Game of the Week

Jack Kramer covers his 500th football game on Saturday, November 10, when Lehman meets Fort Loramie

Kramer and Chuck McBee also team for their 100th football tilt on ScoresBroadcast.com

Saturday’s Lehman Catholic-Fort Loramie regional semi-final marks the 500th football game of play-by-play coverage for ScoresBroadcast.com’s Jack Kramer, who began announcing high school and college contests regularly in fall 1970.

The Redskins-Cavaliers match-up is also Football Game #100 for Jack and Chuck McBee of Piqua since the two were united on the free online service in 2010.

Saturday’s webcast time is 6:35 PM. The kick-off is at 7 PM.

Interviews with coaches are featured in the pre-game segment on ScoresBroadcast.com. The Redskins are 10-1 under first-year head coach Spencer Wells. The Cavaliers are 8-3 and led by 13-year veteran Dick Roll.

“I can remember my first high school play-by-play stint nearly 50 years ago in Preble County. A memorable mud bowl,” Jack said.

The field conditions were so bad they were the worst the graduate of Indiana and Miami of Ohio ever experienced in his entire broadcast career.

Jack has covered Ohio State football on television, plus football for IU on the university’s radio network and for Miami on TV channels 14 and 16. His free-lance radio work throughout western Ohio has taken place at radio stations in Middletown, Springfield, Piqua, Greenville and Sidney.

About his first-ever radio assignment, Jack recalled vividly that the wet, soft earthy matter from the rain-soaked gridiron quickly turned to brown both the high school home team’s white pants and the visiting team’s gray jerseys.

The situation was more challenging because the home squad wore black shirts and the visitors wore black pants. Each had similar-looking black and white helmets.

“Very green” was the best way Jack could describe his on-air skills after graduating from Indiana University. “So I was already handicapped,” he stated.

To make matters even worse, Jack’s “broadcast booth” was a platform perched ten feet off the ground attached to a light pole at the 30 yard line.

“It was a glorified tree house,” Jack recalled. “I wasn’t sure if I knew which team scored when. I might even have had the wrong school winning when the game ended. The storm knocked out the scoreboard.”

On Saturday night, at Alexander Stadium-Purk Field on the campus of Piqua High School, PHS Athletic Director Chip Hare rolls out the red carpet for media covering the Fort Loramie-Lehman Catholic battle. A heated press box on the west side and another on the east side sit high above the beautiful artificial surface playing field. This terrific venue right off I-75 seats 8200 fans.

Jack said that, in Ohio, the Piqua and Sidney stadiums “might be the state’s two very best facilities so close together in neighboring counties,” separated by only a dozen miles or so. He noted that Dave Ross and Sidney AD Mitch Hoying are also “pros” at preparing a press box for the media.

“Chuck and I are spoiled,” Jack smiled. “Unlike my first nightmare broadcast, we will call Saturday’s game from our easy chairs.” Sidney could be the site for a playoff game SCORES covers later this month.

SCORES stands for the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System. It was conceived in 2007 by Jack and Jeff Bray when the Sidney radio station said “goodbye” to local sports and local news. SCORES webcasts high school contests featuring Lehman Catholic and Sidney high schools, all schools in the Shelby County Athletic League, and Minster and Versailles in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Occasionally, SCORES webcasts Piqua and Troy contests.

As the 25-year director of marketing and media relations at Edison Community College from 1985 to 2010, Jack became very familiar with high school sports in Miami and Shelby counties and throughout west central Ohio.

His family reminded him last week that November 3rd would have been his 500th. However, the health of his 97 year old mother-in-law declined sharply, and he, wife, and adult children stayed closed to home and helped her rebound.

“We kept telling Myrtle she was 97 going on 79, and she came through,” Jack beamed.

Chuck said he was unaware that on Saturday he and Jack hit the century mark covering games on SCORES. “I guess time flies when you’re having fun,” he said.

SCORES typically attracts more than 700 IP addresses for playoff football from the kickoff to the game’s final minute. The peak concurrent count of 400 to 500 usually hits in the second half.

Knowing so many listeners are depending on Jack and Chuck, this webcast pair’s “true passion” for play-by-play and color really shows when they webcast football, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, softball, and baseball on SCORES.

“We don’t favor one team over another. We love what we do. And enjoy providing this free, unique service that is available to everyone, everywhere,” Chuck noted.

And when Chuck described SCORES’ availability as being “universal,” he wasn’t exaggerating one bit.

Jared Hoying, a member of Fort Loramie’s 2010 state championship baseball team and formerly a major leaguer, texted the SCORES announce team from South Korea during this year’s Redskins state tourney baseball games. Now a member of the Hanwha Eagles in the Korean Baseball Organization, Hoying still maintains an avid interest in his Skins back home.

“Jared messaged from a restaurant near Seoul, I think, to let us know we were coming in loud and clear,” Chuck said.

When the Redskins came from behind to win the state title, Chuck said that Jared’s new text read, “Thank you very much for sharing the state championship with me. And thanks for what you do on the worldwide Internet. Great job. Over and out.”

What an endorsement!

