Television Students to Broadcast Mercer County High School Basketball Championships LIVE Feb. 22


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College's MCTV cable television will broadcast the 2008 Mercer County High School Basketball Championships live from the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 22. The girls championship tips off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys final follows at 7 p.m. MCTV will provide live, uninterrupted coverage of both games beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For the third consecutive year, the championships will be produced and directed entirely by MCCC Television students. Leading the telecasts will be producers Nick Donnoli and Rob Liedtka, associate producer Rainer Nisbett, directors Jennifer Leigh and Wilmar Luna, and assistant director Kelly Ramos.

The broadcast team will be anchored by play-by-play announcer Dr. Craig Coenen, a history professor at MCCC who has been an announcer with MCTV since 2005. Coenen, who specializes in the history of sports, is the author of "From Sand Lots to the Super Bowl," published by the University of Tennessee Press (2005).

Benjamin Stentz, now in his third year with MCTV, will provide the color commentary for the championships. Stentz has been involved in the Mercer County sports scene many years, first as a basketball player and later as a coach. In 1992, he captained Princeton High School to a CJII State Championship and two years later led MCCC to the National Elite-8. His coaching curriculum vitae includes stops at Princeton High School, MCCC, and Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Previous broadcasts of the Mercer County Championships have earned MCTV national honors. In 2006, the broadcast was awarded a Silver Telly Award for outstanding live game coverage on cable television. A year later, the student-produced broadcast took home a Videographer Award of Distinction in live production.

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