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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 show

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]

June 6, 2020: Former Victor lacrosse and soccer standout, Notre Dame junior Kaci Messier, on living with & overcoming concussion trauma. Plus, Victor coach Kelly Ahern; Penfield baseball coach Nick Marcin with star junior P/3B Gage Ziehl & senior leader Brendan Miller; College Assistance Plus founder Paul Celuch on what college will look like in the future, physically and financially. [LISTEN]

May 30, 2020: Canandaigua baseball coach Dale Werth and senior leaders Seth Vigneri and Dylan Mackenzie, our Pittsford Pub Athletes of the Week; Peter DiLorenzo, head trainer at Webster Burn Bootcamp; News 8 Sports Director Thad Brown. Sponsor Spotlight: Sgt. Dan Luce, local U.S. Army recruiter. [LISTEN]

May 23, 2020: Coach Jim Andre and seniors Cam Germain and Joey Pezzimenti of defending Class B lacrosse champion Victor; Mercy grad Emma Falk, who beat leukemia, on her innovative wall-picture company, reStickity; Honeoye Falls-Lima girls lacrosse coach Kevin O'Connell on this odd spring and the D&C's All-Decade team. [LISTEN]

         May 16, 2020: Former Democrat and Chronicle sports editor Steve Bradley on his career and the news business; Bishop Kearney standout softball pitcher Emily Phelan, the Pittsford Pub Featured Athlete of the Week. Sponsor Spotlight: Steve Gangarossa from Bath Fitter. [LISTEN]

May 9, 2020: An in-depth conversation with Greg Connors about his life & family, why he became a lawyer and more; former NYS Mr. Basketball & McQuaid star Tyler Relph, on being an elite trainer for basketball stars; Canandaigua boys lacrosse goalie Chase Morgan, the G&G Fitness Senior of the Week, and Braves coach Deven York. [LISTEN]

May 2, 2020: Brighton girls lacrosse coach Rich Curtis and the Pittsford Pub Featured Athletes of the Week, senior midfielders Katie Lederman and Susan Lafountain; former Section V standouts Alyssa Fenyn (Newark) and Jenee Vanderstyne (Victor), now co-owners of SmoothFit Training in Victor; G&G Fitness Senior of the Week Mason Johnson, of LetSaw football with coach Justin Mann; Sponsor Spotlight: The Summit Federal Credit Union with retiring CEO Mike Vadala. [LISTEN]

April 25, 2020: Coach Shelly Collins and standouts Katie Sidare (pitcher) and Chloe Whittier (outfield) of three-time defending Section V softball champion Victor; Hilton athletic director Mike Giruzzi; Penfield schools and Next Level Strength & Conditioning coach Joe Aratari. Sponsor Spotlight on Salvatore's Pizza. [LISTEN]

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Our weekly Section V award recipients

Bob Johnson Auto
Male athlete of the week

April 18, 2020
Ayden Mowry, Penn Yan
   The junior attack is one of the most dedicated players for the Mustangs, always working hard to improve himself for the team, says coach Brian Hobart. Mowry had 28 goals and 21 assists for last year's Class D state semifinalists, who won a ninth straight Section V crown. He also had 27 goals and 17 assists as a freshman.

March 21, 2020
Jagger Nucci, Greece Athena baseball
   The senior infielder/pitcher is one-third of a strong three-man rotation for the Section V Class A1 runners-up. He also has signed with Division I St. Bonaventure.

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.

Feb. 15, 2020
Colton Dillon, Elba basketball
   The senior guard scored a career-high 47 points and grabbed 23 rebounds en route to becoming the school's all-time leading scorer in Thursday's 76-46 win over Kendall that clinched the Genesee Region title and No. 1 seed in the Section V Class D2 Tournament. He also had 20 points in Tuesday's 81-75 comeback win at Lyndonville.

Feb. 8, 2020
Andrew Mason, Webster Thomas
   The AGR senior guard scored 34 points with six 3-pointers in a 65-58 win over rival Webster Schroeder and had 22 points (five 3s) in a 55-53 loss to Irondequoit. Last week, his 24 points in a win over Canandaigua made him the school's all-time leading scorer. He also had 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

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Bob Johnson Auto
Featured athlete of the week

June 6, 2020
Kaci Messier, Notre Dame
The former Victor standout in lacrosse and soccer recently had to retire from lacrosse at Notre Dame, where she is a junior, after sustaining a third concussion in five years. She wants to spread awareness of the dangers of concussions.

May 30, 2020
Dylan Mackenzie and Seth Vigneri, Canandaigua baseball
They are two of the nine seniors who were going to try to lead the Braves to a fifth straight Section V Class A title. Only one team has ever done that -- Geneva DeSales (1988-92). Mackenzie and Vigneri will continue their baseball careers at SUNY Cortland, playing for Canandaigua grad Joe Brown.

May 23, 2020
Joey Pezzimenti and Cam Germain, Victor lacrosse
The two are leaders for the defending Class B lacrosse state champion. Pezzimenti, a senior attack, had 113 goals in his three-year career and is going to the University of Albany. Germain, a senior defenseman, is headed to St. Bonaventure.

