Pete Grigsby’s Jag TV crew at Blue Springs South High School is riding a hot streak.
Last year, Jag TV shared the University of Missouri’s All-Missouri Broadcast award with St. Louis’ Washington High School.
That is the top award given out by the university on its annual Journalism Day. Other honors include honorable mention, excellence and superior. Jag TV won a Superior Award two years ago.
This year, the Jaguars were the lone Missouri high school to win the university’s top honor, and to make the awards’ ceremony even more special, seniors Patterson Fallis and Grant Wood won the All-Missouri Play-by-Play Broadcast award, making South the lone school to bring home two top honors.
“Last year was wonderful, winning the All-Missouri Award for the first time, but we did share it with Washington High School,” said Grigsby, South’s broadcast instructor. “But this is the better year. The goals were set to repeat, which is very difficult to do.”
“I had my reservations, but we pulled it off. Then to pull off the individual award with Patterson and Grant winning play by play live sports – made it even more special.”
Grigsby has built a broadcasting juggernaut at Blue Springs South over the past 10 years as Jag TV offers daily news programs, documentaries, features and the new live play-by-play broadcasts of football and basketball games.
“When we submitted the Blue Springs South-Lee’s Summit basketball game where we lost on a last-second shot by Seth Romines, we didn’t know what to expect. Mr. Grigsby asked us to submit a game and that was the one we picked,” said Fallis, who plans to major in broadcast journalism at Missouri.
“We had to submit a running, five-minute segment of the broadcast and it was really an exciting game. I don’t think either one of us thought we were going to win, but it was sure cool when we did.”
Wood said the two prepped for their broadcast debut by doing mock broadcasts in his garage.
“We built a little set and everything,” chuckled Wood, who is going to the University of Kansas to earn a business degree. “Our set here (in the Jag TV studio classroom) is a little bit nicer. We have a lot of fun together and had a great game to submit to the contest. It’s all really exciting, especially since we won two awards.”
Like any great coach who builds a program through consistency and dedication, Grigsby is now thinking about the future of Jag TV.
“We had six seniors on this year’s staff who were part of the All-Missouri staff last year, so you might say we were loaded with talent,” he said. “We lose a lot of talent, but we’ll see what happens in the future.
“I don’t know how we’re going to match our results this year with next year. But I’ll worry about around August, September when we regroup and rebuild a new team.”