Valley Sports Rewind

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Jun 9, 2017

'Valley Sports Rewind' Mike Cannici welcomes former Derby High School football player Marcus 'Buff' Bartone.

Bartone talks about what it means to be a part of the Red Raider 'family,' how he got his nickname, among many other topics.

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Jun 7, 2017

In this episode of 'Valley Sports Rewind,' host Mike Cannici welcomes Ansonia High School Baseball Coach Mike Vacca, who achieved his 500th win this season.

A humble Vacca reflects on more than four decades in Ansonia baseball, and repeatedly credits his players and fellow coaches for any achievements over the years.

The City of Ansonia officially honored Coach Vacca during a ceremony in May

May 26, 2017

This week on 'Valley Sports Rewind,' host Mike Cannici sits down with former Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe -- but they're not talking local politics.

Instead, Della Volpe reflects upon his nearly 40-years with Ansonia athletics -- specifically the football program.

Click play to hear Della Volpe talk about his friendships with fellow coaches Jack Hunt, John Sponheimer, Robert Lisi and Bill McAllister.

'Valley Sports Rewind' can also be heard on iTunes, Libsyn and it airs Mondays at 1 p.m. on WNHH, 103.5 FM within the City of New Haven.

May 18, 2017

Derby's John DeFrancisco return to talk about the 1996 state championship baseball team, Charlie DiCenso, Nick DiRubba and his current position as an assistant football coach at Platt Tech.

Hosted by Mike Cannici.

May 17, 2017

Kyle McIntosh was a four-year starter at running back at Cheshire, where he was a three-time state champion and the 1994 New Haven Register "Player of the Year."

He then went to Syracuse University where he played with future NFL players Donavan McNabb and David Tyree.

May 7, 2017

Host Mike Cannici and guest host Jenn Moffat chat with Derby track and field coach Nick DiLuggo about how Derby schools are becoming annual contenders -- even though they don't have a proper running track.

This episode was aired live on and on The Valley Indy's Facebook page during The Great Give May 2.

In addition to, iTunes, and YouTube, 'Valley Sports Rewind' is also heard Mondays at 1 p.m. on WNHH, 103.5 FM in New Haven, CT.

Apr 11, 2017

This week host Mike Cannici welcomes long-time Derby High School softball coach Joseph DiMartino and assistant coach Jenn Moffat to the podcast.

DiMartino, himself a Derby High School graduate, wrestled while in school under the tutelage of Coach Walter “Buster” Jadach while in school. 

He reflects on those days, and coaching his daughters at Derby High.

Then DiMartino and Moffat talk about the upcoming annual Derby-Ansonia charity softball game.

It's coming up April 22, 2017. Proceeds benefit The Hewitt Center For Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital.

Click here for more information on the game.

Apr 6, 2017

Derby native Andy Dunaj Jr. sits down with Valley Sports Rewind host Mike Cannici to talk about growing up and playing football in Connecticut's smallest city.

Dunaj played football for the Red Raiders from 1984 through 1986.

He's the father of two young children -- a boy and a girl -- and he talks about what it's like to see them get involved in organized athletics.

After graduating from Derby High School, Dunaj spent a decade in the military before becoming a police officer in Milford.


He is currently a sergeant in Milford, closing in on 20 years with the department.

Mar 30, 2017

Mike Cannici welcomes Bill Manion to 'Valley Sports Rewind.'

Manion was a football player for the Shelton High School Gaels from 2000 to 2003. 

In that time he was an all-state linebacker in 2002 and 2003. His team was SCC Housy champs in 2002 and 2003, and the class LL state champions in 2003.

'Valley Sports Rewind' is a production of, and is recorded at the Valley Indy office in Ansonia, Conn.

The podcast is also available on YouTube, and is heard every Monday at 1 p.m. on WNHH, a community radio station in New Haven, Conn.

Mar 19, 2017

'Valley Sports Rewind' switches gears this week with an interview with Casey Kross, 17, of Derby.

The Derby High School senior has been a cheerleader for about 11 years.

In 2012 her Pop Warner cheerleading squad won a national championship.

In 2015, she was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad that won a state championship.
Mar 9, 2017

In this episode of "Valley Sports Rewind," host Mike Cannici and guest Jenn Moffat talk about the Derby High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The second class is scheduled to be inducted in April 2017.

A Valley Indy reporter serves as guest host for the episode.

Valley Sports Rewind is a weekly talk show produced by

Feb 25, 2017

Jamie Burns loves football -- AND he can tell a story.

Hear Burns, a former Seymour High School Wildcat football player who now coaches at the school, have a ball talking sports with host Mike Cannici.

It's as if they forgot the microphones were on . . . 



Feb 16, 2017

In the latest Valley Sports Rewind, host Mike Cannici strolls down memory lane with John Oko, a former Derby football player and coach.


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It also airs Monday at 1 p.m. on WNHH, 103.5 LP FM in New Haven.

Feb 3, 2017

Otis Jemal Baskins didn't have it easy growing up on Hawkins Street in Derby.

His family struggled to make ends meet, and his mother passed away during his senior year of high school.

Playing sports -- and being influenced by the community -- were hugely important for him.

Baskins is now a Naugatuck police officer -- and the latest guest on "Valley Sports Rewind," hosted by Mike Cannici.


Jan 26, 2017

On the latest Valley Sports Rewind:


John DeFrancisco won two Class S  championships as Derby's baseball coach --  1992 and 1996.


He also was an assistant football coach at Derby for 25 years.