May 16, 2020
Emily Phelan, Bishop Kearney softball
The senior headed to St. Bonaventure led the Kings to a pair of Section V titles in her career and a Class C state crown in 2017. She closed her five-year career, which started with two seasons at Greece Olympia while in junior high, with 1,421 strikeouts and 12 no-hitters.

May 2, 2020
Katie Lederman and Susan Lafountain, Brighton lacrosse
The senior midfielders and All-Greater Rochester picks have been key players and leaders for the Barons, who won the 2018 Section V Class B title to snap a four-year drought. Lederman is headed to George Washington and Lafountain to UConn.

April 25, 2020
Katie Sidare and Chloe Whittier, Victor softball
The All-Greater Rochester selections are key leaders for the three-time defending Section V Class AA softball champions. Sidare is a two-time AGR Player of the Year headed to Gannon University and two-time AGR pick. Whittier, an outfielder, is going to UMass-Amherst.

Bob Johnson Auto
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.

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Senior of the week

June 6, 2020
Brendan Miller, Penfield baseball
Coach Nick Marcin calls Miller the "heart and soul" of the Patriots and one of the hardest-working and competitive players he has ever coached. An All-Monroe County pick as a sophomore, Miller fought through injury-plagued seasons before having his senior year taken away by the pandemic. "He deserved better," Marcin said. Miller plans to attend Penn State.

May 30, 2020
Jaelyn Davis, Rush-Henrietta track
The senior headed to Stony Brook will exit Section V as the latest Rush-Henrietta girls track star. She is the reigning Section V Class AA champ in the 100-meter dash outdoors and 55 dash indoors. She was 16th last spring at states in the 100 and last winter helped the Royal Comets win a ninth straight Section V team title. Davis also was on the 800 relay sectional championship team indoors.

May 23, 2020
Nick Bauman, Irondequoit
Nick Bauman The Eagles needed a lead runner after Ryan Thompson's graduation and Bauman stepped up big. He was the Section V Class A champion and finished 15th in the state in cross country. He also won the Section V 3,200 meters in indoor track and his best time was a Section V-best 9:34.88. He'll attend SUNY Geneseo to study applied physics.

May 16, 2020
Michael Raschiatore, East Rochester
A three-year starting goalie, he helped lead the Bombers to a Section V soccer title last fall and then over the winter captured the Section V Class B2 championship at 285 pounds as a wrestler and won SuperSectionals, too. A 90-average student, he went 31-5 on the mat this year. "He always came to practice with a great attitude -- always positive and a great teammate," soccer coach Mike Domm said. "He had the ability to make the big save in the big game." Raschiatore made 16 saves in an upset of Williamson, which was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state.

May 9, 2020
Chase Morgan, Canandaigua lacrosse
Chase Morgan He started dreaming in 5th grade about being the starting lacrosse goalie on varsity. He remained patient the past two seasons as a varsity backup. He would have been starter this spring, but the season was canceled. Still, this is a young man who will carry on. Knowing your role is a great lesson. He plans to play at Gettysburg College, where he'll major in physics. "It's so rare for kids to really root for their competition. He really wants the best of the kid that's taking his playing time away," coach Deven York said about Morgan's support of the starting goalie the past two years. "I haven't been around a kid who has really embodied 'team' like he has. He's a special, special kid."

May 2, 2020
Mason Johnson, LetSaw football
The senior linebacker was team MVP last fall, leading th squad to a second straight Section V Class C championship. LetSaw went 18-4 over his last two seasons. A basketball player and track athlete, his high school career unfortunately ended in the first quarter of the Far West Regionals when Johnson suffered a knee injury. But Johnson is recovering and expects to play for St. John Fisher College. A nursing major, he also is the recipient of the Fannie & Sam Constantino Scholarship. A team player, Johnson converted from tight end to offensive line to help his team as a senior.

April 25, 2020
Anaya Dees, Hilton track
The track star headed to the University of Cincinnati repeated as the indoor state long jump champion and was runner-up in the 55-meter hurdles. She was voted the All-Greater Rochester Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. She also won the state long jump title last spring, a feat she hopes to repeat this spring.

April 18, 2020
Andra Savage, Pal-Mac girls lacrosse
The senior attack has worked hard to produce a terrific career for the three-time defending Section V Class D girls lacrosse champions. A two-time Finger Lakes League Attack Player of the Year, she was second-team all-state and All-Greater Rochester last spring. She had a career-best 85 goals and 45 assists in 2018 to give her 275 and 121 in her four-year career. She also overcame an ACL injury in 2018. She will play at Towson in college.

G&G Fitness
Coach of the week

April 11, 2020
Meaghan Keil, Webster Schroeder
Meaghan Keil It's OK to push your athletes. Just ask Keil. The 17th-year softball coach knows how to strike the right balance between "tough love" and compassion. The Warriors are 278-136 under the Niagara University graduate and won a pair of Section V Class AA championships and multiple Monroe County titles. "Our program and school are lucky to have her. She is extremely dedicated to her players and puts them first," AD Shawn Strege says. "Meaghan is as thorough of a coach as you'll find and always finds a way to maximize a player's potential. It's fascinating to watch her practices. Every move is beneficial. She pushes her players daily, showing her own drive and grit."

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