Track Finals This Weekend in the Sunshine State

Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus Jacksonville will be the site as approximately 3,500 athletes in four enrollment classifications compete for state titles at the 2013-14 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) boys and girls track championships.

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School of the Week: Lipscomb Academy – Nashville, Tennessee

Congratulations to Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, on being selected as this week’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program of the Week.

The Lipscomb Academy broadcast program teaches students the ins and outs of television production is open to any Lipscomb Academy high school student who desires to learn more about broadcasting. Lipscomb Academy students that join the School Broadcast Program are taught how to produce live events with high quality media equipment- and can receive community service hours or extra credit along the way. This well-seasoned broadcast team has seen exciting growth this year, having added several new students.

The Lipscomb Academy team attracts new students because of its real-world approach to production. We talked to some of the student Blog_Templatebroadcasters about what makes this program so special. Freshman, Jackson Duncan tells us, “I really wanted to join the program because I want to work at ESPN one day.” The hands-on experience he gains broadcasting events for Lipscomb provides a big step toward one day achieving that goal.

The team has received great feedback from family and friends of the Lipscomb Academy community. Even Lipscomb Academy athletes are benefiting from the program. Jackson says, “Athletes love having a chance to re-watch the games after they are done competing.”

The student broadcasters at Lipscomb Academy get to do what they love while experiencing some pretty inspiring moments. This past season, the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs played a school called MLK that has a student announcer that is blind. The Lipscomb Academy announcer gave a play by play details to the MLK announcer who was then able to call the game. This student collaboration shows students everywhere that with a little teamwork great things can happen.

Lipscomb Academy prides themselves on producing fun and unique events. The broadcast team does this by letting the younger Lipscomb Academy students give a little shout out and get their 15 seconds of fame. For Lipscomb Academy, timeouts are not just a boring break, they keep it interesting for their viewers. Jackson says, “We do a funny thing called a temple run timeout. We show a temple run game on the screen while the game is taking a timeout.”

This stellar team is clearly gaining valuable broadcasting experience and making a positive contribution to its school and community. Keep up the good work, Lipscomb Academy student broadcasters!

If you think your school broadcast program deserves School of the Week honor, we want to hear from you. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/1ksWoPF.

Don’t have a broadcast program at your school? Starting one is easy. Contact sbp@nfhsnetwork.com for more information on how your school can start using our easy-to-use technology to stream your events.

Florida Boys State Weightlifting Tournament to be Held This Weekend

This Friday and Saturday, a lot of iron will be pumped as the state’s top high school male weightlifters converge on the Kissimmee Civic Center for the 2014 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) boys state championships.  When the smoke clears, individual and team state champions will be crowned in Class 1A and Class 2A.

Click here to watch the 1A championships.  Click here to watch the 2A championships. 

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Lyons Township Takes on Defending Tournament Champion Naperville North on Thursday

This Thursday, two highly ranked Illinois girls soccer teams will meet in the Naperville Invitational Girls Soccer Tournament.  In that contest, 3-3-2 Naperville North (ranked No. 7 in the state) will square off with 8-1-0 and No. 8 Lyons Township.

Click here to watch Naperville North vs. Lyons Township.

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School of the Week: Serra High School – San Mateo, California

Serra High School in San Mateo, California, has been selected as this week’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program of the Week.

Serra High School started the broadcast program with the NFHS Network just this year because the program offers students the opportunity to gain valuable real-world production and communication experience and provides Serra High School with a unique platform for broadcasting events.

The Serra High School broadcast club is open to anyone who shows interest in broadcasting and filming events.Blog_Template

Although this team is only a first-year broadcast program, they have already enjoyed gaining valuable experience and great feedback from students, faculty, and the broader community.

Athletic Director, Dean Ayoob says, “The Student Broadcast Program at Serra High School has great viewership both live and on-demand.” It has been exciting to see the student broadcast reach fans who can’t attend events in person. For example, Ayob recalls recently a friend watching a Serra High School football game on his iPhone while sitting on the sideline of his daughter’s soccer game. A crowd slowly gathered around to watch.

All of us here at the NFHS Network wish the Serra broadcast club continued success in growing their broadcast program.

If you think your school broadcast program deserves School of the Week honor, we want to hear about it! here’s how: http://bit.ly/1ksWoPF.

Don’t have a broadcast program at your school? Starting one is easy. Contact sbp@nfhsnetwork.com for more information on how your school can start using our easy-to-use technology to stream your events.

Top Ranked Lacrosse Teams Meet Again for Monday’s State Championships

For the second consecutive year the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) State Championship in boys lacrosse features the Wando Warriors (Mt. Pleasant, SC) and the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets.  Wando (15-2), the No. 1 ranked team in SC according to LAXPower, defeated Fort Mill (12-3) in last year’s title matchup.

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