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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 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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Oct. 24, 2020: Section V executive director Kathy Hoyt; U.S. Army recruiter Sgt. Krystal Stocks; Spencerport sophomore and Section V golf champion Julia Zigrossi; 27th-year Honeoye girls soccer coach and our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, Grace Wood. [LISTEN]

Oct. 17, 2020: Pittsford Sutherland boys soccer standout Dylan Kladstrup and Sean Hopkins; Kladstrup is our U.S. Army Warrior of the Week; emerging football lineman Rowan McGwin, a future UB player, and coach Dan Fichter, our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week. Running standout Kaelen Ruder, a BYU recruit, and coach Sean VanLaeken from the reigning Section V cross country champions. [LISTEN]

Oct. 10, 2020: Steve and Jeff talk with Webster Schroeder girls soccer coach Kent Brown and two of his team leaders, Emma Leonardo and Ashley Jacobs, our U.S. Army Warriors of the Week. They also interview G&G Fitness coach of the Week Dave Marean of Wayne Football and NYS Elite Athletics, and finish by talking field hockey with Pittsford Sutherland's veteran coach, Kathy Hutteman. [LISTEN]

         Oct. 3, 2020: McQuaid cross country coach Todd Stewart discusses the decision to cancel the 56th annual McQuaid Invitational; Victor football lineman and All-County basketball center Connor Williams, who is nearly 7 feet tall, talks about his college prospects and his fitness journey; East Rochester boys soccer coach Mike Domm and his sons, standouts Chuck and Russ, reflect on winning sectionals last year and this season. [LISTEN]

Sept. 26, 2020: Jeff and Steve discuss the Greece school district voting 7-2 to play sports this fall; talk about Fairport football coach Marc Vitticore's decision to step down; and interview Rochester City School District Director of Athletics Carlos Cotto, Wheatland-Chili girls soccer coach Gary Ward and his captains, Niyah Rosado, Hannah Beldue and Morgan Parker. [LISTEN]

Sept. 19, 2020: Jeff DiVeronica opens the 18th year of the show by welcoming new co-host, former Democrat and Chronicle sports editor Steve Bradley. Guests were: NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas, to discuss the restarting of high school sports; Sgt. Dan Luce of the Greece Army Recruiting Center; Hilton Athletic Director Mike Giruzzi; Greece Athena boys soccer coach Mike Butler and senior standout Dylan Rice; Irondequoit girls volleyball coach Marc Callari and senior hitter Jashawna Luke. [LISTEN]

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Our weekly Section V award recipients

Bob Johnson male athlete of the week
Male athlete of the week

Oct. 24, 2020
Evan Stevely, Bishop Kearney soccer
The senior had a good season last week, scoring 10 goals and adding an assist in three victories. Stevely, who had five goals in an 8-1 win over Finney, entered Thursday's game against Aquinas with 14 goals and one assist in six games.

Oct. 17, 2020
Shane McMillan, Penfield soccer
The junior's hot start has included two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win over Hilton on Monday and a goal and assist in the Patriots' season-opening 3-0 win over Webster Schroeder.

Oct. 10, 2020
Mason Rusinko, Geneva soccer
The senior erupted for three goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Mynderse and had four goals and two assists in an 8-0 drubbing of Waterloo.

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Bob Johnson female athlete of the week
Female athlete of the week

Oct. 24, 2020
Maya Ikewood, Palmyra-Macedon soccer
The freshman pumped in six goals and added three assists in 7-1 wins over Waterloo and Newark and a 6-0 rout of Penn Yan. Headed into Friday the Red Raiders were 6-0 and her 13 goals and 34 points led Section V. Oct. 17, 2020
Julia Zigrossi, Spencerport golf
The sophomore shot a 1-over par 37 to win the Monroe County Tournament of Champions on Tuesday at Ravenwood Golf Club. She and three teammates qualified for Monday's Section V championship tournament at Ridgemont CC.

Oct. 10, 2020
Anna Costello, Mercy soccer
The junior forward scored in the 20th and 28th minutes and Molly Maxwell made eight saves to give the Monarchs a tidy 2-0 win at rival Aquinas in their opener.

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  Army Warrior of the Week
Army Warrior
of the Week

Oct. 24, 2020
Riley Rease
A senior on the Keshequa boys soccer squad.

Oct. 17, 2020
Dylan Kladstrup, Pittsford Sutherland soccer
The senior who has scored the winning goal in each of the Knights' Section V title match wins in the last three years has spent considerable time in Spain over the past year to improve his game.

Oct. 10, 2020
Emma Leonardo and Ashley Jacobs
Two of the team leaders for the Webster Schroeder girls soccer team.

Oct. 3, 2020
Connor Williams, Victor senior
The nearly 7-foot tall standout in football and basketball has committed himself to better training to get ready for college.

  G&G Fitness coach of the week
Coach of the week

Oct. 24, 2020
Grace Wood, Honeoye
Grace Wood In her 27th season as the Bulldogs' head soccer coach, Wood recently won her 300th career match. Honeoye has won seven Finger Lakes league titles and three Section V crowns under Wood, a member of the first girls soccer team in Bulldogs history in 1979. She played soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball at Honeoye and went on to play college basketball at the University of Buffalo. An eight-time Finger Lakes West Coach of the Year, Wood also has coached basketball at Honeoye, where she is a music teacher.

Oct. 17, 2020
Dan Fichter, Irondequoit
Dan Fichter A 1991 Division III All-American wide receiver at SUNY Brockport, Fichter has coached football at his alma mater since 2013 and also guided the track team to multiple Section V titles. His football Eagles won Section V crowns in 2014 and 2018. A Section V Football and Brockport Hall of Famer, Fichter is a West Irondequoit physical education teacher. He's passionate about fitness and training. His specialty: Teaching athletes the connection between the brain and body to enhance performance. He speaks at national conventions and consults for NFL and NCAA programs.

Oct. 10, 2020
Dave Marean, Wayne football
Dave Marean The Eagles' head coach since 2004 and a physical education teacher, Marean has won numerous Coach of the Year awards, including the 2015 Compeer Coach of the Year. His squads raise money annually for charity via a "Border Bowl" game with Palmyra-Macedon. He also started a Teacher Appreciation program for his players and founded NYS Elite Athletics to help area players get noticed by college recruiters.

Oct. 3, 2020
Todd Stewart, McQuaid cross country
Todd Stewart The veteran coach of the Knights and race director for one of the biggest cross country invitationals in the nation shows tremendous dedication to his athletes and with his race committee makes sure this prestigious event stays prominent.

Sept. 26, 2020
Gary Ward, Wheatland-Chili
Gary Ward The girls soccer coach starting his 39th season has molded generations of girls through his coaching, teaching teamwork and hard work. His Wildcats have won nine Section V titles and a trio of state titles in 1991, 2016 and 2017. A member of the Frontier Field Walk of Fame, Ward's 541 wins rank second all-time in Section V history.

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