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Vandefifer Wins NFHS Network Best Announcer Award

EAST LANSING, Mich. – April 26 – Eric Vandefifer, a junior at Montrose High School, was named today the Best Student Broadcaster nationally in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program Awards. 


For the second straight year, James Kitts, the coordinator of the School Broadcast Program at Montrose, was a finalist in the Teacher of the Year category.


Just last week, Montrose was named the “Program of the Year” in the MHSAA’s School Broadcast Program Excellence Awards in 2016-17, claiming the top honor for the fourth straight year.  Montrose took first place in four categories.    Vandefifer was also honored recently by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association as the top Student Broadcaster in Division 3.  Vandefifer and his broadcast partner David Sackrider, placed second in the Play-By-Play Category in the MHSAA SBP awards; and first in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Sports Announcing Team category this year.


In its eighth year, the School Broadcast Program gives members an opportunity to showcase excellence in their schools by creating video programming of athletic and non-athletic events; with students gaining skills in announcing, camera operation, directing/producing and graphics. 


The program also gives schools the opportunity to raise money through advertising and viewing subscriptions.  


All sporting events – live or delayed - are available on a subscription basis only for their first 72 hours online.  They become available for free, on-demand viewing approximately 72 hours following their completion.


Here’s this week’s MHSAA.tv schedule of live video streams available being produced by SBP members (All times Eastern):


Wednesday, April 26

JV Softball – Onaway at Rogers City, 4 p.m.

JV Softball – Onaway at Rogers City, 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 27

Girls Soccer – Lake Fenton at Montrose, 4 p.m.

Baseball – Rudyard at Rogers City, 4 p.m.

Softball – Lake Linden-Hubbell at Calumet, 4 p.m.

Softball – Troy Athens at Lake Orion, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball – Rudyard at Rogers City, 5:30 p.m.

Softball – Lake Linden-Hubbell at Calumet, 6 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse – Holt at East Lansing, 7 p.m. (On Demand)


Monday, May 1

Baseball – Mt. Morris at Montrose, 4 p.m.

Softball – Baraga at Calumet, 4 p.m.

Softball – Baraga at Calumet, 6 p.m.

Girls Soccer – Clarkston at Lake Orion, 7 p.m.             


Tuesday, May 2

Baseball – L’Anse at Calumet, 4 p.m.

JV Softball – Oscoda at Rogers City, 4 p.m.

JV Softball – Oscoda at Rogers City, 5:30 p.m.

Baseball – L’Anse at Calumet, 6 p.m.

Girls Soccer – Montrose at Corunna, 7 p.m.


Be sure to check the Upcoming Events page at MHSAA.tv for schedule updates every day.


The NFHS Network has announced new pricing for 2016-17, eliminating the Day Pass and lowering the cost of a Month Pass to $9.95.  Subscribers will have access to all live video and streaming statistics across the country.  All content becomes available for free, on demand viewing 72 hours after being shown live.  Some schools will also be selling Annual Passes at a discounted rate.  A portion of every subscription sold by a school goes to benefit its program.


A complete list of participating schools can be found on the School Broadcast Program page of the MHSAA website.


The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,400 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.





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