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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 www.whtk.com 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

March 28, 2020: Nate VanKouwenberg of Next Level Strength and Conditioning on how athletes stay sharp; D&C sports editor Steve Bradley on going back to his alma mater, Pavilion, to cover the school's first Section V girls basketball title since 1981; Fairport Soccer Club coach Gianni Bussani on their toilet-paper juggling soccer video; Pavilion coach Ben Schwenebraten & senior forward Lindsay Lowe; Alexander softball coach Dan Prong and senior third baseman Kayla Yax on their viral toss-the-ball video. [LISTEN]

March 21, 2020: Jeff speaks with Mindfulness expert Erica Ebert of Balance Yoga about strategies to cope with a new normal due to the coronavirus pandemic; Spencerport wrestling coach Dan Glover, our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week, talks about the Rangers' resurgence and his career; Pittsford Pub featured Athlete of the Week Monique Hardy of Webster Thomas discusses her national-level success in the weight throw. [LISTEN]

March 14, 2020: NYPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas and NYS Sportswriters Association President John Moriello, on whether the state championships for winter sports could resume and what about spring sports? College Assistance Plus founder Paul Celuch on how coronavirus is impacting college visits; Webster Thomas hockey coach David Evans and Pittsford Mendon girls basketball coach Todd Julien on the reaction from their players to the shutdown. [LISTEN]

March 7, 2020: Eastridge coach Dan Roser and Irondequoit coach Chris Cardon to break down Saturday's "Battle of Irondequoit" in the Section V Class A1 boys basketball championship; Caledonia-Mumford boys basketball coach Dan Dickens & senior guard Vinny Molisani; Bishop Kearney girls basketball coach Kevan Sheppard; HF-L wrestling coach Lew Cucchiara and four-time state champion, Anthony Noto. [LISTEN]

Feb. 29, 2020: Billy Heyen on Victor's overtime boys basketball win over Fairport; McQuaid basketball coach Jack Leasure; Cananadaigua hockey coach David Taft and senior forward Carter McWilliams; Brenda Piazza of College Assistance Plus on financial aid; Fairport cheerleading coach Elaine McGurk. [LISTEN]

Feb. 22, 2020: Sam Schrier, Paul Gotham and Billy Heyen help Devo break down brackets in the top three classes in boys basketball. G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Mike Rapone of Batavia Notre Dame boys basketball discusses winning his 700th game. Gates Chili girls basketball coach Rachel Leonard and guard Paris Anthony talk about the Spartans' 18-2 season. [LISTEN]

         Feb. 15, 2020: Pittsford Mendon girls basketball coach Todd Julien and players Lexi Green and Katie Bischoping; Spencerport hockey coach Ryan Ford and junior defenseman A.J. Hussar; Elba boys basketball coach Ciaci Zambito and senior guard Colton Dillon. [LISTEN]

Feb. 8, 2020: D&C reporter Stevie Johnson in studio to talk high school basketball; Leadership boys basketball coach William Broome; Waterloo girls basketball coach Mike Bree and sophomore center Giavanni White-Principio; Victor hockey coach Mike Ferreri and goalie Pieter Bartelse; College Assistance Plus Director of Consulting Services Brenda Piazza on the ACT/SAT importance for athletes. [LISTEN]

Feb. 1, 2020: Interviews with Irondequoit coach Chris Cardon and former Webster player and coach Matt Spadoni about the passing of Webster coaching legend Mr. Bill O'Rourke Jr. Cardon also talks about his team, which has won nine straight. Pembroke girls basketball coach Ron Funke and three players from the defending Section V Class C2 champions talk about their 14-1 season and an amazing fundraiser that over nine years has generated more than $150,000 for cancer research; D&C sports editor Steve Bradley gives us some teams to watch in Section V hockey. [LISTEN]

Jan. 25, 2020: NYS Sportswriters Association President John Moriello, in studio; Victor boys basketball coach Tyler Roberts and senior point guard Matt Caggiano; College Assistance Plus Counselor Kate Patterson; retiring Brockport Aquatics Director/Coach Scott Fake. [LISTEN]

Jan. 18, 2020: Sam Schrier in studio; UPrep boys basketball coach Demond Stewart to preview Saturday's showdown with Leadership; Irondequoit girls basketball coach Scott Smith and senior point guard Alahna Paige on the Eagles' nine-game win streak; Pittsford boys swim coach Rick Schmitt on his team going after a record 18th straight Section V Class A title.[LISTEN]

