Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Metamora Herald Sports Reporter: Alex Staab

Metamora Herald Sports Reporter: Alex Staab, Metamora Herald


 I​ ​am​ ​from​ ​Germantown​ ​Hills  ​and​ ​am​ ​an​ ​alum​ ​of​ ​Metamora​ ​High​ ​School​ ​(‘16),​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​St.
Mary’s​ ​Grade​ ​School​ ​(‘12).​ ​I​ ​currently​ ​attend​ ​Illinois​ ​Central​ ​College​ ​to​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​my general​ ​education​ ​courses.​ ​Ideally,​ ​I​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​transfer​ ​to​ ​Bradley​ ​University​ ​in​ ​the​ ​fall​ ​of
2018​ ​to​ ​major​ ​in​ ​Sports​ ​Communication.

 The​ ​‘furthest​ ​up’​ ​I​ ​played​ ​a​ ​sport​ ​is​ ​having​ ​ran​ ​Cross​ ​Country​ ​for​ ​Gene​ ​Jones​ ​at​ ​Metamora,
who​ ​may​ ​just​ ​be​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​greatest​ ​coaches​ ​a​ ​student-athlete​ ​could​ ​ask​ ​for.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​played freshman​ ​year as ​a​ ​pitcher​ ​for​ ​the​ ​baseball​ ​team,​ ​but​ ​then​ ​I​ ​began​ ​to​ ​get​ ​more​ ​broadcasting​ ​and​ ​announcing opportunities.​ ​I​ ​knew​ ​I​ ​wasn’t​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​much​ ​of​ ​a​ ​ballplayer​ ​or​ ​runner,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​knew​ ​the route​ ​to​ ​take.​

 It​ ​all​ ​started​ ​when​ ​I​ ​announced​ ​Boys​ ​Basketball​ ​games​ ​at​ ​St.​ ​Mary’s.​ ​Towards​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of
my​ ​8th-grade​ ​year,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​told​ ​I​ ​should​ ​talk​ ​to​ ​the​ ​High​ ​School​ ​Athletic​ ​Director,​ ​Jared
Hart,​ ​and​ ​see​ ​if​ ​I​ ​could​ ​do​ ​some​ ​announcing​ ​for​ ​the​ ​school.​ ​Although​ ​I​ ​started
with​ ​Varsity​ ​Baseball​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Spring​ ​of​ ​2014​ ​(they​ ​got​ ​third​ ​in​ ​state​ ​that​ ​year),​ ​the​ ​longest
tenure​ ​I​ ​have​ ​as​ ​the​ ​primary​ ​announcer​ ​for​ ​a​ ​team​ ​is​ ​Girls​ ​Soccer,​ ​having​ ​served​ ​as​ ​their
Public​ ​Address​ ​Announcer​ ​since​ ​the​ ​spring​ ​of​ ​2014.  I​ ​think​ ​it​ ​was​ ​just​ ​out​ ​of​ ​passion​ ​and​ ​love​ ​for​ ​sports.​ ​I wanted​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​sports​ ​from​ ​the​ ​professional​ ​side​ ​of​ ​things.

- Since​ ​my​ ​time​ ​at​ ​Metamora,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​now​ ​a​ ​Public​ ​Address​ ​Announcer​ ​for​ ​the
following:

- Bradley​ ​Braves
- Women’s​ ​Basketball​ ​(10​ ​games,​ ​Since​ ​11/27/16)
- Women’s​ ​Volleyball​ ​(11​ ​matches,​ ​Since​ ​9/5/17)
- Softball​ ​(12​ ​games,​ ​Since​ ​4/1/17)
- TOTAL​ ​OF​ ​33​ ​GAMES​ ​AS​ ​OF​ ​10/11/17
- Illinois​ ​State​ ​Redbirds
- Women’s​ ​Soccer​ ​(6​ ​games,​ ​Since​ ​8/25/16)
- In​ ​regards​ ​to​ ​Broadcasting
- MTCO​ ​Redbird​ ​Replay
- Baseball​ ​(since​ ​spring​ ​2016)
- Softball​ ​(since​ ​spring​ ​2017)
- Girls​ ​Basketball​ ​(13-14​ ​to​ ​16-17)
- Boys​ ​Basketball​ ​(since​ ​13-14​ ​season)

 Favorite​ ​individual​ ​performance/season​ ​I’ve​ ​witnessed​ ​as​ ​a
journalist/announcer/broadcaster:
- 2016-2017​ ​Bradley​ ​Women’s​ ​Basketball​ ​season
- Leti​ ​Lerma​ ​(5’10”​ ​from​ ​Muscatine,​ ​IA)
- She​ ​averaged​ ​a​ ​double-double​ ​her​ ​senior​ ​year​ ​and​ ​wound​ ​up
breaking​ ​the​ ​all-time​ ​rebounding​ ​record​ ​at​ ​Bradley​ ​and​ ​now​ ​plays​ ​for
the​ ​St.​ ​Louis​ ​Surge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Women’s​ ​Blue​ ​Chip​ ​Basketball​ ​League
(WBCBL).
- The​ ​impressive​ ​part​ ​to​ ​me​ ​is​ ​a​ ​5’10”​ ​girl​ ​breaking​ ​a​ ​rebounding
record​ ​of​ ​all​ ​things,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​NCAA​ ​Division​ ​I​ ​level.

  Favorite​ ​team​ ​performance​ ​I’ve​ ​announced​ ​for is a tie between:
- Metamora​ ​Girls​ ​Soccer​ ​(Sectional​ ​Championship​ ​Game​ ​-​ ​W​ ​in​ ​2015)
- Metamora​ ​Volleyball​ ​(Broadcasted​ ​SuperSectional​ ​-​ ​L​ ​in​ ​2015)

  Some​ ​of​ ​my​ ​professional​ ​inspirations​ ​and​ ​people​ ​I’ve​ ​looked​ ​up​ ​to​ ​in​ ​the​ ​field:
- #1​ ​Biggest​ ​Idol​ ​of​ ​all​ ​time​ ​is​ ​Vin​ ​Scully​ ​(Former​ ​LA​ ​Dodgers​ ​Broadcaster)
- Dick​ ​Vitale​ ​(ESPN​ ​College​ ​Basketball)
- Jay​ ​Bilas​ ​(ESPN​ ​College​ ​Basketball)
- Al​ ​Michaels​ ​(NBC​ ​Sunday​ ​Night​ ​Football)
- Mike​ ​Tirico​ ​(NBC)
- Jim​ ​Mattson​ ​(WEEK)
- Kurt​ ​Pegler​ ​(WMBD/WYZZ)
- Lonnie​ ​Schwindenhammer​ ​(Peoria​ ​Journal​ ​Star)​ ​*passed​ ​away​ ​in​ ​2016*


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