And Jack and Chuck could very well hear from Jared again on Saturday night during their 100th football webcast on ScoresBroadcast.com.

Large ScoresBroadcast.com Audience Hears the Finish of  Botkins’ Two Exciting Tourney Games;  Heavy Online Coverage Set for Friday and Saturday

Release March 2, 2018

ScoresBroadcast.com’s Jack Kramer thought about exclaiming that Wednesday night’s game was “over” when Brett Meyer’s young Botkins Trojans trailed by 16 points with just over four minutes to play.

“At that time, Chuck McBee and I did say that, if Ansonia played against Fort Loramie like it had for 3 1/2 quarters against Botkins, the Redskins would have their hands full in Saturday night’s sectional final.”

Well, as it turned out, the game was far from over.  In fact, the Trojans outscored Ansonia 30 to 16 in the final half of the fourth period, only to lose by one field goal.  Ansonia needed to sink 16 of 17 free throws in the fourth period to barely hang on.

“Unbelievable and, for sure, unpredictable,” said Jack, play-by-play announcer for the online service.  “But because of the major significance of year-ending tourney games, the fans in the stands witness amazing, come-from-behind rallies they may not see in the regular season.”

The ScoresBroadcast.com listening audience heard the comeback, too, on Wednesday, after Botkins had flipped a very late six-point deficit into a one-point victory over Riverside last Saturday.  A total of more than 1600 IP addresses joined the Internet for the close of both games.

“So far, a number ten seed has played the most exciting and most entertaining contests of the sectional tournament,” McBee, Jack’s sidekick, added.  “These two late night Botkins games were supported by the great listenership numbers.”   McBee also said that “the future is bright and very promising” for hoops at Botkins, which in February won the Shelby County League eighth grade boys tournament.

SCORES, the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System, expects more thrilling boys action on Friday night in the Division IV upper bracket sectional final when Russia tangles with Jackson Center.  The Raiders won two close encounters over the Tigers during the season.

The other Tigers, Ansonia, battle top seed and state-ranked Fort Loramie on Saturday night in the lower bracket final.  Five different sharp-shooters for Ansonia sank three-pointers versus Botkins.

Both sectional championship contests at Piqua are covered by SCORES at 6:45 PM.

The Russia girls meet 11th ranked Tri-Village in a district final at Troy on Saturday.  Fort Loramie squares off against Cedarville in another district final on that day.  SCORES will webcast these two games at 10:45 AM and 2:45 PM, respectively.

Free of charge, listeners can enjoy the online streaming of high school tourney basketball via ScoresBroadcast.com.  Most all games are archived on the website for listening pleasure at any time.

ScoresBroadcast.com Webcasts 8 Tourney Games This Week

Release on February 26, 2018

It’s over.  It’s over,” screeched ScoresBroadcast.com’s Jack Kramer on Saturday night, as the clock ticked down to zero at the end of Botkins’ triumph over Riverside in the boys Division IV sectional.

The Pirates missed a game-winning shot just before the buzzer and after Botkins, behind Ethan Butcher and Spencer Heuker, rallied from a late 38-32 deficit for the thrilling victory.

However, it’s actually far from over for the ScoresBroadcast crew of Jack and Chuck McBee, who webcasted seven games in 27 hours spanning last Friday and Saturday.  They will call at least eight more contests this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and likely at least 40 total in the upcoming five weeks.

“This time of year, we own stock in Halls, Ludens and Vicks,” Jack laughed.  “The throat might get a little sore and raspy.  But with each passing tourney game, our interest soars with interest and excitement.”

Saturday’s Botkins-Riverside contest was a special treat for Jack and Chuck.  They enjoyed covering the young Trojans team coached by Brett Meyer,  At the same time, they reunited with Riverside coach Seth Bodenmiller, a former Jackson Center player and Bowling Green graduate, who participated in the first ever ScoresBroadcast audio commercial for Lacal Equipment.  Lacal of Jackson Center is a founding advertising partner for the unique online service.

“Seth chuckled that his claim to fame is the 4.5 seconds of air time in the middle of the sixty second Lacal message.” Jack said.  “As a Jackson Center student, he commented in the spot about the success of the Lacal scholarship program.”

Lacal, the longest running SCORES sponsor, is one of 24 organizations assisting in the support of webcasts of sports teams at Minster and Versailles high schools, and all the schools in the Shelby County Athletic League, plus Sidney and Lehman Catholic.  SCORES stands for the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System.

“Chuck and I can’t sustain the coverage of high school sports unless businesses lend a helping hand.  We want to continue to make the online webcasts free of charge to our listeners,” Jack said.

Todd VanTasel, CEO of Christian NetCast, which performs the web hosting for SCORES from its Virginia location, said the Internet program provides a “one-of-a-kind” service that is not duplicated.  “Today, it’s the radio on the phone for high school sports in west central Ohio,” he stated.

The Sidney radio station dropped coverage of local high school sports in 2007.  SCORES was then conceived.  More than 700,000 online users have since taken advantage of the online streaming.

