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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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Jan. 14, 2022: Pittsford Mendon boys basketball -- Coach Bob Nally and standout Jackson Green discuss the junior swingman's bright future in basketball and football and the unselfish brand of basketball that has the Vikings 10-0 and favored to repeat as Section V Class A1 champion. They also have a Wednesday showdown with unbeaten Victor (11-0). Watch it now.

Jan. 14, 2022: Aquinas Institute hockey -- Coach Chuck Dossier and top scorer CJ Mangone break down the Little Irish's great start in becoming Section V's first 10-win team. They also discuss the tradition-rich program's quest for Aquinas' first sectional title since 2007. Watch it now.

Jan. 13, 2022: East Rochester girls basketball -- Coach Mark Florack and senior star Sam Lewis recap last year's run to the program's first sectional title since 1992 and talk about how with 4 returning starters the Bombers (11-0) have the talent and chemistry to repeat. Watch it now.

Jan. 4, 2022: Caledonia-Mumford boys basketball: Coach Dan Dickens and senior forward Kyle Wade discuss trying to win a third Section V title in four years and sending Dickens, in his 21st season, into retirement with a sectional block. Watch it now.

Jan. 4, 2022: Victor ice hockey: Coach Mike Ferreri and senior Colin McNamara break down the culture of the Blue Devils' program, which includes blending underclassmen and veterans and getting all to buy into the team-first mentality. Watch it now.

Jan. 4, 2022: Bishop Kearney girls basketball: Coach Kevan Sheppard and senior guard Kaia Goode share stories of their program's success, which includes 7 Section V titles in the past decade. Goode also details how she learned to perform and lead from teammates over her 5 seasons. Watch it now.

Dec. 18, 2021: Canandaigua/Pittsford boys swimming: Reigning Section V Class B champion Canandaigua upset Pittsford, 92-88, to end the Panthers' 90-meet, nine-year winning streak. Fifth-year Canandaigua coach Dylan Scheemaker talks about his team's mindset going into the meet and what the win means to the program. Pittsford coach Rick Schmitt, whose team has won 19 straight Section V Class A titles, and senior captain Aidan Braun discuss how they think the ultra-young Panthers will respond. Watch it now.

Dec. 17, 2021: Penfield girls basketball: The Patriots came from behind to beat Pittsford Mendon, 60-50, in an early-season showdown of reigning Section V champions. Veteran coach Mark Vogt and seniors Elisa Faklaris and Eva Elliott talk about the victory, last spring's upset of Bishop Kearney in the Section V Class AA title game and how the Patriots have maintained their hard-working culture in their program. Watch it now.

Dec. 11, 2021: Aquinas boys basketball ... The talented Little Irish have a new coach (Jeff LaFave) and a new "star" in Owen Acciari. The senior was a manager until this season, when LaFave decided to reward his work ethic with a roster spot. In the late stages of the Little Irish's season-opening win, after fans chanted Acciari's name he entered the game and hit a 3-pointer. LaFave talks about Acciari's unifying impact on his temmates and discusses why he left Gates Chli after guiding it to the 2021 sectional title. He also shares his strong belief faith and being completely honest with players and also why he chose a career in law enforcement. Watch it now.

Dec. 10, 2021: Section V hockey ... Who are the Portside Royals? They're a new Section V Class A hockey team of players from Brockport and Spencerport. The schools decided to pick a unique, new name and nickname rather than go by "Brockport/Spencerport." We interview veteran coach Greg Stahl and senior Ryan Plouffe, one of the Royals' top scorers, about the merger and much more. Watch it now.

Dec. 9, 2021: Section V girls basketball ... We start a season-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Section V girls basketball tournament with an in-depth interview with Section V and state coordinator Tim Lincoln, and former Greece Arcadia star Megan Shoniker, now a University of Rhode Island assistant coach. Among our topics: How does the talent now compare to 20 years ago? What does Shoniker look for in young recruits? How much did Fairport's Caitlin Howe impact recruiting and the dreams of young players in this area? Watch it now.

Dec. 3, 2021: Penfield boys volleyball coach Mike Fusare reveals some secrets to building team unity and recounts his squad's state title run -- the Patriots' third in five years. Watch it now.

Dec. 2, 2021: Fairport boys basketball coach Scott Fitch and senior Ian Kennedy break down the Red Raiders' squad, talk about challenges in last year's two-win season and Fitch weighs in on the Isaiah Stewart-LeBron James controversy. Watch it now.

         Nov. 20, 2021: First-year Honeoye Falls-Lima girls cross country coach and top runner, Ann Brennan, recap the Cougars' sectional championship and talk about HF-L finishing second at states in their first appearance in six years. 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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Jan. 15, 2022
Mike Morgan, Edison Tech basketball
The senior guard stuffed the stat sheet in a 70-51 win over McQuaid with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals; he also pumped in 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in Friday's 65-57 win over Wilson for the Inventors (9-4), who have run off three straight wins.

Jan. 8, 2022
Sean Smith, Penfield hockey
The senior forward pumped in 4 goals, including a natural hat trick in the second period, in a 9-1 rout of Portside. He has 11 goals and 9 assists in 8 games for the Patriots (7-1-1), ranked 10th by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Dec. 17, 2021
Jacob Bjorling, Canandaigua swimming
The junior won four events in Tuesday's upset of state power Pittsford, 92-88, and each was a tight finish. Bjorling won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and was a member of the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays for the reigning Section V Class B champion Braves (4-0).

