Crothersville students broadcast basketball games


Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Crothersville students Brady Riley, left, and Patrick Sweazy started the Tiger Sports Programming Network this winter.

Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Brady Riley, left, a Crothersville eighth-grader, and Patrick Sweazy, a senior, are broadcasting this winter's basketball games live through the Tiger Sports Programming Network.


The past few years at Crothersville High School basketball games, you could find Patrick Sweazy in the middle of the cheer block getting fans fired up.

But in his final year of high school, he’s in a different place following the teams. Now, it’s through the Tiger Sports Programming Network.

“The past few years, I’ve done the cheer block. But this year, it feels like I’ve been more into it and letting other people know about the games,” Sweazy said. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’m just like (college basketball broadcaster) Dick Vitale. He should be retiring soon, so I may be putting in my application for his job.”

Eighth-grader Brady Riley is the other half of the TSPN operation. He’s fine with being “Vitale’s” sidekick.

“That works,” he said with a smile. “I like basketball.”

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