This week, SCORES webcasts boys sectional tourney games from Piqua on Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:45 PM and on Friday and Saturday at 6:45 PM.  A pair of girls Division IV district games from Troy will also be covered this Saturday.

During the current 2017-18 school year, SCORES has already offered webcasts of 63 football, volleyball and boys and girls basketball contests.       

 

ScoresBroadcast.com Heats Up as Tourney Fever Picks Up

Online Streaming of Seven Webcasts Set for This Weekend

Release on February 22, 2018

The “still-alive” area high school basketball tournament teams know both the path ahead of them and their prospective opponents as they practice virtually each day to stay warm for “February tourney fever.”

Meanwhile, the announce team for ScoresBroadcast.com has been laying low for a few days, resting the vocal cords while not knowing for sure the journey ahead.

“We do know we begin a heavy schedule this weekend that may not end until high school March Madness subsides on Saturday, March 24, in Columbus,” said online color announcer Chuck McBee, who was joined by Jack Kramer on 50 regular season webcasts. 

“Our slate for the coming weekend spans three games this Friday night, two on Saturday afternoon and a pair on Saturday night.  But after Sunday, it’s wait and see.  As long as our programs keep playing, we’ll keep pumping out the play by play.”

McBee teams with Kramer on ScoresBroadcast.com, which is in its 12th calendar year of webcasting high schools sports since the local radio station dropped coverage of such contests in 2007. 

This time of year, ScoresBroadcast tries its very best to stream online the key contests involving Minster and Versailles boys and girls hoops teams, plus, of course, the boys and girls squads at Shelby County Athletic League (SCAL) schools, along with Sidney and Lehman Catholic. 

Regular season webcasts concluded last Friday night when the Fort Loramie boys defeated Russia to create a three-way tie atop the SCAL  standings.  Three days before, the Sidney boys nipped Vandalia-Butler in the final 2.5 seconds to earn a share of the GWOC North championship.

“In late February and in March, a few seconds can determine whether or not a team plays another game,” McBee stated.  “Jack and I will be at courtside to try and paint for our listeners a verbal picture of each second and minute of each contest.”

SCORES, the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System, has already experienced far more listeners in the 2017-18 school year than in any past season.  Its tournament coverage is launched on Friday and Saturday at 5:15 PM both days with a total of five games from the Division IV boys Piqua sectional.  The girls Division IV sectional finals at Sidney are set for Saturday at 11:45 AM.  

Next Wednesday night, SCORES will cover Anna boys action in the Division III tourney or will cover Division IV contests at Piqua.

“We expect the tourney to be very exciting,” McBee said.  “If contests match the closeness of some of the games we covered during the regular season, Jack and I may be repeating the same on-air story lines.”

McBee noted that the two covered a series of “buzzer beaters” and “photo finishes” from December to last week.   He said that the tourney, like the regular season, will offer its share of surprises.

“The Botkins girls have already pulled off a tourney upset turning around a 20-point season loss to Mechanicsburg,” McBee said.  “The Trojans will try to rebound from a pair of season setbacks to Russia in this Saturday’s upper bracket Division IV final at Sidney.”

SCORES will cover at least 40 tournament games, providing webcast after webcast until all area schools are eliminated.

 

ScoresBroadcast.com’s Jack Kramer announces 3,000th game on Friday at Fort Loramie

Technology during Kramer’s career has greatly expanded the listening audience and enhanced how coverage is delivered

Release on February 7, 8 or 9, 2018

When ScoresBroadcast.com’s Jack Kramer got his start on the airwaves announcing college and high school sports, he filled in briefly at the 1968 Rose Bowl for a member of the Indiana University radio crew who developed laryngitis during the game.

Having held Southern Cal’s O.J. Simpson to less than 70 yards on his first 20 carries, the Hoosiers defense was playing very well, prompting Jack to say to the network play-by-play guy, “IU has bottled up the Juice.”

That memorable beginning, which momentarily cracked up Max Skirvin, the voice of IU athletics, marked Jack’s first-ever on-air stint.

The rest as they say is history.

Fifty years and a month later, Jack calls his 3,000th game this Friday, February 9, when Jackson Center plays at Fort Loramie in Shelby County Athletic League (SCAL) basketball.

According to his family’s count, the number might be off a few games because Jack blended in some occasional coverage of Edison State Community College basketball with his high school broadcasts on WPTW-AM radio right after launching 26 years of service at Edison. He was employed as the college’s director of marketing in 1985 following eight years in a similar position at Clark Tech, now Clark State, in Springfield. He said “ten to 15” Chargers games played at Piqua’s old Roosevelt Fieldhouse were on the radio way back then.

“I liked that small, cozy gymnasium several blocks from downtown,” Jack said. “I could comment that every single contest was ‘darn near a sell out’ and be spot on.”

“Promotion” and “marketing” are synonymous with Jack. He said his most rewarding years professionally were his last ten at Edison, enhancing image by creating media success stories about graduates and faculty and also expanding enrollment by targeting direct mail media and later social media at specific audiences. “Boosting Edison was in my blood,” he remarked.

