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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 WHTK.com 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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Feb. 27, 2021: Section V Football Coordinator Scott Barker details what a pandemic-induced spring season will look like; Fairport girls basketball coach Patrick Muldowney and players Megan Thurley and Bella Pucci discuss their 7-1 start; Rush-Henrietta wrestling's Mickey Marlowe, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, and 3-time Section V champion Jayden Scott discuss the Royal Comets' recent surge. [LISTEN]

Feb. 20, 2021: Hilton hockey coach Chris Monfiletto and senior captains Luigi Borelli, Josh Radler and Jack Simmons; Honeoye Falls-Lima girls basketball coach and G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Steve Willoughby; UPrep boys basketball coach Jerice Crouch and players Devin Green and James Matthews II. [LISTEN]

Feb. 13, 2021: Webster Schroeder coach Steve Parshall and players Caden Cranston, Tim Weisensel and goalie Jacob Lattuca talk about their season-opening OT win over defending Section V champ Victor; Dansville girls basketball coach Kristen Kershner and players Ray Young and Madi Lee discuss the team's recent success; Pittsford Sutherland boys basketball coach John Nally and players Jaylen Moorehead and Jake Preisser recap their buzzer-beating start to the season in a win over Greece Athena. [LISTEN]

Feb. 6, 2021: Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza spoke about the return to action of higher-risk sports; coach Darrell Barley and junior point guard Damani Barley, his son, from defending Section V Class A2 basketball champion East discussed the season ahead; Pittsford boys swim captains Aaron Kusch and Carson Rehkopf talked about going after Section V title No. 19 in a row next week. [LISTEN]

Jan. 30, 2021: Pittsford Mendon basketball star Lexi Green and Penfield hockey forward Nathan Sobko explain the feelings about finding out they'll get their senior seasons; Green also details her 'pledge' tweet that went viral; Rush-Henrietta boys basketball coach Chris Reed and players Chris Sleeper and Mason Giorgione; Victor Alpine ski coach Jen Haggerty. [LISTEN]

Jan. 23, 2021: ADs Patrick Irving (Gates Chili) and Duey Weimer (Victor) explain how Monroe County administrators plan to relaunch so-called high-risk sports such as basketball, hockey, wrestling and cheerleading safely; Brockport hockey coach Greg Stahl & senior Tyler Henshaw; Gates Chili bowler Abby Unson and coach Jason Schroeder. [LISTEN]

Jan. 16, 2021: Football coaches Keith Molinich (Pittsford) and Stephen Lian (Brighton) along with Pittsford Mendon girls basketball coach Todd Julien discuss how we can get so-called high-risk sports un-paused by NYS. New Mercy girls basketball coach Kara Ingalls explains her decision to leave SUNY Geneseo's staff to take over the Monarchs; seniors Katie Whitaker and Holly Bagley also joined us. Honeoye Falls-Lima diver Griffin Mayo talks about trying diving because ice hockey wasn't an option; his coach, Ari Freedman-Weiss, also joined us. [LISTEN]

Jan. 9, 2021: Newly retired Victor boys lacrosse coach Jim Andre on his decision to walk away to dedicate more time to watching his own children play; longtime Penfield track coach and Rochester Winter Track League coordinator Dave Hennessey on what this unique season will look like at Pinnacle Athletic complex in Victor; Bloomfield senior Alex Kenyon describes how a small-school athlete toppled the best divers in the state twice as a champion!. [LISTEN]

Dec. 19, 2020: Bishop Kearney coach Kevan Sheppard and senior stars Marianna Freeman and Saniaa Wilson from the three-time defending Section V Class AA girls basketball champions; founder/owner Matt Jones of Hoops Strength on his business and new state-of-the-art training facility/gym in Henrietta; NYS Sportswriters Association president John Moriello on the prospects of whether a winter season will happen in 2021 and more. [LISTEN]

Dec. 12, 2020: Retiring Penfield athletic director Pete Shambo talks about his career and big hiking plans; Churchville-Chili hockey coach Brian Young and seniors Cade Costanzo and Max Williams discuss dealing with the pandemic and the notion of having (or not having) a season; former Red Jacket and Fairport football coach Marc Vitticore tells us why he started Prospects NYS and recaps last week's successful showcase in NYC. [LISTEN]

