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Greenport High School’s GPO TV launches live basketball webcasting

At the broadcast table, from left, Tommy Tsaveras, Kevin Webster and Ella Watts Gorman. Courtesy photo: Greenport Schools

Porters baskeball games are now being webcast live by GPO TV out of Greenport High School.

The high school TV station live-streamed its first basketball game on Dec. 13, when the Porters took on the Stony Brook Bears.

Southold Town Assessor Kevin Webster, who has a background in broadcasting, handled the play-by-play. Mr. Webster has a background in broadcasting. Students in the GPO TV program handled the camera, provided the technical support and assisted with other aspects of the broadcast.

“We’ve talked about this possibility for several years and it’s great to see it happening,” Webster said in a press release.

Greenport Schools athletic director Chris Golden said the webcasting capability, “opens up many, many opportunities for alumni and others associated with high school athletics to be able to stay in touch with Greenport.”

The game was broadcast using the Vimeo Live platform: Greenport Varsity Basketball v. Stony Brook 12/13/2017 from GPOTV on Vimeo.

The start of the broadcast begins about 8 minutes into the 1 hour and 30 minute recording with the singing of the National Anthem, and continues with play-by-play for the entire game.

GPO TV is gearing up for its next webcast on Wednesday at 6 p.m. when the Porters take on Mattituck.

The pre-game that night will feature the dedication of “Coach Al Court,” in honor of Coach Al Edwards. During his high school career at Greenport Edwards scored 2,117 points. He was recognized as a New York Daily News All-American and became coach of the Porters in 1979. In his 34-year tenure as coach, the Porters won 383 games, 12 league championships and 10 Suffolk County titles. Edwards was among those in the first class inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame. His name was synonymous with Greenport basketball.

Dozens of alumni are expected to attend that special dedication, which will again be recorded as part of the live broadcast.

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