|Nov 17, 2018: Pam Barchet, Hailee Mitchell, Sgt. Luce, Paul Valenti, Stevie Johnson, James Johnson, Rob Cerone|
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.
|November 17, 2018: Coach Pam Barchet and junior midfielder Hailee Mitchell of Class D girls state soccer champion, Kendall; Sgt. Luce from the local U.S. Army recruiting office; Push Yourself founder Paul Valenti, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; D&C sportswriters Stevie Johnson and James Johnson; recently retired Greece Athena footbal coach, Rob Cerone|
|November 10, 2018: Bath Fitter General Manager Steve Gangarossa in studio; Batavia football coach Brennan Briggs, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Fairport boys volleyball coach John O'Dell; Geneseo boys soccer coach Chris Masters|
|November 03, 2018: Irondequoit football coach Dan Fichter after Friday's 21-14 comeback win over Victor for the Section V Class A title; Sgt. Cameron Mabb, a local U.S. Army recruiter; Irondequoit girls volleyball coach Marc Callari and junior Emma Sheehan after the Eagles swept Sutherland to repeat as Section V Class A champion; Palmyra-Macedon soccer coaches Mike Karns (girls) and Chris Mahnke (boys) on the Red Raiders sweeping sectional titles in the same season for the first time ever; Aquinas football coach Derek Annechino previewing Saturday night's Class AA title game vs. McQuaid.|
|October 27, 2018: Victor football coach Geoff Mandile and WR/CB Kordell Jackson after a 27-7 win over Canandaigua in the Class AA semifinals; Wayne football coach Dave Marean to preview the Class B semifinals; Brighton boys soccer coach Adam Hiller and Caio DeMedeiros, who scored the winning goal in Friday's 1-0 semifinal victory over Spencerport; Rush-Henrietta boys soccer coach Jake Falci on the Royal Comets reaching the Section V Class AA title match for the first time since 2008; Webster Schroeder girls soccer coach Kent Brown and junior midfielder Anna Hewlett previewing the Class AA girls soccer championship match; College Assistance Plus founder Paul Celuch talking about how the company can help families in the college search process.|
|October 20, 2018: Irondequoit football coach Dan Fichter and LB Jimmy Clements following Friday's playoff-opening win over Wilson; East High football coach James Vann after Friday's playoff win over Arcadia, the Eagles' first in 8 years; York girls soccer's Victor Van Vliet, the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week; Penfield boys soccer coach John Cotsonas following Friday's sectional upset of defending Class AA state champion McQuaid; reporter Paul Gotham of www.PickinSplinters.com; Coach Libbie Tobin and midfielder Grace Murphy of Penfield, the No. 1 seed in the Class AA girls soccer tournament|
|October 13, 2018: Penn Yan football coach Tim McBride and record-setting QB Will Rogers; Eastridge football coach Jasson Jobson; Fairport boys soccer coach Gianni Bussani and senior defender Brandon Manz; G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Keith Molinich of Pittsford football; Webster Thomas senior and two-time Section V golf champion, Mikah McDonnell and Titans coach, Bryan Hanley|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
November 19, 2018:Brought to you by The Basin Pub & Pittsford Pub & Grille
GIRLS: Hannah Butler, Brighton diving. After finishing in second in the prelims and semifinals, the senior saved her best for last. She won the state diving championship on Friday in Ithaca, sealing her victory with a front one-and-half with a half twist for her final dive. Butler finished with 530.60 points. "It feels really good but most of all it was just a lot of fun because I love to dive," she said.
BOYS: Sean Henretta, Fairport cross country. The senior headed to Cornell University finished in fourth place overall, tops among Section V runners for boys or girls, in the state championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island. Henretta finished in 16 minutes, 9.8 seconds. Of note: This was the first time in 21 years neither an individual nor team from Section V won a state title.
G&G FITNESS COACH OF THE WEEK
A Webster health teacher, Valenti use his unique outlook on life and one two-word phrase, "Push Yourself" to not only help students and athletes but in general the world around him. He also has popularized the #DTRT hashtag (Do The Right Thing). Valenti has used his mantra to motivate others, turning it into a brand with bracelets, shirts, events and social media flair. A Pittsford native who has coached boys soccer at Webster Schroeder, Sutherland and Batavia, he also has been part of the Empire United Club program for 12 years as a coach.
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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.