Dec. 5, 2020: Irondequoit cross country standout Candace Tytler and her father, Irondequoit boys X-C country Matt Tytler, on the junior winning two straight Section V Class A titles; Aquinas coach Derek Annechino on a fall without football, being quarantined and a special Thanksgiving helping others; Batavia Notre Dame girls soccer coach Jarrod Clark and sophomores Maylee Green and Brenna Munn on the Irish's first sectional title. Plus, U.S. Army recruiter and East High grad Sgt. Chris Poles. [LISTEN]

         Nov. 28, 2020: Naples soccer with coach Ryan Betrus and players Ben Green and Ryan Lester; Fairport girls soccer with coach Tom Natalie and players Lillian Hicks and Olivia Kayser; LeRoy cross country with coach Jay Laitenberger and runners AJ Schmidt and Keaton Hobart. [LISTEN]

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

Feb. 27, 2021
Markus Robinson, Finney basketball
The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard scored 48 points in Friday's 83-70 win over previously unbeaten Northstar Christian to become the 10th player in Section V history to crack the 2,000-point milestone. He's averaging 40+ points per game this season and also grabbed 13 rebounds for the 9-2 Falcons, winners of seven straight.

Feb. 20, 2021
Ky'Mere Meeks, Webster Schroeder
The senior swingman's four straight double-doubles led the Warriors (4-2) to wins over Fairport (13 points/10 rebounds), Wilson (25/11), Rush-Henrietta (20/11/3 blocks) and Hilton (22/16/4 assists).

Feb. 13, 2021
Hayden Bement, Canandaigua swimming
He finished first in four events to help lead the Braves to the Section V Class B championship. Bement set school records in winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races and also was on winning medley and 200 freestyle relays. His 50 free time of 21.19 seconds was the best in the state.

Feb. 6, 2021
Cooper Mattice, Batavia Notre Dame swimming
He set a meet record in the 100-yard backstroke (54.97 seconds) and also won the 200 individual medley (2:03.34) and swam on two victorious relay teams as the Fighting Irish finished second at the Genesee Region Championships.

Jan. 30, 2021
Michael Damelio, Webster swimming
The senior swam Section V best and New York state cut times in two events on Tuesday, winning the 50-yard freestyle (21.80) and 100 freestyle (47.52) in a loss against Hilton. Damelio is the 2020 Section V Class A champ in the 100.

Jan. 23, 2021
Joseph Carozzi, Churchville-Chili bowling
The sophomore followed up his 300 game last month with a 299 on Tuesday vs. Brockport. In mid-December, Carozzi became just the second bowler in school history to roll a 300.

Jan. 16, 2021
Michael Wood, Irondequoit
The sophomore diver broke two longstanding school records twice in seven days. On Jan. 9, he toppled the school/pool record for 11 dives with a 460.50 score. On Jan. 16, he did it again, this time breaking a 50-year-old school record for six dives with a 307.45, shattering the old mark of 275.90.

Jan. 9, 2021
Nathaniel Teerlinck, Canandaigua swimming
The junior took home three first-place finishes in Tuesday's win over Honeoye Falls-Lima and Thursday's triumph over Brighton. He captured the 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and was on the winning 200 medley relay in each meet.

Dec. 19, 2020
Wyatt Eagley, Palmyra-Macedon swimming
The eighth-grader won the 200- and 500-yard freestyles during the Red Raiders victory on Tuesday over North Rose-Wolcott.

Dec. 5, 2020
Adam Barbato, Victor cross country
The junior had the best time of the 16 Section V boys who ran at the season-ending Northeast Club Championship in Montgomery, Orange County. He finished 18th in the championship race in 16:14.6 and had the 26th-best time of the 285 runners who competed.

Nov. 28, 2020
Kaelen Ruder, Fairport cross country
The senior edged Jayson Chichelli of McQuaid by one second to win the Section V Class A individual race. Ruder led the Red Raiders to the team title and also joined his father Nate, a 1990 Fairport graduate, as an individual sectional champion. The Ruders are the first father-son duo to win individual titles in largest class in the 92-year history of Section V cross country.

