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 37 of the Sports Beat season, and things are winding down on the Spring season, as the Class of 2019 looks to make their final marks on Section V.
We begin this week in Spencerport, with the Rangers baseball team. Arielis Lora is a junior pitcher, who posted the first no-hitter in Spencerport baseball history. There’s more to Arielis though. He’s spending his summer at boot camp, as he begins his training for the National Guard. John Likanje, from Pickin’ Splinters, has the story, presented here in an expanded, director’s cut.
Paul Gotham from Pickin’ Splinters joins Dave Yates for the Dunkin High School Notebook. Paul is talking MCC Tribunes baseball, and some of the Section V alums who are leading the charge at Monroe Community College – plus, Paul talks Bishop Kearney softball, and the incredible Emily Phelan.
Kyle O’Gara is up next with our Making the Grade nominee, Olivia Wall from Spencerport. In our Section V Spotlight, we look at some recent accomplishments, including a track performer from Canisteo-Greenwood earning MVP honors.
Out top story takes us to Frontier Field, for Women’s Day. It also takes us to the Eastside youth softball field at Tryon Park. It’s a big story, so much so that the expanded, director’s cut below is almost 10 minutes long. There’s a lot to unpack in this tale of community supporting young girls, and encouraging youth sports.
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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 4, 2012 – it was our first time seeing the Mercy softball team, back in Season 1 of the Sports Beat – and it’s one of our favorite stories. Emma Falk, after a battle with leukemia, came back to join her teammates, including sister Aidan Falk – who was a bone marrow donor, that helped Emma beat acute myeloid leukemia. Emma went on to play volleyball in college at Loyola, while Aidan starred for Michigan in softball. In 4 seasons with Big Blue, Aidan batted .328 with 46 doubles, 29 home runs and 159 RBI’s.