|Jun 15, 2019: Jeff DiVeronica & Chris Metcalf discuss the state of HS sports and future|
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 15, 2019: Host Jeff DiVeronica & Chris Metcalf, Regional Sports Editor of the Batavia Daily News and Livingston Co. News, discuss the state of HS sports and future and Metcalf's column, "Missing All The Old School Coaches." Aquinas graduate Christian White, a former D1 basketball player, also weighs in.|
|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.|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
June 16, 2019:
Brought to you by The Basin Pub & The Pittsford Pub & Grille
GIRLS: Anna O'Geen, Warsaw softball. The senior pitcher tossed a 1-hit shutout in a state quarterfinal win over Maple Grove, 2-0, to improve to 16-0 this spring with a 1.33 ERA. She has struck out 122 batters in 105 innings and at the plate she also hits .479. O'Geen also was on the Tigers volleyball team that won sectionals and plays basketball.
BOYS: Hunter Walsh, McQuaid baseball. The senior right-hander turned in a gem in the biggest game of his life. The St. John Fisher-bound two-sport star tossed a no-hitter, facing just one batter over the minimum, in a 70-pitch masterpiece in a 5-0 win over Shenendehowa that made the Knights Class AA state champions for the first time. He had a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings.
G&G Fitness Coach of the Week
DENNIS PYNN, CHURCHVILLE-CHIL TRACK & FIELD
The leader of the Saints' track and field program since 2005, he has not only profoundly impacted young athletes but also was critical in the planning and execution of the school's new track. "One of the few die-hard coaches who has continued to coach all 3 seasons," says Saints athletic director Mike Murray about indoor and football. His Saints won the Sportsmanship at the Monroe County championships this spring. "Dennis always puts student-athletes first. Their safety and well-being is #1. After that, pushing them to be the best possible student-athlete on and off the playing surface is what anyone would say Coach Pynn is about. He is a true professional who takes great pride in our district. He is well respected by students, parents and colleagues for his work ethic and character."
Thanks to G&G Fitness for sponsoring our award!
More of our Athletes and Coach of the Week
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.