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My Outlook & Goals for 2015

Picture taken by hockey fan Jennifer Kolb.

Greetings readers, welcome to the new year of 2015!

I’d like to share with you my outlook and goals for the New Year. Don’t worry, they’re all sportscasting related (I’m not any good with any other type of resolutions, trust me.)

First off, I’m going to go further than “get a sportscasting job.” In my thoughts, it’s too generic and too boring. By now, you might know I’m already on the quest for the career. This is more for what steps I’d like to take to get said job this year.

Now, my first goal is to write more. Towards the end of last year, I started writing more in my blog. It started off as another outlet to inform people to listen in to my next call, but then transformed into me sharing some personal experiences of some events. For example, the 1st day of the 2014 TVS Tip-Off Tournament. That brought in some looks and a friend liked my personal touch on my recaps (and another way to share my broadcasting work too, I may add.)

Originally, this blog was about topics with my opinion added to them. Why did it stray so much, you ask? I don’t know if I got “bored” or just thought nobody was reading it, so articles became few and far between. It also didn’t help that work took a lot of free time out of my hands.

This year, I’d like to share more. I’d like to share my experiences as the broadcaster about what I see during a call. I’ll try my best to write at least two to three times a month, maybe more. If I can share an experience you can’t find anywhere else, I think that’d be something fascinating to read.

Secondly, I know I’ve shared my plans for this for about twenty centuries (because podcasting has existed that long, am I right?), but I feel like this will be the year I start my podcast! Originally, I wanted it to be about Dayton-area sports and nothing but. In case you don’t know, Dayton’s not a bad lace to be a sports fan. Cincinnati isn’t too far, but Dayton itself has hockey, baseball, basketball, football; a little bit of everything! We have great high school sports, collegiate teams, and pro teams too.

Now, I’m starting to question if I shouldn’t just have a podcast where it’s just me enjoying sharing stuff that interests me (mainly sports.) Suggestions are always welcome (either as a comment on this post or if you’re connected with me on social media.) Either way, it’s time for me to enter the world of podcasting. Hope you join me, whenever this happens!

Third, I’m hoping to meet more broadcasters and more people in the field this year. I’m very lucky to have connected with the ones I know of today, but I’m always looking to expand my network and make new friends. I need to be more social on Twitter (not to mention more interesting, am I right?)

These are three things I’m reaching for in these next 365 days! I hope you join me for the journey!

Until next time,

-Lee

 

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My Experience of the 2014 Twin Valley South Tip-Off Tournament Opening Day

Greetings readers,

I’m back with another experience post. As the High School Basketball season has returned to the State of Ohio, my broadcasts began in a place where I have called home for a majority of my life: West Alexandria.

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My next broadcast: Brookville vs. Milton-Union (Boys’ Soccer)

Greetings readers,

My next broadcast is this afternoon, as the Milton-Union Bulldogs travel south to play the Brookville Blue Devils. Game time is scheduled to start at 1:30, you can listen to the broadcast at http://radio2.gemcitysports.com.

Hope you can tune in!

Until next time,

-Lee

High School Soccer – Fairmont blanks West Carrollton 4-0

Greetings readers,

For my second high school broadcast of the 2014-2015 school year, I was on the call for West Carrollton vs. Kettering Fairmont soccer. The Firebirds picked up a 4-0 win over West Carrollton, improving to 1-2-2 on the season. Meanwhile, the Pirates fell to 0-5 on the season.

Check out my archived broadcast here.

Until next time,

-Lee

The Hometown Call

Greetings readers,

Tonight (October 5th) is a special night for myself. This will be my first broadcast in Preble County, where I have lived for most of my life. The 4-2 Eaton Eagles host the 2-4 Bellbrook Golden Eagles. The home team will also celebrate their 2012 Homecoming tonight as well.

This is a big deal for me, as I’ve never been this close to home broadcasting sports. The closest game I have done was in Brookville earlier this year, but it’s been either in the Dayton area or further away from there. While Richmond is fairly close to home, it’s through another state.