Averaging at least 60 games annually on radio, television or the Internet for five decades and in excess of 100 in each of the last dozen years on ScoresBroadcast.com, Jack covered the Hoosiers as an undergraduate student and covered the Miami University (MU) Red Hawks while completing his master’s degree. His studies at Miami led to a connection with a fellow graduate student, Ed Clay, who soon after finishing at MU served as the executive director of Ohio State University Radio and Television.

In 1980 Clay selected Jack as the television play-play play voice for the delayed broadcasts of Ohio State football. For eleven years, the games were re-played statewide via twenty PBS stations on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. The halftime OSU marching band performance was also shown in its entirety. For the final eight years of the coverage, Jack teamed with former Buckeye Paul Warfield, who starred for the Browns and Dolphins.

“Good fortune. Great friendships. And right place, right time,” said Jack, noting how he luckily landed the OSU gig. He tried to pattern some of his style after IU grad and the legendary network announcer, Dick Enberg, who offered a fairly deliberate approach that made every word count.

“Look at the shoeless Byars go,” was Jack’s succinct call of the 67-yard, zig-zag, touchdown run by the Buckeyes tailback versus Illinois in 1984. Missing his left cleats 20 yards downfield, Keith Byars still blew right past several Illini defenders. In recapping, Jack announced, “Illinois caught up with Byars’ left shoe, but not his right.”

Clay, Jack’s boss and stadium production manager, was a task-master, always demanding a professional presentation. In fact, the first former player to fill the color announcer role alongside Jack didn’t last.

“He liked to describe a kick-off through the end zone as a ‘beer can kick-off,’ or a ‘non-returnable,’ Jack remembered. “Needless to say, he got the boot.”

Through the 1980’s and 1990’s, Jack’s announcing of high school sports for the Piqua and Greenville radio stations included the Versailles state football championship in 1995. With his voice squeaking after 3 1/2 hours, he managed to weakly bark out the fourth-down scoring run by the Tigers who beat Bellaire in two overtimes.

“Another overtime would have outlasted me,” said Jack, revisiting that title game in Massillon. “I didn’t have any squeaks left.”

Among Jack’s most favorite experiences covering high school sports online are Jackson Center, Fort Loramie and Lehman Catholic state championships in volleyball; Anna, Fort Loramie and Versailles state championships in girls basketball; Fort Loramie and Minster state championships in baseball; and Minster state titles in football.

“I also enjoy chatting with coaches and players of other sports and inserting those conversations into the halftime breaks,” Jack stated.

For five years starting in 2002, Jack free-lanced for WMVR-FM in Sidney, which broke its long-standing tradition in fall 2007 and dropped high school sports. At that time, Jeff Bray, Jack’s radio sidekick, said that “we can fill this void by providing the service online.” Jack said he doubted the “Innernet” initially. “I didn’t even spell it correctly at first,” he laughed. “I was fearful our voices would fade away in space and never be heard again.”

Clearly ahead of the curve, Jack and Jeff marched on with a passion for delivering high school sports on the airwaves.

“On a lark, we launched SCORES -- the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System -- not knowing if there was a future or even a second game,” recalled Bray. A pioneer of the online service, Bray has since moved to South Carolina after living in Sidney and Russia.

More than 1300 Internet webcasts later, Jack and Chuck McBee of Piqua are sharing play-by-play and color with listeners at 500 IP addresses, consistently, for each match or contest. Jackson Center boys and girls state semi-final basketball games on weekday afternoons in 2016 and 2017 attracted 2000 IP addresses. Recent regular season games in 2017-18 involving Anna, Russia, Fort Loramie and Versailles boys drew in excess of 1600 IP addresses for exciting fourth quarter action.

“I got the bug for Internet webcasts of Sidney and Shelby County High School sports real fast,” McBee pointed out. “During my first year on the web with Jack, John Willoughby’s Houston Wildcats got red hot and reached Columbus. I have been hooked ever since.”

Jack and Chuck’s webcasts include schools in Sidney, the Shelby County Athletic League, the Midwest Athletic Conference, and occasionally Miami County. The two travel to tournament venues and local teams’ road games which have required journeys to cities including Columbus, Dayton, Canton, Lima, Toledo, Springfield, Zanesville, and Muncie, Indiana. A $5000 budget is required to meet the needs of the Ohio High School Athletic Association which charges media for their presence at post-season events.

Numerous major founding sponsors still partner with ScoresBroadcast after twelve years. These include Lacal Equipment, US Bank, Barker Insurance, Wilson Health Sports Medicine, and American Architectural Glass. Additional key supporters are Frisch’s, Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed, and Dickman Electrical and Industrial Supplies. In Fort Loramie, partners for nearly ten years include M & A Muffler and Tires; Gaier’s Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram; and Tom and Jerry’s Plumbing, Electric, Heating and Air Conditioning.

Thanks to the Internet and all of the SCORES partners, the webcasts have extended the coverage of games to local high school graduates away at college, former area residents living elsewhere, and upper Miami Valley folks vacationing inside and even outside the United States.

