Valley Sports Rewind

Host Mike Cannici talks to Valley sports legends about their time playing games in Connecticut's lower Naugatuck Valley. Produced by
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Dec 14, 2016

Valley author/lawyer/baseball coach/raconteur Steve Reilly is the guest on "Valley Sports Rewind" with Mike Cannici.


Reilly's newest book, "Lord of the Infield Flies," is a prequel to "The Fat Lady Never Sings," which chronicled the 1992 Derby High School state championship baseball team.


"Lord of the Infield Flies" goes back to 1977 Derby, and a road trip Reilly arranged so his baseball team could play out-of-state.


Keep in mind the drinking age back then was 18 . . . 

Dec 2, 2016

Sean Morse and Mike Cannici will be doing live audio play-by-play online during the Dec. 5 playoff matchup between the Ansonia and Cromwell.

In this podcast, Morse and Cannici talk about their plans -- the latest in a series of programming the guys have started to rekindle Valley football pride.

Nov 30, 2016

This week's "Valley Sports Rewind" features an interview with Kevin Rowley, the equipment manager for the Ansonia High School varsity football program for more than 30 years.

Rowley was also an assistant coach with the junior varsity and varsity programs for a number of years.

And he was a head coach with Ansonia Pop Warner coach for 20 years.

Nov 18, 2016

This week on "Valley Sports Rewind," Mike Cannici's guest is veteran Valley assistant football coach Andrew Mancini.

The Derby resident is currently an assistant coach with the Ansonia High School varsity football team.
In the episode, Mancini looks back upon his years coaching in Derby, Seymour, Amity and at Fairfield Prep -- and whether Ansonia looks at him funny given his past allegiance to the Red Raiders!
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Nov 16, 2016

This week on "Valley Sports Rewind:" Dan Shea, captain of the Derby High School 1985 Class S football championship team.

He was also the head coach of the 1995 Junior Midget Team, who were New England champs and played in the super bowl in Florida.

Nov 3, 2016

How do the Ansonia Chargers keep winning?

Mike Cannici explores the question with legendary Ansonia football coaches Bob Lisi and John Sponheimer.


Valley Sports Rewind is a weekly podcast produced by the two-person staff at, a nonprofit online newspaper.


Oct 26, 2016

This week on "Valley Sports Rewind," host Mike Cannici chats with Joe Ferrigno, former Derby basketball and football player.


Ferrigno talks about the influence his grandfather had on him, and what it's like to come full circle and watch his son take the field. 

Oct 12, 2016

Former Shelton High School varsity football coach Tony Branca chats with host Mike Cannici about championship teams, inspiring speeches, and why he still expects kids to use Mr. and Mrs. when addressing adults.

Oct 5, 2016

Emma Hyder and Cassie Silkoff are just 9 years old, but these fourth graders know a ton about healthy living. 

The two friends are members of the Bradley School Running Club, a new activity launched by teacher Jenny Ames.


Press play and be impressed with these two young athlete-scholars.

Sep 28, 2016

On the latest episode of 'Valley Sports Rewind,' host Mike Canicci chats with Ansonia High School 1995 graduate Lenny Svelnys.

Svelnys, standing at a hair shy of 6 feet, 8 inches tall, was a member of the '95 state championship basketball team.


Sep 21, 2016

Steve Reilly talks with host Mike Canicci about the tenth anniversary of the book "The Fat Lady Never Sings," which told the tale of the 1992 championship Derby High School baseball team.


Reilly says late in the interview he's finishing a prequel to the book that deals with Derby's 1977 team.


Reilly, an attorney, has spent decades coaching baseball players in the Valley, including Derby and Seymour.

Sep 7, 2016

On the latest 'Valley Sports Rewind,' Mike Cannici chats with John Sponheimer about his 45 years with Ansonia football -- the New York Yankees of high school football. #cthsfb

Aug 31, 2016

Derby teacher and coach Jenny Ames and star Derby High School runner Kiley Rodriguez talk with host Mike Cannici about Derby's revived track and cross country programs.

Aug 25, 2016

Valley Sports Rewind host Mike Cannici talks with Earl Stanley about playing and coaching for the Ansonia Chargers, one of the best football programs in Connecticut.

Aug 18, 2016

Valley Sports Rewind host Mike Cannici examines the legacy of Derby High School football coach Charlie DiCenso.

Aug 10, 2016

In episode 3 of Valley Sports Rewind, host Mike Cannici talks with Sean Morse about Bubba Greene and the old "KO Club" in Ansonia, and his involvement in the Ansonia Derby Classic Football page on YouTube.

Aug 4, 2016

Legendary Naugatuck Valley high school sports broadcaster Ed Clements reflects on his years behind the microphone with Mike Cannici in episode 2 of "Valley Sports Rewind," a podcast produced by in Ansonia, CT.

Jul 25, 2016

Rob Hyder, a member of the 1990 Derby High School state championship football team, reflects on the season in the inaugural episode of "Valley Sports Rewind," a podcast hosted by Mike Cannici and produced by