|Mar 16, 2019: Bob Nally, Kevan Sheppard, Nate Rich, Rob Wrights, Stefano Cittidino|
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.
|March 16, 2019: Pittsford Mendon boys basketball coach Bob Nally hours before his team took the court to play for the Class A state championship; Bishop Kearney girls basketball coach Kevan Sheppard LIVE from Troy right before his Kings play in the Class AA state semifinals; Midlakes girls basketball coach Nate Rich after his team's big Class B state semifinal victory and previewing the state title game; Fairport boys bowling coach Rob Wrights and standout senior Stefano Cittidino on the Red Raiders' ascent to the Division I state title.|
|March 09, 2019: MARCH 9: Pittsford Mendon boys basketball coach Bob Nally previewing the state quarterfinal matchup vs. Lewiston-Porter; Kate Patterson of College Assistance Plus; Oakfield-Alabama girls basketball coach Jeff Schlagenhauf on the Hornets’ first trip to the Far West Regionals; Finney boys basketball coach Joe Marchand on the Falcons’ run to another state regional berth; Fairport football coach Marc Vitticore, the founder of Prospect NYS, on the organization’s Power 50 Showcase on March 16 in Utica.|
|March 02, 2019: Pittsford Sutherland boys basketball coach John Nally and senior C Kevin Ryan previewing the Section V Class A1 title game vs. East. 🏀Penfield girls basketball coach Mark Vogt and junior point guard Baylee Teal previewing the Class AA championship game against Bishop Kearney 🤼♂️ Hilton wrestling coach Craig Gross and state champion, Sam DePrez (195 lbs), on the Cadets crowning a Section V-record 4 state champions. 🏀Dansville girls basketball coach Kristen Moose and senor guard Jackie Blechinger on the Mustangs winning the first sectional title in school history.|
|February 23, 2019: D&C sportswriter Stevie Johnson and Sam Schrier break down the Section V Boys Basketball Tourney; UPrep boys basketball coach Demond Stewart and senior guard Jakhi Lucas after the Griffins' big upset of No. 1 Hilton; Fairport basketball's stats/analytics guru, Nick Parker; Spencerport hockey coach Ryan Ford and defenseman Mark Neu previewing the Section V Class B championship vs. Webster Thomas|
|February 16, 2019: Sam Schrier and Paul Gotham of Pickin' Splinters break down the Section V large-school basketball tournaments; Fairport boys basketball coach Scott Fitch talks about his team and sectionals; Batavia girls basketball coach Marty Hein and senior guard Ryann Stefaniak discuss their season and sectionals; Fairport hockey coach Steve Thering previews the Red Raiders' showdown with Victor.|
|February 09, 2019: Wayne boys basketball coach Bill Thomson and senior Logan Blankenberg, the school's new all-time leading scorer; Matt McDermott, the owner of Vittorio Tuxedo and Men's Formalwear (www.RochesterProm.com); Irondequoit football coach Dan Fichter ad senior RB/DB Jadon Turner on Turner's ascent as a Division I recruit; D&C sportswriter James Johnson on Section V wrestling.|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
March 10, 2019:
BOYS: Alex Linnenbrink, Fairport bowling. The junior helped lead the Red Raiders to league, sectionals and a state title this winter. At Friday's state championships, which the Red Raiders won easily, he averaged 222 over 6 games & rolled a 747 series. His 229 league average led Monroe County.
GIRLS: Anaya Dees, Hilton track. The standout junior won the New York state championship in the long jump with an effort of 18 feet, 8 inches and also was sixth in the triple jump at 37 feet, 7½ inches.
G&G FITNESS COACH OF THE WEEK
TOM REDBAND, ELBA
It's not easy to replace a legend, but Redband has successfully done it. In his sixth season leading the Lancers after replacing Tom Nowak, Redband has guided his girls basketball squad to three straight Section V Class D2 titles. Nowak's teams won 8 sectionals and 457 games in 26 seasons. Redband's record is 108-29, but it certainly isn't about just winning at Elba. "Tom has developed high-quality student athletes and continued the tradition of winning with class and sportsmanship," Supt. Ned Dale said. "He takes every opportunity to coach on and off the court. We are lucky to have him."
Nominate a deserving coach today at www.LiveFit.com
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.