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The 2nd Annual Mascot Media Broadcast Awards

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Play of the Year

Jaylen Lee

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Bentonville High School

Jaylen Lee had one of the dunks of the year on a big stage at the HoopHall Classic vs. Elite competition. Jaylen is one of the most exciting players in the state of Arkansas and the only better dunk(s) may be from him, just in other games.

This one was memorable for sure with it being an AND 1 in a HUGE point in the game. No better dunk in the state this year, this went viral as Bleacher Report and a few other outlets picked it up.

This would be huge for the Bentonville community and Jaylen. Jaylen is your guy! Tiger Nation will show up to support him for this award! Thanks for your consideration.

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Touchdown on Rogers: Bentonville Football

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Bentonville High School

Bentonville goes for it on 4th and 4 when Drew Wright connects with Chas Nimrod, who makes a fantastic catch, and then goes 58 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers up by 14 in a game they would win 56-49

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Jaxson Brust

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Bentonville West High School

Our football team was down 22 points and came back and won.

Great shots of Jaxson Brust who caught the winning touchdown and really captured the emotions of the comeback with the sideline celebrations and the best line of the season by our play-by-play announcer Derek Ruscin “Lazarus lives on Gamble Road”.

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Ryan Forrest

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Marion High School

Marion’s Ryan Forrest takes the in-bound pass, drives the baseline, and delivers a rim-rattling one-hand jam in Marion’s 64-46 semifinal win over Lake Hamilton.

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Pat Lautato/Peter Noble

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Christian Brothers Academy

In an interleague game, the CBA Colts found themselves down five points with less than a minute to play against Freehold Township. In less than 30 seconds, CBA star Pat Lautato scored five points to put the victory back within reach.

After a timeout, the Colts got the ball back and Sophomore Peter Noble put together a clutch possession with less than 10 seconds to go and hit a jaw-dropping three to win the game for the Colts.

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Sam Bell

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Gurdon High School

We had an outstanding Play of the Year Made by Sam Bell #2 On the Gurdon High School Senior High Team.

Event of the Year

Rival Game: Bentonville West vs. Bentonville

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This broadcast was the event of the year because the quality of our broadcast truly showed the story of a great 6A WEST Conference basketball game between the two bitter rivals, the West Wolverines and the Bentonville Tigers.

Both teams were fighting to get the second seed and a bye for the state tournament. It was a back and forth game with an OT win.

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Munford vs. Portland

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First-round playoff game with a packed house and a blocked extra point making the difference in a big win for the home team!

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CBA Founder's Cup

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The Founder’s Cup between the CBA Colts and the RBC Caseys is one of the highlights of the CBA athletic calendar, as well as the NJ High School Sports calendar.

After having no fans in the Varsity Gym in 2021, the January 2022 matchup gave Casey and Colt fans what they wanted. The day was marked on the calendar since the season opener. Every student, parent, teacher, and alumnus was anticipating the return of the Cup. The morning of January 15th was filled with excitement.

Doors opened at 1 PM for a 2 PM tip-off. The Varsity Gym had a packed house of nearly 1,000 spectators, with a whopping 4,000+ spectators watching on LetsGoColts.com and the ColtsCenter app. The Founders Cup is so meaningful because of the long-lasting competitiveness between these two programs. The Cup restarted in 2017 after the two schools had not played in the regular season since 1982. The game alternates between the two home gyms, and each time the game is played in Lincroft, the energy is quite unmatched.

Adding a CBA Digital Network broadcast not only allows alumni of CBA to watch but those who cannot attend or those who did not purchase a ticket due to the sellout crowd. It is regularly the most-watched broadcast of the basketball season for the CBADN. It is our biggest production team of the year, with five student media members and our moderator, Mr. Jason Lutz contributing to make it our best broadcast.

The CBADN regularly receives local accolades and praise for the Founders Cup broadcast production, including shout-outs from the Asbury Park Press and Shore Sports Network. This year’s game was electric, to say the least. The two elite Monmouth County private school programs battled from start to finish, with the Caseys edging the Colts at the end. The CBADN broadcast of the 2022 FoundersCup was viewed from coast to coast and is certainly deserving of an “Event of the Year” nomination.

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Marion vs. Greenwood

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The third state tournament meeting in three years between Marion and Greenwood was an all-time classic for Arkansas volleyball. Patriot Volleyball had seen the Lady Bulldogs end their season in the prior two state tournaments in heartbreaking fashion, but the third meeting would be on Marion’s home court.