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

Feb. 27, 2021
Vanessa Hall, Whitesville basketball
The sophomore scored 40 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for her career in a 74-19 win over Friendship and had 33 points in Thursday's win over Genesee Valley. She is averaging 38.1 points in a 6-0 start for the Blue Jays.

Feb. 20, 2021
Taylor Norris, Bishop Kearney basketball
With AGR picks Saniaa Wilson and Marianna Freeman injured, the senior forward had a monster week. Norris powered the Kings (4-0) to double-digit wins over Webster Schroeder (21 points/13 rebounds), rival Mercy (26/16) and East (29/18).

Feb. 13, 2021
Zofia Stefkanovic, Brighton Nordic skiing
She won the Section V individual title in the 7.5K Classic race by 19 seconds. She also won the Ruth Hayes Award for having the best combined time after leading the Bruins to the relay championship.

Feb. 6, 2021
Emma Clarke, Avon diving
The senior repeated as Livingston Conference champion (11 dives, 379.6 points). A former gymnast who also competes against boys in high school diving, Clarke was third at sectionals last year and was also a standout on the girls soccer team, which has won three straight Section V titles.

Jan. 30, 2021
Grace Mattern, Brighton senior Nordic skiing
The 2020 girls Nordic skiing state champion won the girls classic 3K state at Bristol Mountain on Jan. 21 and combined with teammate Zofia Stefankovic to win the 2-by-3K relay on Jan. 28 at Bristol.

Jan. 23, 2021
Cassidy Potter, Webster Thomas bowling
An All-Greater Rochester pick last season for the sectional champion Titans, Potter rolled a 712 series with a 234 high game vs. Victor. Against Fairport on Wednesday, the senior rolled a 676 series and 269 game.

Jan. 16, 2021
Shannon Hughes, Pittsford
The two-time All-Greater Rochester Alpine Skier of the Year is off to a fast start this season. Hughes won both slalom runs by more than a second during Monday night's Monroe County Alpine Ski Races at Bristol Mountain.

Jan. 9, 2021
Elena Carr, Hilton bowling
The three-time All-Greater Rochester pick is off to a strong start in her senior season, averaging 204. She has rolled games of 229 and 223 this winter and at mid-week the Cadets were unbeaten. In 2017, she set the national record for high school girls with an 831 series, including a 300 game.

Dec. 19, 2020
Natalie Kent, Newark bowling
Just a sophomore, Kent rolled games of 260 and 213 on her way to a 651 series during a 5-0 win over Geneva. She is the daughter of PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent.

Dec. 5, 2020
Candace Tytler, Irondequoit cross country
As reigning All-Greater Rochester Runner of the Year, Tytler had a bullseye on her back but she delivered. The junior repeated as Section V Class A champion, winning by 15 seconds at Parma Park. Her time (18:34) was also 18 seconds better than Class B winner, Trinity Wells of Newark.

Nov. 28, 2020
Mingna Xu, Brighton swimming
The sophomore won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke and helped the Barons' 200 medley and 400 free relays win the first and last races of the Section V Class B championship meet. She was named co-winner as Most Outstanding Swimmer with Irondequoit's Alicia Wood.

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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Feb. 27, 2021
Rochester Prep Charter School Boys Basketball
The charter school has reeled off four straight wins after an 0-3 start. Senior Emmanuel Graham and junior Javier Flowers have played huge for coach Jose Barocio's squad in the win streak.

Feb. 20, 2021
Hilton hockey
The Cadets are off to their first 5-0 start since 2014. They've outscored foes 22-8 and won twice in overtime.

Feb. 13, 2021
Webster Schroeder hockey
The young Warriors upset defending Section V Class A champion Victor in their season opener, 2-1, on Caden Cranston’s goal just 59 seconds into the extra session, and senior goalie goalie Jacob Lattuca made 31 saves.

Feb. 6, 2021
Damani Barley, East basketball
The junior point guard with scholarship offers from Siena and Bryant was an All-Greater Rochester pick last winter. He averaged 16.1 points and is just one reason the Eagles are favored to repeat at Section V Class A2 champion.

