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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 Rochester, New York. The show can be heard live every Saturday at noon on FOX SPORTS 1280 (WHTK) and on the Web at www.whtk.com or by using the iHeartRadio app on your smart device. The show features interviews with coaches and players, previews and highlights of the biggest games each season and honors "Athletes of the Week." It also tackles the issues facing teenage athletes, such as proper nutrition and recovery from injury and how to balance academics and athletics.

    Since 2003, more than 3,000 coaches and athletes have been on the show. A special thanks goes to Connors & Ferris and all of our sponsors Without their continued support, area athletes and coaches wouldn't have a chance to be showcased on the radio.

    A native of Canastota, N.Y., Jeff DiVeronica covered high school sports for the Democrat and Chronicle for nearly 25 years and was honored as the "Sportswriter of the Year" by the Rochester Press-Radio Club in 2014 and 2002. A graduate of St. John Fisher College and member of its Communications/Journalism Hall of Fame, he founded the show in 2003.


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Listen to previous episodes of the 2019-2020 show

Feb. 15, 2020: Pittsford Mendon girls basketball coach Todd Julien and players Lexi Green and Katie Bischoping; Spencerport hockey coach Ryan Ford and junior defenseman A.J. Hussar; Elba boys basketball coach Ciaci Zambito and senior guard Colton Dillon. [LISTEN]

Feb. 8, 2020: D&C reporter Stevie Johnson in studio to talk high school basketball; Leadership boys basketball coach William Broome; Waterloo girls basketball coach Mike Bree and sophomore center Giavanni White-Principio; Victor hockey coach Mike Ferreri and goalie Pieter Bartelse; College Assistance Plus Director of Consulting Services Brenda Piazza on the ACT/SAT importance for athletes. [LISTEN]

Feb. 1, 2020: Interviews with Irondequoit coach Chris Cardon and former Webster player and coach Matt Spadoni about the passing of Webster coaching legend Mr. Bill O'Rourke Jr. Cardon also talks about his team, which has won nine straight. Pembroke girls basketball coach Ron Funke and three players from the defending Section V Class C2 champions talk about their 14-1 season and an amazing fundraiser that over nine years has generated more than $150,000 for cancer research; D&C sports editor Steve Bradley gives us some teams to watch in Section V hockey. [LISTEN]

Jan. 25, 2020: NYS Sportswriters Association President John Moriello, in studio; Victor boys basketball coach Tyler Roberts and senior point guard Matt Caggiano; College Assistance Plus Counselor Kate Patterson; retiring Brockport Aquatics Director/Coach Scott Fake. [LISTEN]

Jan. 18, 2020: Sam Schrier in studio; UPrep boys basketball coach Demond Stewart to preview Saturday's showdown with Leadership; Irondequoit girls basketball coach Scott Smith and senior point guard Alahna Paige on the Eagles' nine-game win streak; Pittsford boys swim coach Rick Schmitt on his team going after a record 18th straight Section V Class A title.[LISTEN]

Jan. 11, 2020: Hilton boys basketball coach Troy Prince and star player Tah'Jae Hill, a Niagara University commit; Penfield girls basketball coach Mark Vogt and senior captains Baylee Teal and Nyara Simmons; former Aquinas/Spencerport football coach and Irondequoit athletic director Tony Lipani; College Assistance Plus founder Paul Celuch. [LISTEN]

Jan. 4, 2020: A tribute to late McQuaid cross country coach, Mr. Bob Bradley; interviews with NYS Sportswriters Association President John Moriello, HF-L coach Bernie Gardner and ex-McQuaid runner Marc Dovi. Penfield boys basketball coach Jason Ellis and players Dyllon Scott and RJ Wilkins also talked about their 7-1 start and last-second win at Wayne. [LISTEN]

Dec. 14, 2019: D&C sportswriter Stevie Johnson guest-hosting for Jeff DiVeronica. Guests included D&C's James Johnson, East High boys basketball coach Darrell Barley and his sons in studio and Bishop Kearney girls basketball coach Kevan Sheppard live from Washington, D.C. [LISTEN]

Dec. 7, 2019: Rush-Henrietta boys basketball coach Chris Reed and senior guard Eddie Beverly on Friday's big win at Hilton; Pittsford girls swimming coach Marty Keating and 12-time state champion Megan Deuel; New York State Sportswriters Association president John Moriello. [LISTEN]

