What do four Farrar residents, a black box and a radio broadcaster from Mount Hood all have in common? Corban sports.
Two years ago, professional broadcasting equipment was donated to Corban with the intent of starting a high-quality online sports feed. Josh Bartlett, Corban’s technical coordinator, was trying to get the project up and running with the Athletic Department but didn’t have enough time to head it up.
That fall, then-freshman Bryan White was tasked with assembling a video crew of qualified friends he wanted to work with. Thus, fellow Farrarians Adam Fields, Jeffrey Morse and Joaquin Silvas-Aros joined the project that has become known as “Warrior Watch.” The four have broadcast Corban soccer, volleyball and basketball games. New this year, they’ll show baseball and softball home games.
Thanks to this team of broadcasting interns, everyone from students in their dorm rooms, to proud parents back home, can watch all home games via a convenient online video feed.
“It’s our own little ESPN,” says Fields. “Being sort-of our own little project somewhere between athletics and tech, we are really relying on ourselves to produce a vision for what we want this show to be.”
Compared to other NAIA schools and even some NCAA Division II universities, Warrior Watch’s broadcast offers an unusually wide array of on-screen graphics featuring stats, rosters, scores and other info.
Another professional aspect of Warrior Watch is the addition of a local radio sports announcer. Justin Herr, sports director for Keizer’s KYKN, is in his second season as the Voice of the Warriors, doing play-by-plays for both basketball teams.
“We have a lot of fun during the broadcasts, and it’s always great if we get close to ‘Joaquin Time’ or overtime as you may know it,” says Herr. “The guys are great people to work with. I couldn’t ask for a better crew.”
Warrior Watch has also produced numerous on-campus events this past school year, including The Pumpkin Smash, Lumberjack Games, Limelight, Mr. VG and more. However much of their work goes unnoticed.
“I wish people knew we existed,” says Fields. “I don’t think any of the fans realize that we truly are completely student run and produced.”
The next live broadcast is Friday the 24th, 7:00 against Warner Pacific. To tune in go to www.gowarriorsgo.com, and click on the “Watch Live” link. To be notified about upcoming – and in-play – games, “like” Warrior Watch on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WarriorWatch.