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 34 of the Sports Beat season, and the weather is about what you’d expect in Rochester…
We begin this week with a look back story… to May 2015. We re-visit the Spencerport Softball team, led by a pair of sisters – including the Brongo’s, Sidney and Maddy, who were both in Junior High. We present the story to you, re-mastered and expanded, in a special edition. Here’s Bill Pucko…
Paul Gotham from Pickin’ Splinters joins Dave Yates for the Dunkin High School Notebook. Paul is talking Section V Baseball, and some of the undefeated teams in the area – plus, he takes a look at the recent signing day in Greece.
Kyle O’Gara is up next with our Making the Grade nominee, Michael Mitchell from Penfield. In our Section V Spotlight, we look at how some alums are doing at the college level, including Rush-Henrietta runner Lanae Tava-Thomas at USC.
Out top story this week is on DJ Thiam of Edison Tech. DJ, who was part of a profile we did on basketball teammate Dyaisha Fair, is one of the fastest runners in Section V. That’s in addition to the previously mentioned basketball team. And then there’s soccer. DJ plays for School of the Arts – and became the 1st Rochester City School District soccer player to earn a Division 1 scholarship, in 3 decades. DJ, as our Paul Gotham tells it, is a true “Three Sport Athlete”.
This week, there was a bit of a crossover with the Press Box. Fairport’s Scott Fitch was a guest, and talked about his time with the US Junior National team. Coach Fitch also had some thoughts on Isaiah Stewart, for his Unfinished Business.
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We leave you this week, with an Insider weekly feature – looking back at some of our stories from the past 7 years. From April 11, 2012 – it was our first look at Julia DiMartino, as she took the mound for Brockport as a 9th grader. Julia had been at Northstar Christian, before choosing to move to a larger school. The gambit paid off, as she would go on to be one of Section V’s best pitchers – and has dominated at the college level for Liberty University.