Jan. 30, 2021
Batavia/Notre Dame swimming
The Batavia/Notre Dame swim team, a merged squad, finished its second consecutive perfect season after cruising to the win over LeRoy/Byron-Bergen, 85-66. That gave them a 10-0 record.

Jan. 23, 2021
Abby Unson, Gates Chili
The three-sport athletes plays goalkeeper in soccer, catcher/outfield in softball and is carrying a 218 average this winter in bowling. She may even try being the placekicker for the football team this spring.

Jan. 16, 2021
Katie Whitaker, Mercy basketball
The 6-foot-4 senior center has committed to play basketball at Furman University in South Carolina. She averaged 12 points and 9 rebounds per game as a junior while shooting 49.9 percent from the field.

Jan. 9, 2021
Alex Kenyon, Bloomfield
The senior is a three-time Section V Class D champion in diving and won two New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation diving crowns. He holds a 90-plus academic average and has accepted appointment to the Air Force Academy, where he plans to compete.

Dec. 12, 2020
Churchville-Chili hockey
Coach Brian Young's Saints (15-6-1 last year) have been working hard individually to get ready for whatever type of season they're allowed have this winter. As senior Max Williams said when asked if he'd wear a mask while on the ice: "I'm willing to do anything as long as I can play."

Dec. 5, 2020
Mrs. Karen Iglesia, educator
The longtime tutor and part-time high school basketball analyst sparked a Thanksgiving movement that helped feed more than 1,000 families and landed her on a few shows, including national TV with Kelly Clarkson.

Nov. 28, 2020
Honeoye cross country
The boys team captured its first Section V title since 2015, winning in Class D2. That followed up a win by the Bulldogs' girls squad a short while earlier.

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


Feb. 27, 2021
Mickey Marlowe, Rush-Henrietta wrestling
The Royal Comets' leader since 1993-94, Marlowe has amassed more than 300 wins and an infinite amount of strong relationships built from being a coach who does whatever it takes to pull the best out of his wrestlers. The 2020 Section V Coach of the Year, as voted by local officials, he's the longest-tenured Section V coach. Check out these words from athletic director Tom Stewart's very first evaluation of Marlowe more than a decade ago: "I am particularly impressed with your ability to connect with your athletes. You have been very successful at differentiating between athletes. This approach is difficult to learn (as a coach) but comes naturally to you."

Feb. 20, 2021
Steve Willoughby, Honeoye Falls-Lima girls basketball
Forget about the 502 wins, nine Section V titles, two state tournament runner-up finishes and winning the 2005 state championship. Steve Willoughby says the memories and relationships he has made as head coach are what matter most. Over the past 31 years, he has made an impact on so many girls at HF-L, prodding them in his own old-school way to produce their best. HF-L is also off to a 5-1 start this season.

Feb. 13, 2021
Jonah Kiehle Jonah Kiehle, Livonia swimming
He guided the Bulldogs' boys program to a second straight Section V championship, this year in Class C, as Livonia qualified a whopping 21 swimmers and four divers for sectionals. They've won six straight Livingston County Athletic Association titles. A former assistant at Avon, Dansville and Livonia, Kiehle also guided the Livonia girls to Section V Class C crowns in 2017, 2018 and 2019. "Coach Kiehle brings a wealth of knowledge to the swim program," says Bulldogs AD Mark Kress. “His positive and supportive personality builds an environment that kids thrive in. He has one of the fastest growing programs in participation and recent success. The Livonia swim family is fortunate to have him."

Feb. 6, 2021
Peter Mancuso Peter Mancuso. Harley-Allendale Columbia swimming
In his 23rd season, he recently reached a milestone with his 200th career win for boys dual meets. Mancuso's boys teams have won 10 Genesee Region Division II league titles and 10 League Meet Championships. The girls have won 15 GR Division titles and nine LMCs. His career girls dual meet record is 168-47 (19 seasons). His boys won the Section V Championship in 2017, the first of two straight and also won last season. His Lady Wolves have won seven Genesee Region-Niagara Orleans Intersectional championships (winter version of sectionals for girls swimming).

