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Telecom first to broadcast high school lacrosse
Telecom first to broadcast high school lacrosse
A Telecom camera operator is in position on a tower at the CNU lacrosse field.
Photo: Jaida Brinkley

Telecom students video-recorded high school lacrosse for TV for the first time ever in this area on May 5.

Telecom Supervisor and Producer/Director of the televised game, Ray Price, called it "historic," and was thrilled to be the first to cover this up-and-coming sport.

The game airs on NNPS-TV Cox 47/Verizon FiOS 17 in May and June.

Since 1991, 11 different sports have been broadcast on NNPS-TV:  football, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, gymnastics, wrestling, swimming, track & field, and volleyball, which first aired in 2012.

The sports broadcast team likes to try new things and focus on what is popular, so lacrosse and field hockey both have been in their sights for a few years now. Lacrosse won out as the 12th sport for NNPS-TV to cover.

Tabb High from York County beat Menchville High handily, and ultimately was the Peninsula Champion.

The game was played at Christopher Newport University, and over a dozen Telecom students participated in the production. The camera crew manned their cameras on tripods atop scaffolding or used hand-held cameras on the sidelines. Other students handled the switching, audio, and graphics in the remote TV production truck, which was parked nearby. Demitre Waddell, a senior at Heritage High, was Technical Director.

The Camera Operators were: Christopher Becerra, Jahleel Burrell, Dakota Rust, D'Andre Fosque, Kayli Lader, Benjamin Anderson, Bryce Selke, Asha Stewart, and Alexis Robinson.

See the Game

NNPS-TV Cox 47/FiOS 17 will air the Tabb vs Menchville Lacrosse game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 23; Thursday, May 28; and Saturday, May 30. June 5 through 20, the game will air at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The game may be seen online via the webstream at these same times.

See the Program Guide.

Instant Replay/Slo-Mo was handled by Jenea Hopkins, a senior at Woodside High.

Telecom Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. was Production Assistant/Utility and Menchville High Senior Joshua Stout handled Audio/Booth Setup. CG/Graphics Operator was Woodside High Senior Regenia Parker-Watkins.

The players and coaches were very appreciative of the TV crew being there, said Price, and the folks at CNU were helpful and accommodating.

"We have a nice partnership with CNU, video-recording sports on campus and their graduation ceremony every year," Price said.

More about lacrosse in Hampton Roads:

HRLax website

Lacrosse is not a varsity sport in Hampton Roads, and those associated with the sport locally are eager to advertise and recruit. The high school teams are "club" teams under the Hampton Roads Lacrosse League ("HRLax"). Players must register and pay to participate.

Coverage on television is great exposure for the teams, the league, and the sport. Viewers outside of NNPS-TV's coverage area can watch the game online (see box for details).

The NNPS-TV sports production team is hoping to cover field hockey sometime soon.

Lacrosse 2015:
Photos by: Jaida Brinkley and Telecom staff