Students Awarded Best Sports Broadcast

KATIE PICKRELL

On May 15, Douglas County School District held their first DC Film Fest, also known as the Dougies. While there, Mountain Vista High School’s broadcast program, Eagle Eye TV, was awarded for their work with both basketball and hockey.

The festival consisted of all levels of Douglas County schools from elementary to high school. Mountain Ridge Middle School, Vista’s feeder middle school, also was present at the ceremony and won an award for best seven day film.

Sophomores Gannon Rushall and Sam Atlas along with seniors Gabe Rodriguez and Gretchen Cope won best sporting event for their work with basketball over the seasthisoneon. The varsity basketball team at Mountain Vista put on one of the most hype seasons ever and brought large crowds to nearly every game. Online, the team also reeled in more views than usual, mostly in part to the job the broadcast team did in bringing the game to the audience through the computer.

The success of the dynamic duo, Rushall and Atlas, has been apparent from early in this year’s basketball season. “Sam is a real fun guy to commentate with,” Rushall said. “I was surprised the first time we broadcasted because he did really well even though it was his first time.”

Rushall and Atlas received their award for the game against Regis Jesuit High School. The Golden Eagles beat Regis, who was at the time the number one team in Colorado, 57-55.

“At the very end, I went on my natural instinct to call out the time,” Rushall said. “I knew the clock wasn’t the same as it was in the broadcast so I counted down and when it hit the end, I just yelled. It was pretty sweet.”

Rushall’s end of game commentary was accompanied by a last second shot made by senior Brady Subart to gain Vista the narrow two-point lead. After a game that continually switched the lead back and forth, Vista’s crowd went crazy while Regis’ crowd refused to accept defeat following the game.

“[Rushall and Atlas] allowed the story to tell the story,” the broadcast teacher, Jeremy Goldson, said of the crew.

Reeling in over 800 views for the livestream, the Gannon and Atlas clearly presented the game in the best possible way. Without the hard work of the two sophomores, along with their camera crew, Rodriguez and Cope, the success of VISTAj’s broadcast program would not be possible.

That being, Vista has a lot more to offer than just basketball and all of the athletics at Vista are covered by student media.

Among the other sports, hockey pulled in large crowds over the season. The hockey broadcast team for Vista, composed of sophomores Maleah Siegfried and Emily Adrid, made it to be a finalist in the competition.

“I just like hockey in general,” Madrid said. Her passion for the sport allows her to successfully immerse herself into the game. “It’s really fun to watch, especially since we’re a good hockey team.”

Madrid and Siegfried were awarded for their work on the Vista game against Battle Mountain. “The game was definitely a blow out,” Madrid said. Vista defeated their opponent 7-2.

Madrid’s job for the hockey games is running the camera. “Running camera is hard,” Goldson said. “Emily was in the zone.”

Aside from the awards received at this year’s Dougies, the broadcast program also placed second in state for Season Summary, and award given out annually by the Colorado High School Press Association.

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