This Friday, Maize South will host Blue Valley West in an early season Kansas high school baseball matchup that could tell a lot about how each team’s 2014 season might go.
Craig Ryan, Maize South’s Athletic Director, shared some insight about the program:
Our SBP is currently a volunteer program. The kids that participate do it on their own time, and they realize the benefits and experience that a program like this can offer them. This program is not specific to a club or class, and anyone that has an interest can join. In the future, we would like to see the students receive some form of high school credit for their participation.
Currently, we have five students that run the show. They are comprised of two technicians that run the computer and video production, two broadcasters (one color, one play-by-play), and one statistician. They have given their program a name Maverick Sports Network (MVSN).
One of our broadcasters, Peyton Sanders, was featured on “The Weather Channel” because he set up his own green screen in his basement to practice giving weather reports. Another student broadcaster, Megan Looper, wants to follow in the footsteps of Erin Andrews. She wants to get in the action on the sideline to capture true emotions. We do not currently have the technology to include sideline reporting, but we hope to in the future.
This program has enhanced our school by providing access for people to view the game that cannot get out to see it. We had a day game during our tournament week, and we had teachers projecting the game in their classroom. This program helps to build culture in the school, and is a great promotional tool.
On the very first broadcast, one of our students, Megan Looper, was calling the plays and getting into the action. A player on the floor just hit her third three pointer in a row, and Megan responded with “Well, When She’s Hot, She’s Hot,” and that quote has stuck with her the rest of the season. Personally, I could say the same thing about this broadcast team, “When Their Hot, Their Hot.” Another neat thing this team has done is a pre-season press conference. They got the seniors from the basketball team and sat them down for questions regarding the up-coming season. The students loved the spot light, and the broadcast team got great experience with live questions. Over all, this has been a great enhancement for Maize South, and we plan on broadcasting more events like soccer, baseball, softball, etc.”
Maize South is off to a great start in their first year with the Program and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!
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