Bringing new fans to SHS sports

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Bringing new fans to SHS sports

Junior Brennan Morrissey (left) and senior Gabe Sexton report on the girl’s basketball game Dec. 4.

Junior Brennan Morrissey (left) and senior Gabe Sexton report on the girl’s basketball game Dec. 4.

Megan Jaszczak

Junior Brennan Morrissey (left) and senior Gabe Sexton report on the girl’s basketball game Dec. 4.

Megan Jaszczak

Megan Jaszczak

Junior Brennan Morrissey (left) and senior Gabe Sexton report on the girl’s basketball game Dec. 4.

By Megan Jaszczak, Reporter

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Beginning this year, iFan Sports Network is fully run by students. Senior Gabe Sexton and Junior Brennan Morrissey decided at the start of this school year to practice their broadcasting skills by going to high school sports games and reporting for iFan. This a website that broadcasts events live so those who are unable to attend can still view it. Once Sexton and Morrissey started this, they added Junior Riley Rehnstrand and junior Brady Herbst to the team.

The previously adult-directed iFan was run by Craig Morrissey, Brennan’s father. Through this connection, the two students were able to get all the materials and the opportunity to broadcast SHS sports like basketball, volleyball and hockey. Ever since Sexton and Morrissey started reporting, viewership has gone up.

“Since we started, it’s went from adults listening and announcing, to now having more student viewers. I think it’s because it’s people they know and can relate to,” Morrissey said.

Reporting for iFan is beneficial for the students doing it as well. Sexton, being the one who came up with the idea, found this opportunity to be useful towards his future since he wants to go into broadcasting with a degree in communication.

“It’s what I want to do. It’s almost like practicing,” Sexton said.

These students have also used this opportunity for enjoyment. Sexton and Morrissey often make jokes, laugh and play pranks on each other while at the games. They’ve coined phrases to repeat throughout games for extra entertainment. For example, when Senior Mason Ackley dunks at basketball games, Sexton may report, saying “he’s throwing down the gauntlet.”

“We add flavor to it,” Sexton said, “it’s really a blast.”