Real Ranger: Rock Ridge live stream team

Updated: March 16, 2021 05:49 PM
Created: March 14, 2021 11:50 AM

Because of COVID, many school districts are live streaming their sports events. At Rock Ridge, it's a group of talented students who aim the cameras and switch the shots. 

And they were the first ever to be asked to live stream a state event for the MSHSL. They worked diligently at Giants Ridge to broadcast the alpine and Nordic races last week.

"It's a little exciting, a little nerve-wracking. I've been doing it all year, and learned how to handle it," shared Ellie Manninen, a senior.

Austin Schackman, a freshman, said it's been a lot of fun. "I know I gotta do my best, and everything will work out."

His camera partner, Mason Kroll, added, "It's pretty cool. You've gotta be prepared to zoom out really quickly as they go zipping by. And turn the camera."

They started doing a few games here and there. And it's expanded to so much more. "It feels pretty good, since there are many people who can't come and watch," added Emma Vukmanich, a freshman.

As the sports turn to the spring variety, they'll be focused on track and golf. "I think it's really fun to get to experience a different side of sports. I'm used to watching it or doing things, and it's really cool to see the other side, trying to catch the good angles," explained Hope Spaeth, a junior.

It's also about working as a team, and using their tech skills. "It's really fun and cool to be able to do something with technical stuff, and put that experience to do something," Kaari Harsila, a junior.

Their teacher, Bill Bryson, is very proud of them. He told us COVID funds helped pay for their equipment.

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