|Apr 21, 2018: Chris Corey, Mike Fence, Donovan Lopez + Athletes and Coach of the Week|
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.
|April 21, 2018: Talking all-turf fields talk with Newark athletic director Chris Corey and Eastridge baseball coach Mike Screen, whose team plays on the first all-turf baseball diamond at a Monroe County school. Coach Donovan Lopez & senior midfielder Sarah Stark of Pittsford, the reigning Class A state champ & #1 team in the D&C girls lacrosse coaches' poll. Athletes of Week Cameryn Dera (Fairport lacrosse) and Brett Cunningham (Gananda lacrosse) and our G&G Fitness coach of the Week, Leanne Boyatzies of Wayne.|
|April 14, 2018: Pittsford Sutherland softball coach Lisa Nazarenko & standout SS Hannah Catallo-Stooks on the Knights beginning defense of their Section V Class A2 title; Holley's Penny Cole, our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week with her daughter Heather Kelley, on the fund-raiser that generated $4,525 for the Ronald McDonald House; Wellsville coach Dennis Miles on winning his 706th career game to pass Ed Nietopski as Section V's all-time wins leader; Greece Athena coach and Section V baseball coordinator Jason Bunting on the Trojans' start and on managing the difficult weather this spring.|
|April 07, 2018: Remembering former Rush-Henrietta coach, teacher, athletic director and principal Werner Kleemann, who died on Wednesday, through the words of former player, HF-L basketball coach Steve Willoughby and former Fairport coach and Mr. Kleemann's friend, Don Santini; first-year Fairport softball coach Curt Johnson and senior P/3B Clare Aroune on the Raiders' 3-0 start in Florida; Brighton girls lacrosse coach Rich Curtis and senior attack Katie Smolensky on the Barons' attempt to end their title drought; Penfield baseball coach Nick Marcin and senior Andrew Ebersol on the Patriots 3-1 start in South Carolina.|
|March 31, 2018: New York State Sportswriter Association president John Moriello and Long Island Lutheran coach John Buck on the Federation Tournament timeout controversy; Fairport boys lacrosse coach Mike Torrelli and player Spencer Bell on the Red Raiders' upcoming season; East United co-coach Sean Banks on the team's improvement in its first true lacrosse season, a first for a city school since the late 1970s.|
|March 24, 2018: Batavia Daily managing editor John Anderson on the Red Creek suspension/injuction/appeal controversey; Victor boys lacrosse coach Jim Andre and junior defenseman Sutton Boland on the three-time defending state champion Blue Devils starting the season against Jamesville-DeWitt on Thursday in a battle of nationally ranked teams; former St. John Fisher College basketball standout Mike Zarzycki on the mission behind Little Patriots Hoops.|
|March 17, 2018: John Boccacino sitting in for Jeff DiVeronica as host; Northstar Christian boys basketball coach J.J. Garwood on playing for the Class C state title; McQuaid basketball coach Jack Leasure previewing the Class AA state semifinals; Irondequoit boys basketball coach Chris Cardon following the Eagles' loss in the Class A state semifinals to Amityville; Victor hockey coach Mike Ferreri and player Lucas Miller talking about the Blue Devils winning their first Division I state hockey championship.|
Athletes & Coach of the Week
April 21, 2018:Brought to you by The Basin Pub & Pittsford Pub & Grille
GIRLS: Cameryn Dera, Fairport lacrosse. The senior attack scored 6 goals in Friday's 14-9 win over Irondequoit that bumped the Red Raiders' record to 5-1. She also had 4 goals in Wednesday's 17-0 win over Gates Chili and leads Fairport with 25 goals.
BOYS: Brett Cunningham, Gananda lacrosse. The senior attack had five goals in a 9-8 victory over Geneva on Tuesday and four goals and an assist in an 11-10 win over Palmyra-Macedon. The Panthers are 6-0 and Cunningham leads the team with 27 goals and 13 assists.
G&G FITNESS COACH OF THE WEEK
*LEANNE BOYATZIES, Wayne lacrosse
Why the asterisk? Well, Leanne isn't a coach. She's a parent whose daughter, Mareesa, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 at the same time her cousin, Katie Foster, was battling the disease. So Leanne started a fund-raiser and Saturday, April 21 was the 6th ANNUAL CRADLE 4A CURE lacrosse games between Palmyra-Macedon and Wayne at Wayne Central. JV games are at 11 AM and 1 PM and the varsity girls are at 3 PM and varsity boys at 5 PM. Families from both schools have been touched by cancer over the years, including the Spencer family from Pal-Mac. Proceeds benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times. Thanks to all the organizers and players and coaches for the hard work on this great event.
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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.