Nov. 30, 2019: Pittsford Mendon runner and Federation state champion Sam Lawler and coach Chris Compson on Lawler's cross country success; McQuaid football coach Bobby Bates and two-way lineman Quinn Bergeron previewing Saturday's Class AA state title game; Hilton hockey coach Chris Monfiletto on the Cadets' fundraiser that has generated nearly $5,000.[LISTEN]

Nov. 23, 2019: Paul Gotham of PickinSplinters.com to wrap up the soccer season; McQuaid volleyball coach Christopher Parks and senior hitter Owen Wickens on the loss of Dane LeClair and their season; Canandaigua football coach Jeff Welch after the Braves' 16-6 state semifinal loss; College Assistance Plus founder Paul Celuch on how to gain scholarship leverage vs. colleges. [LISTEN]

         Nov. 16, 2019: Democrat and Chronicle Sports Editor Steve Bradley sits in for Jeff DiVeronica as host. Guests include McQuaid football coach Bobby Bates, Mercy volleyball coach C.J. Denk and senior captain Liza Huber, Greece Athena boys soccer coach Mike Butler and Pittsford Mendon field hockey coach Kara Brown. [LISTEN]

Nov. 9, 2019: Batavia Notre Dame football coach Joe Zambito; Liane Crane from College Assistance Plus; Fairport boys soccer coach Gianni Bussani and goalie Michael Nesser; Irondequoit girls volleyball coach Marc Callari and seniors Drew Kemp and Emma Sheehan; Greece Olympia girls soccer coach Danielle Boneberg and sophomore Kuditra Derosa. [LISTEN]

Nov. 2, 2019: Hilton football coach Rich Lipani; Greece Athena boys soccer coach Mike Butler and junior midfielder Dylan Rice; Victor girls volleyball coach Matt Glover and senior hitter KK McFadden; Paul Gotham of PickinSplinters.com; Spencerport girls soccer coach Jamie Schneider and senior captain, Maddie Brongo. [LISTEN]

Oct. 26, 2019: Football coaches Keith Molinich (Pittsford) and Brad Patchett (Palmyra-Macedon) following big Section V football playoff wins; Spencerport boys soccer coach Jody Wyant and senior Max LaRosa; Brighton girls soccer coach Rita Kladstrup and senior Eileen Kelly; Webster Schroeder boys volleyball coach Greg Kennedy, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week. [LISTEN]

Oct. 19, 2019: Jeff DiVeronica and D&C Sports Editor Steve Bradley discuss the accomplishment and controversy surrounding Chloe DeLyser's pursuit of becoming the nation's leader as a soccer goal-scorer. Coach Trevor Sousa & Honeoye Falls-Lima senior Claire Yioulos talk about her winning the Section V golf championship & her career. G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Tim Mattle of Wayne boys soccer talks about his career and influences. [LISTEN]

Oct. 12, 2019: Greg Connors discussing the value and importance of high school sports; U.S. Army Sgt. Luce offering an "Army workout" at local schools to phys ed teachers; Pittsford Sutherland boys soccer coach Sean Hopkins & senior captain Will Bowen; Honeoye Falls-Lima girls soccer coach Chrissy Merrill, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Fairport football coach Marc Vitticore. [LISTEN]

Oct. 5, 2019: In-studio guest D&C sportswriter Stevie Johnson. Eastridge football coach Jasson Jobson to preview the Lancers' showdown vs. Wilson. East Rochester boys soccer coach Mike Domm and players from the unbeaten Bombers. College Assistance Plus Director of Consulting Brenda Piazza on financial aid. [LISTEN]

Sept. 28, 2019: Local mindful expert Erica Ebert, who works in that capacity for Webster schools and around the area, discusses what she coaches young students and athletes -- right down to toddlers -- on in sessions; Paul Gotham of PickinSplinters.com breaks down the top boys and girls soccer teams in Section V; Churchville-Chili boys soccer coach John Mahoney discusses the program's longstanding "Blue September" fundraiser to fight prostate cancer and talks about his gritty squad. [LISTEN]

Sept. 21, 2019: NYS Sports Association president John Moriello; HF-L football coach John Russ and RB Mason Ferrara; Avon football's Andy Englert, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Webster Thomas boys soccer coach Steve Grose & defender Cam Webb; Pittsford Sutherland girls soccer coach Adam Palumbo. [LISTEN]