Marion won the first two sets, but Greenwood never quit forcing the game to go to a fifth set in front of a packed house with the memories of the last two years fresh in their minds. However, it was the Lady Pats who came out on top in the end, as they punched their ticket to the semifinals in front of one of the loudest crowds in Marion history.

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Best School-Run Broadcast Team

Bentonville West Sports Network

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Bentonville West High School

The Bentonville West Broadcast Team consistently puts forth the effort to produce the most high-quality, cinematic sports broadcasts of any high school live-stream team I personally have seen. They are always using new creative transitions, high-quality graphics, and camera shots in order to have their broadcasts emulate a more professional feel, which is fairly impressive considering the small size of the crew.

Everyone on the team puts forth the effort consistently to make their stream stand out as the most interesting to watch; whether it be the humorous lines by their commentators, unique camera shots, or new graphics to help follow the game easier, the Bentonville West broadcast team always has something new and innovative to bring to the table, which makes it stand out among the other school-run broadcasts teams.

Every game gets more and more cinematic as time goes on, and you can always tell just by watching it the tremendous amount of effort everyone on the team puts forth when broadcasting.

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Panthers Sport Network

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Clarksville High School

Kaleb Jacobs, Joshua Engle and Amelia Engle are three of our students that help run our live stream broadcast for our athletic events here at Clarksville Schools. We here appreciate their time and efforts put into this volunteer/ unpaid position. They do this because they love it and always give 110% so that our fans can view events from their smartphones, computers, home etc.

Since the 2019-20 school year with Covid-19 playing a big part in crowd participation and capacity limitations, our live stream team made it possible for our fans to have the ability to watch our events from home. We are so thankful for our live stream team. GO PANTHERS!

CBA Digital Network

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Christian Brothers Academy

The CBA Digital Network (CBADN) is always there for the big moments at the Academy. Whether it is a buzzer-beater, goal, or wrestling takedown, the Digital Network has it covered with student-led commentary and camera work.

Covering a variety of sports to broadcast, the CBADN is student-led with the help of director Mr. Lutz. With a focus on basketball and hockey, the winter seasons are filled with broadcasts as different crew members head to Jersey Shore Arena or the Colts’ varsity basketball court for broadcasts. There is a lot of preparation and work that goes into each broadcast as crew members put in the work to set up all the equipment and to get ready to go on air, which includes researching matchups and interviewing players for commentating.

In every broadcast, there is a student controlling the computer and audio equipment for the live stream, a student on the camera capturing the action, and one or two commentators providing play-by-play action and game analysis constantly. Our commentators and crew work to provide in-depth coverage of each game or matchup between CBA and opponents.

This coverage even includes post-game recaps as the broadcasters jump on camera following each basketball game, providing viewers with insights on the game and what is ahead for the Colts in the upcoming weeks. Working together as a team day in and day out, this media team strives to provide more than just at-home access for games: the CBADN creates an experience for viewers to feel as though they are right in the action, cheering for their favorite team here in Lincroft, New Jersey.

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Marion Patriots Activities Network

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Marion High School

The Marion Patriots Activities Network is lucky to have help from all over the district helping with its broadcasts. Tyler Bennett and Chuck Livingston work in the communications department of Marion’s Central Office. MHS National Honor Society students operate cameras and are educated in the proper techniques and practices of the broadcasting world.

Various staff members with backgrounds in their sports provide commentary on the broadcasts. Jonathan Crymes is our current MHS assistant principal and a former football, basketball, and softball coach. Jordan Long is a SPED teacher with soccer coaching experience. Jakiya Clay is a teacher who was a member of the 2017 state champion Lady Patriot basketball team. Hugh Inman is our deputy superintendent and a former baseball player and coach who brings great insight to the baseball broadcasts.

Marion is truly lucky to have such wonderful broadcasting talent in this district and I am thankful that they see the value in MPAN.

Broadcast Production MVP

Reese Sullivan

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Bentonville West High School

Reese Sullivan has served on our WASP crew for the last 4 years. He started on camera for the first 2 years. He started making our graphics and working as a director in year 3.