Jan. 11, 2020: Hilton boys basketball coach Troy Prince and star player Tah'Jae Hill, a Niagara University commit; Penfield girls basketball coach Mark Vogt and senior captains Baylee Teal and Nyara Simmons; former Aquinas/Spencerport football coach and Irondequoit athletic director Tony Lipani; College Assistance Plus founder Paul Celuch. [LISTEN]


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Our weekly Section V award recipients

Pittsford Pub
Male athlete of the week

March 14, 2020
Pittsford swimming medley relay
   The Panthers set a Section V record and recorded an All-American Consideration time of 1:34.36 in winning the state championship in the 200-yard medley relay. Swimmers: Aaron Kusch, Jacob Novozhenets, Neil Mortimer and Liam Murphy.

March 7, 2020
Alex Kenyon, Bloomfield diving
   The junior repeated as the state champion in one-meter diving, winning Friday on Long Island with a score of 515.45 points. "It feels almost better than the first time. It was a lot tougher this time," said Kenyon, a product of the Upstate NY Diving program founded by Cliff Devries.

Feb. 29, 2020
Carter McWilliams, Canandaigua hockey
   The senior had a hand in all five goals in the Braves' 5-0 Section V Class B semifinal playoff win over Spencerport. He had a hat trick and assisted on a pair of goals. The reigning Section V Class B Player of the Year leads Canandaigua with 34 goals and 37 assists.

Feb. 22, 2020
Greg Diakomihalis, Hilton wrestling
   The senior won his fifth SuperSectional title and next weekend in Albany he'll try to become Section V's first five-time state champion. Diakomihalis won at Supers with a 23-8 technical fall in the 120-pound title bout. He just returned in January from a knee injury suffered last March.


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Pittsford Pub
Female athlete of the week

March 28, 2020
Kayla Yax, Alexander softball
   The senior was the director, along with teammates, and editor of a viral video of the Trojans tossing the ball to each other while riding horses and on ATVs, etc.

March 21, 2020
Monique Hardy, Webster Thomas track
   The LSU-bound senior is a four-time state champion in the weight throw, including her win earlier this month, and owner of nine Section V titles. Her throw of 66 feet, 11.25 inches on Feb. 8 at the Millrose Games is the second-best ever for a high school athlete. The reigning All-Greater Rochester Indoor Track Athlete of the Year has compiled more 60-plus feet throws than any high school female.

March 14, 2020
Leah Bezon, Elba basketball
    The junior forward scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 48-40 win over Andover to lead the top-seeded Lancers to their fourth straight Section V Class D2 title. She then had 14 points and 11 boards in a 48-40 state qualifier win over Pavilion. Elba is 22-2 as it awaits its state tournament fate.

March 7, 2020
Katie Bischoping, Pittsford Mendon basketball
   The senior guard scored all 14 of her points in the second half on Friday, including 11 straight and three 3-pointers during a decisive run, to lead the second-seeded Vikings to a 53-47 win over No. 1 Irondequoit and to a fourth straight Section V Class A title. She also had 14 points in the semifinals.


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G&G Fitness
Coach of the week

March 28, 2020
Gianni Bussani, Fairport Soccer Club
Gianni Bussani The longtime boys soccer coach at Fairport High School is still leading the Fairport Soccer Club and the Red Raiders produced a clever toilet-paper, soccer juggling video during this coronavirus pandemic. Bussani resigned last fall after guiding the Red Raiders to a 10th Section V title in his 25 seasons. They reached four state title games in that span and he went 332-118-43 overall.

March 21, 2020
Dan Glover, Spencerport
Dan Glover There will always be a wrestling bar to clear in Spencerport. It was set by Bill Jacoutot, whose teams won 21 Section V titles in his 28 years as coach. Dan Glover is now making his mark. In his eighth year, the Gates Chili graduate has led the Rangers to two Section V Class A crowns in three years. Spencerport also has won two Section V dual-match titles. "Dan's ability to connect with the athletes is really what sets him apart," Rangers athletic director Jen Placito says. "He's in their corner on and off the mat and has extremely high expectations for them. They know and respect that. He is certainly a coach they want to give their all for."


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