Sept. 14, 2019: In-studio guest, John Moriello, president of the NYS Sportswriters Association; Spencerport football coach John Dowd & lineman J.J. Crawford; U.S. Army Sgt. Luce; LeRoy boys soccer's Bob Hammer, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Hilton girls volleyball coach Mike Harnden & seniors Kylie Ashline & Megan Loomis. [LISTEN]

Sept. 7, 2019: McQuaid football coach Bobby Bates and Aquinas football coach Derek Annechino to preview their season-opening showdown; Webster Schroeder girls soccer coach Kent Brown and junior Anna Hewlett; Oakfield-Alabama cross country coach Pete Beuler; College Assistance Plus Founder, Paul Celuch. | [WATCH]

Our weekly Section V award recipients

Pittsford Pub
Male athlete of the week

Feb. 15, 2020
Colton Dillon, Elba basketball
   The senior guard scored a career-high 47 points and grabbed 23 rebounds en route to becoming the school's all-time leading scorer in Thursday's 76-46 win over Kendall that clinched the Genesee Region title and No. 1 seed in the Section V Class D2 Tournament. He also had 20 points in Tuesday's 81-75 comeback win at Lyndonville.

Feb. 8, 2020
Andrew Mason, Webster Thomas
   The AGR senior guard scored 34 points with six 3-pointers in a 65-58 win over rival Webster Schroeder and had 22 points (five 3s) in a 55-53 loss to Irondequoit. Last week, his 24 points in a win over Canandaigua made him the school's all-time leading scorer. He also had 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Feb. 1, 2020
Trevor Schmidt, Gates Chili hockey
   The senior forward has topped the 100-point mark in just his second varsity season for the Spartans (13-3). He had 28 goals and 28 assists last year and has 30G/13A this winter. He scored a third-period hat trick Tuesday in a 5-4 comeback win over Rush-Henrietta.


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Pittsford Pub
Female athlete of the week

Feb. 15, 2020
Chanel Alexander, Aquinas basketball
   The junior guard had 23 points, 4 assists and 4 steals in a win over School of the Arts and 15 points in a loss to Mercy. She is averaging 22.6 points, good for seventh in Section V. At 15-4, no one will want play the Little Irish in the Class A sectional tournament.

Feb. 8, 2020
Monique Hardy, Webster Thomas
    The senior set a state record on Thursday at the Millrose Games in New York City with an indoor weight throw of 66 feet, 11.25 inches. That's less than 3 feet shy of the national record set in 2011. She has already committed to compete for Louisiana State University.

Feb. 1, 2020
Alahna Paige, Irondequoit basketball
   The senior guard set a school (and maybe Monroe County League) record with 50 points in Friday's 81-74 win at Gates Chili. The Daemen College recruit also scored 26 points and had 6 rebounds in a 15-point win at Victor. She averages a Section V-best 26.7 points. The Eagles (13-2) take an 11-game win streak into Tuesday's game vs. Penfield (14-1).


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athletes of the week Go to awards
 

G&G Fitness
Coach of the week

Feb. 15, 2020
Karen Schuster
Karen Schuster In her 29th season, Schuster still savors the job of turning a group of girls into a championship basketball team. A 1982 Livonia graduate, Schuster's 416 career wins rank fifth all-time in Section V history. She has more wins than any other Section V female coach. In 2016, her Bulldogs reached the top of the mountain, winning the NYSPHSAA Class B state title. "The passion and energy she brings to her program year in and year out is why her teams routinely compete for championships," athletic director Mark Kress said. "Every opponent in our region knows when they face the Lady Bulldogs they're in for a fight." Livonia (16-3) closes the regular season Tuesday vs. Avon.

Feb. 8, 2020
Ashley Wood
Ashley Wood The third-year cheerleading coach guides the Honeoye Falls-Lima fall and winter squads and was named Section V's Coach of the Year in her class last fall. Wood has led HF-L to four straight wins this winter at the Eastridge, Webster, Fairport and Mercy invitationals. On Tuesday, she'll host her annual "Heart and Soul" competition involving 32 teams. "Ashley is a tremendous role model and leader in our athletic program," AD Brian Donohue said. "She leads by example with high expectations not only for herself but for all involved with HF-L cheerleading." Her athletes always give back to the community. They participate in Toys for Tots program and Breast Cancer Walk. They also help with the HF-L youth program.


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