Sports Beat Insider – Sep. 14, 2019

Go Inside the Sports Beat’s 9th Season premiere, with Section V Softball & Baseball honored at Frontier Field, and the Downey Classic Pro-Am

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 our 9th Season Premiere!  Time flies when you’re having fun…

We kick off the season with a couple of stories filmed over the summer.  Some times cool stuff happen when school is not in session, and we’re bringing you some of those stories, this week, and in the weeks to follow (it was a busy summer!)

First, we go to Frontier Field, for a special ‘Night of Champions’.  The Rochester Red Wings invited all the Section V winners in Softball and Baseball to come to a ball game, and get recognized for their accomplishments, right on the field.

Next on the show, a new wrinkle to an old favorite… 13 WHAM’s Matt Trabold joins us for the Dunkin High School Notebook.  You may recognize Trabs if you have attended any Sporting events over the last few years, and he’ll now join host Dave Yates every week to talk Section V Sports with us.

This week, the topic takes us back to Frontier Field, this time for the First ever football game played at the ol’ ballpark – and the huge victory for McQuaid over rival Aquinas.

Kyle O’Gara is up next with this week’s Making the Grade nominee… and, as always, if you have a candidate for our Making the Grade segment, send us an email to or fill-in our contact form.

The Section V Spotlight returns for it’s 2nd season, highlighting some of the on-field accomplishments of Section V athletes, as well as alums in college, and in this case, an alum who made it all the way to the Major Leagues – Danny Mendick from Pittsford Mendon.

Our main story of the week is another Summer Tale, from July’s Danielle Downey Classic Pro-Am.  The week long golf event at Brook Lea Country Club in Gates, began with a terrific opportunity for Section V Girls Golf, as 26 girls got to participate and play with a Tour Pro.  Mikah McDonnell, who just graduated from Webster Thomas, was a tournament sponsor exemption, allowing her to play in the Tour event later in the week.

We now present to you our story, in a director’s cut edition, with :30 seconds of added material, not seen in the broadcast version…

Fatima Cano finished the Downey Classic tied for 17th place with a -8, and Kelly Whaley was right behind her with a -7, good for a 20th place tie.  Mikah failed to make the cut, but undoubtedly gained and benefited from the experience.

Here is some additional bonus footage, with a super slo-mo look at Mikah and Fatima on the course.

And that’s a wrap on week 1 of Season 9!  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.

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We leave you this week, with an Insider weekly feature – looking back at some of our stories from the past 8 years. From June 23, 2018 – it was our first time meeting Mikah McDonnell.  Mikah is now in her first season with the William & Mary Griffins, and plans on majoring in financial management.

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