The Northeast Sports Network, an online home for local sports in the lower region of the NEK since 2005, is making their way up Interstate 91, and will begin covering games at North Country, Lake Region and United Christian Academy high schools starting in 2013.
"We have covered North Country and Lake Region games before, and both schools were very receptive to the idea of having us cover them," said founding member Eric Berry.
Beginning with the winter sports season, NSN will feature twenty games, covering the three schools listed above in the next calendar year.
It will encompass a mix of hockey, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, and football.
The goal of the organization is to help promote the student athlete and give them exposure that they might not else wise receive, which is handy being located in one of the more remote areas of the state of Vermont.
Said Berry, "There are a lot of great of athletes up here and we want to promote them. While having the games online gives grandparents and other relatives who live far away a chance to view these kids, it also allows college coaches and scouts a chance to observe the players without having to make the trip to the venue where they are playing."
Berry, along with his partner Ryan McDonald, two former athletes with excellent athletic credentials, conceived the websites idea in 2005.
The duo moved from stories and pictures in 2006, streaming their first game, the annual Lyndon InstituteâSt. Johnsbury Academy football game.
Since then they have expanded across the state, and even across the VT-NY border, covering games for such colleges as Castleton, Lyndon, Middlebury, Norwich and Plattsburg State.
"We have deals with colleges and high schools to be their production arm, and it works out well as they get to promote their athletes and their facilities," Berry said.
Now they will add Orleans County to their coverage area, much to the delight of local families and athletes region-wide.
While their talent roster is not completely set, we can tell you that Express Publisher Ken Wells, a veteran of the broadcast booth, will be doing both basketball and hockey while I will be doing color commentary on the two hockey games (one boys, one girls) at Jay Peak in January.
To view the games, get more information and to find out about their broadcast schedule, head over to their online headquarters www.nsnsports.net.