Dec. 10, 2021
Phil Nwugwo, Victor basketball
The 6-foot-6 senior forward and Blue Devils' captain this winter had 25 points in a big win over Section III's Fayetteville-Manlius and scored all 16 of his points in the first half of a 72-47 blowout of Newark. The Blue Devils (2-0) play at rival Fairport (1-0) on Friday.

Dec. 3, 2021
Joey Crescimanni, Webster Thomas hockey
The sophomore forward scored the overtime winner -- a shorthanded goal off a pass from Dylan LaChance -- in a 3-2 victory over Canandaigua on Tuesday for the Titans (1-1).

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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Jan. 15, 2022
Mya Herman, Canandaigua basketball
The junior guard had 20 points and 3 steals, assists and rebounds (each) vs. Greece Odyssey; 15 points, 8 steals and 6 assists vs. Arcadia; and 14 points, 7 steals and 4 assists vs. Olympia. She shot 54% from the field in those wins for the Braves, who are 9-1.

Jan. 8, 2022
Bella Pucci, Fairport basketball
The junior guard had 17 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in a win over Irondequoit and 21 points, 5 steals and 4 assists in a win over Rush-Henrietta, as the Red Raiders (7-3) bounced back from two holiday week out-of-section losses.

Dec. 17, 2021
Mariah Watkins, Webster Schroeder basketball
The 6-foot sophomore exploded for career highs in points (42) and rebounds (23) and added 4 blocks and 4 steals in Tuesday's 66-52 win at Irondequoit. Her previous point-total high was 30 (last season). She also made four 3-pointers and scored 26 points last Friday's loss to Penfield. She also had 16 points in Thursday's win over Hilton for the Warriors (4-2).

Dec. 10, 2021
Kylie Buckley, Livonia basketball
The 6-foot sophomore forward pumped in 37 points, just two off her career best, and added 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in the Bulldogs' 85-24, season-opening win over Greece Odyssey. She also had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 9 steals in a 64-41 win over Perry. She has averaged more than 20 points in each of the past two seasons.

Dec. 3, 2021
A'miyah Nunn, Irondequoit basketball
The senior guard pumped in 29 points, dished out 5 assists and had 3 steals in a 56-39 season-opening win over Greece Athena on Tuesday and followed that with a team-high 16 points in Thursday's loss at Pittsford Sutherland.

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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Jan. 15, 2022
Mark Florack, East Rochester girls basketball
Mark Florack An East Rochester graduate and "lifer" in every great sense of the term, Florack has guided the ER girls basketball team to an 11-0 start coming off last year's Section V Class C1 championship, the program's first in 29 years. This is his 6th season as head coach after 11 as an assistant. "Mark has the perfect blend of being an old-school coach with transformational leadership qualities," Bombers athletic director Jeff Onze says. "When you have a coach who truly understands the game yet cares more about his players as people, that combination makes for both outstanding connections and results on the basketball court."

Jan. 8, 2022
Kevan Sheppard, Bishop Kearney girls basketball
Kevan Sheppard The 13th-year coach and Rochester native has guided his girls basketball squads to seven sectional titles, a run that included the 2013 Class C state championship. More importantly, his program has given players the opportunity to earn scholarships at colleges -- big and small. A former college player at Temple University who learned a lot about defense from legendary coach John Chaney, Sheppard is a brand ambassador for PUMA. An East High grad, he was part of a sectional title team as a player in 1996.

Dec. 17, 2021
Dylan Scheemaker, Canandaigua boys swimming
Dylan Scheemaker The fifth-year coach guided the Braves to a stunning upset of state power Pittsford, ending the Panthers' 90-meet, nine-year winning streak, 92-88. His Braves have won three Section V Class B title in his four seasons. The aquatics director and a physical education teacher for the Canandaigua City Schools, Scheemaker is a 2008 Fairport graduate who swam at SUNY Cortland and went on to coach there. He counts Fairport coach Mike Kennedy, former USC coach Dave Solo, Eddie Reese from Texas and Bobby Guntoro from UNC-Wilmington among his influences.

Dec. 10, 2021
Michael Bree, Waterloo girls basketball
Michael Bree Bree led his girls squad to the championship of its season-opening tournament. Waterloo allowed just 44 points in two games while defeating Aquinas and Canandaigua in a quality field. It is also unbeaten in 2021, having rolled to a 14-0 record and the Section V Class B2 championship in the winter season. "Coach Bree is one of the most dedicated coaches that I have had a chance to learn from in our department," said Waterloo Director of Health, P.E. and Athletics, Christal Kent. "Coach Bree is an experienced, passionate coach who truly loves the game of basketball. His decorated coaching resume includes several accolades for the teams and players that he has influenced. He is fully deserving of this honor."

Dec. 3, 2021
Brian Touranjoe, ER/Gananda football
Brian Touranjoe The fourth-year head coach led the top-seeded Bombers to the Section V Class C championship with a 18-12, double OT win over No. 2 Haverling -- the Bombers' first crown since 2012. A longtime assistant under Dennis Greco, Touranjoe's squad reached the state semifinals. A retired teacher and administrator, "Coach T's" team put themselves atop the ER history books with a school-record 12 wins.

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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