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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.
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|May 12, 2018: Fairport baseball players Mike Sabbatine and Tyler Smith on the Red Raiders' run of winning 8 of their last 9; U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dylan Duncan on his time served and being honored by the NY Yankees; Harley-Allendale Columbia girls and boys track coach Dan Deckman and senior Sunniva Sheffield on the booming participation numbers in the program; Bishop Kearney softball coach Dave Herbst and soph. P Emily Phelan on the Kings' 14-1 start and Phelan eclipsing 1,000 career strikeouts; former Brockport boys basketball coach Charlie Hage, the owner of Brockport Custom Carpet, on the store's support of Section V sports.|
|May 05, 2018: Discussion on the 'mercy rule' and if we need one in Section V baseball/softball; Honoring our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, Dan Hoyt of HF-L baseball; Spencerport girls lacrosse coach Patricia Condon & captains Emily Coykendall, Olivia Wall, Jamie Briggs and Riana Viavattene on the Rangers 8-2 start and challenging schedule; recapping Bishop Kearney softball’s 10-0 start; they’re the reigning Class C state champs; Basin Pub & Pittsford Pub & Grille Athletes of the Week!|
|April 28, 2018: Former Irondequoit athletic director and Section V football coach Anthony Lipani on surviving a heart attack at 45 and how he has improved his health and launched a podcast about it; Webster Thomas boys lacrosse coach Rob Ruller on his team's 10-0 start and Tuesday's showdown with defending state champion Victor; Way-Co softball coach Dave Stewart on the Eagles' young squad, which is 9-2. Plus former Pittsford Sutherland standout baseball pitcher Max Carver, a former show intern, talking about college at Villanova and deciding to take a semester off.|
|April 21, 2018: Talking all-turf fields talk with Newark athletic director Chris Corey and Eastridge baseball coach Mike Screen, whose team plays on the first all-turf baseball diamond at a Monroe County school. Coach Donovan Lopez & senior midfielder Sarah Stark of Pittsford, the reigning Class A state champ & #1 team in the D&C girls lacrosse coaches' poll. Athletes of Week Cameryn Dera (Fairport lacrosse) and Brett Cunningham (Gananda lacrosse) and our G&G Fitness coach of the Week, Leanne Boyatzies of Wayne.|
|April 14, 2018: Pittsford Sutherland softball coach Lisa Nazarenko & standout SS Hannah Catallo-Stooks on the Knights beginning defense of their Section V Class A2 title; Holley's Penny Cole, our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week with her daughter Heather Kelley, on the fund-raiser that generated $4,525 for the Ronald McDonald House; Wellsville coach Dennis Miles on winning his 706th career game to pass Ed Nietopski as Section V's all-time wins leader; Greece Athena coach and Section V baseball coordinator Jason Bunting on the Trojans' start and on managing the difficult weather this spring.|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
May 12, 2018:
GIRLS: Abby Suhr, Webster Thomas softball. The junior catcher belted a pair of home runs in Friday's 8-0 win over Arcadia and had another two-HR game Wednesday in a 17-8 victory over Spencerport. One of those was a grand slam. For the week, she was 9-for-12 with four homers and 12 RBI. Her 10 career HRs ties her with Meaghan Dunham for the school record
BOYS: Frankie Santiago, Franklin baseball. The senior infielder has gone a perfect 25-for-25 on stolen bases this spring and in the process has broken what is believed to be a Section V record with 120 career thefts. The record listed on the state site is 135.
G&G FITNESS COACH OF THE WEEK
Dan Deckman, Harley-Allendale Columbia track
The fourth-year cross country and track coach at Harley-Allendale Columbia has energized the Wolves' track program by getting kids engaged. H-AC has 80 boys and girls on this year's team. That's double compared to before he was coach and about third of H-AC's enrollment! The girls team this spring also won the Finger Lakes West championship. A former McQuaid runner under legendary coach Bob Bradley, the 40-year-old Deckman ran at Fordham University and lived in New York City for 11 years before coming home. He has worked in the financial and non-profit fields. Right now, his passion is his family at home and at H-AC.
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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.