduate and five-time All-Greater Rochester Coach of the Year, Odenbach is also serving as the Aquinas girls golf coach this fall. She has coached the Monarchs for 22 years and been Section V's girls golf coordinator and on the state committee since 2004. Mercy has won three straight Section V titles and when the girls from our area combined to win three straight team championships at states, Odenbach led them. A wife, mother and grandmother, she was McQuaid's golf coach from 2001-2014.

Oct. 9, 2021
Mike Ellicott, Hilton boys soccer
Mike Ellicott For 27 years, the Cadets could only claim 1987 as a championship season. They won states that year, too. But things changed in 2015. They are now a perennial Section V contender and it's no coincidence that has happened under coach Mike Ellicott. In his first season in 2015, he guided Hilton to its second Section V Class AA crown and the fortress he has built keeps getting stronger under the man from England. Hilton also won league titles in 2017 and 2018 and a third sectional trophy in 2018. "He is dynamic and knows the game and the kids respond to him," athletic director Mike Giruzzi says of Ellicott, whose team is 11-1-1 and coming off a big win Friday over Penfield. "But he also has a vision for the whole program and it's unified through its approach from varsity to our little kids ... every coach is on the same page."

Oct. 2, 2021
David Urbanski, Webster Schroeder boys soccer
David Urbanski He took over at Schroeder in 2004 at the age of 28 and has been a great caretaker of the program and of a sport he grew up learning under longtime Section V coaches John Alessi (Webster) and John Butterworth -- men he says influenced him greatly. This, his 18th season, was interrupted by a complicated case of pneumonia that led to a collapsed lung. The Webster Thomas and University of Rochester graduate spent this week, including his 45th birthday, in the hospital, but is due to come home soon. Schroeder (4-5-1) won Section V titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and was the regional champ twice and the 2011 state runner-up. He and wife, Suzanne, have 4 children, including 5-month-old twin sons.

Sept. 25, 2021
Mike Karns, Palmyra-Macedon girls soccer
Mike Karns The Red Raiders are off to an 8-0 start in Karns' 23rd season as coach, and he has built Pal-Mac into a perennial Class B contender. Sectional champions in 2016 and '18, the Raiders have outscored foes 33-3. Karns' career record is 259-131-30. From Athletic Director Tom Schmandt: "Mike's organization and dedication to the program is evident and his teams are fundamentally sound. They've bought into the program. They know hard work equals success. He does the extras outside of the season that also help his players develop. His approach is direct yet understanding and compassionate. He also has morphed his style to meet the ongoing changes in the times."

Sept. 18, 2021
Libbie Tobin, Penfield girls soccer
Libbie Tobin In her 20th season, Tobin has established the Patriots (7-1) as a perennial Section V Class AA power. They've won championships in 2006, 2009 and 2019. The Honeoye Falls-Lima graduate was a two-sport standout in soccer and basketball at the University of Rochester. In 1991, UR was NCAA runner-up in soccer. Tobin was head coach at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan and Division I Robert Morris before becoming Penfield's coach in 2002. She is a teacher, coach and mother of three.


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