Several years ago, SCORES covered a Sidney High School (SHS)-Bellbrook girls soccer match in the district tournament. When the visitors bus arrived at SHS, Jack met the coach who was quickly joined by a Bellbrook player wanting to know the domain name for the website that was webcasting the match.

“My parents are traveling and wish to follow the game’s progress,” she said, Jack recalled. “My Mom and Dad promised me they will set an alarm and listen at 3:30 AM from Helsinki, Finland.”

Christian Netcast in Virginia performs the hosting and serving for SCORES and facilitates online streaming for nearly 100 additional schools, churches, and businesses in the eastern half of the country.

“There’s no online play-by-play media outlet that duplicates the uniqueness of ScoresBroadcast in Ohio,” said Todd VanTasel, the CEO and VP for Technology at Christian Netcast.

“It’s free of charge for all listeners. It’s supported by business and industry. It’s dedicated to coverage of the schools in its region. It archives all games for listening enjoyment at anytime. And its live webcasts originate from a single-page, attractive website that is easy to navigate by anyone, anywhere.”

VanTasel added, “ScoresBroadcast.com is your radio on the phone for high school sports. It has come a long way.”

So has Jack.

The sandbox was the home for Jack’s first “neighborhood” play-by-play calls. At age five, he hosed down the sand and molded it into a bowl, or a “miniature stadium.” He remembered using toothpicks as football players and taping two together to serve as offensive linemen. His mom’s flour denoted yard lines in the sand. A brown-tinted marble was the game ball.

“My parents often tried to calm me down from the back porch,” he said.  “They wondered how every single play could sound so exciting.”

Jack marvels at how the live media coverage of high school sports teams during his career has evolved and been advanced many times over as a result of the World Wide Web and constantly updated streaming technology.

“I can remember in the early 1970’s setting up a six-foot tall antenna on top of the football field pressbox so that a part of Preble County could hear my radio coverage of the Gratis-West Alexandria contest,” Jack recollected about one of his first play-by-play broadcasts at commercial station WPFB-AM.

However, here in February 2018, people located most everywhere on planet earth can hear the coverage of west central Ohio’s important upcoming battles between the Fort Loramie Redskins and Jackson Center Tigers on Friday, the Fort Loramie Redskins and Anna Rockets on Saturday, and the Sidney Yellow Jackets and Vandalia-Butler Aviators on Tuesday.

Some 50 years and 3,000 games after his start, Jack is now describing the play-by-play of high school basketball as “shots literally heard around the world.”

 

ScoresBroadcast.com Kicks Off Hoops on Dec. 1 and 2 as Listenership Continues to Climb

Webcasts open with SCL games: Jackson Center & Russia girls / Anna & Fort Loramie boys

Release on Thursday, November 30, 2017

What a way to get the ball rolling.

The first webcast of girls basketball to help launch ScoresBroadcast.com’s twelfth year features two Shelby County schools coming off superb campaigns in 2016-17.

On Saturday, December 2, at 2:10 PM, Jackson Center -- 23-5 and a state semi-finalist the last two seasons -- battles Russia -- 21-6 and district champs a year ago. Announcers Jack Kramer and Chuck McBee call the action online.

Anna and Fort Loramie boys, two Shelby County League (SCL) favorites this year, open SCORES’ online webcasts on Friday, December 1, at 7:40 PM. In a big non-league girls clash, Minster hosts Fort Loramie on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:10 PM. Minster was the outright hoops champion in the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) last year for the 15th time.

SCORES is the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System. It covers high school sports spanning Sidney, Lehman Catholic, and schools in the SCL and MAC.

“It’s your radio on the phone in west central Ohio,” said Todd VanTasel, CEO and VP for Technology at Christian Netcast in Virginia, which performs the hosting and serving for the area’s high school Internet sports coverage. “Some 300 to 400 IP addresses join ScoresBroadcast every game with big spikes in listenership for football playoff and basketball tourney contests.”

Given Jackson Center’s recent outstanding success on the court and, as a result, SCORES’ regular coverage of the Tigers, the Habitat of the Cat is a good place for our first Saturday of webcast coverage, Kramer alluded.  

Jackson Center (JC) boys and girls were featured in46 SCORES basketball webcasts the last two seasons, including the Lady Tigers two state semi-final games.

“That pair of contests on weekday afternoons produced more than 2,000 listeners,” VanTasel said. The JC boys reached the state semi-final in March 2016 and attracted “close to one thousand online users,” he also pointed out.

During the Tigers’ terrific runs to two straight state volleyball titles, the state semi-final victoriesalso soared listenership counts when no television coverage was available.

“Hoarse for hours and hours,” Kramer recalled, describing how he felt after ‘calling’ the Tigers long streaks of tourney wins from 2015 to 2017. “For me, there’s nothing more exciting and entertaining than covering high school sports in the upper Miami Valley.”

In additional December SCORES coverage, second year Sidney head coach John Willoughby leads his team’s attempt to avenge a loss at Tippecanoe last year. The Yellow Jackets travel to Tipp City on Friday, December 8.

When Willoughby coached Houston to the state tourney in 2011, McBee came on board as SCORES’ color announcer. “My first year was fantastic. What a great introduction to closely following Shelby County sports teams,” McBee remembered. “The Wildcats knocked off three rivals in the tourney that beat them in the season.”

