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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

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

Dec. 7, 2019
Liam Murphy, Pittsford swimming
   The senior picked up where he left off last season as Section V Class A champion in the 200 and 500 freestyles and Monroe County Swimmer of the Year. He won the 200 free (1:43.67) and 100 free (:47.82) against Hilton on Tuesday, achieving state cut times in both events. On Thursday, he broke a 12-year-old pool record in the 500 freestyle at Canandaigua. That was a state cut time, too. Murphy also was on the 200 medley relay that took down a 26-year-old pool record.

Nov. 30, 2019
Joe Cairns, McQuaid football
   The junior quarterback ran for three TDs and passed for 194 yards in a 42-28 win at Cicero-North Syracuse on its home field in the Class AA state semifinals. Cairns sneaked for two scores and also found paydirt on a 3-yard keeper. He has completed 72 percent of his throws this season and has a stellar TD-INT ratio of 16/3.

Nov. 23, 2019
JC Clifford, Canandaigua football
   The 6-foot-5 senior defensive lineman had 10 tackles and a pair of sacks in the Braves' 16-6 Class A state semifinal loss to Carthage on Friday. Clifford was a presence on the defense all fall for Canandaigua, which won its first Section V title since 2007.


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Pittsford Pub
Female athlete of the week

Dec. 7, 2019
Alahna Paige, Irondequoit basketball
   The All-Greater Rochester senior point guard posted 29 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in a season-opening win at Batavia and had 21 points and 5 assists in a win over Spencerport to lift the Eagles to a 2-0 start. That second victory included making a half-court shot at the first-quarter horn.

Nov. 30, 2019
Megan Deuel, Pittsford swimming
   The senior capped her amazing career in record-setting fashion. She won two more individual state titles and was on the state champion 200-yard medley relay team go give her 12 state titles overall. Deuel set a state record in the 100 butterfly (52.95 seconds) and also won the 100 backstroke. Next stop for her: Notre Dame.

Nov. 23, 2019
Rylee Bergeron, Mercy volleyball
   The sophomore outside hitter was terrific in the Monarchs' win over Orchard Park to capture the Far West Regional championship. She had 22 kills, 16 digs and 12 aces in a thrilling, five-set victory. The Monarchs are 14-4 and playing in today's Class AA state final four in Glens Falls.


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G&G Fitness
Coach of the week

Nov. 23, 2019
Justin Mann
Justin Mann The third-year coach of the Letchworth-Warsaw football team guided his squad to its second straight Section V Class C title. LetSaw has gone 22-8 under Mann, including back-to-back 9-2 seasons. A 2003 graduate of Warsaw, Mann says one of the keys to coaching is building relationships with his players and finding out how to motivate them. "No two kids are alike. Some kids want to be yelled at that. They'll tell you they need that. Others don't," the 34-year-old Mann says. "We try to teach them life lessons through football and help them become young men who'll be good members of our communities as adults."

Nov. 23, 2019
Christopher Parks
Christopher Parks The Knights have won eight Section V and sour state championships in his 19 seasons. They go for a state-record fifth today in Albany. But Parks, who is also McQuaid Jesuit's Dean of Students, is certainly about more than what happens on the court. His players are active doing community service. They visit nursing homes, volunteer at the Advent House in Perinton and help clean Hope Hall and Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake. They also volunteer to help run the McQuaid Invitational, one of the nation's biggest cross country meets.


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