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WORTH A VIEW: It’s been another exciting fall for Berry athletics, punctuated by national rankings in volleyball and football. Fans can enjoy enhanced live-streams of both sports thanks to a new partnership between Viking Fusion and the college’s sports information office.

Students gain valuable experience while producing sports programming for alumni and other fans.

Students gain valuable experience producing sports programming for alumni and other fans. Photo by student Andrea Hill.

Do you love Berry sports but simply can’t make it back for events as often as you’d like? Not to worry! Thanks to a new partnership between the college’s sports information office and Viking Fusion, you can now enjoy a premium viewing experience from the comfort of your favorite easy chair.

Most Berry home events are already live-streamed, but the new collaboration is delivering what organizers describe as an “ESPN3-quality broadcast” with multiple camera angles, interviews and other enhanced features.

All home football games and conference volleyball matches are already available in the new format, with women’s and men’s basketball following in early November and softball next spring.

“No other school in our league is doing anything like this,” said Blake Childers (15C), director of sports information and promotions. “We’re excited to be the first ones who are able to bring the viewers a broadcast like this.”

Steven Hames, Viking Fusion adviser, said plans for the collaboration were set in motion by the acquisition of a new piece of equipment called a JVC switcher.

“With this switcher, we are now able to provide replays and do even more enhanced graphics and things that we were not able to do before,” he said. “That adds a whole lot to the viewing experience.”

In addition to providing greater visibility for Berry’s student-athletes and an improved viewing experience for alumni and other fans of Viking athletics, the partnership also provides valuable work opportunities for students in sports communication and other majors.

Go to berryvikings.com to view these free productions.

By student writer Cassie LaJeunesse

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Bob Ryan with Student Broadcasters

Above: Famed Boston Globe columnist and ESPN personality Bob Ryan, right, holds court with Berry student broadcasters Townsend Stewart, left, and Adekale Ande during a basketball game in the Cage Center.

Berry athletics got the “ESPN” treatment earlier this semester when sports reporting legend Bob Ryan joined students Adekale Ande and Townsend Stewart for the livestream of a men’s basketball game against Rhodes College.

Ryan, who visited campus at the request of Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Daniel Sipocz, took to Twitter afterward to praise the experience, noting, “There’s so much more fun basketball beyond D1. Saw Berry’s Caleb Johnson and Elijah Hirsh put on a show vs. Rhodes tonight.”

The Berry students who shared the broadcast with Ryan were similarly impressed.

“I learned a lot from him in just the short amount of time he was here,” Ande said. “They were definitely some moments I’ll never forget.”

While on campus, Ryan engaged students in Berry’s sports communication concentration, sharing his own experiences, answering questions, signing autographs and even taking selfies with the aspiring sports journalists. A key theme of his presentation – stay true to your values, even as times change.

“For someone like Bob Ryan to speak publicly, visit classes, interact with our students and work with them on a broadcast is beyond measure in value,” Sipocz said.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Collin McHugh pitches in World SeriesCollin McHugh (09c) celebrates after striking out a Los Angeles Dodgers batter in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series. Photo courtesy of the Houston Astros.

Collin McHugh with David Beasley at Berry's Bowdoin Field.

Collin McHugh talks with Berry baseball coach David Beasley during a Jan. 23 workout at Bowdoin Field.

A decade has passed since Collin McHugh (09c) last took the mound for the Berry baseball team, but the Houston Astros pitcher remains a Viking at heart. Recently, the 2017 World Series champion returned to campus and spent the day sharing his experiences and insight with current students.

“I really do love this school,” McHugh said. “I had a great experience here.”

McHugh played three seasons with the Vikings before embarking on a professional career when he was drafted by the New York Mets in 2008. He spent the next six years climbing baseball’s minor-league ladder, making brief major-league stops in New York and Colorado, before finally landing a permanent roster spot with Houston. His journey was chronicled in this 2015 Berry magazine feature.

Since joining the Astros, McHugh has compiled a 48-28 record with 567 strikeouts in 102 regular-season starts. He’s also made four playoff appearances, including two innings of relief duty in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series.

That outing got off to a rocky start – McHugh walked two batters and gave up a three-run homer in his first inning of work – but he finished strong, retiring five of the last six batters he faced. The strikeout he recorded to end his final inning sparked a memorable burst of emotion (pictured above) out of the former Berry standout.

“That was kind of a microcosm of my career,” McHugh said. “So you put yourself into trouble, get knocked around a little bit and then have to figure out a way to get through it.

“When I was able to get that strikeout, I think the emotion of the crowd and the emotion of the moment – the emotion of the whole year – kind of washed over me. It was just a really powerful moment for me in baseball.”

During his Jan. 23 visit to Berry, McHugh spent time with this year’s baseball team and interacted with students taking classes in sports communication and sports administration. Later, during evening remarks in Krannert Center, he stressed the importance of goal setting, hard work and thankfulness. In every interaction, his appreciation for Berry shined through.

“This is where I really cut my teeth on how to play and how to pitch and taking my game to the next level,” he said. “I’ve always had a special place in my heart not just for Coach (David) Beasley but for the whole staff and for the organization and the team here.”

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