Sports Beat Insider – Apr. 6, 2019

Go Inside the Sports Beat brought to you by Alfred State College, and the journey of Steven Klimek’s Major League dream.

Welcome to this week’s breakdown of the High School Sports Beat, brought to you by Alfred State College.  Many thanks to Alfred State College for joining the Sports Beat family, and helping to bring weekly coverage of Section V High School Sports to broadcast on 13 WHAM.

Now, here’s your behind the scenes look at the production, from the producer and the shows many contributors.  It’s week 31 of the Sports Beat season, and it looks like the weather may co-operate with the spring sports schedule, for now.

We begin this week with a look back story… to March 2015, and the Diving Duo of Scott Lazeroff and Corey Neas at Brighton.  Lazeroff, a state champion in 2014, and Neas, who would win states the following year, both excelled under the tutelage of Cliff Devries.  The long time diving coach, once a top diver himself, has gone viral in the last couple of years.

Cliff is partially paralyzed, following surgery to remove cancer, but hasn’t stopped doing what he loves.  Here’s our story, as told by Bill Pucko, now “re-mastered” with new soundtrack, additional footage added, and new color correction.

Lazeroff is a 3-time honorable mention NCAA All-American at Auburn University.  He participated in the 2016 Olympic trials, and you can expect to see him compete in 2020 as well.  Corey Neas attended Florida University, before transferring back home to MCC, where he continues to dive, and help his father – Cliff Devries – train the next generation of diving stars in Section V.

Paul Gotham from Pickin’ Splinters joins Dave Yates for the Dunkin High School Notebook.  Paul talks opening week match-ups in Section V Baseball this year, and maybe a couple of teams/players to watch out for, including Jack Willard of Webster Schroeder and the School of the Arts.

Kyle O’Gara returns for Making the Grade, this time honoring Kristyn Johnson of Our Lady of Mercy. The Section V Spotlight shines this week on some early spring performances, and another win for a coaching legend, Dennie Miles.
Our top story of the week takes us to Greece, and follows the path of Steven Klimek.  A 2012 graduate of Greece Arcadia, Steven was drafted in the Major League Baseball 2015 Amateur Draft, by the Baltimore Orioles.  Then pitching for St. Bonaventure, being selected in the 33rd round presented a choice for Steven.  Continue his college career, or chase the dream of playing professional baseball.  Pursuing the dream, is exactly what Steven did.
Steven is starting this season with the Frederick Keys, in the Carolina League.  It’s the same team he finished last season with, where he went 4 – 3 with a 3.43 ERA and 3 saves in 42 relief appearances.

And that’s a wrap on week 30!  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 May 2015 – a look at the Brighton Barons baseball team.  It was the “season after” for the Barons, where the team went from the Section finals, to having no returning starters.  One of the graduated players was Ernie Clement, now in the Cleveland Indians minor league organization.  Led by Brian Jordan, the shortstop who replaced Clement, and Daniel DiLoreto, among others.


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