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SC-SPS-Superior Partnership Opens Opportunity for Students Interested in Sports Broadcasting 

CCN—SC-SPS-Superior Partnership Opens Opportunity for Students Interested in Sports Broadcasting 

By Rita Brhel


Sandy Creek Public School, whose main campus is located near Fairfield, facilitated a unique opportunity for students at three schools to get real-life experience in sports broadcasting—while boosting the fans’ livestream experience of watching the Class C2-6 girls basketball subdistricts last week.

A total of 10 students from Clay and Nuckolls counties worked together on this joint Striv project: Landry Lorer, Tripp Bracco, Keaton Corman, and Mason Hinrichs of Sandy Creek (SC); Quinn Schroetlin of Sutton Public School (SPS); and Cailyn Barry, Kati Englehardt, Dane Miller, Ashleigh Primus, and Taygun Rothschild of Superior Public School.

“It was a great way to end our season of broadcasting,” said Jeremy Borer, technology director for South Central Nebraska Unified School District #5 of which SC is part of. 

“It was fun,” he added, “and all the students learned a lot.”

Subdistricts were held Feb. 14-17 at SPS.

Striv is a high school sports broadcasting service utilized by the three schools to provide livestream to fans unable to watch games in person. Part of the Striv experience is involving students with an interest in broadcasting, giving them hands-on career education. This SC-SPS-Superior partnership enhanced the behind-the-scenes experience for participating students.

“Usually each of our schools broadcasts with one camera and one to two announcers,” Borer said. “By partnering together, we had four cameras that we could switch between, offering more angles and different shots like close-ups of coaches and players, and multiple announcers working together to give the viewers a better experience.”

This gave livestream viewers not only play-by-play announcing but also camera shots from multiple camera angles.

“I just wanted to do something bigger for subdistricts than we normally do,” said Borer who contacted SPS and Superior about the idea for the collaboration in January. “It was an opportunity for all of our Striv kids to be a part of a broadcast with multiple cameras and a more professional feel.”

Waypoint Bank and the Cougar Pride Booster Club’s generous donations helped make this Striv partnership possible, he explained. To show appreciation, the Striv students read ads for the sponsors during timeouts in the games.

“It was a fuller, more professional experience,” Borer said. “The major difference that viewers noticed was the cameras on the floor. We borrowed some equipment from Striv that allowed us to wirelessly transmit video, so we could have cameras all over the gym.”

Students involved in this Striv project benefited not only in career skills-building. 

“The main benefit was the collaboration between students from rival schools,” Borer said. “The students had to work together to make this broadcast happen. It helped create connections and friendships that will benefit these students down the road. It was awesome to see the collaborative effort by these students.”

While there are so far no other events on the calendar for the remainder of this school year that will use this multi-school Striv team, he mentioned that the experience has the potential to open opportunities next year. 

“We talked about doing this next year when our teams play each other,” Borer said. “The possibilities are endless for collaboration.”