School of the Week: The First Academy, Orlando, Florida

The First Academy in Florida is this week’s School Broadcast Program School of the Week!

Royals TV has been a part of the School Broadcast Program since the 2011-2012 school year. In that time, they have produced and streamed more than 80 events a school year, including marquee events for every varsity athletics team and other school events, such as guest speakers and guidance meetings.

While many of the schools in the School Broadcast Program make it part of an existing broadcast class or club, Royals TV is a completely extracurricular activity – any student with an interest in television production is welcome. About 15-20 students participate, typically starting out by updating the score bug or operating the camera, working their way up to announcing work.

Jared Gallagher, Sports Information Director at The First School, directs the program with the help of a few additional adults and coaches. He had this to say about Royals TV experience with the School Broadcast Program:

“The obvious benefit is having events from all around our campus being broadcasted live so that friends and family from all around the world have the availability to keep up with our programs. Deeper than that, however, is the invaluable experiences that these students are earning behind the camera before they ever leave high school. I earned a pair of degrees in broadcast communications and didn’t touch a camera until I was a sophomore in college. These students are gaining those some experiences as sophomores and juniors in high school!”


You can follow The First Academy on Twitter @TheFirstAcademy and watch their events here.

Want to be considered for School of the Week and see your program featured here and on the NFHS Network home page? Simply tag your behind the scenes pictures of your broadcast team in action on Twitter and Instagram with #WeAreHighSchool or email them to

For more information on how to join the School Broadcast Program, email

Denver East, TJ Clash in Inner-city Rivalry Game

This Friday, the Rocky Mountains will serve as a breathtaking backdrop when two top boys basketball teams with star players meet in a pivotal Class 5A/4A Denver Prep League showdown.

In that game, 11-3 Denver East will host 9-4 Denver Thomas Jefferson. Both are 1-0 in league play.

Click here to watch this game on the NFHS Network produced by the Denver East High School Broadcast Program.

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NFHS Network Presents “Inside the Paint”


You’ve come to rely on the NFHS Network for live games and highlights. This week, join us for the launch of an all new, original program dedicated to high school basketball.

“Inside the Paint” premieres this Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ET LIVE on the NFHS Network. This weekly program will take an in-depth look at boys and girls high school basketball from coast-to-coast. The two-hour show features exclusive live game look-ins and highlights from the week’s top games as well as analysis and features on the top players and teams from across the country.

Look for special encore airings of the show on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. ET,  Mondays at noon ET, or watch on demand any time.

Come by, take a look and let us know what you think! We’d also love to promote our schools so send us your highlight recommendations from throughout the week then tune in Friday to see if your favorite play made the show! Email highlights to

Nebraska Girls Matchup Should Have Playoff Atmosphere

Two outstanding girls basketball teams from the Omaha area will seek to assert themselves in a Nebraska School Activities Association Class 1 District 3 game this Friday.

Platteview High School, which is 11-1 overall and 4-0 in district play will host Omaha Concordia, which is 10-3 and 1-0.

Click here to watch this game on the NFHS Network produced by the Concordia High School Broadcast Program.

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Lufkin Succeeds on Gridiron Despite Challenge

This past fall, the Providence (Rhode Island) Classical High School freshman football team enjoyed a dream season by going undefeated and winning the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Division II state title with a convincing 41-20 victory over Toll Gate High School in the finals.

Playing a major role in the Purple’s gridiron success was 14-year-old Isaac Lufkin, who handled the kicking chores with unwavering accuracy.  During the season, the 5-foot-6, 85-pound Lufkin converted 12 extra points.  In addition, of the 16 onside kicks that he made, 13 were recovered by his teammates.

While that is impressive by any standard at any level of competition, it is made truly remarkable and inspirational by the fact that Lufkin was born without any arms.

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