This is a big opportunity for me, as they all are. However, this one is close to home. It’s also the final year of Park Avenue Field, which if you don’t know is a bit of a hike from the new high school. There will be a new stadium near the high school south of town in 2013. The old field will be torn away, as the city plans to widen Park Avenue.

Tonight’s a special opportunity for me.

Catch the action tonight (10/5/12) as the Eaton Eagles take on the Bellbrook Golden Eagles at 7:15 on the Ohio Sports Radio Network. Listen live at http://ohiosportsradionetwork.net.

Until next time,

-Lee

Breaking the Cross County Trip

Greetings readers,

I’ve read this article written by Bob Huelsman about the future of the Cross County Conference, and I wanted to add my take to a possible fall of a local conference. As someone who occasionally watches Twin Valley South sports, this will be very important for not only the West Alexandria Panthers, but for all the high schools in the CCC.

From the article, some of the old Southwestern Rivers Conference (I think they were gone by 2001, not sure honestly) schools want to form a new conference. That includes Covington, Miami East, and Bethel, which are the eastern schools in the CCC, and a bit of a drive if you hail from Preble County (especially National Trail, considering they’re next door to Indiana.) It also includes Bradford, which is the northern most CCC school, and possibly Arcanum, near the heart of it all.

The CCC has been around since the 1978-1979 school year. Arcanum, Ansonia, and Bethel were original members, while Covington joined in 1990 and Miami East in 2006.

Something that has triggered these talks (other than the economy reasons) has been the football conference play. The CCC schools that do field a team (Franklin-Monroe, Tri-Village, and Newton in Miami County do not field these teams) play nine conference games, leaving one game for non-conference play. For TVS, that game has usually been against nearby New Lebanon Dixie. Usually, you will have around three-five non-conference games (depends on which conference.)

The writer in the article mentions some possibilities for the other schools should the conference break apart. Huelsman sees the Southwestern Buckeye League picking up Twin Valley South, Tri-County North, and National Trail.

Let’s say that does happen. That puts three more schools into the SWBL from Preble County, joining Eaton and Preble Shawnee (It also puts all five Preble County schools in a conference, too.) This would give the SWBL 17 members, giving either division of the conference one more than the other (unless the SWBL wanted to add another school for 18, and split the division up into three divisions.)

The 1998 Twin Valley South Panthers, who won the Cross County Conference that season.

For Twin Valley South, it sets up good, close rivalries with Valley View, Brookville, Dixie, Preble Shawnee, and Eaton in the conference (not necessarily in the same division of the SWBL.) It would also keep the State Route 503 rivalry with Tri-County North.

However, what about the other schools? The farthest school to the east is Waynesville, the last school district to the east before hitting Clinton County, followed by Bellbrook in western Greene County. To the south would be Monroe, and to the north would be Milton-Union in southwest Miami County. The western most school would be National Trail in the New Paris area, near Richmond, Indiana. So you now have a huge conference stretching from nearby Richmond to Wilmington. That’s a span of six counties.

How would those schools do in the SWBL? According to this list by the OHSAA, Twin Valley South has 253 students (136/117 boys/girls); Tri-County North 257 (119/138); and National Trail with 263 (139/124). Compared to current SWBL schools, Valley View has 469 students (220/249); Eaton 524 (290/234); Dixie 291 (158/133); Brookville 374 (211/163); and Preble Shawnee with 352 (176/176.) So if this was to happen, Twin Valley South and Tri-County North would be the smallest schools in the SWBL. If the conference spread their divisions for smallest, medium, and largest schools, there could be a good mix for the conference and schools.

I’m not saying this happens, as it’s more of a what-if. The Cross County Conference might survive and this idea of a new conference might flop. I liked the article and thought it was interesting to think about the future in West Alex and in Ohio. If the rest of the members can’t see eye to eye, we might see an old conference fall and a new one pop up.

Sources of information from the Press Pros Magazine and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The 1998 TVS picture is from CCCBasketball.com.

Until next time,

-Lee