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Tablerock Sports Network expanding coverage

Things just keep getting better — and bigger — at Tablerock Sports.

Once a sports radio mainstay, the network has thrived in the previously untapped local market of live, streaming events.

Its internet coverage of Rogue Valley schools will expand beginning this fall with the addition of Eagle Point and Grants Pass. Tablerock, in its 24th season, had already provided free full video webcasts with color commentary of many North Medford, South Medford and Crater contests. The website experimented with streaming contests in 2012 and drew more than 132,000 game views after moving exclusively to the Internet last season.

“Two years ago local high school broadcasts left local AM radio, and we began to focus on building an online network of expanded athletic events” said Joe Brett, Tablerock Productions vice president and South Medford High announcer, in a press release. “It has drawn a significant response from fans and families.”

Tablerock Sports will have webcasts for all five schools’ home and away football games, as well as most home volleyball and boys and girls soccer matches. Winter will bring coverage of boys and girls basketball and wrestling, with baseball and softball in the spring.

Audiences can watch games on their computers or on smartphones or tablets, either live or archived, by visiting tablerocksports.net. The network uses a streaming software called Production Truck by iHigh.com that allows the display of statistics, cutaways to announcers, zoom-in shots and commercials. High-definition cameras are used and, in most cases, two Tablerock employees work events.

“It’s about availability for fans” Brett said. “As the new technology evolves, we know it will grow further.”

Veterans Michael Campbell and Demi DeSoto will team for coverage of North Medford, with Brett leading the South Medford coverage and Joe Camarlinghi returning as the voice of the Crater Comets.

Newcomers this season include Darin Janssen behind the microphone at Grants Pass games and Max Milander at Eagle Point.

The sponsorship base should grow with the shuffling of some Eugene schools at the Class 6A and 5A level, Brett said. Also, Internet connection options have improved in the last two years at some high schools.

“Fans are going to appreciate the network of coverage and ease and ability to see so many events live,” Brett said.

Respective pre-game football coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, when, in 6A, South Medford travels to Sunset, North Medford hosts Fortuna and Grants Pass visits Sherwood. In 5A, Crater will play at Dallas and Eagle Point will host South Albany.

The community has benefitted from the hits. Tablerock paid more than $8,000 to local high schools and the OSAA in support of extracurricular athletic activities. Since 1992, that total has risen to more than $151,000 in financial support, Brett said.

At Ashland, live video, audio and statistics can be seen at ashlandfootballclub.com. Tune in about 15 minutes before kickoff.

Cascade Christian football can be heard on KDOV (91.7-FM), with a pregame show beginning approximately 20 minutes before kickoff.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailtribune.com. Find him online at twitter.com/danjonesmt