Hello everyone! I’m Lauren Wyrick, one of the producers for MidcoSN Kansas. In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ve put together my own sports wish list for 2018.
1. Zion Williamson at KU
As a University of Kansas grad, my first wish is selfishly for the Jayhawk men’s basketball team to land top recruit Zion Williamson. As a five-star recruit and currently ranked second overall, I believe Zion would be a perfect fit for KU. I mean, just look at one of his many viral “dunk-tapes” on Youtube, and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Zion’s style is reminiscent of Andrew Wiggins – while maybe not quite as graceful, the flair is definitely there. I can just see the “BUT THAT DUNK THO” signs waving across the student sections. Surprisingly, the South Carolina native has yet to visit Clemson, even though it’s rated as his top prospect. Clearly, schools closer to home seem to be high on his radar.
Since his visit to KU in September, Zion has visited Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. I’ve lived in the SEC dominated south (War Eagle!), but my heart lies with the Midwest, and I hope Zion’s will too. Besides, our BBQ is way better.
2. The Rise of the Female Athlete
As 2018 quickly approaches, we can expect the world’s attention to turn to the Winter Olympics. Beginning on February 9, 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games provide the perfect stage for my next wish: the rise of the female athlete.
With the media’s eyes trained on the Olympics, many female athletes will be given the recognition they deserve. Snowboarder Chloe Kim, for example, is only 16 years old and looking to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. What were you doing at 16? I know I sure wasn’t as driven as Chloe.
Qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team should be a piece of cake for Chloe. In the 2016 Youth Olympic Games, Chloe became the first American to win a gold medal in snowboarding. In the 2016 X-Games, Chloe became the first person under 16 to win not one, not two, but three gold medals!
Shaun White was the most talked-about athlete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but this year I’m wishing for Chloe Kim and the other talented female athletes of team USA to fill that spot.
3. More Live Events on MidcoSN
My next sports wish for 2018 is to bring more live events to our viewers. As a college town, Lawrence tends to get overlooked for local high school teams, and I want to change that.
MidcoSN has already been working to change this by live broadcasting high school games starting last August. I look forward to bringing even more events to our network in 2018.
When directing a live broadcast, it's common for directors to call for the camera operators to “show faces.” In the broadcast world, that means we want close-up shots of the athletes – we want to see the emotion in their eyes as the game unfolds. I have the goal to show as many faces of our local high school athletes as I can.
Like the holidays, watching sports is something that brings people together. High school athletes work hard at excelling in their sport, and though rivalries run strong, it brings the community together to support our youth.
Lastly, for my final wish of 2018, I wish for Beyoncé to perform at Late Night in the Phog 2018. I mean, this is a wish list right? Bill, if you’re reading this, I’m sure you know who to call.