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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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Listen to previous episodes of the 2019-2020 show

Oct. 12, 2019: Greg Connors discussing the value and importance of high school sports; U.S. Army Sgt. Luce offering an "Army workout" at local schools to phys ed teachers; Pittsford Sutherland boys soccer coach Sean Hopkins & senior captain Will Bowen; Honeoye Falls-Lima girls soccer coach Chrissy Merrill, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Fairport football coach Marc Vitticore. [LISTEN]

Oct. 5, 2019: In-studio guest D&C sportswriter Stevie Johnson. Eastridge football coach Jasson Jobson to preview the Lancers' showdown vs. Wilson. East Rochester boys soccer coach Mike Domm and players from the unbeaten Bombers. College Assistance Plus Director of Consulting Brenda Piazza on financial aid. [LISTEN]

Sept. 28, 2019: Local mindful expert Erica Ebert, who works in that capacity for Webster schools and around the area, discusses what she coaches young students and athletes -- right down to toddlers -- on in sessions; Paul Gotham of breaks down the top boys and girls soccer teams in Section V; Churchville-Chili boys soccer coach John Mahoney discusses the program's longstanding "Blue September" fundraiser to fight prostate cancer and talks about his gritty squad. [LISTEN]

         Sept. 21, 2019: NYS Sports Association president John Moriello; HF-L football coach John Russ and RB Mason Ferrara; Avon football's Andy Englert, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Webster Thomas boys soccer coach Steve Grose & defender Cam Webb; Pittsford Sutherland girls soccer coach Adam Palumbo. [LISTEN]

Sept. 14, 2019: In-studio guest, John Moriello, president of the NYS Sportswriters Association; Spencerport football coach John Dowd & lineman J.J. Crawford; U.S. Army Sgt. Luce; LeRoy boys soccer's Bob Hammer, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Hilton girls volleyball coach Mike Harnden & seniors Kylie Ashline & Megan Loomis. [LISTEN]

Sept. 7, 2019: McQuaid football coach Bobby Bates and Aquinas football coach Derek Annechino to preview their season-opening showdown; Webster Schroeder girls soccer coach Kent Brown and junior Anna Hewlett; Oakfield-Alabama cross country coach Pete Beuler; College Assistance Plus Founder, Paul Celuch. | [WATCH]

Our weekly Section V award recipients

Pittsford Pub
Male athlete of the week

Oct. 12, 2019
Will Bowen, Pittsford Sutherland soccer
   The senior captain scored three times in Friday's 6-1 win over East Syracuse-Minoa, as the Knights improved to 13-0-1. He also had a goal and assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Arcadia that clinched the Monroe County Division III title and a goal and assist in a 4-1 win over Churchville-Chili. For the season, he has 10 goals and 6 assists.

Oct. 5, 2019
Sam Lawler, Pittsford Mendon cross country
   The Vikings senior posted the top overall time at the 55th annual McQuaid Invitational, finishing in 14:54.7 to win both the Steve Prefontaine and Charlie McMullen awards in Upstate New York's largest cross country meet.

Sept. 28, 2019
Max LaRosa, Spencerport soccer
   The senior midfielder connected for a goal in Thursday's big 2-0 victory over Churchville-Chili in Monroe County action to boost the Rangers' record to 8-1 this fall. He also scored four goals in a victory over Irondequoit. He leads Spencerport with 10 goals and also has three assists.

More of the recent boys
athletes of the week Go to awards

Pittsford Pub
Female athlete of the week

Oct. 12, 2019
Jessica Rinere, Penfield field hockey
   The senior broke a 20-year-old school record with her third goal in a 4-0 victory over Fairport on Monday. She also had a pair of goals in a 10-0 win over Webster Schroeder that improved the Patriots to 11-1 this fall. She has 66 career goals, three more than former Penfield coach and record-holder Leslie Howlett-Grego.

Oct. 5, 2019
Candace Tytler, Irondequoit
   Just a sophomore, Tytler ran faster than any other female in Section V at last week's McQuaid Invitational. She earned the Katie Harper Memorial Plaque and also was voted the D&C's Girls Athlete of the Week.

Sept. 28, 2019
Chloe DeLyser, Marion soccer
   The senior forward had seven goals and an assist in an 11-0 rout of Sodus and a hat trick in a 4-2 triumph over Gananda. For the season, the Ohio State recruit has a Section V-best 36 goals and seven assists. With 296 goals in her six-year career, she is on the brink of No. 300 heading into matches Monday at Mynderse and Tuesday at Red Creek.

More of the recent girls
athletes of the week Go to awards

G&G Fitness
Coach of the week

Oct. 12, 2019
Chrissy Merrill, Honeoye Falls-Lima
Chrissy Merrill The 14th-year girls soccer coach is a "consummate teacher," says AD Brian Donohue. Merrill's teams have won big (2013 sectional title and state finalist; 156-83-18 career record) but no matter the Cougars' record, players always get Merrill's best effort all the way down to the K-2 grades program. "Chrissy is extremely positive and professional, always upbeat and treats all of her athletes with great respect, regardless of their role," Donohue says. A Long Island native, middle school math teacher and a mother of three, Merrill is also the daughter of a coach. She married one (HF-L boys coach Mike Merrill), too. Congrats, Chrissy!

Oct. 5, 2019
Mike Domm, East Rochester
Mike Domm    The 1994 Brighton graduate and former Section V star has taught at ER for 17 years. A former pro player for the Rochester Rhinos, Domm coached the Bombers boys soccer team from 2004-08 and returned in 2016. His 2004 squad won sectionals and ER has only won three titles. "He is always there for his kids in school and at practice," AD Jeff Onze says. "I can't imagine a coach that does more in the offseason for his players." Last year, ER was 15-7 and runner-up. Right now ER is 12-0 and Domm has his team's eyes on one prize: the sectional block.

More of the recent coaches of the week Go to awards

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