About State Champs! Network
For over 13 years we have been producing high quality, award winning sports and feature TV shows, series, programming, and radio shows, including the STATE CHAMPS! High School Sports Show, a weekly, half hour TV program providing a comprehensive look at the athletic events, lives and accomplishments of Michigan’s high school athletes. Along with providing highlights and game recaps, we also include in-depth features on standout High School programs, outstanding student athletes, coaching excellence, statewide sports Contests and Awards including Mr. Football and High School Hockey Player of the Year, Softball Player of the Year and much more.
The State Champs! Network has been the recipient of 5 Emmy Awards in the last 7 years for Outstanding Youth Television. Having aired over 380 TV programs and 230 radio shows, our goal is to become the Midwest's premier high school sports and arts media network through the promotion of youth sports, development and achievement.
Our Emmy award winning High School Sports Show is now statewide on Fox Sports Detroit on Sunday mornings at 9 am, and we are proud to be a part of the Fox Sports family. Our Extra Point! Football Show – a Fall show that focuses solely on HS Gridiron action - airs on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. on Channel 7, WXYZ across Southeast Michigan. And our special feature shows – such as our annual Recruiting and Signing Day Show, and Legends, Rivals, True Champions, and Michigan Edge features - air on various networks across the state including Fox, CBS and Comcast 900, where our feature show re-airs reach 3-4 million households.
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State Champs! High School Sports Show!
Our Premier, 5-Time Emmy Award Winning High School Sports Show! provides a weekly action-packed look at the game highlights, events, recruiting and coaching news, analysis, and accomplishments in High School sports! This show also includes features on standout programs, coaches and student athletes, State Champs Rankings, as well as our in-depth media analysis on the latest coaching, recruiting, HSAA, NCAA, and High School athletics news. Airing on Fox Sports Detroit on Sunday Mornings at 9 AM !
State Champs! Extra Point Football Show
State Champs! Network produces the only show dedicated to coverage of Southeast Michigan High School Football! Join us for all the action, highlights, dramatic plays, interviews, recuriting analysis, goal line stands and game winning TD's. In addition to award winning videography and highlights, this half hour show includes ALL ACCESS interviews with players, coaches, recruiters, and media analysts including Scout.com's Kyle Bogenshutz - as well as weekly analysis and updated State Rankings by State Champs! Journalist and Media Analyst Tom Markowski! We will take you through the grit of the regular season, the big Conference showdowns, and all the action leading up to the state playoffs as teams march toward State Division crowns! Airs Saturnday Mornings at 10 a.,m. on WXYZ ABC Channel 7 in Southeast Michigan!
State Champs! Radio
Catch all the STATE CHAMPS! Buzz on WXYT CBS Sports Radio 1270 AM in Southeastern Michigan - Saturday Mornings, 9-11 AM - with our 14 week HS Football Report Radio Show in the fall and our 12 week Basketball and Recruiting Radio Show in the winter/spring. With over 250 episodes airied, State Champs! Radio is YOUR homeplate for all the latest scores, news, recuriting buzz and high school sports analysis. Contact Host Lorne Plant and Media Analyst Tom Markowski LIVE on the show, as well as Coaches, Players, Athletic Directors, Pro Atheletes, and special guests from around the region as we discuss all the latest High School Sports news from across the state! For more information please visit our State Champs! Radio page: HERE
Recruiting and Signing Shows
Our Recruiting and Signing Day Feature Shows bring you in-depth analysis, video breakdown and recuiting news regarding the top High School athletes in the country as well as the Big Ten region. Where are top prospects heading? What colleges are winning the recruiting battles? State Champs! host Lorne Plant leads a team of analysts who bring you INSIDE the scouting and recruiting zone for the very latest - including Tom Markowski of the Detroit News, Alan Trieu of Scout.com, Rico Beard of Spartanmag/Rivals.com, Kyle Bogenschutz and Sam Webb of Fox Sports Next, Scott Burnstein of the Oakland Press, as well as other scouting analysts, coaches and players! http://www.statechampsnetwork.com/media-schedule/shows-specials/
State Champs! Legends
A series of half hour TV shows providing in-depth coverage of the life, history and career of sports legends - covering their impact on the greater world of sports as well as within their communities. With a lineup that will include both local and international stars, our Legends series will provide the insights and impact of the important Sports Icons of the Big Ten region. Please visit our Schedule page for date, time and re-airing details in your area. http://www.statechampsnetwork.com/media-schedule/shows-specials/
State Champs! Rivals
A series of half hour TV specials focusing on the greatest High School Rivalries across Michigan and the Big Ten states. Get the in-depth details of the greatest rivalries, their history and development through the years, and recent mash-ups. Production is planned for 2013 for Rivals, so please visit our Schedule page for date, time and re-airing details in your area. http://www.statechampsnetwork.com/media-schedule/shows-specials/
State Champs! True Champions feature shows highlight the lives and accomplishments of extrardinary individuals and athletes who rise above the challenges, overcoming all odds to achieve their dreams, and in the process, reflecting "the very best" of what we all aspire to - demonstrating what it means to become a "True Champion". Please visit our Schedule page for air dates, time and re-airing details in your area. http://www.statechampsnetwork.com/media-schedule/shows-specials/
State Champs! Network Team
The State Champs! Emmy award-winning production team is led by veterans Lorne Plant (Host/Producer), Jonathon Kidd (Producer/Lead Camera), and media analyst and journalist Tom Markowski, a long time Senior Reporter for the Detroit News. Our leadership team is led by founder and President Lou Bitonti, a marketing executive and long-time champion of youth sports in Michigan, and Jim Weissenborn, an established national business leader and co-founder of the Varsity Shop Training Center. In addition to Lorne and Tom, our media team includes Sales lead and Yellow Flag producer Mark Rottenberk; Technology and Media executive Steve Weissenborn; State Champs! Media analysts Ryan Terpstra and Stephanie Funkhauser; reporter and sports scores lead Jeff Dullak; as well as a growing list of media partners that include Kyle Bogenshutz of Scout.com, Scott Burnstein, Clear Channel Sports Radio host Sean Baligian, recruiting expert Allen Trieu of Scout.com, Sam Webb of Fox Sports Next, as well as other media guests, coaches and athletic directors.
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