|Jun 08, 2019: Ryan Thompson, Matt Tytler, Dale Werth, Ryan Fishback, Mike Torrelli|
Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show
Welcome to the website of the Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show, the only radio talk show in the Rochester area that covers Section V and local High School sports in Rochester NY. The show can be heard live every Saturday at noon on FOX SPORTS 1280 WHTK in the Rochester area and also 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 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 2,000 coaches and athletes have been on the show. A special thanks goes to Connors & Ferris and all of our sponsors (link to sponsors) Without their continued support, area athletes and coaches wouldn't have a chance to be showcased on the radio.
|June 08, 2019: Irondequoit senior Ryan Thompson and coach Matt Tytler on the senior's improvement in track and cross country that led to a scholarship from Duke; Canandaigua baseball's Dale Werth, our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, on the Braves winning a 4th straight Section V title; Geneva junior Ryan Fishback on his career and finally winning the state crown; Faiport boys lacrosse coach Mike Torrelli following the Red Raiders' 10-6 loss in the Class A state title game.|
|June 01, 2019: Jeff DiVeronica live from Frontier Field and the Section V Class AA baseball championship; Pittsford girls lacrosse coach Donovan Lopez; McQuaid basketball coach Jack Leasure on his summer shooting camps and skills clinics; D&C Sports Editor Steve Bradley on watching his son's career; Honeoye Falls-Lima softball coach Bailey Smith and senior SS Kate Booth after the Cougars' first ever sectional title.|
|May 18, 2019: Webster Schroeder softball coach Meaghan Keil and pitcher Sydney Bolton; College Assistance Plus founder, Paul Celuch; former Fairport golfer, Emily Schultz; first-year Irondequoit baseball coach, Joey Kuhn.|
|May 11, 2019: Craig Camp and Kristin Butka of Honeoye Falls-Lima lacrosse on its unique sportsmanship initiative to honor two parents of the program who have recently passed; Brighton boys lacrosse coach Don Benedict and senior captain, Vaughn Fetkenhour, on the Barons' 11-2 start; Palmyra-Macedon lacrosse standout Andra Savage on recovering from an ACL tear and Red Raiders coach EJ Burse on the team's quest for a 3rd straight sectional crown.|
|May 04, 2019: Victor boys golf coach Trevor Sousa and senior standouts Jeremy Summerson & Jack Cowles; Irondequoit girls lacrosse coach Mike Butler and senior captains Marina Butler & Beca McGwin; Gananda softball coach Geno Phillips and sophomore pitcher Annabella Phillips.|
|April 27, 2019: Spencerport girls lacrosse coach Tricia Condon and senior Erin Coykendall, our Girls Athlete of the Week; Hilton boys lacrosse coach Craig Lepaine and senior midfielder Shawn Doran; McQuaid baseball coach Tony Fuller; Canandaigua hockey standout Carter McWilliams, who is headed to the Rochester Junior Monarchs|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
June 01, 2019:
GIRLS: Anaya Dees, Hilton track. The junior captured three events in Friday's Section V's State Qualifying meet and qualified for the state championships in each. She won the long jump (18 feet, 75 inches), triple jump (39-1) and the 100-meter hurdles in 14.52 seconds.
BOYS: Ryan Fishback, Geneva tennis. The junior finally reached the top of the tennis mountain he has climbed for 5 years, becoming Section V's fourth ever state singles champion and first since Webster Schroeder's Matt Gamble won back-to-back crowns in 2014-15. Fishback beat Syosset's Kabir Rajpal 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing for the crown. The reigning All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year was runner-up last spring.
G&G Fitness Coach of the Week
Bill McClare, Gananda Baseball
The Panthers have won 2 league titles in his 6 season as baseball coach and were runner-up in sectionals last year to eventual state champion Avon. Today, the #2 seeds play #9 Warsaw in the Class C1 title game trying to win the school's first title since 1999. Coaching is definitely a family thing for McClare, who was a softball assistant when his daughter, Caitlin, played for Gananda. He has coached his son, Tim, the past 4 years in baseball. But as athletic director John Tichacek notes, McClare treats all his players the same. "He's there for the kids all the time, opening the batting cages, giving them more opportunity to get better. Good coaches have that connection with their players and Bill has it. He's that kind of coach. Kids want to play for him."
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About the hosts
Jeff DiVeronica, host
A native of Canastota, N.Y., DiVeronica has covered high school sports for the Democrat and Chronicle since 1994, 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 also hosts a show on WHTK about Rochester Rhinos, Rochester Lancers & Western New York Flash soccer. He founded the CNB Show in 2003. He writes a blog on soccer and co-contributes to another, Varsity Voices, about high school sports at www.DemocratandChronicle.com/blog/varsityvoices.
John Boccacino, co-host
A Brighton native, Boccacino is the director of sports information at Keuka College. He formerly was assistant SID at State University of New York at Brockport and worked for the Democrat and Chronicle from 2007-10 as its youth sports reporter. Prior to that, he worked part-time at the D&C while also doing the CNB Show. A 2003 graduate of Syracuse University's prestigious Newhouse School of Communications, Boccacino also contributed to the D&C's Section V coverage with his "Boccacino's Blitz" football video highlight package.