Two Northeastern Florida Boys Basketball Powers to Meet

On Friday, two standout Jacksonville boys basketball teams located less than six miles from each other will take to the hard court for a fierce hoops battle.

In that contest, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny (15-6 overall and 4-0 in district play) will host Jacksonville Bolles (20-1 and 7-1). Bishop Kenny is in first place in Class 5A District 3, while Bolles is in second place in Class 4A, District 3.

Click here to watch Bishop Kenny’s On Demand broadcast of the game.

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Sunshine State Gridiron Showdown Looms on Horizon

This Friday, two highly skilled Orlando-area football teams will take the field in what promises to be a very competitive contest.

In that game, undefeated (3-0) Trinity Prep of Winter Park will visit 2-1 The First Academy of Orlando.  Through its first three games, Trinity has outscored its opponents, 75-51, while The First Academy holds a cumulative 114-49 scoring advantage over its opposition.

Click here to watch The First Academy’s broadcast of the game.

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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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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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School of the Week: Berkeley Prep, Tampa

Berkeley Prep of Tampa has been selected as this week’s School Broadcast Program School of the Week.

Christopher Woods, teacher advisor for the program, had this to say about the program:

[Berkeley Prep] has benefitted from being able to broadcast events by keeping our constituents connected with what is happening on campus. For example, grandparents and relatives can now watch live perfomances from their fourth grade grandchildren. Traveling parents can catch their child’s game, right on their mobile device. Alumni tune in to watch the great rivalries they so vividly remember. And it is great that we can stream the live feed to all of the monitors inside the Straz Family Field House so when you get up to grab something at the concession stand, you don’t miss any of the action happening on the court.

Sounds like Berkeley Prep’s Berkeley Broadcast Network (BBN) is providing a variety of content to their diverse high school community! BBN is a club at Berkeley Prep and includes both Middle and Upper Division students working together. The students choose, schedule, set-up and broadcast both sporting and non-sporting events at the school. Five seniors that currently participate in the program will be graduating this year, several of whom, according to Mr. Woods, will be pursuing study in the fields of broadcast and video production. Of the 10 person core team, BBN boasts a variety of participants from the school community, including athletes, drama students, band members, cheerleaders and more.

Thanks to BBN for all that they do on the School Broadcast Network! You can follow BBN on Twitter: @LiveWithBBN.

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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!”

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

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