In a competitive rivalry started several seasons ago, the Fort Loramie girls host Tipp in a SCORES webcast on Monday, December 11.

The month’s coverage begins to wind down with the Russia girls and boysplaying at Botkins on December 21 and 22, respectively. Kramer and McBee will enjoy a new webcast perch in the first row of the mezzanine above the team benches and the Botkins gymnasium floor.

Fort Loramie’s girls are at Vesailles on Saturday afternoon, December 23; Versailles’ boys are at Anna on December 27.

During the four upcoming months, ScoresBroadcast.com will likely cover more than 80 basketball contests, including 40 tournament games. Team records, league standings, sponsorship location, and game listenership results impact SCORES’ contest choices.

The unique service is available free of charge to high school sports fans. Webcasts are supported only by area business and industry.


ScoresBroadcast Follows Area teams on the Road

SCORES leaves the county to cover Fort Loramie boys and girls

Release on Thursday, December 21, 2017

ScoresBroadcast.com primarily focuses its coverage on high school sports teams located in Shelby County. At the same time, the online service enjoys providing the play-by-play of local squads when they leave the area and perform in counties throughout west central Ohio.

In fact, ScoresBroadcast has already hit the road to cover the Sidney boys and does so again this Friday at Greenville. Webcast time is 7:10 PM. Sidney games at Piqua, St. Mary's, Fairborn, Bellefontaine and Greenville were webcasted a year ago. Contests at Stebbins, Vandalia-Butler and Trotwood-Madison will likely be covered later this season.

"Providing Shelby County and upper Miami Valley listeners with coverage of local clubs when they are away from home is a goal of ScoresBroadcast," said Jack Kramer, play-by-play announcer for the free online service. "Big jumps in listenership take place when we travel with the area teams."

He added that some high school sports fans simply don't have the time to attend away games, especially on weeknights and around the holidays. “As the radio on the phone," he said, “ScoresBroadcast can be a convenient option.” 

On Saturday morning of Martin Luther King weekend, ScoresBroadcast intends to follow the Minster girls team when it travels nearly 350 miles round-trip to eastern Holmes County for the Classic in the Country. Coverage of the St. Henry at Anna boys game that evening will be offered when Kramer and color announcer Chuck McBee return to west central Ohio.

"You might say it can work both ways," Kramer noted. "Our webcasts from gymnasiums in the upper Miami Valley are often heard by those traveling around the country and even the world. Last winter, employees from Honda of America were among our listeners to a few webcasts while they were five time zones away conducting business in London."

Local fans, who vacation to enjoy spring training baseball in Florida and Arizona, often join ScoresBroadcast for tournament webcasts in March. Through the convenience of the World Wide Web, 300 to 400 IP addresses and more than 500 listeners join SCORES for most every game.

SCORES stands for the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System. It was conceived in 2007 by Kramer and Jeff Bray, a long time Shelby County resident and Sidney HS grad who has since moved to South Carolina.

This Saturday, webcasts originate in Darke and Mercer counties.

The Fort Loramie at Versailles girls game is at 2:10 PM. The Fort Loramie at St. Henry boys game is at 7:10 PM.

During this 2017-18 high school basketball season, SCORES will webcast close to 80 regular season and tourney contests.


SCORES Describes Shots Heard Around the World at Anna

Enormous audience in multiple states and countries enjoyed the Bensman-Ahrens air show

Release on January 5, 2018

Last Wednesday at Anna High School, the 3-point basket by Wyatt Bensman with 12 seconds to go to tie the game and the 2-point basket by Justin Ahrens at the buzzer to win it were like “shots heard around the world” – literally. Thanks to ScoresBroadcast.com!

According to Todd VanTasel, CEO and VP for Technology at Christian NetCast in Virginia, the online listening audience for that thrilling Anna-Versailles boys basketball game was a regular season, single game record for ScoresBroadcast.com in its dozen-year history.

VanTasel’s firm performs the hosting and serving for ScoresBroadcast. He said that “more than 1600 IP addresses” joined the down-to-the-wire Versailles victory for most of the fourth quarter. He added that listeners from the United States and Europe, including Florida, Arizona, New York, and California along with the countries of France and Spain, listened to parts of the online webcast.

“We’re certainly not limited by geography,” said Jack Kramer, play-by-play announcer, noting he received emails after the webcast from both inside and outside the US. “That’s the beauty of the Internet. Our service can be local and even international.”

Descriptions of the late field goals by the two Anna and Versailles sharpshooters were heard with great clarity around the globe on the live webcast, as both buckets captured the imagination of world wide listeners. 

“The ScoresBroadcast digital format offers an intelligible and unobstructed, crystal clear sound for online users no matter where they happen to be,” VanTasel stated. “Last Wednesday’s live stream originating at the Anna gymnasium was a perfect example.”

SCORES stands for the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System. Annually, it webcasts more than 100 sports contests involving schools in Shelby County and in the Midwest Athletic Conference.

