The Voices of the Scouts

Connor Clark and AJ Shaw Deliver Quality Live Coverage of LFHS Football, Basketball


LFHS New Media

Clark and Shaw prior to their broadcast of the home opener vs. Antioch, Aug 30.

Jay DeCoster, Staff Writer

To produce quality content, it’s important to put in the time to deliver to your audience. AJ Shaw and Connor Clark put in countless hours to produce a quality broadcast of every Friday home football game at Varsity Field and of every Boys Basketball home game in the competition gym. 

Since their sophomore year, the duo has been in the broadcast booth covering the Boys Varsity Football and Basketball teams. 

 After the first football game against Antioch High School this year, the recorded broadcast got 4,700 views on the LFHS New Media Facebook Page. It also came with lots of positive feedback from their viewers, who were pleased with the professionalism of the broadcast. 

While the broadcasts certainly are rewarding for the pair, they require a lot of preparation.

“Getting information about the opponent is the hardest part about being a broadcaster”, play-by-play man Connor Clark said. “You need to be prepared for whatever may come your way during a game.”

Clark’s passion for broadcasting has been sparked by professional broadcasters such as Gus Johnson, Jim Nantz, and Joe Buck. “I try to be myself, but those broadcasters really inspired me to get into this profession.”

Shaw, the color commentator, gives information on the opposing players, breaks down plays, and occasionally gives his opinion on the Scouts’ performance during the broadcast. 

“The hardest part about being a broadcaster is prep. Since we are commentating on high school sports, the info is very limited on other teams unlike in college and pros,” Shaw said. “I usually need one to two hours of prep. Connor sends me the intro so I take that to get my keys to the game. Then I usually go on MaxPreps and look at the opponent’s schedule and see how they are doing statistically and as well as their record.” 

Clark and Shaw work hard to provide coverage of Scouts Athletics for those who can’t attend. The amount of time they put in to provide for their viewers does not receive enough credit. “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Connor every Friday night,” Shaw said. 

Clark’s play-by-play voice draws you directly into the action, from kickoff to the final whistle. Shaw’s color commentary will focus on the students on and off the field, along with his vocal opinions during the action. They both have bright futures in the sports broadcasting field, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see these two working for ESPN for years to come.

If you can’t make the game at Varsity Field and the Competition Gym, Clark and Shaw will give you the full coverage of Scouts football and basketball that you need. They’ll also give you an update on the upcoming College and NFL football games for the weekend and sometimes will even give their predictions. 

This winter, you can hear them during every Boys and Girls Basketball home game on the LFHS New Media Facebook page.