Saturday, January 19, 2008

Broadcast wrap-up: Bloomington-Kennedy vs. Minneapolis South

Another dominant performance by Minneapolis South in another game I had to call solo; one of my partners was a little too scared by the cold weather to drop on in. It wasn't my best performance this season, I miscalled the score twice as I had a hard time reading the scoreboard with protective fencing in front of it and miscalling a foul. Calling a game solo versus calling the game with a partner is a much different art to master

The game was close for a while. Both teams had a sloppy start, missing plenty of scoring chances and coming up short with lay-up opportunities, something that could've tilted the game either way. Instead, South used a big run in the 1st half to pull away and never look back. Kennedy looked like they had some life in the 2nd half, but South would have none of it. South held Shakila Boler, Kennedy's leading scorer, to 4 points. Alexis Holt led Kennedy players with 22 points.

For South, Tayler Hill had no trouble getting around the Kennedy defense to post a game high 25 points despite the absence of Taqouia Hammick, who has a knee injury, and one of their starters fouling out early in the 2nd half (Mallory Cramer). Ephesia Holmes chipped in with 19 points.

It looks like South has the shooting ability to work past a 2-3 zone, something that concerned me after the Benilde-St. Margaret's game, but they need to finish the easy looks to take the state title.

Next TV game: St. Paul Central vs. Minneapolis South (The BIG one)
South High School - Saturday, February 2nd, 2:30 p.m.
Will air on SPNN channel 15, MTN and streamed online to YouTube

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Broadcast wrap-up: Benilde-St. Margaret's vs. South

Tonight was the first game in my career that I had to call solo; amazing considering I have six friends and co-workers who have announcing experience and none of them were available because they were out of town, working, or for something else.

Fortunately, they didn't miss out on a good game; Minneapolis South methodically put Benilde-St. Margaret's away Friday night with a 56-34 win. However, BSM did expose a weakness in the South offense. You'll have to watch the game to find out. The broadcast will air soon.

Calling a game alone was a learning experience, to look at it positively. It emphasizes the value of getting interviews with coaches and players to break up the monotony of one announcer. Going solo also requires you to become a student of the game and make your own observations; there are no commercials at the bottom of the ladder to bail you out.

Next TV game: Bloomington-Kennedy vs. Minneapolis South
South High School - January 19th @ 3:00 p.m.
Will be televised on SPNN channel 15 and streamed to YouTube.

Programs available for DVD purchase

Autism Part 1 DVD cover

Autism: The Wall That Knows No Limits - Award-winning documentary series providing insights on autism rarely seen in contemporary media. Produced by someone on the spectrum, this series is a wealth of information for anyone seeking to learn about autism.
$15 for one episode, $50 for the complete series (4 episodes)

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What Are You? A Dialogue on Mixed Race - Originally a school assignment, this one-hour documentary explores a population that existed for many years but didn't get much focus until recently. This program examines how a small but growing segment of the population could shift racial and cultural identity. Screened at the 2009 Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival and will be screened at the inaugural Critical Mixed Race Studies conference at DePaul University. $15

Vices to Verses promo

From Vices to Verses: Featuring Voices Merging - From Vices to Verses: A New Era of Hip Hop and Action is a biannual conference held at the University of Minnesota. The goal is to promote the culture and history of hip-hop, which is often lost in the corporate mainstream representation. In this program, you'll see how the Voices Merging student group absorbed what they witnessed and how their experience will transform them as a group and as individuals. DVD copies come with 14 minutes of bonus footage not seen online or on TV. $15

Machine 2010 highlight promo

Minnesota Machine: 2010 - Geared for Greatness - Join the professional women's football team in their historic 2nd season. Despite several injuries that depleted the roster, the Machine finished 2010 with a 6-3 record and their first division title in franchise history, edging the Iowa Thunder in the Midwest Division of the American Conference. This highlight reel includes clips from the 2010 season and their interview on the cable television show Rollin' and Tumblin' - $15


Silhouettes by RZI Couture - The inaugural breast cancer benefit fashion premiere took place in St. Paul and was met with a fabulous response. All the models were breast cancer survivors or relatives of someone affected by breast cancer and all the clothing was designed by Rosalyn Smaller, owner of RZI Couture and currently fighting breast cancer herself. The TV version features testimonials from the models and co-host Miss Georgia of KMOJ. $10 of every purchase will be donated to RZI Couture to help the breast cancer fight! $15