Jan. 30, 2021
Jen Haggerty Jen Haggerty, Victor Alpine Skiing
A former skier as a youth and in college, she teaches skiing at Hunt Hollow and also was a key reason the Blue Devils launched an Alpine Ski program back circa 2004 when her children were youth skiers. Her youngest child, son Johnny, is a sophomore on Victor’s current squad. It is her 12th season as coach. She is also a key advocate for skiing in Section V -- and not just for her own squad -- and the Monroe County chairperson for Alpine.

Jan. 23, 2021
Greg Stahl, Brockport hockey
Greg Stahl The Gates Chili and MCC graduate is set to begin his 11th season as coach following a brief time away from the program. He guided the Blue Devils to Section V championships in 2015 and 2017. A former All-Greater Rochester Coach of the Year, he cares about the development of players as young men, not just as athletes, and believes in what sports and being part of a team can teach them. Stahl has formerly coached softball and baseball. Congrats, coach!

Jan. 16, 2021
Ari Freedman-Weiss, HF-L swimming & diving
Ari Freedman-Weiss He became only the second coach in the history of both the Honeoye Falls-Lima girls and boys swim programs in 2016, succeeding Norm Schueckler. Prior to that, Freedman-Weiss served as an assistant in both programs for a decade. Under his direction, both programs continue to grow and remain competitive. In his first season he led the HF-L girls to a Section V Championship. This past fall season, the HF-L girls won the Monroe County title. This year's boys team is off to a 4-1 start after today's victory at Irondequoit.

Jan. 9, 2021
Jim Andre, Victor boys lacrosse
Jim Andre After a seven-year run that is unmatched isn Section V boys lacrosse, Andre retired in late December, a decision he made for all the right reasons. The physical education teacher didn't want to miss any more games played by his two sons and daughter, a Victor girls lax player who is a junior. A Gates Chili and SUNY Cortland graduate, Andre's squads won six Section V titles in his seven years and four NYSPHSAA championships -- a state total that puts him in elite company in Section V history. His career record: 127-23. His Blue Devils also won and lost the right way with sportsmanship and class thanks to the tone set by their coaches.

Dec. 19, 2020
Krystina Barnum, Victor girls tennis
Krystina Barnum The veteran coach guided the Blue Devils to a second Section V team title in her five years as coach. Runner-up in sectionals in 2019, Victor is 76-12 under Barnum. She has coached tennis for 15 years. "She continually exceeds my expectations in her ability to connect personally with her student-athletes," said Victor athletic director Duey Weimer. "Her knack to improve a player's skills and tennis strategies is unparalleled. We're extremely proud to have her on staff and her team's success on and off the court is a testament to her character and coaching. Congratulations Krystina on this well-deserved honor!"

Dec. 12, 2020
Pete Shambo, Penfield athletics
Pete Shambo The coach of his coaching staff, Shambo is retiring at the end of the year. He has spent 21 years as Penfield's athletic director, following 14 as a teacher/coach at Geneseo. A native of Copenhagen, near Utica, the SUNY Brockport graduate became a leader locally in the athletic administration. Shambo is a past president of Section V and in 2016 was one of 10 individuals nationally to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Dec. 5, 2020
Derek Annechino, Aquinas football
Derek Annechino The fourth-year head coach and AQ staff member since 1998 helped lead a Thanksgiving charitable movement that led to supplying food to more than 1,000 families for their holiday meal. A quality control manager for Zweigle's, Annechino has led the Little Irish to two Section V titles and the 2018 Class AA state crown in his three seasons as head coach. Aquinas is 29-5 under Annechino.

Nov. 28, 2020
Jay Laitenberger, LeRoy cross country
The eighth-grade and AP U.S. history teacher coaches cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. A Victor graduate who has coached three sports since 2005, Laitenberger led his boys to a third-place finish in Class C sectionals, but it's what they did after the race that stood out. Since sectionals were limited to seven runners per school, senior A.J. Schmidt, who had been training as an alternate, was unable to run. When the Oatkan Knights returned from their sectional race, they made sure that Schmidt got one more race on his home course and he set a personal record with the help of his teammates and members of the community.

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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