IL Swimming and Diving Championships Return Top Talent

The 2014 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) boys swimming and diving championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Evanston (Illinois) Township High School.

Click here to watch the preliminaries for the diving championships on the NFHS Network.

Click here to watch the preliminaries for the swimming championships on the NFHS Network.

Click here to watch the finals for swimming and diving on the NFHS Network. 

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School Broadcast Program School of the Week: Xavier High School, Connecticut

Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut is this week’s School Broadcast Program School of the Week!

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Xavier joined the School Broadcast Program this year and already has streamed a variety of sporting events and school activities. The Xavier Streaming Network is a club that is open to all students and currently boasts eight members. Paul Kieda, the club moderator, shared this about the benefits of Xavier Streaming Network to their school community:

Through this club we’ve been able to stream sporting events, concerts, prayer services and Masses. It has been especially helpful to parents and relatives who are unable to attend because of work or travel – we’ve received feedback from relatives who were excited to watch from places as far as Switzerland and New Zealand. This year is Xavier’s 50th Anniversary so we were also able to stream the anniversary Mass and celebration this past December.

You can follow Xavier’s Streaming Network on Twitter @falcon_talk.

Learn more about the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. To be the next SBP School of the Week, tag your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #WeAreHighSchool or email them to info@nfhsnetwork.com. And be sure to follow the NFHS Network on Twitter and Facebook!

School of the Week: Thompson High School, Alabama

Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama, has been a member of the School Broadcast Program since spring of 2011. THS TV is the school’s student-run newscast. The staff of about 14 students  meet daily, produce a daily newscast and cover sports events.

Brooke Dennis leads the student program and is the District Webmaster for Alabaster Schools in Alabama. She shared the following details about the program:

“The THS TV staff has benefitted greatly [from the School Broadcast Program] because they are given real-life opportunities to produce content that can be viewed by a large audience. These students have participated in a variety of experiences:

  • play-by-play and color commentating for sports events,
  • production of a sports show that was filmed live on location this fall
  • production of major events such as the annual Christmas Parade and our Homecoming Parade
  • a daily newscast that airs online
  • live concerts and assemblies

I truly believe that these students have been given opportunities that will give them a heads-up on the competition when they head into the collegiate and professional world because they already have years of experience because of the School Broadcasting Program. The school has benefitted because we are able to stream live events and offer publicity to our sports programs, including highlighting signings and other major awards moments.”

The THS TV program has some fantastic student success stories, too. They won 28 awards at the Alabama Scholastic Press Association Competition this past Friday, Feb. 14, including the following individual awards:

  • Alexis Lundy – First place sports story
  • Luke McKinney – First place Directing
  • Nicholas Dietschweiler – First place Feature Story
  • Grace Pevey – Second lace News Anchor and first place Sports Anchor in the On Site competition
  • Amber Harless – Second place Spot News Reporting, second place Feature Reporting, and third place Anchoring in the Carry-In category
  • Victoria Killingsworth – First place Spot News Reporting, honorable mention in the Carry-In News Story, and second place Carry-In Feature
  • Darian Hurst – Third place Carry-In Anchoring and third place Broadcast News Story
  • Ryan Renfrow — Third place News Anchor, as well as third AND second place Sports Anchor in the Mail In category, plus first place Feature Story, second place News Anchor in the On-Site competition and second place Anchoring in the Carry-In competition for a total of eight individual awards.
  • Sarah Singleterry — First place Anchoring in the Onsite and Carry-In competition as well as third, second and first place in the Feature Story and News Story Categories. Sarah also won the Alabama Broadcasters Association Award for the top high school broadcast journalist in the state.

In addition, THS News has seen several students go on to pursue broadcast careers – two are currently working in internships or work-study positions in college.

You can follow the THS program on Twitter @THSNewsTV.

To be considered School of the Week, tag pics of your broadcast team in action with #WeAreHighSchool on Twitter or Instagram. Or email a photo to info@nfhsnetwork.com. We want to feature you next!

New Mexico State Wrestling Championships to be held Saturday

The scenic and breathtaking Land of Enchantment will be the setting as the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) conducts its 2014 state wrestling championships Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

When the smoke clears, state champions will be decided in three enrollment classifications – Class AAA, Class AAAA and Class AAAAA.  There is an abundance of outstanding grappling talent throughout all three classes, with several wrestlers already owning multiple state championships.

Click here to watch the championships on the NFHS Network. 

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Weather Delays

This  week, the Southeast, MidAtlantic and Northeast were slammed with wintry weather.  Putting safety first means that many state’s have postponed planned championships for this weekend in order to give their student athletes safe roads to travel and ample time to prepare.

Below is a quick recap of all the scheduling changes we are currently aware of. Please check in with your local association for further details and check the schedule at the NFHS Network for updates.

ALABAMA

Wrestling: The AHSAA has moved some of its preliminary matches from Friday to Saturday. The NFHS Network was originally only going to be covering the finals on Saturday, however, we will now stream a switched production of the whole day’s events on Saturday starting at 10am leading up to the  finals coverage on Saturday at 2pm ET.

CONNECTICUT

Indoor Track:  Connecticut is delaying their Indoor Track Championships originally scheduled for this Saturday to Monday, February 17 at 3:00 pm ET.

GEORGIA

Wrestling: Originally scheduled for this weekend, the wrestling championships have been rescheduled for next Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22. New times and schedule of events to be announced.

  • Class A: Saturday, February 22 at Commerce High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AA: Saturday, February 22 at Toombs County High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AAA: Saturday, February 22a t Buford High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AAAA: Friday & Saturday, February 21 – 22 at West Laurens High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AAAAA: Friday & Saturday, February 21 – 22 at Loganville High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AAAAAA: Friday & Saturday, February 21 – 22 at Chattahoochee High School, Schedule TBA

Basketball: Semifinal rounds will remain on Saturday, March 1st, however, some earlier rounds have been affected:

  • 1st Round (AA – AAAAAA): Girls on Friday, February 21; Boys on Saturday, February 22
  • 1st Round (Class A) and 2nd Round (AA – AAAAAA): Girls on Monday, February 24; Boys on Tuesday, February 25
  • Quarterfinal Round (All Classes): Girls on Wednesday, February 26 an dBOys on Thursday, February 27
  • Semifinals (AA – AAAAAA & Class A Public): Saturday, March 1
  • Semifinals (Class A Private only): Monday, March 3

Check back here for updated wrestling and basketball broadcasting schedules – we will schedule them as soon as possible.

MARYLAND

Wrestling: Maryland’s Wrestling Championships-Duals have been moved from this Saturday, February 15 to Tuesday, February 18.

RHODE ISLAND

Gymnastics: RIIL Gymnastics will now take place at 10:00 am ET instead of the planned 1:00 pm ET start time this Saturday, February 15.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Wrestling: SCHSL has postponed the AA, AAA and AAAA Dual Wrestling Championships originally scheduled for tomorrow, February 15 to several dates next week.

  • AA will be Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm ET at Airport High School
  • AAA will be Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 pm ET at River Bluff HIgh School.
  • AAAA is yet to be determined.