The webcasts frequently attract local people who are traveling or vacationing, former area folks who have left the region, high school graduates away at college, and local business men and women on the road completing work for their west central Ohio firms.

Kramer said that Wednesday’s enormous listenership was somewhat of a surprise given the ScoresBroadcast.com website didn’t promote the webcast until the day of the contest.

But the high school fans’ increasingly popular game time search on the web for a good hoops battle and the 12-1 combined record of the two clubs captured a large audience and made it stick. It then grew quickly throughout the night as the two teams, and Ahrens and Bensman, traded baskets. 

Plus, a late start to the varsity tilt enabled those who attended other area games to get hooked on SCORES for the Tigers-Rockets photo finish.

“The contest remained nip ‘n tuck and was highlighted by excellent offense and even better defense,” said Chuck McBee, Kramer’s webcast partner. “Anna and Versailles will be lofty D-III tourney seeds and could meet again. We simply had to cover round one.” 

It almost didn’t happen, however.

“Our family holiday schedules were making it challenging to webcast the important games in late December,” Kramer said.

In addition, Kramer said he “ran out to the end of the driveway to meet FedEx” on Wednesday afternoon to receive a critical delivery-- a major technical component that takes two or more audio signals from the SCORES webcast, merges them together, and provides a single output signal.

“No upgraded audio mixer, no webcast,” he said. “FedEx came through and the Rockets and the Tigers delivered, too.”

To kick off 2018, SCORES covers the Delphos St. John’s-Minster girls game on Thursday, January 4, and the Russia-Fort Loramie boys and girls games on Friday night, January 5, and Saturday afternoon, January 6. 

The free online streaming service supported by local business and industry was conceived in November 2007 by Kramer and former Shelby County resident Jeff Bray. SCORES launches its twelfth calendar year as the new year begins.


Berning’s Bucket on ScoresBroadcast Heard Far and Wide

Huge audience listened to the Versailles-Fort Loramie thriller

Release on Friday, January 12, 2018

The Wednesday, December 27th basketball game on ScoresBroadcast.com featured made shots in the final ten seconds by Justin Ahrens of Versailles and Wyatt Bensman of Anna that were enjoyed by listeners inside and outside the United States.

On Tuesday this week at the Tigers’ gym, the game-tying three-pointer by Fort Loramie’s Evan Berning with only .9 of a second left in the game was also “a shot heard around the world” on SCORES.

In addition, the play-by-play description of Berning’s 22-footer connected with more listeners “at the end of a game” than SC0RES has ever attracted in the regular season in its dozen year history. Only the close of the Jackson Center girls state semi-final last March drew a bigger audience, according to Todd VanTasel, who coordinates the hosting and serving for the online website at Christian NetCast in Virginia.

SCORES is the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System. Annually, it webcasts 120 games online featuring teams in the Shelby County League and the Midwest Athletic Conference.

VanTassel detailed that nearly 1800 IP addresses listened to the terrific finish of the ScoresBroadcast.com audio stream on Tuesday. A packed house of 2200 fans witnessed the contest in person at the beautiful Versailles gymnasium.

Emails from Tuesday night’s online users in Europe and throughout the US were received by the website’s published address late that evening and on Wednesday and Thursday.

Two weeks before, approximately 1600 IP addresses joined SCORES for most of the second half and the final moment of the great Anna-Versailles game.

“Justin’s game-winning basket in late December and Evan’s triple that tied up Tuesday’s contest were a play-by-play guy’s dream,” said Jack Kramer of ScoresBroadcast.com. “In calling the exciting last seconds of each game, I probably made many, many syllables out of the phrase, ‘It’s gooooood. It’s gooooood,’” he beamed.

The Internet would have spread the word ‘touchdown” far and wide if it existed back in 1995 when Versailles edged Bellaire, 50- 44, in two overtimes. Brad Schuette scored on a fourth down, one yard run to break the tie and win the three-and-a-half hour thriller for a Tigers’ state title.

“That was the most fun and enjoyment I have ever experienced covering a high school football game. For sure, the most hyped up I’ve ever been,” Kramer said. “My voice paid for it, too.”

The laryngitis, which returned two weeks ago after Ahrens’ buzzer beater at Anna, has returned again this week.

“Thank goodness, today’s Internet -- without any extra effort on the announcer’s part -- makes the voice travel loud and clear to west central Ohioans who might happen to be thousands and thousands of miles away,” Kramer smiled.

He and Chuck McBee, the other half of the SCORES announce team, plan to be many miles from home this weekend covering local teams. Weather permitting, they are at Berlin Hiland near Canton on Saturday morning for the Minster-Sheridan girls game at the Classic in the Country. Webcast time is 9:45 AM.

On Sunday at 1 PM., ScoresBroadcast.com is present for the Sidney-Versailles boys contest at the Flyin’ to the Hoop event in Kettering.

A Shelby County League showdown between Anna and Fort Loramie is set for Friday night, January 12. The Rockets return to play another band of Redksins, St. Henry, in a game covered on Saturday evening.

One or more these webcasts could be affected by a possible winter storm.


