- Star City Play By Play and Lincoln Prep Sports featured in August 19th edition of Waverly News
Viking athletics to go live on Internet
By Troy Fedderson
WAVERLY – Viking athletics are going global.
As announced by the Star City Play by Play Network last month, seven Waverly High athletic contests – starting with the Sept. 24 homecoming football game against Crete – will be broadcast live on the World Wide Web this fall and winter.
Jeff Motz, founder of the website that will host the Viking games (www.LincolnPrepSports.com), will conduct the broadcasts. He is a long-standing member of the Lincoln radio community, currently working as news anchor at AM 1400 KLIN.
“I’ve grown up on Lincoln radio,” Motz said. “I went to Lincoln Northeast High and played on two state championship basketball teams (1995 and 1996). And, not only do I have ties with local athletics with that, people also know me from the broadcasts on the radio through the years.”
The lone Waverly football game slated for the web cast is with Crete. Viking basketball will see six broadcasts, with boys’ games on Dec. 9, Dec. 17, Jan. 21 and Feb. 5, and girls’ battles on Dec. 14 and Jan. 6.
Motz began broadcasting area prep sports on the Internet last November. Two of those casts included Viking boy’s basketball games against Norfolk and Norris.
Motz said the decision to start the Internet play by play came after KLIN switched their sports focus.
“KLIN used to do high school broadcasts,” Motz explained. “Last year, they discontinued that and focused on the Huskers.
“From my standpoint, I thought the high school broadcasts were fun and something people needed. That’s what got me started with this.”
As he had the necessary broadcasting equipment, Motz only had to link up with an Internet provider to offer the games. With the first season under his belt, Motz has garnered enough support in Lincoln to provide athletic websites for each school. Now, he’s hoping to glean the same support in the programs around the Star City.
“Mostly, we do the Lincoln area schools with a focus on Lincoln Public Schools,” Motz said. “But, my goal is to incorporate the other schools in Lancaster County, those such as Waverly.”
Motz added that booster clubs and other interested parties are welcomed to contact him on how they can get a local web page started.
“If anyone is interested, I can help folks get their own website for Waverly High School athletics set up,” Motz said. “It’s really pretty simple.”
Along with offering the hometown game casts, the websites also provide the opportunity to listen to archived games. Fans can also order copies of the games, submit or view photos and check up on current records and statistics.
“When I first started doing high school broadcasts, it was freelance,” Motz said. “Then, it became a hobby. Now, it’s a small business.”
He said anyone with Internet access could listen to the broadcasts for free.
“I feel this is going to be the future for coverage of any sort of high school sports,” Motz said, citing a similar business covering Elkhorn athletics and several other sites in Iowa. “This type of idea has really progressed in a short amount of time. And, I believe it will really catch on in a year or two with the local school districts.”
For more information on the broadcasts, log onto the Internet at www.LincolnPrepSports.com.
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