This year, Reese has made all of our productions truly amazing as the full-time director. Reese also creates about 90% of our graphics for our productions. He has directed 29 of our 30 streams this year and plans to direct 6 of our 7 remaining events. Our last production will be Reese’s graduation so I guess we will let him take off that night.

We are proud of Reese and all of the time, effort, and energy he has poured into making our program and our productions special.

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Chris Ern

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Christian Brothers Academy

Within the CBA Digital Network, there are so many students who are huge contributors to our broadcasts. However this year, senior Chris Ern has been a jack-of-all-trades for the network. He has become a pro at manning the production computer, effectively keeping the score updates, cutting highlights during the games, and switching cameras when we are doing different set-ups.

When many students shy away from the computer, Chris energetically dove in and became our go-to producer.

Meanwhile, he has never said no to a camera assignment, whether it is basketball, hockey, or wrestling this winter. He has worked hard to refine his skills on the camera, asking good questions and looking for feedback whenever possible. Because of his efforts behind the scenes, it was only fitting that he put the headset on for a few basketball games this year, and of course, he excelled at that too.

However, it was his devotion to the overall production that has him very deserving to be a Broadcast Production MVP.

Southern Vermont Storm Team

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Southern Vermont Storm

We have put together a weekly show, using graphics as well as an opening video, that includes Mascot Media products.

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Tyler Bennett

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Marion High School

Tyler Bennett took me under his wing on July 1 and fully got me up to speed on the ins and outs of broadcasting with Mascot Media.

I had big shoes to fill arriving on the heels of Marion’s prosperous 2020-2021 school year, but Tyler prepared me. He coordinates with athletic directors, creates score bugs and gameday posts, helps set up equipment, runs a camera, and provides play-by-play during the action.

We are going to surpass 100 live events again this year, and none of it would be possible without Tyler Bennett. He’s the broadcast MVP, by far.

Chuck Livingston

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Marion High School

In Chuck’s first full year with the Marion Patriots Activities Network, he has more than surpassed my expectations. We threw him into the deep end early and often with his responsibilities and he has always risen to the occasion.

He has directed about 90 percent of all broadcasts this year in addition to keeping stats and providing occasional color or even play-by-play commentary.

Chuck was a one-man band for almost all home volleyball, football, and basketball games this year. He has also provided written commentary that was severely lacking on the website and local newspaper before his arrival.

Broadcast Program Teacher of the Year

Mr. Jason Lutz

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Christian Brothers Academy

Establishing the CBA Digital Network in 2017 for the Founders Cup matchup between CBA and RBC, Mr. Lutz has worked to grow the Digital Network into so much more as this 2021-2022 season shaped up to be one of the biggest broadcast years in CBADN history.

Assembling the media team filled with students of all different skills and talents, Mr. Lutz has worked to expose each student to opportunities of a lifetime in the media world. Showing the students the importance of working together as a team and demonstrating that each component of the broadcast is vital to the success and coherence of the stream, Mr. Lutz has given each student the chance to learn and grow with each broadcast.

Mr. Lutz works with each student to explain and teach the roles of each broadcasting element as he provides the crew the hands-on experience to work with the audio and camera equipment while also encouraging all crew members to go on air and commentate on different games. Mr. Lutz is the teacher you want to learn from as he is always there to answer questions and help with the streams while also giving each student the responsibility of handling new roles and experiences to learn.

Most importantly, he helps his students learn from their mistakes and explains that each experience is a learning process. He is understanding yet demanding as he challenges his students to take on new roles and responsibilities with each broadcast, and he wants the team to learn and have fun every day.

Mr. Lutz is committed to providing viewers with the chance to watch something special as he motivates and excites his students for each stream. Even if the Digital Network has two streams in one day, he’s there at both, always coming up with solutions and helping the team make sure that the streams run smoothly.

It is also important to note that Mr. Lutz established the CBA Digital Network as a student-run broadcast team. He helps the students set up the equipment and works with the team to make sure the streams run smoothly, but he makes sure that his students are the ones who run the broadcast and operate the stream. Once the game starts, he lets his students take the reins, providing his students with the hands-on experience to truly learn and adapt to each situation.

The CBA Digital Network was able to take off and expand into so many different sports this year as the crew tackled soccer, basketball, hockey, and wrestling this school year with Mr. Lutz’s guidance and motivation through it all.

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Mr. Mitch Lilly

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Cabot High School

Mr. John Gossett

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Fayetteville High School