Valley Sports Rewind

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Jul 13, 2018

Shelton High School varsity football Coach Jeff Roy sits down with 'Valley Sports Rewind' host Mike Cannici to talk about his days playing as a Gael in the early 1980s.

Roy then talks about his college playing days, before transitioning into a Shelton coach in the 1990s.

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May 22, 2018

"Valley Sports Rewind" officially returns for season 3 with a in-depth interview with Derby High School football coach George French.

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Feb 14, 2018

Valley Sports Rewind welcomes Ansonia High School and Yale football great Alex Thomas to the program.

Thomas is a 2008 graduate of Ansonia High School.

He was a New Haven Register high school player of the state, and a  member of back-to-back state championships at Ansonia.

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Dec 21, 2017

On this week's 'Valley Sports Rewind,' host Mike Cannici welcomes basketball coach Vince Della Volpe of Ansonia.

Della Volpe now coaches girls' basketball in Ansonia, and his family is full of youth coaches, including his father, former Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe.

Della Volpe played basketball at Ansonia High School. He played for three years on the football team as well for three of his four years in high school.

He also played a ton of golf growing up in Ansonia because his dad and the late Jack Hunt ran a driving range at one point (where the BJ's Wholesale now stands on Division Street in Derby).

Dec 5, 2017

On the latest episode of 'Valley Sports Rewind,' host Mike Cannici sits down to talk old-school softball with Jack Walsh and Dave Barone. 

Both men played for the Kasden softball team, a venerable team that powered through through leagues and tournaments from 1969 until 1984, winning more than 1,000 games.

Jack and his brother, Jim, were key members and organizers of the team.

Walsh, of Derby, retired a year ago from The Valley United Way.

Barone is from Ansonia originally, and owns the sports bar in Seymour.

Nov 17, 2017

In this episode we highlight Saturday’s big football game between Emmett O’Brien and Platt Tech High School, with assistant Platt Tech coach John DeFrancisco and O’Brien head coach Nick Aprea.


The coaches discuss the improvement of both programs over the last few years and the 7 mile trophy

Nov 9, 2017

Marvin Miller has been the head coach for the Shelton girls soccer program for 12 years.

In that time the program has made the playoffs several times, won the SCC twice and was class LL champions in 2010.

In addition to the girls program, Marvin has organized a successful soccer youth program for both boys and girls for 25 years.

Nov 9, 2017

'Valley Sports Rewind' returns from hiatus with a very special guest! Bob Pysz played for the Ansonia High School football team from 1965 until 1968. Click the play button to hear host Mike Cannici talk old-school Valley.

Nov 9, 2017

'Valley Sports Rewind' returns from hiatus with a very special guest!

Bob Pysz played for the Ansonia High School football team from 1965 until 1968.

Click the play button to hear host Mike Cannici talk old-school Valley.


Oct 5, 2017

On the latest episode of the "Valley Sports Rewind" podcast, host Mike Cannici sits down with Sarah Stonoha, a Derby native.

Stonoha ran cross country for Derby High School from 1990 until 1993. And she ran track for the Red Raiders from 1991 to 1994.

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Sep 20, 2017

On the latest episode of Valley Sports Rewind, John 'Raven' Commune sits down with host Mike Cannici to talk Valley sports -- Seymour in particular.

Commune grew up in Seymour and was the football team's statistician for more than 40 years.

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Aug 21, 2017

Former Derby High School cross country coach Joe Musante returns for a second appearance on 'Valley Sports Rewind,' the weekly talk show hosted by Mike Cannici. 

Aug 16, 2017

This week on 'Valley Sports Rewind:' Derby Middle School's Leah Ludington!

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Leah, 11, has been a cheerleader for Derby Pop Warner for six years.

She's also an experienced runner, having been on the Bradley School Running Club for three years.

Now she runs with the Derby Middle School track team.

'Valley Sports Rewind' is hosted by Derby's Mike Cannici and is produced by The Valley Indy.

It replays on 103.5 FM within the City of New Haven every Monday at 1 p.m.

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Aug 1, 2017

This week 'Valley Sports Rewind' host Mike Cannici sits down with James Allbert, Derby High School class of 1988.

During his years in Derby, Allbert was a standout punter for football team. He captain of the baseball and basketball teams. He was an All-Valley catcher with the Red Raiders.

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The show also airs 1 p.m. Mondays on WNHH, 103.5 FM, a low-powered community radio station within the City of New Haven.


Jul 25, 2017

'Valley Sports Rewind' host Mike Cannici sits down with former Derby High School runner (and former Evening Sentinel writer) Joe Musante.

Musante ran track and cross country for the Red Raiders from 1978 to 1982. In 1988, he became the school's first girls cross country coach.

Jul 19, 2017

Derby High School junior Thomas Abel Tom Abel plays running back, linebacker and quarterback for the Red Raiders, and is the starting shortstop for the baseball team.

Jun 26, 2017

Greg Shpak was a three-sport star at Derby High School, playing football, basketball and baseball.

He helped the Red Raiders football team win the Housy championship his senior year, as well as help the basketball team make the tournament.

Shpak played wide receiver at Central Connecticut State University.

'Valley Sports Rewind' is a weekly podcast hosted by Derby's Mike Cannici and produced by the Valley Indy.

It also airs 1 p.m. Mondays on WNHH-LP, 103.5 FM within the City of New Haven.

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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.

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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.

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