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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Students debut Green Zone Sports broadcast

  • Geneseo High School now has its own ESPN sports show, created by seniors Grant Burress, Dylan Dale, Hunter Kuffel and Ryan Zum Mallen.
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  • Geneseo High School now has its own ESPN sports show, created by seniors Grant Burress, Dylan Dale, Hunter Kuffel and Ryan Zum Mallen.
    The four young men are producing "Green Zone Sports," highlighting GHS sports that can be viewed on the Geneseo High School Web site at www.dist228.org on the Athletics page. Plans are to have links to past shows available later in the school year.
    The first show aired earlier this month and plans are to have shows twice each month during the school year.
    It was athletic director Travis Mackey's idea to involve the students in creating the program.
    "This is an example of a student-led project," Mackey said, adding that he was aware of the filming and editing skills of both Zum Mallen and Dale as making movies has been a long-time hobby for the friends.
    "I knew Ryan had the filming and editing skills to produce the type of program I had in mind. With Dylan's sportscasting background, he and Ryan make good partners, and Hunter Kuffel and Grant Burress are both very skilled and round out the team."
    Dale also has been involved in the Radio Club at GHS which provides him with broadcasting experience.
    Zum Mallen said he was "very excited" when Mackey asked him to create the show.
    "I've been trying to get more people involved and we can always use more help."
    He views it as "a tremendous opportunity," and said he hopes he can "accurately represent Geneseo athletics. "It's going to be a busy and fun year, but I'm looking forward to it."
    Zum Mallen said he hopes to pursue a career in film making and plans to attend DePauw University after high school graduation.
    Dale said he has thoughts of majoring in journalism or broadcasting in college. "This is a really good way to get experience that will be useful in the future."
    "I have been a sports fan my entire life, and I draw a lot of inspiration from shows such as Sports Center," he said. "I really think I would enjoy doing something like that. I also have been part of Radio Club at the high school, and we have called basketball games every year that I have been in high school. It has been one of my favorite activities."
    Dale added that he finds a lot of similarities between his work with the Green Zone and radio broadcasting.
    "My work with the Radio Club has really paid off when it comes to the Green Zone," he said.
    Burress said Zum Mallen had been asking him to be part of his videos for some time.
    Page 2 of 2 - "He told me about the idea of us starting an informational, but still funny, news update for GHS," Burress said. "I was instantly sold because I believe in what we do. Ryan is a very talented guy when he gets film to work with. All we do is show up and get the work done on screen and he does the rest."
    Burress said he was primarily interested in being involved with Green Zone "because it would be a fun and new way for interested people of Geneseo or surrounding areas to be visually informed of their favorite GHS athletes and teams all in one place. Little did I know I was going to be designated my very own segment where I get to teach tips on any sport I feel like that week. One of the perks of the job, I guess."
    Kuffel was a natural fit to the group as he said he has always loved sports, "and there's something about the passion and sense of community that comes with hometown sports that I think is really special. So, when I heard about Green Zone Sports, I jumped at the chance to participate."
    "I think it's fantastic that we have an athletic department that involves students and embraces technology," he said. "We are truly blessed to have Mr. Mackey as our A.D. My hope is that we can get more students involved in the show, whether it is in front of the camera, behind the scenes, or filming different games.
    "Green Zone Sports definitely has potential to become something that no other high school in the area is doing right now, and I'm really excited to be part of it," Kuffel said.
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