Sports Beat Insider – Feb. 9, 2019

Go Inside the Sports Beat with McQuaid Basketball and Monique Hardy of Webster Thomas T&F

Welcome to this week’s breakdown of the High School Sports Beat, your behind the scenes look at the production, from the producer and the shows many contributors.

It’s Week 23 of the Sports Beat season, and the long winter season is starting to wind down, as Sectional play starts to heat up.

We begin with a team coming off a Section V Title last season… McQuaid Basketball.  The Jesuit Knights started last season with a 5 – 7 record, before catching fire and going on to win Sectionals and the Far West Regional.  This year’s team hasn’t lost a step, and the goals remain the same.

Led by Head Coach Jack Leasure, this team plays to honor the legacy of McQuaid legend Joe Marchese.  The 2003 State Title team, coached by Marchese, is well represented on today’s team – with Leasure, and two assistants (Ryan Pettinella and Marty O’Sullivan) being members of that 2003 team.

Here is a extended “Director’s Cut” of our story on the “Knights’ Crusade”…

Paul Gotham from Pickin’ Splinters joins Dave Yates for the Dunkin High School Notebook.  Section V Hoops again takes center stage, with a look at Fairport, McQuaid and School of the Arts, to name just a few…

The newest addition to the Sports Beat team, Kyle O’Gara joins us next for Making the Grade.  Kyle has been working behind the scenes on the Sports Beat, and recently filed his first story, on Churchville-Chili Wrestling.

The Section V Spotlight this week includes a couple of young wrestlers making their mark at the Section V Championships…

Our top story of the week is a follow-up to an earlier story from this season.  We covered the Weight Throw at a Rochester Winter Track league meet at RIT, but that weekend was missing the area’s best… She was competing at the World Famous Armory in NYC.

Monique Hardy of Webster Thomas, not only has the best distance throw in NYS, but in the entire country.  We were able to catch her in-person at the SERC on the campus of the College of Brockport, for the Monroe County Championships.

And that’s a wrap on week 23!  Be sure to check out the full episode– and tune in Every Saturday night on 13 WHAM after the late news, and on Sundays at Noon.

Follow the High School Sports Beat on Twitter, and be sure to check back here each Monday for the latest Insider!

We leave you this week, with an Insider weekly feature – looking back at some of our stories from the past 7 years. From April 18, 2012 – a look at the Boys Mile race at the Waterloo Spring Sensation event – and Brighton’s Andrew Mullen.  Mullen, who would go on to MIT after Brighton, would face an unexpected challenge from Penn Yan’s Geoff Rouin.


  1. […] first story to revisit this week, is from the February 9, 2019 broadcast, and features a look at Monique Hardy of Webster Thomas.  We’ve talked a lot about Monique […]



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