Friday, August 29, 2014

OHS adds new technology to the sidelines

BY CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 8/8/2013

It’s going to “jazz up the appearance” of the gym at Ottawa High School, Brad Graf, OHS athletic director, said.

The school debuted its new scorer’s table — complete with a 51-inch digital monitor — Wednesday morning during student enrollment at the school, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa. OHS is just the second high school in Kansas to have the new technology. Beloit High School is the other.

It’s going to “jazz up the appearance” of the gym at Ottawa High School, Brad Graf, OHS athletic director, said.

The school debuted its new scorer’s table — complete with a 51-inch digital monitor — Wednesday morning during student enrollment at the school, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa. OHS is just the second high school in Kansas to have the new technology. Beloit High School is the other.

“There are three or four other schools kind of mulling around the possibility (of getting a new scorer’s table),” Cacy Steyfert, Beloit High School athletic director, said.

The addition of the table comes as one of the newest pieces of equipment for OHS.

“We got the new scorer’s table in early July,” Graf said. “I sent a message out to athletic directors across the state asking about scrolling screens (on a scorer’s table).”

Graf was contacted by Beloit’s head boys basketball coach, Ryan Eilert, who also is a sales representative for the company behind the scorer’s table, CSR Sports Concepts, of Alabama. Beloit purchased the new scorer’s table last year and used it throughout the indoor sports seasons, Eilert said.

“The kids noticed (the new scorer’s table) right away,” Eilert said. “A lot were saying, ‘Wow, it’s almost like a college atmosphere.’”

The idea for Ottawa to move ahead with getting a new scorer’s table came during last year’s basketball season, Graf said.

“We liked the way the standalone scorer’s table looked at substate basketball last year,” Graf said. “We borrowed that scorer’s table from the middle school. We used to have our scorer’s table in the bleachers.”

Graf said the new scorer’s table will be on the floor of the gym and will be in use during home volleyball, wrestling and basketball games, as well as other indoor activities. The main use of the new digital monitor will be for starting line-ups before games and for local businesses to use for advertising, but Graf said it is multi-purpose.

“It is hooked to an iPad and runs off an iPad app called Keynote, which is kind of like the Apple version of PowerPoint,” Graf said. “Our plan is to make it available for local businesses. It is going to make things look professional.”

Several items already were scrolling on the screen Wednesday morning in the Cyclone Room, including a schedule of enrollment times, “advertisement here” slides and the school’s logo. Graf also listed a few things that the school could do with the new screen including honor players and students, and allow parents to give happy birthday shout-outs to their kids.

“We will be able to do anything we want to do (with the screen),” Graf said.

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