ScoresBroadcast Features SCL Leaders in Boys and Girls Friday/Saturday Showdown Match-ups

Tuesday’s webcast-- Fort Loramie at Versailles boys

Release on Wednesday, January 4, 2018

ScoresBroadcast.com often has a difficult time selecting the potentially best and most important games to webcast on a weekend. But for January 5 and 6, it’s a “slam dunk.”

As a result of the four teams’ unbeaten Shelby County League (SCL) records and their standing at the top of the league, the Russia and Fort Loramie boys and girls squads headline online action Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Fort Loramie hosts the two games. Webcast times are 7:30 and 2:10 PM.

“By virtue of a Russia boys’ one-point win over Anna in December, the Raiders can leap frog into the league driver’s seat by knocking off the Redskins on the road,” said Jack Kramer, ScoresBroadcast play-by-play announcer.

However, the co-called “home court advantage” has not been a big factor in this series. Russia has won five of the last seven at the Redskins gym. In battles going back to 2009, Fort Loramie recorded a stretch of five wins in six tries at Russia. League champs the last four seasons, Russia was upended by Fort Loramie in the sectional finals in 2016 and 2017.

“Right now, these two schools comprise the biggest boys and girls rivalries in the league,” said Chuck McBee, online color man and game site engineer. “Although, several years ago the Anna-Fort Loramie girls contests took a back seat to no one in the county, boys or girls.”

Last year, the Russia girls whipped Fort Loramie three times by an average margin of 17 points. The Redskins had won the previous 19 straight. Prior to that streak, Russia last topped the Skins in 2007.

By other numbers, too, the Russia-Fort Loramie game choices make sense for SCORES, the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System. Nine of the 24 underwriting businesses supporting the online service are located in the two communities. Sponsorships continue to expand as listenership climbs.

The Fort Loramie at Versailles boys clash on Tuesday night is another “no doubter” for SCORES coverage. Starting the weekend, each team is undefeated and will be highly ranked in the first state polls early in the new calendar year.

“On the heels of Versailles’ thrilling two-point win at Anna that featured Justin Ahrens and Wyatt Bensman matching baskets, that game next Tuesday shapes up as another crowd pleaser,” said McBee, noting that this time Ahrens goes head-to-head with Skins sharpshooter Dylan Braun.

Versailles has thumped Fort Loramie in seven straight meetings by an average of 15 points. The Redskins last triumph was in the 2009-10 season when the red and black finished 17-7 and advanced to the regional tourney.

Webcast time for the Tuesday Fort Loramie at Versailles showdown is 7:10 PM.


ScoresBroadcast.com Features Three of the State’s Top Games

Fort Loramie and Minster collide on Saturday; Skins and Rockets on Tuesday; Minster and Versailles girls meet in a Thursday showdown

Release on Saturday, January 20, 2018

High school hoops contests on tap over the next several days are a “dream” for an online website or radio station that covers such games on a regular basis.

The unbeaten number oneboys team inthe league tangles with the team right behind it. The number one boys team in Ohio battles number nine. And the state’s number one and number two girls teams in separate divisions also collide.

ScoresBroadcast.com begins its high-powered schedule of webcasts on Saturday, January 20, when the Minster and Fort Loramie boys continue their Route 66 rivalry at the Redskins gym. Expect a full house for the 8 PM tip-off. The online pre-game begins at 7:40 PM with Jack Kramer and Matt Zircher calling the action.

Todd VanTasel, CEO and Technology VP at Christian NetCast which performs the hosting for the online play-by-play service, said that there is a chance Saturday night’s contest might top listenership for the Versailles-Anna and Versailles-Fort Loramie games in recent weeks.

VanTasel noted that nearly 3500 IP addresses combined to join those two webcasts for a pair of fourth quarter buzzer beaters.

“Better weather might attract more people to the Fort Loramie venue and cut into listenership a little,” he said. “Nonetheless, for those viewing in person or listening online, it should be a great game between Ohio’s top ranked Division IV team and its close rival also rated in the first ten.”

In contests through January 18, Fort Loramie is 12-0, and Minster, 7-2. Each club is coming off a solid victory at the Flyin’ to the Hoop event in Kettering last Monday.

The schedule gets no easier for the Fort Loramie boys who meet Anna for the first time this season on Tuesday, January 23. Webcast time is 7:10 PM on SCORES, the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System. The Rockets are one loss behind the Redskins in the Shelby County League standings and have been ranked in Ohio’s Division III top ten this year.

“Our girls game on Thursday should be a classic,” said play-by-play announcer Jack Kramer, highlighting the showdown between Minster, number one in Ohio D-IV, and Versailles, number two in D-III. “This contest likely decides the Midwest Athletic Conference championship.”

SCORES begins its coverage of the Wildcats and Tigers at 7:10 PM on Thursday, January 25. Chuck McBee assists Kramer in this webcast.

More than 500 IP addresses joined the online service two nights ago when the Minster and New Bremen girls clashed. The Cats won a terrific game, 47-44. A game-tying three-pointer by the Cards missed, after hitting the rim twice as the final buzzer was sounding.

 



 

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